12 Hours of Sebring Fan Guide

Editor’s Note: This outstanding guide to the 12 Hours of Sebring was graciously provided by the Brie and Heidi, aka the @ALMSChicks. Make sure to give them a follow on Twitter as they always have their fingers on the pulse of the ALMS paddock. Not the newsy press-released sanitized pulse, but the real one, the unfiltered genuine insight into the drivers and teams. They’ll provide you with a glimpse into the genuine motorsports culture and community.

Guide to the 12 Hours of Sebring

The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars held at Sebring International Raceway, a former Army Air Force base in Sebring, Florida. The event is perennially the opening round of the American Le Mans Series. In 2012, the race will host the debut of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The track opened in 1950 on an airfield and is a road racing course styled after those used in European Grand Prix motor racing. The race is now considered one of the premier endurance races in the United States and is famous for its “once around the clock” action, starting during the day and finishing at night.

12 Hours of Sebring 101

  • ALMS – American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón is the world’s premier sports car racing series.
  • WEC – FIA World Endurance Championship: global sports car championship that will be contested across eight countries and on four continents.
  • FIA – Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile: non-profit association established to represent the interests of motoring organisations and motor car users. Mostly known as the governing body for many auto racing events.
  • ACO – Automobile Club de l’Ouest: responsible as a ruling body for race series, specifically sportscar series. Organizers of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

How To Get There

Miami
137 Miles to Sebring
US 27 North to Hwy. 98

West Palm Beach
98 Miles to Sebring
I-95 or Florida’s Turnpike to SR 710 & SR 70
to US 27 North to Hwy. 98

Tampa
94 Miles to Sebring
SR 60 East to US 27 South to Hwy. 98

Orlando
79 Miles to Sebring
US 27 South to Hwy. 98

Daytona Beach
141 Miles to Sebring
I-4 West to US 27 South to Hwy. 98

Sarasota
81 Miles to Sebring
I-75 to Hwy. 66 to US 27 North to Hwy. 98

Sebring Restaurants

While many fans choose to grill at the track, here are some great restaurants in Sebring:
Chicanes Restaurant & Bar
Cuisines: European
3100 Golfview Road, Sebring, FL 33870
Ph. (863) 314-0348
http://www.innonthelakes.com/sebring-restaurant.html

Don Jose Mexican Restaurant
Cuisines: Mexican
1711 Lakeview Dr., Sebring, FL 33870
Ph. (863) 385-9316
http://www.donjosemexican.com/

Island View Lakefront Restaurant & Pub
Cuisine : Steaks & Seafood
5223 Sun N. Lake Blvd. Sebring, FL 33872
Ph. (863)382-1191
http://www.islandviewrestaurant.com/

Blue Crab
Cuisines: Seafood
825 N Ridgewood Dr, Sebring, FL 33870
Ph. (863)382-1771
http://thebluecrabsebring.com/

Blue Lagoon Saloon
Cuisines: Seafood, Hamburgers, American
4120 US Highway 27 North, Sebring, FL 33870
Ph. (863)471-6001

Sebring Diner
Cuisines: Diner
4040 US Highway 27 South, Sebring, FL 33872
Ph. (863)385-3434
http://www.sebringdiner.com/

Annotated Facilities Map


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Top 10 Things To Do

1. Pre-Race Fan Grid Walk: This is your chance to get up-close and personal with the stars and cars of the race. The pit lane will to fans prior to the pre-race festivities. The cars, drivers, and crews will be on pit lane, so it’s a great photo opportunity.

2. Driver Autograph Session: All of the drivers competing in the race will be signing autographs for fans Friday at 12 – 1 pm in the ALMS/WEC Competitors Paddock.

3. The Sebring Winners Autograph Session: On Friday at 3:30 pm at the Sebring Hall of Fame Museum in the Gallery of Legends, get the opportunity to meet over 25 past Sebring 12 Hour winners. The cost is $10.

4. Green Park: Take a cruise through Green Park, but take a friend. Think of it like your wildest college spring break, except everyone is an adult now and there are no rules!

5. Race Day Morning Warm-Up: There is just something about watching these cars run laps as the sun comes up at Sebring International Speedway. The warm-up is scheduled from 8 – 8:25 am Saturday.

6. Riding the Tram: With a track the size of Sebring International Speedway, the tram is the be mode of transportation for fans. It’s free and stops at several popular locations throughout the paddock and infield.

