As the World’s Best Drive Sebring, the Raceway Helps Drive the Local Economy
The global appeal of Sebring International Raceway, and sports car racing in general, will result in the iconic raceway hosting more than 290 days of on-track activity in 2022.
Ticketed racing events, car clubs and performance driving schools will account for more than 230 days of on-track action at the 3.74-mile circuit, most well known for hosting the annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts since 1952.
Professional racing teams from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the World Endurance Championship (WEC), IndyCar and other series will push the number of days utilized at Sebring to almost 300. The 2022 schedule at Sebring is expected to be one of the busiest in the history of the track.
Spectator events scheduled for 2022:
- Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA)/TransAm, February 24-27
- World Endurance Championship (WEC) Testing, March 12-13
- Porsche Sprint Challenge (Two Races), March 13
- Porsche Carrera Cup (Two Races), March 17
- Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, March 17
- 1000 Miles of Sebring (WEC), March 18
- Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, March 19
- Historic SportsCar Racing, Sebring Spring Fling, April 6-8
- US Drift Circuit, June 4
- US Drift Circuit, August 27-28
- SRO Fanatec GT World Challenge America, September 21-25
- US Drift Circuit, October 15
- World Racing League, October 28-30
- Creventic 24H at Sebring, November 9-13
- Historic SportsCar Racing Pistons & Props, November 30-December 4
With all events, whether public or private, attended almost exclusively by out-of-town guests, the Highlands County business community is the primary benefactor of raceway activities given that most attendees visit local restaurants, stores and most notably hotels.
Sebring International Raceway has been owned and managed by IMSA Properties since 2012, which itself is a subsidiary of NASCAR. Since the raceway was developed on the grounds of the former World War II Army Air Corps B-17 training base known as Hendricks Field, promoters have made constant improvements to the facility, with a significant uptick in advancements since IMSA Properties assumed ownership. Most recently, significant efforts have been placed on expanding the reputation and comforts of the track while also maintaining the nostalgic throw-back feel to the old days of racing that both fans and competitors embrace.
Current raceway president and general manager, Wayne Estes, is fond of saying that his primary daily goal is to maintain and grow Sebring’s place in sports car history while also making it a better place for fans to attend races. For two consecutive years – 2019 and 2020 – the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was recognized as North America’s favorite race in a fan poll conducted by USA Today.
Because of the 70-year history of the 12-Hour Classic, the City of Sebring has long been known around the world. What was once called the 12 Hours of Sebring International Grand Prix of Endurance continues to provide benefits to racers, fans and the local economy that few other communities enjoy.