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New Start Time for 1000 Miles of Sebring

WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring set to run from 12-8 p.m. on Friday…

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The 1000 Miles of Sebring will have a new start time next year, with the FIA World Endurance Championship race set to run from 12-8 p.m. on Friday, March 20.

The inaugural eight-hour race, part of the ‘Super Sebring’ weekend, ran from 4 p.m. to midnight, which caused challenges for track and support personnel, as well as drivers competing in both the WEC race and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring the following day.

It will now allow a nearly 15-hour break between the two endurance races.

The change came after “close collaboration” between the sanctioning bodies and track management according to a statement from IMSA.

As a result of the change, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race will move to Thursday afternoon, instead of Friday, with a start time set for 3:50 p.m. ET.

The 12-hour Sebring classic start time remains unchanged, with the green flag for the second leg of the Michelin Endurance Cup getting the green flag at 10:40 a.m. ET on Sat., March 21.

Gates for the second edition of Super Sebring open on Wed., March 18 at 6 a.m. followed by a full-day of on-track action beginning at 8:55 a.m.

Thursday’s action-packed schedule now features the IMSA Prototype Challenge and Pilot Challenge races, WEC qualifying and WeatherTech Championship night practice.

WeatherTech practice and qualifying will occur before the WEC race on Friday, meanwhile.

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