Looking to Make History Hammond, Ind.--Usually when people in America think of diesel powered engines, they think of 18-wheel tractor trailer trucks that are unbearably loud and spew out toxic fumes. They don't think of a quiet sleek racing ...
Looking to Make History
Hammond, Ind.--Usually when people in America think of diesel powered engines, they think of 18-wheel tractor trailer trucks that are unbearably loud and spew out toxic fumes. They don't think of a quiet sleek racing machine, that contains the most powerful diesel engine in the world.
That is exactly what Audi Sport North America has developed, as they strive to win this years 54th annual running of the 12 Hours of Sebring and more importantly as they strive to become the first diesel powered vehicle to win the famed 24 Hours of LeMans. After sitting out the last couple of seasons, Audi has returned to the sports car scene as a factory team after a two year hiatus.
They will attack Sebring this weekend, as well as LeMans in June with two diesel powered V12 machines, dubbed the R10. The engines in these cars are quieter than any engine on the grid, and are very environmentally friendly as well.
One of the team cars will be piloted by veteran and reigning American LeMans Series Champion, Emaneule Pirro, along with Frank Biela, and Marco Werner. The other R10, will also have a star studded line-up at the wheel for the event on the famed airstrip in Florida, as Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, and Rinaldo Capello will strap into the 650 horsepower car.
Pirro, is the reigning American LeMans Series Champion in the LMP1 class, which will this year be titled, P1. Last season, Pirro won four races, bringing his ALMS tally to 13. In 43 career starts in the ever-growing series, he finished in the top 10 in every single event.
In his illustrious career, the charismatic Italian has also won at LeMans, three straight times, from 2000-2002. Pirro has also driven in Formula one, and won numerous touring and sports cars races in Europe.
Before getting ready to take to the always bumpy track at Sebring, Pirro will use his wit to charm the masses on Racing Talk on AM 1230 WJOB and AM 1420 WIMS at 6 p.m. Central Friday.
Pirro joins a list of esteemed guests on Racing Talk including: Bobby Allison, Mario Andretti, Sebastien Bourdais, Helio Castroneves, Erin Crocker, Scott Dixon, Paul Goldsmith, Hurley Haywood, Ron Hornaday, Frank Kimmel, Katherine Legge, Ted Musgrave, Oriol Servia, Dennis Setzer, Scott Sharp, Dave Steele, Bobby Unser, Rusty Wallace, Dan Wheldon, Justin Wilson, and J.J. Yeley among others.
For the "Best of the Best," tune into Racing Talk on AM 1230 WJOB and AM 1420 WIMS on Friday's at 6 p.m. Central, and online at: www.wjobcalpress.com.