A walk through the paddock…

If you really want to see what goes on behind the scenes during a race weekend, a walk through the paddock is an absolute must. Sebring was no exception. The paddock begins with the Sebring Hall of Fame, Gallery of Legends. The home to many legendary cars and memories.

Activity at each team garage was non-stop, interrupted only by special events such as the driver/team autograph session. One highlight in particular was getting a glimpse of the ground-breaking Delta Wing car. Designed by Ben Bowlby, and teamed with Duncan Dayton’s Highcroft Racing, the legendary Dan Gurney’s All-American Racers, Michelin Tires, and Nissan, the car will make it’s race debut at the 2012 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Here are a few pictures from the paddock. Enjoy!

Past - Sebring Gallery of Legends - featuring the (1971) 24 Hour of Le Mans pole sitting Porsche 917 LH (#21) of the Martini Racing Team, driven by Vic Elford and Gerard Larrousse.

Present - The Dyson Racing Lola B12/60 Coupe’/Mazda (#016), being prepped for qualifying.

Future - The Nissan Delta Wing - It will make its official race debut at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.

Technical inspection at pre-qualifying scrutineering for the Dempsey Racing Oreca FLM09 - ALMS/PC (#025), driven by Henri Richard, Duncan Ende, and Dane Cameron.

Drivers of the winning Audi R18 (#2) Allan McNish, Tom Kristensen, and Dindo Capello meeting with the fans during the overflow autograph session on Friday.

Pre-qualifying preparations for the Aston Martin Racing Vantage V8 - WEC/GTE-Pro (#97), driven by Stefan Mucke, Adrain Fernandez, and Darren Turner.

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