dsc 2005 Awards 30 – North American Spirit of Racing
8 nominees here
too, and a very close vote.
In the ‘honourable
mentions’ list come two of the more ‘senior’ members
of the driving fraternity, one of whom retired in 2005, the other
who came back from retirement. Stand up Leo Hindery Jr and Elliott
Then there are
two ‘backroom boys’, Pirelli PR guru Jack Gerken, a
man whose infectious enthusiasm has the effectiveness at close range
of a high yield hand grenade and, perhaps his long range equivalent,
John Hindhaugh, his Radio Web performances just seeming to get better
In equal second
place comes a trio of popular players.
picks up more fans and admirers every time he opens his mouth or
gets behind the wheel of an Audi LMP1. Utterly charming, effortlessly
professional and all of this with an Italian flair.
Then we come
to the two big guns of GT1 in 2005 – Corvette for their racing
effectiveness, fan friendliness, openness to competition and sporting
attitude throughout the season and ACEMCO for their similar, albeit
less well resourced characteristics. Both deserve huge praise for
an excellent 2005 season.
winners here though are sportsmen through and through – from
the guys behind the wheel to the man wielding a broom in the pit
garage. Their year-long battle with the Champion Audi squad was
almost a classic David and Goliath story and the fact that the R8s
prevailed didn’t detract one little bit from the epic in ten
parts that composed the 2005 ALMS season.
Time after time
the little Lolas showed astonishing pace and, despite a season where
misfortune was probably the word best used to describe their year,
there was just one race where the team failed to score an overall
podium finish, along the way there were two famous wins (including
a 1-2 finish at Mid Ohio)
Throughout it all there was grit, determination and emotion on show
– their racing really means something to the boys (and girls)
The dailysportscar.com 2005 North American
Award for the Spirit of Racing goes to Dyson Racing.
concludes our detailed awards process for 2005. With thanks to Graham
Goodwin for assembling all the information, and our contributors
for their thoughts on the season.