Mosport: BAM! preview

Blue Jays and BAM! The drivers and crew for BAM! (British American Motorsport) may have a dual focus during the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Aug. 8. The team carries the colors of the YES Network, which ...

Blue Jays and BAM!

The drivers and crew for BAM! (British American Motorsport) may have a dual focus during the American Le Mans Series race at Mosport International Raceway on Aug. 8. The team carries the colors of the YES Network, which televises the New York Yankees baseball games. The Yankees will be playing against the Toronto Blue Jays in New York at the same time the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR takes to the track in Bowmanville, Ont., just east of Toronto. Driver Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York will try to follow all the action.

"One of the great rivalries in major league baseball is that between the New York Yankees and the Toronto Blue Jays," he said. "It's always been a friendly rivalry, and it should be great fun for the Blue Jays fans to see New York Yankees livery on the BAM! YES Network Porsche flying at Mosport - on the very same day that the Blue Jays will be playing the Yankees back in my home town of New York City. I plan to have race control on in one ear and the ballgame on in the other, and I suspect some of the race fans will as well!"

eyes up

Sascha Maassen of Raeren, Belgium will race with BAM! for the first time this week. The two-time ALMS GT co-champion tuned up for the Mosport race with a podium finish in the 24 Hours of Spa at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit in Belgium on Aug. 1. Maassen and fellow Porsche factory drivers Marc Lieb and Lucas Luhr (who also drive for BAM!) finished third in the N-GT class and fifth overall. Maassen noted the biggest challenge in returning to the ALMS is sharing the track with the faster prototype class.

"The main difference is I'm racing with prototypes again. This makes the racing a little more difficult," he said. "You have to drive with eyes in the mirror, as well."

Leo's laps

Leo Hindery, Jr. continues to offer his view from the driver's seat, this time his thoughts about racing on the 2.459-mile Mosport road course. The track is owned by ALMS owner Don Panoz, as are Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway and Road Atlanta.

"Mosport is a special place for drivers and fans alike, with all of the quality and attention to detail that Don Panoz has put into Sebring and into his beloved Road Atlanta," Hindery said. "The last time I raced here [in 2002] was with Peter Baron, and we had a great duel with the great Sascha Maassen. This time I get to race with Sascha, and I am praying that he carries me as well as Peter did the last time. In return, I have promised Sascha to keep my eyes open all the time on the steep downhiller, not just some of the time, as I did for Peter."

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Series ALMS
Drivers Sascha Maassen , Lucas Luhr , Leo Hindery , Peter Baron , Don Panoz , Marc Lieb