However, my question is: Where were the fans? Except for some infield activity the place looked empty, didn't see a sole in the stands. Maybe I missed something. I sure hope so. It will be interesting to learn of their TV ratings.
For the race you couldn't ask for much better. Lap after lap battles were everywhere in every class. Riley Ford's, Riley BMW's, Corvette's, Audi's, Porsche's, Ferrari's, then toss in a Camaro and a Dodge or two - and who knows what else. They were all there.
SPEED Channel puts together a tremendous presentation from every perspective you can imagine. Just covering a 24 hour race, much less doing so with the professionalism of their entire team is mind boggling. It is my belief that Formula One will come to realize their error in not resigning with SPEED.
This Blog is not about recapping the 24 - many will do so, and considerably better than I. But I do want to point out some things that impressed me: Montoya was fast and absolutely flawless; My heart goes out to Wayne Taylor's team - they worked their butts off and proved, once again, they are to be reckoned with. Angelelli, Hunter-Reay and young Jordan Taylor showed fantastic form.
Can you imagine if Chip Ganassi was to give his NASCAR team (along with the nearly non existent Earnhardt name) the same level of commitment he does to IndyCar and the sports cars? Watch out world.
Then comes the #60 team in the Riley Ford: A. J. Allmendinger, Marcos Ambrose, Oswaldo Negri, John Pew and Justin Wilson. You could not ask for much better from that entire organization.
A team owner, and I don't care from what series (although I would prefer NASCAR), needs to step up and put A. J. in a competitive car. He's got the skill, the personality, he has the will, desire and certainly the dedication. He's proved that to everyone.
Heck, even Mickey (Waltrip) and Clint Bower showed well finishing in 15th overall and 7th in GT (not bad), only one lap down to the GT winner in Mickey's Ferrari 458.