by Gary Parravani A last minute safety car caused by a spin from the Kessel Racing Ferrari 458 GT3 of Jorge Lorenzo changed the face of the 2014 Gulf 12 Hours race. Michele Rugolo, driving the AF Corse Ferrari 458 GT3, made the best use of the lapped traffic following the restart with just 30 minutes remaining, to take the win by 3.058 seconds after 315 laps of racing at the Yas Marina Circuit. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
Beating German greats Audi and Porsche Toyota Racing is the 2014 drivers' and manufacturers' World Champion after a successful conclusion to the FIA World Endurance Championship season in the Six Hours of Sao Paulo, at Interlagos. The eighth and final race of the season was a thrilling one, with the #8 TS040 HYBRID of World Champions Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi finishing second after a late safety car halted a potentially-successful battle for victory.
6 Hours of Brazil finishes under caution Porsche has claimed its first overall victory in the FIA World Endurance Championship following an action-packed and incident-filled season-ending Six Hours of Sao Paulo. Neel Jani took the No. 14 Porsche 919 Hybrid to victory lane but the win was tainted. The race that ended under the safety car following a heavy crash by teammate Mark Webber in the final 30 minutes of the race with the 2nd place Toyota on newer tires and closing.
9-time LeMans winner Tom Kristensen Endurance racing legend Tom Kristensen announced on Wednesday at a press conference in Copenhagen that the upcoming FIA World Endurance Championship event at Sao Paulo, Brazil will bring down the checkered flag on his racing career. A record nine-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Kristensen also made a significant mark in America. He is the leading winner in the history of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida, with six overall victories in addition to one class win, all but one at the wheel of Audi machinery.
Drivers win WEC title Toyota Racing won the Six Hours of Bahrain for its fifth victory of the FIA World Endurance Championship season over Porsche and Audi. Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi secured the drivers' title with a race to spare. The #7 TS040 HYBRID of Alex Wurz, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway won its first race of the season with a fine performance, earning TOYOTA Racingâ€™s fifth victory of the 2014 season
by Brian C. Mackey It's that time of year again. You know, the changing fall colors, the cooling air, pumpkins and most of all, we're deep in the sponsor hunting season of the fourth quarter. In reality, the search for sponsors is all year long, but this time of year is reserved for the most concentrated effort. But just like the seasons seem to be a little out of kilter, in recent years so has the sponsorship story. I used to think motorsports was at a crossroads. I don't think that way anymore.
World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing maintained its unbeaten record on home ground with a dominant one-two victory in the Six Hours of Fuji, the fifth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The team scored a third consecutive win in the event thanks to the #8 TS040 HYBRID of Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, who extend their lead in the drivers' World Championship.
World Endurance Championship Toyota Racing scored its third consecutive pole position thanks to an exciting climax to qualifying for the Six Hours of Fuji, earning a vital FIA World Endurance Championship point in the process. Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi, in the #8 TS040 HYBRID, grabbed pole from Porsche by 0.043secs in the final moments of qualifying to extend their advantage in the Drivers' World Championship to 12 points.
by Stephen Cox September 23, 2001 was a bright, beautiful Sunday at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit's 2-mile road course just outside of Tulsa. I was sitting on the second floor of the scoring tower finishing a breaded tenderloin sandwich with extra pickle trying desperately to figure a way to beat Larry Childs. Larry was a truly great driver in addition to being a genuinely nice guy. I was driving Jeff Saulsberry's well-prepared Datsun 240Z in the GT-2 class. To add insult to injury, Larry's team also fielded a 240Z, meaning that he was essentially beating me with my own car.
