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Old 06-13-06, 08:05 AM
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the difficulties of racing sponsorship

This has to be the best quote about how hard it is to talk someone into sponsoring your race team:

"Another Japanese firm who want to remain nameless were talking about the arrival of a new (also Japanese) manufacturer at Le Mans and how they have been trying to get the deal to build and run the works cars, "it has been like meeting a beautiful woman, and trying to seduce her, you take her for dinner but she just smiles and you get no where near the bedroom, she teases you but you still want to take her to dinner again, well we have had a lot of dinners with her and now we are at the bedroom door"

from http://www.mulsannescorner.com/news.html
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Old 06-13-06, 09:59 AM
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Mazda - it looks likely the Mazda are going to run a Hydrogen fueled Rotary engine next year in a Lola, this will be the works team and is likely to be at Le Mans. (Many skeptics on this side of the pond about this project. Technical problems are apparently many, but not limited to, fueling issues, power [lack thereof], and regulations. A good PR project for sure given the state of petro-politics, but certainly the fundamentals need to be addressed first?)
Interesting, seems like I will have to go to France next year too
BUtseeing how slow the Mazda is, compared to the competetion, I'm hoping for a 4Rotor again
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They should just let a French team run the car and the Lemans organizers will create a class for it. Then they will add 1000lbs and cut the fuel cell volume of everybody else so the "French" team can win. Problem solved.
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