“I spend the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda working in stints. It's a full day of wearing a hotfiresuit. I get constant direction on my performance and those around me through an earpiece. My only line of communication is through a microphone. Millions are watching me do my job through their television screen. If I mess up, the world is going to know it within seconds. I've spent a decade fine-tuning my skill to be on top of my game at this very moment. Every decision I make takes into account hundreds of variables and I must make the right move the first time or risk never getting another shot. With any luck, at the end of 10 hours, I'll stand in victory lane and be covered in celebratory champagne. What's my line?”
If you were on the panel of the golden age of television game show, “What’s My Line”, you might guess Jamie Howe was describing herself as a racecar driver. But, you would be wrong. Many of the same criteria that make up the daily description of a driver also outline the Braselton, Ga.-resident's job as a pit lane reporter for FOX Sports.
Jamie Howe gives a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to be an American Le Mans Series pit reporter for FOX Sports 2 at the 16th Annual Petit Le Mans.
DEARBORN, Mich., Oct. 1, 2013 - As part of its continuing strategy to introduce product-relevant technology into racing, Ford announced today plans to bring its 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost® racing engine to the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series.
The new engine, which will debut at the 2014 Rolex 24 at Daytona on Jan. 25-26 and run the entire 12-race season, will power a new-look Daytona Prototype car, created with Ford corporate design influence. Michael Shank Racing is on board as the first team to put EcoBoost power behind its DP car.
For me, Petit Le Mans started in 1999. I missed the inaugural race in 1998 due to family obligations. Since then I have been in attendance every year. During that time Petit Le Mans has been one of the crown jewels in the American Le Mans Series calendar. The race is a baby when compared to the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Rolex 24 at Daytona, but in a short amount of time it has become a prestigious race with teams from around the globe coming to Road Atlanta to try and conquer the course and the competition.
Following a four-hour steering committee meeting at Circuit of The Americas between officials from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO), both organizations today confirmed a collaborative decision that cars eligible for the Prototype class in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the LM P2 category internationally will remain so through the conclusion of the 2016 season.