Magical Sebring Saturday

The name Sebring still has magic.

It’s the oldest sports car endurance race in the United States, and the 52nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring comes up Saturday at the airport course in Sebring, Fla.

The once-around-the-clock race will take the green flag at 9:30 a.m. CT, and for the fifth consecutive season, SPEED Channel will bring viewers live, flag-to-flag coverage of the unique event that combines the class of sports car endurance racing with the Mardi Gras mayhem of spring break. Pre-race programming begins at 9 a.m.

SPEED will use 25 cameras, including multiple on-boards, and its crew will put down enough video, audio and data cable to make more than five laps around the historic 3.7-mile Sebring Raceway.

Off the track, Mario Andretti, Carroll Shelby, Sir Stirling Moss, Bobby Rahal, Bob and Al Holbert, race official Ford Heacock Sr. and the legendary manufacturer Ferrari all will be inducted into the Sebring Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame Friday.

Andretti won Sebring three times—in 1967 co-driving with Bruce McLaren; in 1970 when he hopped in the only remaining Ferrari 512S in the race to beat a Porsche 908 driven by Peter Revson and actor Steve McQueen in the closing laps; and in 1972 driving with Jacky Ickx.

This year, he gets to see his 16-year-old grandson, Marco Andretti (Michael’s boy), compete in his first professional auto racing championship as he has officially entered the 2004 Skip Barber Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER. The 14-race, $190,000 open-wheel championship begins its fifth season with a doubleheader at Sebring.

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