Being a race-car driver is a dream… in contrast with being a British government minister!
Paul Drayson, 47, a former pharmaceuticals entrepreneur appointed to the House of Lords in 2004, said last year that he took up competitive motor-racing as part of a "mid-life crisis." Drayson, who competes in a bioethanol-fueled Aston Martin, qualified for the U.S. competition by placing second at this year's British GT championship.
Drayson was appointed to the Ministry of Defense in 2005 by then-Prime Minister Tony Blair to oversee Britain's 15 billion pound (US$30 billion; EUR21 billion) military hardware budget.
In a letter to Brown, Drayson described the chance to compete as a "once in a lifetime opportunity" and "a key step towards my eventual dream of success in the Le Mans 24-hour endurance race."
The American Le Mans Series, a North American counterpart to the famous French endurance race, announced earlier this year that almost all its cars would race on biofuel.
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