7th-Generation Porsche 911 to Kick Off 50th Rolex 24
Porsche 911 has been at every Daytona 24 Hour Event When the Daytona Continental went to a 24-hour event in 1966, the Porsche 911 race car was already part of the field, winnings its class that year in GT 2000 with Jack Ryan, Bill Benecker and Linley Coleman at the helm. So it seems fitting that the latest Porsche 911 road car will lead the field once again in 2012 as the pace car for the 50th anniversary of this iconic sports car classic.
LeMans Series goes back to China In this its second year, the ILMC (Intercontinental Le Mans Cup) sports car series has truly become international, not only from an event or manufacturerâ€™s perspective, but also because of the drivers that come to race from all over the world. The start grids of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the ILMCâ€™s main event, have shown a significant rise in globalization over the years.
Reviewing 2011 with reigning GTC champion The 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n delivered another GT Challenge (GTC) championship for Black Swan Racing (BSR) and team owner Tim Pappas. The Boston-based team and its owner won five times on the season including ALMS cornerstone events Sebring to open the year and Road Atlanta to close it. Pappas talks us through 2011 and a preview of what might be to come in 2012.
Observations from the IndyCar/Detroit announcement
by Tim Wohlford
This was big. Seriously big. As in, IndyCar hasn't seen anything this big, or as whine-free, since reunification. The content of today's Penske / GM press conference was well known for weeks. Penske will run Chevrolet motors -- actually, via Ilmor, build them too. And, the Detroit Grand Prix will return, taking the prized "Milwaukee" slot the weekend after the Indy 500.
for American LeMans Series A dynamic 2012 schedule, a new agreement with the Automobile Club de lâ€™Ouest (ACO), and upgrades to its pioneering TV and digital package highlighted the annual State of the Series for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. Scott Atherton, ALMS President and CEO, heralded the Seriesâ€™ progress and growth in a number of key areas in 2011 and emphasized that even larger gains are coming next season for the worldâ€™s leading sports car championship.
by Adriano Manocchia The American LeMans, the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge and the SCCA Trans-Am series have been testing at Road Atlanta in Georgia the past three days ahead of the Petit LeMans finale on Saturday. Our Adriano Manocchia is now on site and Wednesday he captured all the action in these nearly 100 photos.
Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta In June Audi celebrated its tenth victory with the R18 TDI diesel race sports car and ultra-lightweight technology in a dramatic race at the famous Le Mans 24 Hours. Likewise, on October 1st, Audi Sport Team Joest is aiming for the brandâ€™s tenth triumph at the U.S. counterpart, the "Petit Le Mans" at Road Atlanta in the state of Georgia.
Grand-Am finale Determined to â€˜win or wreck,' Ryan Dalziel held off newly crowned Daytona Prototype champion Scott Pruett by 0.416 seconds to capture Saturday's GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season-ending EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Pruett and Memo Rojas clinched their third DP title in four years by completing the minimum 30 minutes in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley required to score points.
Mazda Raceway at Laguna Seca 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 on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Stefan Mucke, Adrian Fernandez and Harold Primat won the six-hour ModSpace American Le Mans Monterey presented by PatrÂ¢n in their Aston Martin-powered Lola coupe.
by Bob Heathcote The American LeMans Series raced Saturday at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California and the #007 Aston Martin Racing AMR/Lola Coupe B09/60: Adrian Fernandez, Harold Primat, Stefan Mucke was victorious. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these nearly 200 photos.
ALMS Guy Smith won his second straight overall pole position at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday â€“ a banner day for Mazda. Dyson Racingâ€™s British pilot set a time of 1:13.927 (108.983 mph) in the Mazda-powered Lola coupe. Steven Kane was second in Oryx Dyson Racingâ€™s prototype at 1:14.621 (107.970 mph) at the 2.238-mile, 11-turn track.
by Bob Heathcote The American LeMans Series and the Star Mazda series took to the track Friday at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California for practice and qualifying. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these nearly 200 photos.
Grand-Am GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and driver Jon Fogarty won their second consecutive and third overall GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season Friday in qualifying for tomorrowâ€™s season-ending EMCO Gears Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fogarty edged Ricky Taylor in qualifying for the second-straight race with a record lap time of 1:16.504 (106.253 mph) in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley he co-drives with Alex Gurney.
by Bob Heathcote The American LeMans Series took to the track Thursday at Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, California for the next to last race of the 2011 season. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these nearly 200 photos.
