The Sebring Experience is more than Racing
Sebring, FL -- On Saturday, March 19th, the world's best sports car racing teams take the green flag for the 53rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Race fans from around the world will gather to watch America's oldest and most prestigious sports car endurance race at the historic Sebring International Raceway.
However the Sebring experience is more than just racing. As America's fan-friendly motorsports facility, Sebring offers unique attractions, varied entertainment, and opportunities to get up close and personal with the cars and stars of the American Le Mans Series.
Often called the "Woodstock of Auto Racing," Sebring is a festive celebration of road racing that has become an annual tradition for thousands of families.
Every ticket-holder at Sebring has access to the paddock, where the race teams are located. The paddock will be the location on Friday afternoon for the ALMS autograph session. All drivers competing in the race will be at their respective paddock locations to sign autographs, while crew members will be on hand to answer questions from race fans.
Also in the paddock is the Gallery of Legends display, this year featuring the 50th anniversary of Jaguar's first and only Sebring victory. Several historic Jaguars will be on display, including Bob Tullius' Jaguar XJR-7 prototype and a D-type Jaguar once raced by Briggs Cunningham.
Along the Midway, race fans will find displays, food and souvenir vendors and fan activities. >From a 170 ft. water slide to paintball and racing simulators, there will be numerous games for all ages.
The Spring Brake Party Zone offers live entertainment on the Budweiser stage, beach volleyball, contests and much more. The Budweiser True Music Roadhouse will also be a highlight of this popular Sebring attraction.
Saturday includes a military aircraft fly-over before the start of the race, and a fireworks show at the end of the 12-hour classic.
Car clubs are a big part of the Sebring tradition, with Corvette and Porsche corrals among the many organizations gathering at Sebring for the "Super Bowl" of sports car racing.
And getting around the famous Sebring track is easy. Tram service is available Friday and Saturday, and two pedestrian bridges allow easy access into the paddock.
Of course, the star attraction is Saturday's once-around-the-clock classic. Four different ALMS classes will offer plenty of door-to-door battles all 12 hours. Several new cars will be making their North American debut, including the exotic Maserati MC12 and Aston Martin DB9.
The Sebring schedule also includes four different supporting series plus vintage and historic racing.
Sebring offers excellent viewing, with several elevated viewing berms around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn circuit. In addition, video screens showing live racing action will be located throughout the facility.
Sebring International Raceway offers a wide variety of camping and viewing options. Gates open at 7 am on Wednesday, March 16, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Children 12 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult, so it's an economical way for families to enjoy a world-class event at affordable prices. College students can purchase a four-day Superticket for $35 with a current college student ID.
For detailed ticket information visit sebringraceway.com or call toll-free 800-626-7223.