“Tower, this is Echo Charlie Zero. We have a couple photographers here covering the race and they are looking to get some photos of the track at night. Do we have permission to fly directly over the speedway?” “Echo Charlie Zero, this is tower. You are clear to pass over the speedway for the next hour. Please stay above 1,200 feet.” With that, we were off!!! I may have paraphrased that conversation, but that was more or less the gist of it. Four of us, including our KICK ASS
I’m not going to wax poetic in this blog. Sportscar racing is back, and it is back with a whole bunch of NEW. New teams. New cars. New drivers. 2016 is going to be a great year for endurance racing. Here are some of my favorite frames from 3 days of testing in Daytona. We’ll all be back in 2 weeks for the big show, until then, here are a few favorites. To see more images, search for drivers, teams or cars, please visit my archive. Thanks to Lamborghini, O’Gara Motorsport, Day
The Super Trofeo season is winding down. Of the six tracks Lamborghini visits in North America, this may be one of the most challenging. Road Atlanta is unforgiving, fast and has no runoff. It’s a “driver’s track”; And it’s one of my favorites. Of course I was disappointed in looking at the weather forecast for the week. Road Atlanta always makes for incredible images when the sun is shining in early October. We even had one early morning session, and one late afternoon race.
Lamborghini’s world class one make series arrived for it’s first time at Circuit of the Americas and immediately brought the heat. Literally and figuratively. It was hotter than the surface of the sun out there. So hot that one of the drivers even collapsed following our first race of the weekend on Thursday evening. The tremendous temperatures and humidity had us all running for shade whenever we could. But despite the heat, the series put on a great show for fans. And even
If you’ve ever spent any time around classic cars, you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about. They have a very distinct smell. Like old leather, years of love and life, miles and miles under the tires, mixed with the pungent smell of diesel. They cough and choke smoke and you can hear every cylinder firing when the engine cranks up. Now imagine an entire golf course, a world famous golf course at that, covered with old cars. What you get is Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance.
I’m sitting in a Buffalo Wild Wings, which is mostly empty, in Ithaca New York, with one of our Lamborghini Super Trofeo drivers. We plead with the bar man to turn the tv to CBS Sports for us. It’s 9pm and there is good tv to watch! The first national broadcast of a North American Lamborghini Super Trofeo race is on live tv for the world to see! We sat in our seats eating dinner, watching a first class broadcast that made an exciting race look even more exciting with excellen
Lamborghini Super Trofeo has had the world’s longest off-season. We ended 2014 in fantastic fashion at the famed Road Atlanta sports car course outside Atlanta Georgia in early October, then everyone went into hibernation. 7 long months later, the cars emerged again at Laguna Seca, California. But emerged this time, better than ever. Over that long off-season was tremendous change in the Lamborghini camp. The very popular Gallardo race car was being replaced with the angry lo
The end of the season. In 2013, we were all standing in an empty parking lot at Autoclub speedway in Fontana. Not exactly heaven on Earth. Fast forward 365 days, and there we were. Another parking lot. Except that parking lot was at Road Atlanta. My favorite race track in all of North America. The driver’s championship already locked up. The team championship was all that was left at stake. And it was down to the wire. Change Racing vs Mitchum Motorsport. It didn’t matter who
It’s Thursday morning driver’s briefing at Mosport (now called Canadian Tire Motorsport Park) in the always lavish Lamborghini hospitality tent. IMSA’s race officials delicately tell the drivers as they sip coffee and take bites of egg and sausage, that you can think of this track like a “monkey with a knife…..never turn your back on it.” Those kind of words will ruin your appetite quickly. Mosport is fast. It’s got elevation change. It’s got everything you might need to cre
At this point, there aren’t too many tracks in the USA that I haven’t been to. But prior to this weekend, one of the best ones I had yet to visit was Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway and it’s infamous corkscrew. My lens and I are staring at a wall of sand and hot, black tarmac. The corkscrew is enormous. This corner is infamous in the world of racing, and it is everything that it’s legend expects it to be. It’s not long before I can hear that familiar bark of a Lamborghini V10 engin