History of Sebring International Raceway
As America’s oldest racing track, Sebring International Raceway is rich with history. The legendary circuit evolved out of Hendricks Field, a World War II airbase used to train B-17 combat crews.
In 1950, aviation and race enthusiast Alec Ulmann was inspired to re-create a race similar to the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the United States when he discovered the potential in Hendricks’ runways. On New Year’s eve of 1950, Sebring held its first race – the Sam Collier 6 Hour Memorial Race – attracting 30 cars from across the United States.
14 months later, Sebring International Raceway launched into race history with its first 12-hour endurance race known as the 12 Hours of Sebring.
Over the years, the circuit has been changed several times to promote a safe race experience. The track is often recognized for its famous, high-speed “Turn 17”, a long, bumpy fast right hander that can make or break a car’s speed down the front straight. The track is currently owned by IMSA Holdings, LLC through its subsidiary Sebring International Raceway, LLC.
National Carts has had the honor of providing golf carts to the 12 Hours of Sebring race for 25+ years. We are now accepting reservations for the Super Sebring Race next March. For more information, visit us here.