Maybe a future F1 driver....

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  1. k7

    k7 Almost retired....tick..tick..tick..

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    They finished ninth in their class but they were on the same lap as the leaders apparently. Victor was scheduled to drive the last two hours And he could really drive when it’s wet. I think he would’ve had a good chance to be on the podium. We’ll never know.
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    Thanks for taking us along, guys!
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    k7 Almost retired....tick..tick..tick..

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    From one publication:

    In GTD class Marcos Gomes, who took pole position in car No.13 of Via Italia Racing, enjoyed an excellent start to the race. The Brazilian driver, who had initially lost the leading place to Ben Keating’s Mercedes, fought back and pulled away from his rival before handing over to Longo. Francisco was rather unlucky, spinning and losing two laps. The car then lost two more in the early part of the night but with some great stints Gomes, Andrea Bertolini and Victor Franzoni made up three laps to finish in ninth position.​

    I suppose when you’re writing the checks, you get to drive if you want but, personally, I feel it’s much, much better to be the owner of a winning team than a owner who drives on a team which finished ninth.
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    @Bill the Duck & I were over by Via Italia's transport and garage as the cars were pushed to the grid. Amazing machines.

    Here's the overall winner - a Caddy with a normally aspirated V8. The Cadillacs and Corvettes both V8 and were easy to pick out on the track based on engine sound alone.

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    Carbon fiber porn:

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    Ouch - you should see the other guy, also a Lambo.

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    Porsches everywhere. lol

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    Many manufacturers had prominent vehicles displayed:

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    A bit of green hell:
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    And the lovely GT - beautiful, beautiful car. Fugly dash.

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    Still....

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    Lessons learned? By the time I knew that Victor was driving, all of the on-site parking was sold out. Walking from the lot "across the street" was a real hike. If I ever go again, I'd like to rent a small RV, stock it to the hilt with food and park/camp on the infield.

    The team wasn't able to provide pit passes BUT, had Victor been driving again, one of the team members was going to meet us at their truck and drive us into the pit area on their golf cart. They weren't checking credentials for people on the team carts. Yeah - that's the ticket. lol Unfortunately, that didn't happen since the race was red-flagged about two hours early.

    @Bill the Duck is a great guy to attend this kind of event. He found some amazing local sea food places to eat and man, was the food great. We stayed far enough away on Thursday/Friday night as to avoid most of the crowds. Saturday night, when we weren't on the track, we napped in the car. There were many, many others in their cars also. That worked fairly well and we were able to drive off-site for dinner and breakfast on Sunday morning.

    Last pictures - at night, the views were really colorful.

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    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    No news lately.Dream crushed?
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    I guess. He’s coaching with Juncos while hoping that something will break his way. Thanks for touching base!
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    Hope a seat comes his way this week.
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    I reached out to his dad - nothing pending, only a job as a mechanic. He's not the only talented driver to be sidelined by a lack of funds. It's a hard way to learn that the world isn't fair.
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    Well, something popped. Freaking good news!

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    Woohoo!
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    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    That's very good news.

    Just keep it off the walls.
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    viajero Too old to be a nOOb

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    Post up his qualifying results and anything further that you can.
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    You bet...I'll try to follow the team tomorrow on-line. It doesn't start until 5 pm eastern:

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    DPI, that's frickin sweet
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    There's no such thing as a free ride. Unfortunately.

    Fabio, Victor's dad, sent me a message with the link for the living timing page. The rest of the message was as follows:

    Hi Gerry ! Victor got a chance to drive the DPi for Juncos. Of course, we have to pay, but in parcels until next year. He´s in Detroit right now
    At that level, I would expect Juncos to have the sponsors but, it's an obvious deficiency. I didn't expect that he'd have to pay his way.
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    This morning - from Detroit!

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    Doesn't appear that their car is competitive, or the drivers aren't. Last in class with about 30 minutes to go.