Johnny Herbert - an old-fashioned racing driver...

Johnny Herbert - an old-fashioned racing driver...

Post by DC » Sat, 18 May 2002 15:46:50


Johnny Herbert faces an amazing high-octane, high-pressure weekend in
America.  The 37-year-old former Grand Prix winner will attempt to
qualify for the legendary Indianapolis 500 and then try to snatch the
lead of the American Le Mans Series.

Brentwood-born Herbert today (FRI) tests his ADT Champion Racing Audi
R8 sportscar at Sears Point in California along with co-drivers Andy
Wallace, from Oxford and triple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen having
spent the past two days practising at Indianapolis.

He will then make the 2,000-mile journey back to Indiana on Saturday
in time for Sundays final Indy 500 qualifying session around the
famous 2.5-mile oval at the wheel of a Western Union Dallara.  

The plan is then to immediately climb aboard the Learjet of Champion
Racings Dave Maraj to arrive at Sears, north of San Francisco, in
time to take the wheel of the Audi in the closing stages.

I lapped at over 227mph at Indy last Saturday but preferred to bid
for a place on the grid the following day but the days session was
washed out with continuous rain, confirmed Johnny.  I want to do the
Sears race because I can take the championship lead but also need to
get on to the Indy grid - its a dream I want to fulfil.

There are nine places left on the 33-car Indy grid for the race on 26
May and Im confident I can claim one of them on Sunday.  If I achieve
that and things go well for Andy and Tom in the Sears race before I
arrive to take over the Audi, Ive a great chance of taking the lead
in the ALMS championship having won the first round at Sebring in
March.  Its going to be an interesting few days.

Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
Johnny go!

David

 
 
 

Johnny Herbert - an old-fashioned racing driver...

Post by Paul » Sat, 18 May 2002 16:21:06



Quote:
>Johnny Herbert faces an amazing high-octane, high-pressure weekend in
>America.  The 37-year-old former Grand Prix winner will attempt to
>qualify for the legendary Indianapolis 500 and then try to snatch the
>lead of the American Le Mans Series.

>Brentwood-born Herbert today (FRI) tests his ADT Champion Racing Audi
>R8 sportscar at Sears Point in California along with co-drivers Andy
>Wallace, from Oxford and triple Le Mans winner Tom Kristensen having
>spent the past two days practising at Indianapolis.

>He will then make the 2,000-mile journey back to Indiana on Saturday
>in time for Sundays final Indy 500 qualifying session around the
>famous 2.5-mile oval at the wheel of a Western Union Dallara.  

>The plan is then to immediately climb aboard the Learjet of Champion
>Racings Dave Maraj to arrive at Sears, north of San Francisco, in
>time to take the wheel of the Audi in the closing stages.

>I lapped at over 227mph at Indy last Saturday but preferred to bid
>for a place on the grid the following day but the days session was
>washed out with continuous rain, confirmed Johnny.  I want to do the
>Sears race because I can take the championship lead but also need to
>get on to the Indy grid - its a dream I want to fulfil.

>There are nine places left on the 33-car Indy grid for the race on 26
>May and Im confident I can claim one of them on Sunday.  If I achieve
>that and things go well for Andy and Tom in the Sears race before I
>arrive to take over the Audi, Ive a great chance of taking the lead
>in the ALMS championship having won the first round at Sebring in
>March.  Its going to be an interesting few days.

>Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
>Johnny go!

Yeee-hah! You can't keep a good man down, and Johnny's one of the best.

Thanks for this, David.
--
Paul B

 
 
 

Johnny Herbert - an old-fashioned racing driver...

Post by Emma » Sat, 18 May 2002 16:56:49

Quote:

>Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
>Johnny go!

There are still a few of this type of racer around, it's just you have
to look outside F1 to find them...

Good luck Johnny!

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Post by Paul » Sat, 18 May 2002 17:12:40



Quote:

>>Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
>>Johnny go!

>There are still a few of this type of racer around, it's just you have
>to look outside F1 to find them...

A certain "SJ" springs to mind?

Quote:
>Good luck Johnny!

<dusts off flag>

Go-Johnny-Go
--
Paul B

 
 
 

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Post by Emma » Sat, 18 May 2002 17:21:37

Quote:



>>>Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
>>>Johnny go!

>>There are still a few of this type of racer around, it's just you have
>>to look outside F1 to find them...

>A certain "SJ" springs to mind?

As you know he's never far from my thoughts... ;-)

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Post by Matt Martinovi » Sat, 18 May 2002 17:37:03

Quote:

> >A certain "SJ" springs to mind?