Revolutionary DeltaWing sportscar Over the past 46 yearâ€™s Dan Gurneyâ€™s All American Racers organization in Santa Ana, California has produced 157 individual racing cars which have won in Formula 1, the Indy 500 plus major international sportscar events. But for Gurney, the latest machine to come out of his facility has the 80-year-old American racing legend feeling like a kid at Christmas again. The revolutionary DeltaWing sportscar is being designed and built at Gurneyâ€™s facility and will hit the track for the first time later this year with 2-time American Le Mans Series champions, Highcroft Racin.
Lola and Drayson Racing partnered to make an all-electric LMP car Lolaâ€™s Executive Chairman, Martin Birrane, and Lord Paul Drayson first discussed the opportunity to work together on a technology project at the Autosport show in January 2010. The Lola-Drayson B12/69 EV is the product of that discussion. For 2011 and beyond, the all-electric LMP car will be primary focus for the partnership. The objective of this project is to construct an electric ultra high-performance vehicle based upon the current Lola LMP1 chassis.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Baltimore - Saturday
by Adriano Manocchia IndyCar and ALMS were burning rubber on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland Saturday. IndyCar action saw Will Power win the pole for Sunday's feature event, and the American LeMans Series held their feature race late Saturday afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
Scenes from IndyCar and ALMS at Baltimore - Friday
by Adriano Manocchia After a 4 hour delay because the track was not ready, the American LeMans Series and the IZOD IndyCar Series finally took to the track on the streets of Baltimore, Maryland for the first time for practice Friday afternoon. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 100+ photos.
ALMS It was a weekend of firsts in front of a massive crowd for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n as Oryx Dyson Racing, and drivers Steven Kane and Humaid Al Masaood scored their first wins in the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix. In GT, Team Falken Tire earned its second victory of the season with Wolf Henzler and Bryan Sellers at the helm. .
ALMS Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith captured pole position Friday for the inaugural Baltimore Grand Prix with a lap of 1:27.750 around the new 12-turn, 2.1-mile street circuit. Smith was quickest in each of Fridayâ€™s three sessions for the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n in his Mazda-powered Lola coupe. The British pilot was 0.146 seconds ahead of Steven Kane in the sister Oryx Dyson Racing Lola-Mazda.
on the Delta Wing LeMans car When it comes to international sports car racing, Dr Don Panoz doesn't accept the status quo. He resurrected sportscar racing in the US with the creation of the American Le Mans Series, his Panoz marque was the only brand to challenge the might of Audi in the early 2000s and now Panoz has joined forces with the Project 56 consortium that will take the new and unique DeltaWing car to the 24 Hours of Le Mans for the first time in 2012.
ALMS It took four hours of racing at Road America to produce the closest overall finish in American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron history. Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Klaus Graf crossed the finish line 0.112 seconds ahead of Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith. A back-and-forth Risi Competizione and BMW Team RLL battle in GT ended with the first win of 2011 for Risi.
NASCAR Kevin Harvick drove his way around a series of late-race crashes to find Gatorade Victory Lane on Saturday during the VFW 200 at Michigan International Speedway. Harvick became the first driver to win in all three major NASCAR series events at MIS with victories in the Truck, Nationwide and Sprint Cup Series. It was also his second straight win in the Truck Series this season and 11th in his 111th series start.
Fogarty and Gurney win Montreal in convincing style
Grand-Am GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing, and drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty, turned Fridayâ€™s record-extending fourth pole position at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve into the their first victory in the Montreal 200 on Saturday for the teamâ€™s second win of the 2011 season in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley and their 15th career triumph in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype division.
ALMS After a near-miss in last yearâ€™s race at Road America, Klaus Graf took pole position Friday for the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase. The German driver set a lap of 1:51.828 (130.314 mph) in qualifying for Saturdayâ€™s sixth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n. Graf, in Muscle Milkâ€™s Lola-Aston Martin, outpaced Oryx Dyson Racingâ€™s Steven Kane by 0.364 seconds.
SPC GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and driver Jon Fogarty extended two pole records and defended another Saturday in qualifying for tomorrowâ€™s Montreal 200 where Fogarty drove the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley to its second pole of the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season and a series-leading fourth in five races at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Fogarty, who will co-drive with teammate Alex Gurney tomorrow, grabbed the pole early in the 15-minute session on his second flying lap.
At Road America The first fast lap at Road America belongs to Guy Smith, who turned a 1:55.132 (126.575 mph) lap in Thursdayâ€™s test session. Smith will share his Mazda-powered Lola prototype with Chris Dyson in Saturdayâ€™s four-hour Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase, round six of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Smithâ€™s quick lap was 2.437 seconds clear of Chris McMurry in Autoconâ€™s AER-Lola.
by Adriano Manocchia The NASCAR Sprint Cup series ran their rain delayed race in upstate, NY Monday and there was a first time winner. Marcos Ambrose finally broke through to win his first Cup race after a next to last lap pass of Brad Keselowski. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these photos.
by Adriano Manocchia The Grand-Am series raced Saturday evening at Watkins Glen (won by Angelelli and Taylor) and before that the NASCAR Sprint Cup series qualified (Kyle Busch on pole) and the NASCAR Nationwide Series ran the Zippo 200 won by Kurt Busch. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in over 90 photos.
