Thursday, July 27, 2006

Wayne Rainey

I got a chance to talk with 3-time 500GP World Champion Wayne Rainey at the Yamaha party at the Aquarium in Monterey last weekend. Despite being paralyzed from the waist down as a result of a crash at Misano, Italy, in 1993, Wayne has continued to be very active and influential in the world of motorsports. Wayne has been a huge help to my friend Gill Campbell (who manages Laguna Seca Raceway) in getting the MotoGP races to come to the U.S. last year and again this year; as well, he now races a hand-controlled kart in the World SuperKart series based in Northern California. Laguna Seca raceway has named a corner in his honor: the Rainey Curve is a medium-speed, acute left-hander that follows the famous Corkscrew.


Bruce W. said...

Our son has done some road racing in BC and Washington State. He and his wife gave their son the middle name Rainey, after Wayne Rainey. Wish I could contact Wayne Rainey, and also get a copy of his biography to give to our son. Bruce W.

Michael Cottam said...

Hi Bruce, try contacting Gill at Laguna Seca (there's a link to the contact form in my original post above).