2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring entry list & preview
Forty-six crews announced their participation at 2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the 65th running of the oldest American sports car endurance race. The race will take place at Sebring International Raceway on March 18.
The entry list for the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, which counts also for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, includes 46 cars. There will be 11 Daytona Prototypes on the grid, plus 10 GT Le Mans (GTLM) cars, 21 GT Daytona (GTD) entries, and four Prototype Challenge (PC) cars.
All crews and cars that won their classes in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona are coming to Sebring, hoping that they can repeat what Tequila Patron ESM and Corvette Racing teams accomplished last year – victories both at 24h Daytona and 12h Sebring, so called the “36 Hours of Florida”.
Prototype field – seven DPi and four LMP2 cars
Ricky and Jordan Taylor, Daytona winners in the #10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V, will try to achieve what their father Wayne did in 1996, writing his name on the Sebring’s winners list. After winning at Daytona with Jeff Gordon, Taylor brother will have a new co-driver at Sebring, the 23-year-old Briton Alex Lynn, in his IMSA Championship debut. Lynn came as a replacement for a long-time WTR driver Max Angelelli, who retired following the Rolex 24 but remains with the team as a co-owner.
The #10 car is one of three new Cadillac DPi cars in a Prototype field that also includes two Mazda DPi machines and a pair of Nissan DPis from the Tequila Patron ESM. The Prototype is fulfilled with four LMP2 prototypes: two Orecas, one Ligier and one Multimatic/Riley.
#66 Ford GT is chasing a Triple Crown
In the GTLM class, the #66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing crew is on a way to make historic achievement with three greatest endurance wins within a one-year period. Joey Hand, Dirk Muller and Sebastien Bourdais already won 24h Le Mans (June 2016) and Rolex 24 At Daytona (January 2017). Now, they will chase a class victory at Sebring to get a GT class Triple Crown of endurance racing.
They will have strong rivals even in their own garage, with two more Ford GTs on the grid. Last year’s Sebring GTLM winners Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler are returning in the #4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. There will be one more Corvette on the grid, plus two new Porsche 911 RSRs from the Porsche GT Team, two BMW M6 GTLMs from the BMW Team RLL and a Ferrari 488 GTE from Risi Competizione.
21 cars on the GTD grid
A GTD field will be the biggest again, with 21 cars on the grid. Surprise winners of Daytona 24h are returning in the #28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, with the slightly changed line-up. Carlos de Quesada, Michael Christensen and Daniel Morad will be again in a cockpit, joined by Spencer Pumpelly. Last year’s GTD winners at Sebring were Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Segal in the #63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3. Nielsen and Balzan are returning with the same car, together with Matteo Cressoni as a co-driver, while Jeff Segal joined Michael Shank Racing to drive new Acura NSX GT3. The GTD grid includes eight different manufacturers: Porsche (three cars), Ferrari (1), Acura (2), Lamborghini (6), Lexus (2), Audi (3), Mercedes-AMG (3) and BMW (1).
The PC field has only four cars in their last appearance in the IMSA Championship. Performance Tech Motorsports’ #38 Oreca FLM 09, a winning car at Daytona this year, will be driven by James French, 17-year-old Mexican IndyLights driver Patricio O’Ward and IMSA Prototype Challenge regular Kyle Masson.
A programme at 3.74-mile (6.02km) circuit will begin on Thursday, March 16, with a practice session. The qualifying is set to begin at 1 PM ET on Friday, March 17. The green flag for the 65th running of 12 hours of Sebring will wave at 10:40 AM ET on Saturday, March 18.
