ALMS Winter Test Underway At Sebring

Sebring, Fla. – Thirty-three teams participated in the American LeMans Series winter test this week at Sebring International Raceway. The teams came to the historic track to begin preparations for the 59th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, taking place the weekend of March 19.

Leading the way in the first day of practice was the Muscle Milk Aston Marin of Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr. Their top speed around the flat 3.7-mile road course was 120.510 miles per hour.

The Dyson Racing Mazda team of Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Jay Cochran timed second fastest at 119.955 mph.

Topping the GT category was the swift Corvette ZR1 of Oliver Gavin, Richard Westbrooke and Jan Magnussen at 108.975 mph.

For the upcoming spectacle, the series has received 59 entries, which equals the record set in 2002.

The ALMS is coming off a banner season with an average of 33 teams for each event, and they are projecting an average of 35 to 37 entries for the year ahead. The series averaged some 80,000 fans for race weekends in 2010, and fans in the 18 to 34 years demographic category soared, doubling within a two-year period.

Television coverage for 2011 will switch to ABC and ESPN through an innovative broadcast and digital package that presents live coverage of certain events and same-day coverage of others with all races aired on, the web-based broadcast medium – the hottest trend in airing event coverage. – ESPN’s signature broadband sports network – will deliver nearly 60 hours of live coverage including 60-minute qualifying shows from each event along with pre- and post-race content. The coverage can also be seen worldwide on a variety of ESPN’s global web-based platforms.

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