7. Car Corrals: Whether you’re a Corvette fan or and Porsche fan, there usually a corral for you. Take a few minutes to walk through these areas to some amazing street cars.

8. Party Zone: A fun Spring Break type area that holds events including: concerts, fitness challenges, and a bikini contest.

9. Merchandise Tent: The tents are located in the infield and paddock areas. Support your favorite team or driver with a t-shirt, flag, or jacket for cool evening racing.

10. Food Vendors: The eclectic group of venders here usually include everything from standard burgers and hot dogs to deep fried gator bits and spectacular pulled pork BBQ.

Entry List and Twitter Guide

LMP1

1 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST @Audi__Sport
André Lotterer @Andre_Lotterer
Benoit Tréluyer @BenoitTreluyer
Marcel Fässler
2 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST @Audi__Sport
Allan McNish @AllanMcNish
Tom Kristensen @tomkristensen
Dindo Capello
3 AUDI SPORT TEAM JOEST @Audi__Sport
Timo Berhnard
Romain Dumas
Loic Duva
12 REBELLION RACING @RebellionRacing
Nicolas Prost
Neel Jani @neeljani
Nick Heidfeld @NickHeidfeld
13 REBELLION RACING @RebellionRacing
Andrea Belicchi
Harold Primat @Harold_Primat
Jeroen Bleekemolen @jbleekemolen
15 OAK RACING @OAKRacingLive
Guillaume Moreau
Bertrand Baguette @BerBaguette
Dominik Kraihamer
16 PESCAROLO TEAM @pescaroloteam
Emmanuel Collard
Jean-Christophe Boullion
Julien Jousse @Julien_Jousse
21 STRAKKA RACING @StrakkaRacing
Nick Leventis
Danny Watts
Jonny Kane
22 JRM @JRM_Racing
David Brabham @brabsracer
Karun Chandhok @karunchandhok
Peter Dumbreck

 

LMP2

23 SIGNATECH NISSAN
Jordan Tresson
Franck Mailleux
Olivier Lombard
24 OAK RACING @OAKRacingLive
Jacques Nicolet
Matthieu Lahaye
Olivier Pla
25 ADR-DELTA
John Martin
Robbie Kerr
Tor Graves
28 GULF RACING MIDDLE EAST
Fabien Giroux
Maxime Jousse
TBA
29 GULF RACING MIDDLE EAST
Frédéric Fatien
Keiko Ihara
TBA
31 LOTUS
Thomas Holzer
Mirco Shultis
Luca Moro
41 GREAVES MOTORSPORT
Christian Zugel
Ricardo Gonzalez @ricardo_racing
Elton Julian
44 STARWORKS MOTORSPORTS @starworksmotor
Vicente Pinturicchio
Ryan Dalzell
Stéphane Sarrazin
49 PECOM RACING
Luis Perez Companc
Pierre Kaffer @Pierre_Kaffer
Soheil Ayari

 

LMGTE Pro

51 AF CORSE
Giancarlo Fisichella @GianFisichella
Gianmaria Bruni @GianmariaBruni
Toni Vilander
59 LUXURY RACING @LuxuryRacing458
Frédéric Makowiecki
Jaime Melo
Jean-Karl Vernay
71 AF CORSE
Andrea Bertolini
Olivier Beretta
TBA
77 TEAM FELBERMAYR-PROTON
Richard Lietz @RichardLietz
Marc Lieb @LiebMarc
Patrick Pilet
97 ASTON MARTIN RACING @AMR_Official
Stefan Mücke
Adrian Fernandez @AdrianF007
Darren Turner @DarrenTurner007

 

LMGTE Am

50 LARBRE COMPETITION
Patrick Born Hauser
Julien Canal
Pedro Lamy
55 JWA-AVILA
Paul Daniels
Allan Simonsen
Markus Palttala
57 KROHN RACING @KrohnRacing
Tracy Krohn
Niclas Jönsson
Michele Rugolo
58 LUXURY RACING @LuxuryRacing458
Pierre Ehret
Dominik Farnbacher
François Jakubowski
61 AF CORSE-WALTRIP
Robert Kauffman
Michael Waltrip @mw55
Rui Aguas
70 LARBRE COMPETITION
Christophe Bourret
Pascal Gibon
Jean-Philippe Belloc
88 TEAM FELBERMAYR-PROTON
Christian Ried
Gianluca Roda
Paolo Ruberti

 

