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Life in the fast lane

SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - Going 100 mph looks fast on paper. It feels even faster. But hitting the century mark while cruising over the concrete straightaways at the Sebring International Raceway track takes it to a different level.

This morning, I was fortunate enough to ride a lap around the track with driver Owen Trinkler in his Porsche 911 Club Coupe 3. While we didn't reach the speeds that he's used to during a race, I got an up-close look at what it's like to compete on the race track.

And holy cow are these guys tough.

I was having a hard time just staying upright in my seat. Trinkler, meanwhile, was calmly rattling off the necessary tasks a driver needs to complete in order to traverse the course. I was in awe.

Like most drivers I've talked to this week, Trinkler agreed that Sebring is one of the few courses in the world where you can "feel the history."

"I've been coming here since 1996," Trinkler said. "They've repaved a few stretches in the past few years - you can really tell where, too - but the rest of the concrete hasn't been touched in decades. That's what makes it so special."

Trinkler will compete in Friday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at 1 p.m. The race lasts 2 hours.