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46 Entered for Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

On Wednesday, IMSA released the Provisional Entry List for the 65th Running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.  The 12-hour race on Mar. 18 is Round No. 2 of both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.  46 cars are entered in the four classes.

In the Prototype ranks, 11 teams are entered.  Most of the teams are fielding three drivers instead of the four they had at Daytona.  Action Express Racing’s No. 5 and Visit Florida Racing’s No. 90 are completely unchanged as they ran the Rolex 24 at Daytona with three drivers.  Brendon Hartley is only listed in Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 22 after being entered in both of the Nissan DPi’s at Daytona.  Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 22 is the only entry in the class with four drivers.

Likely the biggest change is Alex Lynn in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. for Wayne Taylor Racing.  The move, which was announced last month, sees Lynn replacing Max Angelelli, who chose to retire after the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Jeff Gordon is not entered in the No. 10.  He has TV responsibilities for FOX Sports in Phoenix that weekend.

The only Prototype team from Daytona not entered is DragonSpeed, but that was expected.  The team was only expected to race at Daytona before returning to Europe in order to prepare for the European Le Mans Series season.

Prototype Challenge has a number of changes given the low number of entries (four).  Starworks Motorsport has entered only one car, the No. 8.  As of right now, only James Dayson, a former IMSA Prototype Lites racer who drove the No. 88 at Daytona, is entered.  Additional drivers will be named later this week.

For BAR1 Motorsports, full-time drivers Buddy Rice and Don Yount are joined by Manitoba’s Daniel Burkett.  Burkett will be making his third career start for the team, but the first since 2015.  Last year, Burkett raced full-time for CJ Wilson Racing in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with Marc Miller as a teammate and finished second in Grand Sport points.

BAR1 Motorsports’ second entry welcomes Marc Drumwright back to the team.  He joins Chapman Ducote and Gustavo Yacaman in the No. 26, who both move over from the No. 20.  Performance Tech Motorsports has their Daytona-winning lineup, minus Nick Boulle.

GT Le Mans has ten strong entries.  Everyone from Daytona is here with the exception of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s fourth entry (No. 69).  The most visible change here will be a number change for BMW Team RLL.  At Daytona, the team ran a special BMW Art Car designed by John Baldessaro that wore the No. 19 since it was the 19th BMW Art Car.  For the rest of the year, the car will run the No. 25.  For Sebring, the rechristened No. 25 will have Kuno Wittmer move over from the No. 24 to join full-season drivers Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims.

GT Daytona is down from 27 to 21 entries for Sebring.  Not entered are a number of part-time and one-off entries (Konrad Racing’s No. 21 Lamborghini, Spirit of Race’s No. 51 Ferrari, Manthey Racing’s No. 59 Porsche, GRT Grasser Racing Team’s No. 61 Lamborghini, Aston Martin Racing’s No. 98 Aston Martin and The Racers Group’s No. 991 Porsche).  Despite the drop in numbers, it should still be a very strong contingent.

All but three of the teams entered have three drivers listed.  Daytona class winners Alegra Motorsports is an exception to the rule.  The team has added Spencer Pumpelly to their lineup, replacing Michael de Quesada.  Jesse Lazare is also not entered.  Pumpelly tested the No. 28 Porsche at both the Roar Before the 24 and the Sebring Open Test.  In addition, Pumpelly helped the team out behind the scenes during the Rolex 24 weekend.

GRT Grasser Racing Team has also replaced Ezequiel Perez Companc in their No. 11 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 with American racer Richard Antinucci.  Antinucci is a very quick driver, having set the fastest GT Daytona lap in last year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona for the now shuttered O’Gara Motorsport.  However, Antinucci has had trouble finding decent rides here in the United States.cc

