The beautiful thing about the FIA World
Endurance Championship is you get to
travel the globe. I’m learning that no
matter where you go in the world, you
can find people who love cars and
motorsport. It’s a wonderful connection,
no matter the other cultural differences.
The passion I have for motorsports is a
passion shared around the world.
My Dempsey-Proton Racing teammate,
Pat Long, and I spent a wonderful day in
Dubai, where we met up with Khaled
Al Qubaisi. He drives our sister Abu Dhabi-
Proton Racing No. 88 Porsche 911 RSR.
I first met Khaled at Le Mans last year,
but this season we’re spending much
more time together, along with his whole
family. His daughter, Hamda, has just
been selected for the FIA Women in
Motorsport program, and his face just
lights up as he talks about all his kids’
success in karts. Khaled is such a gentle,
kind, giving and competitive soul.
We headed out of the city and around
45 minutes later pulled into the driveway
of a desert farm. There before us were
two 650hp dune buggies imported from
San Diego. Pat and I were incredibly
excited and looking forward to an
adventure in the desert. I quickly started
having fantasies of Lawrence of Arabia.
We were each handed the traditional
head dress, the ghutra, and taught how to
wrap it properly to protect ourselves from
the dust. Now I figured I truly looked like
Lawrence of Arabia, but with modern
goggles... Khalid explained what the
different ghutra colors represented and
the traditions associated with them, and
then we were told to get into the passenger
side – our turn to drive would come later.
We lined up, single file, and drove
parallel to the highway before turning left
PLAYING IN THE SANDBOX
A RACING JOURNEY
LMGTE-AM PODIUM FINISHER,
2015 24 HOURS OF LE MANS