Week 12March 19, 2017
Lighting Strikes!March 23, 2017
For the 5th year in a row Sherry and I packed up the car and headed to Sebring for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 12 Hours of Sebring. It is one of, if not the best, endurance races in the world. OK maybe Le Mans is better, but we can't drive there!
This year we went for 2 days so we could see the Mini Coopers run in the Sebring 150 on Friday. Unfortunately their results were not as expected but it was great to see them running at the track!
We were also able to visit the JCW Mini team in the paddock area and attended a meet and greet with the team and drivers. The drivers were actually approaching people and starting up conversations. Have to say Sherry and I were both very happy to be Mini owners after the event.
Sorry but this is not the sound of a real race car.
Images from the 12 Hours of Sebring, great weather, great race!
Sebring raceway occupies the site of Hendricks Army Airfield, a United States Army Air Forces training base for Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress pilots in operation from 1941 to 1946. Sebring's first race was held on New Year's Eve of 1950, attracting thirty race cars from across North America. The Sam Collier 6 Hour Memorial race was won by Fritz Koster and Ralph Deshon in a Crosley Hot Shot that had been driven to the track by Victor Sharpe. The first 12 Hours of Sebring was held on March 15, 1952 and in 1959 the track hosted the U.S.' first Formula One race. The track still runs on old sections of World War II-era landing fields that were constructed of concrete sections with large seams. Sebring is renowned for its extremely rough racing surface.