Race Profiles

Profiles of races from the past, including Sebring, Le Mans, Targa Florio and others

The Stars Come Out at Sebring

The Porsche 906E that comedian Dick Smothers and Fred Baker drove to 8th overall and first in class at Sebring in 1969. SIR photo.

The first Sebring 12-hour race took place in March of 1951 and within a short ten-year period the annual racing event held on a former World War II training base for B-17 pilots and crews was being touted as the premier sports car event in North America. During those first ten years, and well into the 1960s and '70s, the Sebring race began to draw some of the most famous national and international drivers and cars … [Read more...]

And Then The Rains Came – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Race Profile

Winning Chaparral 2A of Jim Hall and Hap Sharp (photo: Dave Nicholas)

And Then The Rains Came - The 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Grand Prix of Endurance Story by Louis Galanos | Photos as credited Whether driver, crew member, race official or spectator, no one who attended the 1965 running of the 12 Hours of Sebring will ever forget that race. A record crowd of over 50,000 race fans came expecting a race to remember, and the foremost sports car race in this country didn’t disappoint … [Read more...]

Hans Stuck Named Grand Marshal at 2015 Sebring 12 Hours

Hans Stuck in the BMW CSL

Three-time Sebring winner Hans Stuck will serve as Grand Marshal of the 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, scheduled for March 21, 2015 at the 3.74-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Stuck has a varied career in motor racing with 81 Formula One starts and numerous endurance racing wins, including twice at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. … [Read more...]

Sebring Saga – 1965 Sebring 12 Hours Profile

Bizzarrini Iso Grifo A3C

Sebring Saga - The Story of Two Bizzarrini Iso Grifos at the 1965 Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited In March the Sebring International Raceway (SIR) will celebrate a couple of anniversaries that are part of the significant motorsports history of that legendary track. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the first win by BMW with the overall honors going to British driver … [Read more...]

1973 Canadian Grand Prix – Race Profile

Jackie Stewart’s Tyrrell at speed

1973 Canadian Grand Prix - A Study in Firsts and Lasts Report and photos by Al Wolford The Canadian Grand Prix for 1973, held at the Mosport circuit on September 23, involved a number of firsts and last involving the Grand Prix circus and my photojournalism career. I'll start by saying that the event was my first Formula One race and my first attempt -- albeit with a used, off-brand 35mm camera -- at … [Read more...]

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 – Report and Photos

Daytona 24 Hours 2015

The Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona 2015 was held January 24-25 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. The 12-turn, 3.56-mile track is made up of portions of the NASCAR tri-oval and an infield road course. Excitement at the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona went down to the wire. An engaging battle between the leading Prototypes was kept alive to the last by an incident bringing the safety car onto the … [Read more...]

1970 24 Hours of Daytona – Race Profile

Still leading after almost 20 hours of racing the Rodriguez/Kinnunen 917K shows the beating it has taken. (Lou Galanos photo)

1970 24 Hours of Daytona - Opening Round of the World Sportscar Championship By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The ninth running of international sports car endurance racing at the Daytona International Speedway was historic as the new group 5 Porsche 917s and Ferrari 512s met for the first time in a battle for the 1970 FIA World Sportscar Championship (WSC). This fierce competition between Porsche and … [Read more...]

24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 – Report and Photos

Aston Martin Vantage V8 at 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014

The 24 Hours of Le Mans 2014 was held 14-15 June at the 38-turn, 8.469 mile Circuit de la Sarthe in France. The 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans will live long in the memory. Action in all four categories went down to the wire; racing was compelling, rivalries intense, high profile retirements caused a regular rewriting of the script. The #2 Audi Sport Team Joest of Marcel Fässler (SUI), André Lotterer (DEU) and … [Read more...]

Ferrari and Monaco – A Brief History

Ferrari racing in the Monaco Grand Prix

Ferrari has a storied history at the Monaco Grand Prix, having won the famous race eight times, yet it was not to be at the 61st running of the Monaco Grand Prix, as Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso finished in fourth place and teammate Kimi Raikkonen ended up twelfth. The first ever Monaco Grand Prix in 1950 was the second ever championship race and Scuderia Ferrari’s first. A total of 19 cars started but 10 of … [Read more...]

Ferrari Challenge Laguna Seca 2014 – Report and Photos

Jon Becker in the #28 Ferrari 458 EVO

Report and Photos by Victor Varela Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway hosted the third race of the season for the popular one-make, sports car series – the Ferrari Challenge. The mechanical opera of the new Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO race car made their return to Monterey, California on May 16-18, 2014 to challenge the 11-turn, 2.238-mile road course. 2014 marks the twenty-second year for the series, which currently … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1982 to 1987

Le Mans (pre-test), 1987, Porsche Type 962 C

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]

Continental Tire Grand Prix of Monterey 2014 – Report and Photos

Corvette Racing's C7-R Chevrolet Corvette in turn eleven.

The streak of Chamber of Commerce conditions that blessed the first three rounds of the 13-race 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship continued Sunday, May 4th at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca where the fourth round of the championship was witnessed by an enthusiastic and large turnout of motorsports fans. The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda staged the contest in a split format: up first were the … [Read more...]

1960 12 Hours of Sebring – Race Profile

Racing was almost nose to tail in the early going. Roy Schechter archives.

1960 Sebring 12-Hours Grand Prix - Porsche Racks Up Their First Overall Win at Sebring By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited From 1954 to 1959 Porsche of Germany had managed to have one or more of it 1.5 or 1.6 liter race cars finish in the top ten at the Sebring 12-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance, which many considered the premier sports car race in North America. However, during those years as also-rans, the … [Read more...]

Legend of “Big Mo” – The Monster Gator of Sebring

The alligator known as "Big Mo" crosses in front of photographer Dave Kutz after causing the accident that eliminated Peter Gregg's Porsche from the race. (Dave Kutz photo)

By Louis Galanos | Photos as credited The legendary nature of the Sebring 12 Hour Grand Prix extends way beyond the drivers and cars that have raced on this most famous of airport courses for over sixty years. During the past six-plus decades the Sebring race has produced a number of stories that over time have gained the status of urban legends. Of those Sebring urban legends the most widely repeated involved … [Read more...]

Porsche at Le Mans – 1974 to 1981

Herbert Muller and Gijs van Lennep finished 2nd overall in a Porsche 911 Carrera RSR Turbo 2.1 at the 1974 Le Mans 24 Hours

In June of 2014, Porsche will return to Le Mans with a newly designed LMP1 racing machine. With 16 overall victories at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the pinnacle of endurance motor racing, Porsche is the most successful manufacturer in the race's history. Their last win, though, was back in 1998 with the 911 GT1, so Porsche has labeled this endeavor as "Our Return" and "Coming Home". Sports Car Digest continues its … [Read more...]