ALMS Test Days At Sebring
With goings on at Bahrain taking some of our attention at the moment,
you might already know that the ALMS has initiated its own version
of Spring Training – at Sebring International Raceway, Jan.
"This test has been
organized in our continuing efforts to make participation in the
ALMS more affordable," said Tim Mayer, Chief Operating Officer
of IMSA. "The testing fees are discounted highly from Sebring's
normal winter testing rates and provide teams the perfect opportunity
to test and prepare for the upcoming season.
"We've had many
inquiries from teams and expect a turnout from across all four classes
of competition. This is even an opportunity for European teams to
accomplish significant testing at one of the most storied tracks
in sports car racing.
"We considered coming
up with a catchy name for this test, but in the end pragmatism won
out," continued Mayer. "This is all about providing a
practical and cost-effective testing option for our teams."
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring continues to grow each year and
having this series-wide testing session six weeks before race time
is a sign of that growth,” said Tres Stephenson, President
and General Manager of Sebring International Raceway. “The
test will be beneficial to everyone involved."
running of the 12 Hours is showing all the signs of being one of
the best ever.
The 3.7-mile circuit
will be open for testing from 08.00 to 17.00 on all four days, with
a scheduled one-hour lunch break daily at 12 noon. Teams will be
admitted into the paddock area on January 30.
The timing should
fit in well with any drivers wishing to be involved at Daytona towards
the end of that week: they would be required to miss the end of
the test days to be at Daytona Speedway for the first day of qualifying
for the Rolex 24.