Mid-Ohio: BAM! preview

fast change BAM! (British American Motorsport) did a fast turnaround from France to the United States, changing the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from endurance to sprint mode in three days. The car returned from the 24 Heures du Mans...

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BAM! (British American Motorsport) did a fast turnaround from France to the United States, changing the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR from endurance to sprint mode in three days. The car returned from the 24 Heures du Mans to BAM!'s Florida race shop late on June 17 and left for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on June 21. In between, the crew scrambled to strip and inspect every part of the car, repair bodywork damaged at Le Mans, rebuild and paint the chassis, and load the team transporter.

"The biggest headache is the time frame, getting all the bodywork repaired, painted, fitted and prepped in one week," crew chief Matt Bishop said. "The good thing is France is a lot less hard on cars than some tracks because the cars are spaced so far apart on the track, so there is less body damage. We went through truckloads of parts trying to prioritize what went on the transporter because we'll be doing 40 per cent of the car prep at Mid-Ohio. We hate to use the catchphrase, 'We'll do it at the track,' but we don't have any other options."

Leo's laps

Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York is BAM!'s lead driver. Not one to follow convention, he offers his unique view of the 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio:

"Mid-Ohio is bucolic, beautiful and one heck of a race track. I must confess, however, that since I have spun going around turn one more times than Tonya Harding used to spin before she switched from skating to boxing, I am absolutely not the one to give advice on how to race this track. I do advise everyone, however, to thoroughly enjoy the fans, who, thanks to the brilliant racing exploits of [former Indy car driver] Bobby Rahal during his years there, are among the most engaged, engaging and informed in the country."

speed vs momentum

Peter Baron of Deerfield Beach, Fla., will do double duty at Mid-Ohio. In addition to his BAM! ownership responsibilities, he will partner Leo Hindery driving the YES Network Porsche. Baron is a former instructor at the Mid-Ohio School, so he knows the track well.

"We're going from Le Mans, the track where speed is king, to Mid-Ohio, the track where momentum is king," he noted. "I'm really excited to get back in the car and go to the track I have the most experience at. It's also the track where Leo and I led an ALMS race for the first time. It's a unique track - a lap that's fast on Friday isn't necessarily fast on Sunday. With my knowledge of the track and how it changes, we should be good for the race on Sunday."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Leo Hindery , Peter Baron