Audi R18 V6 TDI Audi has unveiled its latest sportscar which Britainâ€™s Allan McNish hopes will enable him to score his third and the German manufacturerâ€™s 10th McNish and his Audi Sport team-mates attended an unveiling of the Audi R18 at the Audi Sportpark in Ingolstadt, Germany, last night (Friday 10 December).
by Adriano Manocchia Peugeot claimed an historic one-two in the 13th running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Highcroft Acura won the LMP2 class and Corvette squeaked out a close win in GT2, but some luck was involved. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the dayâ€™s action in these 200 photos.
Crushes rival Audi team by 2 laps Peugeot won Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 on Saturday, this time running the full 1,000 miles. A year after winning a rain-shortened race at Road Atlanta, the trio of Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy scored a 61-second victory in their diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDI. They led a second straight 1-2 finish for the French manufacturer in the cornerstone event for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
by Adriano Manocchia Friday was qualifying day for the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. The powerful Peugeot team locked up the front row but the Audis were close behind. Today's race looks to be a real fight. Our Adriano Manocchia was to capture all the dayâ€™s action in these 105 photos. The Peugeot team stayed fastest with Sarrazin turning the fastest lap.
Second straight year with 908s on Atlanta front row Peugeot swept the front row for Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 on Friday with Anthony Davidson taking pole position with a lap of 1:07.187 (136.098 mph) at Road Atlanta. The British pilot put his Peugeot 908 HDi ahead of Pedro Lamy in the sister car by 0.222 seconds. Peugeot was on the front row at the start of last yearâ€™s race and won the rain-shortened event. The French diesels also finished 1-2 two weeks ago at the Silverstone 1,000 km, besting diesel rival Audi in the process.
by Adriano Manocchia Thursday was the official day of practice for the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. Part of the day was wet but later it cleared up. Our Adriano Manocchia was to capture all the dayâ€™s action in these 130 photos. The Peugeot team stayed fastest with Sarrazin turning the fastest lap.
ALMS â€œStrength and new growthâ€ are on tap for the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. That is the forecast Series President and CEO Scott Atherton delivered today in the annual State of the Series address at Road Atlanta. The Series is closing an incredibly tight 2010 championship with Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2. â€œOur brand is healthy, strong and poised for growth,â€ proclaimed Atherton. â€œOur product is well-positioned to meet our customersâ€™ needs and business objectives.â€
Sarrazin's Peugeot leads practice 2 at Road Atlanta
Petit LeMans qualifying on Friday Stephane Sarrazin turned the fastest lap in his Peugeot 908 HDI to lead a turbo diesel 1-2-3-4 in the 2nd practice session for Saturday's Petit LeMans ALMS race. Sarrazin was followed closely by the two Audi R15's of Andre Lotterer and Tom Kristensen. Former F1 driver Alex Wurz was 4th in the sister Peugeot to Sarrazin. David Brabham was fastest in the Honda HPD ARX-01c LMP2 car while Guy Cosmo was fastest in GT2 class in his Ferrari 430 GT.
by Adriano Manocchia The American LeMans Series signature event Petit LeMans weekend got underway at Road Atlanta Wednesday with an open test session. Our Adriano Manocchia was to capture all the days action in these 130 photos. The Peugeot team drew first blood with Frenchman Franck Montagny turning the fastest lap.
Montagny and Peugeot fire first shot at Road Atlanta
Opening test session for Petit LeMans Franck Montagny and Peugeot fired the first shots of Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA 2 with the fastest lap in Wednesdayâ€™s official test session at Road Atlanta. The fast Frenchman turned a lap of 1:07.652 (135.162 mph) in the Peugeot 908 HDi factory prototype that he will share with Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy.
Pruett, Rojas Earn Grand-Am title with another win
Grand-Am Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas only needed to drive 30 minutes in Saturday's Utah 250 at Miller Motorsports Park to share the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype championship. They did more than just that.
ALMS The largest field for a race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n in more than seven years is coming to Road Atlanta. The 13th annual Petit Le Mans powered by MAZDA2 features 45 of the best and most innovative sports cars in the world. Only once has the Seriesâ€™ cornerstone event featured more cars on its grid.
