THE EDITOR OUR ENDURING LOVE Of GT caRs
“at Le Mans this year, the GT
categories again provided
the most enduring action in
an action-packed enduro”
Juan Pablo Montoya truly earned his second Indy 500
triumph after a showdown of epic proportions. We thank
him and LAT USA’s main man, Mike Levitt, for nailing
RACER’s traditional morning-after photoshoot.
Oliver Gavin’s fifth
Le Mans class win
puts him up with
Derek Bell as the
Brit in the world’s
greatest enduro. He
tells us what makes
an elite GT racer.
his is always one of the the last editorial
pages to go to press in each RACER, and
we’re sitting here the day after the 83rd
running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
feeling pretty pleased with ourselves.
Yet again the GT classes provided the
most enduring action in an action-packed
enduro, and several of the drivers we’ve
featured in this GT-centric issue starred:
Oliver Gavin won GTE Pro with Tommy
Milner and Jordan Taylor in the Corvette
Racing C7.R, while Pat Long and our new
columnist Patrick Dempsey were second
in GTE Am, sharing with Marco Seefried.
It’s a pity we’re not as prescient when
it comes to picking lottery numbers...
Talking to race fans and RACER readers,
many follow top-level sports car racing
“mainly for the GT cars.” While the Grand
Touring machines don’t have the outright
speed of the prototypes, there’s something
about the concept of cars that are
(theoretically) road-to-race-track that’s
captured imaginations for generations.
GTs also breed a marque loyalty that you
just don’t find in open-wheel racing, where
fans get behind drivers rather than engine
manufacturers. And while stock car and
touring car aficionados still tend to support
racers steering their favored brand, these
machines are usually confined to facsimiles
of cars produced in the domestic market.
GT racing, on the other hand, promotes
exotica from all around the world, so just
as a Corvette causes a stir in Europe, so a
Lamborghini makes U.S. race fans weak at
the knees. GTs create the most cosmopolitan
and varied form of racing, and it’s something
that we love to celebrate in this issue.
Of course, we couldn’t neglect the
open-wheel world, where Juan Pablo
Montoya has re-established himself as a
major star with his win in the 99th Indy
500. But we also wanted to recognize
one of those under-the-radar aces, too.
Carlos Sainz Jr. has more than just a
famous name: as the “other” Toro Rosso
F1 driver, he’s left everyone impressed.
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