BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Opens This Weekend In Sebring
Winter Break: Racers this weekend are coming from all around the country to dust off their winter rust and get back into the swing of things. While many of the drivers are locals at their home race, competitors have come from across the Northeast and the Midwest to participate in this winter showcase event.
Large, Large Fields: The entry list for this weekend’s double National races contains nearly 300 entries, including a rugged 62 cars in the Spec Miata class. A whopping 77 cars make up the Group 4/5 category that covers the small bore production-based cars, marking another crowded race group.
Fun For The Family: Fans may attend the event at Sebring as guests of the SCCA for a $10 fee. Admission includes a free program and a paddock pass allowing spectators into the garage areas for up close visits with the cars and drivers.
Super Tour, Season Two: The top level of the Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing program opens its 2012 season at Sebring International Raceway, January 6-8, as part of the Central Florida Region’s annual double National event. The race is the first of nine BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour events on the schedule, spread out across the country.
The BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour activities will occur during Sunday’s races of the doubleheader weekend. Each race winner will be given a victory lap and commemorative checkered flag, and the top three in each class will be treated to victory circle ceremonies after each race. Live Timing is available for those at the track and around the world on all three days of the event at SCCA.com.
From The Everyday To The Incredible: The racers at this weekend’s BFGoodrich Tires Southeast Super Tour are a unique mix of talented drivers. Most are “weekend warriors,” mixing it up on the track on the weekends before heading home to their day-to-day jobs through the week. Some are youngsters with an eye on a professional driving career, honing their craft while looking to the future. The common theme to an SCCA competition is that these are seemingly ordinary people doing extraordinary things with racecars.
How prolific can these drivers become? Start with the motorsports legends – Bobby Rahal, Mark Donohue, Roger Penske, Michael Andretti, and actor/driver Paul Newman got their start in SCCA Club Racing. More recently, you could have seen current stars Boris Said, Graham Rahal, Sam Hornish or Scott Sharp at a Club race.
The Best In Amateur Racing: SCCA Club Racing is the top level of amateur motorsports. Of the 300 Club Racing events held coast-to-coast, 85 of them are designated as “National” events, meaning they are qualifying events for the National Championship Runoffs® and comprise the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series. Of these 85 events, only nine are designated as BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Super Tour races, bringing the National spotlight to town and making this weekend among a select group of can’t-miss events across the country.
At Sebring, the racing weekend consists of National races on Saturday, followed by Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour races. Points for the BFGoodrich Super Tour will only be earned for Sunday’s races, however.
BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Southeast Super Tour
Round One of Nine
Sebring International Raceway
17-turn, 3.7-mile permanent road course
For Saturday’s races: Friday, January 6, 12:50 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. (EST)
For Sunday’s BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour races:
Saturday, January 7, 2:15 p.m. – 4:35 p.m. (Groups 1-5), Sunday, January 8, 8 a.m. – 8:50 a.m. (Groups 6-7)
Seven group races: Saturday, January 7, beginning at 8 a.m. (EST)
BFGoodrich Tires Super Tour Races: Sunday, January 8, beginning at 9 a.m.
Each group runs a 13-lap or 40-minute race, whichever comes first
Timing/Scoring: Live Timing & Scoring and lap notes via the SCCA® Pit Board are available for all sessions through www.scca.com/sccalive.
Entry lists, full event schedules, and more information is available on the event page here.