DC: I look at everything. So, for me, it would be the bad crash in Sebring during night practice, then the unexpected victory at St. Petersburg. Of course, the great performance and the huge disappointment of our team at Le Mans while leading so easily. The last would be both the win at Petit Le Mans and, of course, atLaguna Seca.
Allan Mcnish On The Win At Laguna Seca And The Championship Season
Interview by Kerry Morse
EC: You made an interesting comment after the race, that it's times like this that make you really pleased to be part of this sport. Could you go deeper into this?
AM: We have had very hard and close-fought races this year that were won or lost by less than a second. They required everyone in the team to pull out all the stops to have any chance of success. And this year we really stretched ourselves week in and week out. Also, at Laguna, to see the Audi Sport NA mechanics immediately being congratulated by the Penske boys was a reminder that there still is respect and sportsmanship in racing. That can often be forgotten.
EC: Audi has, at best, had an up and down season in the ALMS. Both the number one and number two cars have had their share of misfortune along with success, the number two at Sebring and you and Capello aboard number one at Petit Le Mans. Compared to 2006, this season was much more difficult. Any other reflections on the 2007 season?
AM: I said at the end of '06 it would be hard to repeat that success and [in '07] with the new generation LMP2s, with their top-notch driver and team line-ups, it was certainly true. At Salt Lake, for example, we were three seconds from pole, but salvaged a close second place. I am quite pleased with my overall performance and I think the last two races showed our mettle. We were sometimes down, but never out.
EC: In most teams, driver pairings are based on how each works with one another as well as outright speed. At the very best, it seems that you and Capello are interchangeable, as shown in the last two races. Is that something you both work on, or is it just good chemistry? Also, you've had a number of teammates over your career in motorsport. Where does Capello rate?
AM: We were initially put together with no knowledge of each other except by reputation. I quickly found Capello was fast and easy to work with. We had similar driving styles and, through 2000, built up trust and friendship. Since then, he has become very good technically and I think your comments are correct, we are interchangeable, which gives the team more strategy options. I have had a few good teammates to say the least, but I think our success speaks for itself.
EC: How about a McNish 'Top Five' moments from the 2007 season?
AM: Qualifying in Houston, the last stint in Salt Lake City, qualifying in Road America, the last stint in Petit and all of Laguna Seca. Thanks for not asking about the least memorable.
EC: These days, the time off between the end of one season and the start of another is a matter of days. When does the next season start in earnest for you-and I assume that will be with Audi once again?
AM: Work for 2008 started before 2007 finished, so it's never-ending. I'm trying to get two weeks in December to finally rest. As for you Kerry, you always assume too much. I'll let you know. Vorsprung Durch Technik.