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the same with Daytona Prototypes or
LMP2. I just hope that the guys who
make the decisions don’t screw it up.
OG I’ve accepted the merger, and I think
everybody has in racing; we’re getting on
with it. We’re relatively stable in GT, and
that’s nice, but I have to agree with
something that Lucas said: It’s tough on
the guys who are running a P2 car, or a
DP, not really knowing where they stand.
It’s a shame that we’re going to be
losing LMP1, because I think it does bring
a lot of people to the gate. The technology
and the sheer speed of those cars is
extraordinary. And one of the things that
holds true in any form of racing is that
people want to come and watch the cars
because they’re exciting, because they’re
fast, because they make a great sound. We
can’t lose sight of that, In terms of the
spectacle it presents, the new series can’t
look and feel like a step back.
So you just hope that the people
running the new series have got a handle
on that and aren’t going to dumb us
down. Are we going to some circuits that
maybe aren’t so fun to race around? Yes.
But we have to accept that’s the way it is.
And we’re still going to some cool circuits
and some great races like Daytona 24
Hours, Sebring, Petit Le Mans. For me,
going to Watkins Glen is going to be
awesome. Regardless of what you’re in,
the racing should be excellent next year.
Circling back to where we started, one of
you recently had the chance to dust off
his open-wheel experience and
participate in an IndyCar Series race at
Sonoma with Sarah Fisher Hartman
Racing. What was that like, Lucas?
LL I have to say, I knew it was going to be
tough. It was a big, big challenge for a
couple of reasons. First of all, three quarters
of the IndyCar season was already done
so everybody’s on top of their game.
Plus, I was jumping into a team’s second
car, so it all brings a little bit of difficulty.
Oh, and I hadn’t driven an open-wheel car
in 15 years in addition to that…
Overall, to be honest, I was pissed that
I didn’t have a better finish, but when I
think about it, the experience was
freaking awesome! IndyCar is so
competitive and the times are so close
together. At the end of the day I said, OK,
I didn’t do so bad. I think I was as high as
12th at some point. And at one point I
was racing side-by-side with Sebastien
Bourdais and he finished 10th. We
improved the Sarah Fisher cars during the
weekend and I enjoyed it a lot. I think it’s a
great form of racing, and I hope the people
who made it happen liked it enough that
I can do some more. I would love that.
Alright, Olly… Lucas stepped up…so when
are we going to see the 1995 British
Formula 3 Champion try his hand in
IndyCar? Do we need to call Chevy and
pull some strings…?
OG I would really love to have the
opportunity to do it. It would be
something special. It’s a great, great
series; it’s a huge amount of fun to see
them run. There’s a lot of guys in that
series that I’ve raced against through my
career. Dario, Helio, Tony Kanaan – I’ve
raced against all of those guys and I’d
love to get back out there and have
another crack at them. Whether it’s
realistic or not, obviously, I can’t say. But
if anybody from Chevy is reading this, and
if the opportunity was given to me…
The pace doesn’t slacken when the sun goes
down, and flat-out, all the time is modus operandi
for the current generation of sports car racers.
(MAIN) Oliver Gavin’s Corvette races into the
night at the 2012 Petit Le Mans.