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
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
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12 Hs of Sebring - 1970 - Highlights
I loved the 512. It was a typical Ferrari sports racer--pretty, fast, and
powerful. Daytona qualifying proved quite a duel between Hans Herrmann, in
a Porsche 917 on Goodyears, and myself, in the Ferrari on Firestones. It
was a good battle between two big sports-car makers and the two big tire
companies, meaningful stuff at that time. I put the car on pole--but only
because it was raining.
Herrmann was quick, especially in the wet. During qualifying, he'd do some
laps and set a fast pace. Then I'd go out, and I was faster. Then he'd come out again and go faster yet. It was just pouring rain,
and I was really testing the banking. At Daytona, even if you slow down in
the wet, you're still in the 180-mph range. I just kept moving up the
banking, higher and higher. Then, finally, I went out and just held it
there--flat out--maybe two feet away from the wall. In those days, there
was no chicane; we just went flat down the long straightaway. By then, I
was four seconds a lap quicker than he was. He never came out again, and I
wound up on pole.
Speedwise, in the race, we were outclassed. We had no chance of winning.
Besides being slower than the Porsches, our car had suspension problems.
So, the Daytona 24-Hour was not an auspicious beginning to our season, and
from it, Ferrari knew that the Porsche 917 was going to be a formidable
adversary that year, to say the least. On to Sebring.
For the 12-Hour, the team decided to run a lighter version of the 512S, an
open-roofed car or "spyder." Aerodynamics weren't as important at Sebring,
as the straights aren't as long as at Daytona or Le Mans. Ferrari entered
two spyders and a coupe. The spyder benefited from being lighter, and I
could feel the difference. But it wasn't as easy to drive because the
chassis flexed. Quite a bit. In some areas, like Turn 1, which is really
fast, the car just wasn't good. It didn't handle as well as the coupe, but
due to the better acceleration, it was faster--just more nervous.
Testing went well. We were quick from the beginning, and we were ready. I
was again teamed with Arturo Merzario and put the car on pole. The green
flag dropped, and we just kinda took off.
In this race, the 917s weren't a factor like they were at Daytona; our
Ferraris were running 1-2-3 at the halfway point. Then, the Ferrari spyder
driven by Jacky Ickx and Peter Schetty went out with failed differential
bearings. The Porsches were having mechanical problems, too. But we were
cruising along, maintaining a huge lead. Things were uneventful up until
less than two hours before the end. Then it happened: Merzario was driving,
and before we knew it, our car packed up with the same problem as the other
spyder. We were out.
I was getting ready to say my goodbyes. I had my plane there, and I was
running a sprint-car race in Reading, Pennsylvania, the next day. So I
figured I might as well head out early, maybe get some extra sleep. Ferrari
team manager Mauro Forghieri said, "Wait, don't go. Don't go. I might want
you to get into the other car"--the slower coupe, driven by Nino Vaccarella
and Ignazio Guinti, which was now the only Ferrari team car still running.
When our two spyders dropped out, the Rodriquez/Siffert/Kinnunen 917 (#15,
above left) took over the lead, the Peter Revson/Steve McQueen Porsche 908
moved into second, and the remaining Ferrari moved up to third.
To be honest, I wasn't all that keen about the swap for several reasons,
but mostly because the seat wouldn't fit--I was a lot shorter than those
guys! With the number 21 Ferrari running third, and so few laps remaining,
I didn't see much of a chance of winning against the 917.
All of a sudden, that car pitted with wheel-bearing problems, and we knew
that was going to be a long stop. The 908, with Revson aboard, took over
the lead, and the Ferrari moved up to second. There were about 90 minutes
left. Poor Peter Revson. He was just spent--I think he drove like eight of
the 12 hours--but was finally running first. The PA announcer screamed,
"Steve McQueen is in the lead!" over and over. Well, Steve McQueen was
sitting on the pit wall. They never, ever mentioned Revson. That caught my
attention. And pissed me off.
12 Hours Of Sebring 2011 - Racing and Mayhem Edition - Hired Geeks Media
Hired Geeks Media was on location for 4 days of racing and partying at the
12 hours of Sebring . Camping in the Green Area ("The Zoo") we met alot of
great people and had a awesome time ! Bill Caswell stopped by for a night
and some beers ! At one point we all became "Judges" and voted on the
campsites and we did get bribed with free booze alot ! In the end it was a
blast , we won the "Beer and Titties , Bong Hits for Jesus " Award . Alot
of fun Thanks to the Pit Crew , Turn 10 , Team Labomba and all the others
for being so fucking entertaining !