Grand-Am Max Angelelli managed to hold off numerous attempts by Scott Pruett to win Saturdayâ€™s Canadian Tire 200 at Watkins Glen International in the fastest race average speed in the history of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
by Adriano Manocchia The Grand-Am series and NASCAR Sprint Cup series made their annual August trek to Watkins Glen in the beautiful Finger Lakes region of upstate New York. On Friday the Grand-Am cars qualified and the Cup cars practiced. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in over 100 photos.
Grand-Am at Watkins Glen In a wild GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series qualifying session Friday evening at Watkins Glen International, one thing remained constant - Ricky Taylor's pole streak. Taylor captured his sixth consecutive pole position, and will be joined by Memo Rojas on the front row when the green flag waves at 6 p.m. for Saturday's Canadian Tire 200 at The Glen.
by Mark Scheuern IndyCar and ALMS again were in action Saturday at Mid-Ohio where the ALMS raced and IndyCar qualified. The Muscle Milk Car won the ALMS race that was cut short due to heavy rain 15 minutes before the end and Scott Dixon won the pole for Sunday's IndyCar race. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action.
Graf and Luhr win race shortened Mid-Ohio ALMS race
Rain hands win to Porsche in hard fought GT class Round Five of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron started with a bang and ended with a splash at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Classic battles for the lead across all four classes turned into a game of strategy and bravery when the skies opened up on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge. When the red flag turned into a checkered, Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing collected its third win of the season, while Team Falken Tire recorded its very first Series GT victory.
by Mark Scheuern IndyCar and ALMS rolled into Lexington, Ohio Friday where the teams are preparing for the Saturday ALMS race and the Sunday IndyCar race. Guy Smith won pole on Friday for the ALMS race on Saturday and Graham Rahal was fastest for the IndyCars in their first practice session. Our Mark Scheuern was there to capture all the action.
At Mid-Ohio Guy Smith was fast Thursday. He was fast Friday morning. More importantly he was fast Friday afternoon for the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Challenge and earned his first career pole position at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The British pilot turned a lap of 1:12.727 (111.771 mph) for Dyson Racing in qualifying for the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
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ALMS Battery Tender recently announced a "Mechanic of the Year" prize that will award five crew members with $5,000 each at the end of the season. But the awards donâ€™t apply simply to "mechanics"; the award is available to any member of a race team in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. This includes everyone from the tire changers to the truck driver to the engineers.
Muscle Milk wins overall from pole while GT and GTC battles dazzle Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing collected its second victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n on Sunday at Mosport International Raceway with drivers Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf. Behind them, an intense series of events ended BMW Team RLLâ€™s GT win streak, as Jan Magnussen and Oliver Gavin scored Corvette Racingâ€™s first win since the 2010 season finale.
Grand-AM Scott Pruett put another check on his victory list Sunday, taking advantage of sizzling conditions to post his first career victory at New Jersey Motorsports Park - one of only two circuits that the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series visits where he had never won. Pruett and Rojas took their fifth triumph of the season in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley, taking another step toward a second consecutive Daytona Prototype championship
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS sports car series is at Mosport in Ontario Canada this weekend and Saturday was qualifying day . Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 50 photos.
ALMS Klaus Graf took his second straight overall pole position for Mobil 1 presents the Grand Prix of Mosport on Saturday, redeeming himself following a crash at the end of the first practice session. Graf turned a lap of 1:08.679 (128.895 mph) in the Lola-Aston Martin he will share with Lucas Luhr in Sundayâ€™s fourth round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n.
Taylor Improves Daytona Prototype Pole Streak To Five
Grand-Am in NJ Ricky Taylor improved his consecutive Daytona Prototype pole position streak to five Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and will lead the field to the start of Sundayâ€™s American Red Cross 250, the ninth round of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 season. Taylor, in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara, lapped the 2.25-mile, 12-turn track at a time of 1:16.719 (106.974 mph), slightly better than Antonio Garciaâ€™s time of 1:16.769 (106.904 mph) in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Chevrolet/Coyote.
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS sports car series is at Mosport in Ontario Canada this weekend and Friday was an official test day . Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action in these 51 photos.
by Bob Heathcote The Grand-Am Rolex sports car series raced at Monterey, California on Saturday evening on the famous Laguna Seca road course and Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney held off Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas to win. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 50 photos.
