Sebring International Raceway: Your Ticket to Fast Family Fun
Whether you’re a die-hard car racing fan or have never watched a single race, no visit to Sebring, Florida, is complete without a stop at the Sebring International Raceway. And there’s good reason for that.
As America’s oldest road racing track, this legendary raceway has seen some of the biggest names in the sport cross its finish line, including Mario Andretti and Stirling Moss. It has also been home to a world-famous 12-hour endurance race for the past 67 years. And with year-round races, family fun is an all-season event in Sebring. Here’s what you need to know about the Sebring International Raceway before your next visit!
Before it was the Sebring International Raceway, this site was known as the Hendricks Army Airfield, a World War II airbase used to train B-17 combat crews. In 1950, the track hosted its first race, a six-hour run on New Year’s Eve which brought in 30 cars from across North America. But it wasn’t until 1952 that the speedway gained widespread buzz and recognition with its first “12 Hours of Sebring.” Since then, this endurance race, noted as one of the most grueling races drivers can take on, has taken place every year on the third Saturday in March and drawn in racers from all over the world.
If the Sebring International Raceway is number one on your list during your Sebring visit, you’ll want to stay as close to the action as possible throughout your entire trip. As the official hotel of the raceway, the Seven – Sebring Raceway Hotel. is located trackside on the famous hairpin turn. Catch every moment of excitement from the comfort of your hotel room, enjoy a round of golf before the next run or treat yourself (or your travel partner) to a spa treatment following a hair-raising race.
Open Track Days, Drag Racing and Event Schedule
Aside from the Mobil 1 “12 Hours of Sebring” race, slotted to take place March 13-16, 2019, the Sebring International Raceway feeds the need for speed with year-round races and events, including the Sebring 500, Chumpcar Endurance Series, Michelin Encore and Pistons and Props.
And on select Thursday evenings from April through December, drag racing fans and amateurs alike flood into the raceway. Admission is just $20 for drivers and $5 for spectators, with races running back to back until 10pm.
Planning your visit to Sebring and the world-famous speedway? Check out the Sebring Raceway calendar to get your fill of high-octane fun. And if you’re searching for more ways to get your adrenaline pumping behind the wheel and out on the water, add Sebring Kart Racing and an airboat tour to your itinerary.