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EVENT PREVIEW: Wright Motorsports Ready for Battle on the Bumps of Sebring

 



SEBRING, Fla., (March 12, 2024) – The second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will take place this weekend at the famed Sebring International Raceway, and Wright Motorsports seeks once again to claim victory on the notoriously bumpy surface. The team behind the No. 120 Porsche 911 GT3 R executed a flawless race in January’s season opener, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and will bring that expected consistency to this weekend’s event.

 

Adam Adelson and Elliott Skeer made their IMSA WeatherTech debut at the Rolex 24, putting in a perfect performance with co-drivers Jan Heylen and Fred Makowiecki over the 729 laps in 24 hours. They earned a seventh place finish out of 23 cars in the GTD class.

 

Adelson, Skeer, and Heylen will continue their quest in Saturday’s 12-hour endurance race as they compete in this year’s IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, the championship within the full-season championship. On race day, the team’s strategy and performance will need to place the No. 120 Porsche to the top of the charts at the four, eight, and 12-hour marks in order to receive maximum points to go towards the Endurance Cup championship.

 

Sebring holds a special place in the heart of the team, having won pole position at the circuit in 2022 and 2021, and the team’s first IMSA WeatherTech win in 2020. The track’s mixed surface is notoriously bumpy and uneven, featuring a mix of concrete and asphalt. This will affect the traction and stability of each machine as they race through Sebring’s high-speed corners while managing traffic. Fifty-eight entries across four classes will compete in the event, and again the GTD class will hold the most entries, with Wright Motorsports being one of 22 in the class. The heat will also be a key part of each team’s strategy. Drivers will be put to the test as high temperatures at Sebring will place immense physical and mental demands on drivers, requiring them to stay focused and alert for extended periods while dealing with fatigue and the challenges of racing into the night.

 

Pre-race activities will begin on Saturday, March 16 at 8:05 AM Eastern before the green flag drops at 9:40 AM for the 72nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Fans in the United States watching from home can view the entire race live on Peacock, and fans outside of the country can stream live on imsa.com/tvlive.

 

DRIVER QUOTES

Adam Adelson

I'm super excited to be heading into my second-ever WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, and especially at one of my favorite tracks in the world.  Historically, Porsches have done well at Sebring, so I'm hoping it's the same this time around.  I'm really happy with how we performed at Daytona, and I'm excited to keep building on the experience gained there, and hopefully we can get a good result too.

 

Elliott Skeer

Well, this is a special one! The Twelve Hours of Sebring is my version of the World Series, so to be finally racing in it is a dream come true. After coming off a truly perfectly operated Daytona 24 and some fantastic test days at Sebring, I know everyone at Wright Motorsports is ready to give this a proper shot! The team knows how to win this race from past experiences and having Jan to help guide both Adam and me into the chaos is perfect. Adam has shown some fantastic pace and comfort this year, so I have no worries about our abilities as a trio. For me, I am just going to give it absolutely everything and no matter the finish and walk away with a smile on my face having done this race with the team I am with… hopefully smelling like champagne and orange juice!

 

Jan Heylen

I’m looking forward to Sebring. It feels like my home race based on the amount of time of spent here over the last decade. There’s nothing like Sebring anywhere else in the world. It is such a fun event, great for spectators, fun for us as drivers as it is very technical. I can’t wait to get started. As a team, we ran a perfect race in Daytona, and I hope that we can do the same thing here and be back on the podium. I’m excited for Adam and Elliott, for their first Sebring 12 hours, which is one of my all-time favorites.

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