Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring makes top 10 list of best races in North America

Race ranked No. 2, Daytona 500 ranked No. 9

SEBRING, Fla. – Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the Daytona 500 each made the USA Today “10 Best Readers’ Choice” list of best races in North America.

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was ranked No. 2 on the list, the Daytona 500 was ranked No. 9. The Indianapolis 500 took the top spot.

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The unique track is one of the reasons why Sebring was ranked so high.

The track at Sebring features some of the toughest conditions due to its bumpy and changing nature. The challenging track draws the attention of drivers and race fans across the world.

“Any time the prestige of a race can be mentioned in the same sentence as the Indianapolis 500, American’s oldest motorsports race, you have a special event, and we are again proud that the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is listed among North America’s most significant motorsports events,” said Wayne Estes, president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway. “The 2021 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring was a spectacular race, with tremendous competition and one of the first events in America to return to what can be viewed as normal.

Sebring is about 91 miles south of the Orlando International Airport.

The race is the oldest road course in North America. The competition sees teams of drivers face off in a 12-hour endurance race on a 17-turn circuit, going 3.74 miles in each lap.

Twelve Hours of Sebring is part of The International Motor Sports Association, IMSA, SportsCar Championship.

The French team of Sebastien Bourdais, Loic Duval and Tristan Vautier won the 2021 race in March.

Raceway officials said the event in Sebring usually brings 400,000 visitors to Highland County.

The first edition of this race was held in 1952, 2022′s race will be the 70th edition.

The next Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will be held on March 19, 2022.

Tickets for the next event will go on sale on Oct. 11, tickets will be available at sebringraceway.com/tickets or by calling 800-6267223.

Besides the race on March 19, the week will feature four days of practice and racing.

Raceway officials said lodging in the area usually generates $500,000 from tourist development taxes annually for the event.

More than 200 events are hosted at the track each year.


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