Petit Lemans at Road Atlanta Wayne Taylor Racing may have won the race, but it was too little, too late to prevent the Action Express pairing of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi from bringing home the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship hardware with their Corvette Prototype at Road Atlanta in the 17th annual Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Jordan Taylor took the lead from Fittipaldi with approximately 90 minutes to go and pulled away before a full-course caution bunched the field with 17 minutes to go. Jordan Taylor held off Barbosa by 11 seconds, leading a Corvette 1-2 sweep
Action Express Racingâ€™s second pole of 2014 Christian Fittipaldi is in prime position for his first championship in 23 years, picking up the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship TOTAL Pole Award Friday for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta. Fittipaldi, who enters the event with co-driver Joao Barbosa leading the Prototype standings by 22 points in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, posted the fastest time with a lap of 1:14.508 (122.725 mph), 0.289 seconds ahead of Ricky Taylor.
at Road Atlanta The IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship 2014 season will come to a close at Road Atlanta with the 17th Annual Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda. This 10-hour race will not just decide the season long championship chases in all of the classes, it also will decide the various champions in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
IMSA News And Notes The inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will conclude at Road Atlanta on Saturday with the 17th annual of Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda. Titles in both the TUDOR Championship and Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup will be on the line in the race, which takes the green flag at 11:15 a.m. ET Petit Le Mans will run the full 10-hour distance. In the past, the event was scheduled for 1,000 miles or 10 hours.
Atherton underscores vital role of racing in innovation
at international SAE conference As they have for many, many years, every race car in last Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of The Americas had a rearview mirror. That's not news, as a rearview mirror is a simple, obvious and essential part of any automobile. But as IMSA President and Chief Operating Officer Scott Atherton pointed out last week in a keynote address to the SAE North American International Powertrain Conference in Chicago, the rearview mirror is one of the most basic examples of automobile innovation driven by racing.
by Brian Carroccio A lot has happened in the world of motor racing since the last time I wrote three weeks ago following the Verizon IndyCar Series finale at Auto Club Speedway. While I'll spare you the uninteresting details, an old injury that recently reared its ugly head has left little time for writing about automobile racing. Nevertheless, during that time, I've amassed quite a list of subjects for discussion. So, without further ado let's tackle some the more intriguing storylines from the world of racing over the past few weeks.
Audi celebrates second WEC season victory at Austin
SPC Audi has celebrated the second consecutive one-two win in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Following their victory in the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer (CH/D/F) in the fourth race of the season at Austin prevailed again. A sudden downpour of rain, red flags after a series of spins and a tactically challenging course of the race on a drying track converted the night race in Texas into a real thriller.
Tudor United SportsCar Championship Using one less pitstop, Scott Pruett gave Chip Ganassi Racing its third Prototype and overall win of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, its first since Long Beach in April, in Saturdayâ€™s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas. Pruett co-drove the winning No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford with Memo Rojas. Pruett took the lead on fuel strategy, as the car made one less pit stop (two to three). They cut it so close, it ran out of fuel just before Turn 11 on the cool down lap.
Alex Brundle at the wheel Alex Brundle put the Ligier chassis from OAK Racing on the pole for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of The Americas in the car's first race under Honda power. "We knew the chassis, but we didn't know the engine," said Brundle, who was 0.834 seconds ahead of the Ricky Taylor's Corvette DP. Memo Rojas took third on the grid in the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost/Riley DP.
by Stephen Cox - Part 6 of 7, The Title "The talk around the pit area was that no one could touch them. They knew that it was the beginning of the end of Can Am. The L&M Porsche was making history." â€“ Marilyn Motschenbacher Halder. No other track on the Cam Am schedule offered sweet corn and bratwurst like the little food stand at Elkhart Lake. Everyone on the Can Am circuit looked forward to it. The stand remains there today, just behind the main bleachers near the Start/Finish line.
by Stephen Cox - Part 7 of 7, The Final Chapter "In two of the races â€“ Atlanta and Elkhart Lake â€“ the car lapped the entire field. That's doing something. This was an unbelievable car." â€“ Chief mechanic John "Woody" Woodard. Porsche enjoyed a dominance in 1972 that McLaren could only dream of. McLaren's five-year stranglehold on the series had been crushed, and Porsche had earned their first Can Am Challenge Cup.
