Two teams hope to shed bridesmaid role at Sebring

Sebring, FL - The stellar field entered for the 51st running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15 includes the world's finest sports car racing teams. Two of those teams have come agonizingly close to winning America's premier...

Sebring, FL - The stellar field entered for the 51st running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15 includes the world's finest sports car racing teams.

Two of those teams have come agonizingly close to winning America's premier sports car race on several occasions.

Dyson Racing has recorded three podium finishes, including second place twice. In 1999, Dyson Racing finished less than ten seconds behind the winning BMW in the closest race ever at the 12-hour classic. In 1997 they finished only 47 seconds behind the winning Ferrari.

Champion Racing has an equally frustrating record at Sebring, finishing second last year and third in both 1998 and 2001. A refueling infraction cost them what appeared to be a certain victory at the 1998 race.

This year, both teams are among the leading contenders to win the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The American Le Mans Series season-opener runs Saturday, March 15 at the historic 3.7 mile road racing circuit, formerly a WWII B-17 training base known as Hendricks Field.

Champion Racing will field an Audi R8, the same make of car that has won three consecutive years at Sebring. They will face stiff competition from Team Bentley, making its only North American appearance, Panoz, Riley & Scott, Lister, Reynard and two other very potent Audi entries. Champion's driver lineup includes, Stefan Johansson, JJ Lehto and Emanuele Pirro, all former Sebring winners.

Dyson Racing has entered two MG Lolas in the LMP675 class, which are expected to contend for the overall victory. Driving for Dyson racing will be James Weaver, Butch Leitzinger, Chris Dyson, Chad Block, Didier de Radigues and two-time Sebring winner Andy Wallace.

Sebring's 62-car field also includes Corvette, Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, TVR, Morgan, Saleen, Pagani Zonda, Lamborghini, Spyker and Dodge Viper entries.

Gates open on Wednesday, March 12, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Tickets can be ordered by calling 800-626-7223. Race fans can visit www.sebringraceway.com for more information.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Andy Wallace , Stefan Johansson , Butch Leitzinger , James Weaver , Chad Block , Chris Dyson , Emanuele Pirro , JJ Lehto
Teams Dyson Racing