12 Hours of Sebring

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12 Hours of Sebring
12 Hours of Sebring generic logo.svg
Sebring International Raceway.svg
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
Venue Sebring International Raceway
Corporate sponsor Mobil 1
First race1950
Duration12 hours
Most wins (driver) Tom Kristensen (6)
Most wins (team) Scuderia Ferrari/SpA Ferrari (8)
Most wins (manufacturer) Porsche (18)

The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars held at Sebring International Raceway, on the site of the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base in Sebring, Florida, US. In the past, this race has been a round of the now defunct World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series. In 2012, the race was the opening event of the FIA World Endurance Championship in a one off race before being returned back to the American Le Mans Series for 2013. Starting in 2014, the event became the second round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

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1949 Crosley Hot Shot that won the 1950 Sebring Race. On display at the Edge Motor Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. 1949 Crosley Hot Shot.jpg
1949 Crosley Hot Shot that won the 1950 Sebring Race. On display at the Edge Motor Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

The race is considered to be one of the three legs of the informal Triple crown of endurance racing along with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 24 Hours of Daytona.

History

The track opened in 1950 on an airfield and is a road racing course styled after those used in European Grand Prix motor racing. The first race was a six-hour race on New Year's Eve 1950. The winning car is currently on display at the Edge Motor Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. The next race held 14 months later as the first 12 Hours of Sebring. [1] The race is famous for its "once around the clock" action, starting during the day and finishing at night. [2] From 1953 to 1972 the 12 Hour was a round of the FIA's premier sports car series which was contested under various names including the World Sportscar Championship and the International Championship for Makes. In the 1950's, in addition to Le Mans, Sebring was on the calendar at the same time now-legendary races such as the Mille Miglia, Targa Florio, Carrera Panamericana and the RAC Tourist Trophy were on the World Sportscar Championship calendar, such was the prestige of the Sebring race. It was also the most important American race for the European teams and drivers and was the center of European racing activity in the United States, as it was the only time during the 1950's that the big European manufacturer teams and drivers came to the United States in force, and with that brought a lot of international media attention- the United States Formula One Grand Prix was not run until 1959. Top drivers who competed on the European circuit in the 1950's such as Juan Manuel Fangio, Alberto Ascari, Nino Farina, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn all raced at Sebring, and the 1957 Sebring 12 Hours was the only American race the 5-time world champion Fangio ever won.

In its early years, the Sebring circuit combined former airport runways with narrow two-lane service roads. [3] The 1966 event was a turning point in Sebring history, as the facilities and the safety of the circuit were heavily criticized. Five people were killed during the race, which was more people killed than in the race's prior 15-year history combined. [3] Bob McLean crashed while approaching the hairpin; his car rolled several times, struck a utility pole and then exploded, landing in a ditch and killing McLean. [3] In another incident Mario Andretti in his Ferrari 365 P2 tangled with Don Wester's Porsche 906 on the Warehouse Straight near the Webster Turns, killing four spectators and then crashing into a warehouse next to the track. Subsequent to these events, the facilities were upgraded and the circuit layout was changed, including eliminating the Webster Turns and creating the Green Park Chicane further down the track to move the straight further away from the airport warehouses. [3] The circuit was made safer, and since then there have only been 4 fatalities since then- a remarkable record for a circuit of Sebring's age.

It is known as preparation for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, [4] as the track's technical layout and extremely bumpy surface, combined with south-central Florida's perennial hot weather, is a major test of a car's reliability- teams planning to compete at Le Mans regard Sebring as an ideal preparation run for the prestigious French race. [5] In recent years, six overall victories have been achieved by the Audi R8, one fewer than the record seven wins of the Porsche 935. [6]

Tom Kristensen has won the race more times than anyone else, with six victories—in 1999 2000, 2005 2006, 2009 and in 2012. [7]

2020 saw the race be rescheduled to mid-November due to delays caused by the pandemic. It was also the first occurrence of the race behind closed doors.

Races up until 1969 began with the traditional Le Mans start procedure, which was abolished at the end of the 1969 season following Jacky Ickx protesting at Le Mans 1969; 1970 was the first 12 Hours of Sebring started with a rolling start.

