Sebring Invitational Set for Sprint Showdown in the South

24 September 2021 GT America
  • Twenty-one Drivers Trek To Florida for Series' First Invitational Event
  • Two Chances for Bragging Rights and Experience Building at Famed Sebring International Raceway
  • Drivers Prepare for Final Double-Header Weekend Finale in Indianapolis
  • ENTRY LIST - PDF Link
  • EVENT SCHEDULE - PDF Link

Sebring, Fla. - A trip to Florida is in store for GT America powered by AWS competitors as the series heads South for two invitational rounds at Sebring International Raceway on October 1st - 3rd. It's a run-what-you-brung battle for winner hardware and bragging rights as SRO single-driver GT racing returns to the Sebring circuit for the first time since 2009.

The former military airfield that was partially converted into a race track in the 1950s has since established itself as a staple of the American road racing circuit, offering seemingly uncurated concrete sections of track that many claim mimic that harsh dynamics of street courses. Renowned as an endurance track, the 3.74-miles of the part-asphalt, part-concrete circuit comprise seventeen turns. The regional climate predictions for early October mean the threat of rain is always a possibility, while the equatorial-adjacent temperatures mean heat and humidity, and therefore driver fatigue, can play a factor in the outcome.

Familiar GT3 Field Returns for Invitational Contests

Representing the Audi GT3 contingent, Daskalos Motorsports’ Jason Daskalos returns to the series for another run in his #27 Audi R8 LMS Ultra. He looks to add to the podium he’s collected so far this year, and to be one of the handful of current drivers that competed at the last Sebring event in 2009.

Another familiar name, Memo Gidley, will also return to campaign the #101 TKO Motorsports Bentley Continental GT3 with support from Flying Lizard, the only one running in the series this year. As a late-season entry, Gidley will also search for the repeat-performance driving that has already earned him a podium finish in his short series time.

A trio of charging bulls will take to the track at Sebring, represented by TR3 Racing’s John Megrue in the #10 car; Zelus Motorsports’ Jason Harward in the brightly-decorated #88; and Jeff Burton coming off an exhilarating win at Watkins Glen in the #191 Readen Racing Lamborghini.

The Mercedes-AMG GT3 variant has only one example running in the invitational, and that honor belongs to the #58 DXDT Racing machine piloted by CJ Moses. Moses will continue to make strides in advancing his driving performance after switching from a TC America campaign completed in 2020.

The lone Porsche GT3 entry will be driven by late-season starter Andy Wilzoch, driving the #460 Porsche 911.1 GT3 R under the Flying Lizard Motorsports banner.

Running in the only GT2 machine, Elias Sabo and GMG Racing are back in the #8 Audi R8 LMS GT2. Similarly, the sole Invitational class entry will be driven by Dexter Racing’s Matt Rivard, his Ginetta wearing the #60 to the show.

GT4 Battles for Bragging Rights

The competitive GT4 field is expected to be just as competitive, even in a no-points, bragging-rights only situation like Sebring.

Flying the flag for Aston Martin AMR are a quartet of series regulars; recent weekend-sweeper Jason Bell in the #2 machine; Paul Kiebler driving the #09 for Automatic Racing; Gray Newell in the #25 Heart of Racing Team entry; and Ross Chouest piloting the #50 3R Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 variant.

BMW Motorsports factors in only a single entry in the single-driver GT series - Sean Quinlan in the #119 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4. Quinlan currently sits at the top of the GT4 points ladder and should welcome the chance to compete without having to defend his spot.

The Mercedes-AMG GT4 field is also three-deep this weekend with RENNtech Motorsports providing two entries - the #39 for Chris Cagnazzi and the #79 for Christopher Gumprecht - and Capstone Motorsports running the #16 car for John Allen.

Finally, with the heaviest single-manufacturer representation in the GT4 class, no less than four entries are entered flying Herr Porsche’s namesake marque, all running the same 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR variant; #49 NOLASPORT driven by Scott Noble; #54 Black Swan Racing entry for principal Tim Pappas; Adam Adelson commandeering the #120 car for Premier Racing; and Alain Stad in the #619 Stephen Cameron Racing entry.

You’re All Invited

The first Official Practice session for the GT America field starts on October 1st at 8:20 AM EDT. Catch the live timing and scoring results for all official sessions on the official GT America site - gtamerica.us - and live stream all the race action for free on the GTWorld YouTube site, or catch the audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Ch. 392 (992 on the web app).

If you’re planning on attending in person, General Admission tickets are available now starting as low as $10 per day; get your tickets at https://bit.ly/gtsebringtix