Our RACER colleague, Marshall Pruett, was quite busy last week creating some spectacular content at the Rolex Monterey Motorsport Reunion. In one of his videos he testifies that the yearly visit to one of the largest vintage races “replenishes his soul” – a notion we quite agree with.
During the four-day event, Marshall managed to orchestrate in-car footage from IndyCar star JR Hildebrand as he climbed into a 1973 Ferrari 365 GTB Competition Daytona to start from last. Hildebrand dealt with some lingering gearbox issues in a car he had never driven before, but the footage shows he can wheel just about anything with four wheels.
Mr. Pruett also nabbed in-car footage from sports car legend Patrick Long strapping into George Follmer’s famous 1970 Ford Mustang Boss 302 and starting 10th in the Trans Am race. Long races his way to the win after engaging in a fun battle with Bruce Canepa’s AMC Javelin in the final laps.
Lastly, Marshall takes viewers on a few tech tours around the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Paddock.
First up is the 1985 Tyrrell 012-Cosworth Formula 1 car originally driven by Martin Brundle. Steve Raymond, who looks after the fully restored vehicle for owner/driver Steve Romak, provides insights as well.
Next is the 1990 AAR Eagle HF89 IMSA GTP car which won three races with Juan Manuel Fangio II behind the wheel.
And finally the 1911 National Indy Car that finished seventh in the very first Indianapolis 500 in 1911 with Charlie Merz.