SEBRING, Florida: Fans who can’t wait another month for the 12 Hours of Sebring can get their racing fix next week, when the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is holding the Sebring February Test, a four-day test session beginning Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) morning. On-track action will take place up to 5 pm on all four days.
The first two days of the test will be free to the public, as the main gates to the track will be open. The cars on the track will be those competing in the support races for the 12 Hours; the Continental Tire Challenge, IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tire and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Ultra94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama cars will also be at the test, although it will not be competing during race week.
On Thursday and Friday (Friday and Saturday in Manila), the WeatherTech cars take over the raceway and fans can attend for $10 per day, although fans with tickets for the 12 Hours will get in free. Fans can also bring their 12 Hours of Sebring tickets or stop in the office and have their purchase verified by computer. Active military members and current college students with IDs can receive 50 percent off the purchase of a four-day Superticket.
Cars from all four WeatherTech classes will be present and with the new regulations cutting back on the number of private testing days each team is allowed, all of the teams competing in the 12 Hours are expecting to be on hand. The test will offer Sebring fans a chance to see a number of cars for the first time, including the anticipated Sebring debut of the Ford GT.
O’Gara Motorsports confirmed its entry into the 12 Hours last week in its Lamborghini Huracán GT3 after concerns the program may be hindered by financial concerns.
There will be no overnight camping allowed during the test.
After the test, the next big event at the racetrack will be the traditional unofficial start to race week when the fifth annual Run the Track event takes place on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) March 12.