It was a dark and gloomy day last Friday and we were booked to go on an Air Boat Nature Tour. So we consulted with our RV resort neignbours, Jim and Judy, who were coming with us, and decided to cancel until this week.
With an empty day in front of us we decided to drive to Lake Okeechobee and check out the scenery. Frankly it was pretty boring – lots of cattle ranches, sugar cane fields and orange groves on the way and not much action around the lake. Pretty though.
On the way home we came upon the entrance to the Sebring International Raceway. We knew we were staying close to it and I had checked the website but there didn’t appear to be anything happening while we were here. So we had no plans to go there.
But, there we were, right in front of it. So we pulled in to see what it looked like. Arch wanted a picture of the day for his Facebook page.
At the entrance we noticed this ramp to our right with a gate that appeared to have a person in it. We went to check it out.
There we met a man who said “if you want to go in you have to sign a waiver”. Signing would let us see what is on the other side of the ramp. Good spot for a photo. So sure, we signed the waiver, received a small pamphlet and off we went. Over the ramp to see this:
The Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) was racing there last weekend. The weekend’s Super Tour event is the top level of the SafeRacer SCCA National Racing Series and the US Majors Tour. The Super Tour consists of six events across the country featuring the best that club racing has to offer.
These races are usually closed to the public but last weekend, for the first time, it was an open paddock, which meant we were free to go wherever we wanted (except the race track itself), get a close-up look at the cars and chat with the pit crews and drivers.
Friday was qualifying day with lots of action in the paddock. We were able to wander around, chat with folks and look at the race cars and their portable garages.
|Spec Miatas lining up for qualifying race|
|Very sophisticated set up|
|and a little less sophisticated. Room for everyone here|
|For the love of speed|
|Returning from the track|
Arch went to chat and find out what was happening while Tara and I settled in to watch the action.
|Touring, Super Touring and Production categories|
|Green flag means GO|
|Yellow flags alert drivers of an incident ahead|
|The Pace Car|
|An inglorious way to leave the race|
|An even more inglorious way to leave|
Sorry the above photo is blurry. They were a long way off.
At the end of the race the winner in each category receives a checkered flag as they exit the track. There were four to five handed out per race.
All cars go to the winners' circle - win or lose - but the winners must first go through a check area where the car is examined to be sure it meets the requirements of its category:
|Checking the winning cars|
|You can see all the winners' circle on the grassy area in this picture.|
Tomorrow (Wednesday) is forecast to be sunny and 82F and we are booked for the air boat tour. Really looking forward to that.