2017 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Entry List

Prototype2 - Tequila Patron ESMRyan Dalziel
Pipo Derani
Scott Sharp
Nissan DPi
GT Le Mans3 - Corvette RacingAntonio Garcia
Jan Magnussen
Mike Rockenfeller
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
GT Le Mans4 - Corvette RacingMarcel Fässler
Oliver Gavin
Tommy Milner
Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
Prototype5 - Action Express RacingFilipe Albuquerque
Joao Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
Prototype Challenge8 - Starworks MotorsportJames DaysonORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
Prototype10 - Wayne Taylor RacingAlexander Lynn
Jordan Taylor
Ricky Taylor
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona11 - GRT Grasser Racing TeamRichard Antinucci
Mirko Bortolotti
Christian Engelhart
Rolf Ineichen
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Prototype13 - REBELLION RacingSebastien Buemi
Nick Heidfeld
Neel Jani
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona14 - 3GT RacingIan James
Sage Karam
Scott Pruett
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona15 - 3GT RacingRobert Alon
Austin Cindric
Jack Hawksworth
Lexus RC F GT3
GT Daytona16 - Change RacingCorey Lewis
Jeroen Mul
Brett Sandberg
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona18 - DAC MotorsportsEmanuel Anassis
Brandon Gdovic
Anthony Massari
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
Prototype Challenge20 - BAR1 MotorsportsDaniel Burkett
Buddy Rice
Don Yount
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
Prototype22 - Tequila Patron ESMEd Brown
Brendon Hartley
Bruno Senna
Johannes van Overbeek
Nissan DPi
GT Daytona23 - Alex Job RacingTownsend Bell
Frankie Montecalvo
Bill Sweedler
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans24 - BMW Team RLLNicky Catsburg
John Edwards
Martin Tomczyk
GT Le Mans25 - BMW Team RLLBill Auberlen
Alexander Sims
Kuno Wittmer
Prototype Challenge26 - BAR1 MotorsportsMarc Drumwright
Chapman Ducote
Gustavo Yacaman
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona27 - Dream RacingLawrence DeGeorge
Paolo Ruberti
Cedric Sbirrazzuoli
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona28 - Alegra MotorsportsMichael Christensen
Carlos de Quesada
Daniel Morad
Spencer Pumpelly
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona29 - Montaplast by Land-MotorsportConnor de Phillippi
Jules Gounon
Christopher Mies
Audi R8 LMS GT3
Prototype31 - Action Express RacingDane Cameron
Mike Conway
Eric Curran
Cadillac DPi-V.R.
GT Daytona33 - Riley MotorsportsJeroen Bleekemolen
Mario Farnbacher
Ben Keating
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype Challenge38 - Performance Tech MotorsportsJames French
Kyle Masson
Patricio O'Ward
ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet
GT Daytona46 - EBIMOTORSFabio Babini
Michele Beretta
Emanuele Busnelli
Emmanuel Collard
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona48 - Paul Miller RacingBryan Sellers
Madison Snow
Dion von Moltke
Lamborghini Huracan GT3
GT Daytona50 - Riley Motorsports (WeatherTech Racing)Gunnar Jeannette
Cooper MacNeil
Shane van Gisbergen
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype52 - PR1/Mathiasen MotorsportsMike Guasch
José Gutierrez
Tom Kimber-Smith
Ligier JS P217-Gibson
GT Daytona54 - CORE autosportJon Bennett
Colin Braun
Nic Jonsson
Porsche 911 GT3 R
Prototype55 - Mazda MotorsportsJonathan Bomarito
Tristan Nunez
Spencer Pigot
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona57 - Stevenson MotorsportsLawson Aschenbach
Matt Bell
Andrew Davis
Audi R8 LMS GT3
GT Le Mans62 - Risi CompetizioneJames Calado
Giancarlo Fisichella
Toni Vilander
Ferrari 488 GTE
GT Daytona63 - Scuderia CorsaAlessandro Balzan
Matteo Cressoni
Christina Nielsen
Ferrari 488 GT3
GT Le Mans66 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingSébastien Bourdais
Joey Hand
Dirk Müller
Ford GT
GT Le Mans67 - Ford Chip Ganassi RacingRyan Briscoe
Scott Dixon
Richard Westbrook
Ford GT
GT Le Mans68 - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing UKBilly Johnson
Stefan Mücke
Olivier Pla
Ford GT
Prototype70 - Mazda MotorsportsMarino Franchitti
Tom Long
Joel Miller
Mazda RT24-P
GT Daytona73 - Park Place MotorsportsJörg Bergmeister
Patrick Lindsey
Matt McMurry
Porsche 911 GT3 R
GT Daytona75 - SunEnergy1 RacingKenny Habul
Boris Said
Tristan Vautier
Mercedes-AMG GT3
Prototype85 - JDC/Miller MotorSportsMikhail Goikhberg
Chris Miller
Stephen Simpson
ORECA 07-Gibson
GT Daytona86 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianTom Dyer
Oswaldo Negri Jr.
Jeff Segal
Acura NSX GT3
Prototype90 - Visit Florida RacingMarc Goossens
René Rast
Renger van der Zande
Riley Mk. 30-Gibson
GT Daytona93 - Michael Shank Racing with Curb-AgajanianAndy Lally
Katherine Legge
Mark Wilkins
Acura NSX GT3
GT Daytona96 - Turner MotorsportJens Klingmann
Jesse Krohn
Justin Marks
GT Le Mans911 - Porsche GT TeamFrédéric Makowiecki
Patrick Pilet
Dirk Werner
Porsche 911 RSR
GT Le Mans 912 - Porsche GT TeamKevin Estré
Richard Lietz
Laurens Vanthoor
Porsche 911 RSR

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