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Yet the former Audi racing driver has recently taken a step back from motor racing, spending a lot of his time at the track entertaining the masses with his commentary. For this year’s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, however, he’ll find himself in quite a different role yet again, behind the wheel of the pace car as he leads the field down to the green.24 Hours of Le Mans, Allan McNish, Audi, Sports Cars, Video
Fresh off their first professional win together as co-drivers, brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor have taken different paths in quest of achieving glory in the world’s biggest endurance race.
It’s been a whirlwind month for the second-generation racers, who took over the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship points lead in Detroit, then immediately jetted off to Le Mans for the test day, before returning to Circuit de la Sarthe this week for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.24 Hours of Le Mans, Le Mans, LM24, Sports Cars
Toyota will start the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans from the pole following an incident-filled final two rounds of qualifying Thursday at Circuit de la Sarthe.
Kazuki Nakajima became the first Japanese driver to claim overall pole for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, taking his No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid to a best lap time of 3:21.789.
Nakajima’s flyer came early in the third and final qualifying session, which was extended to two hours and 30 minutes due to multiple red flags earlier in the evening. The Toyota driver improved on his 3:22.589 lap from Qualifying 2, which had put him on provisional pole.24 Hours of Le Mans, Sports Cars, Toyota
Patrick Dempsey is used to cameras and the spotlight. Yet heading into his third 24 Hours of Le Mans start, and second collaborative effort between his Dempsey Racing organization and the European Proton Competition outfit, he’s got a better idea of how to handle it.
The debut run for Dempsey in 2009 – then in an AF Corse-run Ferrari F430 GT – was an eye-opener both into the event itself, the fervor of the French fans, and the challenge of running this 24-hour race. As it happened, he and Joe Foster had to run almost the entire second half on their own due to illness knocking their third driver out of action.24 Hours of Le Mans, Patrick Dempsey, Sports Cars