Race results

The Ford Mk IV which won the 1967 Sebring 12 Hour 1967 GT40 Mk IV at 2010 Canadian International AutoShow.JPG
The Ford Mk IV which won the 1967 Sebring 12 Hour
2008 overall winner Porsche RS Spyder. 2008OverallWinner12Hoursof SebringPenskePorsche7.jpg
2008 overall winner Porsche RS Spyder.

The 1966 race had Dan Gurney leading at the last lap, when his engine of his Shelby American Ford GT40 Mk II seized near the end. Gurney pushed his car over the finish line, beaten only by Ken Miles and Lloyd Ruby. However, his actions were ultimately determined to be against the rules and he did not receive credit for his finish. [8]

In 2005, the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R and Aston Martin DBR9 made their race debut in the hotly contested GT1 class, [9] [10] with Aston Martin winning its class for the first time in 49 years at Sebring ahead of the two Corvettes. Corvette had dominated the class the past three years with its previous generation C5R.

Nissan Onroak DPi #22, 2018 overall winner. Nissan Onroak DPi -22 12 Hours of Sebring.jpg
Nissan Onroak DPi #22, 2018 overall winner.

The all-new Audi R10 TDI won the 2006 edition of the race, the car's first ever run in competition. [11] The much-hyped Porsche RS Spyder campaigned by Penske Racing dropped to take 2nd place in its LMP2 class, behind the Intersport Lola car. The GT1 Corvette C6R team got their revenge against the Aston Martin, although the second Corvette came within 1/3 of a second of the podium in the closing laps of the race.

2007 saw Audi again winning in the R10 TDI despite requiring more frequent refueling due to changes in American Le Mans series rules intended to even the field between gasoline and diesel-powered engines. [12]

Statistics

Audi R8 winner 2000-2007 McNish-ALMS-LRP-2006.jpg
Audi R8 winner 2000-2007
RankConstructorWinsYears
1 Flag of Germany.svg Porsche 18 1960, 1968, 1971, 1973, 19761988, 2008
2 Flag of Italy.svg Ferrari 12 1956, 19581964, 1970, 1972, 1995, 19971998
3 Flag of Germany.svg Audi 11 2000 2007, 2009, 2012 2013
4 Flag of Japan.svg Nissan 5 19891991, 1994, 2018
5 Flag of the United States.svg Cadillac 4 2017, 2019, 2021-2022
6 Flag of the United States.svg Ford 3 19661967, 1969
7 Flag of Japan.svg Toyota 2 19921993
Flag of Germany.svg BMW 1975, 1999
Flag of France.svg Peugeot 20102011
10 Flag of the United States.svg Crosly 1 1950
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Frazer-Nash 1952
Flag of the United States.svg Cunningham 1953
Flag of Italy.svg O.S.C.A. 1954
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jaguar 1955
Flag of Italy.svg Maserati 1957
Flag of the United States.svg Chaparral 1965
Flag of the United States.svg Oldsmobile 1996
Flag of the United States.svg Riley 2014
Flag of the United States.svg Chevrolet 2015
Flag of France.svg Ligier 2016
Flag of Japan.svg Mazda 2020
RankDriverWinsYears
1 Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen 6 9900, 0506, 2009, 2012
2 Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello 5 0102, 2006, 2009, 2012
3 Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela 4 2000, 0304, 07
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish 2004, 2006, 2009, 2012
5 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill 3 1958, 1959, 1961
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Olivier Gendebien 1959, 1960, 1961
Flag of the United States.svg Mario Andretti 1967, 1970, 1972
Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Joachim Stuck 1975, 1986, 1988
Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner 2003, 2005, 2007
Flag of Brazil.svg Pipo Derani 2016, 2018, 2019

