Most of us have seen videos of race coverage from inside a racecar cabin before. But, even from that vantage point, most of us never get to experience a race exactly how the driver does, with all the sights and the sounds of the track. Thanks to a new YouTube video featured on CorvetteBlogger from Corvette Racing team driver Tommy Milner, however, we can now get that experience without the cost and pressure of being a professional racecar driver.
The video was taken from Milner’s helmet cam as he practiced on the 2.24-mile Road Atlanta course Thursday September 29th, the night before the 14th annual Petit Le Mans kicked off. Complete with the glaring shift light, jolting course turns and powerful engine tones of the C6R, the video captures the whole race course in the dark. With the video being taken at night, you can really get a sense of how little Corvette racecar drivers can see in their cars when racing in the wee hours of 12 and 24-hour races.The video even features Milner hitting the 160 MPH mark on the backstretch of the course in his #3 Corvette.
Unfortunately Milner’s Thursday night practice session didn’t get him very far in the Petit Le Mans. Early Friday, the #3 car suffered a broken gearbox, causing Milner and his co-drivers to drop out of the race.
With Milner’s race season ending early this year, the video captures his vantage point on the track just in time. To experience Road Atlanta as Milner did, check out the video below.