2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring entry list
|Daytona Prototype||2||Tequila Patron ESM||Nissan DPi||Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel, Luis Felipe Derani|
|5||Mustang Sampling Racing/AX Racing||Cadillac DPi||Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque|
|10||Konica Minolta/Wayne Taylor Racing||Cadillac DPi||Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn|
|13||Rebellion Racing||Oreca||Sebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Neel Jani|
|22||Tequila Patron ESM||Nissan DPi||Ed Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Bruno Senna, Brendon Hartley|
|31||Whelen Engineering Racing/AX Racing||Cadillac DPi||Dane Cameron, Eric Curran, Mike Conway|
|52||PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports||Ligier||Mike Guasch, Jose Gutierrez, Tom Kimber-Smith|
|55||Mazda Motorsports||Mazda DPi||Tristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito, Spencer Pigot|
|70||Mazda Motorsports||Mazda DPi||Tom Long, Joel Miller, Marino Franchitti|
|85||JDC-Miller Motorsports||Oreca||Chris Miller, Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg|
|90||VisitFlorida Racing||Multimatic/Riley||Marc Goossens, Renger van der Zande, Rene Rast|
|Prototype Challenge||8||Starworks Motorsports||Oreca FLM 09||James Dayson, TBA, TBA|
|20||BAR1 Motorsports||Oreca FLM 09||Don Yount, Buddy Rice, Daniel Burkett|
|26||BAR1 Motorsports||Oreca FLM 09||Marc Drumwright, Chapman Ducote, Gustavo Yacaman, Colin Thompsom|
|38||Performance Tech Motorsports||Oreca FLM 09||James French, Patricio O'Ward, Kyle Masson|
|GTLM||3||Corvette Racing||Corvette C7.R||Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller|
|4||Corvette Racing||Corvette C7.R||Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler|
|24||BMW Team RLL||BMW M6 GTLM||John Edwards, Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg|
|25||BMW Team RLL||BMW M6 GTLM||Bill Auberlen, Alexander Sims, Kuno Wittmer|
|62||Risi Competizione||Ferrari 488 GTE||Toni Vilander, James Calado, Giancarlo Fisichella|
|66||Ford Chip Ganassi Racing||Ford GT||Dirk Muller, Joey Hand, Sebastien Bourdais|
|67||Ford Chip Ganassi Racing||Ford GT||Ryan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon|
|68||Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK||Ford GT||Stefan Mucke, Olivier Pla, Billy Johnson|
|911||Porsche GT Team||Porsche 911 RSR||Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner, Frederic Makowiecki|
|912||Porsche GT Team||Porsche 911 RSR||Kevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor, Richard Lietz|
|GTD||11||GRT Grasser Racing Team||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Christian Engelhart, Rolf Ineichen, Richard Antinucci, Mirko Bortolotti|
|14||3GT Racing||Lexus RC F GT3||Scott Pruett, Sage Karam, Ian James|
|15||3GT Racing||Lexus RC F GT3||Robert Alon, Jack Hawksworth, Austin Cindric|
|16||Change Racing||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Corey Lewis, Jeroen Mul, Brett Sandberg|
|18||DAC Motorsports||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Emmanuel Anassis, Brandon Gdovic, Anthony Massari|
|23||Alex Job Racing||Audi R8 LMS GT3||Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Frank Montecalvo|
|27||Dream Racing Motorsport||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Lawrence DeGeorge, Cedric Sbirrazuoli, Paolo Ruberti|
|28||Alegra Motorsports||Porsche 911 GT3 R||Carlos de Quesada, Daniel Morad, Spencer Pumpelly, Michael Christensen|
|29||Montaplast by Land-Motorsport||Audi R8 LMS GT3||Connor de Phillippi, Christopher Mies, Jules Gounon|
|33||Riley Motorsports - Team AMG||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Ben Keating, Jeroen Blekeemolen, Mario Farnbacher|
|46||Ebimotors||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Emanuele Busnelli, Fabio Babini, Michele Beretta, Emmanuel Collard|
|48||Paul Miller Racing||Lamborghini Huracan GT3||Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Dion von Moltke|
|50||Riley Motorsports - WeatherTech Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Cooper MacNeil, Gunnar Jeannette, Shane van Gisbergen|
|54||CORE Autosport||Porsche 911 GT3 R||Jon Bennett, Colin Braun, Nic Jonsson|
|57||Stevenson Motorsports||Audi R8 LMS GT3||Lawson Aschenbach, Matt Bell, Andrew Davis|
|63||Scuderia Corsa||Ferrari 488 GTE||Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Matteo Cressoni|
|73||Park Place Motorsports||Porsche 911 GT3 R||Patrick Lindsey, Jorg Bergmeister, Matthew McMurry|
|75||SunEnergy1 Racing||Mercedes-AMG GT3||Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul, Boris Said|
|86||Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian||Acura NSX GT3||Jeff Segal, Oswaldo Negri Jr, Tom Dyer|
|93||Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian||Acura NSX GT3||Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Mark Wilkins|
|96||Turner Motorsport||BMW M6 GTLM||Justin Marks, Jens Klingmann, Jesse Krohn|