Pre-race grid walk. Up close and personal.

Bright and early on race day morning, Saturday the 17th of March, the American Le Mans Series opened the pits. Just one hour before the start of the famed endurance classic the fans enjoyed access to the cars, drivers, and teams of the 12 Hours of Sebring.

This is an unbelievable opportunity to experience the pre-race energy…and there was electricity in the air. It’s the first race of the season for the American Le Mans Series and the first in the inaugural World Endurance Championship. Many of these same cars will be on the grid in June for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

The following photographs are just a sampling of a typical walk up and down the grid. Enjoy!

What’s not to like here! The Falken Tire Girls ready for a long day in the sun.

Pescarolo Team - Pescarolo 03 - Judd - WEC/P1 (#16) Emmanuel Collard, Bertrand Baguette, and Dominik Kraihamer. A beautiful car indeed.

Driver Joey Hand of the #56 Rahal/Letterman/Lanigan BMW GT car, appearing relaxed prior to the start. He and his co-drivers Dirk Mueller and Jonathan Summerton finished first in the GT class.

Dyson Racing - Lola B12/60 Coupe’ - Mazda - ALMS/P1 (#016) Chris Dyson, Guy Smith, and Steve Kane. Despite the crowds, pre-race preparations are still ongoing.

Driver Klaus Graf of the #6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD P1 car, being interviewed by ESPN/ABC Sports for their pre-race build-up to the race.

Corvette Racing/Compuware - Chevrolet Corvette C6 ZR1 - ALMS/GT (#03) Jan Magnussen, Antonio Garcia, and Jordan Taylor. Huge crowds welcomed the grid of cars , drivers, and teams. As you can see the Corvettes are fan favorites!

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