Tuesday, May 16, 2006

The Big 2

What most consider the two important races in the world are coming quickly up: Le Mans and Monaco.

Le 24 Heures de Le Mans

In just over 31 days 18 hours the green flag drops on the greatest race in the world. The 8.4 mile course is in its twelfth iteration, the 2002 track. The legendary Hunaudieres, the six km back straight, now features two chicanes to slow the cars. This year Audi is fielding the new R10: Le Mans will be its second race. The list of entrants shows the care put into selections: 12 LMP1s, 12 LMP2s, 12 GT1s, 14 GT2s. This is a very diverse field with some total unknowns entering all categories.

Le Monaco/Monte-Carlo F1 Grand Prix

In 11 days 14 hours, the diverse and tight Formula 1 field will begin their banner race. F1 is the most watched sporting league in the world and Monaco is the banner race. Since 1929 F1 has showcased itself on the streets of Monte Carlo. Greats like Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill, Stirling Moss, Bruce McLaren, Juan Manuel Fanglo, Alain Prost, Gilles Villeneuve, Ayrton Senna, Michael Shumacher, and David Coulthard have all raced here. Both Shumacher and Coulthard will be on grid for this year and it will be Coulthard's 201st GP. The season is getting close as both Renault and Ferrari continue to do quite well. But with one of the most diverse F1 fields in years, this race could go anywhere.

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