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    Default Petit Lemans running Live right now

    Spending my Saturday watching a rather historic race - last event of the ALMS ever so to speak, since next year they are repackaged into the Tudor USCC.

    It's showing at certain times on Fox Sports 2, but who needs commercials and interruptions?? The live streaming international broadcast is on the website:

    Television Broadcast - International Feed | American Le Mans Series

    Some rain on course right now and they just came off a full course yellow so plenty of action at the moment.

    God I love the GT Vipers. In qualifying yesterday they were talking about the Vipers being the strongest on the big straight here.
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    This is awesome, I didn't realize they streamed this online!

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    I shot the Petit back in 2006 the first year of the Audi diesels. Such a cool series and a great track.

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    Woops just noticed the typo in the title.

    I'm dissapointed I can't see the finish, have to go to work in an hour. It's been a great race. 314 laps in and it's still close.
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    And may the best win......

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    I live about 40 minutes away from RA and got to watch some practices and qualifying, and then spent about 12 hours there yesterday. Great race. I'm really excited for USC next year. I've been to a GrandAm race before and now ALMS, and it feels like they're merging the best of both series.

    I took a bunch of pictures from around the paddock and infield. Tons of racecar porn. I'll edit some pictures today and post them up.

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    All pictures from my iPhone. Since there's so many pro photographers worrying about the on-track action, I only bothered taking pics of the stuff that usually isn't covered by internet and TV coverage.

    Overlooking the paddock on Friday before qualifying



    SRT paddock. Very minimal and clean.



    Rebellion racing paddock. After Muscle Milk retired, they cruised to overall P1. Their setup is very low-key, both in paddock and on the pits. They had at least three of these spare front clips, complete with the headlight units.



    Deltawing paddock. I still don't understand how this is so fast, but it's very impressive. 1,080 lbs before fuel and driver. It eventually retired, we think possibly due to transmission issues. It looked awesome at night, with two headlights up front and headlights on each of the rear fenders.



    They had an old open-cockpit version show car in the vendor area. So bright!



    Tequila Patron paddock setting up for autographs. I love the "jackstands" that these teams use.



    Mazda twin turbo diesel engine for their GT Mazda 6. I hope they are back to USC next year.



    BMW LMP car driven by TK.



    3.0 CSL race car.



    McLaren F1.





    650 hp BMW 320 from 1976, driven by David Hobbs. I could've stared at the details on this car for hours.











    Race day. The cars have done their final practice session and sit in the pits for inspections and trying to decide which tires to start on (light rain falling).



    Extra Deltawing wets. The fronts are 140/70-15. The slicks were the same size. 3 lug wheels!



    Deltawing sitting on the track for the pit walk. It's much smaller in person than I expected. It's even smaller still when they have all of the aero panels off.



    The SRT team keeps their spare bodywork nice and tidy, just like the rest of their paddock setup. Their cars got some bumps and bruises but they didn't need too many of these.



    The 56 BMW ran consistent all day but finished less than a second behind the winning Falken Porsche.



    The viewport of the windshield is so small on these cars.



    Dyson Mazda P1 car before the race.



    The cabin is tiny in these. The driver's right head restraint is actually part of the door. They were working on some last-minute electrical things here.



    After the pit walk I was able to walk a little further out onto the track and get a unique perspective at the T12 hill coming onto the straight. It doesn't look very steep here, until you're actually on top of it.



    We moved around a ton during the race, but one of the more unique vantage points we found was with the Corvette team. They had a monitor dedicated to every camera out on course, live race timing, in-car video from each car, and screens full of each car's telemetry. At this point in time, the GT class was bunched together on the lead lap and there was a lot of excitement and concentration here, as the #3 Corvette was right in the mix. We got to watch the buzz of a pending pit stop, and then having the driver decide at the last minute when the best opportunity would be. It was a great perspective to see the other side of the wall to make the pit stops and driver changes successful, before, during, and after.



    As sunset fell, we hung out at 10A/B. The headlights of these cars are unbelievably bright when shining directly at you. We also went down to the braking zone before 10 to watch the glowing rotors and exhaust flames.



    We watched the end of the race at the bottom of the T12 hill, right at the pit entrance. Then we went to the Falken pit stop to see them celebrate a major underdog victory.
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    Sigh.

    I go to ATL for a trackday and turn down tix to ALMS at VIR. Three weeks later I'm at VIR (didn't make it on the track) and ALMS is at RA.

    Great paddock shots. Some of those are reminiscent of how I liked to organize 949s inventory at T25. Learned a lot of that from crewing on a GrandAm team. I don't know why, but the preparing and anticipation of certain pitstop scenarios really turns my wheels. I turned Andrew's trailer in to a warehouse. Memories of organizing Gordon's bins and trailer still makes me queasy.
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