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12 Hours of Sebring

2008 overall winner Porsche RS Spyder.


The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race held at Sebring International Raceway, a former Army Air Force base in Sebring, Florida.


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 race is now considered one of the premier endurance races in the United States and is famous for its "once around the clock" action, starting during the day and finishing at night. For many years Sebring was part of the World Sportscar Championship.

1963 Programme Cover

The race has a rich history, as legendary drivers such as Mario Andretti, Briggs Cunningham, Juan Manuel Fangio, A.J. Foyt, Jacky Ickx, Stirling Moss and Lake Underwood, and manufacturers such as Ferrari, Porsche, BMW, Jaguar, Cunningham, Audi and Ford have all been victorious.

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

The Event

Fans are allowed to camp inside the green of the race track, starting several days before the actual race. Both general admission and, for a fee, reserved camping exists. RVs and cars are allowed into the track. Fans that show up during the week (and in some cases months before the actual race) can bear witness to many practice and qualification races, as well as a vintage race. There are several classes of tickets, ranging anywhere from full-access to simply the (usually Saturday) actual race. The tickets are numbered, and there are designated numbered tickets needed to access pit areas, press and spectator boxes, and certain parts of the track.

Within the track is a Midway, containing everything from souvenirs and official merchandise, to hot coffee and cold beer. Attractions are also featured in the midway and differ from year to year; In recent years Spring Break attractions have been set up to draw in college students on break during the week of the race. Radio promotions for the race are not uncommon to hear in Florida weeks before the race, advertising to both race fans and spring breakers.

Aston Martin DBR9 at dusk during the 2005 12 Hours of Sebring

Recent results

In 2005, the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R and Aston Martin DBR9 made their race debut in the hotly contested GT1 class, with Aston Martin winning its class for the first time in 49 years at Sebring ahead of the two Corvettes. Corvette had dominated the class the past three years with its previous generation C5R.

The all-new Audi R10 TDI won the 2006 edition of the race, the car's first ever run in competition. The victory set the stage for an even more momentous win by the R10 in its next race, the Le Mans 24 Hours later in the year. The much-hyped Porsche RS Spyder campaigned by Penske Racing dropped to take 2nd place in its LMP2 class, behind the Intersport Lola car. The GT1 Corvette C6R team got their revenge against the Aston Martin, although the second Corvette came within 1/3 of a second of the podium in the closing laps of the race.

2007 saw Audi again winning in the R10 TDI despite requiring more frequent refueling due to changes in American Le Mans series rules intended to even the field between gasoline and diesel powered engines. In addition to an overall win, Audi also set a track record in 2007 with Marco Werner behind the wheel in qualifying.


