DAYTON SET FOR LIME ROCK HISTORIC FESTIVAL You would think after four race meetings in four weeks, Patr?n Highcroft Racing boss Duncan Dayton would be looking for a weekend off. After three American Le Mans Series events and an outing aboard...
DAYTON SET FOR LIME ROCK HISTORIC FESTIVAL
You would think after four race meetings in four weeks, Patr?n Highcroft Racing boss Duncan Dayton would be looking for a weekend off.
After three American Le Mans Series events and an outing aboard the Marino Andretti 1978 World Championship Lotus 78 at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion, Dayton will again get back behind the wheel this week at the Lime Rock Historic Festival.
The Lotus 79 will be returning to Lime Rock - this time Dayton taking back the wheel from his ALMS star driver David Brabham.
The 2009 ALMS LMP1 champion and 2010 points leader recently sampled the Lotus for a feature story for Autosport Magazine's 60th anniversary issue.
Dayton will be a busy man at Lime Rock this weekend, also driving his Chevron B23 sportscar and the 1967 McLaren M4A Formula 2 car.
The former Lime Rock Cup winner will be on track on Friday, Saturday and Monday of the Labor Day weekend.
Fans attending the event can also enjoy the increasingly popular Sunday in the Park Concours & Car Show on Sunday the 5th.
BRABS READY FOR "DOWN UNDER" ASSAULT
With a four-week gap between Mosport and the season-ending Petit Le Mans, Dayton isn't the only member of the Patr?n Highcroft Racing team taking part in some extra curricular activities.
Fresh from his 100th ALMS race start at Mosport, Brabham headed straight to Australia to begin testing and preparations for his three race stint with Stone Brothers Racing aboard a Ford Falcon V8 Supercar with Alex Davison.
A former factory Porsche driver with five ALMS starts under his belt Davison will have Brabham join him at three two-driver events "down under" including next week's L&H 500 at Phillip Island.
Following Phillip Island, Brabham will return to the ALMS for the final round at Petit Le Mans for Patr?n Highcroft Racing where he will be joined by Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti. The team need only to finish 70 percent of the Atlanta event to clinch the championship.
Even if Brabham can pull that off, there won't be much time to celebrate - he will be immediately back on a plane to Australia to contest the Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 the following week.
For V8 Supercar racing, Bathurst is the holy grail of the sport - one of the world's most challenging race circuits. Four miles in length, the 20-turn circuit has massive elevation changes. From the very top of Mount Panorama to the podium at the entrance of pit lane is a drop of 570 feet - more than 50 stories.
The Highcroft star should be well accustomed to the heavier, high horsepower, low downforce V8 Supercars after the 1000km classic - just in time to take on his international rivals at the Armor All Gold Coast 600 on the streets of Surfers Paradise on October 22-24.
With teams having to add a mandatory international co-driver, Brabham will join the likes of Dario Franchitti, Helio Castroneves, Will Power, Ryan Briscoe, Scott Dixon, Alex Tagliani and fellow ALMS driver Patrick Long in this street race event.
BID FOR YOUR PIECE OF BRABHAM ALMS HISTORY
With Brabham becoming only the second American Le Mans Series driver to complete 100 races last week in Mosport, race fans now have the opportunity to bid for an incredible souvenir from the Canadian event.
With funds helping Highcroft's Miles to End Malaria campaign, the Ebay auction is for an 8' x 3' banner that was presented to David on the grid and signed by his teammates, rivals and friends from the American Le Mans Series paddock.
The banner features the specially designed "Brabs 100" logo from the weekend along with a caricature created by renowned Australian motorsport cartoonist John "Stonie" Stoneham.
Fans can bid for this piece of ALMS history by visitingwww.malarianomore.org/auction
Last year Patr?n Highcroft Racing raised more than $63,000 to help end malaria deaths in Africa. The team also donated major naming rights signage on the team's 24 Hours of Le Mans entry to further promote this important cause.
SUPPORT SIMON & BRABS IN ALMS 2010 AWARDS
For Patr?n Highcroft Racing fans, September is the time to throw your support behind our men in the American Le Mans Series most popular driver award.
Drivers contesting five series races or more are split including three groups for the preliminary voting.
Simon Pagenaud is in Group 2 with the ballot taking place this week. Fans can vote for Simon at www.americanlemans.com/primary1.php?cat=poll
Check back every few hours - you will be able to cast your vote again for our fast Frenchman.
Fans of our Australian ALMS star David Brabham can also vote for him in the third round that kicks off next week.
With the top three drivers from each round of preliminary voting going into the final, we could have some hot competition on our hands with hopefully both Brabs and Simon making it through.
HIGHCROFT FLYING HIGH ON "INTERSECTIONS"
You might not think there would be much in common between Patr?n Highcroft Racing's HPD ARX-01c and a Red Bull Air Race plane, but both teams face many of the same challenges.
This was highlighted in an episode of a new SPEED TV original series "Intersections" which aired for the first time on Wednesday night.
The episode "Fast Turns" focused on Patr?n Highcroft Racing and David Brabham along with Red Bull Air Race pilot Mike Goulain's EDGE 650 race plane.
If you missed the episode, fear not - the episode featuring Brabs
and Patr?n Highcroft Racing will also be shown on SPEED next week on:
September 8: 10:30pm ET
September 9: 1:30am ET
September 9: 10:00am ET