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.

2 comments:

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 said...

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

Cheers,

Michael.