43 entries confirmed for 12 Hours of Sebring

12 Hours of Sebring
12 Hours of Sebring

A total of 43 cars will line up for the 12 Hours of Sebring later this month.

Round two of the IMSA Sportscar Championship follows on from January's Daytona 24 Hours, which was won by the Action Express Racing Cadillac squad.

Christian Fittipaldi, Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque will be looking to extend their championship lead with a victory in the season's second North American Endurance Cup race.

Sixteen entries are set to compete for overall honors in the Prototype category, including ten manufacturer DPi entries and six privately-run LMP2s.

Three Cadillacs – all of which received 10kg weight increases in the pre-event Balance of Performance – will be present, as will the usual two-car DPi entries from Nissan, Mazda and Acura.

The Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac is the defending Sebring winner, with Jordan Taylor joined this year by full-time team-mate Renger van der Zande and IndyCar star Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Other BoP changes effectuated in the Prototype ranks include a 2L fuel capacity increase for the pair of Joest Mazdas, and a 1L fuel tank reduction for the Penske Acuras.

The largest category is GT Daytona with 18 GT3-spec runners, although the Daytona-winning Grasser Racing Lamborghini squad will not be present.

CJ Wilson Racing – the team run by former Major League Baseball pitcher CJ Wilson – is slated to make its IMSA Sportscar debut with a single Acura NSX-GT3.

The trio of Mercedes GTD entries will run with an extra 20kg as mandated by the BoP, but will also possess slightly larger fuel tanks, as will the two Lexus RCFs.

The GT Le Mans category features nine cars that are largely unchanged from Daytona, although Porsche has elected to run only two drivers in each of its 911 RSRs.

Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy will share the #911, while Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber are listed under the #912.

In the BoP stakes, BMW's pair of M8s will receive a 20kg weight break after the RLL squad struggled for pace at the season opener.

Both BMW and Porsche will also have their fuel capacities expanded by 2L.

Sebring will mark the first implementation of a new minimum refuelling time for all classes, which was put into place after controversy surrounding a penalty for the Land Motorsport GTD Audi crew at Daytona.

The 66th 12 Hours of Sebring will take place on Saturday, March 17th.

Previous Race-Winning Drivers (39)

Oliver Gavin – (6) 2001 GTS, 2002 GTS, 2006 GT1, 2007 GT1, 2013 GT, 2016 GTLM

Jan Magnussen – (5) 2006 GT1, 2008 GT1, 2009 GT1, 2015 GTLM, 2017 GTLM

Bill Auberlen – (3) 1995 GTS-2, 1997 GTS-3, 1998 GT3

Dirk Mueller – (3) 2000 GT, 2011 GT, 2012 ALMS GT

Joerg Bergmeister – (3) 2005 GT2, 2008 GT2, 2014 GTLM

Joao Barbosa – (2) 2015 P/Overall, 2012 ALMS P2

Jon Bennett – (2) 2014 PC, 2016 PC

Colin Braun – (2) 2014 PC, 2016 PC

Joey Hand – (2) 2011 GT, 2012 ALMS GT

Sebastien Bourdais – (2) 2015 P/Overall, 2006 GT2

Ryan Briscoe – (2) 2013 P2, 2015 GTLM

Jeroen Bleekemolen – (2) 2013 GTC, 2017 GTD

Patrick Long – (2) 2005 GT2, 2014 GTLM

Mario Farnbacher – (2) 2015 GTD, 2017 GTD

Scott Sharp – (1) 2016 P/Overall

Ryan Dalziel – (1) 2012 WEC P2

Christian Fittipaldi – (1) 2015 P/Overall

Dane Cameron – (1) 2011 LMPC

Ricky Taylor – (1) 2017 P/Overall

Jordan Taylor – (1) 2017 P/Overall

Ryan Hunter Reay – (1) 2011 P2

Johannes van Overbeek – (1) 2016 P/Overall

Pipo Derani – (1) 2016 P/Overall

Nicolas Lapierre – (1) 2011 P1/Overall

Pato O’Ward – (1) 2017 PC

James French – (1) 2017 PC

Kyle Masson – (1) 2017 PC

Romain Dumas – (1) 2008 P2/Overall

Oliver Jarvis – (1) 2013 P1/Overall

Richard Westbrook – (1) 2013 GT

Ben Keating – (1) 2017 GTD

John Potter – (1) 2014 GTD

Andy Lally – (1) 2014 GTD

Christina Nielsen – (1) 2016 GTD

Cooper MacNeil – (1) 2013 GTC

Alessandro Balzan – (1) 2016 GTD

Townsend Bell – (1) 2012 GTC

Bill Sweedler – (1) 2012 GTC

Tim Pappas – (1) 2011 GTC

Previous Pole Winners (17)

Bill Auberlen – (4) 1994 GTU, 1997 GTS-3, 1998 GT3, 2016 GTLM

Olivier Pla – (3) 2012 WEC P2, 2015 P, 2016 P

Oliver Gavin – (3) 2001 GTS, 2003 GTS, 2009 GT1

Dane Cameron – (2) 2011 LMPC, 2014 GTD

Colin Braun – (2) 2013 LMPC, 2016 PC

Jan Magnussen – (2) 2007 GT1, 2012 ALMS GT

Ryan Briscoe – (2) 2013 P2, 2017 GTLM

Gustavo Yacaman – (1) 2017 PC

Tristan Vautier – (1) 2017 GTD

Dirk Mueller – (1) 2000 GT

Sebastien Bourdais – (1) 2014 P

Scott Dixon – (1) 2009 P1

Jeroen Bleekemolen – (1) 2015 GTD

Andy Lally – (1) 2013 GTC

Pedro Lamy – (1) 2006 GT1

Gunnar Jeannette – (1) 2010 LMPC

Joerg Bergmeister – (1) 2010 GT2

Previous Race-Winning Teams (16)

Corvette Racing – (11) 2002 GTS, 2003 GTS, 2004 GTS, 2006 GT1, 2007 GT1, 2008 GT1, 2009 GT1, 2013 GT, 2015 GTLM, 2016 GTLM, 2017 GTLM

Joest Racing (Now known as Mazda Team Joest) – (4) 2003 LMP900, 2009 P1, 2102 WEC P1, 2013 P1

Penske Racing (Now known as Acura Team Penske) – (4) 1964 Proto 15 (P 5000+), 1966 GT13 (GT 5000+), 1968 Trans-Am, 2008 P2/Overall

CORE autosport – (3) 2012 LMPC, 2014 PC, 2014 PC

BMW Team RLL – (2) 2011 GT, 2012 ALMS GT

AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports – (2) 2013 LMPC, 2015 PC

Risi Competizione – (3) 2007 GT3, 2009 GT2, 2010 GT2

Action Express Racing – (1) 2015 P/Overall

Tequila Patron ESM – (1) 2016 P/Overall

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – (1) 2014 P/Overall

Magnus Racing – (1) 2014 GTD

Performance Tech Motorsports – (1) 2017 PC

Porsche GT Team – (1) 2014 GTLM

Riley Motorsports/Team AMG – (1) 2017 GTD

Scuderia Corsa – (1) 2016 GTD

Wayne Taylor Racing – (1) 2017 P/Overall

Previous Race-Winning Manufacturers

Porsche – 94

Chevrolet – 40

Ferrari – 37

Mazda – 13

Audi – 12

Nissan – 11

Ford – 9

BMW – 7

Acura – 3

Mercedes – 2

Cadillac – 1

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