After a brief scare this past week — imsatiming.com was temporarily inaccessible — I decided to archive and share the timing data. I know that I, and many others, appreciate the insight that can be found in the data.
I had to pick my shooting spots carefully. Unlike a 4-hour ALMS race, where I could wander, watch, and shoot from all points on the track, the compressed schedule of the reunion forced me to pick a spot for each race. Each race group is only on track for two 20-minute sessions — one on the morning and one in the afternoon. Since I was forced to choose, I chose the exit of turn 11 and The Corkscrew. Turn 11 to capture the sounds of the cars rocketing down the straight at full throttle and The Corkscrew because it is as iconic as it gets. I’m especially happy with the turn 11 footage. The cars sound great getting on the power and you can really see them moving around. They were not babied at all.
This has absolutely become my favorite weekend of the year. The pedigree and preparation of the cars is hugely impressive. It’s also refreshing to see these cars being driven hard rather than sitting in a museum. Kudos to the owners and drivers who allow their often priceless treasures to be driven in anger. It’s not every day that you see a Ferrari 250 GTO with an armful of opposite lock exiting a corner. Fortunately, with names like Canepa, Jeanette, Said, and Auberlen behind the wheel, you know the cars are in good hands.
I went to the HMSA spring club event expecting a mix of vintage Porsche, Lotus, BMW, and Alfa Romeo entries. I absolutely did not expect to see the supremely dominant Audi R8 out on track. I had never seen the Audi in person before. It’s a shame that world class and internationally relevant prototypes no longer have a place in US motorsports, aside from Lone Star Le Mans. Rose colored glasses?
My first (and final) American Le Mans Series race was a blast. Great on-track action was complimented by amazing paddock access. The diversity of the cars was a treat.