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34 Cars Set for IMSA Sebring Test

Thirty four cars entered for IMSA-sanctioned test at Sebring…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

A total of 34 cars are due to take part in next week’s IMSA-sanctioned test at Sebring International Raceway, on Feb. 23-24, in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March.

The test is mandatory for at least one car/chassis from each manufacturer/constructor in the Prototype and GT Le Mans classes, for Balance of Performance purposes.

ENTRY LIST: Sebring Test

The P class has a 10-car entry, including Rolex 24 winners Jordan and Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPI-V.R.

The Taylor brothers will be joined by their new endurance racing teammate, Briton Alex Lynn, who replaces the newly retired Max Angelelli. Retired NASCAR superstar Jeff Gordon also was part of the Daytona-winning lineup.

Also entered in the P class are both Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi entries. The team won last year at Sebring with drivers Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown sharing the same car.

This year, Derani and Sharp are sharing the team’s No. 2 entry with Ryan Dalziel, while Brown and van Overbeek are paired with FIA World Endurance Champion Brendon Hartley in the No. 22.

Of note, Olivier Pla is listed in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Ligier JS P217 Gibson, with Marino Franchitti slated to test the No. 70 Mazda RT24-P. Both drivers have not yet been announced for the race.

There are eight GT Le Mans class entries for the test, including reigning Rolex 24 and 24 Hours of Le Mans champions Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing; as well as 2016 Sebring GTLM winners Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler.

A 15-car GT Daytona class field is entered, which includes Daytona winners Carlos de Quesada and Daniel Morad in the No. 28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. De Quesada and Morad will be joined for the test by Spencer Pumpelly, who played a pivotal coaching role for the team at Daytona.

A single Prototype Challenge class entry has been filed, the No. 20 Oreca FLM09 from BAR1 Motorsports for co-drivers Chapman Ducote and Gustavo Yacaman.

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