For Tom Kristensen and Mike Rockenfeller, the off-season will be shorter this year than for the majority of their DTM rivals. On 21st March, the two Audi works drivers will contest the Sebring 12-Hour Race with Audi’s new diesel sports car R15 TDI. The US-American rich in tradition endurance event is regarded as endurance test and final dry run for the Le Mans 24-Hour Race held on 13th/14th July, 2009.The circuit located in the heart of Florida has been the venue of the debut race of every new Audi Le Mans prototype. In 1999, the Audi Sport Team Joest entered Audi R8R secured a podium finish straightaway. In the following year, the Audi R8 did even better and won his debut race at Sebring. And in 2006, the Audi R10 TDI celebrated the first win ever of a diesel-powered car in a major endurance race. In both 2000 and 2008, seven-time Le Mans winner Tim Kristensen left Sebring with a race win under his belt, while Rockenfeller finished runner-up last year – in his maiden Sebring appearance.