> As you know he's never far from my thoughts... ;-)

> --
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Have you guys ever heard of Jim Richards? The man is in his 50's and still
going strong, he is still untouchable in Targa Tasmania. A true motorsport
legend in Australia and NZ, long may he remain evergreen.

Matt

 
 
 

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Post by Paul » Sat, 18 May 2002 17:58:03



Quote:

>Have you guys ever heard of Jim Richards? The man is in his 50's and still
>going strong, he is still untouchable in Targa Tasmania. A true motorsport
>legend in Australia and NZ, long may he remain evergreen.

This would be the Jim Richards of the father and son team Jim and Steve?
ISTR reading something last year about him. Ford-sponsored saloon car
driver? Won the Bathurst a few times?

I think he must be about my age, so there's still time... :-)
--
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Post by Emma » Sat, 18 May 2002 18:01:03

Quote:


>>Have you guys ever heard of Jim Richards? The man is in his 50's and still
>>going strong, he is still untouchable in Targa Tasmania. A true motorsport
>>legend in Australia and NZ, long may he remain evergreen.

>This would be the Jim Richards of the father and son team Jim and Steve?
>ISTR reading something last year about him. Ford-sponsored saloon car
>driver? Won the Bathurst a few times?

>I think he must be about my age, so there's still time... :-)

Paul B to be F1 champ 2003! ;-)

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Post by Paul » Sat, 18 May 2002 18:25:29



Quote:


>>>Have you guys ever heard of Jim Richards? The man is in his 50's and still
>>>going strong, he is still untouchable in Targa Tasmania. A true motorsport
>>>legend in Australia and NZ, long may he remain evergreen.

>>This would be the Jim Richards of the father and son team Jim and Steve?
>>ISTR reading something last year about him. Ford-sponsored saloon car
>>driver? Won the Bathurst a few times?

>>I think he must be about my age, so there's still time... :-)

>Paul B to be F1 champ 2003! ;-)

Nah, not interested in driving F1. Wouldn't mind a Le Mans drive,
though.

<hopeful>

Fredrick? ;-)
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Post by Emma » Sat, 18 May 2002 18:49:03

Quote:


>>Paul B to be F1 champ 2003! ;-)
>Nah, not interested in driving F1. Wouldn't mind a Le Mans drive,
>though.
><hopeful>
>Fredrick? ;-)

Why would Doc want to run a battered old Cavalier at Le Mans...?

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Post by Paul » Sat, 18 May 2002 19:09:19



Quote:


>>>Paul B to be F1 champ 2003! ;-)
>>Nah, not interested in driving F1. Wouldn't mind a Le Mans drive,
>>though.
>><hopeful>
>>Fredrick? ;-)

>Why would Doc want to run a battered old Cavalier at Le Mans...?

It may be old but it's certainly not battered...

Oh, you mean the car? Immaculate, dear girl, immaculate.

Just going to Oxford station to meet Rob!
--
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Post by Emma » Sat, 18 May 2002 19:18:14

Quote:

>Just going to Oxford station to meet Rob!

I'd tell you to say hello from me but he'd probably just ignore you if
you did...

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Post by Kevin Bit » Sat, 18 May 2002 20:15:34


Quote:

> >Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
> >Johnny go!

> There are still a few of this type of racer around, it's just you have
> to look outside F1 to find them...

> Good luck Johnny!

Good for Johnny.  This happens occasionaliy in the US around this time of
year.  A driver will race in the Indy 500, then fly to North Carolina for
the Coca-Cola 600 Nascar night race.  No driver has ever finished the US
1100.
 
 
 

Johnny Herbert - an old-fashioned racing driver...

Post by Tim Cunning » Sat, 18 May 2002 22:07:49


Quote:




> > >Remind anyone of the good old days? I guess they broke the mold. Go
> > >Johnny go!

> > There are still a few of this type of racer around, it's just you have
> > to look outside F1 to find them...

> > Good luck Johnny!

> Good for Johnny.  This happens occasionaliy in the US around this time of
> year.  A driver will race in the Indy 500, then fly to North Carolina for
> the Coca-Cola 600 Nascar night race.  No driver has ever finished the US
> 1100.

Are you sure? Didn't Tony Stewart do it a couple years ago? I seem to
remember this happening...
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Post by Kevin Bit » Sat, 18 May 2002 22:49:06

Quote:

> > Good for Johnny.  This happens occasionaliy in the US around this time
of
> > year.  A driver will race in the Indy 500, then fly to North Carolina
for
> > the Coca-Cola 600 Nascar night race.  No driver has ever finished the US
> > 1100.

> Are you sure? Didn't Tony Stewart do it a couple years ago? I seem to
> remember this happening...
> --

I may be wrong, but as I remember, Tony (Speed Racer) lead both races but
had a mechanical failure late in the Nascar race.