GUE HAS SIGHTS SET ON LE MANS AFTER COMPLETING TEST DAY Le Mans, France: Young American sportscar star James Gue fulfilled a lifetime ambition last weekend by completing his first ever laps at the Circuit de la Sarthe - the home of the 24...
GUE HAS SIGHTS SET ON LE MANS AFTER COMPLETING TEST DAY
Le Mans, France: Young American sportscar star James Gue fulfilled a lifetime ambition last weekend by completing his first ever laps at the Circuit de la Sarthe - the home of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Gue is listed as a reserve driver for the Miracle Motorsport squad for this year's event but filled in for team-mate Andy Lally who missed the Le Mans test day while competing in the Rolex Sportscar Series at Watkins Glen last weekend.
"Coming to Le Mans has always been a dream of mine. I grew up around sportscar racing because my dad has been involved running teams for years," Gue said.
"I have watched the race on television for as long as I can remember. It many ways it feels pretty familiar actually being here because I have had my eye on this place for so long.
"The track is pretty similar to what I expected. I completed a lot of laps on computer games before coming over so it only took two or three laps to really get a feel for the place.
"I have raced the Courage chassis before, so that was a big bonus. The car was really built for this track. With a smooth surface and quick corners, the long wheelbase is really well suited to the circuit.
"The car is a handful at a place like Sebring, but here it is perfect."
While Miracle Motorsports' current plans feature team-owner John Macaluso teaming up with Lally and Ian James, Gue will still be on hand at next week's Le Mans event -- keeping his helmet and race gear close at hand "just in case".
"To actually get to race here would be a dream come true - particularly with Miracle because they have such a strong driver line-up," Gue said.
"It would certainly be one the highlights of my career. Regardless of what happens, I am going to stay here for the race and help the team where I can.
"If I don't get the chance to compete this year, I certainly will be working very hard to investigate every opportunity to do the race in 2007."
A former karting ace, Gue is the son of experienced sports car team owner, Michael Gue. In 2004, Gue drove for Miracle in ALMS competition in the LMP2 class - winning two races and finishing second in the championship.
Last year he played a key role in Multimatic Motorsports and Ford clinching the manufacturers and team's championship in Grand Am Cup competition. Gue teamed with Gunnar Jeannette to win the Fontana round of the Championship aboard a Ford Mustang FR500C