Sears Point: BAM! Friday report

track traction BAM! (British American Motorsport) posted the fourth-fastest GT time during the opening session for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway. Porsche factory driver Lucas Luhr lapped the 2.53-mile...

track traction

BAM! (British American Motorsport) posted the fourth-fastest GT time during the opening session for Sunday's American Le Mans Series race at Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway. Porsche factory driver Lucas Luhr lapped the 2.53-mile road course in one minute 35.709 seconds in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR he shares with Leo Hindery, Jr. The car is equipped with traction control, new this year as part of the RSR package.

Henry Hsu, technical director for Porsche Motorsport NA, explained, "A traction-control program allows the the ECU [electronic control unit] to sense when the rear tires are slipping as the driver applies the throttle. The traction-control software will compensate for the loss in traction by reducing the power output of the engine until the tires can grip the surface again. This is a delicate balance and requires our engine computer to recalibrate and adjust at up to 200 times a second."

Sears Point start

Leo Hindery, Jr. lived and worked in San Francisco for most of three decades. He started his racing career at Sears Point (now Infineon) Raceway in 1992, driving an Acura NSX in a club racing event, before moving up to the NASCAR Winston West Series. He has held some high-powered positions in the area, but he says racing has given him the most pleasure.

"I've had the privilege of living in the Bay Area for almost 30 years, but nothing in the world compares to being back here at Sears Point Infineon," he said. "The first time I took a car on a track anywhere in the world was here. It's wonderful to be back - a real compliment to Bruton Smith and Humpy Wheeler, who have put so much money into this facility. It's just a magical place to race."

all in the family

Lucas Luhr is a second-generation racer, following in the footsteps of his father, Marcus. The two raced against each other in the 24 Hours of the Nürburgring on June 12 and 13.

"This year, my father raced at the 24 Hours of Nürburgring. I wasn't really pleased with it because I thought he was a little bit too old for that and a little bit too long out of the business [since 1991]," Luhr recalled. "But he did okay - he finished 21st out of 250 cars with a car that was 14 years old, so it was a good result. I passed him a few times - he always left me a good spot to pass, so that was a good thing."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery