Sebring opens 2001-03-14

SEBRING, FLORIDA - The stage is set for the 49th running of America's premier sports car race. The Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring Presented by Dodge begins at 10:35 am Saturday, March 17. Gates open at 7 am Wednesday, March 14, and remain open...

SEBRING, FLORIDA - The stage is set for the 49th running of America's premier sports car race. The Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring Presented by Dodge begins at 10:35 am Saturday, March 17. Gates open at 7 am Wednesday,

March 14, and remain open 24 hours a day through Sunday. Sebring's schedule includes a full slate of support races, highlighted by the Trans-Am Series 75-minute race on Friday, March 16.

Sebring International Raceway's 3.7 mile, 17-turn circuit, originated from a WWII B-17 training base known as Hendricks Field. Past winners at Sebring include driving legends Mario Andretti, Juan Manuel Fangio, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill and A.J. Foyt. Manufacturers such as Porsche, Ferrari, Jaguar, Nissan, Maserati, Ford and BMW have claimed victory at Sebring.

The highlight of the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), Sebring's 12 hour endurance race features the world's leading sports car teams. The winning team at the past two Sebring classics has gone on to win the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in France. This year's entry at Sebring includes the top six finishers at Le Mans, including defending Sebring and ALMS champion Audi.

The Superflo 12 Hours at Sebring includes four different classes of competition, ranging from exotic prototypes capable of speeds over 200 mph on Sebring's Ulmann Straight, to production based GT cars. The Chevrolet Corvette factory team, fresh off a GTS class win at the ALMS season opener in Texas, has entered two cars to battle Dodge Vipers and the exotic new Saleen S7R.

Sebring International Raceway recently completed a multi-million dollar improvement program which resulted in a new pit structure, corporate suites, media center, restrooms and an 81-room hotel. The raceway has over 440 acres of spectator parking and camping areas.

Tickets are available at the gate or by calling 863.655.1442.

-ALMS

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Series ALMS , PWC , Trans-Am
Drivers Phil Hill , Dan Gurney , Mario Andretti , Juan Manuel Fangio , A.J. Foyt