Sebring International Raceway
The raceway started as a WWII airbase used to train B-17 combat crews. An airport is in full operation right next to the track. The track surface is a combination of asphalt, mostly smooth, and the 1941 concrete runways making for a challenging racing surface.
Parts of the old concrete surface encompass two of the fastest turns on the track, it makes for an unusual sensation: imagine you are a flat, smooth stone skipping along the top of a lake’s ripples. That’s what it feels like if you get going too fast, usually resulting in a personal and significant encounter with a wall: the car just skips sideways, you cannot turn it, because it’s going sideways your brakes do not stop it, maybe mashing the throttle works, sometimes.
Sebring is America’s oldest road racing track. Steve McQueen, one of my favorite race car drivers of all time, and Paul Neman have raced there; more recently Patrick Dempsey has also tested his metal there. The 66th, 12 hours of Sebring takes the green flag this Saturday, March 17th: FOX Sports 1 and 2 will televise the race beginning at 10:30 AM.
Twenty four drivers and I raced there a weekend ago. I finished third overall, beat by Debbie, a petite blonde, hell-of-a racer in an old Carl Newman car (stock car race car driver).
She came in first in her class/type of car, and I finished second in my type /class of cars. We raced with 8 Porsches, 3 Corvettes, 4 Ferraris, 4 Chevys (assorted), 3 Fords, an Aston Martin, BMW, and a Panoz.
“Old Blue Eyes,” will be fondly remembered by his fans, family, and friends this coming weekend as he and two other drivers, A.J. Foyt and Rinaldo “Dindo” Capello, will be honored as the newest members of the Sebring Hall of Fame.
“Paul Newman (1925-2008), actor, director, philanthropist and racecar driver, was one of sports car racing’s greatest boosters. As a driver, he competed at circuits around the world, including Le Mans, Sebring, and Daytona. He finished second overall at Le Mans in 1979 and won the GT class at Daytona in 1995 (at the age of 70). Newman recorded many wins in Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) competition, winning four National Championships. He also found success as a team co-owner in the Indy Car series….”*
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