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Sebring International Raceway

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An Enduring Legend

  • Sebring International Raceway is America’s oldest road racing track, with over six decades of storied history. 
  • The legendary circuit evolved from Hendricks Field, a World War II airbase used to train B-17 combat crews. 
  • On December 31, 1950, aviation and racing enthusiast Alec Ulmann promoted a six-hour race using the runways of the old airbase. 
  • Sebring burst onto the sports car racing scene and into the history books in March 1952 with a 12-hour endurance race that is now second only to Le Mans in international prestige. 
  • Each year on the third Saturday of March, 3.74 miles of concrete and asphalt challenge the giants of sports car racing to one of the world’s most grueling endurance tests.

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A Heroic Field

  • Former winners read like a Who’s Who of motor racing: Mario Andretti, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Al Holbert, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Rahal and Tom Kristensen.
  • Sebring is also famous for celebrity participation. Steve McQueen nearly won the race in 1970, while James Brolin, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and even journalist Walter Cronkite have competed in the race.
  • Sebring winners include major manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Nissan, Jaguar, Audi, BMW, Ford, Chevrolet and Toyota.
  • For six decades, Sebring has been a staple of the international sports press, from the cover of Sports Illustrated to ESPN toThe Wall Street Journal.
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