Building anticipation for 2012 50th Running Eagerly anticipated by drivers, auto manufacturers and race fans everywhere, the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona is the first major race of the worldâ€™s motor sport season. Every January, the Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, Florida, USA) comes to life in celebration of this incredible endurance race, recognized by leading drivers as one of the most difficult in the world to win. 2012 will mark the 50th running of sports car racing at the famous Speedway, home of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Leading up to this unique anniversary, we present a once-a-month look back through the history, people and events that have made this famous race what it is today.
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS ran their feature race on Sunday at Mosport, in Ontario, Canada. However, the race was cut short to just over 2 hours when an accident knocked down the guiderail and the repairs crews could not fix it. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 185 photographs.
Damaged Armco could not be repaired Klaus Graf and Romain Dumas won Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on Sunday, taking Muscle Milk Team CytoSportâ€™s Porsche RS Spyder to victory in a race called after 2:19 running. A heavy accident between Luke Hines and Jonny Cocker on Mosport International Racewayâ€™s Andretti Straight damaged the Armco safety barrier beyond reasonable repair.
by Adriano Manocchia Another picture perfect day north of the border, and Klaus Graf drove his Porsche Spyder RS to pole position at Mosport in Ontario, Canada. Graf outpaced Dyson Racingâ€™s Chris Dyson â€“ driving the Mazda-powered Lola coupe he will share with Guy Smith â€“ by 0.186 seconds in another incredibly close qualifying battle. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 120 photographs.
ALMS A wild season of qualifying in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n continued Saturday. Muscle Milk Team CytoSportâ€™s Klaus Graf grabbed pole position, the seventh driver in eight races to earn those honors. He set a best lap of 1:06.956 (132.212 mph) in the Muscle Milk Porsche RS Spyder that he will drive with factory pilot Romain Dumas.
Pruett, Rojas Win Montreal For Record Eighth Victory
Pair Claim DP Title For Ganassi The Montreal 200 on Saturday marked another milestone in what has been a dream season for Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Pruett more than half of the two-hour, 62-lap race, while holding off Alex Gurney to give the team its first victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, its record-setting eighth triumph of the season, and in the process, clinching the team Daytona Prototype championship.
by Adriano Manocchia On a picture perfect day north of the border, the ALMS ran opening practice Friday at Mosport in Ontario, Canada. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 170 photographs.
Grand-Am Jon Fogarty and Boris Said used Chevrolet power to lead a record-breaking pair of qualifying sessions Friday at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve and capture respective poles for Saturday's Montreal 200, in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. Fogarty ran a lap of 1:31.524 (106.556 mph) to capture his second Daytona Prototype pole of the season in the No. 99 GAINSCO Chevrolet/Riley.
As Bernhard runs out of fuel 2 corners from end Jonny Cocker went from fourth to first in the last four laps Sunday as Drayson Racing won its first race in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. Cocker passed Muscle Milk Team CytoSportâ€™s Klaus Graf with two turns left at Road America and won the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar by 1.051 seconds in the Lola-Judd coupe that he shares with Paul Drayson.
ALMS at Road America Drayson Racingâ€™s Jonny Cocker picked up his second straight pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n with the fastest lap in qualifying Saturday for the American Le Mans Series powered by eStar. The young British star turned a lap of 1:49.554 (133.019 mph) around Road America in the Lola-Judd coupe that he will share with Paul Drayson. He did it in dominating fashion with a 1.321-second gap over Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith in another Lola coupe, this one powered by a Mazda engine.
by Adriano Manocchia Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas gave team owner Chip Ganassi his first of three wins this past weekend in three major categories by winning the Grand-Am race on Saturday at Watkins Glen. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Bob Heathcote The event everyone waits for at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca each year is the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion event. This weekend the drivers were practicing and our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 120 photos.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Mid-Ohio - Saturday
by Mark Scheuern Will Power won his 7th 2010 IndyCar pole to tie an IndyCar record and in ALMS the Dyson team won a stirring duel on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit. Our Mark Scheuern was there Saturday to capture all the action.
