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December 01, 2008

Bob Sr.'s Weekend Racing Highlights

There's not much to report this week. Instead here's some news.

Formula 1
So far it appears that among the top five F1 teams - Ferrari, McClaren, BMW, Renault and Toyota  - there will be no driver changes.

Last week testing started in Barcelona with new rules including different tire specs, allowing slicks again! new aero packages, wider lower front wings, narrow rears and Kinetic Recovery Systems (KERS).

Some interesting driver tests include 5 time World Rally Champion Sebastien Loeb testing for Team Red Bull with Sebastien Vettel. Honda testing with Bruno Senna , nephew of immortal World Champion Ayrton Senna. Another transition finds MotoGP champ Valentino Rossi jumping into a Ferrari cockpit for a two day test  at Ferrari's Mugello, Italy test track.

Ferrari would love to be able to entice the internationally popular Italian into their family. They are presently without an Italian driver and the Italian fans are wildly partisan.

The 24 Hours of Daytona (Jan.24,25)
Testing has been going on for weeks now and drivers from every racing venue will take part again. This is an incredible race where over 60 of the World’s best sports cars go at a relentless pace for 24 hours. It’s quite a test of man and machine.

I have a friend who owns a small house a few miles from the track. It's really only used once a year, just for the 24 Hours of Daytona. We watch for the first 6-8 hours, wandering the infield and pits grabbing lunch from one of the many dining areas, meeting old friends and drivers, then retire for a few hours, maybe grab a few winks, then go back for the first of the night sequences.

There is absolutely nothing like watching these amazing cars barrel into the first turn at 200 mph off the high banked oval, while you are just a few feet away in the stands. We eventually watch from every corner getting the best overall feel of the race.

We leave one car in the in huge infield and another just outside the gate which makes getting around much easier. You could log many, many miles if you were on foot. Not for me.

Editor's Note: Bob Sr. is my dad. He has been racing cars for almost 50 years. If he's not racing on the weekend you'll find him watching auto racing on TV. Every Monday he'll post an update with highlights and the inside scoop on the previous weekend’s big races.


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Mclaren, not McClaren ;)

Bob Kilpatrick

Actually McLaren. Thanks for noticing.


Great Roadtest/Review, that GTI is really a neat little supercar.Much like a Maclaren,MClaren,McLaren,whatever....

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