My Favorite Sebring Memories
By Jan Magnussen
"The most 'Sebring' moment that I know of comes from my wife, Christina. She frequently visits Turn 10 with us during the week, which is great fun. She also is the only person I know who has been to both a wedding and a funeral in the infield at Sebring. Those weren’t at the same time or on the same day… that would have just been weird. But it goes to show how much goes on at Sebring. Yes it’s a race and one our biggest of the season but so much else goes on around the event. Some of the groups we see at Le Mans every year could learn a few things from the crowd at Sebring - from Turn 10 and Green Park, Team La Bomba, the Cows, the Monks… all those are others are what makes the 12 Hours unique.
It took a couple of years for me to really appreciate Sebring. This is one of the toughest races in the world no matter the series. Coming from Europe and formula cars, I was used to racing on smooth tracks with a lot of runoff. It was a complete shock when I went around Sebring for the first time in the late 1990s. I wasn’t a fan at first but it’s amazing how things can change over the course of almost 20 years! It doesn’t hurt to come back here year after year with Corvette Racing. I’ve won the race four times with them and it doesn’t get easier as the years go on.
We spend a significant amount of time at Sebring each winter to get ready for the 12 Hours but also Le Mans. It is an important place for Corvette Racing and for me personally, as well. I really hope that continues for many more years.”