Aston Martin Racing will field a second Vantage GTE in next month's Sebring 12 Hours as a possible precursor to running a fifth car at the Le Mans 24 Hours.
The second Aston at Sebring will be raced by Grand-Am regulars Paul Dalla Lana and Billy Johnson, who race in the main GT and Continental Tire-sponsored feeder series respectively. They will be joined in the car by Pedro Lamy, who raced for the AMR squad in 2004-'05.
Lana and Johnson are likely to be part of a lineup in the fifth factory Aston at Le Mans should the car move up from its position at the head of the GTE reserve list.
"We want a North American car at Le Mans and we are hoping to hear some positive news on the entry situation in the next week," AMR team principal John Gaw said. "Billy Johnson is one of the best young American GT drivers around, which is why he is in the car. We've brought in Pedro to add some experience for Sebring."
AMR's lead Vantage GTE will be raced by team regulars Darren Turner and Stefan Mucke and ex-Formula 1 driver Bruno Senna.