Sebring: ZIP Racing Friday report

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Hazardous Sports #33 will now start seventh in GT Class tomorrow at Sebring.

SEBRING, Fla., March 14 - Four cars in front of it had to give up their original starting spots for tomorrow's Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway, which pushed ZIP Racing's Hazardous Sports Porsche GT3 RS #33 up to the 32nd overall starting position and seventh in the GT class for tomorrow's race. Fifty-five cars are entered.

The two Bentleys, which originally won the front-row spots, were sent to the rear when their rear diffusers didn't pass post-qualifying technical inspection. The Intersport Lola was sent to the back for an infraction with its boost pressure monitor. The fourth car, the Orbit Porsche 911 RS #43, had to go to the rear due to a ride-height infraction.

Spencer Pumpelly of Great Neck, Va. will be behind the wheel of the black Hazardous Sports Porsche, which is also known as Sweetness, when the race starts at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. His co-drivers are Steve Ivankovich of Chicago and Andy Lally of Northport, N.Y.

Ivankovich set the third-fastest time in the GT class in the one-hour morning practice session on Friday when he toured the 3.7-mile road course in 2:09.063. That was even faster than the 2:09.423 that Pumpelly ran in qualifying.

Unfortunately Vera, the orange-colored Hazardous Sports Porsche GT3 RS #39, won't be able to be repaired in time to start tomorrow's race and will be withdrawn. That leaves Brent Sherman of Barrington, Ill.; Emil Assentato of Locust Valley, N.Y. and Nick Longhi of Nyack, N.Y., on the sidelines this time, but they're determined to race again another day and show the world what Vera can do.

There is a 30-minute practice session tonight at 6:15 p.m., which all the team members hope is uneventful. Tomorrow's 12-hour enduro will be broadcast live on SPEED Channel.

Due to Vera's absence, the photos of both Zachary Bernhardt and Tierney Irwin have been posted on Sweetness, the #33 car. These are two missing children from the area. The team is drawing attention to them through its "Race to Find a Child" program, which it is running in conjunction with the Center for Missing and Exploited Children.

In other news, the ALMS added a race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. on Sunday, June 29 to its schedule. It will be televised live by CBS. This replaces one of two events (Mexico City and Washington, D.C.) which were recently canceled.


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Series ALMS
Drivers Emil Assentato , Nick Longhi , Andy Lally , Brent Sherman , Spencer Pumpelly