Overall Winners

Year Drivers Team Car Distance Championship
1952 22px-Flag of the United States.png Harry Gray
22px-Flag of the United States.png Larry Kulok
22px-Flag of the United States.png Stuart Donaldson Frazer-Nash Le Mans 1213.445km American Automobile Association (AAA)
1953 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Walters
22px-Flag of the United States.png John Fitch
22px-Flag of the United States.png Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C4R-Chrysler 1447.766km World Sportscar Championship
1954 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Stirling Moss
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bill Lloyd
22px-Flag of the United States.png Briggs Cunningham O.S.C.A. MT4 1405.923km World Sportscar Championship
1955 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Hawthorn
22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Walters
22px-Flag of the United States.png Briggs Cunningham Jaguar D-Type 1523.083km World Sportscar Championship
1956 22px-Flag of Argentina.svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Eugenio Castellotti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 860 Monza 1623.506km World Sportscar Championship
1957 22px-Flag of France.png Jean Behra
22px-Flag of Argentina.svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Maserati Maserati 450S 1648.612km World Sportscar Championship
1958 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Peter Collins
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR58 1673.718km World Sportscar Championship
1959 22px-Flag of the United States.png Dan Gurney
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chuck Daigh
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR59 Fantuzzi 1573.295km World Sportscar Championship
1960 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Herrmann
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Olivier Gendebien
22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Joakim Bonnier Porsche 718RS 1640.243km World Sportscar Championship
1961 22px-Flag of the United States.png Phil Hill
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Olivier Gendebien
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 250 TRI/61 1740.666km World Sportscar Championship
1962 22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Joakim Bonnier
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Lucien Bianchi
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia Ferrari 250 TRI/61 1723.929km World Sportscar Championship
1963 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Surtees
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ludovico Scarfiotti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 250P 1749.035km World Sportscar Championship
1964 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Mike Parkes
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Umberto Maglioli
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 275P 1790.878km World Sportscar Championship
1965 22px-Flag of the United States.png Jim Hall
22px-Flag of the United States.png Hap Sharp
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral 2-Chevrolet 1640.243km World Sportscar Championship
1966 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Ken Miles
22px-Flag of the United States.png Lloyd Ruby
22px-Flag of the United States.png Shelby American Inc. Ford X1 Roadster 1908.038km World Sportscar Championship
1967 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Bruce McLaren
22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti
22px-Flag of the United States.png Ford Motor Company Ford GT40 MkIV 1991.724km World Sportscar Championship
1968 20px-Flag of Switzerland.png Jo Siffert
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Herrmann
22px-Flag of Germany.png Porsche Automobile Company Porsche 907 1983.356km World Sportscar Championship
1969 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Jackie Oliver
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 MkII 2000.093km World Sportscar Championship
1970 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Ignazio Giunti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Nino Vaccarella
22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512S 2075.410km World Sportscar Championship
1971 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Vic Elford
22px-Flag of France.png Gérard Larrousse
22px-Flag of Germany.png Martini Racing Porsche 917K 2175.833km World Sportscar Championship
1972 22px-Flag of the United States.png Mario Andretti
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Jacky Ickx
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312PB 2167.465km World Sportscar Championship
1973 22px-Flag of the United States.png Hurley Haywood
22px-Flag of the United States.png Peter Gregg
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dave Helmick
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dave Helmick Porsche Carrera RSR 1891.301km IMSA GT Championship
1974 No race due to energy crisis
1975 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Allan Moffat
22px-Flag of Germany.png BMW Motorsport BMW 3.0 CSL 1991.724km IMSA GT Championship
1976 22px-Flag of the United States.png Al Holbert
22px-Flag of the United States.png Mike Keyser
22px-Flag of the United States.png Holbert Porsche-Audi Porsche Carrera RSR 1924.775km IMSA GT Championship
1977 22px-Flag of the United States.png George Dyer
22px-Flag of the United States.png Brad Frisselle
22px-Flag of the United States.png George Dyer Porsche Carrera RSR 1958.450km IMSA GT Championship
1978 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Brian Redman
22px-Flag of the United States.png Charles Mendez
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Garretson
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 2008.461km IMSA GT Championship
1979 22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Akin
22px-Flag of the United States.png Rob McFarlin
22px-Flag of the United States.png Roy Woods
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 2000.093km IMSA GT Championship
1980 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png John Fitzpatrick
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dick Barbour
22px-Flag of the United States.png Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 K3 2117.253km IMSA GT Championship
1981 22px-Flag of the United States.png Bruce Leven
22px-Flag of the United States.png Hurley Haywood
22px-Flag of the United States.png Al Holbert
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 935/80 2050.304km IMSA GT Championship
World Sportscar Championship
1982 22px-Flag of the United States.png John Paul, Sr.
22px-Flag of the United States.png John Paul, Jr.
22px-Flag of the United States.png JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3 2041.936km IMSA GT Championship
1983 22px-Flag of the United States.png Wayne Baker
22px-Flag of the United States.png Jim Mullen
22px-Flag of the Canada.png Kees Nierop
