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November 08, 2007

British Lord Quits Gov't for Racing

Defense Industry Daily has the story. Baron Paul Drayson has already lived a pretty good life. His company made bank. He was given a peerage. He was the Minister of State for Defence Equipment and Support. And now...he's going to be a race-car driver in the U.S.

From his resignation letter:

"Dear Gordon,

As you know I have a passion for motor racing and over the past year have competed in the British GT championship racing a unique bio-ethanol-fuelled race car, achieving a "historic first" win for a green-fuelled car and coming second overall in the championship.

A number of special circumstances have now presented me with a once in a lifetime opportunity to take my racing to the next level. I have the opportunity to race next year in the American Le Mans series in the United States, a key step towards my eventual dream of success in the Le Mans 24 hours endurance race.

For the first time next year the American Le Mans Series will allow bio-ethanol cars to compete and so this is a wonderful opportunity to showcase British motorsport technology for environmentally friendly racing.

Bonus points for being a badass. Minus ten points for working "environmentally friendly racing" into his rationale for leaving.


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