One and done The discarded Aston
Martin AMR-One prototype will live on:
the Le Mans Delta Wing utilizes its
monocoque. “The tub isn’t the secret to
this car,” says DW designer Ben Bowlby.
ALMS 12-hour to open
World Endurance series
WORLD PARTY BACK
ON AT SEBRING
The Sebring 12 Hours can count on
another international field like that
which produced this year’s winning
ORECA Peugeot (BELOW) alongside
American Le Mans Series regulars in
2012, after the FIA confirmed that the
Florida enduro will open the 12-round
World Endurance Championship.
There had been doubts that Sebring
would stay on the global slate, which
this year was known as the International
Le Mans Cup, but the conclusion of a
new long-term agreement between the
ALMS and the ACO sealed the deal.
Richard S. James
“This is an experiment, but I believe
the ACO want to be there as badly as
we want them to be there,” said ALMS
boss Scott Atherton.
There remained some confusion
about rules between the affiliated but
non-identical series, however. Atherton
maintained that ALMS runners would
be free to run in domestic spec, while
ACO president Jean-Claude Plassert
insisted, “Sebring will be 100 percent
WEC rules. There will be no GTC cars,
for example. They are not in the rules.”
OFF-ROAD’S LOSS, TOO
The same dark day that claimed Dan Wheldon marked the
passing of Lucas Oil Off Road Racing star Rick Huseman
While the tragedy in Las Vegas that claimed the life of
Dan Wheldon dominated the headlines on Oct. 15, the
motorsports family was rocked later the same day by
the announcement that off-road racing star Rick Huseman had
been killed along with his brother Jeff in the crash of their light
plane near Barstow, Calif. He was 38.
Huseman dominated the 2010 Lucas Oil Off Road Racing
Series Pro 4 division, winning 10 of 15 races with his family-oriented team, where brother Danny was his crew chief,
brother Kevin was chief mechanic and father Keith was also
frequently working on the Monster Energy/Traxxas Toyota. He
was second in the points with three races left in the 2011 season.
Huseman, who was also the 2009 TORC
Pro champion and the 2010 Dirt Sports
magazine Driver of the Year, had a
reputation as a master of traffic. In his
2010 LOORRS championship season, he
had to come from the back several times to
take victory. “Whenever I can pass people
fair and square, pass the fast guys and go
for the win, that’s a really good race for
me,” he said in an interview last year.
Huseman is survived by his wife
Michelle and son Ricky.
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LIKE MINDS AND LIKE CARS
Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV gathers stars
With 50-plus legendary Porsche drivers
to meet and greet, museum-quality
display cars, plenty of on-track Porsche
action which included many of those
legends – such as Brian Redman’s
triumph in a 908/3 over a trio of
Porsche 917s (LEFT) – and a variety of
German music and food in the
Biergarten and picture-perfect weather,
Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV was
heaven on earth for the 35,000-odd
Porsche lovers who descended on
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The event brought together many of
Porsche’s most historic racing models
from across the country and direct
from the Porsche Museum in Germany.
There was a significant highlight around
every turn in the paddock, including a
special tribute to the Porsche 911, a
Concours on Pit Lane, the North
American debut of the new 2012
Porsche 911 and the Porsche Club of
America’s largest single marque car
corral in the track’s history with more
than 1,300 vehicles.