WEC unveils 36 cars entered for 1000 Miles of Sebring season opener
Commitment for the March 18 race is down from the 37 cars entered in the provisional entry released last month after Russian competitor G-Drive Racing withdrew from international sportscar racing last week.
The field for the second edition of the 1000-mile match on the lower map of the IMSA SportsCar Championship round of the 12 Hours of Sebring is three cars short of the 39 in the full WEC season, which includes the two Peugeot 9X8 Le Mans Hypercars which are now set to race for the first time at Monza in July.
This means the Hypercar class is made up of just four cars: the two Toyota GR010 HYBRIDs, a Glickenhaus-Pipo 007 LMH and the grandfathered Alpine-Gibson A480 LMP1 car.
LMP2 commitment now stands at 15 cars from 16 after G-Drive withdrew following Russian invasion of Ukraine and conditions imposed by FIA on Russian teams and drivers participating in motorsport international.
Each of the five cars in GTE Pro – two cars each from Porsche and Ferrari and a single Chevrolet – will contest a race lasting up to eight hours with two drivers in each car as scheduled.
This contrasts with the approach of some manufacturers during the first Sebring 1000 Miles in 2019: Ferrari with Ford and BMW and Aston Martin with one of its cars, all of which no longer participate in the WEC, ran three drivers.
WEC returns to Sebring for the first time since 2019 after the last two editions of the 1000-mile race were canceled due to COVID-19
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The German Project 1 team has entered Dane Mikkel Pedersen in his #46 Porsche 911 RSR, but has yet to name the mandatory bronze-rated driver.
David Pittard, who was announced as part of the NorthWest AMR Aston Martin lineup in January, is missing from the entry list alongside car owner Paul Dalla Lana and Nicki Thiim.
Track action at Sebring begins this weekend with the official two-day pre-season prologue test.
The Sebring 1000 Miles meeting kicks off with two free practice sessions on Wednesday 16 March.
The race starts at 12:00 p.m. local time on Friday, March 18, four hours earlier than in 2019.