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  Archive of Audi R8 Race Reports/News/Photos 2003  
   
 

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Champion Racing  - 2003 ALMS Miami

 
     
  A visit to Homestead Air Force Base and other pre-Miami photos...  
     
 
Tuesday of race week, and the R8 team is at Moroso Raceway doing pre-event systems checks. Johnny Herbert tries out his new "Pirate" look...
On Wednesday, several American  Le Mans Series teams put their cars on display at Homestead Air Force Reserve Base, near Miami, where our hosts from the 93rd Fighter Wing "Makos" posed with the ALMS speed machines (and one of their own).
Col. Derek "Cowboy" Rydholm, Wing Ops Group Commander, 482nd Fighter Wing, 93rd Fighter Squadron, gives Johnny Herbert a "crash" course in flying the F-16 in one of the squadron's simulators. Col. Rydholm and Major Joe "Hooter" Feheley, Wing Chief of Safety, were fantastic hosts for the ALMS drivers and team personnel present.
...Johnny catches on quickly, and promptly turns his "jet" nearly upside-down (that's the earth over on the left of the screen)...
Later Johnny gets a closer look at a real F-16 cockpit...a bit more complex than his usual Audi R8 cockpit...
One of the Mako's pilots kicks up a rooster tail of water on the wet runway during a low-level, high-speed pass, as we all look on in amazement. Our sincere appreciation and thanks go out to the men and women of the Homestead Air Force Reserve Base for their professionalism and for giving us all a day to remember.
On to downtown Miami, and on Thursday last minute preparations of all kinds are well underway along the waterfront street course. First ALMS practice is at 7:45 Friday morning...
 
     
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