VICI Racing and Kumho Tire ready for 56th 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring, Fla. - VICI Racing and Kumho Tire arrived at the Sebring International Raceway this morning ready to kick off an exciting and innovative new challenge in...
VICI Racing and Kumho Tire ready for 56th 12 Hours of Sebring
Sebring, Fla. - VICI Racing and Kumho Tire arrived at the Sebring International Raceway this morning ready to kick off an exciting and innovative new challenge in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). Starting with the 56th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring which gets underway on Saturday (March 15) at 10:00 AM EDT, VICI Racing and Kumho Tire will undertake a season-long tire development program which will aim to evolve new racing compounds for the ALMS GT2 class.
The #5 VICI Racing Porsche 911 GT3 RSR will be driven by Uwe Alzen, Nathan Swartzbaugh and Craig Stanton, a strong line-up that perfectly blends youth with experience; three fast and proven drivers each familiar with the Porsche 911 and each with the ability to turn in a competitive performance. It is experience that will stand them in good stead for what is the toughest race of the ALMS season, held on the bumpy historic airfield circuit in central Florida.
Uwe is one of sportscar racing's most experienced stars. A previous winner at Sebring, he has also stood on the podium at Le Mans, and last year drove for VICI Racing in the Daytona 24 Hours. His raw speed and aggression, coupled to a fearsome will to win and ability to work with the engineers in a development scenario, makes him the perfect lead driver for this program. Nathan first drove for VICI Racing in the IMSA GT3 Cup three years ago, immediately impressing the team with his raw speed and quick ability to learn which he put to good effect to become series champion a year later. Craig is one of the most versatile and well-known drivers in the sports-car paddock, a winner in ALMS and GrandAm; always fast, smooth and precise, he will prove an excellent addition to the driving strength.
VICI Racing and Kumho Tire have put this ambitious program together in a very short time, with everyone motivated and enthusiastic about the challenge. The team though knows a steep learning curve lies ahead, this is a tough challenge, and by choosing to run the program in full race conditions from day one, it is a process that will be carried out in the spotlight.
VICI Racing will be supported by a number of partners at Sebring, each of whom is committed to the team's new program, and brings input, enthusiasm and a desire to win. Long-term VICI Racing partner, Wempe, a Germany-based manufacturer of exquisite timepieces and jewellery, will be back on board once more, while the team is delighted to announce the support of two new partners: high precision turning machine manufacturer, Tornos, and commercial real estate company, Westway Development.
The team will campaign the brand new 2008-specification Porsche 911 GT3 RSR at Sebring, along with the rest of the series. The most distinguishing feature of the new car is the front end which has received major improvements to its aerodynamics. The majority of the innovations, however, are hidden under the body, where an optimized air ducting, with newly- designed side air outlets, generates more downforce and reduces drag. Much of the know-how in the GT3 RSR's totally new gearbox, developed by Porsche engineers, has come from the RS Spyder sports prototype. The range of possible suspension set-ups has also been broadened.
The VICI Racing 911 GT3 RSR took to the track for the first time at the Moroso Motorsports Park, near Palm Beach, Florida, on 20/21 February for a two day test, with driving duties carried out by Nicky Pastorelli. The whole team was delighted by the initial shakedown, and with no technical issues being encountered, it left Nicky free to turn in the scheduled number of laps on the 2.25 mile permanent circuit, which, once the installation laps had been completed, focused on evaluating several development compounds that Kumho brought to work through. The team was also able to make use of the facility's