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Sebring CTSC Pre-Race Notebook

Tony DiZinno’s updates from CTSC paddock ahead of Sebring race…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

***CKS Autosport’s Eric Curran qualified the No. 01 Camaro Z/28.R second for Friday’s race. Co-driver Lawson Aschenbach told Sportscar365 the CKS team will have a second Z/28.R, to upgrade from a GS.R, for the Ashley McCalmont/Bob Michaelian pairing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

***Fall-Line Motorsports’ Shelby Blackstock confirmed the CTSC races he’ll miss this year are at Lime Rock May 24, Watkins Glen June 28, and VIR August 23. All conflict with his Pro Mazda open-wheel obligations with Andretti Autosport.

***Rebel Rock Racing tested Corey Lewis and Miles Maroney this week as the team explores driver options for a second ST class Porsche Cayman. The car is being built now as the team anticipates a Mazda Raceway debut.

***Al Carter will pull triple-duty this weekend between his CTSC GS class No. 7 Rebel Rock Racing Porsche 997, the TRG-AMR Aston Martin Vantage in the TUDOR Championship GTD class, and an appearance in the Lamborghini Super Trofeo. “When you get the chance to drive a Lamborghini, even with two other races, you’re not going to say no,” Carter told Sportscar365, and he won the first Lamborghini race of the weekend.

***Daytona ST class winner Eric Foss of Murillo Racing was one of several drivers who said the sealant in corners will likely pose the toughest challenge this weekend. He last raced at Sebring in 2009, in a World Challenge race.

***19 drivers will race in both the TUDOR Championship and CTSC races this weekend. They include: Robin Liddell, Andrew Davis, Al Carter, Andy Lally, Shane Lewis, Matt Plumb, Dane Cameron, John Edwards, Bill Auberlen, Paul Dalla Lana, Michael Marsal, Tom Kimber-Smith, Eric Curran, Max Riddle, Kris Wilson, James Davison, Kyle Marcelli, Kyle Gimple and Michael Valiante.

***New CTSC Senior Technical Manager Jeff Mishtawy makes his debut in his new role this weekend. So too does Scott Raymond, named as IMSA’s new Technical Director.

Tony DiZinno (@tonydizinno) is Sportscar365's North American Editor, focusing on coverage of the IMSA-sanctioned championships as well as Pirelli World Challenge. DiZinno also contributes to and other motorsports outlets. Contact Tony

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