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    12 Hours of Sebring (March 18th) Speed Television 10:30am EST (US)

    The new TD Audi's in P1 will go up against the challenging Dyson team (Lola), as well as the improved Porsche RS Spyder, who was very capable of taking overall lead in the 2005 season finale (leguna Seca).

    As always the EPIC battle between Team Corvette and Aston Martin will be center stage, as the Aston's have been given a larger intake restictor, as well as a 50 kilo reduction in weight. The Saleen SR7 has also been given a larger intake restictor, and a larger fuel neck which will reduce refueling times considerably, while the Corvette's remain with their 2005 specs, but bring 2 NEW cars to the battle.

    The story rages on in GT2, (former GT3) as Team BWM PTG is BACK with the famous E46 M3 in all it's dominating glory. Team White Lightning and Flying Lizard are atemptimg to continue their dominance in their Porsche GT3 RSR's. Rizi Competitzione is fielding a BRAND NEW Ferrari F430 Berlinetta. As always Team Panoz is looking to reclaim their win at Road Atlanta last year with a hopefull victory at Sebring. The famous Peter Kox will drive a pair of Spyder C8's to challenge the dominating RSR's.

    Such a diverse field. Can the Spyder RS out pace the Audi TD? How will fuel economy have an effect? Can Corvette hold off a faster and lighter Aston Martin and Saleen. Is Porche dominance a thing of the past as BWM brings back their once banned M3? Will the F430 be able to wake up the sleeping giant Ferrari into coming back to sports car racing.

    This year's event promises to be exciting with epic battles in every class! For those who are not familiar, Sebring is in the US (Florida) and was built over an old WWII Airfield. The race is a 12 hour endurance race that starts in the morning and goes well into the dark hours of the night. Sebring is one of the most challenging, bumpiest, fastest road courses in the US. This will be the 54th running of the race. Over 200k people are expected to attend! Sebring is the oldest running sports car race in the US, and is the season open for the world class American LeMans Series.

    Hope you guys tune in! You won't be disappointed

    http://www.americanlemans.com/Events/Mob...%20schedule.pdf

    http://www.americanlemans.com/Events/Mob...g%20Entries.pdf

    http://www.americanlemans.com/home/index.aspx

    http://www.sebringraceway.com/pdfs/06-Raceway-Map.pdf

    Re: Sebring Entries

    CORVETTE RACING SEEKS REVENGE IN SEBRING

    Sebring, Fla. - It's the only blemish in an otherwise spotless record. In Corvette Racing's last 21 races, only once have Corvette drivers not been standing on the top step of the victory podium.

    Corvette Racing's C6.R race cars finished second and third in last year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in their competition debut, the team's only loss since the start of the 2004 season. Now with a pair of new Corvette C6.Rs ready for their racing baptism on March 18 in this year's edition of the classic 12-hour endurance contest, Corvette Racing is aiming to avenge the one that got away.

    The bottom line: The new Corvette C6.Rs must weigh 1180 kilograms (2601 pounds), a 176-pound increase over last year. Consequently the yellow Corvettes are now 121 pounds heavier than their Aston Martin and Saleen competitors. Adjustments to engine intake air restrictors have also benefited Corvette Racing's rivals.

    "We've demonstrated over the last 12 months our willingness to work with the sanctioning body to help teams that don't have the technology available to them that we have at Corvette Racing," said Fehan. "In the interest of great racing, sometimes adjustments have to be made for those whose car, technology and engineering are not the equal of the Corvette. Providing some rules concessions will help them to be competitive. This will strengthen the Series and ultimately add to the enjoyment of the fans."

    "I learned in the test that the additional weight has had an effect on the braking and handling of the car. The braking points have been backed up a little, and the corner exit speed is slightly slower. We're going to have to be more disciplined in our driving style to conserve the tires and brakes though a long run.

    "In spite of the extra weight, the Corvette C6.R is still a fantastic machine," Gavin declared. "The team is constantly improving each little part, and that's reflected in the results on the race track. Even though we have won a lot of races, they never sit back and think they've done enough. They're always pushing, always striving to make the car better."

    Ron Fellows, a three-time Sebring 12-hour winner with Corvette Racing, agreed: "The new car handles well, but we have to be conscious of brake and tire wear carrying that additional weight. The engineers have found ways to make improvements by fine tuning the chassis."

    Re: Sebring Entries

    Sebrng Updates.

    Audi is leading practice with the new Porsche Spyder extremely close behind.

    Corvette is ahead of Aston Martin bu a very close margin.

    BIG NEWS! Ferrari F430 is crushing the GT@ field...could be the end of Porsche reign.


    Re: Sebring Entries

    Corvette's mantain the lead from early on. It's a long race, but it's overall strategy that wins an endurance race, not just outright speed.

    http://www.imsaracing.net/2003/lt/ltc.html

    Re: Sebring Entries

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    95jersey said:
    CORVETTE RACING SEEKS REVENGE IN SEBRING

    Sebring, Fla. - It's the only blemish in an otherwise spotless record. In Corvette Racing's last 21 races, only once have Corvette drivers not been standing on the top step of the victory podium.

    Corvette Racing's C6.R race cars finished second and third in last year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in their competition debut, the team's only loss since the start of the 2004 season. Now with a pair of new Corvette C6.Rs ready for their racing baptism on March 18 in this year's edition of the classic 12-hour endurance contest, Corvette Racing is aiming to avenge the one that got away.

    The bottom line: The new Corvette C6.Rs must weigh 1180 kilograms (2601 pounds), a 176-pound increase over last year. Consequently the yellow Corvettes are now 121 pounds heavier than their Aston Martin and Saleen competitors. Adjustments to engine intake air restrictors have also benefited Corvette Racing's rivals.

    "We've demonstrated over the last 12 months our willingness to work with the sanctioning body to help teams that don't have the technology available to them that we have at Corvette Racing," said Fehan. "In the interest of great racing, sometimes adjustments have to be made for those whose car, technology and engineering are not the equal of the Corvette. Providing some rules concessions will help them to be competitive. This will strengthen the Series and ultimately add to the enjoyment of the fans."

    "I learned in the test that the additional weight has had an effect on the braking and handling of the car. The braking points have been backed up a little, and the corner exit speed is slightly slower. We're going to have to be more disciplined in our driving style to conserve the tires and brakes though a long run.

    "In spite of the extra weight, the Corvette C6.R is still a fantastic machine," Gavin declared. "The team is constantly improving each little part, and that's reflected in the results on the race track. Even though we have won a lot of races, they never sit back and think they've done enough. They're always pushing, always striving to make the car better."

    Ron Fellows, a three-time Sebring 12-hour winner with Corvette Racing, agreed: "The new car handles well, but we have to be conscious of brake and tire wear carrying that additional weight. The engineers have found ways to make improvements by fine tuning the chassis."



    Looks like they got their revenge...with 120lbs more than their competitors and a smaller intake restrictor. What a great race. I love endurance racing because strategy has so much more to do with it than a quick qualifying laps.

    Re: Sebring Entries

    Sebring was AWESOME this year. I watched almost all of the coverage on Speed.
    The GT1 battle was so exciting. Congrats to the Corvette team, that was a much deserved win.

     
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