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