Daily Archives: 2006-10-22

American Le Mans at Laguna Seca

This past Saturday I had the good fortune to attend the final American Le Mans Series race of the year down at Laguna Seca. This Le Mans format is really different with four distinct classes of race cars running all at the same time (two classes of Grand Touring cars and two of Prototype). The overall race winner was an Audi R10 TDI which was a turbo-diesel. (In addition to being screaming fast, this car was really quiet.)

We were lucky to be guests of the Portal Player hospitality suite (associated with Flying Lizard Motorsports), so we had a great view of turn 11 and the pits. (And never ran out of food or drinks, or course.)

The Le Mans series was very fan-friendly with the paddock area open to all. They also had an hour-long autograph session with the team drivers. Before the start of the race, the starting grid was open to the public as well, so you could really get close to the action.

My little HP camera isn’t so good at high-speed action shots, but I did get a few good ones from the pit/paddock areas and walking around the track:

Flickr photoset: Monterey Sports Car Championships

Corvette Garage and Pits Audi #2