Overall winners

YearDriversTeamCarTiresDistanceChampionship
3.3 mile/5.31 km circuit
1950 D Flag of the United States.svg Fritz Koster
Flag of the United States.svg Ralph Deshon
Flag of the United States.svg Victor Sharpe/Tommy Cole Crosley HotShot 613.84 km (381.42 mi)
(Sam Collier Memorial Sebring Grand Prix of Endurance Six Hours) [13]
Non-championship
1951Not held
5.382 mile/8.6 km circuit
1952 Flag of the United States.svg Harry Gray
Flag of the United States.svg Larry Kulok
Flag of the United States.svg Stuart Donaldson Frazer-Nash Le Mans Replica D 1,213.445 km (754.000 mi) American Automobile Association (AAA)
1953 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Walters
Flag of the United States.svg John Fitch
Flag of the United States.svg Briggs Cunningham Cunningham C-4R F 1,447.766 km (899.600 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1954 Flag of the United States.svg Bill Lloyd
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Stirling Moss
Flag of the United States.svg Briggs Cunningham O.S.C.A. MT4 P 1,405.923 km (873.600 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1955 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Hawthorn
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Walters
Flag of the United States.svg Briggs Cunningham Jaguar D-Type D 1,523.083 km (946.400 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1956 Flag of Italy.svg Eugenio Castellotti
Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 860 Monza E 1,623.506 km (1,008.800 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1957 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio
Flag of France.svg Jean Behra
Flag of Italy.svg Maserati Maserati 450S P 1,648.612 km (1,024.400 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1958 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Peter Collins
Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 58 E 1,673.718 km (1,040.000 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1959 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill
Flag of the United States.svg Dan Gurney
Flag of the United States.svg Chuck Daigh
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Olivier Gendebien
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 250 TR 59 E 1,573.295 km (977.600 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1960 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Olivier Gendebien
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Herrmann
Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Bonnier Porsche RS-60 D 1,640.243 km (1,019.200 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1961 Flag of the United States.svg Phil Hill
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Olivier Gendebien
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 250 TRI/61 D 1,740.666 km (1,081.600 mi) World Sportscar Championship
1962 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Lucien Bianchi
Flag of Sweden.svg Joakim Bonnier
Flag of Italy.svg Scuderia SSS Republica di Venezia Ferrari 250 TRI/61 D 1,723.929 km (1,071.200 mi) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1963 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Surtees
Flag of Italy.svg Ludovico Scarfiotti
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 250 P D 1,749.035 km (1,086.800 mi) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1964 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Mike Parkes
Flag of Italy.svg Umberto Maglioli
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 275 P D 1,790.878 km (1,112.800 mi) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1965 Flag of the United States.svg Jim Hall
Flag of the United States.svg Hap Sharp
Flag of the United States.svg Chaparral Cars Inc. Chaparral 2-Chevrolet F 1,640.243 km (1,019.200 mi) International Championship for GT Manufacturers
1966 Flag of the United States.svg Lloyd Ruby
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Ken Miles
Flag of the United States.svg Shelby American Inc. Ford X-1 Roadster G 1,908.038 km (1,185.600 mi) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
5.4 mile/8.66 km circuit
1967 Flag of New Zealand.svg Bruce McLaren
Flag of the United States.svg Mario Andretti
Flag of the United States.svg Ford Motor Company Ford Mk IV F 1,991.724 km (1,237.600 mi) International Championship for Sports-Prototypes
International Championship for Sports Cars
1968 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Jo Siffert
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Herrmann
Flag of Germany.svg Porsche Automobile Company Porsche 907 D 1,983.356 km (1,232.400 mi) International Championship for Makes
1969 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Jackie Oliver
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg J.W. Automotive Engineering Ford GT40 MkI F 2,000.093 km (1,242.800 mi) International Championship for Makes
