LIFE WITH LUIS: ON THE GO SINCE SEBRING Hello Everyone! Well, this is my first blog for the American Le Mans Series and, in all honesty, I have not written many blogs in the past. I always say that the one thing I wish I could do better is...
LIFE WITH LUIS: ON THE GO SINCE SEBRING
Well, this is my first blog for the American Le Mans Series and, in all honesty, I have not written many blogs in the past. I always say that the one thing I wish I could do better is tell jokes, and maybe by the end of this I will now be saying that I wish I could write better blogs!
This actually comes at a good time because there have been a lot of positive things happening in my life lately starting with the birth of my son in February. His name is Luis Pablo, but we call him Mr. Danger. That is because any time he moves or makes a sound, Carolina and I are on red alert to see what he needs. It has been a wonderful experience and, because this is our first child, we are learning new things every day. When I am away at the race track, I cannot wait to get home!
I will start with our win at Sebring. Finally! This has been a long time coming. We have been so close so many times and, after finishing this race the last two years - third overall in 2007 and second overall last year, well briefly, it feels so good to finally win. As Adrian has said, it was one of those rare races where everything went perfectly. I think the only frustration was not being able to battle with the P1 cars like the last few years, but the new rules don't make this possible.
From Sebring it has been a whirlwind. Adrian and I decided that driving a 12-hour race wasn't enough so after the victory podium and interviews, we went back to our hotel rooms, took a quick shower and drove to Adrian's house in Miami. We arrived at 5:00 in the morning!
Adrian suggested I stay at his house since I had to be in Los Angeles for a media tour on Tuesday, and it was easier than flying back to Mexico where I live and back out again. The one thing I was really looking forward to was a massage that Adrian had scheduled for the next day, Sunday. Let me tell you, Adrian is one tough guy. It was a deep-tissue massage and it about killed me!
I was still sore when I got on the plane for LA. We had a good media day. We started with a lunch in Long Beach, with some interviews and a few photos on the race track. Then we headed to downtown Los Angeles for an interview at the Los Angeles Times building. I had never been to LA before, so it was great to finally see the city and such a legendary building. Next, we went to Burbank for television and radio and ended up in Hollywood. We had dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel with a good friend of mine in the media. This place was incredible and I was told that Marilyn Monroe had stayed there and that you can see her ghost from time to time.
I didn't see any ghosts, but I did enjoy getting to see the Hollywood area as well before catching a plane to Mexico City. I landed at 4:30 am but it was better than flying out the next day because I couldn't wait to see my family.
I finally had some down time over the weekend and was able to do one of my absolute favorite things - watch a Formula One race. I was so excited for the season to start. My pick for the championship is Lewis Hamilton. He finished third after starting from the back of the field with a car that was not competitive. McLaren will get it right and he will start winning races.
On Tuesday, we had a big media event in Mexico City which Telmex organized. I was there in person and Adrian was there via video. There was a great turnout from the media and it went very well. Adrian and I both wish we had a race in Mexico.
And now we're in St. Petersburg. I love street course racing and this is just a great event with the atmosphere and the fans. Hopefully, we can keep up our strong pace from Sebring. We are expecting some tough competition from the Mazdas. We will have a lot of guests from Lowe's at this race, and it would be nice to give them another win to celebrate.
Hopefully, the Series will think this is okay and ask me to write another blog. And, hopefully, I will have more good things to write about.
Accomplished sports car talent Luis Diaz is in his third season in the American Le Mans Series with Lowe's Fernandez Racing and Acura. Partnering with team owner Adrian Fernandez, the duo are Acura's LMP2 representatives with an Acura ARX-01b prototype. His blog will appear throughout the season.