Initial car counts for the back-to-back November tests held by the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship at Sebring and Daytona showed only a handful of cars had registered for both events, but a poll of teams intending to run at both Florida tracks reveals double-digit attendance is now anticipated.
The Nov. 16-17 test at Sebring, which had three confirmed cars as of last Friday, has reached an even dozen, and more entries are expected to emerge before testing begins next Saturday.
A single entry in the Prototype class from the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD P2 program has expanded to four so far, with Corvette Daytona Prototypes fielded by Action Express Racing and Marsh Racing, and a second P2 car from Project Libra and its twin-turbo Ford V6-powered Radical SR9 set to test. Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi will share the AXR Corvette DP, Eric Curran and Boris Said will drive the Marsh Corvette DP, and the Project Libra car will have Robbie Kerr and Nicolas Decrem at the controls.
Belgium’s Decrem also expects to test Ian Dawson’s Ford EcoBoost-powered car at Daytona, and to take in the North American Endurance Racing rounds with the team.
The SRT Viper team will bring one of its GT Le Mans cars to Sebring for Marc Goossens and Kuno Wittmer, and seven GT Daytona entries have been confirmed.
Of the seven GTD cars, one Porsche from Magnus Racing and a Ferrari from Scuderia Corsa were listed last week, and they’ve since been joined by Alex Job Racing’s Porsche entry for Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen, two unspecified cars from Flying Lizard Motorsport, Riley Motorsports’ Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen in a SRT Viper GT3-R, and an Aston Martin V12 Vantage from TRG-AMR. Drivers for FLM and TRG-AMR have yet to be announced.
At Daytona, the car count has reached 19 and should move north of 20 for the Nov. 19-20 event.
PC, which had one entry for 8Star, has doubled with CORE autosport owner/driver Jon Bennett and Colin Braun signing on. GTLM has one car ” the same SRT Viper combo from Sebring ” presently set to run, and nine GTD cars have committed to test, up from two last week.
Magnus Racing and Scuderia Corsa will be joined by Sebring testers AJR, FLM and its two cars, Riley Technologies with Marc Goossens added to the lineup, and TRG-AMR. New entries for AJR/Team Seattle Porsche drivers Ian James and Mario Farnbacher and Audi Sport Customer Racing’s Christopher Haase in an R8 have been added.
Aston Martin Racing and its No. 007 GTLM V8 Vantage could take part in both tests, along with other prototypes and GT machines that have been mentioned as part- and full-time TUDOR Championship entries.
RACER received confirmation from DeltaWing Racing manager Dave Price on Friday night that the team will partake in both legs of the November test, bumping the car count to 13 for Sebring and 19 for Daytona.
Entries for the Sebring/Daytona tests close on Nov. 15.