Record-Tying Seventh Victory Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas scored a dominating victory in Saturday's Crown Royal 200 at Watkins Glen International, tying the single-season GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory record with their seventh triumph of 2010. Pruett beat Max Angelelli to the checkered flag by 2.722 seconds.
ALMS Dyson Racing won an absolute classic race Saturday in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n as Chris Dyson held off PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s Simon Pagenaud by 0.506 seconds in the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. Dyson and Guy Smith each won overall in the Series for the first time, as did their Castrol-liveried, Mazda-powered Lola B09/86 coupe. After Intersport Racingâ€™s Clint Field dominated for the first two hours, Dyson led the final 24 laps in one of the best races the Series has seen.
by Mark Scheuern Ohio native Graham Rahal topped the time chart in the No. 02 National Tire & Battery entry for the initial IZOD IndyCar Series practice session for the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by Westfield Insurance. In ALMS the Drayson team put their Lola on pole on the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit. Our Mark Scheuern was there Friday to capture all the action.
by Adriano Manocchia In the 80-minute Happy Hour, Greg Biffle backed up his earlier performance when ran 15 laps and his best, in 71.09 seconds at an average speed of 124.065 mph, was the best lap of the day. Juan Montoya had the second-best single lap and the best average lap time, 71.75 seconds. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in over 100 photos. Part 2
by Adriano Manocchia In the 80-minute Happy Hour, Greg Biffle backed up his earlier performance when ran 15 laps and his best, in 71.09 seconds at an average speed of 124.065 mph, was the best lap of the day. Juan Montoya had the second-best single lap and the best average lap time, 71.75 seconds. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in over 100 photos. Part 1
For Crown Royal 200 in Abbreviated Qualifying Session Series championship standings co-leader Memo Rojas ran a lap of 1:05.470 (134.718 mph) Friday on the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International short circuit to capture the pole for Saturday's Crown Royal 200. Rojas will join Scott Pruett in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW/Riley at the front of the grid for Round 10 of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
ALMS Ask and ye shall receive. The old saying held true for Drayson Racingâ€™s Jonny Cocker, who parlayed a clean windscreen into his first overall pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. The young English driver turned a lap of 1:10.034 (116.069 mph) Friday in qualifying for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge.
Rolex Series Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty returned to GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype championship-winning form in the recent Rolex Series race at New Jersey Motorsports Park, when Gurney passed Scott Pruett for the lead with less than two laps remaining. They hope to continue that momentum on Saturday at Watkins Glen International.
ALMS Klaus Graf, Greg Pickett and Muscle Milk Team CytoSport earned their first overall victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n with a stunning victory Saturday in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Graf outdueled PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s David Brabham in the final half-hour that saw the PHR HPD ARX-01c pushed off track as the two leaders went past the start-finish line in heavy traffic.
by Adriano Manocchia David Brabham took his first pole position of the 2010 American Le Mans Series season in style during a thrilling qualifying session in challenging conditions for round five at Lime Rock Park. Brabhamâ€™s lightening performance not only secured his 13th career class American Le Mans Series pole position. Adriano Manocchia captured the wet session as it happened with these photos.
by Adriano Manocchia David Brabham took his first pole position of the 2010 American Le Mans Series season in style during a thrilling qualifying session in challenging conditions for round five at Lime Rock Park. Brabhamâ€™s lightening performance not only secured his 13th career class American Le Mans Series pole position, but also the best possible starting position for his Danbury, Connecticut-based team, PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s home circuit.
ALMS PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s David Brabham won a stunning wet qualifying session Friday at Lime Rock Park for his second overall pole position in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. Brabham turned in a best lap of 58.106 (92.934 mph) in the HPD ARX-01c that he will drive with Simon Pagenaud. He outpaced Muscle Milk Team CytoSportâ€™s Klaus Graf by 0.64 seconds.
Makes pass with 2 laps remaining With three minutes remaining Sunday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas were looking to make GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 history. Then, Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty made some history of their own. One day after Fogarty gave the team its first pole position of the season, Gurney caught and passed Pruett with less than two laps remaining and went on to win by 3.674 seconds, giving the defending Daytona Prototype champions their first GRAND-AM Rolex Series victory of the season in the NJMP 250. They drove the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet/Riley.
