The Racers Group is headed to the next stop on the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship circuit, the legendary race track in Sebring, Florida. Drivers Craig Lyons and Kris Wilson will race the No. 3 Stor-It Self Storage/Mobettah Collectible Cars Aston Martin V8 Vantage at the two-hour GS race on Friday, March 17th.
Sebring International Raceway, once used as a World War II airbase, is America’s oldest road racing track and is known worldwide for its brutal bumpiness and a series of treacherous turns. This 3.74-mile circuit has tested TRG’s resilience from the beginning. A challenging test of asphalt and concrete that has shown the team little mercy in the past. Now, the team will attack this track with the Aston Martin Vantage GT4, piloted by the driver and coach team of Lyons and Wilson. These two teamed up for the first time with the TRG prepped GT4 in the GS class at the four-hour BMW Endurance Challenge during the spectacular Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona event in January.
Craig Lyons had these comments. “I look forward to racing at Sebring. In fact, it was one of the first tracks I ever went to, was the first place I raced with TRG, and was the first of 24 events I did last year. It’s challenging and a very fast track, but I like it. Turns 1 and 17 are crucial and can be diabolical – if you do them right it can seem silly easy, but if you do them wrong, you’ll be saying ‘holy crap!’ Once, I was there in a car that had such a tight suspension, my head rattled around in the roll cage and I swear I had a mild concussion by the time I left. I’ve raced here with new and vintage cars, but now I’m excited to attack this track with Kris in the Aston Martin V8 Vantage.”
“I’m looking forward to running at Sebring,” said Wilson. “I love that place. It’s an old school track that has so much history. Turns 1 and 17 are such cool corners. It’s a true test of any car and driver.”
Wilson also added as advice to his co-driver, “It’s all risk vs. reward. The most important thing for me to teach Craig is about the big picture. It’s not just one fast lap or one fast stint. It’s about the whole season. How well can we do in the championship? That is the toughest thing for the new guys to understand.”
“Everyone has been working really hard on this program for this big Sebring event and we are all coming here ready to race competitively with high expectations” stated team owner, Kevin Buckler.“ Sebring PCA was Craig’s first event with us last year and he has come such a long way. He really set his sights on this and has worked hard on his driving and also the mental side of the sport, and we are really proud of him, as he did it and we are here about to race at Sebring! He and Kris will be a great combo and I know the team is totally behind them. We are ready!
Tune In Times
The Sebring 120 will take place on Friday, March 17.
Race time: 3:40 pm – 5:40 pm EDT (2 hours)
Replay: Sunday, March 26th, 10:30 am to 12:30 pm EDT on FS1
Live: Watch this and the IMSA WeatherTech 12 Hours of Sebring, Mazda Prototype Lites, and the Porsche GT3 Cup USA on IMSA.TV.