Sebring Raceway is a mecca for sportscar fans the world over, having held its famous 12 Hour race since 1952. Built on the runways and connecting roads of a former US Army Air Base, what was once a temporary affair is now a permanent facility used year-round for testing and club racing. It has a famously rough surface and is very bumpy, its characteristics and stable weather make it popular with teams testing for Le Mans, there is an old adage that '12 hours around Sebring is as tough on a car as 24 hours at Le Mans'.
The track underwent ownership changes in the 1990s. Firstly it was acquired by Scandia Racing boss Andy Evans, who subsequently sold it to Don Panoz in 1997. Under Panoz's stewardship, there has been further investment, which has seen the construction of the Château Elan Hotel overlooking the hairpin and the creation of separate club and school courses.
In September 2012 the Panoz Motorsport Group was sold to NASCAR, which thus became the new owner of Sebring Raceway. The famous 12 Hours continues, now part of the NASCAR-sanctioned United SportsCar Championship, while the track also hosts the Legends of Motorsport and Historic Sportscar Racing series, and is the winter home of the Skip Barber Racing School. Many teams also continue to use Sebring for winter testing due to the warm climate.
The track surface is no longer as rough as it once was but is still part concrete, part asphalt.
We've teamed with Chassis Sim to provide a reference trace file for Sebring, using F3-type data (or the closest representative car type).
A data outing is available to download for each of the major circuit variations. Fine tune your own setup before you even set off for the circuit!
You'll need Chassis Sim's programme or similar data analysis software to open these files.
Address: Sebring International Raceway, 113 Midway Drive, Sebring, Florida 33870, USA
PH: +1 863 655-1442
Circuit type: Permanent road course
Sebring is not especially near anything so is a bit limited in terms of local motorsport parts and equipment supply.
The facilities are suprisingly basic for a track of its prominence, there are no pit garages. The pit lane is the NASCAR style 'over the wall' type.
On site catering is limited in availability and quality even during major races, a well stocked catering unit is reccomended.
Temperatures in central Florida can be very high, ensure an adequate supply of bottled water is available for team members.
There is a large Walmart in central Sebring, it never closes.
Local restaraunts and bars are very limited, the general standard of food is low.
The remote location of the circuit allows for plenty of testing day and night. But be aware its is essentially impossible to run a secret test at the venue as substantial portions of the track are visible from public areas.
The local wildlife wants to eat you and will try to, including alligators and fire ants.
The most convienient and best hotel in the area is the on-site Chateau Elan, but this is either extremely expensive or fully booked during major events. It is generally affordable for testing. Staying there also offers the best options in terms of food and drink.
There are a limited of poor to average motel and low-end chain style hotels in Sebring and along highway 27.
The Holiday Inn Express in Arcadia is a reasonable option, it is in a Walmart car park and has a Chilis bar/diner very nearby. The drive to the circuit is reasonable, but extremely boring, due to the arrow straight roads, possibly a good time for a post-session debrief...
Sebring International Raceway is in central Florida, USA, close to the City of Sebring. The nearest international airports are at Orlando, 94 miles/1 hour 50 minutes to the north or Tampa, approximately two hours/108 miles to the north-west. Sebring Regional Airport is next to the raceway but there are no regularly scheduled passenger services.
By road the circuit is located close to the intersections of Highways 27 and 98. From Orlando, head south on US27 until you reach Highway 98 and follow signs to the circuit. From Tampa, take SR60 East to US 27 South to Highway 98 and follow signs to the circuit.
Sebring offers both reserved trackside parking and first-come/first-served parking. Fees are charged for both – check the circuit website for details.