For Third TUDOR Championship Victory Sunday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America may not have been a work of art in some eyes, but to Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, it was a masterpiece. In a race slowed by six caution flags, the Action Express Racing teammates overcame a potential race-ending brake problem and a spin off-course and through the grass to win the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase.
by Brian Carroccio I had the pleasure recently of spending a few minutes speaking with Guy Cosmo. You probably know, the 37-year old sports car racing veteran made news last week, when Marshall Pruett of RACER.com reported Cosmo was pursuing a potential return to open wheel racing. Cosmo, of course, is a product of the American open wheel racing ladder system, having captured the 2002 Star Mazda Championship. After a decorated career in the junior open wheel formula, Cosmo transitioned to sports car racing, winning the 2005 American Le Mans Series Rookie of the Year Award. Cosmo has since enjoyed success in various prototype and GT categories.
by Stephen Cox - Part 5 of 7, The Turning Point With what appeared to be a fully developed, dominant racecar, Porsche was ready for their public unveiling. They chose the third race of the season at Watkins Glen as their moment of truth. After all, everything seemed perfect. The teething problems with the L&M Porsche's turbocharger dump valve at Mosport surely wouldn't happen again. The loss of the magnesium car didn't seem to be as bad a setback as expected. The standard 917/10-003 was clearly superior to McLaren's new M20.
in Brickyard Grand Prix Stretching fuel mileage to the absolute limit, Joao Barbosa won Friday’s Brickyard Grand Prix TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race in convincing fashion, driving the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP to a 48.964-second victory over Scott Pruett, who had to settle for second place in the marquee sports car event for the third straight year.
Brickyard Grand Prix grid Ryan Dalziel on Thursday drove the Extreme Speed Motorsports No. 1 Patron HPD ARX-03b Prototype to the pole position for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Brickyard Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Dalziel, who won the pole with a best lap of 1:17.603, will share Brickyard Grand Prix driving duties on Friday with 2001 Indianapolis 500 polesitter Scott Sharp.
James Garner delivered the 'definitive' Racing Movie
by Dave Grayson It was truly sad to learn of the July 19th passing of actor James Garner. According to reports, Garner passed away due to natural causes in his Brentwood-California home at the age of 86. He leaves us with a legacy of television and film work that spanned a career lasting nearly six decades. The television stand outs on his resume includes "Maverick" from the 1950's and "The Rockford Files" which ran for six seasons in the 1970's. He also portrayed major roles in over fifty feature films.
by Stephen Cox - Part 4 of 7, The Embarrassment With what appeared to be a fully developed, dominant racecar, Porsche was ready for their public unveiling. They chose the third race of the season at Watkins Glen as their moment of truth. After all, everything seemed perfect. The teething problems with the L&M Porsche's turbocharger dump valve at Mosport surely wouldn't happen again. The loss of the magnesium car didn't seem to be as bad a setback as expected. The standard 917/10-003 was clearly superior to McLaren's new M20.
Tudor Series at Mosport OAK Racing has made steady progress in its debut season in North America, knocking on the door of its first TUDOR United SportsCar Championship victory with back-to-back podium finishes at Detroit Belle Isle and Watkins Glen International. That door was kicked wide open Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park as Gustavo Yacaman and Olivier Pla drove the team's No. 42 Morgan/Nissan to a convincing victory.
At Mosport After finishing third at Detroit and second at Watkins Glen International in the two most recent TUDOR United SportsCar Championship races, OAK Racing came to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park looking to step up to the top of the victory podium. After leading both of Fridayâ€™s practice rounds, Gustavo Yacaman took another giant step toward achieving that goal on Saturday, running a lap of 1:09.167 (127.986 mph) to give the team its second consecutive TOTAL Pole Award in Prototype qualifying.
