2018 Final (Top-10) Prototype Drivers Pos Drivers Total
1 Eric Curran 277
1 Felipe Nasr 277
2 Jonathan Bennett 274
2 Colin Braun 274
3 Jordan Taylor 270
3 Renger Van Der Zande 270
4 Misha Goikhberg 252
4 Stephen Simpson 252
5 Dane Cameron 251
5 Juan Pablo Montoya 251
6 Filipe Albuquerque 249
7 Ricky Taylor 243
7 Helio Castroneves 243
8 Oliver Jarvis 234
8 Tristan Nunez 234
9 Pipo Derani 232
10 Jonathan Bomarito 218
1 Jan Magnussen 322
1 Antonio Garcia 322
2 Richard Westbrook 316
2 Ryan Briscoe 316
3 Oliver Gavin 310
3 Tommy Milner 310
4 Dirk Mueller 308
4 Joey Hand 308
5 Earl Bamber 308
5 Laurens Vanthoor 308
6 Alexander Sims 304
6 Connor De Phillippi 304
7 Nick Tandy 299
7 Patrick Pilet 299
8 John Edwards 278
8 Jesse Krohn 278
9 Bill Auberlen 106
10 Frederic Makowiecki 93
1 Bryan Sellers 333
1 Madison Snow 333
2 Katherine Legge 329
3 Jeroen Bleekemolen 299
3 Ben Keating 299
4 Cooper Macneil 295
5 Kyle Marcelli 268
5 Dominik Baumann 268
6 Alvaro Parente 264
7 Patrick Long 263
7 Christina Nielsen 263
8 John Potter 255
8 Andy Lally 255
9 Justin Marks 249
9 Lawson Aschenbach 249
10 Jack Hawksworth 239
Manufacturers Rank Make Total
1 Cadillac 332
2 Acura 316
3 Nissan 302
4 Mazda 300
1 Ford 351
2 Chevrolet 345
3 Porsche 341
4 BMW 332
5 Ferrari 84
1 Lamborghini 340
2 Acura 330
3 Ferrari 310
4 Mercedes-AMG 307
5 Lexus 306
6 Porsche 298
7 Audi 284
8 BMW 278
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O'Connell says his 2015 title was his Most Satisfying
Pirelli World Challenge GT Champion Veteran racer Johnny O'Connell, one of North America's most accomplishment sports car drivers, capped off a spectacular "come-from-behind" 2015 Pirelli World Challenge season to capture his fourth consecutive GT drivers' championship for Cadillac Racing. Driving an all-new Cadillac ATS-VR GT3 sedan, O'Connell survived an early mishap at Long Beach as well as a big fire at Barber Motorsports Park to record four victories and eight additional Top 5 performances in securing a coveted fourth crown.
Titles in IndyCar, NASCAR, NHRA, IMSA and PWC Chevrolet completed another successful year in motorsports in 2015, earning six manufacturer and five driver championships in NASCAR, IndyCar, NHRA, United SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge series. In addition, Chevrolet drivers won several noteworthy races in 2015, including the Indianapolis 500, IndyCar Dual in Detroit, NHRA U.S. Nationals, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, and the manufacturer’s first overall victory in 50 years at the 12 Hours of Sebring.
All FIA series champions honored The FIA hosted its annual World Championship awards presentation in Paris last night and F1 stars Lewis Hamilton and Max Verstappen were the highlight. Hamilton collected his third F1 world drivers’ championship trophy, while Verstappen scooped three awards that were voted by ex drivers and media.
F1, WEC and more The winners of this year's FIA Championships have been honored in a glittering 2015 FIA Prize-Giving ceremony at the famed Lido theatre in Paris. In the shadow of the Arc de Triomphe, the most significant triumphs of the motor sport year took center stage at the iconic home of cabaret on the Champs-Elysees.
WEC in Bahrain At the FIA World Endurance Championship's finale in Bahrain on Saturday, Porsche won four more titles. Former F1 driver Mark Webber (Australia), Timo Bernhard (Germany) and Brendon Hartley (New Zealand) are the new World Champions with the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The sixth race win for Porsche was taken by their teammates Romain Dumas (France), Neel Jani (Switzerland) and Marc Lieb (Germany).
Team has locked out front row 100% of races In all eight rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship no car other than a Porsche 919 Hybrid has made it onto the front row. At each race the Porsche Team has taken pole position and the second spot on the grid. At the finale in Bahrain Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AUS) took their fifth pole position of the year. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) has taken pole position three times this year and will start from P2 in the Kingdom of Bahrain.
