12 Hours of Sebring Race 1966
The 1966 12 Hours of Sebring was an endurance race held at the 5.2 mile (8.3 km) Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, United States on March 26, 1966. It was the sixteenth running of the endurance classic and the second round of the 1966 World Sportscar Championship season. The race proved to be a disastrous event; one of the darkest in American motorsports history. Ford had just come off a 1-2-3 triumph at the first 24 Hours of Daytona in February, with 2 of their 7-liter engined GT40 Mk.II's being run by Carroll Shelby. They had effectively trounced Ferrari and Porsche, and were looking to do the same thing at Sebring in March. Ford's assault on Sebring (which has always been a good preparation run for Le Mans) was unprecedented. There were 11 GT40 Mk.I's, Mk.II's and a special X-1 Roadster (which was a heavily modified GT40 Mk.I with an aluminum chassis, a Mk.II nose, no roof and a 7-liter 427 engine, the same motor in a Mk.II) at Sebring- these cars were entered by at least 5 different teams- all of whom had direct factory support. The two main works teams, however, were Shelby-American, a team with direct connections to Ford and seasoned with lots of road-racing experience; and the Holman & Moody team, which was known for its successes in NASCAR. There were also 2 works Ferrari's (originally there were supposed to be 5) and 2 Chaparral 2D's. American Dan Gurney qualified his Shelby-entered Mk.II on pole position with a lap record of 2:54.6, followed by the new Ferrari 330P3 of Bob Bondurant and Mike Parkes, then a Mk.I of Britons Graham Hill and Jackie Stewart, then another Mk.II of Americans Mark Donohue and Walt Hansgen, then the X-1 of Briton Ken Miles and American Lloyd Ruby and then a Chaparral 2D of Americans Jim Hall and Hap Sharp. Ford would dominate yet again. Gurney and Grant were leading- and on the last lap, while Gurney was driving, the car's engine failed. People at the pits were expecting Gurney to take victory- but Ken Miles crossed the finish line first in the GT40 X-1. Gurney was pushing his GT40 Mk.II on the course, and he made it to the finish line. Although pushinlg a car during the race was illegal- and the car was disqualified, and the Holman/Moody entered GT40 Mk.II was awarded 2nd place. 3rd was an Essex Wire entered GT40 Mk.I of Skip Scott and Peter Revson, and then a works Porsche finished 4th. Text from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1966_12_Hours_of_Sebring CO22 For Licensing: Global ImageWorks, LLC., 65 Beacon Street Haworth, New Jersey 07641 email@example.com telephone: 201-384-7715 fax: 201-501-8971
Aston Martin Racing - Stefan Mücke - Sebring International Raceway - theCheckeredFlag.co.uk
The American Le Mans Series heads to Sebring International Raceway this weekend for the first round of the 2013 season. Despite being left off the FIA World Endurance Championship calender the race will see a number of FIA WEC regulars taking part in the first race of the season including Aston Martin Racing. theCheckeredFlag.co.uk has teamed up with AMR and #97 driver Stefan Mucke to bring you this video filmed in 2012 to give you an in-car experience of the classic 3.7 mile former World War II airfield circuit. Join us as we ride on-board Aston Martin Vantage powered by the 4.5 Litre V8 engine, we were going to get Stefan to do a voice over for this preview, but we decided the awesome sound from the roar of the engine deserved to be uninterrupted. Throughout the FIA WEC season we will be bringing you these exclusive videos as a taster of what is to come in the race, for now -- sit back and enjoy 2 laps around the Florida circuit and see how it is done in America. Keep a look out this week for the latest news leading up to the opening race plus full reports from the sessions over the weekend. http://www.thecheckeredflag.co.uk
Mike Skeen: Cragar/CRP Racing Corvette at Sebring
Here are a few laps from the Cragar Wheel/Carlisle/CRP Racing World Challenge GT Corvette at Sebring. The event is the SVRA Historic races during the 2011 12 Hours of Sebring weekend.
PCA Sebring 2013 Sprint Race 1 Start Crash
Mayhem at the start of Sprint 1 at Sebring. 5 cars out in Turn 1 and I barley miss getting caught up in the action. Amazing stopping power on the new car.