Wednesday, July 22, 2009

American LeMans and Corkscrew Rendezvous, Monterey 5/22/10

This past weekend I had the pleasure of meeting one of my fabulous blogger friends from the Fox of old, RA6AN. Although she had been to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on other occasions, I found out that she had never been to the Corkscrew Turn (I think it's turn 8 a, and maybe b, lol). Anyway, this turn at the top of a very lengthy hill, is worth seeing especially when race cars are diving through it during racing conditions. On the approach to the turn, drivers are on an uphill straight, going pretty darn fast. When they get to the breaking points for the turn, all they see is sky. Entering the left hand turn, drivers then proceed to drop off something like a six story building, and turn right at the same time. It's like a roller coaster! As I said to RA6AN, you just haven't been to Laguna Seca till you see it.

As for the race it's self, I thought it was amazing that 3 GT cars would finish within 3 seconds of each other after six hours of endurance racing. Bergmeister/Long won the GT class in the Flying Lizard Porsche 911, followed closely by Muller/Joey Hand in BMW, and a Corvette ZR1 in third. The LMP class was dominated by the trio of Brabham/Pagenaud/Franchitti in the Patron Highcroft Acura. Winning by 7 laps over the nearest competitor.

Last year's ALMS LMP1 champion David Brabham. David is the son of 3 time F1 world champion Sir Jack Brabham. David has 16 career starts at LeMans, with 3 straight class victories from 2007-2009, including an overall win in 2009. Now that Monterey is in the can, his team will join others from the ALMS in the cross Atlantic trip to the 24 hours of LeMans. I wonder if there's a way I could stowaway?

All in all, I had a great time. If any are interested in seeing this race, CBS is telecasting a special edited 90 minute replay this Sunday at 1:30 EST. Also, if you feel up to it, you can watch the full 6 hours at Live streaming once you register, and it's totally free.

Thanks for showing up M, and till next time, stay cool! Cord