Ever had a strange desire to get stuck on a floating metropolis with a television personality? Would you jump at the chance to meet Richard Rawlings, a rhinestone-studded Miller Lite can in human form? Well, have I found the cruise for you.
The 12 Hours of Sebring pit lane quickly becomes a scene of madness whenever it opens up during a full-course yellow. Everyone wants to do their necessary work on the cars when the rest of the field is forced to go slow behind the safety car.
Two words could sum up the final moments of the 12 Hours of Sebring, but we’ll pick a name instead: Pipo. Derani. All eyes were on Extreme Speed Motorsports’ young star driver as he charged through to the lead and gave ESM a combined 36 Hours of Florida win for 2016—all with only 12 minutes left in the race.
One solitary, forlorn wheel was left on its own on a big, scary racetrack during the 12 Hours of Sebring. The heartless jamokes at Alex Job Racing didn’t secure the wheel properly onto the No. 22 Porsche. Left to its own devices, the wheel lashed out against the sick, sad world which had rejected it, interrupting the…
The No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and No. 911 Porsche 911 of Kévin Estre were battling for the GTLM class lead at Sebring when they took each other out in the eighth hour of the race. The 911 went nose-forward into the tire wall just past the pit straight, but Magnussen was able to fire the ‘Vette back up and limp…
Corvette Racing’s Marcel Fässler brought you a present. Here’s the No. 4 car sporting a bit of extra signage across its front as it heads into the pits for the 12 Hours of Sebring.
For the first time since 1998, we’ve got rain during the 12 Hours of Sebring. If you weren’t on wet tires or just pushed it a little too hard on the soaked surface, you were hosed. Most impressive, though, was this insane Lamborghini spin-out that came this close to runing a Corvette’s day. Code Brown: high alert.
The first ever pole position for a Ferrari 488 GT3 in the world was just claimed by Scuderia Corsa’s brand new No. 63 GT Daytona car at the 12 Hours of Sebring. That’s right: this is the first race weekend for the No. 63 car. Not bad for a debut run! Now let’s see if it can keep up that speed for 12 hours.
The number 912 Porsche 911 was fighting for the GTLM class lead at the 12 Hours of Sebring until this happened. One of the wheel nuts wouldn't come loose. This right here is the face (or perhaps the fists?) of total and complete misery.
Well, this is one way to keep track of the race when you can only see it from one turn for long periods of time. Here are a couple other little things I found on the photo trail around the track.
"There's no such thing as endurance racing anymore," explained Sébastien Bourdais, who drove the number 5 Action Express Racing that won the 12 Hours of Sebring overall today. "Just a long sprint." If anything proved that theory this weekend, it was the late battle in the GT Daytona class.
The best car in the 12 Hours of Sebring paddock wasn't one of the party trucks that wandered around with fans yelling "WOOOO" in the bed, or any kind of latest-and-greatest supercar. Nope. Not even close. It was this 1986 Porsche 911 jacked up on nubby tires with a million rally lights up front. I'm...I'm in love.
Porsche 911 GT America: Smells like vinyl and automotive cleaner. Taste is faint, but revolting. Tastes primarily like old socks, with hints of rubber and grit in the mix. Has a numbing effect on the tongue once done.
The 12 Hours of Sebring has barely started and it's already completely crazy. Michael Shank Racing's Ozz Negri almost came into contact with the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911, but hit something way worse. Negri caught the curb trying to get around the 911 on the inside, and the curb flung him into the wall hard.
The number 16 Prototype Challenge car of BAR1 Motorsports just ran a dude over on live TV. BAR1's car was trying to leave the pits side-by-side with the Krohn Racing P2 car and unfortunately, there was a crew member in the way working on the Fifty Plus Racing car.
The absolute greenest (look at it, man) car on the grid won pole for the 12 Hours of Sebring: the number 57 Ligier JS P2 Judd of Krohn Racing. Olivier Pla put down a stonking fast lap that put Kermit's race car on pole. Krohn just started racing the JS P2 this year, having switched from last year's Ferrari 458.
To commemorate their first victory in the United States at Sebring 40 years ago, BMW whipped out a classic livery that's unmistakably BMW for the BMW Team RLL Z4Ms: the livery of its 1975 3.0 CSL, lovingly known for its outlandish wings and flares as the "Batmobile."
[No one who watched this year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring needs to be told that, although there were plenty of racing thrills in all classes, there were way too many spills, too, as well as operational blunders that tended to exaggerate the consequences of the many incidents and accidents. We greatly appreciate…
Matteo Malucelli drives a Ferrari 458 for Risi Competizione in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. In the Daytona 24, he was in a crazy crash and we feared the worst. But he was ok, and now he's here to answer your questions before the 12 Hours of Sebring.