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IMSA News & Notes, 3.11

The latest news and notes from the IMSA paddock ahead of 12H Sebring…

Photo: Oliver Gavin

Photo: Oliver Gavin

***A number of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams tested at Sebring on Monday and Tuesday, including Corvette Racing, Wayne Taylor Racing, Racing and Action Express Racing. The GM-sponsored test also saw the debut of Larbre Competition’s Corvette C7.R, which is destined for the FIA World Endurance Championship.

***Magnus Racing and drivers Andy Lally, John Potter and Marco Seefried were also on hand, but for Monday only, while Risi Competizione, Starworks Motorsport and BMW Team RLL are scheduled to test at the historic airfield circuit today and tomorrow.

***BMW Team RLL is expected to unveil new liveries for its two BMW Z4 GTE cars later this week at the Ameilia Island Concours d’Elegance. BMW of North America is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and also 40 years of its first overall win at the Twelve Hours of Sebring.

***DeltaWing Racing, looking to rebound after an early end at the Rolex 24, is testing at Road Atlanta today with full-season drivers Katherine Legge and Memo Rojas.

***IMSA confirmed Wednesday that Patron ESM’s HPD ARX-03b will run in the same Balance of Performance configuration as its outgoing 04b coupe, which sees the cars at a 940 kg minimum weight and a 32.5 mm (x2) air restrictor. As with the rest of the P2 cars at Sebring, it will utilize the standard downforce aero kit.

***Oliver Gavin will again compete in the V8 Supercars Pirtek Endurance Cup this year, teaming with Nick Percat in the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden Commodore for the Sandown 500, Bathurst 1000 and Gold Coast 600 later this year. The GM factory driver finished 8th in the final points standings last year, highlighted by a podium finish at Mt. Panorama.

***Christian Potolicchio will make his return to the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda series this year, driving again for 8Star Motorsports. The Florida-based team has reversed its decision to compete in the championship in order to give the second-generation rising star a chance of the championship.

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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