My Sebring...James Calado
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My Sebring...James Calado

Ahead of the WEC’s first visit back to America’s historic Sebring Raceway since 2012, we asked a number of drivers in our paddock about what it takes to get a good lap at Sebring, and what’s so special about the track.

James Calado, No.51 AF Corse Ferrari (GTE Pro)

“Bravery comes to mind first!  It’s one of the most difficult, old-school tracks and there’s two different types of surface so it’s quite difficult to judge braking points and things like that.  You need to be close to the limit.  

“It’s very technical, especially the first sector, with a lot of changes of direction so you need to be precise.  It’s a challenging track and you see the good drivers rise at Sebring more than at perhaps other tracks.  You need experience there!  It’s physical, demanding on the body especially ribs, due to the bumps, but I quite like that.  If you go off – like at the last corner – you’re in the wall but it’s nice to have a bit of danger.  I like that.  

“The fans obviously make it special.  It’s one of the best races for fans – they are all so passionate in America – and it’s going to be a great combination between our two series.  I think it will attract a lot of people and I’m looking forward to it…plus the Florida weather!”

WEC practice begins on Wednesday March 13, including a night practice, with qualifying taking place on Thursday March 14 from 9:30 pm and the green flag dropping for the 1000 Miles of Sebring at 4:00 pm on Friday March 15.