In the true vein of “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em,” 2011 LMPC co-champion and series “Rookie of the Year” Eric Lux will be driving the #05 Composite Resources ORECA FLM09 in the 60th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring powered by Fresh from Florida on March 17. Lux will be co-driving the #05 Le Mans Prototype Challenge (LMPC) machine with team owner / founder Jon Bennett and motorsports phenom Colin Braun.
It was in 2011 when Lux was crowned LMPC driver champion – along with CORE autosport #06 drivers Gunnar Jeannette and Ricardo Gonzalez, in the first-ever ALMS driver championship tie. That was only the first of two titles that Lux and CORE won – Lux was crowned the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) “Rookie of the Year” and CORE autosport claimed the 2011 LMPC team championship.
The championship title was only the latest mark on Lux’ extensive motorsports resume. After starting his career in karts, the 23-year-old Williamsville, NY native has driven prototype and GT sports cars in multiple series, historic racers of all types and stock cars in the NASCAR K&N Pro Series East division. When not racing, Lux is a very popular driving instructor and is very active in community service initiatives.
The 60th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring powered by Fresh from Florida is the first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) event of the 2012 season, taking place at the world-famous 17-turn 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway. Practice begins on Thursday, March 15, with qualifying Friday the 16th. The 12-hour race starts at 10:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, March 17.
Eric Lux : “I am delighted that CORE autosport has asked me to race for them at the 60th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring. My teammates in the #05 car, Jon and Colin, are both excellent racers and will undoubtedly enjoy a lot of success for the 2012 season, and I’m glad to help them kick it off for the first race.
“The whole CORE autosport operation, led by Jon and team manager Morgan Brady, is simply outstanding. Last season they set the bar high and it paid off with them clinching the Team Championship.
“I am confident that they will use every resource to assist the #05 car capture the win at this historic race!”
Jon Bennett : “When looking for a third driver for long distance races, you have got to focus on a few primary concerns besides outright speed, although that’s important. Can they handle themselves in traffic? Are they hard on equipment? How will they get along with the two other drivers in the car?
“Eric Lux is a champion, and he knows how to get it done out on track. This year’s Sebring event will be very challenging with more than 60 cars starting the race, and I think Eric’s skill set behind the wheel, along with his ability to work with teammates and preserve the equipment, will help CORE autosport continue its championship ways into 2012.”