Grand-Am GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing won its first pole position of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season Saturday in qualifying for tomorrowâ€™s New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) 250 presented by Crown Royal on NJMPâ€™s Thunderbolt Raceway where team driver Jon Fogartyâ€™s 15th career top qualifying effort extended his record as the all-time Daytona Prototype pole winner.
SPC PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing scored its third consecutive victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n on Sunday with a hard-fought victory in the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. Simon Pagenaud drove the final 1:45 in the teamâ€™s HPD ARX-01c, and the PatrÂ¢n Highcroft crew took advantage of a quick final pit stop to beat Drayson Racingâ€™s Emanuele Pirro to the line by 19.116 seconds at Miller Motorsports Park.
ALMS Simon Pagenaud captured his second straight pole position at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix on Saturday. The sterling Frenchman set a best lap of 1:34.350 (116.229 mph) in PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racingâ€™s HPD ARX-01c that he will drive with David Brabham. Pagenaud, who won the race last year with Gil de Ferran, outpaced Drayson Racingâ€™s Jonny Cocker and his Lola B09/60-Judd coupe by 0.536 seconds.
Rest of 2010 and beyond The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n kicks off the second half of the 2010 championship this weekend for the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix. Before the action gets hot (literally!) and heavy at Miller Motorsports Park, Series President and CEO Scott Atherton gives us a little insight to how he sees the rest of 2010 and the 2011 season unfolding.
by Rhonda McCole GRAND-Am, NASCAR Nationwide and NASCAR Sprint Cup was in action at Daytona International Speedway this weekend and our Rhonda McCole captured all the action in these 85 photographs. Don't miss all the crashes.
Pruett and Rojas Capture 100th Daytona Prototype Race
GRAND-AM Drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas of the TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates team celebrated the 100th race for the Daytona Prototype class by scoring an impressive victory in Saturday's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, adding to their record win totals in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series' leading division.
For Saturday's Brumos Porsche 250 At Daytona Told he needed to run "one more perfect lap," Ricky Taylor responded with a lap of 1:42.341 (125.228 mph) to capture the pole position for Saturday's Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona International Speedway, the eighth round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. The race takes the green flag at 11 a.m. Flag-to-flag SPEED coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET.
Building anticipation for 2012 50th Running at Daytona Anticipated by drivers, auto manufacturers and race fans everywhere, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona is the first major race of the worldâ€™s motor sport season. Every January, the Daytona International Speedway (Daytona Beach, Florida, USA) comes to life in celebration of this incredible endurance race, known by drivers as one of the most difficult in the world to win.
GRAND-AM Racing in sizzling heat before a record GRAND-AM crowd at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, it was fitting the hottest team in the Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 came home the winners. Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to win Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank, giving them five victories in seven races to extend their Daytona Prototype point lead.
GRAND-AM Already running at the limit, Memo Rojas was told he needed to go a little faster in Friday's qualifying for the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. He responded with a track record lap in the final minute of the 15-minute session to take the pole from Ricky Taylor. Rojas toured the 2.258-mile, 13-turn circuit in 1:17.523 (104.856 mph).
Win French classic after all 4 Peugeots fail After a fierce battle between the Peugeot and Audi works teams, the German manufacturer has won its ninth victory with a 1-2-3 sweep after all four Peugeots either blew up or had chassis failures. It was a major embarrassment for the French team in front of their French fans. The three drivers sharing car 9 â€“ Dumas (FRA), Bernhard (DEU) and Rockenfeller (DEU) â€“ won here for the first time.
Audi has little chance to beat the French Quartet With four Peugeot 908s HDi FAP on the entry list, the French car-manufacturer takes no chances in its quest of the Holy Grail! The official team has topped the time-sheets since the beginning. Changing track conditions made things tricky for competitors throughout the race second qualifying on Thursday evening.
