Miles Of Fun For ALMS Radio Listeners
The ALMS Radio Network has made one listener very happy this week.
to the popular service, which broadcasts every ALMS qualifying session
and race live at the tracks and to the world via the Internet, were
asked to predict "How Far Graham Got," in a reference
to Graham Tyler, the station's pit reporter.
"At Sebring the Radio Web crew was provided with Puma Temo
sport shoes by the Alex Job Team and we thought it would be a good
idea to see how many miles I clocked up at that race. The Alex Job
PR rep Kyle Chura sorted out a pedometer and off I trotted - literally,"
explained Tyler, who has been on duty at every ALMS event this year.
"The idea snowballed from there and Graham has been keeping
a running - perhaps strolling is more appropriate - total throughout
the ALMS season, plus we added in the distance he covered on his
duties in the pits for Radio Le Mans on his annual pilgrimage to
the 24 Hours of Le Mans," added ALMS Radio announcer John Hindhaugh.
At the ALMS season finale listeners were asked to estimate the mileage
Tyler's Trainers clocked-up during his duties. The prize? A pair
of Puma Temo shoes of course, but Graham is holding on to his slightly-worn
'friends'. "Although my Pumas are still perfectly serviceable,
the winner will be delighted to know that the prize pair aren't
the ones I've been wearing all year! The Alex Job Team have donated
a brand new pair which have been signed by all four of their regular
drivers, including 2004 GT Champion Timo Bernhard."
just how far did Graham get? On pit duty for every practice, qualifying
and race of the ALMS season plus his shifts at the 24 hours, Tyler's
Tootsies covered an incredible 176 miles in a single pair of Puma
Temo shoes! "The Portland race was certainly the hardest on
the feet," says Graham. "With the track temperature well
up over 100 degrees I can't believe the shoes stood up without either
disintegrating or just melting! Although the soles are now showing
signs of wear they have held together well, demonstrated great endurance
and are still just as comfortable and smart as they were at Sebring."
The Radio Station was amazed at the number of entries received from
around the world via email during the Laguna Seca broadcast. Guesses
ranged from 25 to over 500 miles.
Two listeners got very close with identical estimates of 173 miles
- Robert Willis and Mike Buick were tied as runners up. However
the winner was only a single mile short of the actual total and
so the prize pair of Puma Temos are on their way to Bob Kotsky in
St Louis Park, MN.
"Once again it's been a great year and I would like to thank
all the teams, drivers and PR people in the ALMS for the unrivalled
access the Radio Station has been allowed again this year. Hopefully
we have taken the listeners right to the heart of the action,"
said Graham Tyler, summing up the 2004 season.
With Sebring some months away, remember that you can relive the
qualifying and race action from every 2004 ALMS event by accessing
the Radio Archive section at www.americanlemans.com