Posted 11.02.09

Reviewing a memorable 2009 season…first with Lola-Mazda coupe

Franchitti’s 2009 season included two LMP2 victories and three pole positions for Dyson Racing.

Marino Franchitti’s 2009 season in the American Le Mans Series didn’t include a single race stint at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. But that did little, if anything, to sap the thrills the popular Scot enjoyed throughout the year, as he says on his latest blog.

“The highlight of the whole race weekend came before we even got on track when I had the opportunity to meet Jim Hall and get a close look at his famous Chaparral 2 and 2E. I love the 2E so much, it was an honour to see it in person and watching Jim Hall drive it at Laguna was something that will stay with me forever, I still find it hard to believe I actually got to see it!!

“Our friends at Mazda and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca allowed us to take our crew guys out for some laps of the circuit in the safety vehicles used at the track. There was an RX-8, a Mazda 6 and the Mazda CX-7 and would you believe that the CX-7 (which is an SUV) was our favourite?! It was so much fun hustling that big beast around the track (though all three cars were fun!) and it was nice to be able to give the guys some fun and in some way thank them for the amazing job they have done this year.”

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