12 Hours of Sebring Voted #4 Best Motorsports Races in the World

USAToday 10Best Reader's Choice Selects Sebring For Repeat Honor With Impressive Top Five Finish

Sebring, FL - Sebring International Raceway’s legendary 12-hour endurance race has been voted as one of the world’s ten best motorsports races in the USAToday 10Best competition.

Sebring was one of 20 races nominated by a panel of experts for the month long vote, and finished fourth overall. This is a repeat honor for the famed Florida circuit as the 12-hour race also earned a top ten ranking in the previous 10Best competition in 2015.

“It is a remarkable achievement to have our 12-hour endurance race again voted to be among the world’s ten best races,” stated Sebring International Raceway President & General Manager Wayne Estes. “As the ‘Birthplace of American Endurance Racing,’ Sebring has a loyal following of fans from around the world, and we thank them for voting. We are proud of our heritage and the international prestige Sebring has earned through seven decades.”

The 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida runs March 17th, 2018. The race is part of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Rolex24 at Daytona also finished in the top ten (9th), making IMSA’s “36 Hours of Florida” endurance races a key part of USA Today’s 10Best list.

Originating from a World War II United States Army Air Force B-17 combat crew training base known as Hendricks Field, Sebring’s first 12-hour race took place in 1952. The 3.74-mile Sebring circuit still utilizes portions of the concrete runways of Hendricks Field. Past winners include Mario Andretti, A.J. Foyt, Stirling Moss, Dan Gurney, Phil Hill, Bruce McLaren, Hurley Haywood, Jim Hall, Al Holbert and Tom Kristensen.

The Sebring circuit is also well known as the leading year-round testing circuit in North America.

Other events voted in the top ten include the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Knoxville (IA) Nationals, Baja 1000, Chili Bowl Midget Nationals (Tulsa, OK), the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France, Isle of Man Tourist Trophy and the NASCAR night race held at Bristol (TN).

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