In Bahrain Toyota Racing ended its first full FIA World Endurance Championship season with victory in the Six Hours of Bahrain by over 1 minute ahead of the Fassler/Lotterer/Treluyer Audi R18 e-tron quattro. The #8 TS030 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson, Sebastien Buemi and Stephane Sarrazin secured their first win of the eight-race season after a commanding performance at the Bahrain International Circuit.
Tire puncture means 2nd place for Toyota Toyota Racing suffered a disappointment in the Six Hours of Shanghai, leaving China with a second place when a better result was within touching distance. Fassler, Lotterer, Treluyer won for Audi. Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, in the #7 TS030 hybrid, started from pole position and were firmly in the fight for victory when they lost valuable time due to a puncture in the final two hours. They recovered to finish second.
World Endurance Championship Qualifying Toyota Racing will start the Six Hours of Shanghai from pole position after an impressive performance in qualifying for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. In a qualifying session that was thrilling up to the last seconds, a â€˜stringâ€™ broke for Audi in China. The #7 of Alex Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre, winners last year in Shanghai, came out on top in qualifying by 0.089secs to earn top spot on the grid for tomorrowâ€™s race over Audi.
Captures ALMS Finale Rebellion Racing wrote the final chapter in the history of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron, winning the season-ending 16th Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Neel Jani and Nico Prost repeated as winners of the 1,000-mile race, joined by Nick Heidfeld in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola B12/60.
By wide margin over Muscle Milk car When the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron runs its final event in Saturdayâ€™s 16th Petit Le Mans Powered By Mazda, Neel Jani will be looking to make more history at Road Atlanta. Jani captured his fourth career ALMS pole in Fridayâ€™s qualifying, turning a lap of 1:09.254 (132.036 mph) in the No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola.
by Tim Wohlford In a race that had everything, the Muscle Milk P1 driven by Graf and Luhr cruised to victory in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR. P2 was won by the Briscoe / Tucker Level 5 HPD. The race was punctuated by a small fire in the pits, a small grass fire on the track, and one very dangerous shunt in which both corner workers and a camera man had to dive for cover.
Captures P1 Pole Dyson Racing turned the tables on Muscle Milk Pickett Racing in qualifying for Saturdayâ€™s Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway, capturing the pole position for Round 9 of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season. Guy Smith ran a lap of one minute, 35.965 seconds (122.670 mph) on the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course to lead the 15-minute session.
Grand Prix To Play Role In ALMS Championships With the 2013 season winding down, the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n (ALMS) returns to Virginia International Raceway for Saturdayâ€™s Oak Tree Grand Prix. This will be the second visit for the ALMS to the historic 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course near Danville, Va., when the green flag flies on Saturday Oct. 5 at 2:15 p.m. ET. With only the Petit Le Mans presented by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Oct. 19 remaining., the race is expected to play a major role in determining the final class of champions for the ALMS.
Tucker, Briscoe Win P2; Marcelli, Cumming Take First PC Triumph Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf cruised to their seventh consecutive American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron victory Saturday in the International Sports Car Weekend race, lapping the field twice at Circuit of The Americas. Luhr and Graf led all the way in the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c, completing 83 laps over the two-hour, 45-minute race.
In Qualifying At Austin Competitors in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron had two extra days of testing to learn the new Circuit of The Americas. Friday, that work went down the drain, with official practice and qualifying held in rainy conditions at the 3.4-mile circuit in preparation for Saturdayâ€™s ALMS round of International Sports Car Weekend presented by Continental Tire. Lucas Luhr captured his 22nd pole in P1 qualifying, running a lap of two minutes, 7.851 seconds (95.736 mph) in the No. 6 Pickett Racing Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c.
by Stephen Cox Race series could prevent so many of their own problems if they would simply allow the pole sitter to do his job. Every driver's meeting across the country is plagued with endless speeches dictating what the drivers must do at the start of the race. Here are a few of the pre-race instructions I've been given just over my past twenty races or so...
At Laguna Seca Determined to break up the closest Daytona Prototype championship race in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series history, Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor combined to score a dominant victory in Sundayâ€™s Continental Tire Sports Car Festival, powered by Mazda to extend their points lead with one race remaining in the season.
