As North American sports car racing says goodbye to the final days of summer, the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS enters the penultimate weekend of the 2022 season at Sebring International Raceway. Eighteen entries are set to compete in the pair of races this Saturday and Sunday, racing on the infamous track, known through the racing community for its bumpy surface and demanding layout. DXDT Racing earned a second-place finish at the Sebring, Florida track in 2021, and will be strong contenders to return to the steps again.
With three podiums and eight top-five finishes, the pair of DXDT Racing Mercedes AMG GT3 cars are eager as ever to add those first wins of the 2022 season to the team’s existing seven wins in the series. Since the team joined the series in a part-time effort in 2018, DXDT Racing has accumulated an impressive 41 podiums, coming in second in the Pro/Am team championships for the last two years. Consistency and passion for excellence have established the team as a staple in the SRO America-sanctioned series.
Drivers David Askew and Dirk Muller earned the first podiums of the year for the pair of green and blue Mercedes AMG GT3 machines. Racing the No. 63 usalco, the duo earned a set of third-place finishes at VIRginia International Raceway, giving the team a boost of momentum into the second half of the season. Scott Smithson and Bryan Sellers clinched their first podium at Road America last month after a masterful performance at Road America.
The team will ride that momentum to Sebring, Florida, the home of Sebring International Raceway. The home of the Twelve Hours of Sebring, the track is one of the oldest operating tracks in North American sports car racing. Located on what used to be a World War II training base, the track first hosted a motor race in January of 1950 and has hosted racing’s biggest names from Formula One, the American Le Mans Series, GT World Challenge, and more. Notorious for its concrete surface comprised of old sections of the WWII landing fields, the 3.741-mile, 17 surface has undergone many changes over the years, except for the traditional repaving most modern tracks undergo. The result is a surface that demands the most from drivers and cars, no matter the race length.
This weekend’s activities will consist of the usual pair of 90-minute races in which two drivers each complete a minimum amount of drive time. Race one will take place on Saturday, September 24 at 2:15 PM ET, and Sunday’s race will close out the weekend, starting at 1:15 PM ET.
David Askew | No. 63 Mercedes AMG GT3
Sebring is becoming my new home track. Since my wife and I moved to Miami, it seems like I find myself there more and more. I’m really coming to love the place, bumps and all. It’s probably the toughest track we race at, and I hope it stays on our schedule for a long time. We had a great test here just last week. We always learn something!
Dirk Müller | No. 63 Mercedes AMG GT3
Sebring this late in the year is going to be new to me! We had a great test there last week and I feel we will be well prepared! The weather could play a role there, as we had had rain both days. I’m super glad that both cars got their podiums in, now it’s a full pull for a victory! David and Scott are doing a great job, so Bryan and I can go more aggressive with the setup. We really work very well together as a team and we will continue to push forward.
Scott Smithson | No. 08 Mercedes AMG GT3
This will be the first time I have raced at Sebring. We have tested and it is challenging. Coming off a good weekend at Road America, I hope Bryan and I can keep the momentum going. I think the team will be strong this weekend, based on our testing.
Bryan Sellers | No. 08 Mercedes AMG GT3
I’m very excited to be heading back to Sebring. It’s such a historic track and one of my favourites. We had a very strong performance in Road America and I am hoping we can build on that next weekend.
Source. KBru Communications