Llano will start season where it all began

Sebring International Raceway is a 3.74-mile, 17-turn circuit of pure racing history.

The classic racetrack has conducted sports car events since its inaugural race in 1950. But Sebring is also a place of history for Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama driver Mark Llano.

The track, only 106 miles northwest of his hometown of West Palm Beach, Florida, is where the four-year series veteran began his racing career.

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“Sebring is where it all started,” Llano said. “It’s where the car was delivered, where I practiced and where I tested before ever taking the track for a race. I have so much pain and suffering from Sebring but also some big triumphs.

“Sebring is so historic. When you think about the history and legends that have raced here, it’s epic. This is where we train; this is my backyard. This is where I first got in the car and spun in just about every turn. I have a story for every turn, one through 17. I’ve been to a lot of the tracks now, and there is just something about this place. It really is legendary.”

Sebring was the first race of Llano’s racing career, in 2013. He is reminded of that fact every time he has started subsequent seasons at the track.

Over the last three seasons, Llano, 47, has continually progressed. His hard work culminated in 2015 with a second-place finish in both the Gold Cup and Gold Cup Masters Driver Championships. It was a season of consistency. Llano never finished outside of the top seven. [Read full story]