BMW Team RLL earns GT hat track The hunt for the LMP1 championship in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n lost none of its intensity over the Seriesâ€™ two-month break. Dyson Racing maintained its title lead with a victory in the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix. The duo of Chris Dyson and Guy Smith exchanged the lead six times with Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing on Saturday and took the overall victory. BMW Team RLL also picked up where it left off, scoring its third consecutive GT victory.
Hold off Pruett and Rojas at Laguna Seca Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney driving the Gainsco Riley Chevrolet won the Continental Tire Sports Car Festival Powered By Mazda Rolex Grand-AM race at Laguna Seca. The two ex-Champ Car Atlantic series aces beat Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas in the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley and Max Angelelli and Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara.
by Bob Heathcote The Grand-Am series practiced and qualified at Monterey, California on Friday for Saturday's Rolex sports car event at Laguna Seca. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 85 photos, including some nice aerial shots from a helicopter flying over the famous track.
Taylor Captures Fourth Consecutive Rolex Series Pole
Grand-Am at Laguna Seca Another race, another pole for rising Daytona Prototype star Ricky Taylor. The 21-year-old second-generation driver tamed the tricky 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Friday by running a lap of 1:20.429 (100.173) in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Riley he shares with Max Angelelli to capture his fourth consecutive pole position in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16.
ALMS Lime Rock Park saw rain for about 2 hours during American Le Mans Series practice, then the skies cleared up for the Friday qualifying sessions for Saturdayâ€™s Northeast Grand Prix. The drivers really like using the classic West Bend layout and as a result it means you have to â€œman upâ€ for the Downhill corner. LMP1 polesitter Chris Dyson said, in essence, â€œthe Mona Lisa is back!â€
by Bob Heathcote The Grand-Am series rolled into Monterey, California on Thursday for this weekend's sports car event at Laguna Seca. Our Bob Heathcote was there to capture all the action in these 100 photos.
2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard press conference
NASCAR and Grand-Am together at indy The transcripts from the press conference and teleconference announcing the 2012 Super Weekend at the Brickyard are combined in this article, with the teleconference transcript following the press conference transcript. IMS celebrated the Centennial anniversary of the Indianapolis 500 and more great events to come as we look forward to the Brickyard 400 this summer and the Super Weekend in 2012 in association with the Brickyard 400.
in July 2012 The Indianapolis Motor Speedway will be the epicenter of American stock car racing and North American sports car racing July 26-29, 2012, as the NASCAR Nationwide Series and GRAND-AM Road Racing will join the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series for four exciting races during the inaugural Super Weekend at the Brickyard. It will be the first time in IMS history that races will take place on the 2.5-mile oval and 2.534-mile Grand Prix road course during the same weekend.
Gurney's All American Racers will build radical car American racing legend Dan Gurney played a key role in changing the face of the Indianapolis 500 in the 60s when he convinced Colin Chapman to bring the rear-engined Lotus to the Speedway. Now nearly 50 years later, Gurney is part of the consortium aiming to encourage major change in the automotive world with the scheduled debut of the DeltaWing car at next yearâ€™s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurneyâ€™s All American Racers will build the DeltaWing prototype.
Grand-Am Ricky Taylor captured his third consecutive Daytona Prototype pole position Friday in GRAND-AM's return to historic Road America, and will lead the field for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series 250 Driven by VisitFlorida.com. Taylor and Max Angelelli will be seeking their third consecutive victory in the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Chevrolet/Dallara when the two-hour race starts at 11 a.m. CT Saturday.
by Gary Parravani This year's 24 Hours of LeMans endurance race was another barnburner between the factory Audi and Peugeot teams in LMP1 for the overall win, and the GTE-Pro class saw the American Corvette team defeat the Ferrari, Porsche and Ford teams. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these photographs.
Lone Audi R18 leads Peugeot trio Benoit Treluyer kept the lone remaining Audi R18 in the lead at the halfway stage of the Le Mans 24 Hours. The #2 Audi, Treluyer held a lead of more than two minutes over Sebastien Bourdais in the #9 Peugeot. Alex Wurz was third at the halfway stage in the #7 Peugeot, eight seconds behind Pagenaud's Peugeot, while the third #8 Peugeot of Stephane Sarrazin remained on the lead lap.
24 Hour classic this weekend Since Rolex became the Official Timekeeper at the 24 Hours of Le Mans ten years ago, a lot of changes have taken place not only on the track, but also in regards to automotive technologies and driver preparation for this famous race. Record-winning Dane Tom Kristensen, who has won this long endurance race no less than eight times, took a look back over these past ten years but is also keeping his eyes on the future: with the introduction of the FIA World Endurance Championship, which will kick off next spring, the importance of this kind of racing will only intensify.
