By Team Ford Racing Correspondent
Sebring International Raceway will host two full days of testing for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (TUSCC) and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) on Thursday and Friday.
The testing is in advance of the second event on the 2014 International Motor Sports Association race calendar, the 62nd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, which will take the green flag on March 15. The famed 12-hour endurance test will be preceded by two days of races, among which is the headlining CTSCC race on March 14.
Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates’ No. 01 Ford EcoBoost-Riley DP and Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian’s No. 60 Ford EcoBoost-Riley DP are among the more than 60 cars expected for the test, which will be undertaken on the venerable 16-turn, 3.74-mile circuit.
Ganassi’s team has been pared to one from its two Rolex 24 At Daytona entries, with Target Ganassi Racing driver Scott Dixon joining regular, season-long Ford EcoBoost teammates Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas for the test and for the 12-hour-long test of man and machine on arguably one of the most jarring road courses to be found on any sports car schedule.
Indeed, that Dixon is running in this race strongly suggests the Indianapolis 500 winner (2008) and three-time IndyCar Series champion (2003, 2008, 2013) will join the team for the 2014 schedule’s two remaining endurance tests: The Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.
Another open-wheel racer, Justin Wilson, will join with longtime teammates John Pew and Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ford EcoBoost-Riley DP for the Sebring 12-hour race and is at the track for the Thursday and Friday test. Wilson is likely to be the team’s third member for the other two endurance tests named above.
CTSCC: Thursday and Friday, 8-9:15 a.m. and 1-2 p.m.
TUSCC: Thursday and Friday, 9:30-noon and 2:45-5 p.m.
The test is open to the public. Tickets are $10 each day.