© Andrew S. Hartwell
It is a few days before the Lime Rock Park round of the American Le Mans Series and we are thinking about how good things really are today for fans of sportscar racing. There are a number of professional racing series running full schedules and providing fans both old and new with opportunities to see what skilled drivers can do in cars that were or were not originally designed to be raced. That is, cars from the exotic prototypes in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), to the not too exotic Daytona Prototypes in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series. And 'street' cars - appropriately modified for the track - running in the SPEED World Challenge and Grand Am Cup series. And let us not forget the GT class (BMW, Porsche, Maserati, Corvette, etc.) in the Rolex Series, and the GT1 and GT2 classes (Corvette, Saleen, Aston Martin, Ferrari, Porsche, Panoz, etc.) in the ALMS.
Yes, there is a lot of variety at the professional level of sportscar racing today. We are thankful for all the choices. But, did you ever wish for just a bit more? You know, kind of like having an extra dollop of whipped cream on your ice cream sundae? Well, we have a few ideas for that little bit extra that we would like to see become reality. Now, some will probably seem a bit far fetched (alright, nuts) but what's the harm in telling everyone what you would like to see? At best, someone might read this and make some of these ideas come to life. At worst, the message boards on the internet will soon light up with threads that will vilify the merits of each item on our wish list.