New R18 prevails in qualifying The front row of the grid at the 79th edition of the famous 24 Hours of Le Mans belongs to Audi. In one of the most thrilling qualifying events in recent years the new Audi R18 TDI and the companyâ€™s ultra-lightweight technology prevailed. BenoÃ®t Treluyer set a time of 3m 25.738s and clinched the top grid position for Audi. His French team-mate Romain Dumas was merely 0.061 seconds slower.
Lightweight and electrification gain importance On the occasion of the 24 Hours of Le Mans the FIA World Endurance Championship was presented. This new championship will see automobile manufacturers join the grid wishing to test ground-breaking technology in motorsport - just as Audi has already done for over 30 years and also intends to continue doing in the future. Head of Audi Motorsport Dr. Wolfgang Ullrich, Wolfgang Egger, Head of Design of Audi and Michael Splett, Strategic Corporate Planning, discussed just how the future of motorsport could look.
ACO grants special permission Some of the biggest names in American motorsport will join forces for the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans to showcase a unique concept demonstrating extreme performance with half the weight and horsepower of a traditional racing car. The Project 56 group brings together the design talents of DeltaWing Racing Cars LLC; the manufacturing capabilities of All American Racers - the company owned by 1967 Le Mans winner and American racing legend Dan Gurney; and back-to-back American Le Mans Series championship winning racing team, Highcroft Racing.
SPC Participating in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is more than filling out an entry form or accepting an invitation. To perform well at this famous event, teams and drivers often need up to a year to fully prepare for the challenge. For this yearâ€™s 79th edition of the celebrated endurance race, set for this Saturday 10 June, the battle looks to be between the teams of Audi and Peugeot, both of which began their preparations as early as last fall.
Grand-Am at Watkins Glen Ricky Taylor held off Scott Pruett by 3.839 seconds Saturday to win the 30th Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, ending one winning streak while continuing another. Taylor was joined by Max Angelelli in the No. 10 SunTrust Chevrolet/Dallara, winning his second consecutive Rolex Series race from the pole.
Grand-Am at Watkins Glen Ricky and Jordan Taylor led their respective classes Friday in qualifying for the 30th running of the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen, becoming the first brothers to win pole positions for both Daytona Prototype and GT classes at the same GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 event.
by Tim Wohlford This weekend the Grand-Am cars raced at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) and although we had some rain, it turned out to be a memorable weekend for Bill Lester, who became the first black racer to win in the GT division and the Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas stranglehold on winning the DP class was broken. Our Tim Wohlford was there to capture these behind the scenes photos.
And Ganassi's 6-race win streak ended in DP It was a history-making day at Virginia International Raceway. Bill Lester took the GT victory in the Bosch Engineering 250 to become the first African-American to win a GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series event, while Joao Barbosa beat Scott Pruett to the checkered flag by .270 seconds to end TELMEX Chip Ganassi Racing's record six-race winning streak.
Edwards and Garcia put Chevy Coyote on pole at VIR
Grand-Am Rolex Series Given his turn to qualify the Spirit of Daytona Chevrolet/Coyote, Paul Edwards stepped up Friday and ran a lap of 1:44.984 (112.131 mph) to capture the pole position for Saturday's Bosch Engineering 250 at Virginia International Raceway. It was the team's second consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 pole, with Antonio Garcia leading qualifying for the recent Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.
by Keith Ori - an inside look at what really goes on at Sebring In the pantheon of sports car races there is Le Mans, Sebring and everything else. Sebring, though, only comes second in the way that Frazier did to Ali. The party, on the other hand, is second to none. It is one of those somebody-spiked-my-beer-with-a-horse-tranquilizer, "Alice in Wonderland" overload trips. It is absolute, raging, for-the-love-of-God anarchy. It is people with three stories of scaffolding welded on the back of a denuded '75 Ford pickup chassis, with drunk people on each floor, driving at 35 mph. It is 10 guys wandering around for three days in head-to-toe cow costumes with working udders.
by Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel Saturday afternoon in Long Beach saw IndyCar and Indy Lights qualifying and the Toyota Pro Celebrity and ALMS races. Our Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel were there to capture these 160 photos for your viewing pleasure.
