OTHER 443 vehicles will take part in the 2012 Dakar, which will start from Mar del Plata and head towards Lima, where the pilots will arrive following an 8,300-kilometre trek through Argentinean, Chilean and Peruvian territory. The battle for the four titles at stake is about to begin. At this time of the year, beaches in "La Feliz" are packed with holidaymakers every day. But today, all eyes are focused on Plaza Colon.
Top stars came out to support event F1 star Jenson Button and newly crowned IndyCar champion Dario Franchitti were among a host of top racing drivers all competing in a very special two-hour endurance kart race staged at Daytona Milton Keynes last night (5 December) to commemorate the life and many achievements of their friend Dan Wheldon. Daytona Milton Keynes kart track was the perfect venue to honor the much loved and admired Wheldon.
by Bob Heathcote It was an incredible Porsche Rennsport Reunion IV weekend at Laguna Seca. •More than 300 Porsche race cars were on display and running on the track •50 drivers sat for the autograph sessions. •The new 2012 Porsche 911 made its North American debut to thousands of admiring sports car fans.
Scenes from Blancpain Endurance race at Silverstone
by Gary Parravani The nr40 Marc VDS Racing Team BMW Z4 of Bas Leinders, Markus Palttala and Maxime Martin was the strongest car in the 3-hour race at Silverstone, with Martin taking the checkered flag to claim the second win of the season. The victory gave Markus Palttala enough point to claim the Vice Champions position. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture these photos.
Racing News It was a 10-lap, 10-mile racing event at the Detroit Driving Club in Grosse Pointe, Mich., and billed at the time as “the largest affair of its kind” that attracted the top drivers of the day, generating national attention. One hundred and ten years later, it has become known as “the race that changed the world.” Henry Ford’s stunning upset of the heavily-favored Alexander Winton was the catalyst that allowed Ford to attract investors and, less than two years later, launch the Ford Motor Company. The rest, as they say, is history.
by Gary Parravani The Britcar 24hrs - the only 24hr race for GT and Saloon cars in the UK, which is now firmly placed in the British motorsport calendar as the race to attend, as a spectator or competitor. With growing grid numbers from all around Europe, and with top International teams competing, the Britcar 24hrs at Silverstone is a popular event. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these photos.
Bavarian driver secures his first DTM title early, at Valencia With a third place at the penultimate race of the season at Valencia Martin Tomczyk converted his first match ball: The 29-year-old driver from Rosenheim, Bavaria, is the 2011 DTM Champion and thus celebrates the biggest triumph in his motorsport career. The exploit also marks the first time in DTM history for a champion to sit in a so-called year-old car. Tomczyk succeeds Paul Di Resta, who has switched to Formula One, and with the biggest triumph in his career has now joined the DTM’s club of champions whose members include stars like Bernd Schneider, Mattias Ekström or Timo Scheider.
by Gary Parravani The British GT Series raced at Donington Park in England. The weather was overcast and wet, which is typical for England. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Bob Heathcote On Saturday Aston Martin Racing won its first overall race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, and Dyson Racing and BMW Team RLL each clinched driver and team championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. On Sunday Star Mazda, IMSA GT3 and SCCA World Challenge raced. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these photos.
World debut at the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt On the eve of the International Motor Show (IAA) in Frankfurt Audi presented its new DTM vehicle: After the V8 Quattro (1990 to 1992) and the A4 (2004 to 2011) the brand with the four rings has opted to use a two-door coupe in the most popular international touring car series for the first time. The new Audi A5 DTM, which bears the internal project name "R17" at Audi Sport, conforms to the new Technical Regulations that will come into effect in the 2012 season.
Scenes from Motorsports Hall of Fame Induction - Wed.
by Mark Scheuern The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America ceremonies spanned over two days in Michigan and our Mark Scheuern was also there to capture all the action on the 2nd day - Wednesday as well. On hand were dignitaries like Roger Penske as well as one of his current Sprint Cup drivers - Kurt Busch.
by Mark Scheuern The list of racing luminaries inducted last night into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America were Donnie Allison, Sid Collins, Roger McCluskey, Ed McCulloch, Augie Pabst, Bruce Penhall and Ed Winfield. Among those on deck to make Hall of Fame introductions was previous inductee Bobby Unser (McCluskey). Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Bob Heathcote The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion has earned its stripes as the premier historic automobile racing event in the U.S., and motorsports enthusiasts from around the world have taken notice. They come not only by the tens of thousands to watch the sentimental past of car racing come roaring back to life but also by the hundreds to personally strap into the driver’s seat and test the legendary turns and challenging elevation changes of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 140+ photos.
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by Gary Parravani JRM Nissan claimed the Tourist Trophy with a thrilling victory in the Championship Race at Silverstone. Less than half a second separated the top three cars at the finish, with the No.7 Young Driver Aston Martin and No.11 Exim Bank Team China Corvette swarming over the back of the lead Nissan. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these 200+ photos.
Moves closer to F1 Renault Sport Technologies has chosen the setting of the Monaco Grand Prix, where the Formula Renault 3.5 Series will be the curtain raiser for the Formula 1 race, to present its new single-seater. Launched in 2005, the Formula Renault 3.5 Series, the flagship discipline of the World Series by Renault, has over the years built itself a reputation as an effective stepping stone to F1, as illustrated by the career paths of drivers such as Robert Kubica, Sebastian Vettel and Jaime Alguersuari.
by Bob Heathcote The annual Ferrari Challenge was run at Laguna Seca this weekend. A new unofficial track record was set with an ex-Schumacher F1 car – no word yet which car or driver, but word is he did a 1.0625, which is faster than any other lap except for Bourdais in Champ Car spring training (which was also unofficial). Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 160 photographs.
McLaren GT unveils team and development program McLaren GT, a new race car manufacturer which brings together the expertise of McLaren Racing, McLaren Automotive and CRS Racing, today unveiled its GT3 car and plans for a 2011 development program. The new McLaren MP4-12C GT3 will be the first McLaren car built for FIA* GT series racing since the McLaren F1 GTR finished production in1997.
ARCA Bobby Gerhart resisted the challenges of Chris Buescher and Matt Merrell in the final laps of the Lucas Oil Slick Mist 200 to win the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards season opener at Daytona International Speedway for the seventh time, adding to one of the most prestigious records in ARCA's 59-year history.
The streets of Buenos Aires pay tribute to the Dakar
Dakar Rally kickoff celebration New Year’s Day. Summer holidays. Unbearable heat. However, the inhabitants in and around Buenos Aires did not hesitate. Over a million people came, and for many of them, it is not the first time. They came to see the parade of the 407 vehicles that will take part in the Dakar 2011 and, afterwards, the beginning of their journey towards Victoria, where they will find their first bivouac.
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