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Old 05-06-2010, 02:45 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Element Tuning View Post
I totally understand where you're coming from but lets face it you always get a better show by watching the racing on tv. Spectating in person really limits the drama and build up of a pass.
Agreed, and I'm still debating whether or not I'm going to Petit Le Mans this year. On one hand, it's the season finale... my Frenchies are gonna be back to defend from their lucky rain-shortened win last year... and it was VERY fun last year. On the other hand, you can see a lot more on TV than you can sitting down in 10A/B, even with the big jumbotron up on the hill at the bridge.

I've raced some events where we share the weekend with Grand Am at VIR and I'll be honest it's pretty boring to watch live after an hour but I guess just about anything is after you been going 170 mph racing your own car . The most exciting parts is being in the pits and watching the pros go to work on wrecked cars etc. Being there to see the cars, the smells, and literally feeling everything racing has to offer is great and then watching the race taped afterwards gives you the best of everything.
Yeah.... the paddock access was what really made Petit Le Mans so amazing. I remember Stu's face the first time we saw Olivier Panis just strolling around.... and my shock when I turned around to see Ron Fellowes over my shoulder looking at the new Jaguar. Watching the Acura boys rebuild the car from a bare monocoque after Scott Sharp had binned it on Thursday was absolutely astounding, too. And yes, TV can't convey the smells of fuel in the pits nor the intestine-shaking roar of the Corvettes climbing the hill out of turn 1 at full throttle.
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