Next up on the IMSA schedule for Sports Car Racing fans is the famed 12 Hours Of Sebring at the old converted WW II airfield in central Florida. The race is North America’s most historic and oldest Sports Car Endurance Race as the second round of the IMSA Weathertech Championship Series. The first event held at the Sebring facility was a 6 Hour Race on December 31, 1950 with the initial 12 Hour Classic being started in March of 1952.
With this years racing, Sebring will be the only circuit in the World to hold both the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Series and the IMSA Series as part of the festivities for 2022. It’s being called “SUPER SEBRING” with the WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring and the MOBIL 12 HR of Sebring being held on consecutive days on March 18-19, 2022.
Jackie Ickx, the legendary driver from Belgium and two time winner at Sebring has been named to be the Grand Marshall of Super Sebring. Ickx will be at the race on the 50th Anniversary of his second win at Sebring, as he won with teammate Mario Andretti in 1972 driving for Ferrari in a 312 prototype. His first win at Sebring was in 1969 driving a FORD GT 40 MK II with Jackie Oliver for the GULF OIL TEAM.
Not sure how many teams will split up cars and run both races. Will be interesting to see what happens to that end with cars that can meet both specifications now between the Series and classes. It appears that the Corvette Racing Team will do this with the #4 Car doing the WEC Race and the #3 Car staying with IMSA…….
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Toyota, Ferrari and BMW past the pits into turn one a few years back.
Cadillac DPi racers into the lead at Sebring for the MOBIL 12 Hours……Mazda and Acura close behind for battle.