Speed Is Good - Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta
We use cookies to understand how you use our site and give you an awesome experience.
By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and agree to our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Spot Light: From the Fans

Speed Is Good

Patrick Long

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. 

 

Then, after about 5 minutes I heard a rumble in my chest.  I got out of my car, went to the fence and I then saw these halogen headlights ablaze, cutting through the raindrops.  I couldn't believe it!  It was the gold DHL sponsored P2 RS Spyder!  It rocketed past me, through the esses with no fear, it was Pat Long! At the bottom of the curves, up spectator hill, it was a blur, with an 18 to 20 foot rooster tail being sprayed by the Michelin pilots... Wow, I still get goose bumps as I remember my favorite Road Atlanta moment.

I am a tennis pro in Atlanta, GA and racing is my passion.  I've not missed a race since the American Le Mans started.  My home track, Road Atlanta, is my favorite.  The best place to watch the race would be at the top of turn one before the esses as the cars carry the power out of turn one and down shift before the esses as they hit the curbing …SWEET! 
 

Coming Up

  • NASA March 9-10 +

    Road Atlanta The National Auto Sport Association (NASA) was formed in 1991 to deliver high quality motorsports events to enthusiasts at major racing venues throughout the nation. Read More
  • SCCA March 15-17 +

    Road Atlanta The Sports Car Club of America is the backbone of American road racing, and the Atlanta Region is extremely active. Besides providing corner workers and Read More
  • Trans Am Championship March 29-31 +

    Road Atlanta The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli began igniting the passion of motorsports fans in 1966 and has been home to some of the greatest Read More
  • Suzuki Championship at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta April 5-7 +

    Road Atlanta Motorcycle road racing is the fastest form of motorcycle racing in the country – a sport that delivers motorcycles of the latest technology, raced by riders Read More
  • HSR Mitty April 26-28 +

    Road Atlanta Hundreds of legendary race cars from around the world will be making their way to the beautiful Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Georgia, Read More
  • Drift Atlanta and Global Time Attack May 10-11 +

    Road Atlanta Drifting is a high-skill, high-powered motor sport that calls for drivers to control a car while it slides sideways at high speed through a marked Read More
  • 1