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New Ferrari 296 a contender in two IMSA GT classes in Sebring 12 Hours

SEBRING, FL (12 March 2023) – Ferrari returns to Sebring as defending winner and contender in both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT classes for Saturday’s 71st 12 Hours of Sebring.

Celilar Racing, the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTD class winner, is among four teams fielding the brand-new Ferrari 296 GT3, that made its competition debut in January’s Daytona 24 Hours. Both the GTD Pro and GTD classes feature cars built to international GT3 specifications, featuring respective all-Pro and Pro-Am driver lineups. 

With an all new design, the Ferrari 296 GT3 platform builds on the incredible success of its predecessor, the Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020. 

Risi Competizione is a leading contender in GTD Pro, with Ferrari factory drivers Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra joined by Gabriel Casagrande in the No. 62 Ferrari 296 GT3. The renowned Texas team finished 10th at Daytona.

Cetilar Racing, the defending Sebring winners, return with the same lineup that captured GTD honors in the 2022 event. Factory pilot Antonio Fuoco, Roberto Lacorte and Giorgio Sergagiotto will pilot the new blue No. 47 Ferrari 296 GT3. The team will look to rebound in defense of their Sebring victory after experiening difficulties in the early going at Daytona, and placing 23rd in GTD.

AF Corse will have the No. 21 Ferrari 296 GT3, co-driven by factory driver Miguel Molina with Simon Mann and Francesco Castellacci. The Italian team captured GTE Pro honors in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2019 and 2021, finishing second in the class in 2020 and 2022. AF Corse placed 19th in the Daytona 24 Hours.

Orlando-based Triarsi Competizione will be racing on its home turf when it makes its Sebring 12 Hour debut with the No. 023 Ferrari of Central Florida / Ferrari of Tampa Bay Ferrari 296 GT3. Factory driver Alessio Rovera joins Onofrio Triarsi and Charlie Scardina as it continues its quest for the IMSA Endurance Cup in 2023. Triarsi led the Ferrari contingent at Daytona, taking 10th in GTD in its IMSA debut.

Triarsi Competizione made its professional debut at Sebring in late 2021, winning the GT World Challenge America Am class victory at Sebring to set the stage for capturing the 2022 Am championship on the strength of 10-consecutive triumphs by Triarsi and Scardina.

With a huge event that will also feature the opening round of the 2023 World Endurance Championship on Friday, the anticipation is high as the central Florida circuit moves to the international stage with two significant events on the weekend. 

Ferrari has 12 overall victories and 38 class triumphs at the challenging airport circuit built around a World War II training facility. American F1 World Champions Phil Hill and Mario Andretti were both three-time winners of the event. All three of Hill’s triumphs were at the wheel of a Ferrari 250 (1958-59, 1961), while Andretti won in a Ferrari 512S in 1970 and a Ferrari 312 PB in 1972.

The 71st 12 Hours of Sebring begins at 10:10 a.m. ET. Live coverage on USA Network picks up at 4:30 p.m. ET.