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Zak Brown Revealed His Summer Shutdown Plans

Find out how the McLaren CEO is keeping his foot on the track.

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Zak Brown is celebrating car history during the F1 summer shutdown.

As racing is a massive part of the McLaren CEO’s life, he will continue his car fascination during the two-week period.

The Monterey Motorsports Reunion is currently welcoming guests at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in California.

As a child, Brown used to collect model cars and aspired to drive them one day. This weekend, he raced in super-fast cars. First he enjoyed his Lancia LC2/0005 which French race car driver, Bob “Brilliant Bob” Wollek used to get pole in the 1984 Le Mans 24 Hours. The car was also successful in winning the Kyalami 1,000 km with former Italian racing drivers, Alessandro Nannini and Riccardo Patrese at the helm. Alessandro was in F1 for five years with his first win at the 1989 Japanese Grand Prix. Riccardo raced in F1 from 1977 to 1993 and holds an impressive record for Grand Prix starts. This was a true trip down memory lane for the American.

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Then Zak zipped around in his Porsche 935/JLP-3 which won the 1982 IMSA GT Championship. This car was the only one to win the Daytona 24 Hours and the Sebring 12 Hours in the same year up until 2016. It’s an absolute beauty.

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Taking his Williams FW07B/7 for a spin, Zak reminisced one of his heroes, former Australian race car driver, Alan Jones. His first entrance to F1 was the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix. The first win came at the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix. For racing history though, Alan was the first driver to win for Williams in F1 and became the 1980 World Drivers’ Champion. He made his own national history as the second Australian to win as well. What a remarkable gentleman to admire. The chassis was also successful at French and British Grands Prix.

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We wonder which of these cars is Zak Brown’s favourite. The world may never know.

Until then, Zak Brown will enjoy the F1 summer shutdown surrounded by cars and other racing series.

Formula 1 resumes racing at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps during the weekend of 27-29 August in Belgium.

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