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Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

Pipo Derani in Sunset Bend during practice for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, 3/17/2022 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be in Sebring, Fla. this week for their second biggest race of the year, 12 hours around a former air force base. 54 teams are entered for the event in five classes.

The GTP class has eight entries, down from nine in Daytona. The sole car that is not entered is Chip Ganassi Racing’s No. 02 Cadillac. This car is still in Sebring because it is Ganassi’s full-time entrant in the FIA World Endurance Championship. In other words, you’ll see it race Friday.

Otherwise, changes are limited in the class. All 24 drivers entered in the race were with their teams at Daytona.

There are eight LMP2 teams, down from 10 at Daytona. The two teams that are not entered are the two European part-time entries from Proton Competition and AF Corse.

Nolan Siegel, who is racing full-time in Firestone Indy NXT this year, has joined Crowdstrike Racing by APR alongside Colin Braun and George Kurtz. Siegel impressed a lot of onlookers with his pace for Inter Europol Competition last month during the Asian Le Mans Series season. This will mark Siegel’s IMSA debut in the LMP2 class, having previously raced in LMP3.

Team Penske’s Scott McLaughlin is back for another go-around with Tower Motorsports, something that was not confirmed back when Frontstretch talked with him in Daytona. By all indications, McLaughlin greatly enjoyed his experience with the team and compared racing LMP2 cars in endurance events to events like the Bathurst 1000.

The LMP3 class has 10 teams entered, an increase of one from Daytona. FASTMD Racing has also not entered the event, meaning that there are two new entrants. The first is Jr III Racing’s No. 30. Ari Balogh and Garret Grist will drive the car for the remainder of the season. They’ll be joined in Sebring by Dakota Dickerson.

The other is Ave Motorsports, which has raced LMP3 cars for years, but has never entered one in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They will field a Ligier JS P320-Nissan for Trenton Estep, Tonis Kasemets and Seth Lucas.

For Lucas, Sebring will mark his IMSA debut. Previously, Lucas raced for Hattori Motorsports in SRO America and is currently confirmed to race in Fanatec GT World Challenge America full-time. Estep raced for MDK Motorsports in Daytona, while Kasemets has a couple of previous starts.

At Performance Tech Motorsports, the team announced Monday that Tristan Nunez will join the team for Sebring, along with Robert…

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