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Team ARE Press Release, March 1997 Following their podium 3rd Place in class finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Kelly Collins, Cort Wagner and Gary Blackman will be piloting the Team ARE ...

Team ARE Press Release, March 1997

Following their podium 3rd Place in class finish at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Kelly Collins, Cort Wagner and Gary Blackman will be piloting the Team ARE #76 GTS-3 Porsche 993 for the Superflo12 Hours at Sebring, March 15, 1997. Joining them will be the second Team ARE GTS-3 entry, Porsche 911 Car#78, driven by Steve Pelke, Bruce Busby and Chris Cervelli.

Team ARE owner, Richard Raimist of La Jolla, CA presently has both cars back home in Southern California being prepared for the two days of pre-race testing, Monday, March 10 and Tuesday, March 11. The 45 year old 12 Hour Sebring endurance race is famous for being exceptionally tough on cars and drivers due to the varying, and sometime quite rough, surfaces the temporary track offers. This makes car preparation and testing even more critical and challenging than usual.

Kelly Collins, Corona del Mar, CA and Cort Wagner, Los Angeles, CA are returning to Sebring with Team ARE having piloted the #78 car last year to a hard fought 4th place in class finish. With two cars this year and increased experience the expectations for greater success are growing. While Team ARE is comprised primarily of Southern Californians, Sebring local Gary Blackman should help pull in "hometown" support for Car #76. Radio station WWTK has been named the official race broadcast station providing flag to flag coverage while sister station WWOJ-FM of Sebring, FL will broadcast hourly updates. ESPN and ESPN2 have scheduled extensive television coverage with Car #76 again sporting the latest in-car and roof mounted TV broadcast camera technology for close up live action footage.

Live television coverage starts on ESPN, at 7:30 am (PST), Saturday, March 15 and will continue for two hours when ESPN 2 will pick up the action for another 3 hours until 12:30 pm. ESPN2 will rejoin the race action at 2:30 pm for an hour. Coverage will resume on ESPN at 7:30 pm and carry on until the end of the race and victory celebrations at 11:00 pm.

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Kelly Collins , Steve Pelke , Corona del Mar , Gary Black , Cort Wagner