FIA WEC/ALMS – Sebring 12 Hours – Entry List

As we get closer to the Sebring 12 Hours the list of confirmed drivers is growing and the number of available seats is rapidly going down. Here’s the latest list – including the new categories for the American Le Mans Series.

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20 Comments on FIA WEC/ALMS – Sebring 12 Hours – Entry List

  1. Is Merchant Services Racing the new name of Intersport? If so, I’m glad to see that they are back and will be supporting them. If not, I’m glad that Marcelli has a ride. There is a lack of very young non-paying drivers in prototypes and he seems to be the real deal. A massively underrated star.

  2. Looking good. One question though. Can someone explain the additional “0” before some of the startnumbers? There is a “6” and a “06” evenso a “16” and a “016”.

  3. @William, Merchant Services Racing is actually owned by Chapman Ducote because that’s his company, but that could be Intersport Racing because that could explain their lack of plans for this year so far.

  4. Yes, I also wonder if anybody knows what Jon and Clint Field are intending to do this year? No budget found for a 2012 ALMS season?
    About Newman/Haas: As far as I know they have closed the team after their withdrawal from Indycar and are not planning to enter any other series.

  5. Merchant Services is not Intersport. Chapman and the former Intersport team manager created this new team a couple months ago (originally called Bar1 Racing, then changed to Merchant). As far as I know, Intersport do not have any plans unless they get a paying driver or sponsor.

    Newman Hass was supposed to have a p2 car (heard it a lot over the last couple months) but nothing has developed yet

  6. Thats a shame on both counts. Intersport was one of the ALMS’s heritage teams and I can make my peace with them not running their Lola AER with the ridiculous turbo pressure as long as they are in LMPC, but to not have them on the grid is sad.

  7. Dagys mentioned a few P2 cars are expected to join the ALMS as the season progresses, one is possibly Starworks.

  8. @JAG, I would be very surprised if Starworks didn’t run at least a couple of rounds of the ALMS, though I am sure running two DPs keeps them busy.

  9. Also, I keep hearing that Starworks is one of two American WEC entries. I assumed Krohn is the other?

  10. I believe Starworks would have a second car for the ALMS, if they do decide to go ahead. BTW, I noticed the OAK P2 in ELMS testing went quicker than last years P1 pole of Rebelliion, that’s impressive from a package that’s reportedly cheaper than a DP. With reliability and now speed they should appeal to a cross section of teams from within and outside the ALMS.

  11. I can’t wait to see how competitive the new Lola P2 car is. I love the chassis competition in 2012, who needs P1!!

  12. Yes, one thing I can confirm is that our (Starworks) P2 car is actually significantly cheaper than the DP car is.

  13. @Dan, what kind of feedback have you had from other teams (if any) about P2 and it’s future? Recent years there’s been expensive P1’s, P2’s (RS Spyder era) and GTE’s, could P2 attract new teams who previously wouldn’t have considered this form of racing, and attract teams from LMPC/GTC?

  14. To be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about it. I am only a development driver for Starworks, so I dont have a lot of that kind of information. I would say that soon P2 will be the class with the most competitors and best racing, I presume. I mean, Black Swan is supposed to have moved up from GTC to P2, Level 5 did it from PC. I suspect that, as long as the rule of 1 Bronze/Silver driver required, P2 will look awesome to smaller teams because they can run a cheap car + a pro-am driver and still be competitive in the highest level of Road Racing because everyone has to have them. Doesnt get much better than that

  15. P2 can be cheaper, but the attraction for teams with resources is to win overall. See how the P2 grid of the ELMS increased.

    But all DP parts are manufactured in the US, and there are plenty of spares available. Riley has decommissioned chassis they can refurbish for cheap.

    All other P1, P2, and PC chassis require parts to be shipped in from europe.

    For some Grand-Am teams the attraction of running a DP is actually simply supporting the internal market.

  16. In the US you can’t win overall with a P2 car. But in Grand Am a DP gets you an overall win.

  17. Lola have been popular as they have good on-track support (they supplied Indycars for many years), as much as providing competitive cars. HPD are now on the scene, the chassis are built in the UK, but the engines and HPD infrastructure is US based, Conquests deal with OAK is also to become a US distributor. I presume ORECA have some sort of US set-up given the number of LMPC’s, suprising no one has yet chosen their P2, or the Nissan engine for that matter. Take the point about overall wins, but you’re still up against big players like Ganassi, and potentially all pro driving squads.

  18. US operations or not, you can’t get a rolling lemans prototype from jus the US.

    Even if you’re up against heavy weights in Grand Am DP it just looks good to sponsors to mention that you’re in the premier category.

    Don’t get me wrong I prefer the ALMS, but Grand Am is still cheaper and is the best deal if you have a limited prototype budget. But if a team has the resources, know-how, and expertise, the ALMS would be more enjoyable and rewarding since it will be more challenging.

  19. If Grand Am teams are getting LMP2s as well, that can only be a good thing. In a perfect world, LMP2 and DP would unify their regulations, and we would have REAL prototypes at Daytona once more.

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