Lotus Praga LMP2 Inside: Kevin Weeda
In our column “Lotus Praga LMP2 Inside” we ask our race drivers about racing, race preparation, holidays and other personal subjects. Here are the answers of Kevin Weeda.
What did you do after Le Mans? Did you go on holidays? If yes, where did you go?
I went to St Moritz to do some climbing and cycling. Afterwards I went to Newport Beach in America and was surfing there. I spent a lot of time with my family which was great and I really enjoyed it.
There will be 5 races on 3 different continents now. Do you have problems with the travelling and jet lag? What do you do to avoid jet lag?
I don’t have problems with travelling or jet lag. I am lucky enough that I can sleep well on the plane.
Which of the remaining races are you looking forward to the most?
I am looking forward to the race in Austin because it is my home race. It will be great to drive in front of my home crowd.
What is special about driving anti-clockwise like in Interlagos? Is it more difficult or do you prepare for it in a different way?
Driving anti-clockwise is different, but the race preparation is the same. The pit stops and driver changes in Interlagos will be quite interesting because you jump out of the car in the “hot side” of the pit lane. When you get out of the car you have to be careful that you don’t step in the fast lane and jump in front of the other cars.
How do you keep fit for the races? Which sports do you do and like?
I exercise a lot and I like surfing, mountain biking and climbing.
What is your favourite music? Which music do you listen to before a race?
I like Rock and Roll music and I always listen to it.
Do you have any superstitions before a race?
No, I am not superstitious.
Is your wife coming to all the races?
No, unfortunately my wife will not attend all races. She was at Le Mans and maybe she will come to China.
What is your favourite food?
My favourite food is pizza.
If you wouldn’t be a race driver, which job would you have instead?
When I was a kid, I always wanted to become astronaut or fighter pilot. That’s what I probably would have done instead of racing.
Which headline would you like to read about you and Lotus Praga LMP2?
Podium finish for Lotus Praga LMP2.
What are your goals or wishes for the next races?
My wish is to finish some one of the races on the podium and that we can celebrate our first win this year.