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A Brief History of the Track itself.

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

Hendricks AAF

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

RACING COMES TO SEBRING

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

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.

Mclean Crash Sebring

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


Courtesy: Wikipedia.
Further Information
Wikipedia
Wikipedia - 12 Hours of Sebring
Racing Circuit Info

Maps, Posters and Picture Galleries

Campsites

Scroll through the links to various campsites associated with the track.

Event Pictures

various pictures from past events at Sebring International Raceway


How to get there.

Sebring International Raceway is in central Florida, USA, close to the City of Sebring. The nearest international airports are at Orlando, 94 miles/1 hour 50 minutes to the north or Tampa, approximately two hours/108 miles to the north-west. Sebring Regional Airport is next to the raceway but there are no regularly scheduled passenger services.

By road the circuit is located close to the intersections of Highways 27 and 98. From Orlando, head south on US27 until you reach Highway 98 and follow signs to the circuit. From Tampa, take SR60 East to US 27 South to Highway 98 and follow signs to the circuit.

Sebring offers both reserved trackside parking and first-come/first-served parking. Fees are charged for both – check the circuit website for details.



Information Links.

Booking.com

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
3525 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-471-1200
2900 New Life Way, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 855-955-2534
3250 US-27, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-3555
600 Sebring Square, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-382-6479

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAIL
Best Automotive Repair 330 US-27 #8, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-3305 info@BestAutomotiveRepair.com
Yarbrough Tire & Service 2306 S Highlands Ave, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-1574 info@yarbros.com
Aaron's Automotive Repair 391 N Eucalyptus St, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-2214
Sears Auto Center 901 US 27 N, Ste 130, Sebring, FL 33870, United States +1 863-386-5795
L&M Auto Repair & Sales 6217 U.S. 27 South, Sebring, FL 33876, United States +1 863-382-4636
Watson's Tire & Auto Service Inc 3455 Bartee Rd, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-7692
White's Transmission & Engine 2434 S Highlands Ave, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-471-9775
Big John's Garage 3909 US-27, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-1167
Tech Automotive 4011 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-1988
Alfredo's Auto Repair 6204 US-98, Sebring, FL 33876, USA +1 863-655-6077

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
Mobil 8000 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33876, USA +1 863-304-8160
Shell 7916 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33876, USA +1 863-655-2087
Sunoco 11911 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33876, USA +1 863-314-6239
Marathon Gas 3641 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 931-520-0189
Shell 3030 US Hwy 27 S, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-385-9401
Marathon Gas 2912 US-27, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-382-6955

NAME ADDRESS CONTACT MAP
Seven Sebring Raceway Hotel 150 Midway Dr, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-655-7200
Residence Inn Sebring 3221 Tubbs Road, Sebring, Florida 33870 USA +1 863-314-9100
Hotel Jacaranda 19 East Main Street Avon Park, FL +1 863 453-2211
Inn on the Lakes 3101 Golfview Road Sebring, FL 33870 +1 863-471-9400
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Sebring 4389 Keiber Boulevard, Sebring, FL 33870, USA +1 863-386-1115
Harder Hall 124 W Lake Dr Blvd, Sebring, FL 33875, USA +1 863-385-5005