Race Info

Who: Gunnar Jeanette (driver)
Michael Lauer (driver)
Michael Brockman (driver)
What:24Hour Race
When:June 17-18, 2000
Where:Le Mans, France


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The Great Gunnar Racing Saga: 24 Hours du Mans 2000 (cont.)

Well, for those of you who don’t yet know, “WE FINISHED”!!

 I thought the test weekend was pretty spectacular, but it doesn’t even compare to the race.  It was a little easier going this time, as we kind of knew what to expect.  By now we were seasoned French travelers (yeah, right).  Martin, Andy, and I headed over early, as the car needed some attention from the test.  I was there to make sure all of the arrangements were made, including the purchase of a VW Beetle, to be raffled for charity.  A buddy of Kevin’s, involved in a software company in England named Sila, sponsored the team, and the raffle.  We might as well throw one more log on the fire.  It’s amazing Kevin ever has a chance to sleep, what, with coming up with all of these cool marketing ideas, all of the time.  It was during this four days that we realized why the French take 2 hour lunches.  Andy, Martin, and I went for lunch at a few different places, and they were quite a bit nicer than what you see in the states.  They even had table clothes and China on the tables, for lunch.  We sure didn’t fit in, coming form the shop for lunch, but they were very nice to us.

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Maison Blanche Updates
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During the run up to the prestigious Le Mans 24 Hours that the team are participating in for the first time, they announced that they were to launch a raffle to raise funds for a local (to Le Mans) hospital and the prize was a brand new VW Beetle, decorated like the race car, to drive away from the race. The car was present with the team's 911 GT3R at scrutineering in the Place des Jacobins on Monday and that was also when the raffle was officially launched, the car then took part in the driver parade on the Friday evening.

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Race Audio Updates
Final - Gunnar Racing finishes 7th and Gunnar Jeanette becomes the youngest driver to complete the 24 hour endurance race.

Hour 23 - (Kevin Jeanette) -In the final stages but we have a small problem. We have a cracked cylinder in the engine getting water in the motor. We want to finish...if Gunnar Jeanette finishes he will be the youngest person to finish the 24 Hours of Le Mans, male or female. We pulled the spark plug out of the cylinder to see if it would quit pumping water into the cylinder and it worked. We turned enough laps that we will wait till the end to take the last two laps that have to be made to finish within the rules.

Hour 17- (Kevin Jeanette) -Still in the hunt. The weather is great...getting close to the fifth place car.

Hour 12- (Kevin Jeanette) -It is morning the sun is rising. The moon is on one end the sun on the other. Gunnar is in the car at the start of a double stint and running well. He will be coming in soon for fuel and tires. We are in sixth trying to move up a position.

Hour 1 - (Kevin Jeanette) - There was an early yellow and we are behind the pace car. Before the yellow Gunnar passed four cars to give us a good position behind the pace car. We are going to pit when our normal time comes in about ten laps. Team Gunnar out.

Grid - (Kevin Jeanette) -Qualified a bit back but the drivers are all close in times. Some of the cars in front have one fast driver and two slower drivers. The race should be good.

Thursday Qualifying Notes
Sessions- Gunnar Jeanette was fastest with a 11th place qualifying time of 4:22.981. Everything is looking good for the race.

Wednesday Qualifying Notes
Session 1- The car had an off course excursion early in the session and the car overheated slightly. Gunnar was still able to post a decent qualifying time.

Session 2- There was not enough time to make a motor change. Each driver had his turn in the car in order to get familiar with the race circuit. The object of the session was not to go fast but to give each driver seat time.

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Charity Raffle

Gunnar Porsche sponsors announced & innovative charity raffle
Copyright ©1998-2000 Maison Blanche

The team has also announced that they are launching a raffle to raise funds for a local (to Le Mans) hospital and the prize will be a brand new VW Beetle to drive away on race morning. The car will be present with the team's 911 GT3 at scrutineering in the Place des Jacobins on Monday and that is also when the raffle will be officially launched. The prize will also be part of the driver parade on the Friday evening. Tickets will be 50FF each and will be on sale all week until race day when the lucky winning ticket will be drawn.

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Pre Qualifying

Le Mans (pre-qualifying)2000... the Great Gunnar Saga!!
By: Tim Pendergast

At the Sebring Historics, in March, Kevin Jeannette offered me a job doing all of the logistical planning for Gunnar Racing. This would include the much expanded schedule of historic and pro racing. The first big project would be going to Le Mans. I would also be able to do all of the HSR races. I thought this sounded good, and accepted the job. I had no idea what I was getting myself into, and wouldn't have turned it down for anything. Kevin entered into a partnership with Alex Job at the 12 Hours of Sebring, in March of this year, to run the 24 Hours of Le Mans. This is, of course, the grand daddy of all endurance races. There was an appearance by Gunnar Racing, once before, in exactly the kind of car you'd expect Kevin "Mr. Porsche Racing" to crew on, a Ferrari 512BB/L, with Preston Henn. We are making a more proper attempt this year, we have entered a Porsche 996 GT3R. This is the same car that we ran in the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Audio Releases
Weekend Audio Report (Kevin Jeanette)
Weekend Audio Report
(Gunnar Jeanette)