One man I'm keeping track of this weekend is Derek Johnston, driver of the #77 Doran Racing entry along with Memo Gidley, Fabrizio Gollin and Brad Jaeger.
Johnston won the drive by collecting the most points in the Sunoco Driver Challenge, a competition which awarded points to drivers in British GT, British F3, the SPEED series and the Radical UK Cup. Johnston won the Radical UK Cup in an SR8, and found time to win the European series too.
Apparently, the 47-yr old started racing motorbikes in 1993 but stopped after breaking his leg and wrist in his 3rd race. He took it up again but stopped again after a fatality in one race. After another break he switched to car racing in a Ferrari and wondered what those fast little prototypes were that kept passing him. So he bought one. And won.
I can't say I'm expect a lot of pace from him because the level of professionalism is a big step up, but he's an underdog and a Brit, and Brits like supporting underdogs - its as if I'm destined to support him. As an underdog I fully expect him to promise much and then spectacularly fail to deliver.