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2019 ‘Super Sebring’ Schedule Released

Preliminary event schedule for ‘Super Sebring’ event released…

Photo: Mike Levitt/IMSA

The preliminary event schedule for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and FIA World Endurance Championship double header at Sebring International Raceway has been released. 

The March 13-16 event will feature the 67th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on its traditional Saturday race day, with the new 1000 Miles of Sebring WEC race set to run from 4 p.m. – 12 a.m. on Friday evening.

WEC’s first trip back to the Florida airfield circuit since its inaugural race in 2012 will begin the weekend prior, with a two-day private test on March 9-10, with a pair of Free Practice sessions scheduled for Wed., March 13.

It will be followed by FP3 on Thursday afternoon and qualifying from 9:30-10:20 p.m. on Thursday evening.

WeatherTech Championship qualifying, meanwhile, has been moved to Friday morning, from 9:30-11 a.m., in the only significant change in the series’ standard timetable. 

The two-hour Michelin Pilot Challenge race takes place from 12:05-2:05 p.m., followed by the 1000-mile/eight-hour WEC round, which will run into the night.

IMSA Prototype Challenge will be the fourth series in action over the weekend, with its 1 hour and 45-minute race taking place on Thursday afternoon.

First-Day Sales of ‘Super Sebring’ Tickets, Parking Crush Records

First-day sales of tickets and parking, meanwhile, rose more than 314 percent over opening- day sales for the 2018 event, with a large percentage of reserved trackside parking spaces and Sebring’s premium ticket, Club Sebring, sold on day one.

“The addition of the WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring to the legendary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring schedule is already proving to be a huge success,” said track president and general manager of Sebring International Raceway.

“Our phones have been ringing non-stop and online sales have been amazing. We’re not only seeing a tremendous response from our returning fans but also a large influx of new fans from Europe and Canada alike.

“The activity we’ve seen is backing up our claim to this being one of the greatest weekends of sports car racing in the history of the United States.”

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

12 Comments

12 Comments

  1. jason

    September 19, 2018 at 11:11 am

    1. Hope that at the very least WEC and IMSA will have a front straightaway group photo together.
    2. Lap time comparisons between all of the classes between series will be inevitable and a whole lot of fun.
    3. You folks there will have a lot of racing to watch.. Get some sleep while you can and stay cool.

  2. Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

    September 19, 2018 at 2:14 pm

    Where are all the know it alls that loudly proclaimed this event would never take place?

  3. Sorc

    September 19, 2018 at 4:14 pm

    This is great. I’m glad the American sportscar fans who go to the races are different to the ones who moan on the internet. If I ever was to attend a race in the US it would certainly be this one.

  4. Toyota42Hound

    September 19, 2018 at 5:45 pm

    I’m excited for this race. I’m just praying it’s not a one off and it never happens again.

  5. ell dee

    September 19, 2018 at 7:52 pm

    Glad to hear sales are good, but surely this is the answer to a a question no one asked. The 12 Hours of Sebring is a great tradition known around the world, and is in the top 3 US Sportscar races based on attendance. Put the WEC cars in the 12 hour race & build on the tradition

    • Steven

      September 19, 2018 at 8:11 pm

      They won’t.

      IMSA and WEC race to 2 different sets of rule books and I can’t see IMSA budging on letting the ACO run the race.

    • Blaneysellstrashbags@Ring24

      September 20, 2018 at 6:59 am

      Thats already been tried at Sebring. It was pretty much a disaster.

      • FLB

        September 20, 2018 at 7:52 am

        2012. First race of the current iteration of the WEC.

      • Doug

        September 20, 2018 at 10:22 am

        I was there for the ILMC. It wasn’t bad. I enjoyed it.

    • gimmeabreak

      September 21, 2018 at 12:28 pm

      dee is clueless.

      Stupid comment.

  6. Andy Flinn

    September 19, 2018 at 8:42 pm

    Steven, it’s NEVER going to happen at Sebring, nor should it.

    That would be like IMSA asking the ACO to run THEIR race (24 Hours of Le Mans).

  7. Larry

    September 21, 2018 at 12:33 pm

    Wow, gonna be some long days. If I am reading that right, we are gonna be on station at 0640 or 0720 (not sure which) on Wednesday with no cars until 1415 and be out there until 2200 that night and the whole week is gonna be similar.

    We are gonna be some tired puppies by Sunday, but it’s gonna be well worth it.

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