The American Le Mans Series Green Challenge At The Long Beach Street Grand Prix
There is no reason for fans not to attend at least one GP in their lifetime. American Grand Prix in particular allows you to get up close to paddocks and chat with racing teams, something Formula 1 no longer offers.
The Appeal Of Sports Prototype. I love Sports Prototype for good reasons. The appeal of Formula 1 and Indy Cars is great, but they are still a too far away from the everyday driver. I bumped into Rubens Barrichello going into his KV Racing truck, but it was a fleeting moment. Nothing compares to the busy hum of an LMP or GT pit, busying fine tuning these ultra racers while the crowd of onlookers stare, transfixed. Sports Prototype and GTs offer is a glimpse of technologies that will soon in every day consumer cars.
Technically Speaking. The LMP1 have 475-575hp racers, weighing approximately 1,985 lb that can sprint 0 to 60 in about four seconds with top speeds of around 200 mph. The smaller and less powerful LMP2 are more purpose-built prototypes. They also have multiple manufacturers supply like the LMP1 in both open-top and coupe chassis, such as Lola, Honda Performance Development and Oak-Pescarolo. While the LMP2 flirt with similar horsepower to GT cars but only weigh about 1,984 lb.
LMP Challenge. This class uses the ORECA FLM09 prototype and weighs a minimum of 1,984 lb without driver and fuel. They produce 430 hp. Sporting full carbon fiber chassis, carbon brakes, and an Xtrac sequential gearbox with paddle shifting, they race on single-supply Michelin tires.