Ford GT40 Lapping at Sebring International Raceway (Onboard)
This is a 1966 GT40 model Mk.I doing some relatively low-speed test laps at
Sebring International Raceway's 12-hour long course. Filmed during a NASA
HPDE program, the car was in a mixed driver/vehicle group. Passing was
strictly limited to specific track locations and required a 'point by' from
the driver being passed. This car is Superformance chassis number
GT40P/2192 built in 2008,and is registered in the Safir GT40 and Shelby
Registries. This particular car was featured in the March 2009 edition of
Car & Driver magazine. GT40P/2192 was built by Pathfinder Motorsports,
which sells race-prepared continuation model GT40s for vintage racing and
for the street. For more info: www.GT40racing.com
Sebring Raceway tutorial onboard Jim Pace Porsche 911 RSR 3.0L
Take a lap with Jim Pace as he narrates a lap at Sebring International
Raceway for Historic Sportscar Racing's 4 hours of Sebring Vintage
Enduro.HSR is the leader in competitive vintage racing, offering sprint,
endurance, and special series race events.
Inside the 60th Sebring 12 Hour - The Fan Experience
Shot 100% on the HD HERO2® camera from http://GoPro.com.
In March, Sebring International Raceway and GoPro teamed up to give 5 lucky
fans their own HD HERO2 camera systems to record their experiences at the
2012 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida. After the
race we collected their footage and have compiled it together so that you
can observe the Sebring Fan Experience from the comfort of your own home.
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Sebring Raceway - Porsche 911 Turbo - 1080p HD!
Sebring Raceway in my 911 turbo. This
was the first time I've taken it to the track. Video is from a GoPro HD
Hero, iPhone 4, and old Sony HDR-HC1. RaceChrono and TrackVision used for
data logging and video overlay with Camtasia putting all videos together.
Next time I'll hit the right lines and not drive so slow through the
corners. Anyway, enjoy!
12 Hours of Sebring - /TRACKSIDE
What is it like to stand trackside at a major motorsports event? Well, now
you know with trackside. No story, no opinion, just raw energy and
excitement. This is what it's like to hear, feel, and see the best racing
cars in the world, from just over the other side of the wall.
ALMS Sebring 12 Hour Highlights - #30 NGT Porsche + Helicopter!
The NGT Motorsport team entered it's first professional race at the Mobil 1
12 Hours of Sebring, which is part of the American Le Mans Series
championship. Their regular drivers Henrique Cisneros and Carlos Kauffmann
were coming off the back of winning the Patron GT3 challenge in 2010. They
enlisted Pro driver Sean Edwards to accompany them during the long distance
They were consistently fastest throughout the winter test day and most of
Sebring week, but two crashed at T17 were to push the team beyond their
normal call of duty. They were unable to qualify, but the team pulled an
all nighter and had the car ready for the morning warm up, where the car
was quickest once again!
The race got underway, with NGT climbing all the way to the lead by hour 1
and holding onto it for most of the next 6 hours. Only for a mistaken wave
by and the subsequent penalty which lost them 3 laps, they would have been
fighting for the victory. Nevertheless they fought all the way back to 3rd
place and never gave up, which was an amazing feat in their first Pro race!
They also set the fastest lap of the race on a 2.07.7.
How To Drive a Fast Lap of Sebring - /SHAKEDOWN
Leo Parente, host of ShakeDown, shares track notes of how to drive the
Sebring 12hr race course. With the help of racers he has known, an
interview with 2012 winner - Allan McNish, and an in-car lap that Madison
Snow drove in his Platinum Class Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
racecar, ShakeDown breaks down the 3.7 mile track, corner by corner. If
you like, we can do more tracks as part of the ShakeDown University racer
skills training series.
Porsche IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama on/DRIVE
Audi Sport's Ulrich Baretzky Interview - DRIVE UNCUT
ShakeDown University courses -
SDU / The '4 Fasts' - http://tinyurl.com/sd120310
SDU / Driving Skills - http://tinyurl.com/sd121010
SDU / Passing Skills - http://tinyurl.com/sd21111
SDU / The Racing Line - http://tinyurl.com/sd4811
SDU / Car Setup - http://tinyurl.com/sd81911
SDU / Sponsorships - http://tinyurl.com/sd12012
Starting w/ Karting - http://tinyurl.com/kartskills
Seb Vettel Advice - http://tinyurl.com/sd61011
Allan McNish Advice - http://tinyurl.com/sd100711
Allan McNish Advice2 - http://tinyurl.com/sd31612
SIMRACEWAY blog - http://blog.simraceway.com/