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Sebring 12h Preview + ALMS season preview

The last season of the ALMS in 2013.

For the last time we’re seeing the LMP1 prototypes in North America endurance racing.

The ALMS and the Grand Am will merger next season to the USCR.

So this year is a very special year for North American Motorsport.

So everyone from every class is wants  to win the championship in their class.

Pikket vs. Dyson vs. Rebillion vs. Delta Wing in LMP1 and ESM vs. Level 5 in LMP2.

The LMPC will be close again and the GTE will be though as ever.

SRT, Corvette, Porsche, BMW, Aston Martin and Ferrari are battling for the last ALMS GTE title.

The calender stays the same as last years, with the classic season opener in Sebring, than with classy racing tracks like Mazda Laguna Seca, Road America or Lime Rock and of course for the big season finale at Road Atlanta- The Petit Le Mans.

Some memorable moments from the ALMS history:

2013 Race calender

Sebring 12h (11-16th March)

Long Beach (with Indycar) (19-20th April)

Mazda Laguna Seca (9-11th May)

Lime Rock (5-6th July)

Mosport (19-21st July)

Road America (9-11 August)

Baltimore (with Indycar) (30-31st August)

Circuit of the Americas (with WEC) (19-21st September)

VIR (3-5th October)

Petit Le Mans (16-19th October)

Sebring 12h Preview

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The 61st Sebring 12h wil be the last that has been held of the American Le Mans Series.

The ALMS is helding this endurance race since 1999.

So overall 42 cars are coming to one of the biggest endurance race in the world, but without the field of the WEC though.

I will now show who are the favourites to win this race.

Audi:

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Audi has the biggest chances to win the race.

They won this race from 2000-2008 and 2012.

Audi revised their R18 for 2013, especially in the aerodynamics.

Audi will use two R18 for Sebring, driven by Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis and the 2nd car by di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish.

Rebellion-Lotus:

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Rebillion are the best privatiers in the LMP1 class.

This Lola B12/60 has an reliable Toyota engine, so it shouln’t be a problem to claim the 12 hours.

But Rebillion is 2 seconds off the pace, set by Audi so i can’t see a realistic chance for a pole, but for win?

Maybe, if McNish is driving his R18 against the tire barrier like he did in FP1 or of course a technical failure.

The Rebillion-Lotus-Lola-Toyota will be driven by Beche/Cheng/Belicchi and Prost/Heidfeld/Jani.

HPD-Pikket:

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Pikket won the ALMS title last year, so they know how to win races especially the Sebring 12h.

I don’t think that Dyson as an chance to beat them, see last season.

The HPD ARX-03c is way faster.

This car will driven by Graf/Luhr/Dumas

Start list of the 61st Sebring 12 hour:

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LMP1:

Fassler/Treluyer/Jarvis             Audi R18 e-tron quattro

di Grassi/Kristensen/McNish   Audi R18 e-tron quattro

Graf/Luhr/Dumas                         HPD ARX-03c

Prost/Heidfeld/Jani                     Lola B12/60

Beche/Cheng/Belicchi                Lola B12/60

Dyson/Smith/Leitzinger          Lola B12/60

Meyrick/Pla                                   Delta Wing LM12

LMP2:

Tucker/Hunter-Reay/Pagenaud  HPD ARX-03b

Tucker/Franchitti/Briscoe           HPD ARX-03b

Kimber-Smith/Zugel/Lux             Zytek Z11SN

Brown/van Overbeek/Lazzaro  HPD ARX-03b

Sharp/Cosmo/Brabham                 HPD-ARX-03b

LMPC:

Bennett/Braun/Wilkins                                ORECA FLM09

Marcelli/Cumming/Johansson                ORECA FLM09

Drissi/Mitchell/Ducote                               ORECA FLM09

Nunez/Shears/Heinemeier Hansson     ORECA FLM09

Junqueira/Popow/Ende                             ORECA FLM09

Schultis/Simon/Kaffer                                ORECA FLM09

Cheng/Guasch/Ostella                                ORECA FLM09

GTE:

Bruni/Beretta/Malucelli               Ferrari 458 Italia                

Turner/Mucke/Senna                    Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Gavin/Milner/Westbrook            Corvette ZR1

Auberlen/Martin/Müller J.        BMW Z4

Müller D./Hand/Edwards            BMW Z4

Henzler/Sellers/Tandy                Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Magnussen/Garcia/Taylor        Corvette ZR1

Dalziel/Farnbacher/Goossens  SRT Viper GTS-R

Bomarito/Kendall/Wittmer       SRT Viper GTS-R

Miller/Holzer/Lietz                       Porsche 911 GT3 RSR

Sweedler/Bell/Keen                      Ferrari 458 Italia

Dalla Lana/Johnson/Lamy        Aston Martin V12 Vantage

GTC (IMSA GTC Cup Challenge):

