Whilst there are massive differences in the two Sebring ‘Meeting of the Clans’ events between 2012 and 2019 there are some distinct similarities.
2012 saw a combined 64 car grid across no fewer than 9 classes, LMP1 (WEC), LMP1 (ALMS), LMP2 (WEC), LMP2 (ALMS), GTE Pro and GTE AM (WEC), GTLM (ALMS), plus PC and GTC from IMSA.
2019 sees a total of 72 cars between the two grids across eight classes: LMP1, LMP2, GTE Pro and GTE AM for WEC – DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD from IMSA .
No fewer than 42 drivers who ran in the 2012 joint race will race in one, other or both events this year.
27 drivers from the 2012 race will run in the 12 Hours of Sebring, 19 in the Sebring 1000 Miles, both totals include the trio that ran in 2012 and will race in both 2019 races, Antonia Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Olivier Pla.
Across the 42 no fewer than 12 are still racing (or again racing) with the same team from seven years ago.
39 drivers from the IMSA entry have previously won the 12 Hours of Sebring overall or in class, Oliver Gavin has won six times, Jan Magnussen five times.
Of the FIA WEC field, 13 have overall or class wins in the Sebring 12 Hours including eight who were in the field in 2012 too!
No fewer than 11 class winners from the 2012 race are racing in 2019 in either IMSA (6 drivers) or WEC (5 drivers).
Elton Julian started the 2012 race as a driver and is now Team Principal of DragonSpeed in the WEC.
The overall winner in 2012, Allan McNish is serving as Grand Marshal for both events this year – AND will be consuming Tunnocks Teacakes at industrial levels as part of the WEC TV commentary team.
Again on the team front, fourteen 2012 teams are represented in either the IMSA or WEC races this year, though Dempsey Racing and Felbermayr Proton are now effectively one and the same thing and Team Joest now works with Mazda and not Audi!
In terms of drivers with longevity in their own careers since then, Christian Ried will become at Sebring, the only ever-present driver in the FIA WEC as Andre Lotterer misses a WEC race for the first time, The Sebring 12 Hours of 2012 of course started that run!