1970 Flag of Italy.svg Ignazio Giunti
Flag of Italy.svg Nino Vaccarella
Flag of the United States.svg Mario Andretti
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 512 S F 2,075.410 km (1,289.600 mi) International Championship for Makes
1971 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Vic Elford
Flag of France.svg Gérard Larrousse
Flag of Germany.svg Martini Racing Porsche 917K F 2,175.833 km (1,352.000 mi) International Championship for Makes
1972 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Jacky Ickx
Flag of the United States.svg Mario Andretti
Flag of Italy.svg SpA Ferrari SEFAC Ferrari 312 PB F 2,167.465 km (1,346.800 mi) World Championship for Makes
1973 Flag of the United States.svg Hurley Haywood
Flag of the United States.svg Peter Gregg
Flag of the United States.svg Dave Helmick
Flag of the United States.svg Dave Helmick Porsche Carrera RSR G 1,891.301 km (1,175.200 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1974No race due to energy crisis
1975 Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Joachim Stuck
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Redman
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Allan Moffat
Flag of the United States.svg Sam Posey
Flag of Germany.svg BMW Motorsport BMW 3.0 CSL D 1,991.724 km (1,237.600 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1976 Flag of the United States.svg Al Holbert
Flag of the United States.svg Mike Keyser
Flag of the United States.svg Holbert Porsche-Audi Porsche Carrera RSR G 1,924.775 km (1,196.000 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1977 Flag of the United States.svg George Dyer
Flag of the United States.svg Brad Frisselle
Flag of the United States.svg George Dyer Porsche Carrera RSR G 1,958.450 km (1,216.924 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1978 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Brian Redman
Flag of the United States.svg Charles Mendez
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Garretson
Flag of the United States.svg Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 G 2,008.461 km (1,248.000 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1979 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Akin
Flag of the United States.svg Rob McFarlin
Flag of the United States.svg Roy Woods
Flag of the United States.svg Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 G 2,000.093 km (1,242.800 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1980 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg John Fitzpatrick
Flag of the United States.svg Dick Barbour
Flag of the United States.svg Dick Barbour Racing Porsche 935 K3 G 2,117.253 km (1,315.600 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1981 Flag of the United States.svg Bruce Leven
Flag of the United States.svg Hurley Haywood
Flag of the United States.svg Al Holbert
Flag of the United States.svg Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 935/80 G 2,050.304 km (1,274.000 mi) IMSA GT Championship
World Endurance Championship
1982 Flag of the United States.svg John Paul Sr.
Flag of the United States.svg John Paul Jr.
Flag of the United States.svg JLP Racing Porsche 935 JLP-3 G 2,041.936 km (1,268.800 mi) IMSA GT Championship
4.7 mile/7.52 km circuit
1983 Flag of the United States.svg Wayne Baker
Flag of the United States.svg Jim Mullen
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Kees Nierop
Flag of the United States.svg Personalized Autohaus Porsche 934 A F 1,765.853 km (1,097.250 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1984 Flag of Colombia.svg Mauricio de Narvaez
Flag of Germany.svg Hans Heyer
Flag of Sweden.svg Stefan Johansson
Flag of Colombia.svg De Narvaez Enterprises Porsche 935J G 2,057.031 km (1,278.180 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1985 Flag of France.svg Bob Wollek
Flag of the United States.svg A. J. Foyt
Flag of the United States.svg Preston Henn Porsche 962 G 2,197.817 km (1,365.660 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1986 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Akin
Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Joachim Stuck
Flag of Austria.svg Jo Gartner
Flag of the United States.svg Bob Akin Motor Racing Porsche 962 Y 2,244.745 km (1,394.820 mi) IMSA GT Championship
4.2 mile/6.85 km circuit
1987 Flag of the United States.svg Bobby Rahal
Flag of Germany.svg Jochen Mass
Flag of the United States.svg Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962 G 1,971.092 km (1,224.780 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1988 Flag of Germany.svg Klaus Ludwig
Flag of Germany.svg Hans-Joachim Stuck
Flag of the United States.svg Bayside Disposal Racing Porsche 962 G 2,103.380 km (1,306.980 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1989 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Brabham
Flag of the Netherlands.svg Arie Luyendyk
