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Chevrolet Official Car and Official Pace Car at Sebring

Sebring International Raceway and Chevrolet have announced a multiyear extension of their marketing partnership. Chevrolet will be designated as the “Official Car and Official Pace Car of Sebring International Raceway” through 2016.

The Chevrolet Corvette C7 Stingray will pace the starting field for the 62nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida this Saturday. America’s oldest sports car endurance race is the second round of the 2014 TUDOR Championship and Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

"Chevrolet is pleased to continue our partnership with Sebring International Raceway as Official Car and Official Pace Car for 2014 and beyond," said Jeff Chew, Manager Business Strategy and Operations for Chevy Racing. Both Chevrolet and Sebring have established rich traditions in North American sports car racing, which makes this a natural alliance. Tres Stephenson has assembled a world-class team of professionals that supports our marketing efforts each year around this historic event - one in which Chevrolet has achieved considerable on-track success."

“Sebring is proud to extend its marketing partnership with Chevrolet,” stated Sebring President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. “Chevrolet and Corvette have played a key role in Sebring’s history and we are excited to have the new Corvette C7 Stingray pace the field for Saturday’s 12-hour classic.”

Dixon Fastest In Ford EcoBoost To Lead Day 1

BRAUN FASTEST IN PC FOR CORE AUTOSPORT

SEBRING, Fla. (March 13, 2014) – The No. 02 Ford EcoBoost/Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates came out of the blocks strong in Thursday’s practice sessions, leading TUDOR United SportsCar Championship preparation for Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida.

Saturday’s race serves as both the second round of the TUDOR Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The event begins at 10:15 a.m. ET with live FOX Sports 1 coverage from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. ET and the remainder of the event streamed on IMSA.com. FOX Sports 1 also will air a three-hour highlight telecast on Sunday at 8:30 a.m. ET.

Three-time and defending IndyCar Series champion Scott Dixon had the fastest lap of the day on Thursday, at 1 minute, 52.357 seconds (119.832 mph) in the Ford he co-drives with fellow open-wheel drivers Tony Kanaan and Sage Karam to lead the Prototype (P) class. After running his best lap in the first of three sessions, Dixon also was fastest in night practice with a lap of 1:53.090 (119.056 mph).

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Pruett Returns To Sebring After 25 Years

By Scott Pruett, Driver Of The No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost Riley

For a long time, I was asked about the finish of the 1986 12 Hours of Sebring more than any other race.

I was 25. My copilot at Roush was Bruce Jenner – yeah, that one. The Olympic champion. No pressure, right?

I had plenty of experience on my own. I'd been driving go karts since the age of eight – but in 1986, I was just writing the first page of my driving career with Ford.

To say the finish was "talked about" is probably an understatement. To this day, it's still one of those wins that just stands out in the memory. That race came down to the last turn of the last lap to beat our Ford Racing teammates Bill Elliott and Ricky Rudd. I was driving for those last laps, basically taking qualifying laps for the last two hours trying to catch our team car. It was a no give up situation and it paid off. That was my first win for Roush, and we did it in a Mustang. (Here's a trivia question for you – which Ford model has started more years than any other at the 12 Hours of Sebring? The Mustang. Bet you didn't know that).

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