Sebring Took A Pounding
Thanks to Ken Breslauer (Communications Director and Historian at the track) and Barry Foster (of the local News-Sun), we can bring the sad news of the damage suffered by some of the facilities at Sebring last weekend – at the ‘hands’ of Hurricane Jeanne, of course.

“Most billboards, signs and lights were either destroyed or heavily damaged,” says Ken Breslauer.

That included “all of the lights along the Ulmann Straight pushed down,” adds Barry Foster. “Many of the billboards were destroyed, including the one at the hairpin. The wall of fame at the front entrance is gone, although I believe that was pretty well destroyed when Frances came through.”

“There is damage to the doors and windows of several buildings,” explains Ken Breslauer. “The main pit structure suffered water damage. Electricity and phones were out for four days. Raceway HQ and registration offices suffered only minor damage. Some warehouses at the airport suffered severe damage. The large semi-permanent tent attached to the Chateau Elan hotel (which served as the main ballroom / meeting room) was completely destroyed.”

“Both Panoz and Skip Barber lost doors to their buildings on the grounds,” chips in Barry Foster. “Reportedly, the wind got under the Panoz doors, pulled them loose then flipped them over the buildings. The elevated medical trailer was pushed off its stand and smashed - more or less - to smithereens.”

In a wider sense, the local community took a pounding too. The citrus crop was virtually destroyed, numerous business and homes were damaged, power poles and large trees were down throughout the county, and many mobile / manufactured homes were badly damaged.

Our sympathies go out to all those in the SE of the USA who have had such a miserable time recently.

On a positive note, advanced ticket sales are running at a record pace for the 2005 12 Hours. “Today was the deadline for reserved trackside parking renewal, and we are about 94% sold out,” says Ken Breslauer.

 

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