At Mosport The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship records another milestone this weekend as the unified series competes in Canada for the first time. The second half of the TUDOR Championship begins with the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The two-hour, 45-minute race begins at 2 p.m. ET on Sunday, with competition in the Prototype (P), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes.
by Bob Lefsetz You mean I need a bigger engine and a swoopy style to get laid? I just go on Tinder! Welcome to the baby boomer nightmare, wherein everything theyâ€™ve held near and dear becomes irrelevant. Like automobiles. Cars are a utility. So long Ferrari. So long Aston Martin. So long the SUV. Do you think kids want to own a big box with terrible mileage just like their parents drive? Just because cars have lasted a century, that does not mean they're here to stay, that does not mean they're not ripe for disruption. Cars are the newspapers of today. Something oldsters can't live without and youngsters can.
by Adriano Manocchia In a six-hour TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race that came down to the wire, Richard Westbrook was in the right place at the right time. Westbrook drove his Corvette DP past Alex Brundle in Turn 4 at Watkins Glen International after a late-race caution wiped out Brundle's sizable lead. He then led the final five laps for a 0.877-second victory in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Adriano Manocchia was there to cover all the action and filed these 109 photos
Westbrook and Valiante win Six Hours of Watkins Glen
Brundle: "He's just driven past me - this isn't racing." A late-race restart of United SportsCar's Watkins Glen Six Hours gave the Daytona DPs, which are favored by the IMSA rules, a huge advantage, as the Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP's straight-line speed passed the LMP2 OAK Morgan of polesitter Alex Brundle. The No. 90 Corvette DP powered past Brundle's OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan on the second-to-final restart with 12 minutes to go.
by Adriano Manocchia Alex Brundle had only seven laps of practice during his first visit to Watkins Glen International prior to qualifying for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. That's all the second-generation British driver needed to get the pole position. Brundle tackled the 3.4-mile course and turned the fastest lap of Saturday's 15-minute session to capture the TOTAL Pole Award. Adriano Manocchia was there to cover all the action and filed these 87 photos
by Adriano Manocchia Extreme Speed Motorsports and OAK Racing led the way in opening TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen. Ryan Dalziel took the No. 1 HPD ARX-03b to the top of the time charts in the 60-minute session, reeling off a best lap of 1:39.918 in his P2 entry. Adriano Manocchia was there to cover all the action and files these 83 photos
George Follmer arrived in Atlanta early Friday morning in a rented Ford Crown Victoria. "I didn't know him from Adam," said chief mechanic Woody Woodard. "But I'd certainly heard his name. He was a good guy." Marilyn Motschenbacher Halder, then married to McLaren driver Lothar Motschenbacher, recalled Follmer's arrival at the track. "Everybody loved George. He would always wander around the track when he wasn't working with the guys on the car. He always looked good; he was so nice and always had a smile. He was a jokester. He was fun, but a dedicated driver."
by Stephen Cox - Part 2 of 7, The Accident "A doctor specializing in football injuries told him, no, his sore left knee was really a knot of shredded ligaments. There was surgery and a 6 week plaster cast and a career grounded." â€“ Pete Lyons, Road & Track. The story had to be cleaned up for the press. If the truth came out on national television, nobody at Porsche or Penske Racing was going to be happy about it. So in a televised interview after the incident, race driver Mark Donohue told the story of his horrific practice crash at Road Atlanta with carefully chosen words.
3 lap margin for winning No. 2 Audi In front of nearly 300,000 spectators, Audi continued its unique string of victories in the Le Mans 24 Hours. In the 82nd running of the world's most important endurance race, Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer (CH/D/F) and Lucas di Grassi/Marc Gene/Tom Kristensen (BR/E/DK) made for a one-two Audi victory.
