We welcome you to Sebring and hope you will have a wonderful experience during the weekend. The following will help you understand how we run the grid.
During your time on the grid we do a safety check on your car looking for missing hood latch pins, window safety nets, fluids on the ground, and tires going flat. We’re here to help you enjoy a fun, safe event. If you need us while waiting on the grid please wave us down. We will come to you.
You must have a dot, windshield number, and correct color wristband to enter the grid. It is your responsibility to have the correct material and ours to check up on you. We want you to be in the correct run group.
The grid is located inside of where the back straight ends and just before turn 17. To enter the grid, approach from the East through the paddock, and head west parallel to the back straight toward turn 17. There will be two lanes open for entry onto the grid. Stop at the barrels for grid position.
The cone with the grid position number will be on the driver’s side. Advanced Solo will grid with the fastest cars on the low grid numbers (1-50) on the right and the rest of the cars will grid on the left side (51-99). There will be no nose to tail parking on the grid during Advanced Solo. If there is a car in the position you would like, you must find a vacant position.
We close the grid at the 5-minute mark. Do not be on time….be early! The instructions to close the grid are given from the tower and the Chief Steward. We are required to close the grid even if we see you on the way. If you are late, you must go to the West end of the pits, near pit-in, and enter thru the hot pits following the instructions of the pit-in safety worker. Pit-out will wave you onto the track…..last. On the way to the grid, there are large signs that read “GRID CLOSED WHEN FLASHING”. If you see them flashing, proceed to the hot pits.
At the 3-minute mark, we clear the crew-members from the grid. Your crew must leave your car and step to the perimeter at that time. Should a problem occur with your car that will not allow you to leave the grid with your run group, your crew may return to help you only after the cars clear the grid and are on the track. Under no circumstances will you be allowed to enter the circuit directly from the grid onto turn 17 after the run group has departed.
Please remember that we are all volunteers, and most of us work all day and into the evening on the grid while you are on the track. Our wonderful PCA region volunteers pay their own way and work for a t-shirt and lunch. Please be nice and courteous. We consider you to be our guest, and will be doing everything we can to make your race weekend in sunny Sebring, Florida the best it can possibly be.
See ya on the grid early!
Ed Kohly, grid co-chair Gold Coast Region
Christian Rave, grid co-chair Suncoast Region