How to read: Our track guides are meant to give you an understanding of each turn. Braking points and turn in cars differ from car to car and driver to driver. We give an estimate of where we think the average car has to brake and turn in. You can adjust as you go to fine tune. These track guide tutorials are meant to teach you what to look out for and what you should try to do in each turn. Read this post and watch the video below to get a detailed visual Sebring turn by turn tutorial.

Sebring International Raceway is an iconic track in Sebring, FL known for the 12 hours of Sebring and for hosting the first United States Formula 1 Grand Prix. You can take your car to Sebring with several organizations and drive the track for yourself.

Blend Line: 

The Blend Line at Sebring brings you on track right after the apex of turn 1.  Check for blue flags on your right from the corner worker and check your mirrors.  Cars will be 90mph+ coming out of turn 1. 

Turn 1: 

Turn 1 at Sebring is a bumpy, high speed left hander in which you want to keep your minimum speed high.   Attack this turn as a high minimum speed turn with a mid apex.  There is only a short straight after the turn, so you benefit more by keeping your minimum speed high. This turn is one of the most important turns for lap time at Sebring. 

Approaching turn one, keep your car as close to the wall on the right as you can to lessen the steering angle needed. Braking usually begins at or after the bridge and will have to be adjusted based on what car you are in. Turn in just after the wall on your right side ends. Look for an apex cone or marker hanging from the fence once you have turned in.  At Apex, get as close to the wall as you can, preferably with two tires inside the line in the pavement (see video). Track out to the end of curbing on the right hand side. 

*Cars enter the track after the apex on the right side of turn 1.   Make sure to be aware of this while lapping the track. 

Turn 1 Notes: 

Braking Point: First marker is the bridge at the end of the straight. 

Braking Style: Lighter braking helps flow more speed through corner

Turn in Point: End of the wall on the right

Apex: Marked on inside left, but hard to see until you have already turned in. 

Track Out: Curbing on right

Goal:  Keep minimum speed high

Notes: Very bumpy turn, cannot see through the corner. Use the whole track.  Watch out for cars entering track. 

Turn 2: 

Turn 2 can be treated as a straight 

Turn 3: 

Turn 3 is a low speed left hander which leads into another turn.  Since it leads into another turn, there is more to gain by lengthening the straight from turn 1 than by taking turn 3 fast to lead to nowhere.

 Brake late, and trail-brake all the way to the apex to maximize.  On exit, use the inner portion of the curbing which is almost level with the track.  If you track out too far, you will catch a rough curb.

Turn 3 Summary: 

Braking Point: Middle of the access road on right (see video for visual)

Braking Style:  Late and hard

Turn in Point: About 50 feet after the 100 marker 

Apex: Mid Apex

Track Out: Be careful of steep curbing, but use some curbing

Goal:  Extend the straight form turn 1

Notes: 

Turn 4: 

Turn 4 is a throwaway turn to set up for turn 5.    Keep to the right of the track to set up for a good exit out of turn 5. 

Turn 4 Summary: : 

Braking Point: None 

Braking Style: None

Turn in Point: N/A

Apex: N/A

Track Out: N/A

Goal:  Stay to the right to set up for a good turn 5 

Notes:

 Turn 5: 

Turn 5 is one of the three most important turns at Sebring because it leads onto a long straight (big bend).  It is an off camber, slow left hander. It is best to take turns leading onto long straights with a late apex in order to get to full throttle as early as possible.  

Keep your car to the right to set up for a late apex.  Brake lightly to plant the front end of your car and make sure to add steering angle slowly in this low grip area. Get to full throttle as early as possible and use curbing at track out to maximize the straight. Even the raised curbing is smooth, so don’t be afraid to get on the curbing early.

More experienced drivers can brake lightly while turning. Beginners may want to brake earlier in a straight line and then turn in without overlapping braking and steering.

Turn 5 Summary: : 

Braking Point: Mid-end of curbing on right of track

Braking Style: Light brake 

Turn in Point: End of curbing on right 

Apex: Late

Track Out: Use curbing, even the raised portion is smooth.

