Days of Thunder
Teammates became fierce rivals when six Volvo Ocean Race sailors satisfied their need for speed during the Richard Petty Driving Experience at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Riding shotgun in the RPDE cars were CAMPER’s Daryl Wislang, Hamish Hooper and Andy McLean, Groupama’s Brad Marsh and Jean-Luc Nélias and Abu Dhabi’s Simon Fisher. For these adventure addicts, the Volvo Ocean Race is known as the “Mount Everest of sailing.” The teams arrived in Miami after 16 days of sailing from Itajai, Brazil. The skippers and crews visited Homestead-Miami Speedway before departing on Leg 7 across the Atlantic to Lisbon, Portugal, on May 20.
Leg 8 stops in Lorient, France, before Leg 9 concludes the race in Galway, Ireland, in early July, nine months after it started in Alicante, Spain, with stops in South Africa, Abu Dhabi, China, New Zealand, Brazil and now downtown Miami at Bicentennial Park.
Racing at speeds in excess of 160 miles per hour, Hooper and his Richard Petty Driving Experience professional driver took on Wislang in a two-lap duel. Just who took the checkered flag is still in dispute, but whether they enjoyed the experience is not. Richard Petty Driving Experience returns to Homestead-Miami Speedway Oct. 11-13 prior to Ford Championship Weekend where NASCAR will crown its series champions for the 11th consecutive year.