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Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans

On: Mon, Sep 28, 2009 at 10:32AM | By: John Welch

Peugeot 1-2 At Rain Shortened Petit Le Mans test 1-1

When I was growing up, my taste in Christmas presents was usually fairly predictable. My parents would begin asking what I wanted around Thanksgiving, even though the answer was the same for a solid ten years. Go Cart! All I wanted in the world was the freedom to tear around our neighborhood in my own go cart, and every year the response to my answer would be "we'll see". And every year I'd wake up at dawn, run to where ever 'Santa' had positioned his offerings. And every year I'd get a bunk bed. (They didn't actually buy a new bunk bed every year, but that’s the present that made me stop asking for a go cart.)

Looking over this young blog, it seems I may have been a tad excited about the Petit Le Mans. That’s putting it mildly. I've lost sleep over it. I planned my entire weekend around it. I got my hopes up. Every single time I ever get my hopes up about anything, be it a go cart or 10 hours of Diesel-Prototype carnage; something goes wrong, and I am left broken hearted and disenfranchised.

Big Crash For Acura, Scott Sharp

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 5:29PM | By: John Welch

Big Crash For Acura, Scott Sharp test 1-1

The Acura not mentioned in our last post took a whale of a spill today during practice for the Petit Le Mans. The crash was severe enough to shake up the chassis's designer, Nick Wirth.

"I am in a bit of a state of shock at the moment," he said. "I am delighted to see him walk away apparently OK from such a big crash. He appeared to hit the Porsche. I've not seen one that big before here.

"I'm just proud of the team that the car stood up to such a big impact. Don't know yet whether the car can be rebuilt; we need to get it back."

Details are sketchy; it appears the car was launched into a horrifying series of flips and a violent impact with the barriers at Turn 2 when driver Scott Sharp clipped Dirk Werner's Farnbacher Loles Porsche, which was coming out of pits.

Driver Scott Sharp was able to escape unharmed, and the team are scrambling to put the stricken ARX-02a back together.



Source: Racer.com

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole!

On: Fri, Sep 25, 2009 at 2:45PM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.4, Murray Takes Pole! test 1-1

As I opened this window to begin the final Petit Le Mans preview, I was looking into qualifiying, which is broadcast online. GT2 was the class on track and there were seven minutes left in the session. Olivier Beretta, piloting a new C6.R, was at the top of the time sheet; not completely unexpected.

Out of nowhere, privateer Covette team LG Motorsports ran a blistering lap, taking the pole away from the veteran Beretta. The LG Motorsports team has suffered several setbacks this year, the worst coming at Long Beach. With Boris Said behind the wheel, the LG Corvette burst into flames, apparently a fuel-related fire. LGM thought they had the pole with 2:00 minutes left in the session. It didn't take thirty seconds for that time to be surpassed.

Still on track was David Murry in the Robertson Racing Ford GT.R. Perennial back markers, it seemed impossible that they might challenge for pole. They not only challenged for it, they stole it — the very first pole for a Ford GT.

Now on to Prototype qualifiying . . .

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.3

On: Thu, Sep 24, 2009 at 4:18PM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.3 test 1-1

Three days from the premiere American road racing event, The Petit Le Mans Powered by MAZDA 6, and my excitement is palatable. There is another new GT2 team, and the time charts for several days of practice are giving us some interesting insight as to how the actual race may shape up.

We have reviewed Audi's heroics at last year's race, and given you a brief history of the first two Petit Le Mans. Now we are moving on to this year’s race. While we mere mortals sleepily went about our daily, piss-ant lives over the last week, the teams in Braselton have been playing high-stakes chicken with each other.


Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.2

On: Wed, Sep 23, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.2 test 1-1

Dr. Don Panoz (say 'PAY-nose') is the savior of sports car racing in America. NASCAR began dominating national media towards the end of the twentieth century, leaving little room for other forms of motorsport. Trans-Am was a shell of its former self and several accidents were beginning to erode support for big time GT1 racing. After the rise and decline of Group C in the late eighties, the fate of road racing on American shores was becoming darker and grimmer by the day. Dr. Panoz decided to stop the hemorrhaging and created an endurance race to rival any run in Europe or the rest of the world.