Luhr holds off Smith to win ALMS race in Baltimore
As Corvettes finish 1-2 in GT The Muscle Milk Honda fielded by Pickett Racing raced to victory in the American Le Mans Series race in Baltimore Saturday that was severely interrupted by accidents and caution periods. Guy Smith found himself in the lead with under 20 minutes to go but Luhr's HPD powered car had been quicker than the Lola all weekend, and eventually Luhr retook the lead and the win. The race had been only seconds old when it was stopped.
by Stephen Cox Number Five - â€œWanna win? You need a trailer like that.â€ So said a racing friend in the summer of 1986 at Bloomington Speedway. We were walking past a huge semi tractor-trailer loaded with two spare chassis, half a dozen engines and a crew of ten mechanics. It belonged to some teenager named Jeff Gordon who was supposed to be the next big thing in racing. We all know how that turned out.
by Stephen Cox I confess that I am a muscle car guy. Can't help it. I grew up cruising Mustangs and Torino's on the strip on Saturday night. But after watching Mecum Auctions sell Porsche 550-0077 for over 3.7 million dollars at Monterey last weekend, I couldn't help but be impressed with the little machine. The 550 was Porsche's first race-specific design. Introduced in Paris in 1953, the 550 was famously modeled after a series of home-built cars from racer Walter Glockler utilizing a mid-engine layout and aerodynamic efficiency to squeeze the most out of a small engine.
Grand-Am at Kansas City Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli came away winners Saturday night in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series in more ways than one. The Wayne Taylor Racing duo won the inaugural SFP Grand Prix at Kansas Speedway in their No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette Daytona Prototype and regained the championship lead in the DP driversâ€™ standings in the process.
ALMS Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf rolled to their fifth consecutive American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron victory on Sunday at Road America, holding on after a strong challenge by the revolutionary DeltaWing LM12 in its best showing to date. The race featured a pair of ALMS milestones. The DeltaWing led for the first time â€“ leading twice for 16 laps.
Grand-Am The #8 Starworks Motorsport BMW-Riley of Scott Mayer and Brendon Hartley won the 2013 â€˜VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250â€™ at Road America in nail-biting style. In a race of mixed fortunes for the team which saw it take its sixth straight podium, the 2 car was forced to retire on lap 38 despite which its drivers continue to lead the championship on 246 points.
Grand-Am Ryan Dalziel teamed with Alex Popow to win the second annual Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race Friday, July 26 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dalziel and Popow drove the No. 2 Soloson BMW Riley Daytona Prototype to the victory, giving Starworks Motorsport its second consecutive Brickyard Grand Prix triumph
Grand-Am Jordan Taylor drove Indianapolis-based Wayne Taylor Racing to the Daytona Prototype pole Thursday, July 25 for the Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race. Taylor, from Apopka, Fla., turned an event-record lap of 1:22.251 in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide/Toshiba/Chevrolet Corvette DP owned by his father, Wayne Taylor.
ALMS The track name and surrounding facilities may have changed dramatically, but the excitement that has long been a hallmark of American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park remained in Sundayâ€™s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix.
Graf, Pair of First-Time Polesitters Highlight Qualifying
ALMS At CTMP (Mosport) Klaus Graf and Muscle Milk Pickett Racing were fastest in American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n qualifying for the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, but a pair of first-time polesitters were the story. Graf earned his first pole of the season â€“ and the second consecutive for the team â€“ driving the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c to a lap of 1:05.871 (134.390 mph).
ALMS Looking ahead to the unification of North American sports car racing in 2014, Dyson Racing has shuffled its driver lineup for the remainder of the 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron season. Toronto resident Tony Burgess and Chris McMurry will drive the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 in the P1 class at four of the remaining six races, beginning with Sundayâ€™s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
Luhr, Graf Win American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix
At Lime Rock Lucas Luhr survived an early torrid battle with Chris Dyson before giving way to co-driver Klaus Graf, who scored the teamâ€™s third consecutive victory in 2013 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron competition Saturdayâ€™s American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park. It was the second consecutive Lime Rock victory for the No. 6 Muscle Milk Pickett Racing Honda.
by Pedro Dermaux / www.xynamic.com Achieving success at the 24 Hours of Le Mans is a hard-fought battle. Tragedy struck this yearâ€™s running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Aston Martin Racingâ€™s Allan Simonsen (right) lost control of his V8 Vantage GTE 10 minutes into the race, veering off the track and colliding into a barrier. He succumbed to his injuries after the crash, becoming the first person in 15 years to lose their life during LeMans.
SPC The 81st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be recalled for many things: the celebration of 90 years of myth and legend; a new chapter in the history book; a rewritten record; and, a stark reminder of the risk that motor sport presents. Rolex Testimonee, and now nine-time winner of the race, Tom Kristensen and his teammates Allan McNish and Loic Duval in the #2 Audi Sport Team Joest LM P1 took overall victory.
LeMans Preview: 90 years on and still going strong
24 Hour Classic in Western France A little more than 24 hours to the start of the 81st edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and the tension at the Circuit de la Sarthe increases a tangible notch with each passing hour. Yesterday, the 55 teams were focused on 2nd qualifications in the afternoon and Final Qualification later in the night. The Audi Sport Team Joest #2 Le Mans Prototype car of Rolex Testimonee and eight-time race winner Tom Kristensen, long-time teammate Alan McNish, and Loic Duval posted the fastest lap in each period.
