Always Improving – Johannes van Overbeek

ESM Johannes van OverbeekJohannes van Overbeek has done what many people have dreamed of, take a hobby and transform it to a profession. How did he make it happen? Continually improving himself, never giving up and doing whatever it takes. Now in the top class of IMSA sportscar competition he still applies these ideas on a daily basis.

Mecca of Speed: How did the DPi feel this morning running in mixed conditions, was your target for the session to develop a baseline for the car or focus on a particular area of development?

Johannes van Overbeek: No matter what the conditions, we are always trying to go as fast as we can. You have to find the limits because until you get to the limit you don’t know what is not right with the car that you need to address.

The car is surprisingly very comfortable to drive at speed on the track. The set-up was nice; the Continental rain tires worked well, just what we are looking for in our first session. more

Focused – Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge in the DeltaWing at Road America.Talking with Katherine Legge you will realize some key qualities needed in every driver. She has a technical understanding of a race car, conducts herself in a professional yet relaxed manner and has an intent level of focus to get the absolute best out of the car, team and herself.

Mecca of Speed: This is your fourth season with the DeltaWing project. One of the most notable evolutions was from the roadster to coupe configuration. How did that change things from a driver’s perspective?

Katherine Legge: The technology that came with putting the roof on changed the weight distribution, down force levels etc. It’s safer and more aerodynamic but it does get hotter in the car.  Safety wise it’s a step in the right direction and where everybody thinks we should be. Dr. Panoz is big on safety.

Big picture is to have every technology advancement completed and ready for the road car, which is the most important aspect of this project. more