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Gates Open Wednesday For The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring. Sebring, FL -- Gates open at 7 am on Wednesday for the 52nd running of America's oldest sports car endurance race. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes the green flag at 10:30...

Gates Open Wednesday For The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours Of Sebring.

Sebring, FL -- Gates open at 7 am on Wednesday for the 52nd running of America's oldest sports car endurance race. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes the green flag at 10:30 am on Saturday, culminating four days of racing at the historic central Florida circuit. The opening race of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) will feature 45 of the world's leading sports car racing teams competing in the grueling once around-the-clock classic.

Hundreds of race fans are already lined-up at the front entrance of Sebring International Raceway awaiting the traditional Wednesday morning opening. Often called the "Woodstock of auto racing," Sebring is an international tradition that attracts race fans from all over the world.

The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is held on a 3.7 mile, 17-turn road course, portions of which originated from a WWII B-17 training base known as Hendricks Field. Over the past five decades, the world's greatest drivers have competed at Sebring. Former winners include Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Al Holbert, and Bobby Rahal. Porsche is the leading manufacturer at Sebring with 17 wins, followed by Ferrari with 12. Audi can move to third on the all-time list with a win this year. The German manufacturer has won Sebring the past four years.

The ALMS features four different classes of racing, making Sebring several races within one. A key battle will be in the GTS class, where Corvette will defend its Sebring title against Ferrari, Saleen and Dodge Viper.

The four-days of racing at Sebring includes six supporting events, vintage racing, and a wide variety of off-track attractions. The Spring Brake Party Zone includes an assortment of activities on Friday and Saturday, featuring live entertainment and beach volleyball, highlighted by a match Friday afternoon between leading ALMS drivers and the Hawaiian Tropic Girls.

A stroll of Sebring's famous Midway reveals manufacturer displays, a variety of food and beverage, souvenirs, games and other amusements. Where else can you have a gator burger, visit a haunted house, ride a mechanical bull and race slot cars? And there's more, including helicopter rides.

Sebring is also an ideal family outing, with plenty to do for kids (children under 12 are admitted free with a paying adult). The ALMS autograph session on Friday afternoon allows race fans of all ages to meet the drivers and get a close-up look at the race teams.

Sebring International Raceway has added several conveniences for spectators, including new scoreboards, hot showers, shuttle service to a free parking area just outside the main entrance and a viewing grandstand at the end of the famous Ulmann Straight as the cars enter the final turn of the raceway.

Historic cars from Sebring's past will be on display in the paddock at the Gallery of Legends, including the OSCA MT4 Stirling Moss co-drove to victory in 1954. Al Holbert's Porsche 962, and a rare Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe will also be among the historic machines on display. Racing legend Carroll Shelby will serve as Grand Marshal for this year's Sebring classic.

At the checkered flag of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, a fireworks display will conclude the four-days of racing and entertainment.

Tickets are available at the gate. For more information, visit sebringraceway.com or call 800-626-7223.

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