GRAND-AM Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas are taking a cautious approach to the second half of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season despite dominating the opening half of the campaign. "As soon as you start thinking about a championship that is the time you lose it," said Pruett, who joined Memo Rojas in winning four of the opening six races in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley. "We need to stay focused at every race."
Bourdais and Peugeot top opening LeMans Qualifying
24 Hour Classic Peugeot led the opening session of qualifying on Wednesday night at France's Circuit de la Sarthe for this weekend's 24 Hours of LeMans. Four-time Champ Car title winner Sebastien Bourdais scored the provisional pole position during the two-hour session with a time of 3 minutes, 19.711 seconds. That was nearly four seconds quicker than the best Audi R15 TDI.
GRAND-AM Five days after a three-race GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series winning streak ended in a first-lap crash, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas turned in a solid performance and started a new streak Saturday in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW Riley by scoring their third consecutive victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Pruett led the final 30 of 191 laps on the 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International long circuit, beating Max Angelelli to the checkered flag by 1.623 seconds.
Part 14 In a weekly column Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen gives some exclusive insights behind the scenes of the worldâ€™s most famous endurance race and the preparation by Audi Sport Team Joest. "The time has come: on Sunday afternoon Iâ€™ll meet up with my team colleagues Dindo and Allan in Paris and weâ€™ll travel together to Le Mans from there. During the whole week weâ€™ll be driving to the track and back together.
GRAND-AM Bouncing back from his team's worst showing of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season, Scott Pruett shattered the Watkins Glen International track record Friday to capture the pole position for Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Pruett ran a lap of 1:40.562 (121.716 mph) in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley, and will join Jon Fogarty on the front row.
24 Hours of Le Mans 23-year old Marco Andretti, grandson of famous multiple champion Mario Andretti, will participate in the 78th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will start on Saturday, 12 June at 15.00. Grandson Andrettiâ€™s father, Michael, as well as his uncle John Andretti, also ran in this ultimate endurance sports car race.
Prepares for LeMans 24 Hour race Marco Andretti will become the third generation from his famous family to grace the famous La Sarthe track next weekend. The 24 year old will just have had time to draw breath after hot footing it from the Texas IRL race, itself held just one weekend after the Indy 500, to France to make his race debut for the Rebellion Racing team in the number 12 Lola-Rebellion.
For the first time, Blundell speaks in detail With just ten days to go until the 78th running of the world's toughest and greatest motor race, we count down to the big day with a series of past and present Le Mans features. 20 years ago Mark Blundell and the Lola built Nissan R90C stunned the sports car world by claiming pole position at Le Mans with an astonishing lap of 3m27.020s, some six seconds faster than the next car.
LeMans 24 Hour Race He may have competed there nine times before, and he may do marathon running as a hobby, but all this will pale into relative insignificance on the 12-13th June when 37-year-old Oliver Gavin takes on the legendary 24 Hour race in the large industrial town of Le Mans in North West France. The British racing driver, along with team mates Olivier Beretta from Monaco and Frenchman Emmanuel Collard, will be pitting their talent, race craft and stamina against the cream of international sports car racing in the most prestigious event of their racing year.
Veteran Max Angelelli helped Ricky Taylor score his first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory in Monday's Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park. The event also saw Chip Ganassi Racing's Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have their hopes of winning a record fourth consecutive race dashed in the first turn of the first lap.
Second-place finisher Ryan Dalziel to close to within seven points (155-148), after Dalziel entered the event 21 points behind.
by Tom Kristensen In a weekly column Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen gives some exclusive insights behind the scenes of the worldâ€™s most famous endurance race and the preparation by Audi Sport Team Joest. "Today Iâ€™d like to tell you a few things about the track where the fastest 24-hour race of the world is held. Although the layout of this circuit has been repeatedly modified with new elements since 1923, the length of the track and all of its fascination has remained the same. Just once a year a race is held here."
