Was it the total, explosive destruction of two cars in accidents that in decades past would have meant certain death for the drivers, but today meant they walked away unscathed?
Was it the fact that those two cars were from the same Audi factory team? And that the third and only-remaining car went on to take a fairytale win?
Was it that after 24 hours, some three-dozen pit stops, and nearly 3,000 miles, the winner had only a 13.8 second margin over the second place car?
Was it that Corvette returned to victory lane in both GT classes on the 10th anniversary of Corvette Racing’s first Le Mans win and the 100th anniversary of the founding of Chevrolet?
Was it that a woman (Andrea Robertson) stood on the podium at Le Mans for the first time since 1931?
Every year, I am astounded by the effort, the expense, and the passion that go into this race. Skill and preparation are fundamental to success, but you also need luck—and sometimes your luck is in the hands of one of the other 150 drivers. The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a crazy, exhausting, and awesome spectacle to watch. This year was no exception, and every bit of it was epic.
What was your story of Le Mans? And who’s up for a trip to France in 2012?