Sebring becomes international city for 12 hour classic

Sebring, FL - Sometimes called the "Mardis Gras of Motorsports," or the "Woodstock of Sports Car Racing," the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring certainly ranks as one of North America's biggest international sports events. This year's 51st...

Sebring, FL - Sometimes called the "Mardis Gras of Motorsports," or the "Woodstock of Sports Car Racing," the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring certainly ranks as one of North America's biggest international sports events. This year's 51st annual classic takes the green flag at 10:30 am on Saturday, March 15.

Drivers from 24 countries will be competing at the historic track, nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of Highlands County. The thousands of fans from around the world who attend annually, some arriving in line over two months early to ensure they will have their favorite viewing spots, have helped make Sebring a legendary venue.

This year's event is especially significant, as its starting field ranks among the finest ever in the five-decade history of the event. Team Bentley is making its first and only North American appearance in preparation for its assault on the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. Bentley will have to overcome the Audi juggernaut, winners of three straight Sebring races, as well as Panoz, MG Lola, Lister, Pilbeam and Riley & Scott entries.

The GTS class features Corvette, Ferrari, Dodge Viper, Saleen and the exotic Pagaini Zonda, making its world competition debut.

The GT class includes Porsche, BMW and Ferrari entries, plus a rare North American appearance by Morgan, TVR and Spyker entries.

"The entry this year represents one of the finest lineups of sports car racing teams ever to appear in North America," stated Sebring President and GM Tres Stephenson. "Race fans will have a rare opportunity to see exciting new machinery such as Bentley, Lister, Pagani Zonda, Spyker, and many others, plus an incredible lineup of world-class drivers."

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