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Discussion in 'Motorsport' started by Mac K, Jan 5, 2013.
They kinda do it in ALMS as well.
There are 3 separate safety cars at Le Mans, so the field gets split into thirds during periods of full course cautions.
First, it is what I was saying? Second, I used to watch ALMS a lot in like '02-'04 (went to Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway, too), but I don't remember anything like that. OTOH, it was 8-10 years ago.
Ah. Makes sense, considering how large the track is. (That sounds familiar now, too.)
I was just pointing out that they also had it in some form and sometimes, certain teams would take advantage of it.
Its more recent, they started doing it I believe about 2010.
Im watching the 2001 Daytona 24 hours on youtube right now
5 classes and 80 cars. Sounds like what we'll have next year
Awesome race this year... lets hope next year when Grand-Am and ALMS combine can live up to this!
Link please? That would be something I'd die to watch.
I believe I will have to renew my camping stuff next year BUT I'm highly tempted to just tent camp instead as we basically did that. Planning would make it alot better and towing the trailer down sucked for 9 hrs a day and only slept in it for about 6 hours wasn't worth the added cost.
I didn't know.. good (brief) read.
I get the feeling its exactly the same reason Porsche didn't like the Lazano Brother's Cayenne based V8s (which often out-performed their own classic Flat-6).
Whatever you do just make sure you do go.
Maybe a few more days at the event and that camper would work out a lot better.
You don't want a tent in some of that Florida rain.
Thanks for the link.
People need to get a grip on that mindset though. I haven't been to events like this but it pretty much was a Porsche take over from fans to their private little event tent thing (which was a joke) and to be honest as rich as their history is, they need to show some support to the teams who are using their power in general.
BMW is the same way to me, they don't like change in racing either that seems to be without their help.
01GTP - Trust me, I can always find a hotel if push comes to shove. We stayed in one the night before and night after for $40 bucks a night and it was pretty nice considering. I will just plan better next year but I did not enjoy the towing aspect nor is renting a motorhome any better off for a few folks.
Just thought I'd put my photos on this thread too.
Thanks for sharing the photos.
I enjoy walking the paddocks and seeing the cars being prepped.
That No.16 Porsche Cayman was by far one of the best looking cars this year.
Of the GX cars, the napleton 16 was the only one that was really prepared. BGB built their car in something like 25 days, and bullet racing didn't test at the roar. We all know how prepared the "die-activ" Mazdas were.
It has a great story behind it.
Too bad I forget most of it, but some here may remember.
It was mentioned in the race coverage.
^ Thats exactly why I love the Cayman so much. Such a great, original design that deserves a modern remake!
Not to mention David Donohue and Shane Lewis were among the drivers in the car. They were pretty much a stacked team.
^ Om Nom Nom
I need that car in my life. I dont care if it's kinda impossible, I need it.
I didn't see the car too much but I did get 1 pic.
Oh and a quick question. Why do the GT cars in grand am have no windows? Pretty strange regulation...
It's usually so that the driver can get out of the vehicle in the event of a fire or wreck. I presume the prototypes have the door panels lightly secured so that they're easy for the driver or a rescue worker to release, but that's not as practical with a (theoretically, if not actually) road-derived vehicle like the GT cars.
I see what you mean. I find it strange though that it only applies to grand am. and yes I'm aware other forms of motorsport have no windows ie. NASCAR I'm just talking about GT classes.
It's safety based. Otherwise everyone would run windows.
http://www.inr8.com/news/motorsport_news_6/audi-r8-lms-r16-identification-guide-part-2-r8-grand-am/ Interesting read about the differences between the Audi R8 LMS Ultra and the R8 Grand-Am