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Updated: 02/17/2017 08:30:02AM

HSR starts new season

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Brian Johnson celebrates on the podium during the HSE Class 12 Hour at Sebring. He is expected to compete at Sebring International Raceway over the next three days.


Isaac Keeler races his Mustang at Sebring International Raceway. He is one of the drivers listed for the Sebring Spring Fling.


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The time of year that motorsport enthusiasts have been looking forward to is finally upon us. Action begins at Sebring International Raceway today when Historic Sportscar Racing kicks off the 2017 season with its Sebring Spring Fling.

The three-day event will be alongside Chin Motorsports’ track days, although some of the drivers in the HSR event are also on the Chin Motorsports roster.

Today will be devoted to the HSR cars, with practice and qualifying taking place before lunch, followed by the second qualifying round after the break. Three consecutive races will begin at 3 p.m., including the final race of the day, the Bob Woodman Tires Internationall/American Challenge, which is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m.

There will be some familiar names, as well as a few local drivers in the Sebring Spring Fling, including Lake Placid’s Dennis Dobkin in his Norma M20F, as well as Sebring winter resident Mark McDonald, who will be driving his Stohr WF1.

While technically not competing, Ryan Dalziel will be testing the Mercedes GT he will drive in the Pirelli World Challenge. As with any HSR event, there is an excellent assortment of vintage and modern cars on the entry list, with everything from Roger Cassen’s 1964 Elva Mk VIIs to 2016/17 Porsches.

Action begins at 8 a.m. on Saturday with four sprint races before Chin Motorsports hits the track for the first time of the weekend. There are some impressive cars and drivers on the Chin roster, with Dalziel getting more track time in the Mercedes, along with Corey Lewis and Matthew Dicken, who will be testing an Adess LMP3, and there will be an assortment of Corvettes, new McLarens, several Ferraris and plenty more.

Several other professional drivers will be on hand for testing or coaching.

HSR returns for an enduro race at 1:30 p.m. and Chin will return to the track from 2:35 to 5:15 p.m. Sunday’s schedule is much the same, with a different order for the morning sprint races and different classes of cars competing in the 1:30 p.m. race.

Tickets will be available at the track’s registration office.

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