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 Fridayâ€™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 Brundleâ€™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 127
1 Christian Fittipaldi 127
2 Scott Pruett 124
2 Memo Rojas 124
2 Jordan Taylor 124
2 Ricky Taylor 124
3 Ed Brown 113
3 Johannes van Overbeek 113
4 Gustavo Yacaman 108
5 Michael Valiante 105
5 Richard Westbrook 105
6 Ryan Dalziel 97
6 Scott Sharp 97
7 Boris Said 90
8 Oswaldo Negri Jr. 88
8 John Pew 88
9 Olivier Pla 84
10 Alex Brundle 80
11 Joel Miller 79
12 Eric Curran 69
13 Sebastien Bourdais 67
14 Tom Long 65
14 Sylvain Tremblay 65
15 Marino Franchitti 60
16 Max Angelelli 58
17 Katherine Legge 56
17 Andy Meyrick 56
18 Brian Frisselle 55
18 Burt Frisselle 55
19 Simon Pagenaud 52
20 Mike Rockenfeller 51
21 David Brabham 50
21 Scott Dixon 50
21 Tony Kanaan 50
22 Sage Karam 47
23 Klaus Graf 46
23 Lucas Luhr 46
24 Tristan Nunez 45
25 Justin Wilson 43
26 Byron DeFoor 41
26 David Hinton 41
26 Jim Pace 41
27 Tristan Vautier 35
28 Gabby Chaves 33
28 Wayne Taylor 33
29 Fabien Giroix 31
29 John Martin 31
30 Alex Popow 30
31 Roman Rusinov 26
31 Oliver Webb 26
32 Jon Fogarty 25
32 Anthony Lazzaro 25
33 Kyle Larson 24
34 Frank Beck 23
35 Max Papis 22
35 Bradley Smith 22
36 Ben Devlin 21
36 Jamie McMurray 21
37 AJ Allmendinger 20
37 Guy Cosmo 20
38 Jann Mardenborough 19
39 James Hinchcliffe 18
40 Alexander Rossi 16
40 Sebastian Saavedra 16
41 Brendon Hartley 15
41 E.J. Viso 15
42 Memo Gidley 14
42 Alex Gurney 14
43 Scott Mayer 2
44 Pierre Kaffer
44 Darren Law 1
TOP SPEED: 190 mph
WEIGHT: 1,990 to 2,285 Lbs
WIDTH: 74 inches
CHASSIS: Carbon or Tubing
TRACTION CONTROL: Yes
Prototype Challenge (PC)
TOP SPEED: 175 mph
WEIGHT: 1,990 pounds
HEIGHT: 40 inches
WIDTH: 74 inches
CARS: ORECA FLM09
ENGINES: Chevrolet LS3
FUEL: VP Racing Fuel E-10
CHASSIS: Carbon Fiber
TRACTION CONTROL: No
GT Le Mans (GTLM)
TOP SPEED: 180
WEIGHT: 2,745 minimum
CARS: Production based
GEARBOX: 5-sp or 6-sp
CHASSIS: Tube Frame
TRACTION CONTROL: No
GT Daytona (GTD)
TOP SPEED: 180
WEIGHT: 2,680 pounds
CARS: Production Based
GEARBOX: 5-sp or 6-sp
CHASSIS: Tube frame
TRACTION CONTROL: No
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