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Old 14 Nov 2016, 12:11 (Ref:3687972)   #1
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Naming a Corner at Le Mans Circuit

Was wondering about the history of naming corners at the Le Mans circuit. With all that Audi has done for ACO racing it seems fit that a corner be named in their honor. How does that normally work?

Also believe that one of the best corners on the circuit doesn't currently have a name associated with it. The right hander before Indy. It should be named Audi. Thoughts?
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 16:12 (Ref:3688026)   #2
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Was wondering about the history of naming corners at the Le Mans circuit. With all that Audi has done for ACO racing it seems fit that a corner be named in their honor. How does that normally work?

Also believe that one of the best corners on the circuit doesn't currently have a name associated with it. The right hander before Indy. It should be named Audi. Thoughts?
That is part of the Indianapolis just like the Porsche Curves is a series of corners.
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 16:36 (Ref:3688028)   #3
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I agree. We already have Ford chicane, Porsche Curves and Corvette corner, so why not? But there aren't too many options of corners to be named after. It'd be either one of the chicanes on the Mulsanne straight or one of the corners that is already part of the Porsche Curves, the latter not making too much sense.
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Something around the circuit should be named after Henri Pescarolo
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 20:15 (Ref:3688063)   #5
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If so, we could go on:
Tom Kristensen
Jacky Ickx...
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If so, we could go on:
Tom Kristensen
Jacky Ickx...
Can see the argument for naming grandstands / viewing areas after drivers - Kristensen, Ickx, and Pescarolo would all be worthy candidates - and one could argue that where a stand is named after a corner (Dunlop) there's scope to change in that direction.
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Old 14 Nov 2016, 22:34 (Ref:3688092)   #7
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That is part of the Indianapolis just like the Porsche Curves is a series of corners.
I didn't realize that - thanks!
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That is part of the Indianapolis just like the Porsche Curves is a series of corners.
There is only one turn named Indianapolis, left and banked, like in Indiana. When cars weren't as fast as they are today in the 1930's, 1950's, the right kink before Indianapolis was considered as belonging to the straight and not as a curve.
So, officially, this right corner as no name yet though we consider this sequence as being "Indianapolis".
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There is only one turn named Indianapolis, left and banked, like in Indiana. When cars weren't as fast as they are today in the 1930's, 1950's, the right kink before Indianapolis was considered as belonging to the straight and not as a curve.
So, officially, this right corner as no name yet though we consider this sequence as being "Indianapolis".
Thank you for clarifying this Pascal!
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 12:29 (Ref:3688236)   #10
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There is only one turn named Indianapolis, left and banked, like in Indiana. When cars weren't as fast as they are today in the 1930's, 1950's, the right kink before Indianapolis was considered as belonging to the straight and not as a curve.
So, officially, this right corner as no name yet though we consider this sequence as being "Indianapolis".
Interesting - thanks! Guess it is sort of like the Porsche Curves and Corvette corner. Rarely do I hear any television commentator mention the Corvette corner - its always Porsche curves!
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If so, we could go on:
Tom Kristensen
Jacky Ickx...
Those 2 would be worthy too, there's already grandstands named after drivers, putting Henri's name on the pit building / stand would be justified IMO
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Old 15 Nov 2016, 21:04 (Ref:3688352)   #12
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There is only one turn named Indianapolis, left and banked, like in Indiana. When cars weren't as fast as they are today in the 1930's, 1950's, the right kink before Indianapolis was considered as belonging to the straight and not as a curve.
So, officially, this right corner as no name yet though we consider this sequence as being "Indianapolis".
My understanding is that the name comes not from the banking, but from the fact that the corner was once paved with bricks (Indianapolis = The Brickyard) There's a photo in existence which shows the brick road surface.

Generally, Indianapolis is regarded as both the right and left handers.
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I've never heard the right hand kink be called Indy. I've only ever heard it called "the kink before Indy"
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My understanding is that the name comes not from the banking, but from the fact that the corner was once paved with bricks (Indianapolis = The Brickyard) There's a photo in existence which shows the brick road surface.

Generally, Indianapolis is regarded as both the right and left handers.
I'm certainly familiar with the story of the bricks.....
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Is Corvette corner an official name or is it something that has evolved amongst the fans / commentators?
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