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Defending winner Rebel Rock Racing to roll out brand-new Camaro for Sebring

#71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, GS: Robin Liddell, Frank DePew

SEBRING, FL (14 March 2022) – Rebel Rock Racing will be rolling out a brand-new Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R when it returns to Sebring International Raceway as defending winner of Thursday’s Alan Jay Automotive Network 120.

Frank DePew and Robin Liddell will share the No. 71 Urban Grid Camaro in the second round of the 2022 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. This will be the first race of the season for DePew, who missed the opening race at Daytona International Speedway due to family concerns.

Liddell and Michael Cooper finished 20th in the BMW M Performance four-hour event, with Liddell suddenly losing power less than two minutes remaining while running sixth.

Last year, a one-pit stop strategy was the key to victory for Rebel Rock at Sebring, with Liddell nursing his smoking Camaro across Sebring’s finish line in the two-hour race after team fuel calculations helped to deliver a checkered flag.

“Honestly, I don’t think we could have done another lap,” Liddell admitted after the race.

“We won the race last year with the slowest car!” DePew joked. “I’ve raced at Sebring for many years and have great memories, but last year being such a huge underdog and pulling out that victory with team execution is my favorite Sebring story.”

Sebring will be the first race for the team’s newest Camaro. The new car had been acquired by a major parts manufacturer with a view to becoming a test bed but having only completed a few roll out runs the first time the car ran on a race track in anger was when the Rebel Rock team did a two-day test at Sebring in late February.

“The test went quite well,” DePew said. “We’re excited, because we feel we have the opportunity to be competitive for a win or at least a podium. We had a few teething issues with the new car, but I think we got that all sorted out. We still have the other car as well, if we have an issue with the new one. But I think the new one will be OK. I feel good about our opportunity to compete, and we’ve got a reasonable balance of performance against the majority of the field. I think everyone’s relatively even, which is the point of racing.”

Action at Sebring begins on Wednesday with a pair of one-hour practice sessions at 9:50 a.m. and 1:05 p.m. (all times ET). The 15-minute GS qualifying begins at 4:10 p.m. The two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 takes the green flag on Thursday at 4:25 p.m.

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