Company chairman Rupert Stadler has announced that in addition to Sebring on March 21, their new Audi R15 prototypes will also race in two more events in September and October.
To explain the appeal of endurance motor racing is not for the faint of heart. You will be wandering about a huge track for 12 hours or a full day in a cacophony of engine noise. You will be tired, cold and miserable. And you will have not the faintest clue about who is in the lead. Sounds like a great way to have fun, doesn’t it?
Yet attending an endurance race has an elevating quality to it. After a few hours have passed and you no longer have clear memories of a world not blanketed with 130 decibels of open exhausts, you will experience a transformation. You will feel as though the organic matter in your body is slowly becoming hydroformed titanium and carbon fiber and that the mitral valve separating the left atrium of your heart from the left ventricle is morphing into a butterfly valve more common on racing engines.
Endurance racing has been dominated by Audi’s R8 and R10 racing car for the past decade. Audi are replacing the R10 with the R15 prototype this year and now for the great news: the 12 Hours of Sebring will not be your only chance in the US to see whether someone will finally kick them in their Bavarian gonads. As announced by Rupert Stadler, chairman of the board of management of Audi, the R15 will be competing at the Petit Le Mans in Atlanta on September 26 and at Laguna Seca on October 10.
Gentlemen, mark your calendars. And leave the earplugs at home.
Source: Bleacher Report