ALMS at Laguna Seca PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing scored an exhausting victory Saturday in the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by PatrÂ¢n. The HPD ARX-01c of David Brabham, Simon Pagenaud and Marino Franchitti won an epic six-hour race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the second straight victory for PHR. Franchitti took the checkered flag in Round 3 of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n.
by Tom Kristensen In a weekly column Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen gives some exclusive insights behind the scenes of the worldâ€™s most famous endurance race and the preparation by Audi Sport Team Joest. "Just two more weeks and Iâ€™ll have to pack my suitcases for Le Mans. The race of the year is coming closer with giant steps. I clearly remember my first Le Mans race in 1997. At that time, I received a call from Ralf JÃ¼ttner just a few days before the event."
ALMS Guy Smith gave Mazda power its first overall pole position on its home track Friday. Dyson Racingâ€™s popular Brit set a fast lap of 1:12.338 (111.377 mph) in qualifying for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. Smith outpaced Muscle Milk Team CytoSportâ€™s Klaus Graf by 1.517 seconds for his first career pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n.
ALMS test session for Sunday's race Seeing a Porsche out front at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is nothing new. Klaus Graf set the fastest time in Thursdayâ€™s test session for the American Le Mans Series Monterey presented by PatrÂ¢n. He set his best lap of 1:15.444 in the Muscle Milk Team CytoSport Porsche RS Spyder, a car that has had tremendous success at the circuit on the Monterey Peninsula.
GRAND-AM Scott Pruett survived a pair of late-race restarts and a strong challenge by Burt Frisselle to win Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 before a record crowd at Virginia International Raceway. The victory gave the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley started by Memo Rojas its third consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
GRAND-AM Memo Rojas drove the No. 01 TELMEX BMW Riley to his second consecutive pole position at Virginia International Raceway in Friday's qualifying with a lap of 1:41.796 (115.643 mph), and will lead the field to the green flag in Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250. Rojas and Pruett will be seeking their third consecutive victory of the season in Saturday's fourth round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
Pagenaud scores dramatic last-lap win in Long Beach
ALMS Simon Pagenaud and PatrÂ¢n Highcroft Racing won a titanic battle with Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Adrian Fernandez to win the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach on Saturday with a last-lap pass in his HPD ARX-01c. The young Frenchman beat Fernandez across the line by 0.353 seconds.
In Long Beach ALMS qualifying Adrian Fernandez made himself quite at home â€“ again â€“ at the historic Long Beach circuit Friday. The Mexican racing legend captured his first overall pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n with a lap of 1:13.213 (96.770 mph) in Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Lola-Aston Martin prototype coupe for the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett rolled to a dominating victory in Saturday's Porsche 250 before an estimated crowd of 25,000 at Barber Motorsports Park, while problems hit two of their traditional rivals in the battle for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 Daytona Prototype championship.
Grand-Am Ricky Taylor and Jonathan Bomarito became first-time pole winners in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 in Friday's qualifying for the Porsche 250, breaking the Barber Motorsports Park track records in the process. Taylor ran a record lap of 1:19.624 (103.989 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Ford Dallara co-driven by Max Angelelli to lead the Daytona Prototype session.
ALMS and LMES Audi has officially revealed details and photos of the all-new design and race livery of the 2010 Audi R15 'plus.' Whereas silver was the Audi R15 TDI's dominate color last year, large areas of the new Audi R15 'plus' will be draped in red and "carbon fiber look" black. Look for the new 2010 Audi R15 TDI to debut at the Le Castellet 8 hours on April 11th.
Bourdais Peugeot gets beat by team car of Alex Wurz Alexander Wurz's outlap after his final stop was quick enough for an overall victory for himself and Team Peugeot Total teammates Marc Gene and Anthony Davidson. Wurz drove his diesel-powered Peugeot 908 HDi FAP to a 13.817-second win at the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida, a first in the event for the famed French marque.
Classic 12-hour event runs Saturday With no real competition to speak of, Peugeot completed a front row sweep in qualifying for the Sebring 12 Hours, with Marc Gene beating teammate Nicolas Minassian by 0.3 sec. Stefan Mucke briefly put Aston Martin Racing on provisional pole before the Peugeots buried his time. He held on to third place, 0.8s from Gene's time, but most think the Peugeots were not even trying hard.
