Clearwater, FL — The 2018 HSR (Historic Sportscar Racing) season gets underway at Sebring International Raceway with a pair of WeatherTech Sprint races in support of the 66th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race weekend, March 14-17.
A solid entry of vintage and historic sports cars spanning more than the last 50 years is headed to Sebring for the opener where back-to-back sprints will be held March 14 at 4:30 p.m. and March 15 at 7 p.m. Current entry list.
And the HSR presence at Sebring doesn’t end when the checkered flag waves on Thursday. The HSR cadre will participate in a can’t-be-missed Downtown Square Parade that will travel from the Sebring circuit at 10 a.m. The HSR race cars will be on display at the Square from its arrival until the procession heads back to the track at 2 p.m.
Saturday features HSR race cars in parade lap sessions beginning at 9:05 a.m., always a favorite part of the typically impressive pre-race ceremonies for the actual 12 Hours of Sebring race, scheduled to go green at 10:40 a.m.
Two legendary HSR racing machines will be part of the action: the 1963 No. 52 Jaguar E-Type of Russell Gee and the Dave White Tribute 1970 No. 67 Porsche 911 RSR of Danny Stewart.
Usually one of the oldest race cars competing on any HSR weekend, Gee’s Heritage Motorsports-prepared Jaguar looks as good as it sounds. A built-for-racing “lightweight” original, the silver Jaguar also has more than enough speed to mix it up with machines as much as 40 years newer on the Sebring track.
Stewart’s Porsche pays tribute to the late Dave White, a good friend to many Porsche owners in Tampa who also ran and was the lead instructor at the Akin-White Racing School in the 1980s. He was a top IMSA Camel GT driver in the 1970s and won the 1978 IMSA GTU Championship in a car almost identical to the one Stewart will co-drive with Scott Tyler at the Sebring opener.
Recently retired race cars that raced at Sebring in their prime will also be on hand, including the big-bore 2010 No. 88 Camaro GT.R from the all-Canadian team of Henri Sicotte and GT Racing. A winning entry in the old Grand-Am Rolex SportsCar Series, the Camaro still sports the same livery as when it was driven to victories in its prime by drivers such as reigning IMSA WeatherTech Prototype Champion Jordan Taylor.
While at Sebring, be sure to stop by the Vintage Motorsport booth on the grandstand vendor row to start or renew your subscription (free T-shirt or embroidered cap included!), peruse our back issue library or schmooze about the racing with our staff.