Sebring and F1 Weekend! *UPDATED*
What a great way to end a busy work week: a weekend stuffed to the gills with racing!
The 12 Hours of Sebring (part of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship) is happening NOW – watch the broadcast online here (commercial free!). This is the second race of the season – you may recall me talking about the 24 Hours of Daytona back in January. This is the series that has multiple classes on the track, including prototypes and production-based cars, such as the Porsche 911, Audi R8, SRT Viper, Aston Martin Vantage and BMW Z4. Sebring is a rough course, and there have already been crashes, dangling car parts and…err…one quite large fire that claimed a Viper (the driver was thankfully unscathed). There have already been EIGHT full course yellows, one red flag and two large wrecks (and that fire). Tune in now to watch all the action with me!
In other minor news, the 2014 Formula 1 season is starting this weekend in Melbourne, Australia. Qualifying took place earlier, and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg have taken the pole and P3, respectively. Six of the top ten cars have Mercedes engines – remember what I was saying about that? Four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified 13th, with his new teammate Daniel Ricciardo in P2. Qualifying matters so much, because it’s tough to work your way up from the back of the field. So the Melbourne GP could be Mercedes’ to lose. If you don’t have TV, like me, I recommend following these teams on Twitter during the race: Williams, Mercedes, Lotus and Red Bull.
UPDATE: You can watch the live stream of the Australian GP on NBC Sports here!
Stay frosty, race fans!