BAR1 Enjoys a Trip to the Podium at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida

It was a near perfect season opener for BAR1 Motorsports as their 2013 American Le Mans Series Championship drive got underway at the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida.

The annual event marked BAR1 Motorsports' return to the American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge Championship and team's second full season. BAR1 is fielding two ORECA Prototype Challenge cars. Tomy Drissi and Rusty Mitchell are campaigning the No. 7 car, joined by Chapman Ducote for the 12 Hours of Sebring. Chris Cumming and Kyle Marcelli will drive the No. 8 Evident Capital car. For the 12 hour battle they are accompanied by veteran pilot, Stefan Johansson.

Prior to the race, the Prototype Challenge teams were dealt a wild card when the Series issued notice that all teams would be relegated to a new class tire supplier, Continental Tire. While the change is the same for everyone, teams were left quickly sorting out  setups and developing new race strategies based on the tire's performance.

"We're very happy with new Continental Tires," said BAR1 owner, Brian Alder. "They've been as fast as last year's tire and seem to show minimal degradation in performance."

Kyle Marcelli qualified the No. 8 Evident Capital car in 5th position with a 1:54.520, while Rusty Mitchell qualified the No. 7 G.I. Joe Redemption car in 7th 1:55.282.

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