RACER Journal: The Profitable Problem/Nice Vehicles Particular
Benefit from the right here and now, or flip over and revel within the “then.” We’ll allow you to determine the place to begin with the most recent challenge of RACER journal (No. 306 Sept./Oct. 2020).
Heading up the right here and now could be our unique interview with Takuma Sato, winner of the 104th Indianapolis 500. It’s victory No. 2 for Sato in “The Best Spectacle in Racing,” and as he reveals, this one was a masterclass in planning and execution.
A masked Takuma is one in all our cowl stars, together with the man on prime of the Borg-Warner Trophy (sure, in fact he’s masked, too – in any case, they have been just a few inches aside). And talking of planning and execution, it’s an enormous shout out to ace lensman Michael Levitt for pulling that one off, with particular due to the IMS crew who manhandled the largest trophy in motorsports over to our shoot location.
We’ve known as the entrance finish of this RACER “The Profitable Problem,” and in addition to Sato, it options Max Verstappen (just about the one man in F1 who can get inside visible vary of Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes frequently), NASCAR Cup Collection rookie and race winner Cole Custer, and a record-breaking Invoice Auberlen. Invoice’s simply eclipsed Scott Pruett’s IMSA race-win document, taking his whole to 61 and counting – and at a nonetheless highly-motivated 51-years outdated, we’re figuring he’s bought a bunch extra in him but.
Flip over and also you’ll discover our annual Nice Vehicles Particular. This yr, with Ferrari celebrating its 1,000th Formulation 1 World Championship grand prix begin (“celebrating” being a relative time period, given its present woeful type), we’re all around the Scuderia.
Ferrari’s F1 heritage supplies the subject material for one more unimaginable cowl illustration by RACER’s in-house artist, Paul Laguette. However Paul’s enter doesn’t finish with Nigel Mansell’s sparking 640 from 1989 – try extra from the maestro as we rely down the Prancing Horse’s 5 best F1 automobiles, and tell us should you agree or vehemently disagree with our selections. Similar goes for our tackle the automobiles that besmirched its identify…
Staying with the Ferrari theme, we check out an unexpectedly memorable interval of IMSA racing. The World Sports activities Automobile period might have been a catastrophe however, thanks to 2 very completely different protagonists, supplied epic competitors within the mid-’90s. Within the crimson nook, Ferrari’s 333 SP and its F1-derived engine and tech. And within the crimson, white and blue nook, Riley & Scott’s Indiana corn-fed Mk III, a automotive that just about defines “easy, however efficient.”
Add in an enchanting function story on 2000’s “Renske,” a Penske-ized model of the Reynard 2KI that simply so occurs to be the quickest Indy automotive of all time, and this was a enjoyable part to place collectively. We hope you get pleasure from it, too.
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