Bullet Racing’s camera caught up with legendary endurance racer Hurley Haywood in the paddock and Haywood shared some cheerful advice with Kees.
While we’ve grown to cover cool automotive stuff here in The Garage, our roots are in Canadian motorsports. Lately we’ve been bring you a ton of historic content, but let’s not forget that time marches on and Canadians are still out there doing good things and going fast.
This weekend is the annual Rolex 24 hours of Daytona and The Garage has hooked up with the only all Canadian team in the race this year. Bullet Racing is campaigning a Porsche GT3 in the round the clock event and is doing it in the name of the BC Children’s Hospital. The driving squad is made up of team owner Steve Paquette, a long time Porsche racer, Canadian Indycar veteran Ross Bentley, one time Porsche factory driver Kees Nierop, A1 GP driver Sean McIntosh and Porsche Super Cup driver Darryl O’Young. In other words, the depth of talent on this team is substantial!
As a bit of a side note, you may recognize Kees Nierop from our coverage of the Transsyberia Rally over the past couple of years.
Porsche PR type Jimin Yoo will be in the Bullet Racing pit all weekend along with the BR’s Media crew and they will be tweeting updates live throughout the race. They also plan to shoot and share lots of photos and video as the race continues from one day to the next. By the time the cars hit the track, we’ll have the team’s live feed on the sidebar so we can all keep up to date on the team’s progress. We’ll also post photos and video as they become available providing I can stay awake here at home!
After the break we’ll kick things off with a short video from the folks at Grand Am, showcasing a few of the teams racing for charities, with Bullet Racing front and center.
It’s hard to believe a year has gone by since the 2007 Transsyberia Rally. Last year, friend of The Garage Laurance Yap and his team mate Kees Nierop didn’t quite make it to the finish. Nope, not quite at all. The video after the break was shot by Kees following the crash while the slice in Laurance’s melon was being attended to by the “ambulance” attendants. Oh yes, there is also the in car footage during the crash. The in car stuff isn’t exactly work safe if you have your speakers cranked. Note the final resting place of the Cayenne’s powerplant. In fact, Laurance tells me that everything that was conceivably usable like rims and tires was stripped from the destroyed machine. It is likely that the shell is still sitting in exactly the same spot of the Gobi desert to this day. That is if it hasn’t been buried in sand.
The intrepid pair are on their way to Moscow as I write this to get ready for the beginning of the 2008 event, seeking an entirely more positive outcome. If all goes as planned, we should have daily text updates from the rally and maybe even daily video.