I love Laguna Seca, which is why I sponsored this race. Years ago, I was playing GT4 like it was my job and decided to purchase my first wheel, the original Driving Force GT. A friend and I got into a hot lap battle with the formula car (I believe GT4 only had 1) at Laguna Seca. We went back and forth for days, one-upping each other by a tenth here, a few hundredths there. I was at my limit but refused to let him win, so I started experimenting with new lines and techniques. To my amazement, I snapped off a lap that buried his best by almost 2 seconds! I sent him a screen shot and a few minutes later he conceded to my victory, saying he'd break too many controllers trying to beat my time, so he gave up. That was when I really fell in love with this circuit, and with sim racing in general (I know, it's GT, but still). So this course has a special place in my heart and I can't wait to race tomorrow. I don't expect to win, or even to podium, but I'm hoping for a good result and a clean, competitive race.
I've only been racing with Mac for a few months so I don't have any real personal memories. I'll just say that he's a hell of a driver. Not only is he blisteringly fast, he has a great attitude, and almost no ego to speak of. He never gloated or talked down to slower drivers, and went out of his way to help anyone that asked. It's sad for the league to lose a person of his quality, but, if I'm honest, it'll be nice to see something less than +3.574 next to my name in qualifying. LOL