Monday, December 27, 2010

Why Should You Care? - The 12 Hours of Sebring

John Marine | 12/27/2010 12:09:00 AM |
The 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the biggest endurances races of the year. Besides the 24 Hours of Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring is one of the finest endurance races in the United States, let alone in the state of Florida. Many others would argue that the 12 Hours of Sebring has always been a world stage-style endurance even when the classic sportscar racing format at Daytona was replaced by the Daytona Prototypes starting in 2003.

Let's set the mood with a picture I found online:

12 Hours of Sebring
^ from: - Frenzied action and loads of drama are guaranteed on the mostly flat 3.7-mile confines of Sebring International Raceway, especially when the 12 Hours of Sebring is the main event.

Since 1950, the former USAF air base turned race track has been home to great racing in Central Florida. The first 12 Hours of Sebring didn't see the green flag until 1952. Over 58 renditions of the 12 Hours of Sebring have run since the very first one. The 2011 version will be the 59th edition of this classic endurance. The best reason to care about this race is that this is a great race on an aging course with plenty of character. Modern sportscar racing machines on a track like this is just great to watch. The fact it's run during usually when Spring Break wraps up makes this somewhat a party destination. And we all know- race tracks make the best party zones! :D As for the on-track action, this is a great track to see cars race around whether in daylight or at night. The level of challenge racing a course like this is immense. It is a real driver's track where you will be punished for not taking a chance now and then. The track is wonderful, and the race is wonderful. Why aren't you following this race if you're a true racing fan?

The history, the action, and the fact this course is a great testing ground for the big one at Le Mans in June. It's the best big time sportscar endurance race in the USA. It may not be twice-around-the-clock like that sportscar endurance up in northern Florida, but it's still the best traditional sportscar racing endurance in the United States. It is a world stage battle for sportscar racing supremacy in central Florida. Add in the fact that this race mostly happens as Spring Break is wrapping up, and you have a happenin' atmosphere that makes the action off-track just as great as the action on-track. THAT is why you should care about the 12 Hours of Sebring!

Just So You Know...

The 2011 (and 59th annual) 12 Hours of Sebring comes your way March 16 through March 19. Learn more and purchase tickets by visiting

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