Walt’s Weekly – 05/31/2016

Hope you have been at or watching great racing this weekend as there was the Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the 100th Indianapolis 500 and Formula 1 at Monaco.

All great historic venues as the weekend started with the Pirelli World Challenge at Lime Rock Park.  Please read the article about that race.

I would like see a quick and full recovery of the two drivers, Andrew Palmer and Jorge de la Torre as they are both still in the hospital in Hartford this Monday evening.

At the Indy 500 we watched as a rookie, Alexander Rossi wins the 100th Indy 500.  Unfortunately for my friend, Townsend Bell who had that pit lane incident while running upfront all race in the top 3 did not have the race he had hoped.  I saw the crew member give him the clear to go and enter pit lane, only to not have it clear for his entrance into pit lane.  I know he would have been a contender at the end.  That is racing, the ups, the downs!

Alexander Rossi, 24 , born in Nevada City, California and left for Europe at 16 to become an F1 driver after becoming the youngest winner of the Skip Barber National Series.

Moved into Formula BMW in 2008 and winning earned him a 2009 test wit BMW Sauber F1 team and a superlicense needed to compete in F1.  He continued to claim 2nd place in the GP2 championship in 2014.

He was Caterhams official F1 reserve driver in 2012,2013,2014 and got his race debut with the Manor Marussia team.  Unofrtunately with F1 being so money hungry that his ride was given to another driver who had deeper funding be him.

But this leads him to drive for the Andretti team and Honda for the 100th Indy 500. The team gave him a conservative setup for qualifying that put him in the 11th starting position.  I was during the race that he showed that he could turn competitive times and with everyone else getting 30-31 laps per tankfull, he was getting 36 which led him to be in that great position for the finish and run out of fuel after the checkered flag only 3/4  around the track and had to be towed back to celebrate the win.

Is he the next great American driver?  Only time will see but this will definitely only doors for him to drive many more races in his future.

Good Luck Alexander Rossi!

Next races coming up is the Weathertech Sportscar Championship at Belle Isle at Detroit this coming weekend.

I will be leaving in two weeks for the 24 hours of Le Mans where I will be with the Porsche team, Michael Shank Racing, Ferrari and Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell, the Manthley/Patrick Dempsey team and Patrick Long and lastly the Jordan brothers racing against each other in two Corvettes and hope to bring some insight of the race in general and these American teams.

Safe travels and ‘DON’T TEXT and DRIVE!’