Expect the unexpected Following the completion of qualification yesterday evening, 54 cars and 162 drivers are ready for tomorrow's start of the 82nd edition of the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). Excitement is building in sunny Le Mans. An epic edition of the race is forecast, particularly the battle for supremacy in LM P1. Three manufacturers - Audi, Porsche and Toyota - have a realistic chance of claiming the 2014 title, each in a different state of mind and form.
Porsche to start 2nd World Championship leaders TOYOTA Racing and the #7 TS040 HYBRID took pole position for the 82nd Le Mans 24 Hours at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Kazuki Nakajima, who shares the #7 with Alex Wurz and Stephane Sarrazin, became the first Japanese driver to earn the honor with a lap of 3mins 21.789secs, which also marked TOYOTA's second pole position at Le Mans.
2nd session up Thursday Though this first day of running was marked with Loic Duval's violent incident in the No. 1 Audi, Porsche put itself at the top of the timesheets during the first qualifying session. In the LM P2 class, Morgan finished in the lead while Ferrari is shining in the LM GTE Pro and Am classes. At the close of the qualifying session, the No. 20 Porsche 919 Hybrid clocked the best time in 3:23:157 ahead of its sister car, the No. 14 (Dumas, Jani, Lieb) at seven tenths.
Core Autosport drivers Leading up to Saturday night's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at the Grand Prix of Kansas, driver Colin Braun was asked about his strategy for the unique two-segment format the event featured. Mash the gas and go, Braun said. Braun executed that strategy with slick precision. The Core Autosport driver started fifth, took the lead on the first lap in the second 45-minute segment and won.
by Stephen Cox - Part 1 of 7, The Beginning Mosport International Raceway had an innocent charm that's long been missing from today's clinical, overly sanitized racecourses. The grass was too high. There were no sand traps. The white line edging the course in Turn 5b (now called "Moss Corner") was worn and covered with gravel. The thin layer of sand covering the front straight raised a fresh dust cloud every time a racecar roared past.
Tudor USCC Ricky Taylor held off a last-lap challenge from fellow Team Chevy driver Richard Westbrook to score the win for Chevrolet and the Corvette Daytona Prototype in the Chevrolet Sports Car Challenge on the Raceway at Belle Isle Park. It was the first win for the â€œBrothers Taylorâ€ as season-long teammates in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype.
In Detroit A Corvette DP will lead the field at the start of Saturdayâ€™s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Detroit Belle Isle -- right in the shadow of the automakerâ€™s world headquarters. Richard Westbrook posted the fastest lap in Fridayâ€™s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Prototype (P) qualifying, lapping the 2.36-mile circuit in 1 minute, 25.001 seconds (99.517 mph) on his final lap.
Ahead of Belle Isle Brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor, who co-drive the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for their father's Wayne Taylor Racing team answered questions ahead of Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, which will be at Detroit's Raceway on Belle Isle. Ricky has seven career professional sports car victories, his best result in Detroit so for was a fifth place run last year in the GRAND AM Rolex Sports Car Series race. Jordan has won both of his previous visits to Detroit.
Garcia, Magnussen Make It Two In A Row For Corvette in GT Johannes van Overbeek and Ed Brown drove to a convincing victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, winning the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda in the No. 2 Tequila Patron HPD ARX-03b/Honda, while Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia gave the Corvette C7.R its second consecutive win in GTLM.
Pole goes to P2-driving van Overbeek at Laguna Seca
After favoring DPs, a P2 car put on pole to silence critics Johannes van Overbeek, in a Honda-powered HPD ARX-03b, captured the pole Saturday for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the fourth race in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season. The Extreme Speed Motorsports driver will lead the Prototype (P) class field to the green flag Sunday with Richard Westbrook next to him on the front row driving the Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP.
by Tom Loomes For the whole of the last two hours of racing the action was at its peak for the 4 Hours of Silverstone European LeMans Series race. Tristan Gommendy, driving the No.46 Thiriet by TDS Racing Morgan Nissan was holding third place behind the No.34 Race Performance ORECA 03 Judd and the race-leading No.38 Jota Sport Zytek Z11SN Nissan â€“ a position it had been in since the start of the race.
