Since the creation of the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1952, Sebring International Raceway has become one of the top circuits in the history of endurance racing, where many 24 Hours of Le Mans winners have made their mark in the U.S. As the FIA World Endurance Championship gears back up for the 1000 Miles of Sebring on 15 March, here's a look at several drivers who triumphed both at Le Mans and in Florida.
- Danish driver Tom Kristensen currently holds the win record at both races: nine at Le Mans (1997, from 2000 to 2005, 2008 and 2013) and six at Sebring (1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2012). In 1997, he won the 24 Hours for his first participation at the wheel of a TWR-Porsche shared with Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson. Two years later, as a factory BMW driver, he clinched the first of his six victories in Florida driving a V12 LMR prototype along with J.J. Lehto and Jörg Müller.
- In addition to Kristensen, 39 other drivers have won both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring: Laurent Aiello, Michele Alboreto, Mauro Baldi, Timo Bernhard, Lucien Bianchi, Frank Biela, Geoff Brabham, Dindo Capello, Emmanuel Collard, Yannick Dalmas, Loïc Duval, Marcel Fässler, A.J. Foyt, Olivier Gendebien, Marc Gené, Dan Gurney, Mike Hawthorn, Hurley Haywood, Johnny Herbert, Hans Herrmann, Phil Hill, Al Holbert, Jacky Ickx, Stefan Johansson, Gérard Larrousse, J.J. Lehto, Klaus Ludwig, Jochen Mass, Bruce McLaren, Allan McNish, Jackie Oliver, Emanuele Pirro, Ludovico Scarfiotti, Hans-Joachim Stuck, Benoît Tréluyer, Nino Vaccarella, Andy Wallace, Marco Werner and Alexander Wurz.
- Among those 40 drivers, 10 have won the two races in the same year. The first was British driver Mike Hawthorn in 1955, followed by Phil Hill (1958 and 1961), Olivier Gendebien (1960 and 1961), Ludovico Scarfiotti (1963), Jacky Ickx and Jackie Oliver (1969), Tom Kristensen (2000 and 2005), Frank Biela and Emanuele Pirro (2000 and 2007), J.J. Lehto and Marco Werner (2005 and 2007).
- Only four driver line-ups have won the 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring in the same year: Olivier Gendebien-Phil Hill (1961 with Ferrari), Jacky Ickx-Jackie Oliver (1969 with a Ford GT40), Frank Biela-Tom Kristensen-Emanuele Pirro (2000 with Audi). Biela and Pirro won both races a second time in 2007, also with Audi and joined by Marco Werner.
- Exactly one decade apart, Hans Herrmann secured Porsche's first wins at the 12 Hours of Sebring (in 1960 with Belgian driver Olivier Gendebien) and the 24 Hours of Le Mans (in 1970 with British driver Richard Attwood).
- After winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans for his first participation in 2018, then the Rolex 24 at Daytona this past January, Fernando Alonso could very well add another classic endurance race to his (young) record in the discipline if he wins the 1000 Miles of Sebring.
- 24 Hours of Le Mans winner at the wheel of four different cars (Peugeot in 1992, Dauer-Porsche in 1994, McLaren in 1995 and BMW in 1999), French driver Yannick Dalmas also won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1997 driving a Ferrari 333 SP, the last of the Italian marque's prototypes seen at Le Mans.
- A three-time LMP2 winner of the last four editions of the 24 Hours of Le Mans (2015, 2016 and 2018), Nicolas Lapierre is the only French driver to win the 12 Hours of Sebring more than once (2011 and 2018). A contender for the LMP2 title in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the Signatech Alpine team, he's among the favorites to win the class at the 1000 Miles of Sebring.
PHOTO: After winning Spa-Francorchamps and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2018, then this year's Rolex 24 at Daytona, Fernando Alonso is looking to add Sebring to his win record this weekend.