My life in 12 cars: McLaren Racing boss Zak Brown

“Then I come on to another Porsche. The Blaupunkt car I own I watched race when I was growing up. It won five races in period with Price Cobb, James Weaver and Rob Dyson and it raced between 1986 and ’88. I loved IMSA, America’s national sports car racing series, and I still love IMSA. The 962 is a gorgeous-looking race car, especially in that Blaupunkt livery.”

Lola T87/00

“I’m a big fan of Indycars, and again it all comes back to Mario Andretti. I went to the Long Beach Grand Prix in 1987, a street circuit that means a lot to me because my first ever race was the 1981 Long Beach F1 Grand Prix. By ’87, I had aspirations of trying to get into the business as a race car driver. And Mario put this car on pole position and won, lapping everybody up to second place, although Emerson Fittipaldi gave him a good run until he had a mechanical failure. In this same Lola, Mario then put it on pole at the Indianapolis 500 and led 171 of the first 177 laps. Again, he’d lapped the field, until a broken valve spring ended his day – the old ‘Andretti Curse’ at Indy, a race he won only once back in 1969. This Lola holds very special memories for me because I saw it race, and again because of my hero Mario. His T87 was also engineered that year by Adrian Newey, who has become a good friend. We restored Mario’s car and shook it down last year in Chicago, and Mario came out and drove it, with Adrian watching on. A special day.”

Penske PC18

“Staying on the Indycar theme, one of my other favourite drivers was Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the 1989 championship in the car I own. He also won the Indy 500 that year after one of the most dramatic finishes in the race’s history, in a duel with Al Unser Jr. I’ve always been a big Fittipaldi fan, who of course was McLaren’s first F1 world champion. Much like Mario, it’s really cool that he won titles in both F1 and Indycars. Also, my number one most admired individual in motorsport is Roger Penske, so this car counts for a lot. It was run by Pat Patrick and I was fortunate enough to get offered the car directly by Roger. It ticks a lot of boxes.”

McLaren MP4/6

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