As our plane touched down on the tarmac, it quickly became apparent that Atlanta’s weather was a far cry from the sun that we had left behind in Southern California. The dark skies cast a shadow over our arrival while Mike and I wondered what Mother Nature had in store for us. Our itineraries indicated a 30% chance of rain that we paid little attention to when we packed for the weekend.
As the American LeMans Series continues, the teams hit the road to return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, a track that they have raced at since the founding of ALMS. The famous track is known for its picturesque beauty as the tarmac snakes through the hillsides and orange dirt of Monterey, California. With an assorted variety of tricky off camber turns, elevation changes, and fast straights, it’s a technical course that is sure to challenge anything the teams can throw at it.
The streets of Long Beach: stomping grounds for Team RLL for the past 4 consecutive years. With at least one position on the ALMS podium claimed every year since 2009, 2013 only adds to a growing tally of wins for the team.
4:00 AM came earlier than expected. We were 2500 miles away from home, en route to the Daytona International Speedway for the grand unveiling of the all new BMW Z4 GTE, long before the sun had even considered making an appearance. The track sat silent and empty, and BMW’s crew had yet to arrive. Tucked away in the paddock bays sat BMW’s lineage of race cars, ranging from the Donohue E34 M5 to last year’s ALMS E92 twins.