WILL BE A CLASSIC!
60th ANNIVERSARY 12 HOUR CLASSIC OPENS THE FIA WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Sebring International Raceway will host the opening round of the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship in conjunction with the 60th Anniversary of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. America's premier sports car endurance race runs on Saturday, March 17.
Sebring will also open the 2012 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and mark the return of the FIA to the birthplace of its endurance racing heritage - Sebring hosted the first FIA World Championship race for sports cars in 1953.
"Sebring's 60th anniversary year will certainly be something special with the addition of the FIA World Endurance Championship," stated Sebring Raceway President and General Manager Tres Stephenson. "This brings to Sebring the leading cars and drivers that compete in the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours race in addition to our stellar lineup of ALMS teams."
In 1953, a Cunningham C4R built in West Palm Beach, Florida by Briggs Cunningham and driven by John Fitch and Phil Walters won the Sebring 12 Hours. For the next 20 years, Sebring would be part of the FIA World Championship for sports cars.
"History repeats itself at Sebring 2012," added Stephenson. "The new FIA World Endurance Championship begins at Sebring, America's greatest sports car race, just as it did 58 years ago."
Gates open at Sebring on Wednesday, March 14th. Tickets to the 60th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida can be ordered online or by calling 800-626-7223.