Tudor USCC After earning pole position yesterday, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas drove the #01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley to victory in today's Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase. Ricky and Jordan Taylor were second in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP 0.759 seconds behind the Chip Ganassi Racing duo. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia drove the #3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R to victory in the GTLM class.
Fords start 1-2 Itâ€™s been a month since Scott Pruett drove his Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley to Sebringâ€™s victory lane. That didnâ€™t stop him from carrying momentum into Round 3 of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Pruett placed his Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates prototype on pole for the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase on the famed streets of Long Beach.
By Brian Bielanski The Grand Prix of Long Beach is a combination of high-speed precision ballet, glitz and glam, making it one of those bucket-list events on the North American motorsports calendar. Beautiful cars and beautiful people will come together for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championshipâ€™s Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase, part of the GPLB weekend, on Friday and Saturday.
8-time winner Tom Kristensen is the most successful driver in the history of the 24 Heures du Mans (24 Hours of Le Mans). The Rolex Testimonee describes the defining moments and anecdotes behind each triumph, from his debut victory in 1997 to an emotionally testing ninth success in 2013.
By Wayde Alfarone After watching the 24 hours of racing in Daytona it hit me. Many drivers are familiar, and some more familiar than others, at least to me. Watching the new breed of young drivers in the Rolex 24 hour race I was amazed at how seasoned they seemed! A mix of experienced older drivers and what appeared to be old souls handling themselves with agility and speed, most within seconds of one another.
by Stephen Cox The hands on both stopwatches were still in place after the final practice laps at Daytona International Speedway. Unexpectedly low temperatures had turned their stainless steel casings ice cold, but Jeri Gottlob had no gloves. She wouldn't have worn them anyway over her freshly painted red fingernails. Twenty-two years old, single and pretty, Jeri and her identical twin sister, Janet, had been recruited to keep timing and scoring statistics for their brother's racing team at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Both had taken time off from their jobs as TWA airline stewardesses to be at the race.
In 12 Hours of Sebring Marino Franchitti, Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas combined to win the 62nd Annual Twelve Hours of Sebring on Saturday night at Sebring International Raceway, emerging from an electrifying, Prototype class shootout to give Chip Ganassi Racing its first win in America's oldest endurance sports car race. In addition, the victory made CGR -- which was making its Sebring debut -- the first organization to win the Twelve Hours of Sebring, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Daytona 500 and the Indianapolis 500.
Bourdais puts Action Express Corvette on Sebring Pole
12 Hours of Sebring Fresh off victory in the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais took his Action Express Racing Corvette DP to the top spot in qualifying Friday for the second round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Bourdaisâ€™ 1:51.917 lap time in the No. 5 car he shares with Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi edged out the No. 42 OAK Racing Morgan Nissan of Olivier Pla by 0.169 seconds.
A celebration of sports car merger The hallowed record book for Sebring's legendary 12-hour endurance race is being rejuvenated this week. For the first time since 2003, the team that won the Rolex 24 At Daytona is also entered in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled By Fresh From Florida, with a chance at a season sweep that once was cherished by the world's premier sports car racers.
4-wheel drive hybrid Audi has set another trend in motorsport. After the brand revolutionized rally racing with quattro four-wheel drive in the nineteen-eighties and significantly shaped touring car racing with this system in the nineties, four-wheel drive has been making its way into LMP1 sports prototypes as well. The Audi R18 e-tron quattro now aims to extend â€˜Vorsprung durch Technikâ€™ with a system featuring an all-new development.
