Thursday, July 9, 2020

LE MANS: It would be Great if Porsche returns to Top flight Sports Car Prototypes racing

But will It Happen? Only time will tell...

Yeah, I know I've been Droning On 'n On 'bout Sports Cars lately, which I suppose is largely due to the fact that Open Wheel Racing really doesn't turn thou Crank right now. And I'm not even really sure if I care about this year's racing season? Since it'll be totally surreal watching; Err listening to a Formula 1 race for the first time in 217 Gory Days!

Provided I Don't have Company in town for the very first time this year due to that Blasted Corona Virus Outbreak! Which is partially why I'm busy Bangin' out No Fenders stories left 'N right currently...

Hmm, Funny Discovering that's 41 Days shorter than Indy Cars El Stupidio' 2019-2020 Offseason, since it's been since December 1st when I'm pretty certain I fell Asleep during that Sleep inducing Abu Dhabi Grand Prix Snoozer! While I currently Don't know if I'll get a chance to watch the July 5th F1 Season Opener; But I Digress..

As it was a long, long time ago when I  read Racer's Steven Kilby's article divulging that Porsche was considering an LMDH Prototypes programme, albeit then still awaiting the ACO and IMSA's final rules proposal in order to apparently figure out how much it would cost for Porsche to return to Top-flight Sports Car racing.

Yet naturally, like everything else during our current COVID 19 Pandemic, News upon this decision seems to have gone silent, especially since the final Rules Package has been Delayed...

Whilst Racer's Marshall Pruett notes that Ford, Lexus and McLaren are also sniffing about future LMDH projects...

But this story got me thinking, Yeah, Shush Y'all! Over what I've long thought is Ford's mistake currently, having eschewed itself completely from Sports Car racing. And when they did return with the latest rendition of their iconic Ford GT in 2016, they went for second tier GTE Pro Class Honours instead of Bucking Up and going for Outright Glory instead!

This news also makes me wonder in spite how wonderful it would be to have Ferrari racing in IndyCar's, I somehow Don't see that happening, since I think they're only really interested in the Indianapolis 500.

But why not instead focus upon a return to Top-flight Prototypes; Err Le Mans Daytona Hybrid (LMDH) racing instead?

Especially since if I'm interpreting this new category's intensions correctly, then la Scuderia, nee Ferrari would be able to contest the Rolex 24, 12 Hours of Sebring, Le Mans and Petit Le Mans amongst other races with a single chassis.

While I've now refreshed Thy Memory over the new "rules requiring a "mandatory" use of a Spec Hybrid system producing 40-50bhp,. Will IndyCar be wise enough to make it the same Spec Unit, since I believe that's the same minimal power output quoted by IndyCar, El Correctomundo?

Or at the very least compatible with this new LMDH category, which would give Auto Manufacturers even more Bang for their Buck! And further solidify costs and equipment further enticing participation in both Sports.

Alas, in this perfect Fantasy world, either Porsche would become Indy Cars third OEM Engine Supplier. Or even Zanier yet. The Ferrari Sports Car engine could also be "Badge" Engineered for Alfa Romeo to return to IndyCar for a second, Uhm third and hopefully far more successful go around in Open Wheel Racing! Leaving the door open for Scuderia Ferrari to contest the Indy 500 as a "One-off" Works effort.

Although I have No idea how FIAT-Chrysler's merger with PSA/Peugeot would effect this purely Hypothetical engine programme. And Yeah, I know that Ferrari's been Spun Off from its former "Parent Company" FIAT-Chrysler. But I'm pretty certain it's still controlled majorly by the Agnelli Family that also has strong linkage to FCA and Alfa Romeo, Righto?

Meanwhile, one new manufacturer Definitely taking the Hypercar plunge is the small, boutique Scuderia Cameron Glickenhaus concern, which has previously announced it will make its race Debut at the 2021 Super Sebring outing, Arse-sumedly for just the WEC portion, since I Don't think it's car will be eligible for IMSA competition until 2022.

Whilst I've since attempted once again gleaming a 'lil more understanding of the proposed LMDH-LMH Hypercars Converging intent for the 2022 FIA World Endurance Championship Season, albeit I'm Arse-sumin' it's still somewhat As Clear as Mud On A Rainy Day for All involved, eh?

As this Dated January 24th Racer article by Marshall Pruett (below) claims that the new LMDH class will indeed require a Hybrid system on the vehicles rear wheels. Along with four designated chassis suppliers allowed With each Auto manufacturer permitted to distinguish said chassis with design queues mimicking their desired vehicle for Brand recognition.

Whilst I've read elsewhere the two Prototypes categories, the FIA's World Endurance Championship's LMH category which goes into service in September 2021, and the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship's LMDH category, also known informally as DPi 2.0 which begins with the 2022 Rolex 24 will be equalized beginning in 2022 by the Dreaded BoP (Balance of Performance) system...

As stay tuned Kiddoes', Sports Car racing Big Boyz' category's set to get a whole lot more interesting soon! Like beginning next year in Europe...

LE MANS: Revised Entry list and Schedule announced

Ran across the following Racer article when perusing the Le Mans/WEC section recently, noting how the ACO still intends for a maximum of 62 entrants for this year's 88th running of the 24 Heurs du Mans. Yet with the likes of Corvette Racing and others pulling out from this year's rescheduled September 19-20 event, five Reserve entries have been elevated to race status...

Monday, July 6, 2020

IMSA: The reds are ah-Coming', And the Pinks, Violets and Blues too

As Sing It Geddy! What Say Ye 'bout Thee Reds?