Flag of the United States.svg Chip Robinson
Flag of the United States.svg Electramotive Engineering Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo G 2,182.753 km (1,356.300 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1990 Flag of the United States.svg Bob Earl
Flag of Ireland.svg Derek Daly
Flag of the United States.svg Nissan Performance Technology Nissan GTP ZX-Turbo G 1,990.936 km (1,237.110 mi) IMSA GT Championship
3.72 mile/5.99 km circuit
1991 Flag of Ireland.svg Derek Daly
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Geoff Brabham
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Gary Brabham
Flag of the United States.svg Nissan Performance Technology Nissan NPT-90 G 1,774.463 km (1,102.600 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1992 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio II
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Wallace
Flag of the United States.svg All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota G 2,143.646 km (1,332.000 mi) IMSA GT Championship
1993 Flag of Argentina.svg Juan Manuel Fangio II
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Andy Wallace
Flag of the United States.svg All American Racers Eagle MkIII-Toyota G 1,369.552 km (851.000 mi) B IMSA GT Championship
1994 Flag of New Zealand.svg Steve Millen
Flag of the United States.svg Johnny O'Connell
Flag of the United States.svg John Morton
Flag of the United States.svg Clayton Cunningham Racing Nissan 300ZX Y 1,947.145 km (1,209.900 mi) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1995 Flag of the United States.svg Andy Evans
Flag of Spain.svg Fermín Vélez
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eric van de Poele
Flag of the United States.svg Scandia Motorsports Ferrari 333 SP P 1,548.189 km (962.000 mi) B IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1996 Flag of South Africa.svg Wayne Taylor
Flag of the United States.svg Jim Pace
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Eric van de Poele
Flag of the United States.svg Doyle Racing Riley & Scott Mk III-Oldsmobile P 1,935.075 km (1,202.400 mi) IMSA Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1997 Flag of the United States.svg Andy Evans
Flag of Spain.svg Fermín Vélez
Flag of France.svg Yannick Dalmas
Flag of Sweden.svg Stefan Johansson
Flag of the United States.svg Team Scandia Ferrari 333 SP G 1,628.012 km (1,011.600 mi) B Professional Sports Car Exxon World Sportscar Championship
1998 Flag of Belgium (civil).svg Didier Theys
Flag of Italy.svg Gianpiero Moretti
Flag of Italy.svg Mauro Baldi
Flag of the United States.svg MOMO Doran Racing Ferrari 333 SP Y 1,925.178 km (1,196.250 mi) Professional Sportscar Exxon World Sportscar Championship
3.74 mile/6.02 km circuit
1999 Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of Finland.svg JJ Lehto
Flag of Germany.svg Jörg Müller
Flag of Germany.svg BMW Motorsport BMW V12 LMR M 1,863.781 km (1,158.100 mi) American Le Mans Series
2000 Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of Italy.svg Emanuele Pirro
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Audi R8 M 2,143.646 km (1,332.000 mi) American Le Mans Series
2001 Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello
Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of France.svg Laurent Aïello
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Audi R8 M 2,203.192 km (1,369.000 mi) American Le Mans Series
European Le Mans Series
2002 Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello
Flag of Italy.svg Christian Pescatori
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Herbert
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Audi R8 M 2,060.282 km (1,280.200 mi) American Le Mans Series
2003 Flag of Austria.svg Philipp Peter
Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela
Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner
Flag of Germany.svg Infineon Team Joest Audi R8 M 2,185.328 km (1,357.900 mi) American Le Mans Series
2004 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela
Flag of Germany.svg Pierre Kaffer
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Audi Sport UK Team Veloqx Audi R8 M 2,084.101 km (1,295.000 mi) American Le Mans Series
2005 Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner
Flag of Finland.svg JJ Lehto
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United States.svg ADT Champion Racing Audi R8 M 2,149.601 km (1,335.700 mi) American Le Mans Series
2006 Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello
Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
(Diesel)
M 2,078.145 km (1,291.299 mi) American Le Mans Series
2007 Flag of Italy.svg Emanuele Pirro
Flag of Germany.svg Frank Biela
Flag of Germany.svg Marco Werner
Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America Audi R10 TDI
(Diesel)
M 2,165.8 km (1,345.8 mi) American Le Mans Series