Goal:  Get to full power as soon as possible to gain time down the long straight that follows. 

Notes:  Be patient when turning the car. 

 Turn 6: Take flat-out and treat as a straight. Keep your car to the right until it naturally begins to make its way to the left of the track. 

Turn 6 Summary:

Braking Point: 

Braking Style:

Turn in Point: 

Apex: 

Track Out: 

Goal:  

Notes:

 Turn 7: 

Turn 7 is a right hairpin with a bumpy braking zone.  The goal here is to brake late, avoid bumps in the braking zone, and get to full throttle as soon as possible. A quick turn in is essential to get to full throttle. The slower the turn, the faster you can turn the wheel. This is the slowest turn at Sebring and favors fast hands.

Line your car slightly inside the left side of the track to avoid bumps if your abs gives you a hard time.  Novices and heavy cars with low grip should brake at or before the bridge. Cars with high downforce and a lot of grip may be able to brake as late as the 400 cone. The braking point in most cars is the change in pavement before the 4 cone. At the pavement change, there is a dip in the track which compresses your suspension and increases grip, which allows you to brake harder.  

If your brakes fail in turn 7, there is a runoff area if you continue straight through the braking zone.

Turning in just before you are next to the corner worker is a good starting place. The slower the turn, the faster you can move your hands without upsetting the car.  This is the slowest turn on track, so turn in quickly.  At apex, try to get your tires as close to the yellow curb as you can without touching it. Open up your hands as soon as your car is pointed at the flagpole and use curbing on left and even some dirt.  Get to full power as quickly as you can.

Turn 7 Summary: : 

Braking Point: Change in pavement color at the end of the bridge. (at the bridge for some cars, 4 cone for cars with good brakes and tires.)

Braking Style: Hard, and trail-brake to apex

Turn in Point: Just before you are next to the corner worker on your right 

Apex: Late apex, get right up on yellow curbing

Track Out: Look for the flagpole and don’t be afraid to get your tire a couple inches into the dirt on the left. 

Goal:  Spend as little time as possible with the wheel turned and get to full throttle early.

Notes: Bumpy on left in braking zone.  Quick hands.  

Turn 8: 

Turn 8 can be taken flat out. Make sure to line your car up to the right to have a smooth turn 9

Turn 8 Summary: : 

Braking Point: 

Braking Style:

Turn in Point: 

Apex: 

Track Out: 

Goal:  

Notes: 

Turn 9: 

Turn 9 is a left hander which can be taken flat out.  The goal here is to have as little steering input as possible while lining up on the left side of the track for braking into turn 10.

Turn 9 Summary: : 

Braking Point: 

Braking Style:

Turn in Point: 

Apex: 

Track Out: 

Goal:  

Notes: 

Turn 10: 

Turn 10 is a medium-low speed, right hander which has two lines depending on whether you have a high horsepower or low horsepower vehicle. The goal of turn 10 is to be able to take turn 11 flat out and get to full power as early as possible. If you brake too late, there is pavement to continue straight. 

Low horsepower car: 

Brake lightly to carry as much speed as possible into turn 10.  Braking point is typically between the 4 and 3 marker. Utilize the apex on right and track all the way out to the left before the next apex and get to full power.  Aim for the tree on the left while tracking out. Your goal is to be full throttle from the time you get to full throttle here all the way until the brake-zone for turn 13. 

High horsepower car: 

Brake hard, typically  at the 4 marker and trailbrake until just before the apex. Aim for the tree on the right after you have apexed. You do not want to track all the way out here. Start by keeping about a car width off of the left hand curbing before apex to reduce the amount of steering angle you will need. Your goal is to be full throttle from the time you get to full throttle here all the way until the brake-zone for turn 13. 

Brake 

Turn 10 High Hp Summary: : 

Braking Point: Typically at the 4 marker

Braking Style: Hard and and trailbrake until just before apex. 

