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2008 Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
Story by Jason Husman
Today we participated in the Ultimate Lamborghini Experience at Auto Club Speedway (formerly California Speedway) in Fontana, CA. The event was sponsored by Lamborghini of Beverly Hills and Al & Ed's Autosound. The dealership provided three Gallardo's and the car audio guys brought a variety of modified vehicles for show.

Again, we decided to spend the night closer to the race track so we didn't have to get up as early to drive there by 8:00 am. The day started off with a catered breakfast and a mandatory 30 minute racing technical class. Immediately after the training, we were given helmets for the day (and to keep!) and were put into a group.

Basically I was given two opportunities to drive a Gallardo Supperleggera around the 2.8 mile, 21 turn, auto competition road course. I was also able to take my 2007 Vantage and a Smart car around the track for a number of laps. The Lamborghini was definitely the quickest car of the three.

I enjoyed driving the Aston Martin and didn't have any problem following the Lamborghinis around the track. Many of the other owners were not seasoned drivers and were probably shocked that I was keeping up! The Smart car was just a silly car for the track.

Every time I got into a car and went on the track, one of the many celebrity racing instructors rode as passenger and instructor. My instructor for the day was V.J. Merzayan, a seasoned Grand Am driver who also set multiple club track records. It was very helpful to have expert advice around every corner. After each lap I was always improving my times and technique.

The other celebrity drivers included Tony Adamowicz (Tony A2Z), Al Unser III, Kim Brower, Steve Walsh, David Mecey, Darren Young, Jonathan Lawson, Troy Mueller (Rowland) and Flynn Baglin.

One of the highlights of the day was the unveiling of the brand new Lamborghini Gallardo LP560-4. There were plenty of reporters present including Motor Trend, Road & Track and Los Angeles KNBC Channel 4 doing a short for their television show Whipnotic.
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