2008 Flag of Germany.svg Timo Bernhard
Flag of France.svg Romain Dumas
Flag of France.svg Emmanuel Collard
Flag of the United States.svg Penske Racing Porsche RS Spyder M 2,088.45 km (1,297.70 mi) American Le Mans Series
2009 Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R15 TDI
(Diesel)
M 2,278.85 km (1,416.01 mi) C American Le Mans Series
2010 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Anthony Davidson
Flag of Spain.svg Marc Gené
Flag of Austria.svg Alexander Wurz
Flag of France.svg Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
M 2,185.328 km (1,357.900 mi) American Le Mans Series
2011 Flag of France.svg Loïc Duval
Flag of France.svg Nicolas Lapierre
Flag of France.svg Olivier Panis
Flag of France.svg Team Oreca Matmut Peugeot 908 HDi FAP
(Diesel)
M 1,975.4 km (1,227.5 mi) American Le Mans Series
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
2012 Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of Italy.svg Rinaldo Capello
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 TDI
(Diesel)
M 1,933.8 km (1,201.6 mi) FIA World Endurance Championship
American Le Mans Series
2013 Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Marcel Fässler
Flag of France.svg Benoît Tréluyer
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Oliver Jarvis
Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Audi R18 e-tron quattro
(hybrid diesel)
M 2,191.3 km (1,361.6 mi) American Le Mans Series
2014 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Marino Franchitti
Flag of the United States.svg Scott Pruett
Flag of Mexico.svg Memo Rojas
Flag of the United States.svg Chip Ganassi Racing Riley Mk XXVI-Ford Ecoboost C 1,751.1 km (1,088.1 mi) United SportsCar Championship
2015 Flag of France.svg Sébastien Bourdais
Flag of Portugal.svg João Barbosa
Flag of Brazil.svg Christian Fittipaldi
Flag of the United States.svg Action Express Racing Coyote-Corvette DP C 2,046.4 km (1,271.6 mi) United SportsCar Championship
2016 Flag of Brazil.svg Pipo Derani
Flag of the United States.svg Scott Sharp
Flag of the United States.svg Ed Brown
Flag of the United States.svg Johannes van Overbeek
Flag of the United States.svg Tequila Patrón ESM Ligier JS P2-Honda C 1,432.51 km (890.12 mi) B IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2017 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alex Lynn
Flag of the United States.svg Ricky Taylor
Flag of the United States.svg Jordan Taylor
Flag of the United States.svg Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R C 2,094.59 km (1,301.52 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2018 [14] Flag of the United States.svg Johannes van Overbeek
Flag of France.svg Nicolas Lapierre
Flag of Brazil.svg Pipo Derani
Flag of the United States.svg Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan Onroak DPi C 2,070.88 km (1,286.79 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2019 Flag of Brazil.svg Felipe Nasr
Flag of Brazil.svg Pipo Derani
Flag of the United States.svg Eric Curran
Flag of the United States.svg Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R M 2,094.96 km (1,301.75 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2020 Flag of the United States.svg Jonathan Bomarito
Flag of the United States.svg Ryan Hunter-Reay
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Harry Tincknell
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg Mazda Motorsports Mazda RT24-P M 2,094.96 km (1,301.75 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2021 Flag of France.svg Sébastien Bourdais
Flag of France.svg Loïc Duval
Flag of France.svg Tristan Vautier
Flag of the United States.svg JDC-Mustang Sampling Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R M 2,100.98 km (1,305.49 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
2022 Flag of New Zealand.svg Earl Bamber
Flag of Switzerland (Pantone).svg Neel Jani
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Alex Lynn
Flag of the United States.svg Cadillac Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R M 2,113.02 km (1,312.97 mi) IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship
^A The car was in fact, a Porsche 935 K3 that has been modified with a single plug cylinder head and a front nose to resemble a Porsche 934 to comply to IMSA GTO specification. [15]
^B These races were stopped for a period of time due to heavy rain and/or accidents. The race clock was not stopped for these periods and counted towards the 12 Hours.
^C Race record for most distance covered.
^D Technically the race "winner" in 1950 was the Crosley Hot Shot of Fritz Koster / Ralph Deshon, entered by Victor Sharpe Jr. of Tampa. While the Wacker / Burrell Allard did cover more distance, the race was run under the "Index of Performance" handicapping rules and the Crosley, with a much smaller engine than the Cadillac-powered Allard, is listed in the Official Sebring Record Book as the winner.

