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The 2012 Sebring Winter Test was held Feb 5th - 9th. Photographer Bill
Moore was there on the last day to capture the action in pictures and video
as the teams took to the historic track in preparation for the upcoming
60th Anniversary 12 Hours of Sebring.
1970 Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix - Part 5 - The Last Episode
Nino Vaccarella brings in the #21 Ferrari 512 for Andretti to take over.
Watch closely as he tries to exit the car because his crew drops the car
door on his head. Luckily he was wearing a helmet. I don't think he was
aware that Andretti was going to take over. With 20 minutes left in the
race the leading Porsche 917 comes into the pits with wheel hub failure.
This would be their third hub replacement and it ruins their chance for a
win. With the 917 in the pits Andretti overtakes Revson for the lead.
Then with just minutes left Andretti roars into the pits very low on fuel.
When he reenters the race the McQueen/Revson car is in the lead but just by
a few seconds. Andretti pushes the Ferrari to its limits and passes Revson
to win by 23 seconds. Watch the celebration at the end of the video. Note
how exuberant everyone is around Andretti but not as much around Giunti and
Vaccarella. Because of the combination of a close race and so many iconic
cars, legendary drivers plus actor Steve McQueen this race is considered by
many the best Sebring race ever run. Sadly Giunti would die the following
January in a horrific racing accident driving a Ferrari 312P in Buenos
Aires. Steve McQueen would take his Sebring car to Le Mans in 1970 to use
as a camera car to get film footage for his movie Le Mans. He wanted to
drive at Le Mans in 1970 but his insurance company vetoed that idea.
Falken's First 2011 ALMS Porsche Win
Team Falken Tire survived the storm that hit Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course 30
minutes before the finish and took top honors in GT class for the first
time in the performance tire manufacturer's three-year ALMS career.
Derrick Walker, Falken's ALMS Team Manager, made the comment after
previously expressing confidence in Falken's capability at Mid-Ohio, a
track he knows very well from years of competing as a manager and owner of
Credit also went to Falken's two team drivers, Porsche works driver Wolf
Henzler, and his partner, Bryan Sellers, who persevered through the race on
a track notoriously tough on tires. Sellers qualified 9th and expressed
disappointment with the position, considering Falken has finished in fifth
place the last two races. However, Sellers started the race and started
moving forward until he was hit from behind by the #04 Ford GT, which
dropped the Porsche to 12th. The veteran driver fought hard and turned the
car over to his teammate in 10th. Henzler entered the race and gradually
moved to 7th place in GT, remaining there for a good portion of the race.
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.