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Sunday, Mar 29, 2015

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Faircloth to join Conquistadors

Thursday, Mar 26, 2015 -

SEBRING — You only get one opportunity to make a first impression and Sebring’s Kara Faircloth made of the most of hers when she was spotted playing for her travel team. One of the assistant coaches for Pas...

Only 362 more days to go

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 -

It would be impossible to categorize this year’s 12 Hours of Sebring as anything other than a huge success. Fans were treated to some excellent racing and wild finishes in both of the GT classes. There was much le...

A passion for racing

Monday, Mar 23, 2015 -

SEBRING — SpeedSource Mazda driver Tristan Nunez was practically born with a tennis racket in his hand. The son of Juan Nunez, there were probably many people who expected to see him follow in his father’s ...

Sebring provides a physical test

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

— Spending two hours in a race car is quite a bit different than making a two-hour drive to Tampa. Spending two hours in a race car over Sebring International Raceway is somet...

Changes coming to 12 Hours

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring was the last of its kind, at least as far as the cars go. The differences in 2016 will be somewhat minor, but things will be quite a bit different in 2017.

USCC lives up to name

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

Last year there were two diverse groups of fans who followed the United SportsCar Championship. There were fans of the Grand-Am Series and there were fans of the American Le Mans Series. Both felt their series was superi...

Viper drivers keep their cool

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — While Saturday’s heat took its toll on many fans and drivers at the 12 Hours of Sebring, the drivers of the No. 33 TI Automotive/Riley Motorsports Viper and the No. 93 TI Automotive/ ViperExchange...

Solid win for Action Express

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — Action Express Racing took the suspense out of the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday, grabbing the lead in the seventh hour and pulling away from the field to win by one lap. The team comp...

Dean in a class by himself

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

If you slept in a little bit on Friday morning, you missed quite possibly the best race of the weekend. Sebring’s John Dean capped off a memorable week with a .036-second victory over Patrick Gallagher to win the ...

Aiming high

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

— It wasn’t too terribly long ago that Paul Miller Racing would have been delighted with a fifth-place finish. Those days are gone. Now, a fifth-place finish is met wit...

DeltaWing has high hopes

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 -

SEBRING — DelataWing Racing is heading to Sebring off a disappointing result at Daytona, but also with plenty of enthusiasm and high expectations. The team closed out the 2014 season with a solid fourth-place fini...

Sick Sideways runs 1-2

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup season couldn’t have started much better for Sebring’s Sick Sideways team. Newcomer Drake Kemper placed first in Thursday’s season-opener and he was...

SpeedSource making gains

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

SEBRING — The SpeedSource Mazda LMP2s are hard to miss on the track. With SKYACTIV liberally displayed all over the cars, the diesel-powered Mazda’s stand out from the rerst of the field. But what’s ...

Dean ready for new season

Wednesday, Mar 18, 2015 -

— Few people will be as happy as Sebring’s John Dean II to see the green flag drop at Sebring International Raceway for this morning’s Mazda MX-5 Cup race. Compe...

‘For the fans’ lives on

Thursday, Mar 19, 2015 -

When Dr. Don Panoz founded the American Le Mans Series back in the late 1990s, he had one basic premise in mind. The series was intended “for the fans” and that premise has transferred over to the TUDOR Uni...

Fans help make race special

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

In the months leading up to Saturday’s race, I’ve talked to dozens of people from all avenues of the motorsports world; drivers, team owners, crew members and team managers. Regardless of which series they&...

Bell ready to bounce back

Tuesday, Mar 17, 2015 -

Stevenson Motorsports driver Matt Bell has been racing long enough to know that there are going to be ups and downs. Last year saw some of both for Stevenson’s No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R in the Continental Tire Sports Ca...

Edwards back where it began

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 -

Saturday’s race is going to be a special one for BMW. In recognition of their win at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975, the team has new livery for this race, which they unveiled over the weekend at the Amelia Islan...