The Petit Le Mans.

Discovery HD Theater to Present The WRC

On: Tue, Sep 22, 2009 at 2:01PM | By: John Welch

Discovery HD Theater to Present The WRC test 1-1

The World Rally Championship left American televisions without much fanfare way back in 2004. Personally I have missed it, a lot. Rivaling F1 for heart-stopping, made-for-TV drama, the WRC has continued on without its US audience just fine. Discovery HD knows we want our dirt/ice/tarmac/snow/cliff racing back, and they plan on obliging us with close-up HD-maximized rally coverage, starting on October 4th with a six-hour 'Dummies Guide to WRC', featuring shows dedicated to the drivers, cars, and specific stages of the WRC . . .

Cars That Were Too Kewl For the U.S.

On: Fri, Sep 18, 2009 at 1:04PM | By: John Welch

Cars That  Were Too Kewl For the U.S. test 1-1

Everyone has one car/car moment that they emotionally tie to their childhood. It may have been the family's first Camaro, an old Bronco that Dad used for hunting, Mom bringing home the neighborhood's first Taurus. Whatever the story may be, everyone has one. Mine involves a tricky Euro-brick with a faulty front suspension and the baddest wing this side of an Airbus— the Merkur XR4Ti. Muh Daddy considered himself a classy, adventurous Gent, the sort that would take a chance on an unknown import simply because it was wicked-fast. He woke me up at 5 a.m. one spring Saturday (if I'm not mistaken I was seven years old . . . maybe eight) the first time I had seen 5 a.m. on purpose, and instructed me to get dressed and head out to the drive way as quickly as possible. There it sat, ominous dark blue paint gleaming behind thick, fresh central Florida dew, our brand new Merkur Whatsitsfourteeeye.

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

On: Thu, Sep 17, 2009 at 11:46AM | By: John Welch

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly test 1-1

Fritz Henderson allows us a taste of GM's Australian bounty, the word 'bad' is redefined ala Michael Jackson, and Flavio Briatore shows there is hope for disco fanatics everywhere, as long as we are referring to fashion and not poorly planned crash-to-win fiascos . . .

Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 3:15PM | By: John Welch

Drayson Shows Off New Lola Before Petit Debut test 1-1

As previously reported, the LMP-1 field at this years Petit Le Mans will be one of the best since the days of Group C. Today, Drayson Racing continued the influx of European hardware, showing off their spanking new Lola Coupe at Silverstone, in the UK.

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1

On: Wed, Sep 16, 2009 at 2:59PM | By: John Welch

Petit Le Mans Preview Pt.1 test 1-1

While all the other blogs are jet-setting to Germany for the Frankfurt Auto Show, we're sitting here in Florida begging for a reprieve from the oppressive heat. Not being there, or having any sort of operating budget, makes it impossible to compete, high-res image for high-res image. If you'd like to know more about the latest-greatest garbage-fueled nine passenger land-yacht, I direct you to a more qualified source, AOL's Autoblog.

If a steamy tale of woe and redemption involving the finest road-going machinery on the planet is what you're looking for, well, I've got that covered. The time: October 2008. The place: Braselton, Georgia. The man: Scottish-born Allan McNish . . . the circumstances: un-effing-believable.


Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway

On: Mon, Sep 14, 2009 at 3:21PM | By: John Welch

Forza 3 Draws Nigh . . . Well, The Demo Anyway test 1-1

OmigawdOmigawdOmigawd! Forza three is almost here! You can take your Gran Turismos and your NFS Shifts and you can pound them squarely into your under-stimulated colon. Forza Motorsport has claimed the title of "Most Well Rounded Simulator" (my own award; I'm sure somebody disagrees) since its inception, 'Forza Motorsport' on the original Xbox. No other game has offered the level of customizationa and realism that Forza displays. Period.