Lamy/Bourdais/Minassian car quickest in Tuesday testing Peugeot seems eager to continue its run of endurance success with the fastest time unofficially Tuesday in testing for the 58th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. The No. 08 Peugeot 908 HDi FAP of Pedro Lamy, Sebastien Bourdais and Nic Minassian posted a fastest lap of 1:46.232 (125.386 mph) around the 3.7-mile, 17-turn Sebring International Raceway.
Grand-Am Series opener Scott Pruett held off a late charge by David Donohue to win Saturday's Grand Prix of Miami, Round 2 of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16. Pruett and Memo Rojas scored their second victory in three years at Homestead-Miami Speedway in the No. 01 TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley, holding off the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley of Donohue and pole winner Darren Law by 0.255 seconds.
Grand-Am Rolx Qualifying Darren Law, in the No. 59 Brumos Porsche Riley, blazed to a fast lap of 1:11.806 (115.311 mph) to earn the pole position for Saturdayâ€™s Grand-Am Rolex Series Grand Prix of Miami. Law's pole ended a personal five-race pole qualifying streak by Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Chevrolet Riley. Fogarty, who qualified second today, put the No. 99 car on the pole at the final five events last season.
ALMS Aston Martin Racing ended the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢nâ€™s annual Winter Test at the top of the time sheets but with a lot of work to do for the 2010 season opener. The factory Aston Martin-powered Lola B09/60 set the fastest time Tuesday with a lap of 1:46.894 (124.609 mph) at Sebring International Raceway.
The 12 Hours of Sebring, 24 Hours of LeMans, the Rolex 24...endurance racing prizes that task the endurance of man and machine. Porsche executives have continually stated that a hybrid Porsche sports car was a long shot.
TV star loves to race Among the many actors who have gained fame on the large and small screens, there are three notable personalities whose talent, sex appeal and blue eyes have made them icons, especially when their rugged personas were embellished by their performance in motorsports: James Dean, Steve McQueen and Paul Newman. Now another American actor, Patrick Dempsey, the Dr. McDreamy of television's Grey's Anatomy, is set to join that elite club.
Joao Barbosa took the checkered flag in the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona to give the No. 9 Action Express Racing the victory along with teammates Mike Rockenfeller, Ryan Dalziel and Terry Borcheller over the No. 01 Ganassi Riley BMW of Scott Pruett. The SpeedSource Mazda of Jonathan Bomarito won the GT class by 4 laps over the TRG Flying Lizard Porsche.
Wilson, Chip Ganassi Racing lead Rolex 24 at midpoint
Grand-Am They say that nothing good happens after midnight. For several competitors in the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona, the season opener for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, that statement summed up much of their race.
Five Rolex 24 At Daytona victories with Porsche In motorsports the term legend is often used to describe race car drivers who have achieved greatness in their careers. However, a true legend also exhibits grace and class, and Hurley Haywood, described as a one-of-a-kind driver and gentleman, is just such a legend having won the admiration not only of race fans but also fellow competitors. After four decades, Haywood remains active as a professional race driver despite stepping down from a full-time driving role in 2008.
Max Angelelli prevailed in a back-and-forth battle to capture the pole Thursday for the 48th Rolex 24 At Daytona, to be held Saturday at the "World Center of Racing." Angelelli secured the top position for the opening round of the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 with a lap of 1:40.827 (127.108 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara.
Crown Royal and Drunk Driving: Interesting teammates
by Scott Morris
Crown Royal recently announced their sponsorship of the Michael Shank Racing car number 60 Ford-Riley to be driven by John Pew and Ozz Negri for the GrandAm Road Racing Championship. Of course, that doesnâ€™t sound like shocking newsâ€¦until you realize that a convicted drunk driver is also a Michael Shank team driver.
Grand-Am Max Angelelli and Martin Ragginger led their respective classes Sunday at Daytona International Speedway in the final day of the Roar Before The Rolex 24, a three-day GRAND-AM sanctioned practice session leading up to the Jan. 30-31 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Angelelli ran a lap of 1:40.888 (127.032 mph) in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara. Ragginger was fastest in GT with a lap of 1:49.627 (116.906 mph) in the No. 23 Alex Job Racing Porsche GT3.
