The Weekend of Acronym Racing

The workweek is complete. The rain has temporarily abated. My supplies are assembled. It’s time for race weekend, sports fans!

The American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) are bringing an alphabet soup of auto racing to Circuit of the Americas (COTA) this weekend. I admit I am having to do a little research to get up to speed (no pun intended) on exactly what I will be watching over the next few days. Here’s a primer for those of you as behind as me:

ALMS

The different classes of cars in ALMS.  These cars are all on the track at the same time: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFt_dRomw5o&feature=share&list=PLA4595ACF3D2F8295

Open cockpit v. closed cockpit: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-XoY8h42cw&list=PLA4595ACF3D2F8295

The different tires of the P1 class: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmABPIHNMsc

Passing under yellow: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5ml_yG_RG8

The P1 class steering wheel: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pLlrasOOYyQ

The flags: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NcBrV7LZjoY

Keeping the driver cool: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmlOUInJHs

In-car safety: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B3dF86huW9c

Aerodynamics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcVPkq_USps

The point system: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hirkVwFKWTM

Air restrictors: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LzHmoUQxKsc

Lapping COTA in a prototype: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngJGKYivQMk&feature=youtu.be

COTA promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-27jNy_aiJM

WEC

COTA promo: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X5VrCB3DYWg&feature=c4-overview&list=UUwU7U7PiarcJKLjDJTnANjw

2013 season teaser: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-5FGqz8uy3E

Classes of WEC cars: http://www.fiawec.com/championship/all-on-endurance-auto.html

Titles and points: http://www.fiawec.com/championship/regulation.html

I’ll be back tomorrow with photos!

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