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Prototype Challenge Sebring Entry List Released

IMSA releases entry list for Prototype Challenge season-opener…

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

Photo: Vision Sport Agency

IMSA has released the entry list for next weekend’s Prototype Challenge presented by Mazda season opener at Sebring, with 23 cars, including 12 LMP3 entries, set to kick off the new-look championship.

ENTRY LIST: Sebring

Four of the five active LMP3 constructors will be represented on the grid, headlined by the competition debuts of both the Norma M30 and Ave-Riley AR2, entered by Kelly-Moss Road and Race and Ave Motorsports, respectively.

Former Pirelli World Challenge GT Cup champion Colin Thompson will give the Norma its debut, with Paul Fix listed in the Ave-Riley.

The majority of the LMP3 grid, as expected, are made up of Ligier JS P3s, with nine of the Onroak Automotive-built prototypes entered.

It includes two-car efforts from JDC Motorsports (Joel Janco & Gerry Kraut), P1 Motorsports (Lonnie Pechnik & Juan Perez), as well as a single car from Extreme Speed Motorsports for Naj Husain.

While longtime Ave driver Doug Peterson will be at the wheel of a Ligier run by HP-Tech, Rolex 24 at Daytona class winners Performance Tech will have a Ligier and Ginetta LMP3 apiece, for Andrea Gutierrez and Alan Wilzig, respectively.

ANSA Motorsports, which was due to run an ADESS 03, has swapped to a Ligier for driver Matt Dicken.

The newly renamed Mazda Prototype Challenge (MPC) class, which will also run on Continental tires, sees an 11-car entry, all with Elan DP02 machinery.

It features entries from IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship regulars JDC, Performance Tech and BAR1 Motorsports, along with other returning teams to the class.

A test session for Prototype Challenge series competitors at Sebring is scheduled for later this week, with official track action set to get underway on Wed. March 15, ahead of the pair of 45-minute races on March 16 and 17.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Dan

    March 8, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    So we get 9 ligiers, 1 Riley, 1 Ginetta, and 1 Norma. I think it’s safe bet that if you want a good car Onroak is where you go.

  2. Max

    March 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

    It’s too mad they couldn’t get that Adess. It would have made for a nice hat trick.

  3. Olly

    March 8, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    These races will be televised right?

  4. WBrowning

    March 8, 2017 at 6:01 pm

    It will be televised on IMSA.TV and Fox Sports GO from 10:30am to 11pm

    Fox Sports 1 (FS1) will carry it from 12:30pm to 11pm.

    So if you don’t have Fox Sports GO you will miss an hour and 50 minutes watching only on FS1, but can watch the whole thing on IMSA.TV using you computer or other device, according to the IMSA website.

    • Olly

      March 8, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you kindly.

      • John Dagys

        March 8, 2017 at 8:34 pm

        Those are the times for the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

        This is the Prototype Challenge series. The races will be streamed live on IMSA.tv and will be broadcast on FS2 in a TBD date ,

        • Olly

          March 8, 2017 at 9:51 pm

          Gotcha, thank you too!

    • RubberChristmasTree

      March 10, 2017 at 11:40 pm

      Hmm…watch these TBD on impossible to get FS2…or…paint my walls and watch them dry?

      I know which will be more entertaining. And it wont be me on FS2.

  5. Guest

    March 8, 2017 at 8:39 pm

    I’m curious to know what happened to the ANSA/Adess deal, they were the apparent NA distributor. Business fall out or the car is a bucket?

    • someone

      March 9, 2017 at 1:53 am

      Last I heard the Adess is massively under developed. So much so that some people have suggested the people that currently own the rights to it should petition the ACO to let them do an update on the car.

  6. Justin Porter

    March 9, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I agree that the Adess not appearing is quite a disappointment, but there haven’t been many kind things said about the car by the teams that have campaigned it.

    http://www.endurance-info.com/fr/infinity-race-engineering-met-un-terme-a-son-programme-lm-p3-pour-revenir-en-gt/

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