SBRS: Balloons Invade Sebring Three Day School

A recent Skip Barber Three Day Racing School at Sebring International Raceway was unexpectedly invaded by an armada of hot air balloons, grounding the school to a temporary halt. Sebring's world famous racetrack was originally a U.S. Air Force...

A recent Skip Barber Three Day Racing School at Sebring International Raceway was unexpectedly invaded by an armada of hot air balloons, grounding the school to a temporary halt.

Sebring's world famous racetrack was originally a U.S. Air Force Base, and half of the property still serves as a civilian airport to this day. It seems that a hot air balloon race was scheduled to depart from the airport, as two Skip Barber Three Day Racing Schools were taking place, one on the north portion of the circuit and the other on the south end.

The balloons duly rose majestically into the Central Florida sky and once aloft immediately declared their intention to land. Apparently, weather conditions had abruptly changed following their launch that spelled danger for crafts, which are ostensibly at Mother Nature's mercy.

One of the balloon pilots announced his intention to land on the north side of the Sebring track where the Three Day Racing School was in progress. Fortunately for both balloonists and would be racers, instructor Divina Galica, leading a Three Day class on the south end, was on the same radio frequency as the balloonists and was able to warn the other class of the impending danger. Racing School participants where hailed into the pits immediately and the balloons were all able to touch down safely. After an hour and a half of clean up, the Three Day racing School was able to resume.

-George Tamayo-

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Skip Barber