Sebring Hall Of Fame Inductees
Friday March 17, the day before the 54th running of the Sebring
12 Hours, will see the latest group of (mainly) well known names
inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame.
This year’s group is:
Dr. Don Panoz
Sadly, neither Briggs Cunningham or Bob Akin are
still with us.
The Hall of Fame was established on Sebring’s
50th Anniversary in 2002 to honor drivers, manufacturers, promoters,
officials and others who have contributed to the history of America’s
oldest and most prestigious sports car race. Hall of Fame inductions
are held every other year.
Hill, Briggs Cunningham, Bob Akin
and Brian Redman are all former Sebring winners
– Hill in 1958, 1959 and 1961, Cunningham as an entrant in
1953, 1954 and 1955, Brian Redman in 1975 and 1979 and Bob Akin
in 1979 and 1986 (the fastest winning speed ever – with partners
Hans Stuck and the late Jo Gartner).
Don Panoz founded the American Le Mans Series, and has
owned the circuit for the last nine years.
Earwood has served as an official at Sebring for 39 consecutive
years, including numerous times as Chief Steward. From 1987-89,
Earwood was promoter of Sebring’s 12-hour classic. During
this period, he supervised major changes to the raceway, including
the establishment of Sebring’s successful winter testing program.
include Dan Gurney, Jim Hall, Bob and Al Holbert, Mario Andretti,
Juan Manuel Fangio, Carroll Shelby, John Fitch, Sir Stirling Moss,
Bobby Rahal, IMSA Founder John Bishop, race official Ford Heacock
and previous Sebring promoters Alec and Mary Ulmann, Charles Mendez
and John Greenwood. Porsche and Ferrari have also been inducted
into the Sebring Hall of Fame.