08
Jun
09

Miscellaneous Monday motorsports mumblings, vol. 17

I still can’t bring myself to like the turtle-top Daytona Prototypes, but damn if the Grand Am series isn’t providing excellent racing this year.  Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas don’t surprise me, but the fact that Max Angelleli and the rest of the SunTrust team is right up there really does impress me.  (I suppose it shouldn’t, but I haven’t followed Grand Am with any sort of thoroughness until this year.)  It’s also nice to see Timo Bernhard and Romain Dumas racing near the front in a Porsche-powered Penske prototype.

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Between the Grand Am series and World Superbike, I almost don’t mind that SpeedTV hasn’t been showing Formula One at any sort of reasonable hour — if at all.  On the other hand, if I want to watch Jensen Button dominate a race and hear about a four-way whine tasting between Stefano Domenicali, Max Mosley, Flavio Briatore, and Bernie Ecclestone, I can always think back to Albert Park back at the beginning of the season.

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The big news, of course, is that the 24 Heures du Mans is less than a week away.  Planet Le Mans hooks us up with previews of all four classes:

Based on what happened at Sebring, with one of the Acuras taking the pole but not being able to keep up nearly the same pace throughout the race, I can’t imagine the Lola-Aston Martins being able to compete with the diesels.  Figure I’ll cheer for Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, and Alexandre Prémat in the #3 Audi R15.

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Let’s finish off with some car porn.  Here’s a Porsche 962 from the IMSA/WSC days:

Porsche962-119-Mitty2009-MF1(Link goes to relevant Mulsanne’s Corner article; scroll down)

Too bad Porsche isn’t playing in LMP1 these days; they make some dead sexy prototypes.


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