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List of winners of the race.
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How to get there and how to get around the track.
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Sebring International Raceway's orgins began in 1940, Officials from Sebring contacted Congress delegations to try and have an Army base built in the area. So between mid 1940 and early 1941 Army Air Corps engineers surveyed the are for its suitability. By July 1941 construction had begun on the base with the initial construction completed by the end of the year. But orders were made to expand the site to turn it from the basic flight training base in to one for Combat Crew training for Heavy Bombers
1942 saw the base renamed to Hendricks Field and assigned to the Army Air Forces Training Command, Eastern Flight Training Center, 76th Flying Training Wing. At its height there were over 100 B17 bombers based there and over 10000 personnel trained. It stopped being used for training in 1946.
In 1949 Sam Collier and Bob Gegan saw the airfield and had discussions with Allen Altvader (who was in charge of the site at the time) about using the airfield for a race. Before they could take it any further Collier was killed at a race in Watkins Glen.
Engineer/Driver Alec Ullmann was looking for various military sites that he could use to convert military aircraft in to civilian ones. He went to see Hendricks Field and saw that there was the potential use for it to run sports car races.
The Airfield is still in use today as a civilian airport for use by private and commercial aircraft
The sites first motor sport event took place literally at the end of 1950 when on new years eve the Sam Collier 6 Hours race was held. It was not until 1952 that the first 12 hour race was held a the site. this race took place on March 15th.
Ullman pulled of the ultimate Coup in convincing Formula 1 (as it was then) in to holding a race there and by 1959 Sebring was hosting the first U.S. Grand prix. This unfortunately due to various reason only lasted one year and the race was moved elsewhere.
The 12 hours race continued at the track and has become one of the most iconic races in the sportscar world.
The track layout stayed pretty much the same up until 1966, though during that years 12 hour race 5 people where killed. Driver Bob Mclean died instantly when he lost control of his GT40 at the hairpin and smashed into a pole. The other 4 who died where spectators after an incident between Mario Andretti and Don Wester at the Webster Turn. Wester slammed in to Mario's car when it had malfunctioned and then spun in to the spectators.
See AT SEBRING: VICTORY AND DEATH By Barbara La Fontaine for a more in depth account of that fateful race.
These deaths prompted changes to the track. it was made wider and the Webster turn was removed and replaced with the Green Park Chicane. This was in place in time for the 1967 race. The warehouse straight was altered again after yet another incident involving a car and spectators. This section had yet another chicane added to it.
1983 saw the track reduced in length from 5.2Miles to 4.75 Miles. the idea was to allow the runway and track to be used at the same time. So the north end of the track was altered to accommodate this. the Ullman straight was moved and upgraded pits/paddock were also installed.
The track stayed in this configuration until 1987 when it was decided to make use of a second runway. This shortened the track again to 4.11 miles in length.
Further expansion of the area and a desire to use the track without interuptions prompted more changes in 1991.
Further small alterations have been made to the track since then with the hairpin being removed and the fangio chicane being implemented and some profile changes to other sections of the track. See below for how these configurations have changed the shape of the track from its humble beginnings.
Information courtesy various sources
NASCAR through its purchase of IMSA Holdings, now own the track. It is currently leased by the Sebring International Raceway, LLC.
Its high speed "Turn 17" is what the track is most famously known for, its a bumpy, long, fast right hand bend at the end of theUllmann Straight
Currently the site consists of three tracks: 1. Full Circuit, 3.75 Miles / 6.035 Km 2. Short Circuit 2.00 Miles / 2.736 Km 3. Club Circuit. 1.70 Miles / 2.736 Km
It is renowned for its variations in surface and transistions between them. Its constructed of both Ashphalt (3.04 miles) and Concrete (0.7 miles). the concrete being left as it was originally built.
Information courtesy various sources
|1952||Frazer Nash Le Mans Replica||Larry Kulok, Harry Gray||1213.445 km||101.067 km/h|
|1953||Cunningham C-4R||Phil Walters, John Fitch||1447.766 km||120.636 km/h|
