With IMSA’s Sebring 12 Hours and the WEC’s Sebring 1000 Miles running on the same weekend this year, it’s left a handful of drivers who race in both championships full time with a tough week ahead, and a couple of teams.
10 drivers will work double-duty on the weekend, with two teams even having their whole squad entered for both marquee endurance races.
The #55 Mazda Team Joest RT24-P squadron of Jonathon Bomarito, Harry Tincknell, and Olivier Pla will all be running in the WEC round for Ford. With Bomarito joining Tincknell and Andy Priaulx in the #67 Ford GT, and Olivier Pla taking up his regular seat in the #66 Ford GT.
Fresh off his triumph at the Rolex 24, Rengar Van Der Zande, will pilot two cars numbered 10 this weekend. In IMSA he’ll share the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R. with Jordan Taylor and Matthieu Vaxiviere. While in the WEC he’ll have the #10 DragonSpeed BR Engineering BR1 with Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley.
“I’ll see the WEC race as a warm-up for Saturday, a big warm up!” van der Zande told DSC. “I don’t think (getting in and out of an LMP1 and DPi all weekend) is going to be easy, but at the same time I believe I’ll be ok because during the season I do a lot of GT and prototype racing, and I’ve never experienced a situation where I feel like I need to spend a great deal of time getting used to different cars again.
“The cars I’ll be in here (Wayne Taylor’s Cadillac and DragonSpeed’s BR1) are similar, similar speeds, which may be more difficult than doing a mix of GT and prototypes because you need to make small changes to your driving style.”
Like van der Zande, Brendon Hartley, on his sportscar return will also race for overall honours in both races. He will drive with SMP Racing in the #11 BR1 in the WEC’s LMP1 class, and for Action Express in the #5 Cadillac.
Van der Zande’s IMSA teammate Vaxiviere is also pulling double-duty, with the Frenchman making is IMSA debut in the aforementioned WTR Cadillac, and joining Loic Duval and Francios Perrodo in the #28 TDS Racing ORECA 07 in the WEC. Duval too will drive in both main races, competing with CORE in IMSA’s DPi ranks.
The second team to have three drivers cross paddocks is the #3 Corvette Racing C7.R. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia will be joined by Mike Rockenfeller for the IMSA round. Once their duties are completed there, the three of them will all share the #63 Corvette entered for the WEC round.
For the WEC race, Corvette Racing has entered its third C7.R GTE, which will run in traditional Corvette yellow this time out, the team leaning on a number of Greaves Motorsport team personnel, as it did at Shanghai last year, to ensure things run smoothly tackling both races.
Gabriel Aubry is slated to run the ORECA 07 in both races, but for different teams. He’ll have IMSA duty for PR1 Mathiasen and WEC duty for Jackie Chan DC Racing.
GTE AM title race leader Patrick Lindsey, will complete both rounds. He’ll be driving the #73 Park Place Porsche 911 GT3 R in IMSA, and the #56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR in WEC.
There are also two drivers doing a different sort of ‘double duty’, Stephen Simpson and Bill Auberlin racing in IMSA WeatherTech and Pilot Challenge this weekend.