Turn in Point:  Beginning of curbing on left

Apex: Snug up to curbing on right 

Track Out: Stay a car width off of the curbing on the left of the track

Goal:  Get to full throttle early and all the way until the brake-zone for turn 13. 

Notes: There is pavement to go straight in the case you out-brake yourself. Experiment with where the car wants to be to get to full throttle as early as possible. 

Turn 10 Low Hp Summary: 

Braking Point: Typically at the 4 marker

Braking Style: hard and and trailbrake until just before apex. 

Turn in Point: 

Apex: Snug up to curbing on right 

Track Out: 

Goal:  Get to full throttle early and all the way until the brake-zone for turn 13. 

Notes: There is pavement to go straight in the case you outbrake yourself. 

 Turn 11: 

Turn 11 is a flat-out left hander. Look far ahead and use the pit-lane if you need it to be able stay full throttle. 

Turn 11 Summary: : 

Braking Point: N/A

Braking Style:N/A

Turn in Point: N/A

Apex: N/A

Track Out: N/A

Goal:  Take flat out while still being lined up for the brakezone of turn 13 

Notes: 

 Turn 12: 

Turn 12 can be taken flat out.  The goal of this zone is to get the car lined up for braking for turn 13. Look for the tower as your vision point. 

Turn 12 Summary: 

Braking Point: 

Braking Style:

Turn in Point: 

Apex: 

Track Out: 

Goal:  

Notes: 

 Turn 13, aka Tower Turn: 

Turn 13 is a right hander which comes off of a straight and leads onto a longer straight. The goal here is to maximize the following straight. Braking begins at the middle of the curbing on your right and you want to brake in a straight line while crossing the track and aiming your car for the  1 cone. Turn in just before the end of the curbing on your left.  Note the grip at apex increases and you can actually apply just a bit of extra steering at apex to get the car rotated in order to have less steering angle coming out of the apex. 

Turn 13 Summary: 

Braking Point: Middle of curbing on right

Braking Style: Heavy initial application with light trail braking 

Turn in Point: End of curbing on left 

Apex: Late apex

Track Out: Use all curbing at track out

Goal:  Get to full throttle as early as possible

Notes: There is extra grip at the apex

 Turn 14- Bishop’s Bend: 

Bishop’s bend is, to many, the most intimidating turn at Sebring.  This is an off camber, high speed left hander.  

Your goal is to practice your line until you can take Bishop’s Bend  flat-out while ending up all the way to the left to brake in a straight line for the following turn.   Most cars can take this at full throttle with the exception of high horsepower cars with bad tires or lack of aero.  If you have tons of extra grip, try to take the shortest line through Bishop’s. 

Make sure to shift before Bishop’s if you will have to shift. Turn in at the end of the curbing on your right. Clip the inside curbing, and take the turn as wide as is necessary to keep grip and go flat-out.  Keep a tight line on exit and try to keep your car right up on the left hand curbing because the following turn will be a right hander. 

If you lack grip in Bishop’s, work on your line.   If you are losing grip mid-corner, you may have to turn in more aggressively to take the corner with less steering angle. Since this turn is flat-out, you have the most grip earlier in the turn as you will be carrying more speed later into the turn. 

If you go into Bishop’s too hot, straighten the wheel  and brake lightly to scrub some speed.  It’s better to miss the apex than to hit the wall. 

Turn 14 Summary: : 

Braking Point: N/A

Braking Style:N/A

Turn in Point: End of right hand curbing 

Apex: Use the inside curbing

Track Out: Keep tight to the left to brake in a straight line

Goal:  Take flat-out.   This turn rewards the brave.

Notes: Gradually build up to taking Bishop’s full throttle.  If you lack grip, work on your line.  

 Turn 15: 

Turn 15 is a tricky right hander.   You want to be lined up on the left hand curbing for the braking zone.  Braking typically begins around the 3 cone. Turn in is about 20 feet after the 100 cone.   Use the curbing at the apex and get to full throttle .  If you miss the curbing, you will have much less grip. On exit, look for where the curbing on the left bends to the left and aim your car there. Your goal here is to get through this section as fast as you can without compromising Turn 16. 

