In 2005, I crewed for a Subaru WRX team that took 3rd place overall and the memory of a day-long race is unforgettable. The camaraderie, the exhaustion and the minute-by-minute emotional roller-coaster as the race unfolds create an incredible experience. 25 hours of green-flag racing translates into more like 36 hours of being on-call for pit stops, driver changes, gopher-ing and the occasional meal or moment of shut-eye. Just finishing the race is an accomplishment and it requires intense preparation and a great crew.
To make sure the pilots are well-rested, duties will be split among the four-driver team:
- Lance Boicelli (Car owner, BMW CCA)
- James Clay (BimmerWorld owner, BMW CCA, SPEED World Challenge)
- Brian Ghidinelli (MotorsportReg.com founder, BMW CCA, SCCA)
- Scott Smith (BMW CCA, Grand-Am and Targa Newfoundland)
My first wheel turned in anger in a race was behind the wheel of this E30 M3 prepared to a similar level. It's a fun car to drive with good balance and handling characteristics. The trick will be getting its highly-strung de-tuned 1980s Formula 1 technology to last for an entire season of racing in one day but Lance is going to great lengths to make the car ready.
After sitting out Spec Miata for a season and trying shifter karts, I'm excited to get back in the cockpit of a touring car. I'll be sure to follow-up with a post-race rundown on our effort but in the mean time, wish us luck!