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REVIEW: “Sebring Record Book” a Must-Have Resource

John Dagys reviews Ken Breslauer’s authoritative record book on Twelve Hours of Sebring…

Photo: John Dagys

While the Rolex 24 at Daytona has served as the traditional kickoff for sports car racing globally each year, the Twelve Hours of Sebring has been the longest-running professional endurance race in North America, and arguably the most prestigious of them as well.

Sebring International Raceway media director and track historian Ken Breslauer has released an authoritative reference book on the event, chronicling every 12-hour race since 1952, plus other major events that have been held at the former World War II airfield-turned race track.

The hard cover of the 256-page book features a Roger Warrick-created depiction of the final moments of the 1970 race, when the Ferrari 512 S of Mario Andretti took the lead, and the eventual win from the Porsche 908 of Peter Revson and Steve McQueen in a dramatic closing final minutes.

While serving as a statistical update to Breslauer’s original Record Book that was released in 1996, the second edition features the same forward by the late Dan Gurney, who won the famed race as both a driver and team owner, the latter coming with back-to-back wins with the All American Racers Toyota Eagle MkIII in 1992-93.

Breslauer, who has served as the track’s historian for the last 35 years, has penned a brief history of the race as well as its beginnings from ‘runways to a raceway’, although if you’re looking for a detailed synopsis of each race, this would not be your book.

Instead, Sebring Record Book features an impeccable database of results, as well as photos of every car to have raced at Sebring for the past 30 years and the top ten finishers for the years prior to that. 

An index of every driver who has raced at Sebring is also featured, along with the chassis numbers from the winning cars.

Results from other races held at the famed circuit, including F1, F5000 and most recently, the FIA World Endurance Championship’s 1000 Miles of Sebring event, which returns next month, are also included. 

Breslauer’s book is a must-have for those wanting a definitive record of the results to date of what many cherish as one of the most historic endurance races in the world.

Sebring Record Book
ISBN: 978-1-7923-1457-5
Kenneth C. Breslauer
Signature Book Printing
$59 (via Ebay)

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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