THE EDITOR GRAND TOURING ON A GLOBAL SCALE
“GT is a branch of racing that
produces greater variety than
you’ll find in any open-wheel,
sedan or stock car series”
For Indy 500 winners, it’s become a morning-after tradition, along
with TV interviews and team photos with the Borg-Warner Trophy
– posing for Mike Levitt of LAT for the next issue of RACER. Our
new Indy champ was more than happy to oblige. Thanks Ryan.
studio shoots always
unlock a racecar’s
personality traits. For
“regal” and “
bad-ass” spring to mind.
Check out the results
starting page 36… PRINTING: R.R. Donnelley, Pontiac, Ill.
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hey’re the kind of cars that take hold of
our imagination as kids and never let go. As
adults, some are lucky enough to turn
dreams into reality and get to own and enjoy
one. Yet whether you drive or merely crave
one, a Grand Tourer remains the epitome of
the pure, exhilarating motoring experience.
GTs have long been part of the racing
scene, too, but a rationalization of
previously piecemeal rules and classes,
and a corresponding upsurge in interest
from manufacturers, has created a new
golden age. Suddenly Porsche’s 911, the
mainstay of GT racing for several decades,
no longer has a near-monopoly.
Looking at the U.S. scene’s TUDOR United
SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World
Challenge alone, Porsche’s rear-engined
icon is merely one (fine) alternative in a
vast array that encompasses cars from
America (Chevrolet, Ford, Dodge, Cadillac),
Germany (BMW, Porsche, Audi, Mercedes-Benz), Britain (Aston Martin, Bentley), Italy
(Ferrari, Lamborghini) and Japan (Nissan).
So we felt it was time to highlight a
category of racing that, in various forms
and formats, allows amateurs to race
exotica alongside pros, produces greater
variety of shape and style than you’ll find in
any open-wheel, sedan or stock car series,
and provides manufacturers a relevant
platform to promote their road car tech.
While the cars are generally the stars of
GT racing, this issue of RACER also turns the
spotlight on three high-profile heroes who’ve
laid down markers in 2014. Ryan Hunter-Reay’s thrilling win in the Indy 500 was a
typical example of speed and bravery from a
racer who long ago proved he was top-rank,
but continues to push his own limits.
Still in their mid-20s, you’d expect that
from Daniel Ricciardo and Joey Logano,
but they’ve each adjusted perceptions this
season. At Penske, Logano’s finally living up
to the “prodigy” tag we all gave him five
years ago. Meanwhile, Ricciardo is exceeding
the expectations of everyone – not least his
four-time World Champion teammate…
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