Many drivers put 4 wheels off here.  

Turn 15 Summary: : 

Braking Point: 3 marker 

Braking Style:  Medium without trail-brake

Turn in Point: Slightly after the 100 cone 

Apex: Use curbing 

Track Out: Look for the portion of curbing on the left which bends to the left and get to full throttle

Goal:  Get set up for Turn 16 

Notes: There is much

 Turn 16: 

Turn 16 is a medium speed right hander leading onto the back straight.  This is the most important turn for lap time at Sebring because it is a medium speed turn leading onto the longest straight. 

As you exit turn 15, aim to have your left tires lined up with the left hand curbing.  At the end of the curbing, put two tires off to the left to widen the turn.  If your right tires go off as well, you went too far left. Brake lightly and turn in while aiming for the apex cone. 

Beginners will want to brake in a straight line here before turning in. More advanced drivers will want to trail-brake all the way to the apex.

You can run over the curbing at the apex.  The goal is to get to full throttle at apex.  If you have to let off, you apexed too early.  Use all of the curbing at exit. If you put a wheel off track, continue straight. Do not try to correct and come back on track as you will likely come across the track and hit the wall.

Use the time on the back straight to check your gauges and relax yourself.  Remind yourself to look far ahead. 

Turn 16 Summary: : 

Braking Point: Once you straighten the car with the left hand curbing

Braking Style: Light and short

Turn in Point: Aim for apex

Apex: Use curbing 

Track Out: Use curbing 

Goal:  Get to full throttle at apex to maximize the straight. 

Notes: If you put a wheel off when tracking out, go straight.  If you try to come back on track, you will likely hit the wall. 

 Turn 17: 

Turn 17 is the turn Sebring is known for.  It is a bumpy, high speed right hander which is tight on the exit if you take it right.  

Turn 17 starts on the back straight in the braking zone.  High horsepower cars will be going 150mph+.  Everybody takes their own line, and the line you take will be somewhat dictated by the aero and tires you have. 

In a high horsepower car, at the 400 marker (start with the 500 if you are a beginner), you want to point your car as close to the corner worker as you can without hitting the wall and brake in a straight line once your car *takes a set.  Lightly ease off the brakes and turn your wheel in when you see the black (was previously white) line in the pavement which curves around the turn. At this point, complete your last downshift.

Look for the dot on the bridge and aim to have your head under it.  On your approach to the bridge, avoid going too far to the right (inside the black line) as this is the bumpiest part of the track.  Under the bridge, you want to turn the car and aim for the rolex sign.  The earlier you get the car turned, the earlier you can get to full power.  You want to get your car right up to the wall on the left at exit.  It will be bumpy, so it may take a few laps to get used to it.  Bring your car across the track to set up for the braking zone for turn one.  

Pit entry is right after you go under the bridge on your right hand side.

Turn 17 Summary: : 

Braking Point: 400 marker in most cars

Braking Style: Medium braking to not upset the car and trailbrake as long as you can. I like to finish my braking as close to the bridge as I can by braking lightly

Turn in Point: 400 marker and again at the line in the pavement 

Apex: Dot under bridge.  

Track Out: Look for Rolex Sign on bridge

Goal:  Brake lightly to carry speed into the turn and complete turn as early as you can to finish the lap strong. 

Notes: Save your downshift until just before the bridge

  • Index:
    • Trailbrake: Turning and braking at the same time.  This is for more experienced drivers. 
    • Open the wheel:  This refers to the process of decreasing the steering angle, which increases the amount of grip your car has available. 
    • Braking point: Our braking point is just a suggestion.  All cars will have a slightly different braking point.  
    • Takes a set:  When your car is balanced and none of the four tires have more strain on them than others. 
    • Blend Line: Where cars enter the track. While entering, you must not cross the blend line.

Check Below for a Lap of Sebring at Full Speed

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