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    12 Hours of Sebring

    The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars held at Sebring International Raceway, on the site of the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base in Sebring, Florida. The event is the second round of the United SportsCar Championship and in the past has been a round of the now defunct World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series. In 2012, the race was the opening event of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

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    The race is also a leg of the informal Triple Crown of endurance racing, which links the three largest sports car races together in a rough equivalent of Golf or Tennis' Grand Slam with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 24 Hours of Daytona forming the other legs.

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    HISTORY

    The track opened in 1950 on an airfield and is a road racing course styled after those used in European Grand Prix motor racing. The first race was a six-hour race on New Year's Eve 1950, with the next race held 14 months later as the first 12 Hours of Sebring. The race is famous for its "once around the clock" action, starting during the day and finishing at night. From 1953 to 1972 the 12 Hour was a round of the FIA’s premier sports car series which was contested under various names including the World Sportscar Championship and the International Championship for Makes.

    In its early years, the Sebring circuit combined former airport runways with narrow two-lane service roads. The 1966 event was a turning point in Sebring history, as the facilities and the safety of the circuit were heavily criticized. Five people were killed during the race, which was more people killed than in the race's prior 15-year history combined. Bob McLean crashed while approaching the hairpin; his car rolled several times, struck a utility pole and then exploded, landing in a ditch and killing McLean.[citation needed]

    In another incident Mario Andretti in his Ferrari 365 tangled with Don Wester's Porsche 906 on the Warehouse Straight near the Webster Turns, killing four spectators and then crashing into a warehouse next to the track. Subsequent to these events, the facilities were upgraded and the circuit layout was changed, including eliminating the Webster Turns and creating the Green Park Chicane further down the track to move the straight further away from the airport warehouses.[citation needed] The circuit was made safer and there were no fatalities until 1980.

    It is known as preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, as the track's extremely bumpy surface, combined with south-central Florida's perennial hot weather, is a test of a car's reliability. In recent years, six overall victories have been achieved by the Audi R8, one fewer than the record seven wins of the Porsche 935.

    Tom Kristensen has won the race more times than anyone else, with six victories – in 1999–2000, 2005–2006, 2009 and in 2012.

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    This year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will feature a bevy of multiple live digital offerings.

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    •Live streaming of the full 12-hour telecast will be available to fans in Europe, Asia and Africa on IMSA.com and in the United States through the FOX Sports Go mobile app beginning at 10 a.m. ET. Live streaming for North America, South America and Australia begins at 1 p.m. ET.

    The IMSA.com stream will utilize the same commentators as the FOX Sports 1 telecast. IMSA.com also will offer live streaming of up to 12 in-car cameras throughout the entire event for fans everywhere. In addition to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring coverage, IMSA.com will have a live stream of the entire IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race on Friday, March 14. The two-and-a-half hour race begins at 1 p.m. ET.

    •Prior to the start of the race, IMSA.com will whet fans’ appetites with two pre-race shows.

    “Through the Driver’s Eyes, Driven by Continental Tire” will be streamed on IMSA.com beginning at 8:30 a.m. ET on Saturday, March 15. The 45-minute program is narrated by former Indianapolis 500 champion Dario Franchitti and provides a unique, behind-the-scenes look at many top IMSA drivers and teams.

    At 9:30 a.m. ET, IMSA.com will offer a live pre-race show from the Sebring grid hosted by popular commentator Justin Bell. The 30-minute stream will feature driver interviews and pre-race activities as teams make their final preparations for the grueling 12-hour battle on the legendary Sebring International Raceway circuit.

    •Visitors to IMSA.com throughout the Sebring race week can access all event resources through the prominent “Race Central” feature from the front page.

    Race Central will be a one-stop shop for access to all live video and MRN Radio broadcasts and in-car camera streams. It also provides links to full live timing and scoring data, results from every on-track session, live pit notes from the @IMSALive Twitter stream, up-to-date entry lists, fan viewing guides and more.

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    TUDOR Series continues with Sebring endurance race


    The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season continues this weekend with the Twelve Hours of Sebring at historic Sebring International Raceway.

    The merger between the Grand-AM Series and the American Le Mans Series ensured that the two biggest sports car events in North America - the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Sebring's 12-hour endurance classic - would once again race consecutively to open the season under the same sanction (IMSA) with the same classes.

    ''The fact that we have Daytona and Sebring back-to-back on the TUDOR Championship schedule, for many, means its back to the way the good Lord always intended it to be,'' said IMSA President and COO Scott Atherton.

    This year's race has a star-studded lineup that includes nine drivers from the IndyCar Series, including reigning Indianapolis 500 champion Tony Kanaan and reigning series champion Scott Dixon, who are teamed together with Indy Lights winner Sage Karam in a Ford/Riley DP Prototype for car owner Chip Ganassi.

    The race provides an opportunity for a milestone achievement for Rolex 24 winners Christian Fittipaldi, Sebastien Bourdais and Joao Barbosa, who drove the No. 5 Corvette DP entry from Action Express Racing to the overall Daytona victory. The last time the Rolex 24 winners also won at Sebring was 1998.

    The Twelve Hours also is the second round of a special competition within the TUDOR Championship schedule encompassing the four longest races - the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Daytona kicked off the four-race competition. Following Sebring is the Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International in June and the 10-hour season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in October.

    Qualifying for the Twelve Hours is Friday and the race begins Saturday morning.
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