Nah, Don't worry, i won't go too far down Zed Wabbithole', but is it just Mwah that finds it  Uber Hilarious how Nobody's willing to admit that thou el Stupidio' BOOM-BOOm Fourth 'o July Holiday lionizes the ultimate form of Rioting 'N Looting! Y'all know when some funny type 'O Earl Gray refreshments were Dumped; Oh Never Mind!

Although when I think of the word Red in its various connotations above, my mental Soundtrack immediately Dials Up a great 'lil ditty by the former No Fenders House Band...

And ah One and Ah-Two Geddy!

" A pair of Dancing Shoes
The Soviet's are the Blue

It's the Red's
Underneath your Bed
Lying in the Darkness
Dead Ahead!

And the Mercury's rising
Barometer starts to Fall
You know it gets to Us All...

You see Black & White
I See Red, Not Blue
Can't we Talk about Something else Instead

I See Red-Red..."

Sorry Race Fans, but if you're looking for some Hard Hittin' reporting upon this past weekend's Triple Header 'O Motor Racing, i.e.; IndyCar, Sports Cars and Formula 1, then you'll be Disappointed 'cause I'm simply Knackered as 'Ol Darren Dangermouse' Manning would say!

As I've been Poondin' Ye Keyboard Gory 24/7 the last two weeks-plus in order to hopefully Binge upon partaking copious amounts of Ye Boob-tube's Motor racing return instead...

OOPSADAISY! Had originally intended to type up some witticism 'bout Ye Other Paul revere, Yuhs know the late Band Leader of Paul Revere & The Raiders, who's name just so happened to be Paul Revere! As surely you've heard at least one of Thar Hit Songs from the Groovy 1960's Righto? Like Just Like Me, Kicks, Hungry, Good Thing or Him or Me, What's it Gonna Be. Hmm? Why does that last song title make me think of Meatloaf's rendition instead?

Since I thought I'd read somewheres' previously that when the IMSA Weathertech SportsCar Championship resumed to racing  at Daytona International Speedway on July 4th, it would be calling the event the Paul Revere 250 in Honour of its past Heritage as a DayToner' Summer event.

Although I must confess I was totally unaware of this History, partially due to falling on a Holiday along with being a Grand Am event, since I was an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Fan instead; But I Digress...

As the Paul Revere 250 dates Wayback to the late 1960's and originally ran thru 1986, paying Homage to that other Paul Revere, who rode a Horse Yelling Somebody's ah-Coming! And typically began late at night and ended in the early morning hours, A la Messer Revere's Nighttime ride.

The inaugural 1967 SCCA Trans Am event was won by 'Ol Rufus Parnelli Jones in a Bud Moore Mercury Cougar.

From 1968-1972 the race was held under the auspices of NASCAR's Grand American Touring stewardship, before running under the IMSA GT Championship Banner for 10yrs. (1973-83) 

With the winners rostrum reading like a who's Who 'O Motor Racing! With such names as Lloyd Ruby, Pete Hamilton, buck Baker, Hurley Haywood, Hans Joachim Stuck, Al Holbert, Peter Gregg, George Dyer, John Fitzpatrick, Ted Field and Danny Ongais and 'Ol SuperTex', nee Anthony Joseph Foyt, Jr. partnered with Hurley Haywoodd, as two drivers became the norm in its latter years.

Then in 1984 the race reverted to a single outing under SCCA Pro Racing's Trans Am Championship, where somebody loud 'N brash named Willy T. Ribbs did his Ali Shuffle victory celebration atop his Jack Roush Racing Mercury Capri!

As it's somewhat Funny being reminded that Ribbs rankled his Boss, Ye Cat In Thee Hat' Jack Roush Ah-Mighty'. Causing Roush to once order Scotty Scooter' Pruett in another Trans Am race to Spin Out Willy even though Pruett was two laps Down. Which afterwards, Ribbs allegedly punched Pruett!

The next two years, the race was for Scooters', under the banner of the AMA Championship Cup before finally Petering Out. Hey, I think 'Ol Paul, Uhm actually his trusty Steed was getting plum Wore Out by then; Hya!

The event went on Hiatus until returning as part of the new Grand American Road Racing series beginning in 2000 thru 2009, with the exception of no race being held in 2001.

As Scott Pruett finally added his name to the winner's list, with Co-driver Memo Rojas in Ye Cheepsters', nee Chip Ganassis Riley/Lexus Daytona Prototype in '08.

Current (WTR) Team Owner Wayne Taylor notched his lone W' in 2004 with Co-driver Max "the Ax" Angelelli. As Wayne Taylor Racing will be looking to stretch its winning streak to two in-a-row at Daytona.

Yet not surprisingly, Hurley Haywood holds the record for most wins with four, followed by James Weaver and Max Angelelli both having two W's apiece.

Interestingly, the late Al Holbert scored his lone victory in 1976 behind the wheel of his Nasty Chevy Monza. As what's more Red, White 'N blue during the Bicentennial than a Chebbie' winning at DayToner, Eh?

Whilst on a Karmically Humorous note, after a variety 'O Porsches, including the 911 Carrera RSR, 934, and various Brutish 935 variants had taken turns winning the event. Brumos bought the Naming rights to the race, renaming it the Brumos Porsche 250 for which No Porsche won Afterwards...

Partial Song lyrics from: RUSh
(:The Unofficial No Fenders House Band")
Song: Red Lenses
Album: Grace Under Pressure
Year: 1984