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RACER Journal: The Legendary Races Problem – EAST AUTO NEWS

RACER Journal: The Legendary Races Problem


Over a three-week interval in late Could and early June, all that’s fascinating, exhilarating and, sure, irritating about this sport all of us love is distilled into three iconic, but very totally different races.

Stubborn calendar concerns put two of them on the identical day in late Could, albeit with the Monaco Grand Prix and the Indianapolis 500 separated by six time zones and a number of other hours. The third, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, straddles a mid-June weekend in northern France. Collectively, they type auto racing’s unofficial, but highly-regarded Triple Crown.

Just one driver, the late Graham Hill, has gained all three to finish the feat. However two-time Components 1 World Champion Fernando Alonso has been trying to emulate him since making a really aggressive, but prematurely-curtailed debut within the 2017 Indy 500. Alonso had already checked the Monaco GP field in 2006 and ’07. He added Le Mans in ’18, courtesy of Toyota’s manufacturing unit assault, then gained once more this yr for good measure.

As for Indy, his return in 2019 with a highly-touted, McLaren-run program resulted in an ignominious failure to qualify. If and when he returns to the Brickyard on his elusive quest – and any true race fan hopes that he does – it’s more likely to be beneath very totally different circumstances.

If nothing else, Alonso and McLaren’s failure confirmed how important hard-earned expertise and data is to profitable at Indy – principally, the stuff that Roger Penske’s race groups collectively possess in huge portions.

The 2019 Indianapolis 500 marked Penske’s 50th anniversary competing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Fittingly, it ended on one other victory, with Simon Pagenaud taking his first and his boss notching up an 18th.

RACER’s interview with Pagenaud reveals how a lot an Indy win means to this insightful and reflective Frenchman.

How a lot the “500” means to Roger Penske could be very apparent, too. Irrespective of how profitable the 82 year-old dynamo is in his multi-faceted enterprise empire (brief reply: very), racing is what nonetheless drives “The Captain,” and the Month of Could in Indianapolis is the lodestone.

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