Automobile Magazine: We Followed Hurley Haywood at Le Mans: Racing Is What Racing Was

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Editor’s Note: While Hurley Haywood’s time with Audi was short, his impact will last a lifetime in the annals of Audi lore. Catch up with what Hurley is doing lately courtesy of Automobile Magazine

Hurley Haywood abhors being late.

As a three-time champion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans and a five-time winner of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, arriving anywhere first is a trait that’s served the 72-year-old well during his 30-plus years as a race car driver. But at the moment, “Early Hurley” is stuck in an elevator smaller than a bathtub—with seven other people—for nearly half an hour. Perhaps more upsetting than this claustrophobic predicament is the threat to Haywood’s punctuality. Even worse: As the grand marshal of the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans in June, he’s a guest of honor at a Rolex-sponsored dinner to kick off the famous endurance race. But the finicky elevator within the control tower of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest’s complex in France has a mind of its own…

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