Racing, in any form, is brilliant insanity, riding a knife’s edge lap after lap. Racing in the top prototype category for 24 hours at Le Mans is riding the edge of a knife that stretches from New York to Los Angeles—and then to Salt Lake City.
To call Audi dominant at Le Mans is to approach the zenith of understatement. In the last 16 installments of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, only three were won by any car other than an Audi. But as important as the record books are, racing is about what is now, not what once was—and right now, Audi is at Le Mans not as the reigning champion, but as the challenger. Perhaps, even, as underdog.