dsc 2005 Awards 18 – North American Non-Driver of
It takes a huge number of individual contributions
to create a successful race, a successful event and a successful
package, so it’s perhaps no surprise that we have a large
number of nominees in this category.
Oddly we have nominations for two members of the
same family – father and daughter Max and Catherine Crawford.
Max for his DP design, which is so far the closest challenger to
the dominant Riley in Grand Am, and Catherine for her alleged reaction
to the blooper from then fiancée, now husband Andy Wallace,
on the end of season ALMS video – he will never make the same
mistake again when asked the question “Blondes or Brunettes?”
ALMS media types are represented here too, with
Pirelli’s man Jack Gerken getting an honourable mention, together
with PWL’s Tom Moore, dsc’s Murphy Bear and a well deserved
vote which packages the ALMS teams media delegates, paddock and
track crews together.
Among the race teams themselves, 2004 winner Dave
Maraj gets another well deserved nomination here, together with
his season long tormentor Rob Dyson and Corvette kingpin Doug Fehan.
though fall just short of the winner here. For a season long battle
against the odds, for his huge personal emotional and financial
backing of the effort, for his continued campaign despite the massive
disappointment of a Le Mans bid ruined by a very late rear wing
Non Driver of the Year 2005 for North America is Jeff Giangrande.
“Whenever the Saleen stumbled he looked as
if he had suffered real physical pain – a great effort spoilt
by ridiculous bad luck” Graham Goodwin
“Fought the good fight” Russell Wittenberg.