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The World Sportscar Championship was the world series run for sports car racing by the FIA from 1953 to 1992.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2006 24 Hours of Le Mans</span>

The 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 74th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place over 17–18 June 2006. The winners of the race were Frank Biela, Marco Werner, and Emanuele Pirro, driving the Audi R10 TDI. For the first time in the history of the race, the winner was a diesel-powered car.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Stéphane Ortelli</span> Monegasque racing driver

Stéphane Ortelli is a Monégasque professional racing driver with three world championship titles. He has won the 24 Hours of Le Mans race in 1998 with Allan McNish and Laurent Aïello and the Spa 24 Hours in 2003 with Romain Dumas and Marc Lieb. He's also won the GT1 Class at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2005 with David Brabham and Darren Turner. Currently, he is an Emil Frey Racing driver competing and developing the Jaguar and Lexus GT racing cars in the Blancpain Endurance Series and the VLN series.

Joest Racing is a sports car racing team that was established in 1978 by former Porsche works racer Reinhold Joest. Their headquarters are in Wald-Michelbach, Germany.

The 2006 American Le Mans Series season was the 36th season for the IMSA GT Championship, with the eighth as the American Le Mans Series. It was a series for Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) and Grand Touring (GT) race cars divided into 4 classes: LMP1, LMP2, GT1, and GT2. It began March 18, 2006, and ended October 21, 2006 after 10 races.

The 1959 World Sportscar Championship was the seventh FIA World Sportscar Championship. It was a series for sportscars that ran in many worldwide endurance events. It ran from 21 March 1959 to 5 September 1959, and comprised five races, following the 1000 km Buenos Aires being removed from the calendar, although the race did return in 1960.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chevrolet Corvette C6.R</span> Grand tourer endurance racing car

The Chevrolet Corvette C6.R is a grand tourer racing car built by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet for competition in endurance racing. It is a replacement for the Corvette C5-R racing car, applying the body style of the new C6 generation Chevrolet Corvette as well as improvements to increase the speed and reliability on the track. Since its debut in 2005, it has continued on from the previous dominance of the C5-R in its racing class with multiple American Le Mans Series championships and race wins in the Le Mans Series, FIA GT Championship, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. There are two main versions of the Corvette C6.R: the GT1 version which has 590 HP, carbon-ceramic brakes, and aggressive aerodynamics, and the GT2 version which has 470 HP, iron brakes, and relatively stock aerodynamics with respect to the road car. Unrestricted though, the LS7.R engine will produce around 800 hp. By 2012 the C6.R GT1 was retired from the competition while the GT2 version continues to race around the world.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2009 24 Hours of Le Mans</span>

The 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 77th Grand Prix of Endurance, an endurance auto race run over 24 hours. It took place at the Circuit de la Sarthe, Le Mans, France, and was organised by the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) over 13–14 June 2009 and was started by Fiat and Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo at 15:00 local time. A test day was initially scheduled for 31 May that year, but was canceled by the ACO due to economic concerns. The race was attended by 234,800 spectators.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2009 American Le Mans Series</span> 39th season of the racing series organized by IMSA

The 2009 American Le Mans Series season was the 39th season for the IMSA GT Championship, with it being the eleventh season with the American Le Mans Series moniker. It began on March 21, 2009, and ended on October 10, 2009 after ten events. The series was composed of Le Mans Prototypes (LMP) and Grand Tourer (GT) race cars divided into four classes: LMP1, LMP2, GT1, and GT2. A fifth category, known as the Challenge class, was also added for select races and featured Porsche 997 GT3 Cup cars from the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge. 2009 was also the final year for GT1, with Corvette Racing abandoning the class after Long Beach and switching over to much more competitive GT2 class.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Lola-Aston Martin B09/60</span>

The Lola-Aston Martin B09/60, also known as the Aston Martin DBR1-2, is a Le Mans Prototype sports car built by Lola Cars International and co-developed with Prodrive for use by Aston Martin Racing. It is the first prototype to bear the Aston Martin name since the AMR1 in 1989. Aston Martin's internal name for the car, DBR1-2, refers to the specific DBR1 chassis which won six races in 1959 en route to clinching the World Sportscar Championship as well as that year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2009 12 Hours of Sebring</span>