Audi to start 1-2-3 in 24 Hour classic Loic Duval remained on pole position for the 81st running of the Le Mans 24 Hours, as Audi scored the top three grid spots based on Wednesday's times. Frenchman Duval, during Wednesday night's first session, set a 3m22.349s in the #2 R18 e-tron quattro he shares with Briton Allan McNish and Dane Tom Kristensen. That was enough to capture pole, 1.347 seconds ahead of the Lotterer/Marcel Fassler/Treluyer Audi car.
Pole-to-Checkered-Flag Victory by Angelelli, Taylor
Grand-Am Calling in a â€œmandatoryâ€ victory in the shadow of Chevrolet headquarters in downtown Detroit, Max Angelelli drove the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP across the finish line 0.486 seconds ahead of 2012 Detroit winner Joao Barbosa to win the Chevrolet GRAND-AM 200 at Belle Isle.
At Laguna Seca Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf won here for the second straight year, Corvette Racing took a nail-biter in GT, and two classes saw last-lap passes for victory in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÂ¢n on Saturday. Luhr became the ALMSâ€™ all-time leader in wins with 43, and he and Graf are the first drivers to repeat at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca since 2007. Luhr took advantage of a daring move at the downhill Corkscrew in his No. 6 Muscle Milk Honda Performance Development ARX-03a and a late-race puncture for Rebellion Racingâ€™s Neel Jani to win.
ALMS Neel Jani won his second straight pole position in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron on Friday with a lap of 1:13.429 (109.722 mph) in Rebellion Racingâ€™s No. 12 Rebellion Timepieces/Lemo Connectors/Speedy Garage Toyota-powered Lola coupe. On his first ALMS trip to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Jani went 0.377 seconds quicker in qualifying for Saturdayâ€™s American Le Mans Monterey than Dyson Racingâ€™s Guy Smith in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Mazda-powered Lola.
BMW beats Viper in GT class Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won for the third straight year at Long Beach as Muscle Milk Pickett Racing cruised to its first victory of the season in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron on Saturday. Graf beat Rebellion Racingâ€™s Nick Heidfeld by 36.329 seconds in the P1 class of the Tequila PatrÂ¢n American Le Mans Series at Long Beach.
ALMS Neel Jani won the American Le Mans Series pole position with a dominant performance at Long Beach in the Rebellion Lola-Toyota. He was almost seven tenths clear of Guy Smith's Dyson Racing Lola, which hit the tire wall at Turn 8 at the end of the session. However, Smith and team-mate Chris Dyson will start ahead of the Pickett Racing HPD of Lucas Luhr and Klaus Graf after outqualifying them by a mere 0.04 seconds.
IndyCar and Grand-Am scenes from Barber - Saturday
by Scott Morris Ryan Hunter-Reay earned his first Verizon P1 Award of the 2013 season by capturing the pole position for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on April 7. The reigning IZOD IndyCar Series champion recorded a lap of 1:07.0871 in the No. 1 DHL Chevrolet to earn his third pole of his Indy car career. In Grand-Am Max Angelelli drove the No. Corvette to victory over the No. 99 Gainsco Corvette.
Grand-Am at Barber After seven drivers took turns running up front in Saturdayâ€™s Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park, Max Angelelli found himself in the lead with 45 minutes remaining in the third race of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season. The veteran never let up, leading the final 33 laps around the 2.3-mile circuit to post his 22nd Daytona Prototype victory in the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP.
Organizations aligned toward common goal of American version of DTM Exploring an opportunity that could additionally change the face, and the future, of road racing, GRAND-AM Road Racing and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) tonight announced a license and cooperation agreement with the Internationale Tourenwagen-Rennen (ITR e.V.), which administers DTM racing. The collective goal is a North American version of DTM, the popular German touring car series.
Corvette takes thrilling GT win Another historic racing success for Audi: The Audi R18 e-tron quattroâ€™s victory marked the first ever of a hybrid race car at the Sebring (Florida) 12 Hours in the history of the U.S. endurance classic. On the â€“ provisionally â€“ last running of the LMP1 sports cars that feature sophisticated technology at Sebring, Audi Sport Team Joest achieved a commanding one-two victory.
Bruni takes GT pole in Ferrari Marcel Fassler claimed pole position for the Sebring 12 Hours ahead of Audi teammate Allan McNish. The Swiss took pole for the American Le Mans Series opener with a lap timed at 1m43.886s aboard the 2012-spec Audi R18 e-tron quattro, a mark that McNish came close to equaling on his final lap in the 2013 car.
