A brief history lesson in Sebring!

Ahead of the FIA WEC’s return to the Sebring International Raceway for SuperSebring, we decided to explore some of the circuit’s most iconic moments over the past 78 years…

1942: Hendricks Field opens near Sebring as an Army Air Force training base

1946: Hendricks Field deactivated and becomes Sebring Airport

1950: Alex Ulmann suggests Sebring Airport site for a sports car road race… on 31 December of that year, the first ever sports car endurance race is held in the USA at Sebring

1956: The legendary Fangio gives Ferrari its first Sebring win

1967: First major change made to the circuit as the Webster Turn is replaced with a chicane

1969: Last “Le Mans start” at Sebring

1974: Race cancelled due to “energy crisis”.  Several thousand fans show up regardless to party!

1983: First major circuit change in 20 years as a new section bypasses airport runway

1984: Paddock expanded, increasing course length to 4.86 miles

1987: Revised track configuration results in new 4.11-mile course making Sebring a year-round circuit

1992: Sebring celebrates its 40th anniversary

1999: American Le Mans Series debuts at Sebring and new pit tower constructed 

2002: Sebring Hall of Fame established

2009: The fastest Sebring 12 Hours ever as Audi wins in debut of the R15

2010: Peugeot breaks Audi’s eight-year Sebring win streak

2012: FIA WEC debuts at Sebring

2016: First rainfall during race in 19 years

2019: The first-ever SuperSebring: an FIA WEC/IMSA double-header

2020: TBC…

*With thanks to Sebring International Raceway and IMSA for the facts provided.