While other manufacturers lay claim to a philosophy of motorsport competition, only one was created in the crucible of the sport’s most daunting motorsports events from Le Mans, Sebring and Daytona to Monaco, Monte Carlo and Paris-Dakar. Victories have also been regular here at Road Atlanta and in the Petit Le Mans. Since the first Type 356 Cabrio, Porsche No. 1, rolled out of the Ferdinand and Ferry Porsche’s early headquarters in Austria and on its way to victory, Porsche has been making headlines in newspapers, on radio broadcasts and television, now on web sites and even Twitter. Motorsports is in Porsche’s DNA.
By Dean Richardson
This blog is the second in a two-part series about my memories of the fantastic race that is Petit Le Mans. Here are a few more that I hope you will enjoy. This is what it’s like to be on the ‘other side’ of the fence.
2004 – The chance of a lifetime!
The 2004 race is hands down my favorite race of all time, Petit Le Mans or otherwise. The reason is simple, I experienced the entire race working for one of the teams on pit lane. Through my day job I had become friends with the Petersen White Lightning Racing team’s PR Rep. About a month before the race I got a call from the PR guy and he asked if I would be at all interested in working as part of the crew during the race. He explained that it would be an all-day commitment and that he understood if I wasn’t interested. Thinking back through my life, I cannot think of a solitary time that I gave an answer to any question faster than the ‘yes’ that shot out of my mouth at that moment.
Fans attending the 16th Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda on October 19th are in for a real treat. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón season finale promises plenty of drama with several championships on the line.
Muscle Milk Pickett Racing with drivers Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won the recent race at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and has already clinched the P1 championship. However, a win at Road Atlanta will be difficult as defending Petit Le Mans champion Rebellion Racing returns with its Lola Toyota. Last year, the much anticipated duel between Rebellion and Muscle Milk ended when a collision with a GTC car caused an extended pit stop for Pickett’s team, handing Rebellion a somewhat easy victory.