Winter Test time for the ALMS
Highlands TodaySEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will be in "preview mode" next week as a significant group of teams participate in the annual Winter Test at Sebring International Raceway. The Feb. 7 AND 8 test comes a little more than a month out from the season-opening 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
Published: February 2, 2013
Published: February 2, 2013
There are plenty of noteworthy additions to take in. Muscle Milk Pickett Racing will continue testing its 2013-spec Honda Performance Development ARX-03c in advance its goal of a successful defense of the ALMS' P1 championship.
In GT, three manufacturers and five teams will go through the paces. Team Falken Tire is back with a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, as is Paul Miller Racing. The latter, though, adds Michelin tires and Porsche factory driver Marco Holzer to its arsenal.
Risi Competizione returns to the ALMS with its familiar No. 62 Ferrari F458 GT, as does Extreme Speed Motorsports with its Tequila Patrón-liveried Ferraris. SRT Motorsports continues preparing for its first full season in ALMS with a pair of SRT Viper GTS-R entries.
Four Prototype Challenge cars will participate in the test—two from BAR 1 Motorsports (including one that features former Le Mans winner Stefan Johansson) and single entries from Performance Tech,with star rookie Tristan Nunez, and defending class champion CORE autosport.
In GT Challenge, JDX Racing and defending class champion Alex Job Racing are back with Porsche 911 GT3 Cup entries. A new face to the class—but certainly not the ALMS—is Flying Lizard Motorsports with its first-year entry into GTC.
In addition to the two-day ALMS test, IMSA's three development championships—the Cooper Tire Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin are on-track Tuesday and Wednesday. Cooper Tires USF2000 powered by Mazda will be present as well.
Admission is $10 per person, per day with no overnight camping permitted. ALMS live timing and scoring will be available at alms.com.
The new ALMS season goes green with the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 16. The race will air live starting at 10:30 a.m. ET on SPEED, and ticket information is available through ALMS.com.
Team Falken Tire
Team Falken Tire drivers Bryan Sellers and Wolf Henzler will be joined by Porsche Factory driver Nick Tandy for select races in the 2013 American Le Mans Series schedule. Under returning Team Manager Derrick Walker, Tandy will stand as the third Falken Tire driver at the 12 Hours of Sebring season opener March 13-16.
"To join Wolf and Bryan, and Derrick Walker's team is an honor and something I intend to make the most of," said Tandy. "Falken Tire has been having great results with its partnership with Porsche on both sides of the Atlantic and I hope to be able to contribute to even more development and success." Tandy, 28, became Porsche's 10th Factory driver in December following his championship win of 2012 Porsche Cup, as well as the 2011 Porsche Carrera Cup Deutchland Championship.
"It is great to have Nick on board, and a fellow countryman at that," said Derrick Walker. "With a wide range of experience in working with Porsche, he will be for sure an asset to the Falken Motorsports program."
"Nick will be a great contribution to Team Falken Tire," agreed Bryan Sellers. "He was very successful last year in the RSR and will be able to bring a new perspective and outlook to our tire development. We are very excited to be welcoming into our team. "
Tandy will be the second Porsche Works driver with Falken Tire, joining six-year Works driver Wolf Henlzer. "I'm looking forward to have a Porsche Factory Driver as our third Driver for the Sebring 12h this year," said Henzler. "Last year, Nick showed everybody in Open GT last year that he is a fast driver in a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR and is consistent behind the wheel. I am sure he will fit in our team perfectly."
Team Falken Tire will return with the 2012 Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the continuation of the quest of the ALMS GT Championship.
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