MacNeil/Bleekemolen/von Moltke        Porsche 911 GT3 Cup

Cisneros/Seefried/Edwards

 Carter/Estre/de Quesada 

Ehret/Imperatori/Sandberg 

Dempsey/Lally/Foster

 Canache, Jr./Pumpelly/Wong 

 Keating/Faulkner/Stanton

Calvert-Jones/Maassen/Aschenbac 

Gomez/Farnbacher/Giermaziak 

Hedlund/Heylen/Fogarty 

 Avenatti/Davis/Faieta

Track Preview:

Sebring International Raceway:

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Surface: Asphalt/Concrete

Length: 3.74 miles (6.02 km)

Lap Record: 1:43.274 (Sebastian Bourdais, Peugoet 908 HDI FAP 2009)

Turns: 17

Social:

Twitter: @sebringraceway

Facebook: Sebring International Raceway

Youtube: ALMSOfficialvideos

USCR- United Sports Car Racing 2014

The name of the mergerd series between the ALMS and the Grand-Am will be the United Sports Car Racing.

The class names will be:

P-Prototype: Daytona Prototype, LMP2 and the Delta Wing

PC-Prototype challenge: LMPC

GT Le Mans: GTE

GT Daytona: GT (from Grand Am)

GTC: Porsche 911 GTC

The calender of the new series will inclued the 24h of Daytona, Sebring 12 Hour, Circuit of the Americas, Watkins Glen, Petit Le Mans  and street races like Long Beach, Detroit and Baltimore.

The IMSA has also a new logo.

But entries, fuel, Prototype regualtions will be confirmed through the year.

ALMS/Grand Am 2014 merger live

The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series series are coming together in 2014.

Today in 1 hour the ALMS and the Grand Am will reveal the unified series name, logo, branding and the class names.

You can see the reveal live on Grand-Am.com

Also follow ALMS on Twitter for updates during the reveal.

Ganassi-BMW wins the 24h of Daytona 2013

Ganassi-BMW squad Juan Pablo Montoya, Charlie Kimball, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won after 678 laps the 51st Rolex 24h of Daytona, the season opener of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series ahead of  the  Wayne Taylor Racing Chevy Corvette from Ryan Hunter-Reay, Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor.

Montoya wins for the 3rd time after 2007 and 2008, for Pruett it’s already the 5th win after 1994, 2007, 2008 and 2011, he equals with Hurley Haywood.

In GT class Alex Job Racing drivers Filipe Albuquerque, Oliver Jarvis, Edoardo Mortara and Dion von Moltke won in a Audi R8 ahead of the APR drivers Marc Basseng, Rene Rast, Frank Stippler and Ian Baas.

In the new GX class Naptelon-Porsche won with Camache/Donohue/Lewis/Norman.

It was a spectacular race with a DP (Daytona Prototype) lead battle in the last three hours.

In GT class Markus Winkelhock in the Rum Bum Audi R8 was on second position until the last lap when he run out of fuel and was ending the race with the 7th position.

The new GX class with cars with alternative engines and technologies had only six cars including three Naptelon Porsche Cayman S and three Mazda 6 from the Speed Source team, But the Mazda 6 with the Diesel engine didn’t had so much speed, actually it was the slowest car of the field. Mazda should have invested in the LMP2 Diesel eingine for Le Mans this year than for a GX car. And the Grand Am ist the only series that has this class.

The 51st Daytona 24h was the last in his current form. Than next year are ALMS and Grand Am doing one North American Sports Car series mergue. So we’re seeing LMP2 and GTE cars driving in Daytona, this will be exciting.

The next round of the Grand Am Rolex Sports Car Series 2013  is on the 2nd March at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas.

 

Results from the Daytona Prototypes:

01. 01 Ganassi-BMW (Kimball/Montoya/Pruett/Rojas) – 709 Runden

02. 10 Wayne-Taylor-Chevrolet (Angelelli/Hunter-Reay/Taylor) – +21.921

03. 60 Shank-Ford (Allmendinger/Ambrose/Negri/Pew/Wilson) – +55.585

04. 9 Action-Express-Chevrolet (Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Frisselle/Rockenfeller) – 1 Runde

05. 90 Spirit-of-Daytona-Chevrolet (Garcia/Gavin/Taylor/Westbrook) -12

06. 2 Starworks-Ford (Bourdais/Dalziel/McNish/Popow) -13

07. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Chevrolet (Fogarty/Gidley/Gurney/Law) -14

08. 5 Action-Express-Chevrolet (Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Friselle/Nasr/Piquet Jr.) -21

