Today marks one of the emerging endurance race classics on the planet, the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour from Mount Panorama.
And today also marks a day – or week – of envy for those drivers, onlookers and participants who haven’t yet been to Bathurst but are salivating at the prospect of heading to one of the world’s most iconic race circuits.
The Bathurst race generally draws a mix of international sports car stars beyond the locals in Australia, and today alone, a swath of Verizon IndyCar Series drivers expressed both their interest and desire to race at Bathurst while watching via the event website, Radio Le Mans, or NISMO’s YouTube channel (NISMO.TV).
It seems surprising that as a New Zealander, Scott Dixon has never raced at Bathurst. But the four-time Verizon IndyCar Series champion kicked off a bit of discussion about it earlier today:
Dixon’s endurance race teammate in one of the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs, Sebastien Bourdais, has won overall at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and he added a class win in the Ford at last year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Bourdais added his enthusiasm for racing there:
Fellow IndyCar veterans Oriol Servia and JR Hildebrand have also chimed in, and that’s in addition to other drivers (Connor De Phillippi, Dion von Moltke, Felix Rosenqvist, Pipo Derani, Wayne Boyd, Mike Hedlund and more), media folk and other onlookers who are desiring and dreaming of making the pilgrimage.
This is where I queue up the Liz Lemon in “30 Rock” clip and say, that yes, I want to go to there.
And someday, this needs to happen for those drivers too. Because as we’ve seen, Dixon and Bourdais have already tackled Le Mans – well – and adding Bathurst to their already glittering resumes would be even more to fun to watch.
Dario Franchitti, the four-time IndyCar champion and three-time Indianapolis 500 champion, also extended his best wishes prior to the race. Franchitti was the Rolex 24 at Daytona grand marshal last week.