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Updated: 03/18/2017 08:30:02AM

Avid fan to rest at Raceway — forever

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'The Pit Crew' for the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, fueled by 'Fresh from Florida,' carries on the tradition started by George Petrick. They are, crouching, Chuck Whalen and Chris Kinslow, and standing from left to right, Zach Nevlett, Dave Weaver Sr., Chris Goodall, Steve Petrick (George's son), Jim Hoffman, Joe Hernandez Sr., Joe Hernandez Jr., Dave Weaver Jr., Louis Garcia and Dan Coryan.

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Steve Petrick holds two vials of George Petrick's ashes, his father, in preparation to spread those ashes at the Sebring International Raceway start/finish line and hairpin turn after Friday's fireworks display. The elder Petrick, who died Feb. 18, had never missed a race since 1953.

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The Petrick family, center, took pride in its own 'Pit Cruiser,' but loved the strange creations of many other fans at the annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

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George Petrick, second from the right, and members of 'The Pit Crew' with their annual vehicle creation, the 'Pit Cruiser.' Petrick, who never missed a 12 Hours of Sebring, died Feb. 18. With permission from the Sebring International Raceway, he will have some of his ashes spread on the track at the start/finish line and the hairpin turn.

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After his son became of member of the U.S. Secret Service, George Petrick, on left, and his wife, Gail, got an opportunity to visit the White House Situation Room during the Obama Administration. Here they are in the president's chair.

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After his son became of member of the U.S. Secret Service, George Petrick, on left, and his wife, Gail, got an opportunity to visit the White House Situation Room during the Obama Administration. Here they are in the president's chair.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

'The Pit Crew' for the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, fueled by 'Fresh from Florida,' carries on the tradition started by George Petrick. They are, crouching, Chuck Whalen and Chris Kinslow, and standing from left to right, Zach Nevlett, Dave Weaver Sr., Chris Goodall, Steve Petrick (George's son), Jim Hoffman, Joe Hernandez Sr., Joe Hernandez Jr., Dave Weaver Jr., Louis Garcia and Dan Coryan.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

'The Pit Crew' for the 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, fueled by 'Fresh from Florida,' carries on the tradition started by George Petrick. They are, crouching, Chuck Whalen and Chris Kinslow, and standing from left to right, Zach Nevlett, Dave Weaver Sr., Chris Goodall, Steve Petrick (George's son), Jim Hoffman, Joe Hernandez Sr., Joe Hernandez Jr., Dave Weaver Jr., Louis Garcia and Dan Coryan.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

Steve Petrick holds two vials of George Petrick's ashes, his father, in preparation to spread those ashes at the Sebring International Raceway start/finish line and hairpin turn after Friday's fireworks display. The elder Petrick, who died Feb. 18, had never missed a race since 1953.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

The Petrick family, center, took pride in their own 'Pit Cruiser,' but loved the strange creations of many other fans at the annual 12 Hours of Sebring.

PHIL ATTINGER/STAFF

After his son became of member of the U.S. Secret Service, George Petrick, on left, and his wife, Gail, got an opportunity to visit the White House Situation Room during the Obama Administration. Here they are in the president's chair.

PHIL ATTINGER

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SEBRING — An avid fan who never missed a 12 Hours of Sebring visited again this year to stay — for good.

George “Pat” Petrick of St. Petersburg, who never missed the annual Sebring race since 1953, died on Feb. 18 at age 78. His son, Steve Petrick, also a diehard fan, saw to it — with help from Sebring International Raceway General Manager Wayne Estes — that he could spread some of his dad’s ashes on the start/finish line and hairpin turn.

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