Raceway head looks back on 30 years of history at speedway

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 -

— Throughout the years, Sebring International Raceway has welcomed some of the biggest names in the racing and entertainment industries.

Inside MSR’s Ligier JS P2

Monday, Mar 16, 2015 -

SEBRING — Fans of the 12 Hours of Sebring may not realize how good they have it when it comes to access to the cars and drivers that make up the famed classic. Every ticket comes with access to the paddock, allowi...

Run The Track draws largest number of entries

Sunday, Mar 15, 2015 -

— Although the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida isn’t for another five days, there were plenty of fast times posted at Sebring International...

Race week has something for all

Saturday, Mar 14, 2015 -

SEBRING — The gates may not open until Wednesday morning, but those interested in the Mobil 1 Twelve hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida can get an early start and get an up-close look at Michael Shank R...

Home track

Friday, Mar 13, 2015 -

Many racing drivers and teams consider Sebring International Raceway to be their home track. When Tequila Patrón ESM refers to SIR as its home track there’s definitely a bigger emphasis on “home”...

Pruett set to defend title

Thursday, Mar 12, 2015 -

Chip Ganassi Racing driver Scott Pruett has plenty to be proud of during his distiguished career. Multiple driving championships and wins in some of the most iconic endurance races in the world, including the 24 Hours of...

Dean to appear at Winn-Dixie

Tuesday, Mar 10, 2015 -

SEBRING — Sebring’s John Dean II will be making a promotional appearance this Thursday at the south Winn-Dixie between the hours of 1 and 5 p.m. Dean will be on hand to greet people and increase the interes...

Race car driver makes pitch against texting and driving

Sunday, Mar 8, 2015 -

— Visitors to the Sebring WalMart received a bit of a surprise Saturday in the form of Mazda Motorsports factory driver Tristan Nunez and the Sebring International Raceway Off...

Nissan P1 hits road at Sebring

Wednesday, Mar 4, 2015 -

SEBRING — When a race car makes its debut in a Super Bowl commercial, you know that it’s going to be something special. The Nissan GT-R LM Nismo doesn’t disappoint, either, living up to its advance b...

Patrón partners with Rolling Stone

Tuesday, Mar 3, 2015 -

— They may or may not get their picture on the cover of the Rolling Stone, but Tequila Patrón Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) got something pretty special, as the nearby ...

Busy week at SIR

Monday, Mar 2, 2015 -

SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY — Audi and Nissan are among the teams testing this week at Sebring International Raceway. The testing sessions, closed to the public, will continue through Friday.

Inaugural run/walk reiterates message of peace

Sunday, Mar 1, 2015 -

— Dwayne Council Sr. has made a positive impact on the lives of countless young adults.

Local lifters flex their muscles

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

SEBRING — The Sebring Blue Streaks had their first weightlifting meet of the season on Thursday, as DeSoto and Lake Placid came calling for a three-team meet. The Blue Streaks had one meet scheduled that was postp...

Spring Vintage Classic going strong

Friday, Feb 27, 2015 -

SEBRING — Some of the finrst racecars of the past 60 years will be at Sebring International Raceway this weekend, as the Sportscar Vintage Racing Association’s Spring Vintage Classic continues. The three-da...

Dragons hold off Panthers

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

— The Lake Placid Green Dragons didn’t earn any style points in Tuesday’s 4-3 victory over the Mulberry Panthers, but that’s just fine with the team. ...

Trans Am weekend kicks off

Thursday, Feb 26, 2015 -

SEBRING — The 2015 Trans Am Series will be starting off in impressive fashion this weekend, as a field of 72 cars for Sunday’s Trans Am Racing’s Foametix Trans Am 100. The 72-car field is an all-time...

From Sebring to the Sunflower State

Sunday, Feb 22, 2015 -

To the victors go the spoils, and in the case of Sebring students Garret Zeegers and Samantha Hawkins that entailed cheerleading scholarship offers to Garden City Community College in Kansas.