09. 42 Sahlen-BMW (Cameron/Nonnamaker/Pagenaud) -45

10. 3 8Star-Chevrolet (Davidson/Lamy/Minassian/Potolicchio/Sarrazin) -92

11. 02 Ganassi-BMW (Dixon/Franchitti/Hand/McMurray) -115

12. 50 Highway-to-Help-BMW (Beck/de Quesada/Defoor/James/Pace) -192

13. 6 Shank-Ford (Cumming/Concalvez/Valiante/Yacaman) -201

14. 8 Starworks Ford (Baron/Bellarosa/Charouz/Hartley/Mayer/Perez) -268

15. 43 Sahlen-BMW (Junqueira/Nonnamaker/Nonnamaker/Sahlen) -287

16. 27 BTE-Ford (Anassis/Massari/Peterson) -405

17. 77 Doran-Ford (Bennett/Braun/Lowe/Tracy) -423

Results from the GT class:

01. 24 Alex Job (Albuquerque/Jarvis/Mortara/von Moltke) – Audi R8 – 678 Runden

02. 52 APR (Baas/Basseng/Rast/Stippler) – Audi R8 – +1.476

03. 69 AIM (Assentato/Lazzaro/Longhi/Wilkins) – Ferrari 458 – +14.057

04. 63 Scuderia Corsa (Balzan/Beretta/Frezza/Pier Guidi) – Ferrari 458 -+31.642

05. 44 Magnus (Amindo/Lally/Lietz/Potter) – Porsche GT3 – +2.351

06. 23 Alex Job (Bleekemolen/Faulkner/Holzer/MacNeil) – Porsche GT3 – +18.249

07. 13 Rum-Bum-Racing (Biela/Haase/Plumb/Winkelhock) – Audi R8 -1 Runde

08. 56 AF/Waltrip (Aguas/Bowyer/Kauffman/Waltrip) – Ferrari 458 -1 Runde

09. 03 Extreme Speed (Brown/Hedlund/Sharp/van Osterbeek) – Ferrari 458 -5

10. 17 Burtin (Baldwin/Burtin/Farnbacher/Ragginger/Renauer) – Porsche GT3 -6

11. 62 Snow/Wright (Bachler/Maassen/Seefried/Snow/Snow) – Porsche GT3 -10

12. 51 APR (Bell/Empringham/Farano/Figge/Lacey) – Audi R8 -11

13. 59 Brumos (Davis/Keen/Lieb/Sellers) – Porsche GT3 -15

14. 72 Park Place (Cole/Dumolin/Phipps/Skeen/Vess) – Porsche GT3 -21

15. 45 Magnus (Boden/Carter/Espenlaub/Plumb/Putman) – Porsche GT3 -22

16. 73 Park Place (Graeff/Hart/Lindsey/Long/Pumpelly) – Porsche GT372 -25

17. 78 Racers Edge (Camarillo/Fuentes/Peralta/De Lara) – Mazda RX-8 -44

18. 94 Turner (Auberlen/Dalla Lana/Johnson/Martin/Said) – BMW M3 -47

19. 80 TruSpeed (Collins/Fogg/Haacker/Walsh) – Porsche GT3 -51

20. 66 TRG (Bergmeister/Farnbacher/Keating/Wittmer) – Porsche GT3 -56

21. 61 Risi/AIM (Fisichella/Papis/Segal/Vilander) – Ferrari 458 -64

22. 19 Muehlner (Costabal) – Porsche GT3 -68

23. 57 Stevenson (Edwards/Liddell/Magnussen/Milner) – Camaro GT.R -79

24. 64 Scuderia Corsa (Longo/Matos/Negrao/Serra) – Ferrari 458 -98

25. 30 NGT/Momo (Cisneros/Edwards/Giermaziak/Pilet) – Porsche GT3 -136

26. 67 TRG (Collard/Dumas/Jonsson/Krohn) – Porsche GT3 -220

27. 20 Dener (Figueiredo/Junior/Lunardi/Mauricio/Visconde) – Porsche GT3 -292

28. 21 Dener (Barrichello/Figueireido/Giaffone/Kanaan/Mauricio) – Porsche GT3 -326

29. 68 TRG (Breukers/Lewis/Michaelian/van de Laar) – Porsche GT3 -394

30. 18 Muehlner (Estre/Thomas) – Porsche GT3 -450

31. 32 Konrad/Orbit (Christensen/Engelhart/Tandy/Willsey) – Porsche GT3 -497

32. 31 Marsh (Achenbach/Curren/Davis/Said) – Corvette – 542

33. 87 Vehicle Technologies (Ave/Heylen/Peterson) – Dodge Viper -677

 

Results from the GX class:

01. 16 Napleton (Camache/Donohue/Lewis/Norman) – Porsche Cayman – 635 Runden

02. 22 Bullet (Clay/O’Young/Rogers/Thomas/Thmpson) – Porsche Cayman -10

03. 38 BGB (Davis/Eversley/Foss/Mosing/Tecce) – Porsche Cayman -21

04. 70 Speedsource (Bomarito/Franchitti/Hinchcliffe/Tremblay) – Mazda6 GX -584

05. 25 Speedsource (Carbonell/Long/O’Doski/Whitis) – Mazda6 GX -590

06. 00 Speedsource (Miller/Nunez/Pigot/Terada/Vautier) – Mazda6 GX -602