The 2009 Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring was the 57th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring and the opening round of the 2009 American Le Mans Series season. It took place at the Sebring International Raceway, Florida on March 21, 2009. Three new cars made their debut at Sebring: Audi's diesel R15 TDI, Acura's first LMP1 entry the ARX-02a, and the return of the BMW M3 to the GT2 category. It was also the last time GT1 category raced at the event.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Audi R10 TDI</span>

The Audi R10 TDI, usually abbreviated to R10, is a diesel-powered racing car from the German car manufacturer Audi. The car dominated Le Mans, winning each year from its 2006 introduction until it was replaced by the R15 in 2009. It was designed and constructed for sports car racing in the Le Mans Prototype LMP1 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and other similar endurance races. The car was unveiled December 13, 2005 at 12:00 CET, and went on to win both its maiden race at the 2006 12 Hours of Sebring in March, and the June 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans. Initially, the Audi R10 TDI LMP1 car was predicted downfall by several motorsport pundits due to Audi's lack of diesel racing experience in order to compete against petrol-fuelled racing cars, however the R10 TDI surpassed expectations by winning every LMP1 class race in the 2006 American Le Mans Series season.

The 2014 IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship (TUSC) was the inaugural season of the International Motor Sports Association's new series created out of a merger of the Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series and the first to be held under the name as the Tudor United SportsCar Championship. It began with the 24 Hours of Daytona, the first time since the 1997 IMSA GT Championship season that IMSA sanctioned an event at Daytona International Speedway on 25 January and ended on 4 October at Petit Le Mans. It was the 44th overall season of IMSA GT championship racing tracing its lineage to the 1971 IMSA GT Championship.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chevrolet Corvette C7.R</span> Grand tourer racing car

The Chevrolet Corvette C7.R is a grand tourer racing car built by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet for competition in endurance racing between 2014 and 2019. It is a replacement for the Corvette C6.R racing car, using the C7 generation Chevrolet Corvette as a base. The C7 road car was noted to incorporate development from the Corvette C6.R, thus those properties also carry over to the race car. The Corvette Racing C7.R raced in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class.

The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was the third season of the United SportsCar Championship and first to be under the name as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship organized by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). It was the 46th season of IMSA-sanctioned GT Championship sportscar racing tracing its lineage to the 1971 IMSA Camel GT season. It began on January 30 with the 24 Hours of Daytona. and ended on October 1 at Petit Le Mans.

The 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was the 47th season of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) GT Championship that traces its lineage to the 1971 IMSA GT Championship. It was the fourth season of the United SportsCar Championship and second under the name as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It began on 28 January with the 24 Hours of Daytona, and ended on 7 October with the Petit Le Mans.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">2019 12 Hours of Sebring</span> Sports Car Racing

The 67th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts was an endurance sports car racing event held at Sebring International Raceway near Sebring, Florida from 14–16 March 2019. The race was the second round of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the second round of the Michelin Endurance Cup. Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing brought home a Cadillac 1-2-3 finish for the overall honours, with the win going to the #31 crew of Eric Curran, Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani, who won the 12 Hour race for a third time in the previous four editions. the #911 Porsche GT Team won in the GTLM class over the #66 Ford GT of Chip Ganassi Racing, LMP2 was won by Performance Tech Motorsports, and the Grasser Racing Team took a second straight victory in the GTD class, winning over fellow Lamborghini GTD team Magnus Racing, who came 2nd in only their second start as a Lamborghini team.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Chevrolet Corvette C8.R</span> Grand tourer racing car

The Chevrolet Corvette C8.R is a grand tourer racing car built by Pratt & Miller and Chevrolet for competition in endurance racing. It serves as the replacement for the Corvette C7.R, using the C8 generation Chevrolet Corvette as a base. Corvette Racing fielded the C8.R in the IMSA SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class starting with the 2020 season. The car was built to LM GTE specifications as per GTLM rules.

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