BMW defeats Corvette and Ferrar in GT class Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won the battle of the Lolas to win the American LeMans series race at Long Beach on Saturday. Guy Smith and Chris Dyson were second on their Lola with Mazda power. In the hard fought GT class Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand drove their BMW M3 to a 1.9 sec. victory over the Corvette of Jan Magnussen and 8.6 sec over the Ferrari of Jamie Melo.
by Bob Heathcote Saturday morning in Long Beach saw more ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights qualifying and the Toyota Pro Celebrity race. Our Bob Heathcote and Aaron Rommel was there on Saturday morning and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
by Bob Heathcote Friday afternoon in Long Beach saw more ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights and Toyota Pro Celebrity practice. It ended with three sessions of ALMS qualifying as they race on Saturday afternoon. Our Bob Heathcote was there on Friday afternoon and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
ALMS at Long Beach Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith captured an emotional pole position Friday for the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach with a lap of 1:14.001 (95.739 mph) in the teamâ€™s Mazda-powered Lola coupe. The Englishman went 0.452 seconds quicker than Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Klaus Graf around the historic downtown Long Beach street circuit for his second career pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.
by Bob Heathcote Friday morning in Long Beach saw the day start with ALMS practice as well as IndyCar, Indy Lights and Toyota Pro Celebrity practice. Our Bob Heathcote was there on Friday morning and captured these photos for your viewing pleasure.
ALMS After finishing the 12 Hours of Sebring second among the American Le Mans Series LMP1 entries (and first in points), Chris Dyson gave his thoughts on Dyson Racing`s performance at Sebring, this weekend`s upcoming Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach, and the start of a new season...
Second race of year to run on Saturday Going from the longest race of the season to the briefest, and the second-longest track on the schedule to the second-shortest, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n undergoes an interesting transformation from Round One to Round Two. Though the characteristics of the race and the track are pointedly different, many of the podium contenders remain the same for Saturdayâ€™s Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
ALMS at Long Beach For the Patron Spirits Company, there are few sports weekends bigger than the annual Tequila Patron American Le Mans at Long Beach. This Saturdayâ€™s second round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron will feature the top sports car racing series in the world and a venue that plays perfectly into Patronâ€™s marketing strategy as well as its heritage.
The landscape has changed drastically from Sebring The script for the 59th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida might have come straight from the creative minds of Hollywood. It featured a non-stop display of intense fighting in every class, and ended up with a storybook overall win where David beat Goliath.
IndyCar & Grand-Am Scenes from Barber - Saturday 2
by Rhonda McCole The IndyCars were qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama and the Grand-Am series held their race later in the afternoon. The Indy Lights Series also qualified. Rhonda McCole captured these photos, like actor/race car driver Patrick Dempsey (right), to supplement the photos by Scott Morris below.
by Scott Morris The IndyCars were qualifying Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama and the Grand-Am series held their race later in the afternoon. The Indy Lights Series also qualified. Scott Morris captured these over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure.
At Barber Motorsports Park Ganassi drivers Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas have won their 6th straight Grand-Am Rolex race today at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were 2nd in their Chevy Riley almost 1/2 minute behind.
At barber Motorsports Park Moving to Earnhardt Childress Racing power is for the 2011 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season is already paying dividends for Spirit of Daytona Racing. Antonio Garcia ran a lap of 101.368 mph (1:21.682) in Friday's qualifying at Barber Motorsports Park to capture the pole for Saturday's Porsche 250. It was the first career pole for Garcia, Spirit of Daytona Racing and the Coyote chassis.
by Adriano Manocchia The historic 12 Hours of Sebring ran on Saturday before a crowd of 100,000. The race was expected to be a battle between the factory Peugeot and Audi teams. Instead it was the privateer Matmut ORECA team taking the overall win in a year old Peugeot Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture these 155 photos.
Historic victory for de Chaunac-led team in 2011 opener Peugeot won again at Sebring on Saturday, this time the Team ORECA Matmut taking victory in Americaâ€™s greatest sports car race and the opening round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. Loic Duval took the checkered flag by 31.868 seconds over Highcroft Racingâ€™s Simon Pagenaud in a classic fight that saw the top three cars finish on the lead lap. Duval, who won with Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Panis, took a late splash of fuel to ensure he could make it to the end of the race and the first race of the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS teams qualified on Friday at Sebring ahead of the historic 12 Hours of Sebring race to be run on Saturday. Pole position was a battle between Peugeot and Audi with Peugeot getting the upper hand, but not by much. Our Adriano Manocchia was there Friday to capture these 90 photos.
Sarrazin puts Peugeot on pole for 12 Hours of Sebring
ALMS Peugeot driver Stephane Sarrazin claimed pole position for tomorrow's Sebring 12 Hours. Sarrazin set a best time of 1m46.571s at the wheel of the a new 908 HDi turbodiesel LMP1 coupe. Second place on the grid was the Audi R15 Plus driven by Romain Dumas with a time of 1m47.680s, over 1 second back. Sarrazin is co-driving with Franck Montagny and Pedro Lamy this weekend.
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS teams were back on track Thursday at Sebring for the first day of official practice in preparation for qualifying and the race to be run on Saturday. Our Adriano Manocchia was there Thursday to capture these 120 photos.
