The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has announced details of a four day test session to be held at Sebring International Raceway on February 23-26.
The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship will run exclusively on the final two days, ahead of the Sebring 12 Hours on March 19.
Four other IMSA-sanctioned series will take part in the first two days of the test: the IMSA Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge, both Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge series (USA and Canada) and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites.
“Sebring International Raceway has a long history as a popular facility for sports car testing,” said IMSA Managing Director, Racing Operations Simon Hodgson. “We did not offer a sanctioned test at Sebring in 2015, but a number of our teams conducted private tests at the facility. At the request of many competitors across our series, we have elected to offer sanctioned-testing at Sebring once again in 2016.”
The official test will allow IMSA to analyse the effectiveness of possible electronic upgrades for the Prototype Challenge category, which features spec Oreca FLM09 Chevrolets. This will include testing of the Engine Control Unit (ECU) and traction control system.
Sebring also recently hosted a closed-doors test for the new Audi R-18 e tron quattro LMP1 car that will run in next year’s FIA World Endurance Championship. André Lotterer, Benoît Tréluyer, Marcel Fässler and a number of other drivers gained mileage in the six megajoule hybrid during the first week of December.
IMSA WeatherTech Sprtscar Championship Test Dates
Daytona International Speedway – January 8-10 (‘Roar Before the Rolex 24’)
Sebring International Raceway – February 25-26