While I’ll talk more about my overall race experience at Sebring in this post, the photos I’m sharing today are of the various other cars I saw at Sebring other than the race cars and, what race cars I do share, were there on display and not running. (Well, some were racing, just not during the 12 Hours!)
Like I said in my last post, we spent a lot of Saturday seeing everything else there was to see and not really watching the race. We had practically no cell service whatsoever, so it was practically impossible to keep up with the live timing and scoring… It’s not as much fun watching a race when you have NO idea what’s going on!
Thankfully there’s a lot to see and do other than just watch the race!
For one, there was a little midway with booths, including a bar set up by Patron Tequila. Yup, I had to go and have a drink! I also failed miserably at Forza 4 and we got a funnel cake. Yummy.
There was my little version of heaven, the Porscheplatz, or Porsche car corral. It really made me want one more seeing so many older 911s from the years I really like! Someday I’ll be able to pay to park in the Porsche corral.
One of the fun things to do was to walk through the garage area during the race. Any damage suffered on the track and the cars go back there to get fixed. Early on in the race we were walking through this area and had one of the 458 Italias blow past us, less than a foot away. It actually scared me! With all the noise on the track I didn’t even think that the car was right behind us… I never made that mistake again, though.
Which was good, because later in the day we were in the garage area and I turned around just in time to watch the Number One Audi pass by us. The R18s are eeriely quiet for how deathly quick they are, it’s almost like watching ghosts pass by and you only really hear the air moving for them…. It was a pretty cool moment, even if it wasn’t thrilling to see the Audi in the garage area and not out on the track!
I have learned that I really need to get a mobile charger for my phone…. Battery just does not last! I’ve had it pretty much die at the end of the day when I’ve gone to Formula D, but it was pretty much dead this day. So yeah, I need to invest in one bad!
I also cheated and ended up taking a nap for an hour or so. We had only been in Florida for a few days and I hadn’t yet reacquainted myself with the heat and humidity, so I got wore out pretty fast.
I did manage to sit and watch the last hour or so of the race…. I got to see Audi take the checkered flag.
All in all, it was a very long, very overwhelming day. We got there at about six in the morning, and all of the teams were already there and working when we arrived! So it is a VERY long day for all the teams and anyone else involved with the race. I really got an appreciation for all the work that goes into it from going.
I also have an incredible desire to get involved on some level….. Someday maybe I can figure out a way to do it. I really hope I can.