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Saturday, January 24, 2009

Start your engines...

If Dakar is what helps me get through the cold of January, it is the Rolex 24 at Daytona which officially kicks off the new motor racing season in my book.

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona


There is a majesty about a 24 hour race... the sun setting, the lights coming on, and though the Grand-Am race is not at the level of a Le Mans event, it draws enough high-profile drivers and team owners from the U.S. scene to make it interesting.

Add to that a little celebrity (in the past Paul Newman, this year, TV’s McDreamy or whatever the heck Patrick Dempsey’s character is called), the legendary Daytona track, the banking, some top engines, night racing, what better way to ease yourself into a new racing season?

With a bunch of F1 cars launching and hitting the track in anger (BMW Sauber wrapping up the first week of testing today), a few more to launch, and just 60 days or so until Melbourne, it won’t be long now. Stateside, the IndyCar field is starting to form up. It is that moment when all things are possible. I say, bring it on!

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