Jaguar has been named featured marque for the season finale Legends of Motorsports, A Bobby Rahal Signature Event, race weekend at the 3.7 mile Sebring International Raceway. The event at the historic Sebring, Florida road course is slated for December 3-5, 2010.
“I couldn’t be more happy to have Jaguar as our featured marque for Sebring,” 1986 Indianapolis 500 winner and series co-founder Bobby Rahal said. “In the midst of historic wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans between 1951 and 1957, Jaguar scored its first major race-win in North America at Sebring in 1955, and also achieved great success in IMSA GTP, the World Sportscar Championships and Trans-Am. All of these racing categories will be represented at our event and I hope to see some exceptional Jaguars entered. I’m also expecting a strong turnout from the local Jaguar car club members, who will be in for a real treat that weekend.”
“This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name, and it’s wonderful that we finish our year-long celebrations at Sebring,” said Mike O’Driscoll, managing director, Jaguar and chairman, Jaguar Heritage Trust. “The D-Type’s win in the Sebring 12 Hour race of 1955 was a prelude to great success for the car in Europe – the D-Type went onto three successive wins at the Le Mans 24 hour race. Over the decades we’ve had many victories, but after our first win at Sebring, the race track has had a special significance to all of us at Jaguar. We’re delighted to welcome race fans to Bobby’s ‘Legends of Motorsport,’ for what we’re sure will be a wonderful event.”
Categories slated to appear at Sebring for the 2010 season finale include: GTP/Group C/World Sports Cars, 2-Liter Sports Cars, Trans-Am/Thunder and Lightning, Classic Monoposto, IMSA GT/FIA GT, Can-Am/USRRC and Formula Libre, Sports 2000 and American Thunder (for historic stock cars plus tube-frame Trans-Am, GT and GT-1 cars).
Legends of Motorsports’ inaugural season is expected to conclude with a record number of entries. A preliminary entry list has already been posted in the Participant section of the series’ website (www.legendsofmotorsports.com) and includes such standouts as a 1963 Jaguar XKE entered by Terry Lippincott and a 1961 Jaguar XKE entered by Lawrence Ligas.
Tickets are currently on sale at www.sebringraceway.com and www.legendsofmotorsports.com or by calling 1-800-626-RACE. Tickets are priced at $15 for Friday, $20 for Saturday, $25 for Sunday or $45 for a three-day pass. For the first time ever, Legends of Motorsports will offer track touring for purchase on all three days, enabling race fans to drive their own vehicles on the legendary 3.7-mile road course. Car corral and preferred parking packages are also available for purchase. All tickets include complimentary access to the paddock. Children 12 and under are free with a ticketed adult.
[Source: Legends of Motorsport]