|1954||OSCA MT4||Stirling Moss, Bill Lloyd||1405.923 km||117.160 km/h||1955||Jaguar D-Type Works||Mike Hawthorn, Phil Walters||1523.083 km||137.692 km/h||1956||Ferrari 860 Monza||Juan Manuel Fangio, Eugenio Castellotti||1623.506 km||135.195 km/h||1957||Maserati 450S||Juan Manuel Fangio, Jean Behra||1648.612 km||137.374 km/h||1958||Ferrari 250 TR Prototipo||Phil Hill, Peter Collins||1673.718 km||139.210 km/h||1959||Ferrari 250 TR59||Dan Gurney, Chuck Daigh, Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien||1573.295 km||130.648 km/h||1960||Porsche 718 RS 60 Spyder||Hans Herrmann, Olivier Gendebien||1640.243 km||136.677 km/h||1961||Ferrari 250 TRI61||Phil Hill, Olivier Gendebien||1740.666 km||144.617 km/h||1962||Ferrari 250 TRI61||Jo Bonnier, Lucien Bianchi||1723.929 km||143.265 km/h||1963||Ferrari 250 P||John Surtees, Ludovico Scarfiotti||1749.035 km|
|1964||Ferrari 250 P||Mike Parkes, Umberto Maglioli||1790.878 km|
|1965||Chaparral 2 Chevrolet||Jim Hall, Hap Sharp||1640.243 km||136.348 km/h|
|1966||Ford X-1||Ken Miles, Lloyd Ruby||1908.038 km|
|1967||Ford Mk IV||Bruce McLaren, Mario Andretti||1991.724 km|
|1968||Porsche 907K||Jo Siffert, Hans Herrmann||1983.356 km||178.265 km/h|
|1969||Ford GT40 Mk I Gulf||Jacky Ickx, Jackie Oliver||2000.093 km||166.347 km/h|
|1970||Ferrari 512 S||Ignazio Giunti, Nino Vaccarella, Mario Andretti||2075.410 km||197.204 km/h|
|1971||Porsche 917 K||2175.833 km
|1972||Ferrari 312 PB||Mario Andretti, Jacky Ickx||2167.465 km||195.885 km/h|
|1973||Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 2.8||Hurley Haywood, Peter Gregg, Dave Helmick||1891.301 km|
|1975||BMW 3.0 CSL IMSA||Brian Redman, Allan Moffat||1991.724 km|
|1976||Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0||Al Holbert, Mike Keyser||1924.775 km|
|1977||Porsche 911 Carrera RSR 3.0||George Dyer, Brad Frisselle||1958.450 km|
|1978||Porsche 935/77A||Brian Redman, Charles Mendez, Bob Garretson||2008.461 km|
|1979||Porsche 935/77||Bob Akin, Rob McFarlin, Roy Woods||2000.093 km|
|1980||Porsche 935 K3||John Fitzpatrick, Dick Barbour||2117.253 km|
|1981||Porsche 935/80||Bruce Leven, Hurley Haywood, Al Holbert||2050.304 km|
|1982||Porsche 935 JLP-3||John Paul Sr., John Paul Jr.||2041.936 km|
|1983||Porsche 934||Wayne Baker, Jim Mullen, Kees Nierop||1765.853 km|
|1984||Porsche 935J||Mauricio de Narvaez, Hans Heyer, Stefan Johansson||2057.031 km|
|1985||Porsche 962||A.J. Foyt, Bob Wollek||2197.817 km|
|1986||Porsche 962||Hans-Joachim Stuck, Jo Gartner, Bob Akin||2244.745 km|
|1987||Porsche 962||Jochen Mass, Bobby Rahal||1971.092 km|
|1988||Porsche 962||Hans-Joachim Stuck, Klaus Ludwig||2103.380 km|
|1989||Nissan ZXT GTP||Geoff Brabham, Chip Robinson, Arie Luyendyk||2182.753 km|
|1990||Nissan ZXT GTP||Derek Daly, Bob Earl||1990.936 km||165.751 km/h|
|1991||Nissan NPT-90||Derek Daly, Geoff Brabham, Gary Brabham||1774.463 km||147.458 km/h|
|1992||Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III||Juan Manuel Fangio II, Andy Wallace||2143.646 km||178.193 km/h|
|1993||Toyota Eagle GTP Mk III||Juan Manuel Fangio II, Andy Wallace||1369.552 km||113.779 km/h|
|1994||Nissan 300ZX IMSA||Steven Millen, Johnny O'Connell, John Morton||1947.145 km|
|1995||Ferrari 333 SP||Andy Evans, Fermin Velez, Eric van de Poele||1548.189 km|
|1996||Riley & Scott Mk III||Wayne Taylor, Jim Pace, Eric van de Poele||1935.075 km|
|1997||Ferrari 333 SP||Andy Evans, Fermin Velez, Yannick Dalmas, Stefan Johansson||1628.012 km|
|1998||Ferrari 333 SP||Didier Theys, Gianpiero Moretti, Mauro Baldi||1925.178 km|
|1999||BMW V12 LMR||J.J. Lehto, Tom Kristensen, Jorg Muller||1863.781 km|
|2000||Audi R8||Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen, Emanuele Pirro||2143.646 km|
|2001||Audi R8||Michele Alboreto, Laurent Aiello, Rinaldo Capello||2203.192 km|
|2002||Audi R8||Johnny Herbert, Christian Pescatori, Rinaldo Capello||2060.282 km|
|2003||Audi R8||Frank Biela, Philipp Peter, Marco Werner||2185.328 km|
|2004||Audi R8||Allan McNish, Pierre Kaffer, Frank Biela||2084.101 km|
|2005||Audi R8||J.J. Lehto, Tom Kristensen, Marco Werner||2149.601 km|
|2006||Audi R10 TDI||Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello||2078.145 km|
|2007||Audi R10 TDI||Frank Biela, Emanuele Pirro, Marco Werner||2165.800 km|
|2008||Porsche RS Spyder Evo||Timo Bernhard, Emmanuel Collard, Romain Dumas||2088.450 km|
|2009||Audi R15 TDI||Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, Rinaldo Capello||2278.850 km||189.880 km/h|
|2010||Peugeot 908 HDi FAP||Alexander Wurz, Marc Gene, Anthony Davidson||2185.328 km||181.882 km/h|
|2011||Peugeot 908 HDi FAP||Nicolas Lapierre, Loic Duval, Olivier Panis||1976.918 km||164.634 km/h|
|2012||Audi R18 TDI||Rinaldo Capello, Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish||1933.8 km|
|2013||Audi R18 e-tron quattro||Benoit Treluyer, Marcel Fassler, Oliver Jarvis||2191.3 km|
|2014||Riley Mk XXVI Ford||Guillermo Rojas, Scott Pruett, Marino Franchitti||1751.1 km|
|2015||Chevrolet Corvette DP||Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi, Sebastien Bourdais||2046.4 km|
|2016||Ligier JS P2 Honda||J van Overbeek, Ed Brown, Scott Sharp, Pipo Derani||1432.51 km|
|2017||Cadillac DPi-V.R||Ricky Taylor, Jordan Taylor, Alex Lynn||2094.59 km|