How does a racing team win at Le Mans seven out of the last 14 years? You have to know the rules. Corvette Racing’s Program Manager Doug Fehan talks to Racer Magazine about the rules you have follow to have success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
It all starts with the checklist according to Fehan. You need to think of everything you need because everything in France is different. You can’t just run down to the corner store to pick up what you forgot. The truck and trailer comes over in April and then the cars and 20 tons of equipment come in May.
Then there’s the human element. The team spends nearly a month in France getting ready and you can’t live on McDonald’s alone. Nutrition is so important that the team brings their own chef. Sleep deprivation is something the team lives with, especially as they get closer to Saturday’s race.
Finally, there’s there the race itself. The drivers have just three simple goals: Don’t hit anything, don’t break anything and keep the car on the racetrack. The team that is in the pits the least amount of time has the greatest chance for success.
Here’s Fehan telling the rules as only the Doctor can:
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