2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring entry list & preview


March 13, 2017
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Ian McLeigh


  • 65th running of Sebring 12 hours
  • 65th running of Sebring 12 hours
  • Sebring International Raceway

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.

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Tequila Patron ESM won the 2016 Sebring 12 hours

Tequila Patron ESM won the 2016 Sebring 12 hours

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 Chip Ganassi Racing

The #66 Ford GT has won Le Mans and Daytona. Sebring is next

#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.

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2017 Twelve Hours of Sebring entry list

ClassNumber TeamCarDrivers
Daytona Prototype2Tequila Patron ESMNissan DPiScott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel, Luis Felipe Derani
5Mustang Sampling Racing/AX RacingCadillac DPiJoao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Filipe Albuquerque
10Konica Minolta/Wayne Taylor RacingCadillac DPiRicky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn
13Rebellion RacingOrecaSebastien Buemi, Nick Heidfeld, Neel Jani
22Tequila Patron ESMNissan DPiEd Brown, Johannes van Overbeek, Bruno Senna, Brendon Hartley
31Whelen Engineering Racing/AX RacingCadillac DPiDane Cameron, Eric Curran, Mike Conway
52PR1/Mathiasen MotorsportsLigierMike Guasch, Jose Gutierrez, Tom Kimber-Smith
55Mazda MotorsportsMazda DPiTristan Nunez, Jonathan Bomarito, Spencer Pigot
70Mazda MotorsportsMazda DPiTom Long, Joel Miller, Marino Franchitti
85JDC-Miller MotorsportsOrecaChris Miller, Stephen Simpson, Misha Goikhberg
90VisitFlorida RacingMultimatic/RileyMarc Goossens, Renger van der Zande, Rene Rast
Prototype Challenge8Starworks MotorsportsOreca FLM 09James Dayson, TBA, TBA
20BAR1 MotorsportsOreca FLM 09Don Yount, Buddy Rice, Daniel Burkett
26BAR1 MotorsportsOreca FLM 09Marc Drumwright, Chapman Ducote, Gustavo Yacaman, Colin Thompsom
38Performance Tech MotorsportsOreca FLM 09James French, Patricio O'Ward, Kyle Masson
GTLM3Corvette RacingCorvette C7.RAntonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen, Mike Rockenfeller
4Corvette RacingCorvette C7.ROliver Gavin, Tommy Milner, Marcel Fassler
24BMW Team RLLBMW M6 GTLMJohn Edwards, Martin Tomczyk, Nick Catsburg
25BMW Team RLLBMW M6 GTLMBill Auberlen, Alexander Sims, Kuno Wittmer
62Risi CompetizioneFerrari 488 GTEToni Vilander, James Calado, Giancarlo Fisichella
66Ford Chip Ganassi RacingFord GTDirk Muller, Joey Hand, Sebastien Bourdais
67Ford Chip Ganassi RacingFord GTRyan Briscoe, Richard Westbrook, Scott Dixon
68Ford Chip Ganassi Team UKFord GTStefan Mucke, Olivier Pla, Billy Johnson
911Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRPatrick Pilet, Dirk Werner, Frederic Makowiecki
912Porsche GT TeamPorsche 911 RSRKevin Estre, Laurens Vanthoor, Richard Lietz
GTD11GRT Grasser Racing TeamLamborghini Huracan GT3Christian Engelhart, Rolf Ineichen, Richard Antinucci, Mirko Bortolotti
143GT RacingLexus RC F GT3Scott Pruett, Sage Karam, Ian James
153GT RacingLexus RC F GT3Robert Alon, Jack Hawksworth, Austin Cindric
16Change Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3Corey Lewis, Jeroen Mul, Brett Sandberg
18DAC MotorsportsLamborghini Huracan GT3Emmanuel Anassis, Brandon Gdovic, Anthony Massari
23Alex Job RacingAudi R8 LMS GT3Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell, Frank Montecalvo
27Dream Racing MotorsportLamborghini Huracan GT3Lawrence DeGeorge, Cedric Sbirrazuoli, Paolo Ruberti
28Alegra MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3 RCarlos de Quesada, Daniel Morad, Spencer Pumpelly, Michael Christensen
29Montaplast by Land-MotorsportAudi R8 LMS GT3Connor de Phillippi, Christopher Mies, Jules Gounon
33Riley Motorsports - Team AMGMercedes-AMG GT3Ben Keating, Jeroen Blekeemolen, Mario Farnbacher
46EbimotorsLamborghini Huracan GT3Emanuele Busnelli, Fabio Babini, Michele Beretta, Emmanuel Collard
48Paul Miller RacingLamborghini Huracan GT3Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Dion von Moltke
50Riley Motorsports - WeatherTech RacingMercedes-AMG GT3Cooper MacNeil, Gunnar Jeannette, Shane van Gisbergen
54CORE AutosportPorsche 911 GT3 RJon Bennett, Colin Braun, Nic Jonsson
57Stevenson MotorsportsAudi R8 LMS GT3Lawson Aschenbach, Matt Bell, Andrew Davis
63Scuderia CorsaFerrari 488 GTEChristina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Matteo Cressoni
73Park Place MotorsportsPorsche 911 GT3 RPatrick Lindsey, Jorg Bergmeister, Matthew McMurry
75SunEnergy1 RacingMercedes-AMG GT3Tristan Vautier, Kenny Habul, Boris Said
86Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT3Jeff Segal, Oswaldo Negri Jr, Tom Dyer
93Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAcura NSX GT3Andy Lally, Katherine Legge, Mark Wilkins
96Turner MotorsportBMW M6 GTLMJustin Marks, Jens Klingmann, Jesse Krohn

Photos: imsa.com, thecheckeredflag.co.uk,

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