History of Sebring International Raceway

  • Sebring International Raceway is the Birthplace of American Endurance Racing.
  • Sebring International Raceway is North America‘s oldest permanent road racing facility, established in 1950.
  • The 3.74-mile racing circuit is on what was originally Hendricks Field, a United States Army Air Forces base which served during World War II as a Heavy Bomber Training School for B-17 Flying Fortress and B-24 Liberator pilots.
  • Hendricks Field was named in honor of First Lieutenant Laird Woodruff Hendricks, Jr. A native Floridian, Hendricks was born in Ocala, Fla., grew up in Jacksonville, Fla. and graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. in 1939. Hendricks completed flight training and received his aeronautical rating as an Army pilot. Lieutenant Hendricks was killed in a B-17C (RAF Fortress I) crash near RAF Polebrook, England on July 28, 1941, three days after he arrived there to train Royal Air Force pilots.
  • Nestled among the orange groves and cattle ranches of Central Florida, Sebring International Raceway has hosted the legendary 12-hour endurance classic since 1952, now part of the prestigious IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
  • Sebring was the site of the first ever FIA World Championship Sports Car Race in 1953, and in 2012 hosted the inaugural race of the FIA WEC, which returned in 2019 to run the day before the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
  • Sebring is known as one of the most versatile testing facilities in the motorsports industry offering a variety of circuit configurations for club and corporate events, private testing, and racing schools.
  • In 1959, Franklin D. Roosevelt Jr., son of the late president, entered a team of three Fiat Abarths.
  • The surface of Sebring‘s front straight is the original concrete poured in 1941 for the Hendricks Field military base.
  • Sebring International Raceway is one of the busiest motorsports facilities in North America, active more than 300 days a year with private testing, clubs, corporate events, driving schools and other special events.
  • A USA Today reader poll in 2019 named the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring North America‘s No. 1 race
  • The 2020 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is March 18-21.
  • Gates open at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 18. Gates remain open 24 hours a day Wednesday through Saturday.
  • “SuperSebring” is an endurance-racing weekend featuring two of the world’s greatest events – the FIA WEC hosts a 1000 Mile (8-hour) race on Friday, followed by the traditional IMSA 12-Hour classic on Saturday.
  • The Michelin Pilot Challenge two-hour and the IMSA Prototype Challenge races run on Thursday (tentative, exact schedule to be released at a later date).
  • In 2019, ticket buyers from 48 states and more than 20 foreign countries attended the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
  • Sebring is known as the most fan-friendly circuit in the world. All tickets allow access to all non-hospitality areas on the property. Both the IMSA and FIA WEC competitor paddocks are open to all spectators.