GRAND-AM of The Americas draws two-day attendance of 26,648 The Red Dragon returned to Victory Lane in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series after a long absence Saturday. Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney won the GRAND-AM of The Americas Presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL in their No. 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP in an unpredictable race on the 3.4-mile Circuit Of The Americas.
Grand-Am Jon Fogarty showed why he is the top qualifier in GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series history on Friday, waiting until his final lap to capture the TOTAL Pole Award for Saturdayâ€™s GRAND-AM of The Americas presented by GAINSCO and TOTAL. After hanging back for much of Fridayâ€™s 15-minute Daytona Prototype qualifying session, Fogarty unleashed the Dallas-based No. 99 â€œRed Dragonâ€ GAINSCO Auto Insurance Corvette DP with a lap of 2:00.179.
by Tony DiZinno Distinctive and bold, BMW's new Z4 GTE has high standards to match given the manufacturer's recent history in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron. The car publicly premiered last week at Daytona International Speedway, making it the first ALMS GT car to lap Daytona's high banks in advance of the 2014 combined championship of the ALMS and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. It races for the first time in less than a month at the 61st Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
Charles Dressingâ€™s retelling of Sebringâ€™s 1983 race Americans love underdogs but hate losers. And we really love upsets because they turn reality inside out and generally make the mighty look weak. So when anyone demands a prediction, I try to hide because I always remember some races that didnâ€™t quite go the way the experts reckoned: the 1954 Sebring 12 Hours, 1955 Monaco Grand Prix, the start of the 1958 Race of Two Worlds at Monza (not the whole race, but the start sure was a great moment for sports car types). And then â€¦ there was the 1983 12 Hours of Sebring.
by All-American Racers All American Racers is sad to announce that Phil Remington passed away in his sleep Saturday morning, February 9th, just 2 weeks after his 92nd birthday. "Remâ€ joined AAR in the fall of 1968 after an already stellar career in the motor racing world. He was universally admired and recognized as the greatest fabricator of his time. Until his health started failing last summer Phil never missed a day of work, he was an example both professionally and personally to legions of young people who studied under him and who worked by his side.
Tony DiZinno Itâ€™s been a whirlwind 12 months for Patrick Dempsey, whose racing program has evolved along with the changing sports car landscape in North America. Along with Dempsey Racing team co-principal and co-driver Joe Foster, Dempsey took on a four-car, two-series effort in 2012. True to form, things are changing for the team again this year.
Grand-Am The 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona justified the raceâ€™s reputation as one of motor sportâ€™s truly great endurance competitions. In the final hours of the 2013 contest a clutch of cars had the chance to take the honors in both DP (prototype) and GT (touring) classes. Ultimately it came down to who had the best-prepared car, executed the most effective race strategy and above all was the most determined. In DP, it was the Chip Ganassi Racing #01 BMW Riley that came out on top, while in GT the #24 R8 of Audi Sport Customer Racing/AJR prevailed. In the new GX class, #16 Napleton Racing Porsche Cayman crushed its opposition.
Outruns Corvette DP and Ford DP Scott Pruett tied Hurley Haywoodâ€™s record with his fifth overall victory in the 51st Rolex 24 Daytona on Sunday. Juan Pablo Montoya crossed the finish line in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley 21.922 seconds ahead of Max Angelelli and the No. 10 Velocity Worldwide Corvette DP. Both Montoya and Angelelli pitted for late splashes of fuel as the No. 01 completed a dominating day-to-night-to-day run. Pruett and Montoya won with Memo Rojas and Charlie Kimball. Alex Job Racing gave Audi its first victory in the Rolex 24
Grand-Am With sunset just before 18:00 and sunrise close to 07:15 the following day at this time of year in Florida, night is a serious component of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. With the race start at 15:30 EST on Saturday, when the sun crests the eastern horizon of Daytona Beach on the Sunday morning the drivers will have spent over three-quarters of their race to that point in the dark. A third of the total race time is still to be run.
Ganassi team to start 1-2 Scott Pruettâ€™s drive for a record-tying fifth overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona could not have a better start. The five-time Daytona Prototype champion in the Rolex Sports Car Series won the TOTAL Pole Award on Thursday as the fastest qualifier for the opening race of the 2013 season. Pruett, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley, earned the pole with a lap of 1:40.553 (127.455 mph).
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
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WEIGHT: 1,990 to 2,285 Lbs
WIDTH: 74 inches
CHASSIS: Carbon or Tubing
TRACTION CONTROL: Yes
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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
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TOP SPEED: 180
WEIGHT: 2,680 pounds
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