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Unforgettable moments from the 24 Hours of Le Mans
The 24 Hours of Le Mans has provided a rich tapestry of motorsport memories, starting with the first race held there in 1923. A combination of permanent track and public roads that are temporarily closed for the race and conducted nonstop for 24 hours, Le Mans is unique in all the world of motorsports. With the 88thrunning of the legendary event set for this Saturday, September 19, we thought we’d take a look back at some of its memorable moments.
LeMans is indeed a spectacular event to attend. I was fortunate enough to attend on behalf of Audi in both 99 and again in 01. Had just sat down to dinner in the Audi tent along with Rod Bymaster who at the time was the head of Audi Sport NA., while watching on one of the 6 or 8 big screen tv's in the tent, the Mercedes of Peter Dubreck suddenly went airborne and flew off the course to the left and disappeared behind the tress lining the track. An eerie hush fell over the crowd in the tent. Until one of the TV helicopters flew over the crash and filmed Dumbreck climbing out of the Benz. Then cheers erupted through out the entire course. Mercedes immediately closed their garages and started loading their trucks as they were pulling out of the race. The tent that Audi had there was located on the pit side of the track, at the Porsche Curves leading to the Start/Finnish straight. Audi finished 3rd that year, only to come back and dominate the race several times thereafter. Thank you Audi, and Audi of America.