Carrol Shelby named Sebring Grand Marshal

Racing Legend Carroll Shelby named Sebring Grand Marshal SEBRING, FL. - Legendary driver and car builder Carroll Shelby will serve as Grand Marshal at the 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. America's oldest and most prestigious sports...

Racing Legend Carroll Shelby named Sebring Grand Marshal

SEBRING, FL. - Legendary driver and car builder Carroll Shelby will serve as Grand Marshal at the 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. America's oldest and most prestigious sports car race begins at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 20, and will open the 2004 American Le Mans Series season.

As a driver Shelby won numerous road racing events, highlighted by a victory at the 1959 24 Hours of Le Mans. His stellar career includes a second place finish at Sebring in 1955, co-driving with Phil Hill.

As a car builder and team owner, Shelby achieved historic success with his Cobras, which won several GT victories at Sebring and other circuits around the world during the 1960s. In addition, his Shelby American racing team also engineered a historic win for Ford at the 1966 Sebring endurance classic, with Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby driving.

Shelby continues as a leading figure in the automotive industry. He will be inducted into the Sebring Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame on Friday, March 19, along with Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, Bob and Al Holbert, Bobby Rahal and race official Ford Heacock, Sr.

"We are delighted to have a true living legend of motorsports serving as Grand Marshal," said Raceway President Tres Stephenson. "Carroll Shelby's achievements are remarkable, and we are honored to have him back at Sebring."

It was 40 years ago that Shelby Cobras recorded a historic GT class win at Sebring, trouncing Ferrari and taking fourth place overall with Bob Holbert and Dave MacDonald driving a Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe. The following year, Bob Bondurant and Jo Schlesser gave Shelby another GT class win at Sebring, helping Shelby win the GT Manufacturers World Championship. Shelby-built cars also won their class in 1963, 1966 and 1967. Shelby's potent form of the Mustang raced at Sebring as late as 1977. Since then he has continued to work as a consultant and builder of several other race cars.

The Sebring "Gallery of Legends" display in the paddock will feature several historic race cars from Sebring's past, including a rare Shelby Daytona Coupe.

For ticket information, race fans can call 800-626-7223 or visit Sebringraceway.com.

SEBRING TICKET REMINDER:
Sebring's Advance Purchase Ticket Deadline February 28th

Only a few days remain to buy tickets to America's premier sports car endurance race at special advance purchase prices.

The 52nd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring takes the green flag at 10:30 am Saturday, March 20. Gates open Wednesday, March 17, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday.

Discounted four-day and Saturday-only Supertickets will be available through Feb. 28th. After that date, gate prices will apply. Supertickets include complete access to the competitor's paddock, where the race teams are located.

Sebring International Raceway offers a variety of camping, parking and viewing options. For more information, call 800-626-7223 or visit sebringraceway.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Bobby Rahal , Phil Hill , Bob Bondurant , Mario Andretti , Ken Miles , Al Holbert , Stirling Moss , Lloyd Ruby