Grand-Am Cold temperatures and precipitation, including light snow, freezing rain, sleet and patches of ice, merely dampened the morning practice sessions for the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 and Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series Saturday at Daytona International Speedway. Michael Valiante recorded the fastest lap of the day in the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Ford Riley, 1:41.237 (126.594 mph), to lead the Daytona Prototypes.
Angelelli, Long Lead First Day Of Practice At Daytona
Grand-Am Rolex 24 Max Angelelli and Pat Long led their respective classes Friday in the opening day of the Roar Before The Rolex 24, a three-day test session at Daytona International Speedway to open the 2010 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 schedule. Angelelli led the Daytona Prototypes with a lap of 1:40.466 (127.566 mph) late in the morning session in the No. 10 SunTrust Ford Dallara.
1 Joao Barbosa 127
1 Christian Fittipaldi 127
2 Scott Pruett 124
2 Memo Rojas 124
2 Jordan Taylor 124
2 Ricky Taylor 124
3 Ed Brown 113
3 Johannes van Overbeek 113
4 Gustavo Yacaman 108
5 Michael Valiante 105
5 Richard Westbrook 105
6 Ryan Dalziel 97
6 Scott Sharp 97
7 Boris Said 90
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 88
8 John Pew 88
9 Olivier Pla 84
10 Alex Brundle 80
11 Joel Miller 79
12 Eric Curran 69
13 Sebastien Bourdais 67
14 Tom Long 65
14 Sylvain Tremblay 65
15 Marino Franchitti 60
16 Max Angelelli 58
17 Katherine Legge 56
17 Andy Meyrick 56
18 Brian Frisselle 55
18 Burt Frisselle 55
19 Simon Pagenaud 52
20 Mike Rockenfeller 51
21 David Brabham 50
21 Scott Dixon 50
21 Tony Kanaan 50
22 Sage Karam 47
23 Klaus Graf 46
23 Lucas Luhr 46
24 Tristan Nunez 45
25 Justin Wilson 43
26 Byron DeFoor 41
26 David Hinton 41
26 Jim Pace 41
27 Tristan Vautier 35
28 Gabby Chaves 33
28 Wayne Taylor 33
29 Fabien Giroix 31
29 John Martin 31
30 Alex Popow 30
31 Roman Rusinov 26
31 Oliver Webb 26
32 Jon Fogarty 25
32 Anthony Lazzaro 25
33 Kyle Larson 24
34 Frank Beck 23
35 Max Papis 22
35 Bradley Smith 22
36 Ben Devlin 21
36 Jamie McMurray 21
37 AJ Allmendinger 20
37 Guy Cosmo 20
38 Jann Mardenborough 19
39 James Hinchcliffe 18
40 Alexander Rossi 16
40 Sebastian Saavedra 16
41 Brendon Hartley 15
41 E.J. Viso 15
42 Memo Gidley 14
42 Alex Gurney 14
43 Scott Mayer 2
44 Pierre Kaffer
44 Darren Law 1
TOP SPEED: 190 mph
WEIGHT: 1,990 to 2,285 Lbs
WIDTH: 74 inches
CHASSIS: Carbon or Tubing
TRACTION CONTROL: Yes
Prototype Challenge (PC)
TOP SPEED: 175 mph
WEIGHT: 1,990 pounds
HEIGHT: 40 inches
WIDTH: 74 inches
CARS: ORECA FLM09
ENGINES: Chevrolet LS3
FUEL: VP Racing Fuel E-10
CHASSIS: Carbon Fiber
TRACTION CONTROL: No
GT Le Mans (GTLM)
TOP SPEED: 180
WEIGHT: 2,745 minimum
CARS: Production based
GEARBOX: 5-sp or 6-sp
CHASSIS: Tube Frame
TRACTION CONTROL: No
GT Daytona (GTD)
TOP SPEED: 180
WEIGHT: 2,680 pounds
CARS: Production Based
GEARBOX: 5-sp or 6-sp
CHASSIS: Tube frame
TRACTION CONTROL: No
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