Note – This post is sponsored by IMSA Racing but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.
The legendary novelist Ernest Hemingway once said: “Auto racing, bullfighting, and mountain climbing are the only real sports—all others are games.” And I can’t agree more; well except for bullfighting. You cannot keep a true motoring enthusiast away from the world of competitive automobile racing; be it on the track doing timed laps on open track days or simply watching professional racers take on each other like gladiators on race days, the adrenaline rush is beyond comparison. We all know that automobile racing came into being almost as soon as cars had been invented. But, many of those earliest racing events were effectively reliability trials for companies to develop new technology for their production cars. The origin of formalized endurance racing can be traced back to those early racing events. And in the last century, endurance racing has evolved massively to become one of the most interesting formats of motorsports driven by strong spectator figures, media interest and television coverage. In the world automobile endurance racing, three major events come to form a Triple Crown – the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring, and 24 Hours of Le Mans. They are considered as the greatest and the most challenging automobile racing events over the decades. The first two are sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).
IMSA is North America’s flagship sports car racing platform that has been in this business for more than 40 years. In 2013, the American Le Mans Series and Rolex Sports Car Series merged together to form the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship under the IMSA. After just three seasons post-merger, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has become one of the most exciting racing series. Now, for season four, massive changes have been introduced along with more teams and carmakers joining the championship. The biggest news for this year was Cadillac’s return to endurance racing after an absence of 14 years. And what a return it was; at the championship’s opening round at the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Cadillac took the first two spots on the podium. To make it even better for the spectators, the No. 10 car which took the top spot was piloted by NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon along with Taylor brothers and Max Angelelli.
The nail-biting end to the season-opener at Daytona has given us a preview to what we can expect from the coming race-weekend when the all these screamers will battle it off again at the legendary track of Sebring International Raceway. Sebring is America’s oldest road racing track, with over six decades of storied history. For the 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Cadillac’s No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac Dpi will return to lift the winner’s trophy minus Jeff Gordon, who has been replaced by Alexander Lynn from Great Britain. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will bring three Ford GTs in an attempt to sweep three of the most legendary endurance sports car races in the world within nine months.
The Sebring race weekend kicks off on March 15 with the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Saturday, March 18th. All the major teams and carmakers including Acura, Audi, Aston Martin, BMW, Cadillac, Ferrari, Ford, Lamborghini, Lexus, Mercedes, Nissan, and Porsche will battle it out for podium. To catch the action, you can tune-in for FS1 from 12:30pm-11pm, and the entire race on FOX Sports Go from 10:30am- 11:00pm. For more information, you can simply click here or download IMSA’s smartphone app which also provides live video, timing and scoring, and radio.