by Stephen Cox Auto racing in the United States is a mess. NASCAR has peaked. Their response to dwindling attendance has been new cars and fuel injection. In IndyCar, the barriers to entry eliminate all but the uber-wealthy from competition. Tony George was the only guy willing to take a risk and try to solve open wheel's problems. [Editor's Note: He had the wrong idea at the wrong time and destroyed the sport.] Now it's road racing's turn to try and recapture lost glory. And I wonder if they're the ones who will get it right
Spaniard to drive car at LeMans Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours LM P2 podium finisher and inaugural Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Lucas Ordonez has been confirmed as the first race driver for Nissanâ€™s revolutionary ZEOD RC prototype. The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first car to complete an entire 13.6-kilometer (8.5 mile) lap of Le Mans on nothing but electrical power when it competes in this yearâ€™s Le Mans 24 hours.
in Rolex 24 The 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona proved emphatically the popularity of top class endurance motorsport and its ability to keep spectators on edge until the checkered flag. It emphasized once again that there is no substitute for complete and exhaustive preparation; and, it demonstrated the importance of uniting skill, determination, speed and experience within the driver line-up. Action Express Racing (AER) took the overall win with its #5 Chevrolet Corvette DP driven by Christian Fittipaldi of Brazil, Frenchman Sebastien Bourdais and Portuguese native Joao Barbosa.
Barbosa, Bourdais, Fittipaldi and Frisselle win Rolex 24
by Brian Carroccio Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais, Christian Fittipaldi and Burt Frisselle drove the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette to victory in the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Barbosa brought the car home 1.4 seconds ahead of second-place Max Angelelli in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette home second. Brian Frisselle finished third in the sister #9 Action Express Corvette, while Mike Rockenfeller completed a top-4 Chevrolet sweep in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette.
Ganassi and Action Express Lead Rolex 24 at Halfway
No. 5 Corvette DP the dominant car at the Rolex 24 At Daytona Ganassi's #02 Riley-Ford DP held a narrow lead over the #5 Action Express Corvette DP as the 2014 Daytona 24 Hours passed its halfway point. Action Express's #5 Coyote-Chevrolet Corvette DP driven by Christian Fittipaldi, Sebastien Bourdais, Joao Barbosa and Burt Frisselle had exchanged the lead with Ganassi's Scott Dixon, Tony Kanaan, Marino Franchitti and Kyle Larson throughout the first 12 hours of the race.
USCC beats all series out of the gate Just over 8 hours remain before the first major race of the 2014 endurance motor-racing season, the 52nd edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which starts at 1410 EST, Saturday, 25 January. With a line up of 67 cars, this icon of motorsport is as popular as ever and once again set to raise the heartbeat of drivers, pit-crew and fans.
No. 6 Nissan ORECA takes P2 pole The urge to merge has evolved into a compulsion to compete, and Thursday marked the first day of actual competition for the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, with qualifying for this weekend's Rolex 24 At Daytona. Alex Gurney, son of legendary driver Dan Gurney -- who won the first incarnation of the Rolex 24, a three-hour event in 1962 called the Daytona Continental -- put the No. 99 Corvette DP on the overall pole.
Rolex 24 this weekend Fifteen years ago, Corvette Racing stepped onto the worldâ€™s sports car stage for the first time. Thirteen years ago, it scored a stunning overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Now with 90 victories around the world â€“ seven at the 24 Hours of Le Mans â€“ and 10 American Le Mans Series titles, Americaâ€™s premier production-based sports car team is back at Daytona with a brand new car to contend for a brand new championship.
Daytona International Speedway The long-awaited unification of North American road racing will officially begin with next weekendâ€™s running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 25-26, the first race in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The historic merger of the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron brings the two North American endurance sports car racing series under one roof for the first unified series since 1997.
Co-developed with 2015 Corvette Z06, sharing chassis, engine and aerodynamics Chevrolet today unveiled the Corvette C7.R race car, which was co-developed with the all-new 2015 Corvette Z06. They represent the closest link in modern times between Corvettes built for racing and the road, sharing unprecedented levels of engineering and components including chassis architecture, engine technologies and aerodynamic strategies.
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
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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