VOICES OF ROAD AMERICA There may not be a track on the American Le Mans Series schedule that garners praise quite like Road America. It's a classic circuit, combining lightning-quick speeds and corner combinations that test all aspects of...
VOICES OF ROAD AMERICA
There may not be a track on the American Le Mans Series schedule that garners praise quite like Road America. It's a classic circuit, combining lightning-quick speeds and corner combinations that test all aspects of car and driver. With this weekend's Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase marking the Series' eighth visit to the venue, here's a sampling of thoughts on the Spa of North America.
Adrian Fernandez, Lowe's Fernandez Racing
Acura ARX-01b (LMP2)
"It's my favorite place by far; I enjoy it every single year that I have competed. It's fantastic in Indy cars and it's fantastic in the LMP2 car. We are looking forward to a good race; I think it's going to be a race that we will have a major disadvantage on the straights with the Mazdas but hopefully we can pull it out in other ways. I'm really looking forward to it; it's a place I really enjoy as a driver."
Dominik Farnbacher, Panoz Team PTG
Panoz Esperante GTLM (GT2)
"Actually I'm really looking forward to the race because I work hard and I'm basically very strong on the straights. Road America has long straights and that will give us a light advantage over the other cars"
Butch Leitzinger, Dyson Racing
Lola B09/86-Mazda MZR-R (LMP2)
"Road America is truly one of the throwbacks to sports car racing, how it was always in the 50s and 60s - very wide open spaces, very high speed. It was a track that I'm sure they wouldn't design today because most of the tracks these days are all second-gear, third-gear turns and more technical where as Road America is a much more wide-open and fast race track. It's one of the few places you can go to where you can really see these cars stretch their legs."
The Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase is set for 2 p.m. CT on Sunday, August 16 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will air live on SPEED. American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche and Live Timing & Scoring will be available at Racehub on americanlemans.com. Radio coverage also will air live on Sirius Channel 126 and XM Channel 242.
The race also will mark the seventh round of the 2009 MICHELIN? GREEN X? Challenge. Tickets are available at americanlemans.com and roadamerica.com.