Sebring: Testing confirms competitive field

Sebring, FL -- A world-class entry of sports cars completed two days of testing in preparation for Saturday's 51st Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The 57-car entry is considered among the finest in the history of the legendary road race,...

Sebring, FL -- A world-class entry of sports cars completed two days of testing in preparation for Saturday's 51st Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The 57-car entry is considered among the finest in the history of the legendary road race, held on a 17-turn, 3.7 mile road course originally built as a World War II B-17 training base. The opening event of the American Le Mans Series features four different classes of competition, headlined by the exotic Le Mans prototypes.

Topping the charts during Tuesday's testing was the Champion Audi, which finished second last year. The three-time Sebring-winning Audi Team Joest was second fastest, followed by Team Bentley, making its North American debut. Official practice begins Wednesday and qualifying takes place on Thursday.

"The testing times confirm this is one the finest and most competitive entries in Sebring history," stated Sebring President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. "Ticket sales indicate race fans are anxiously awaiting this year's classic."

The Sebring schedule includes seven support races, including the SPEED World Challenge, Star Mazda Series, Formula 2000 Championship, Panoz GT Pro Series, Formula Dodge and SVRA Vintage races. Off track, the "Spring Brake Party Zone" will feature a Battle of the Bands contests, and the Hawaiian Tropic Bikini Contest.

A special tribute to Corvette in the paddock will feature several Corvettes which have raced at Sebring since 1956. A fireworks show following the 12-hour classic concludes four action-packed days at Sebring International Raceway.

Gates open at 7:00 am Wednesday, and remain open through Saturday. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring begins at 10:30 am Saturday.

For information race fans can call 800-626-7223 or visit Sebringraceway.com.

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