Saturday, March 18, 2006

Quick Hits: 12 Hours of Sebring

1. Audi TDI = Total Domination Imminent?

Audi's two R10 TDIs (TDI is the acronym for VW/Audi's Turbo Direct Injection diesel engines) dominated qualifying, taking the pole and second positions in the P1 class easily. The new diesel-powered sports car shattered the existing track record by two seconds. barring mechanical failure, look for the R10s to take the Sebring win wit ease. This will be their last appearance until the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

2. Will Aston Martin Beat Corvette Again?

In GT1 class qualifying, records were broken again as Aston Martin's two DBR9s (#s 007 and 009. Aston Martin has given one of their cars the number 007. I love it.) took the pole and second positions on the grid. Corvette Racing's C6.Rs will start in row two. last year, the story in Sebring was Aston beating Corvette on its home turf. Corvette took revenge at Le Mans, but make no mistake: the Corvette team does not want to finish second tonight. It should be noted that the 'Vettes' qualifying runs were cut short by a red flag. If all goes well, this will be a great duel to watch.

3. First Full-Season Campaign Begins For Porsche RS Sypder

After competing in the latter portion of the '05 American le man Series, Penske Racing's two Porsche RS Spyders are set to take the P2 class by storm. The #6 car, driven by Lucas Luhr in qualifying, took the pole position, qualifying just .2 seconds ahead of it's stablemate, the #7 car. Sebring marks the first full-season campaign for the Porsche RS Spyder. Expectations, to say the least, are very high.

The 12 Hours of Sebring starts at 10:30 AM Eastern today, with several hours being carried live on Speed TV. You can follow the race minute by minute at the American Le Mans Series website.

Photos courtesy of Audi, Aston Martin, GM, and Porsche.