Track Feature – Sebring International Raceway

Ryan Staub

October 24, 2017

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Sebring International Raceway is located in Sebring, Florida – about 90 miles from Tampa, Orlando and the Palm Beaches. The circuit is known for its endurance race, the 12 Hours of Sebring, but also hosts drag, club and HPDE events.
 
History of Sebring
Sebring International Raceway is one of America’s oldest road racing tracks. The legendary circuit evolved from Hendricks Field, a World War II airbase, in 1950 when aviation and racing enthusiast, Alec Ulmann, promoted a six-hour race using the old runways. After the 1952 12-hour endurance race, Sebring burst onto the racing scene.
 
Sebring has hosted former winners like Mario Andretti, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Al Holbert, A.J. Foyt, Bobby Rahal and Tom Kristensen. Sebring is also famous for celebrity participation, including Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Gene Hackman and more.
 
Sebring Fun Facts
  • Parts of the 1975 movie starring Robert Redford, The Great Waldo Pepper, were filmed at Sebring Airport and Raceway.
  • Famous journalist, Walter Cronkite, drove in the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1959.
  • Unlike the urban legend says, there was never a 24 Hours of Sebring. The famous race has always been 12 hours. 
  •  Roger Penske’s Chevrolet Lola was stolen on his tow home from the 1969 Sebring 12 Hours.
  • Jim Morrison, lead singer of The Doors, has been in attendance at Sebring. 
 
Upcoming Sebring Events:
Events at Sebring Raceway are always a one-of-a-kind experience. Explore these upcoming events:
  • Chin Motorsports
    • November 4-5
  • PCA – Sun Coast Region
    • November 17-19
  • David Murry Track Days
    • November 27
  • Chin Motorsports
    • December 9 -10
 
Find a complete schedule of upcoming HPDE events at Sebring Raceway and other tracks across the U.S. And as always, ensure you and your car are protected with insurance from Lockton Motorsports. Find the policy that’s right for you.