new home BAM! (British American Motorsport) will be acclimated to Road Atlanta by the time the Petit Le Mans race starts on Sept. 25. The American Le Mans Series GT team set up temporary headquarters at the Braselton, Ga. track after a hurricane...
BAM! (British American Motorsport) will be acclimated to Road Atlanta by the time the Petit Le Mans race starts on Sept. 25. The American Le Mans Series GT team set up temporary headquarters at the Braselton, Ga. track after a hurricane trashed its Florida race shop. BAM! is renting space from Krohn Barbour Racing while the crew prepares for the 10-hour, 1000-mile endurance race. Leo Hindery, Jr. of New York, Lucas Luhr of Monaco and Adam Jones of Solihull, England will alternate stints in the No. 43 YES Network Porsche 911 GT3 RSR.
Leo's (heavenly) laps
Leo Hindery, Jr. is an unabashed fan of the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta road course. Although he is a key player in international business, politics and philanthropy, racing fuels his passion.
"Selfishly, I wish the Petit Le Mans was our last race of this remarkable season. There is simply no better place in America for ALMS than [track owner] Don Panoz's (and all of the drivers') beloved Road Atlanta," he said. "Its trickiness, its natural beauty, the knowledge and large number of fans, and the loyalty of the officials, staff and corner workers make this bucolic place racing-heaven on earth. And if I could just once finish on the podium -- my best-ever Petit was fifth place last year -- I will feel I can die and go to the real heaven."
Lucas Luhr is a regular on the Petit Le Mans podium. He won the GT class in 2002 and finished in the top three in 2000, 2001 and 2003. Although his approach to every race is fearless, flat-out fast -- "That's my job" -- he takes pride in mastering Road Atlanta.
"I think it's one of the best tracks that exist because you have everything -- you have slow corners, quick corners, uphill, downhill. If you see the tracks in Europe, they are all Formula One-like -- flat, straight, 90-degree or 180-degree corners," he said. His favorite spot on the serpentine road course? "The last turn, because it's a tricky, narrow, kick-ass turn!"
Adam Jones has enjoyed vacations in the United States, but the Petit Le Mans will be his first race in North America. He likened the experience to that of a European rock star:
"It's something I've wanted to do for a long time, since I've become a professional driver. It's like how the pop stars and pop artists and the rock-and-rollers always look at 'breaking' America. If they can do well in America, they see themselves as what they want to be."