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Will Buxton’s Racing Debut: Episode 5 (VIDEO)

Mar 31, 2014, 1:35 PM EDT

This was it for NBC Sports Group’s Formula One pit reporter and insider Will Buxton – qualifying and race days, at long last, after the build-up to his racing debut in the Florida Winter Series.

It was time to see how Buxton could put preparation into reality in the three races, following intense training and preparation from the Ferrari Driver Academy.

This concludes the five-part series; if you missed any, have no fear. All links are posted below.

  1. techmeister1 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    If Will was within 2.9 seconds of the fastest driver in this school after only three days behind the wheel of an open wheel car for the first time, then he did a damn fine job of learning and applying his skills. I’ve seen pro F1 and Indy car drivers who were off that much at a new track.

    • worknman24hours - Apr 1, 2014 at 12:05 AM

      Well said.

      Considering Will wasn’t a speed freak from the word go and did this as a dream realized with very little real racing experience, to be ANYHERE near the times these young guns were running is very impressive.

      Anyone who dreams of starting a F1 career should see Will’s video series.

      He got a unusual pass into a world very few ever see.

      The factory training camps that filter the very young talent that has already been racing since they were children.

      Like tech said, Will, you did a damn fine job.

      I’d have wrecked out half the field at the first turn.

  2. audiophoria - Apr 12, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Congrats Will! Even though most would leap at the chance to fulfill a lifetime racing dream, I think it took a lot of guts to do it in a competitive professional environment like the FDA Winter Series. Given the very short time you had, I’d have to rate your results as flat out (pun intended) impressive. Maybe he was right to advise you to stay behind the mic but in my book, you’ve earned a bump up in the credibility dept in future race broadcasts. Kudos and thanks for making the video.

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