According to the entry list released today from IMSA, the bumpy, flat, 3.74-mile road course of Sebring International Raceway will host a total of 34 cars for the two-day IMSA-sanctioned test on Thursday and Friday, Feb. 23-24.
The Prototype class has a 10-car entry, including Rolex 24 winners Jordan and Ricky Taylor in the #10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPI-V.R. The Taylor brothers will be joined by their new endurance racing teammate, Briton Alex Lynn, who replaces the newly retired Max Angelelli.
Also entered in the Prototype class are both of the Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi entries. The team won last year at Sebring with drivers Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp, Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown sharing the same car. This year, Derani and Sharp are sharing the team’s #2 entry with Ryan Dalziel, while Brown and van Overbeek are paired with FIA World Endurance Champion, Porsche factory driver Brendon Hartley in the #22.
There are eight GT Le Mans (GTLM) class entries for the test, including reigning Rolex 24 and 24 Hours of Le Mans champions Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais in the #66 Ford GT from Ford Chip Ganassi Racing; as well as 2016 Sebring GTLM winners Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler.
The GT Daytona (GTD) class has 15 entries, which includes Daytona winners Carlos de Quesada and Daniel Morad in the #28 Alegra Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R. De Quesada and Morad will be joined for the test by Spencer Pumpelly, who played a pivotal coaching role for the team at Daytona.
A single Prototype Challenge (PC) class entry has been filed, the #20 ORECA from BAR1 Motorsports for co-drivers Chapman Ducote and Gustavo Yacaman.
The next opportunity to show that is coming up on March 15-18 in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The bumpy, flat, 3.74-mile road course invariably rewards preparation and reliability more than outright pace, and there’s no place to hide for teams that aren’t ready for the rigors of the historic race.