Approximately 400 Porsches will start the 2017 Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing 2017 season at the 24th annual 48 Hours at Sebring presented by Champion Porsche on Feb. 2-5 at the iconic Sebring International Raceway.
One of the largest PCA Club Racing events of the year, the 48 Hours at Sebring is staged through a joint effort by the Suncoast and Gold Coast PCA Regions.
“This marks the first PCA club race of the season, so we have our Northern drivers who put their cars away in October come down south to Florida, and they’re able to get their cars out again and enjoy the racing and camaraderie that comes with PCA all over again,” said Joshua Breckeen, co-chairman of the 48 Hours at Sebring.
“It’s our 24th running year, and we have a few members on the committee who have been there since the early days – including but not limited to: Jerry Daily, Kyle Rathbun, Dick Kjellsen, Mike Tarter, Ellen and Bill Riley, John Oppihle and Joe Millin. In addition, we have around 200 volunteers who operate the day-to-day activities for the massive event.”
There are three facets to the event – PCA Club Racing, Advanced Solo
Driver’s Education (DE) and autocross. Breckeen said drivers and PCA members from across the United States and Canada will attend the event.
“The number of Cup cars continues to grow each year, but we are proud of the fact that Porsches from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s still have a place for friendly competition under the watchful eye of the PCA scrutineers,” said Dan Smithyman, co-chairman of the 48 Hours at Sebring.
Said Breckeen: “One thing that everyone loves about PCA Club Racing is there are Porsches from the early 1970s to brand-new Cup cars straight from the Porsche factory in Germany and everything in between.”
The 2016 PCA Club Racing National Championship Series Awards Dinner will start the weekend Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Chateau Elan at Sebring International Raceway. The PCA Club Racing Committee hosts the dinner banquet each year at the 48 Hours at Sebring to honor the 2016 podium winners and celebrate the start of the 2017 race season.
“As you drive over the bridge at Sebring, you are face-to-face with the main paddock road, which is lined with sponsors and vendors with their flags and banners flying as they display their products,” Smithyman said. “There’s a ton of energy, and everyone really enjoys it.”
Unique to the 48 Hours at Sebring event is the second annual Speed Showcase, featuring dozens of sponsors and vendors presenting their latest driving, safety and auto products. There is also fantastic food, drinks, door prizes and more for club racers and their guests to enjoy.
Breckeen said, “It’s the second year we have hosted the Speed Showcase, and drivers especially love it because it’s a way to socialize with their fellow racers and get back together after the offseason.”
Another unique aspect of the 48 Hours at Sebring is its ties to charity. Each year, the 48 Hours at Sebring Committee contributes to two local charities – Boy Scouts of America and Ronald McDonald House of Tampa.
“We’re proud that our event is able to make a difference in the community by giving a contribution to two worthy charities,” Smithyman said. “It’s another distinction that makes the 48 Hours at Sebring stand out as one of the best PCA club races of the year.”
The world-renowned, 17-turn, 3.74-mile circuit at Sebring also provides a popular challenge for competitors.
“When people think of sports car racing, they think of Le Mans and Spa, of course, but they also think of Sebring,” Smithyman said. “Sebring has been around since 1950, and it’s one of the oldest continuously operating race tracks in the United States. The track occupies a portion of Sebring Regional Airport, which was originally built as a World War II training base for the U.S. Army Air Forces.
“It’s February in Florida, and there’s gorgeous Porsches on the historic Sebring International Raceway. What’s not to like?”
If you can’t attend the 48 Hours at Sebring, you’re in luck, because PCA will be live-blogging the first club race of 2017. Follow all the action live beginning Friday morning, February 3, and ending after the sprint races on Saturday, February 4. You can follow it on the 48 Hours at Sebring website or on the PCA.org home page.
Source. LST Markeing