Friday, March 18, 2011

ALMS: Sebring 12hrs plus Italiano delights

The 59th Annual 12-hours of Sebring will commence Saturday, March 19th at 7:30AM PACIFIC – which fortunately I’ll be missing this year; since I’m NOT impressed ‘Juan I-oata with the series having opted to jump to the Disney Shoppin’ Networkz, nee ABC; URGH! As they’ll be only showing a BASTARDIZED, watered-down 90-minutes tape DELAYED version broadcast Sunday – one day after the actual race from 9:30-11AM PACIFIC, which is a huge disappointment compared to years past – which featured multiple hours of live coverage on SPEED!

And I’ve just learned that Paul Gentilozzi’s Rocketsports Racing XKR ‘Cats will have some added competition in the form of the newly developed “lamb-bor-genie” of West Racing.

Actually, it’s a Lamborghini LP560 in GT-specs and will be piloted by Nicky Pastorelli and Dominik Schwager. Hmm? Hang on a ‘My-nute, I’ve heard Nicky’s name before... Oh yeah, that’s right I saw Nikki Sixx, Err Pastorelli cutting-his-teeth in single seater action behind the keyboard of Gentilozzi’s RSR Tail-ender Champ Car at Portland International Raceway way back when – ‘Circa 2005-07.

The West Racing Lamborghini will contest the entire 2011 ALMS calendar and is a collaborative effort between the team and tyre partner Yokohoma, as it’ll be great to have a Lambo poundin’ round the GT class ranks – so keep an eye out for this Italian beast which will hopefully be nipping at la Scuderia’s heels...