Shank loving life with P2

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 -

SEBRING — When the gates open for the 12 Hours of Sebring in less than four weeks, Michael Shank is likely to find himself one of the fan favorites. For old-time fans of the American Le Mans Series, Shank is like ...

Trans Am series to hit SIR

Saturday, Feb 21, 2015 -

One of auto racing’s longest-running series will kick off its 2015 season at Sebring International Raceway next week when the green flag drops for Trans Am Racing’s Foametix Trans Am 100, which will take pl...

Sebring thumps Green Dragons

Friday, Feb 20, 2015 -

SEBRING — It didn’t take long to tell that Thursday’s was still a bit early in the season. Not only were the weather conditions less than ideal, but there were some of the miscues that take place in ...

Titans top Blue Streaks

Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015 -

— Just when it looked like Sebring might be on its way to a second straight come-from-behind victory in the Class 5A-Region 3 semifinals, trouble would strike and the Blue Stre...

Streaks sweep Red Devils

Tuesday, Feb 17, 2015 -

SEBRING — Coaches aren’t too terribly worried about wins and losses this early in the tennis season. The main goal right now is simply to get better.

Streaks visit Golden Gate

Monday, Feb 16, 2015 -

At the beginning of a new season, most coaches state that they want to win districts. Sebring’s Princeton Harris wasn’t of them, however, as he always had higher aspirations for his team. While talk of a tr...

Dragons blank Bulldogs

Saturday, Feb 14, 2015 -

AVON PARK — Even though it’s still the preseason, Friday’s Bill Jarrett Ford Early Bird Classic game against DeSoto was an important one to the Lake Placid Green Dragons. After a pair of tough losses...

Crusaders fight off Devils

Friday, Feb 13, 2015 -

AVON PARK — The Avon Park Red Devils knew that to have a shot at winning Thursday’s Class 4A regional quarterfinal game with Tampa Catholic they would need to do two things — slow down Thomas Dziagwa...

Red Devils beat Bolts

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2015 -

AVON PARK — Ridge’s Andrew Baker was good. Avon Park’s Daniel Simons was a little bit better and the Red Devils took a 1-0 decision from Ridge during Tuesday’s game in the Bill Jarrett Ford Ea...

Local wrestlers come up big

Monday, Feb 9, 2015 -

— Some of the top wrestlers in the state were on hand during Saturday’s Seth Spiegel Memorial Tournament and wrestlers from Highlands County showed they definitely belo...

Red Devils defend district crown

Saturday, Feb 7, 2015 -

LAKELAND — All season long Avon Park coach Marty O’ Hora has said that the Red Devils were much more than a three- or four-person team. Nowhere was that more evident than Friday’s 61-60 victory over ...

Full field for 24 Hours of Le Mans

Friday, Feb 6, 2015 -

The field for the 24 Hours of Le Mans was released by the FIA on Thursday and will be a full grid of 56 cars. With the 35 full-season entries into the FIA’s World Endurance Championship, only 21 at-large entries w...

Green Dragons fall to Barons

Thursday, Feb 5, 2015 -

The Lake Placid boys soccer team showed they belong with the elite teams in the state Tuesday at Roger Scarborough Memorial Field. The final score of St. Petersburg Cath...

Two Streaks sign with D-1 teams

Wednesday, Feb 4, 2015 -

SEBRING — The dream of nearly every high school football player became a reality for two Sebring Blue Streaks on Wednesday, as Luke Ancrum signed a letter of intent to play for the Univeristy of Florida and Ladant...

Dragons bow out of districts

Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015 -

FROSTPROOF — Monday’s Class 4A-District 9 playoff game between Lake Placid and Frostproof was a battle of runs. But it was the Bulldogs who had the longest and it propelled them to a 45-37 victory over the ...