Racing is one of my greatest passions, so I understand why the sport draws people: the excitement of race day, an appreciation of intricate machinery, the glory of victory. Participating in some of the most famous and challenging races—such as those listed below—has been one of my dreams.
Belgian Grand Prix, Spa-Francorchamps
For Formula 1 racers, the Belgian Grand Prix offers challenge and prestige to the skilled and adventurous. Cutting through the Ardennes Forest, the track is often subject to fluctuating or unpredictable weather patterns, making it difficult to safely navigate the route. The corner known as Eau Rouge boasts excellent chassis compression on the slight downhill section followed by a breathtakingly steep incline on which racers can accelerate to incredible speeds. Those who compete and win this race truly earn their bragging rights.
Among my personal favorite races to watch is the Daytona 500, because it opens the racing season (most other “championship” competitions are held at season’s end). Since 1995, the Daytona 500 has been the most popular televised race in America., winning the ratings war over the Indianapolis 500. Held in the birthplace of NASCAR, the race covers 500 miles (200 laps of the 2.5-mile track) and usually occurs in February.
24 Hours of Le Mans
No race in the world can compete with the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Known as a demanding test of endurance, efficiency, and skill, the 24 Hours of Le Mans has run for nearly a century. To promote the safety of its drivers, each racecar must use 2 or 3 drivers during the 24-hour race. The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe features closed public roads and special roads for racing, and the race ultimately covers more than 3,000 miles. Normally, fans can take a break when their favorite drivers are resting by enjoying the amusement park near the start-finish grandstands. However, COVID-19 pandemic precautions meant the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2020 ran without spectators.
By securing the European Le Mans Series GTE title at Spa-Francorchamps last year, Luzich Racing claimed an entry (their first) to the 2020 Le Mans 24 Hours, and finished 7th in their class.
Monaco Grand Prix
When it comes to prestige, few races can compare with the glamor and challenge of the Monaco Grand Prix. No wonder it draws such high numbers of celebrities and wealthy spectators—but not in 2020: for the first time since 1954, the race was canceled due to COVID-19. Run in the narrow streets of Monte Carlo, the race features tight barriers on either side of the track, leaving little room for error. Challenging inclines and tunnels keep drivers “on their toes” throughout the race. Even though the race records lower than average speeds, it remains one of the most dangerous courses in racing today.