Fastest lap for defending race-winner in night practice Peugeot Sport reasserted itself at Sebring late Thursday with the quickest time in night practice for Saturdayâ€™s 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Anthony Davidson set the fastest lap with a 1:48.901 (122.313 mph) on the 32nd of 36 laps for the Peugeot 908 that he will share with Alexander Wurz and Marc Gene.
by Adriano Manocchia The ALMS teams were not on track Wednesday at Sebring as they had a day off the track to prepare for qualifying and the race over the next three days, but other race series were on track, including vintage sports cars from the 70s and 80s. Our Adriano Manocchia was there Wednesday to capture these photos.
A soundtrack of sports cars stirs the mind like no other The sights, the sounds and even the smells that abound at a major auto race provide much of the allure for seasoned aficionados and inquisitive newcomers alike. With the passage of time I have forgotten the intimate details of the earliest race meetings I attended as a teenager in the late 1960s, but I can readily recall some of the sensations â€“ the spectacle, the atmosphere and the thrill of watching the competition unfold before my eyes. I was hooked immediately, mesmerized by the colorful cars, the huge, throbbing crowds and the piercing â€“ and varied â€“ sounds of engines straining at the limit.
by Adriano Manocchia Things got a bit more serious on Tuesday at Sebring, especially between Audi and Peugeot who again topped the timesheets, but this time it was Audi getting the better of Peugeot. Our Adriano Manocchia was there on the 2nd day of practice Tuesday to capture these photos.
ALMS Audi answered back Tuesday with the two quickest times in testing for the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. Audi Sport Team Joestâ€™s R15 prototype driven by Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas and Mike Rockenfeller posted a 1:48.450 (122.822 mph) lap in the morning session, more than a second better than the closest challenge from Peugeot. The two diesel powers are set to renew their rivalry Saturday in the opening round of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron and the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup.
by Adriano Manocchia Audi and Peugeot are at it once again, topping the early time sheets in testing with the revised R15 and brand-new 908 prototypes. Our Adriano Manocchia was there on the opening day of practice Monday to capture these 105 photos.
ALMS on track ahead of 12 Hours of Sebring Peugeot picked up Monday where it left off last year with the fastest time in Mondayâ€™s test session for the 59th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida. One of the two new factory Peugeot 908s â€“ driven by Franck Montagny, Stephane Sarrazin and Pedro Lamy â€“ turned a best lap of 1:47.678 (123.702 mph) during the first of two four-hour sessions in the lead-up to the opening round of the 2011 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n.
Grand-Am at Homestead Scott Pruett passed Max Angelelli in Turn 8 in the closing minutes and led the final seven laps to give the No. 01 TELMEX BMW/Riley started by Memo Rojas its fifth consecutive GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series victory. Pruett and Rojas won the final three races in 2010 - when they scored a record nine victories and their second Daytona Prototype championship - and opened 2011 by winning the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Grand-Am GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing and Jon Fogarty captured the pole position Friday for Saturdayâ€™s Grand Prix of Miami in the No. 99 GAINSCO Auto Insurance Chevrolet Riley with a qualifying lap time of 1:13.655 (112.416 mph), Fogartyâ€™s record-extending 17th career pole and his second with GAINSCO in the last three years at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
ALMS Muscle Milk Aston Martin Racing opened the Sebring Winter Test in strong style Wednesday with the fastest times in both sessions with its Aston Martin-powered Lola. The exotic closed-top prototype turned in a best lap of 1:50.530 (120.510 mph) with team owner Greg Pickett, Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr sharing driving duties. Dyson Racing's Mazda-powered Lola B09/86, another prototype coupe, was second quickest at 1:51.042 (119.955 mph). Chris Dyson, Guy Smith and Jay Cochran each drove Wednesday.
Grand-Am Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates completed the "Chip Slam," winning the 49th Rolex 24 At Daytona to give the team consecutive victories in the Daytona 500, Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400 and America's premier endurance race, cheered by the biggest GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series crowd at Daytona International Speedway.
As Rolex 24 gets ready to start on Saturday While much of the U.S. is in the midst of dealing with winter weather woes, the forecast for this weekendâ€™s Rolex 24 At Daytona couldnâ€™t be better. Although central Florida did see extreme weather earlier in the week when thunderstorms and 70 mph winds left a trail of damaged structures in its wake, the stormâ€™s effect on Daytona has been to put a shine on the preparations for one of the most iconic endurance races in motorsports.
