Dr. Doenges, director at St. John’s from 2000 to 2008, and his wife Martha will be at the inaugural Formula 1 race in Austin, Texas this weekend, along with thousands of other race fans. However, they will be one of the few who already visited the track, receiving the VIP treatment last month when St. John’s alumnus and Lotus Formula 1 test driver Jerome D’Ambrosio invited them to attend the official opening of the race track in Austin.
Jerome was the first driver on the race track with the Lotus Formula 1 car, after Mario Andretti had driven an older F1 car on the track. Joe and Martha had a chance to catch up with Jerome and his girlfriend (and St. John’s alum) Natalie over dinner and then joined them at the track as VIP guests.
Good luck to Jerome’s Lotus team who scored their first win at the last race in Abu Dhabi and will be looking to repeat in Austin!