Carroll Shelby Is Sebring’s Grand Marshal
dailysportscar.com"We are delighted to have a true living legend of motorsports serving as Grand Marshal," said Sebring Raceway President Tres Stephenson. "Carroll Shelby's achievements are remarkable, and we are honored to have him back at Sebring."

Besides a victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in 1959, with Roy Salvadori in an Aston Martin DBR1, his record includes a second place overall at Sebring in 1955, partnering Phil Hill. Their Ferrari was just 25 seconds behind the Jaguar D-Type of Mike Hawthorn / Phil Walters.

He wasn’t just a driver, of course. Shelby-built cars won their class at Sebring in 1963, ’64, ’65, ’66 and ’67. Below is the Bob Bondurant / Lew Spence Cobra which finished fifth in 1964, one place behind the GT winner, the #10 Bob Holbert / Dave McDonald Shelby Cobra Daytona Coupe.

Another Cobra Coupe won the GT Class in 1965, while Shelby entered the Ford that won overall in 1966.

He will be inducted into the Sebring Sports Car Racing Hall of Fame on Friday, March 19, along with Stirling Moss, Mario Andretti, Bob and Al Holbert, Bobby Rahal and race official Ford Heacock, Sr.

The Sebring "Gallery of Legends" display in the paddock will feature several historic race cars from Sebring's past, including one of the Daytona Coupes.

NB. Only a few days remain to buy tickets to the meeting at special advance purchase prices. For ticket information, call 800-626-7223 or visit www.sebringraceway.com Gates open on Wednesday, March 17, and remain open 24 hours a day through Saturday. Discounted four-day and Saturday-only Supertickets will be available until Feb 28.

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