JaguarRSR'S Cat Ready to Attack in Sebring ALMS Opener
Team ready to put up a fight in a tough 2010 GT battle in the American Le Mans Series
EAST LANSING, MI (March 15, 2010) - The JaguarRSR race team is set to make its Sebring debut with the JaguarRSR XKR GT this weekend in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season opener, the 58th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Fresh From Florida.
Facing tough competition from factory backed BMW, Corvette, Ferrari and Porsche teams, JaguarRSR enters its first full-season effort in the ALMS. JaguarRSR has reserved number 75 in honor of Jaguar's 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name and 75 years looking forward, designing and building cars that represent the very best of technical innovation, design leadership and sporting success.
Driving the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT will be Marc Goossens from Belgium and Scotland's Ryan Dalziel, who can almost call this a home race as he resides in Orlando, Florida. With Sebring being one of the longer endurance events this season, JaguarRSR Principal Partner and driver Paul Gentilozzi has been slotted as the third driver for the team's entry this weekend.
1992 was the last time Gentilozzi's team won the 12 hours of Sebring in a Bob Riley designed car. The team won the 1992 GTO Drivers' and Manufacturers' Championship and the 1992 and 1993 GTS Manufacturers' Championship, second in GTS Drivers' points in 1993. Gentilozzi's return this year continues that relationship as Bob and Bill Riley's Riley Technologies company will be joining the team to further the development program of the new JaguarRSR XKR GT.
Incidentally, the #75 JaguarRSR XKR GT will not be the only Jaguar on track this weekend. The field for the 58th Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Fresh From Florida will be paced by a production based XKR, as Jaguar also serves as the Official Car of Sebring International Raceway.
The team will take to the track on Monday, the first of a three-day promoter test before the race weekend officially kicks off on Thursday, March 18. There will be three practice sessions on Thursday and qualifying will be held on Friday at 1:50 p.m. ET for the GT and GTC classes.The 58th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida takes the green flag at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 20th, kicking-off the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
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FOLLOW THE RACE
The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón will open its 12th season with America's greatest sports car race, the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida from March 17-20. The green flag will fall at 10:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 20 with live coverage on SPEED starting at 10 a.m. ET. Live coverage also will be available on American Le Mans Radio, as well as Sirius Channel 127 and XM Channel 245.
Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, and more: Racehub at americanlemans.com.
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For images of the JaguarRSR XKR GT, please go to: http://www.media.jaguarrsr.co.uk/.