Sebring Part 8 – The Ulmann Straight

Just after negotiating Turn 16, the “Le Mans Curve”, the cars of the 12 Hours of Sebring begin down the long back stretch leading to turns 17 and 17a, thereby completing another lap of the course. This long back stretch is known as the “Ulmann Straight”. Here is where the cars pick-up some serious speed. Though this is the place to be to see the cars reach their full potential, it is not one of the most populated parts of the track for spectators. This portion of the track borders the back of the competitor paddock. The fences are pretty high too. But that didn’t stop me from checking it out!

While exploring this part of the track I came across a nice gentleman who had set-up a nice campsite and constructed an equally impressive observation stand. Naturally, I asked if I could try it out. Here are a few photographs from that vantage point.  Enjoy!

Black Swan Racing - Lola B11/80 HPD - ALMS/P2 (#54) Timothy Pappas, Jon Fogarty, and Bret Curtis.

AF Corse - Ferrari F458 Italia - WEC/GTE-Am (#61) Robert Kauffman, Michael Waltrip, and Rui Aguas.

Level 5 Motorsports - HPD ARX-03b - ALMS/P2 (#055) Scott Tucker, Christophe Bouchut, and Joao Barbosa.

Flying Lizard Motorsports - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - ALMS/GT (#45) Jorg Bergmeister, Patrick Long, and Marco Holzer.

Greaves Motorsport - Zytek Z11SN Nissan - WEC/P2 (#41) Christian Zugel, Ricardo Gonzalez, and Elton Julian.

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