THE EDITOR lIf TIng THE lID On RacIng’S wOnDERS
“we wanted to probe that little
bit further, explaining the ‘How’
as well as the ‘why’ of some truly
varied aspects of motorsport”
Can you imagine the noise as this shot was taken?!
Hermann Lang heads to victory in the 1938 Livorno Grand
Prix in the glorious Mercedes-Benz W154. The car for our
retro In Focus is in 1939 spec – still beautiful, even quicker.
A big thank you to
Ed Carpenter and
his lieutenants for
revealing to RACER
how to succeed on
We trust their
come back to
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very issue of RACER, our purpose is to
take you inside the sport we all love, with
the stories of racing’s past (we revel in it),
present (we’re absorbed by it) and future
(we’re excited by it). But with The Insider
Issue, we wanted to probe that little bit
further, explaining the “How” as well as
the “Why” of some truly varied aspects of
motorsport. And, honestly, there wasn’t a
writer among us who didn’t gain a ton of
understanding along the way.
For example, do you know how
Formula 1’s magnificently swift pit stops
are achieved? How the World Endurance
Championship’s policies have allowed
tech-laden LMP1 prototypes (RIGHT) to
retain great diversity while achieving the
same goals? How an IndyCar team perfects
the art of oval racing? How Formula 1
regulations are passed (or rejected)? How
differently a GT racer approaches a
TUDOR Championship enduro, compared
with a Pirelli World Challenge sprint?
Read on, and these questions and
many more will be answered. Naturally,
we haven’t neglected the “Why”-type
questions, either. Why is Mark Webber not
missing Formula 1, but is instead totally
absorbed by racing a Porsche 919 Hybrid
in the WEC? Why is it so difficult to
balance the performance of IMSA’s Daytona
Prototypes and P2 cars? Oh, and why is the
pre-War Mercedes-Benz W154 one of the
most overlooked overacheivers in grand
prix history…and why was it so sleek and
low compared to its contemporaries?
One category whose performance is
balanced from the start is Indy Lights,
and so we’re also thrilled to report in these
pages how tests are proving the 2015
Dallara IL- 15 to be very quick, very
reliable, and the perfect vehicle for
wannabe IndyCar Series drivers.
So this is the issue of RACER where we
barely touched the rose-tinted spectacles,
and instead used the X-ray vision variety.
Come to think of it, perhaps we should
have called it The Enlightenment Issue.
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