22px-Flag of the United States.png Personalized Autohaus Porsche 934 1765.853km IMSA GT Championship
1984 22px-Flag of Colombia.png Mauricio de Narvaez
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans Heyer
22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Stefan Johansson
22px-Flag of Colombia.png De Varzaez Enterprises Porsche 935J 2057.031km IMSA GT Championship
1985 22px-Flag of the United States.png A. J. Foyt
22px-Flag of France.png Bob Wollek
22px-Flag of the United States.png Preston Henn Porsche 962 2197.817km IMSA GT Championship
1986 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans-Joachim Stuck
22px-Flag of Austria.png Jo Gartner
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Akin
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Akin Motor Racing Porsche 962 2244.745km‡ IMSA GT Championship
1987 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Jochen Mass
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bobby Rahal
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962 1971.092km IMSA GT Championship
1988 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Klaus Ludwig
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Hans-Joachim Stuck
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962 2103.380km IMSA GT Championship
1989 22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png Geoff Brabham
22px-Flag of the United States.png Chip Robinson
22px-Flag of the Netherlands.svg.png Arie Luyendyk
22px-Flag of the United States.png Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo 2182.753km IMSA GT Championship
1990 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Derek Daly
22px-Flag of the United States.png Bob Earl
22px-Flag of the United States.png Nissan Performance Technology Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo 1990.936km IMSA GT Championship
1991 22px-Flag of Ireland.png Derek Daly
22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png Geoff Brabham
22px-Flag of Australia.svg.png Gary Brabham
22px-Flag of the United States.png Nissan Performance Technology Nissan NPT-90 1774.463km IMSA GT Championship
1992 22px-Flag of Argentina.svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio II
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Andy Wallace
22px-Flag of the United States.png All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota 2143.646km IMSA GT Championship
1993 22px-Flag of Argentina.svg.png Juan Manuel Fangio II
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Andy Wallace
22px-Flag of the United States.png All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota 1369.552km IMSA GT Championship
1994 22px-Flag of New Zealand.png Steve Millen
22px-Flag of the United States.png Johnny O'Connell
22px-Flag of the United States.png John Morton
22px-Flag of the United States.png Clayton Cunningham Racing Nissan 300ZX 1947.145km IMSA GT Championship
1995 22px-Flag of the United States.png Andy Evans
22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Fermín Vélez
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
22px-Flag of the United States.png Scandia Motorsports Ferrari 333 SP 1548.189km IMSA GT Championship
1996 Template:FlagiconZAF Wayne Taylor
22px-Flag of the United States.png Jim Pace
22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Eric van de Poele
22px-Flag of the United States.png Doyle Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile 1935.075km IMSA GT Championship
1997 22px-Flag of the United States.png Andy Evans
22px-Flag of Spain.svg.png Fermín Vélez
22px-Flag of France.png Yannick Dalmas
22px-Flag of Sweden.svg.png Stefan Johansson
22px-Flag of the United States.png Team Scandia Ferrari 333 SP 1628.012km IMSA GT Championship
1998 22px-Flag of Belgium (civil).png Didier Theys
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Gianpiero Moretti
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Mauro Baldi
22px-Flag of the United States.png MOMO Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP 1925.178km IMSA GT Championship
1999 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of Finland.png JJ Lehto
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Jörg Müller
22px-Flag of Germany.png BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LMR 1863.781km American Le Mans Series
2000 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Tom Kristensen
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Emanuele Pirro
22px-Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2143.646km American Le Mans Series
2001 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Rinaldo Capello
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Michele Alboreto
22px-Flag of France.png Laurent Aïello
22px-Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2203.192km American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
2002 3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Rinaldo Capello
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Christian Pescatori
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of Germany.png Audi Sport North America Audi R8 2060.282km American Le Mans Series
2003 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Marco Werner
22px-Flag of Austria.png Philipp Peter
22px-Flag of Germany.png Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 2185.328km American Le Mans Series
2004 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Allan McNish
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Frank Biela
22px-Flag of Germany.png Pierre Kaffer
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx Audi R8 2084.101km American Le Mans Series
2005 22px-Flag of Finland.png JJ Lehto
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Marco Werner
22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United States.png ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 2149.601km American Le Mans Series
2006 22px-Flag of Denmark.svg.png Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom.png Allan McNish
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Rinaldo Capello
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
(Diesel)
2078.145km American Le Mans Series
2007 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Frank Biela
3dflagsdotcom italy2bs.gif Emanuele Pirro
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Marco Werner
22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
(Diesel)
2165.8km American Le Mans Series
2008 22px-Flag of Germany.svg.png Timo Bernhard
22px-Flag of France.png Romain Dumas
22px-Flag of France.png Emmanuel Collard
22px-Flag of the United States.png Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder 2088.45km American Le Mans Series


† - These races were stopped for a period of time due to heavy rain and/or accidents. The race clock was not stopped for these periods and counted towards the 12 Hours.

‡ - Race record for most distance covered


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