Atlantic Championship: Team Holland has Georgia on their mind For the last race of the 2008 season, the Atlantic Championship joins the American Le Mans Series on the circuit of Road Atlanta. The Atlantics are the main series in the ALMS Friday...
Atlantic Championship: Team Holland has Georgia on their mind
For the last race of the 2008 season, the Atlantic Championship joins the American Le Mans Series on the circuit of Road Atlanta. The Atlantics are the main series in the ALMS Friday support programme. For the first time in their careers both Junior Strous and Dominick Muermans race on this spectacular track. Tuesday saw extensive test sessions which were followed yesterday by both qualifying sessions.
50 miles east of Atlanta (Georgia) lies the beautiful permanent circuit of Road Atlanta. With the invention of the nicotine patch Don Panoz made his fortune and his dream became reality. As a race fan he bought the delapidated track about 10 years ago and as a lover of all things French he was the one who brought Le Mans to the States. Now the place looks beautiful with its own hotel 'Chateau Elan' and winery.
This weekend Road Atlanta is the venue for the 2008 edition of the American Le Mans Series 10 hour race. Peugeot and Audi are going to battle it out before more than 120.000 spectators. Fans already arrived on Wednesday and from their tents and campers cheer on and waive to all cars and drivers on the track.
Junior Strous (12th in combined qualifying):
"I had to get used to the ciruit and did not drive the limit immediately. I love this track. You cannot make the smallest mistake, the circuit is very unforgiving. Once you leave the track you end up with a lot of damage. I talked to the race director, Johny Unser, and he told me that today's damage was more than 200.000 dollar. This is more than the total so far this year! We worked hard on the set up of the car. Once again the top 10 has qualified within 1 second. I am looking forward to the race, it will be a battle."
Dominick Muermans (15th in combined qualifying):
"A beautiful circuit. Every lap I drove better. Unfortunately we had three red flag periods as other competitors went off. I saw Lacroix hitting the concrete wall and Skerlong went off and got hurt so badly that the doctors will not allow him to participate in the race. When I talked to him he was still very confused and told me he experienced 66G force! I am going to give my best during the race and try to drive this last race of the season without damage."
Today, Friday 3 October, warm up is at 8 am (local time = GMT-6). The 50 minutes race is 10 past 2 this afternoon.