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Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 12H Sebring

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 12H Sebring…

Photo: IMSA

Photo: IMSA

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action this weekend with the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, which also serves as the second leg of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Continental Tire Keys to the Race: 

Race: Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

Track: Sebring International Raceway; 17-turn, 3.7-mile road course

Length: 12 hours

Entries: 49 cars spread across four classes: 12 cars (P), 7 cars (PC), 10 cars (GTLM), 20 cars (GTD)


Thursday, Mar. 17 (all times ET)
Practice 1 – 10 – 11 a.m.
Practice 2 – 2:25 – 3:25 p.m.
Practice 3 –  7:30 – 9 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 18
Practice 4 – 10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
CTSC Race – 12:20 p.m. (2 hours 30 minutes)
Qualifying – 3:30 – 5 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 19
Warmup – 8 – 8:20 a.m.
Race –  10:40 a.m. (12 hours)

Previous Winners: Action Express Racing (P), PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (PC), Corvette Racing (GTLM), The Heart of Racing/AJR (GTD)

Previous Polesitters: Olivier Pla (P), Martin Plowman (PC), Fred Makowiecki (GTLM), Jeroen Bleekemolen (GTD)

Driver Insight: “This race is something very special. Not only because of the great racetrack that is taxing for both man and machine. Typical of Sebring are the enthusiastic and sometimes slightly crazy fans. They create a very special atmosphere. And in the fight for victory it’s extremely tough from start to finish.” – Patrick Pilet, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR

Drive Times: Minimum: 3 hours (PC/GTD); Maximum: 8 hours and no more than 4 hours in a 6-hour period

Tires: Continental Tire “Blacks” for P, PC and GTD classes. Multiple Michelin options for GTLM

Pit Stops: 45-50  minute stint length for P/PC; 55-60 minutes for GTLM/GTD

Weather: Scattered Thunderstorms, High: 83 F; 40 percent chance of rain

TV: Flag-to-flag coverage between FOX family of networks and

Saturday, March 19 (all times ET)
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. FOX Sports 1
12 -7 p.m. FOX Sports 2
7-10 p.m.
10-11 p.m. FOX Sports 2

Radio: Complete session-by-session coverage on IMSA Radio

Spotter’s Guide: Click Here

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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