"While attending this year's Petit Le Mans with my four year old daughter Kasey we were asked the question, "is this her first Petit?". I was proud to answer, "No sir, it's her fourth."
I have been an avid race fan since the mid 1990s. In 1999 I attended my first Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and was completely awed by the beauty of the circuit and the amazing machines racing. It was love at first sight.
Road Atlanta holds such a special place in my life which is why I was thrilled to bring my daughter and show her the beauty of racing at its finest. Kasey has quite a range of races under her belt at the age of four. She's attended three NHRA events, five NASCAR races, four Petit Le Mans races, two Road Atlanta Superbike Showdown races and over two dozen events at our local dirt track Dixie Speedway. The sights and sounds of being trackside bring out the kid in anyone.
Road Atlanta was always my favorite track. My father, J.W. Denton, was the whole reason I got interested in racing. From about 1957 to 1985 if it happened in Daytona or Road Atlanta I either heard about it from my father or saw it myself. I saw lots of history at Road Atlanta and met tons of great people.
I have attended at least three events a year at Road Atlanta since 1981 so I have many great memories but I'll share my favorite.
It was a Saturday afternoon in '92, I believe, of an IMSA weekend when I took a walk by myself to the old paddock, the only one at that time. As I passed behind the main office and garage building I noticed a man in a Toyota team shirt, khakis and loafers walking up the steps from the timing tower. I recognized him as he neared. It was one of my biggest heroes, Dan Gurney!
My favorite Road Atlanta moment, was in 2007 or 2008, please forgive me I forget the year. It was a rain-drenched practice session that is etched in the forefront of my mind. All of the American Le Mans fans and their teams went into their dry huddles. Me, the diehard, sat in my GTI at the top of turn one hoping for sun.