The wait is nearly over For competitors and fans alike, the anticipation that has been building for the 2011 motor racing season will shortly be realized with the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the headline act of the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16, which takes place January 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway.
by Cathy Elliott Like NASCAR, the GRAND-AM Series opens the season with its biggest race, at the very same venue. The 49th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona will be held on Jan. 29-30 at Daytona International Speedway. The span of weeks between Homestead-Miami Speedway and Speedweeks at Daytona seems all too brief when it begins in November, but by the time early January arrives, the days seem to be dragging along as slowly as the directorâ€™s cut of â€œBraveheart.â€
On final day of testing Ryan Dalziel won the 2010 Rolex 24 At Daytona with Action Express Racing, and finished second with Peter Baron's operation in the 2007 event. Sunday, Dalziel served notice that Baron's Starworks Motorsport is a team to watch in the 49th running of the Rolex 24 later this month, unofficially breaking the Daytona International Speedway track record with a lap of 128.194 mph (1:39.973) in the No. 8 Corsa Car Care Ford/Riley.
Day 2 of Grand-Am testing in Daytona AJ Allmendinger has been racing the Rolex 24 At Daytona for Michael Shank Racing in a Riley since 2006, when he finished a career-best second. He will be racing a Dallara for the first time in the 49th running of the event on Jan. 29-30, and the former Champ Car winner turned NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regular is proving to be a quick study. Allmendinger was fastest in Saturday's second day of "Roar Before the Rolex 24" testing at Daytona International Speedway.
New ALMS TV deal a big improvement What follows is a transcript of Wednesdayâ€™s conference call featuring executives from the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n and Intersport, along with representative partners, team owners and drivers. The group discussed with media members the 2011 ALMS broadcast and digital package with ESPN and ABC.
Grand-Am Picking up where he left off last year, Scott Pruett ran the fastest laps Friday at Daytona International Speedway to lead the opening day of the "Roar Before the Rolex 24" in the car that dominated last year's Daytona Prototype championship. The three-day session is giving competitors in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 an opportunity to prepare for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, set for Jan. 29-30.
Multi-year deal shot in arm for series The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n announced today a ground-breaking, multi-year broadcast and digital agreement with ESPN that ALMS President/CEO Scott Atherton is calling â€œa game changer.â€ The innovative deal involves televising the worldâ€™s premier sports car series over several ESPN programming and media platforms, including ABC, ESPN2 and ESPN3.com. Intersport, an award-winning media and marketing agency, represented the Series in the new television and digital agreement with ESPN.
1 Joao Barbosa 285
1 Christian Fittipaldi 285
2 Jordan Taylor 269
2 Ricky Taylor 269
3 Michael Valiante 267
3 Richard Westbrook 267
4 Gustavo Yacaman 253
5 Scott Pruett 250
6 Ed Brown 233
6 Johannes van Overbeek 233
7 Ryan Dalziel 228
7 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 228
7 John Pew 228
7 Scott Sharp 228
8 Memo Rojas 218
9 Joel Miller 198
10 Olivier Pla 172
11 Tristan Nunez 164
12 Sylvain Tremblay 133
13 Brian Frisselle
14 Eric Curran 124
15 Boris Said 117
16 Alex Brundle 113
17 Tom Long 18
18 Sage Karam 104
19 Katherine Legge 102
120 Max Angelelli 85
21 Brian Frisselle 84
22 Andy Meyrick 82
23 Sebastien Bourdais 67
24 Marino Franchitti 60
25 Tristan Vautier 19 58
26 HoPin Tung 57
27 Jon Fogarty 1 54
28 Gabby Chaves 16 53
29 Simon Pagenaud 52
30 Mike Rockenfeller 51
31 David Brabham 50
31 Scott Dixon 50
31 Tony Kanaan 50
32 Guy Cosmo 46
32 Klaus Graf 46
32 Anthony Lazzaro 46
32 Lucas Luhr 46
33 Justin Wilson 43
34 Byron DeFoor 41
34 David Hinton 41
34 Jim Pace 41
35 Wayne Taylor 33
36 Fabien Giroix 31
36 John Martin 31
37 Alex Popow 30
38 Roman Rusinov 26
38 Oliver Webb 26
39 Kyle Larson 24
40 Frank Beck 23
41 Ben Devlin 22
41 Max Papis 22
41 Bradley Smith 22
42 Jamie McMurray 21
43 AJ Allmendinger 20
44 James Hinchcliffe 19
44 Jann Mardenborough 19
45 Alexander Rossi 16
45 Sebastian Saavedra 16
46 Brendon Hartley 15
46 E.J. Viso 15
47 Memo Gidley 14
47 Alex Gurney 14
48 Scott Mayer 1 3
49 Pierre Kaffer 1
49 Darren Law 1
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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)
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WEIGHT: 2,745 minimum
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WEIGHT: 2,680 pounds
CARS: Production Based
GEARBOX: 5-sp or 6-sp
CHASSIS: Tube frame
TRACTION CONTROL: No
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