ALMS P1

6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing @MuscleMilkRace
Lucas Luhr @lucasluhr
Klaus Graf @Klaus_Graf
Simon Pagenaud @simonpagenaud
016 Dyson Racing Team Inc. @DysonRacing
Chris Dyson @ChrisDyson16
Guy Smith @GUYSMITH16
Steven Kane

 

ALMS P2

37 Conquest Endurance @ConquestRacing
Martin Plowman @Plowey
David Heinemeier Hansson @dhh
Francesco Dracone @effediracing
95 Level 5 Motorsports @Level5Racing
Scott Tucker
Luis Diaz @chapulindiaz
Ryan Hunter-Reay @RyanHunterReay
055 Level 5 Motorsports @Level5Racing
Scott Tucker
Christophe Bouchut
Joao Barbosa @joaobarbosa

 

ALMS GT

4 Corvette Racing @CorvetteRacing
Oliver Gavin @olivergavin
Tommy Milner @TommyMilner
Richard Westbrook @RWestbrook1
17 Team Falken Tire @FalkenALMS
Wolf Henzler
Bryan Sellers @BryanSellers
Martin Ragginger @mragginger
45 Flying Lizard Motorsports @FlyingLizard_MS
Jörg Bergmeister @JBergmeister
Patrick Long @pLmotorsport
Marco Holzer
48 Paul Miller Racing @paulmilleracing
Bryce Miller @bryceracer
Sascha Maassen
Rob Bell
56 Team RLL @RLLracing
Joey Hand @JoeyHandRacing
Dirk Müller @muellerdirk
TBD
01 Extreme Speed Motorsports @ESMRacing
Scott Sharp @ESMRacing
Johannes van Overbeek
Guy Cosmo @GuyCosmo
02 Extreme Speed Motorsports @ESMRacing
Ed Brown
Jeff Segal @JeffSegal
Anthony Lazzaro
03 Corvette Racing @CorvetteRacing
Jan Magnusson @janmagnussen
Antonio Garcia
Jordan Taylor @jordan_taylor88
044 Flying Lizard Motorsports @FlyingLizard_MS
Darren Law
Seth Neiman
Andy Lally @AndyLally
155 BMW Team RLL @RLLracing
Jörg Müller
Bill Auberlen
TBD

 

ALMS PC

5 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing @MuscleMilkRace
Mike Guasch
Memo Gidley @MemoGidley
Roger Wills
7 Merchant Services Racing
Chapman Ducote @ducoteracing
Javier Echeverria
Pablo Sanchez
8 Merchant Services Racing
Kyle Marcelli @KyleMarcelli
Lucas Downs
Dean Stirling
9 RSR Racing
Bruno Junqueira @BJUNQUEIRA
Tomy Drissi @TomyDrissi
TBD
18 Performance Tech Motorsports
Anthony Nicolosi
Ricardo Vera
Raphael Matos
52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports
Butch Leitzinger
Ken Dobson
Rudy Junco
05 CORE Autosport @COREautosport
Jonathan Bennett
Colin Braun @colinbraun
Eric Lux @ERICLUXRACING
06 CORE Autosport @COREautosport
TBD
TBD
TBD
025 Dempsey Racing @GoDempseyRacing
Henri Richard
Duncan Ende @DuncanEnde
Dane Cameron

 

ALMS GTC

11 JDX Racing @JDXRACING
Chris Cumming
Mark Bullitt
Michael Valiante
30 NGT Motorsport @NGTnotes
Henrique Cisneros
Sean Edwards
Carlos Kauffmann
32 GMG Racing @GMGRacing
James Sofronas
Alex Welch
TBD
34 Green Hornet Racing
Peter LeSaffre
Damien Faulkner @DamienFaulkner
Sebastiaan Bleekemolen @SBleekemolen
66 TRG @TRGMotorsports
Spencer Pumpelly @SpencerPumpelly
Emilio Di Guida
Marc Bunting
022 Alex Job Racing
Cooper MacNeil @CooperMacNeil
Leh Keen
LP Dumoulin
023 Alex Job Racing
Bill Sweedler
Townsend Bell @TownsendBell99
Dion von Moltke @DionvmRacing
024 Competition Motorsports
Bob Faieta
Michael Avenatti
Cort Wagner
031 NGT Motorsport @NGTnotes
Angel Andres Benitez, Jr.
Angel Rafael Benitez, Sr.
Nick Tandy

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