Wrap up manufacturers title for Porsche By taking the fifth consecutive race win this season, in Shanghai (China), Porsche has won the constructors' title in the World Endurance Championship with its innovative 919 Hybrid today. Now having 308 points, the sports car manufacturer from Stuttgart can't be beaten, despite one championship race to go. Audi has 238 points and Toyota 137.
Shanghai: Both Porsche 919 Hybrids on front row again
World Endurance Championship Round seven of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will also see two Porsche 919 Hybrids start from front row of the grid. On the Shanghai International Circuit car number 17 of Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) took pole position for the fourth time this season. The sister car number 18 of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) qualified second for Sunday's six-hour race in China.
Porsche takes lead in the drivers’ championship By winning the fourth race in a row with the Porsche 919 Hybrid, the Porsche Team took an important step forward in the battle for the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), and now leads both the manufacturers' and the drivers' standings. Today Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) won on the 4.549 kilometer long Fuji Speedway in the Japanese Alps under tricky weather conditions and team orders.
SPC Through the sixth round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship no car other than a Porsche 919 Hybrid made it onto the front row of the grid. On the Fuji Speedway in the Japanese Alps Timo Bernhard (DE)/Brendon Hartley (NZ)/Mark Webber (AU) will start from pole position. The sister car of Romain Dumas (FR)/Neel Jani (CH)/Marc Lieb (DE) qualified second for Sunday's six-hour race.
"Porsche is my second family" For the greatest day of his career, Patrick Pilet might have hoped for better weather. At Petit Le Mans in the USA, the skies opened up and it poured. Despite umbrellas and plastic rain capes, the fans around the track were soaked to the skin. But perhaps this was precisely the extreme conditions that the Frenchman needed to clinch the most important success in his career until now, just five days before his 34th birthday on 8 October: the first overall victory for Porsche at the most important North American long distance race alongside Daytona and Sebring.
Major embarrassment for lame DPs GTLM class Porsche 911, number 911, driven by 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy, co-driving with Patrick Pilet, won the Petit LeMans at Road Atlanta. When the race was stopped due to visibility issues as darkness approached, Tandy was in the lead, just ahead of the No. 24 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE driven by John Edwards, Lucas Luhr and Jens Klingmann.
by Steven Cole Smith As you look at the Friday qualifying times for the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda 10-hour endurance race on Saturday, don't expect to be immediately impressed by the speeds. Rain, shifting back and forth between "light" and "drizzle" never stopped long enough to establish any sort of dry line. But looking at the water running across the Road Atlanta track in some places, and standing water in others, it's impressive that the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship drivers managed to log the times they did.
At Silverstone Ahead Of Historic Return To Le Mans Ford's all-new GT race car - revealed at Le Mans in June - will make its European racing debut at the Silverstone Circuit in the U.K. next April. Two cars will line up on the grid for the opening round of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) where they will compete in the GT-Endurance Pro Class for the Royal Automobile Club Tourist Trophy.
Porsche buries competition The Porsche 919 Hybrid keeps leaving its mark on the world’s race tracks. After one-two results at the Le Mans 24 Hours and the Nürburgring, the ground breaking hybrid race car also won in Austin (USA) on Saturday. The German brand also secured the class victory with the production-based GT sports car, the Porsche 911 RSR. The fifth round of this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in the Texan capital was held in temperatures as high as 35° Celsius. The WEC is considered one of the the most important World Championships besides Formula One.
by Steven Cole Smith For the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost Riley team, it must have felt a little like 2011. That was the year that the No. 01 absolutely dominated the Prototype field, with nine wins in 12 races. And that was the team that showed up Saturday at the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Winless for the year, drivers Scott Pruett and Joey Hand drove a technically accomplished race, winning by a whopping 16.9 seconds over the second-place No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP of Wayne Taylor Racing, driven by brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
Fifth grid front row lock out The Porsche 919 Hybrid continued to prove its outstanding qualifying performance when taking the fifth pole position in the fifth round of the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship. It is also the fifth consecutive front row grid lock out for the innovative Le Mans Prototypes from Stuttgart. The number 18 car of drivers Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) is going to start from pole position for the third time this year.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship qualifying Scott Pruett set the pace in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford at the 3.427-mile Circuit of the Americas, securing the pole position for Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans. Pruett and co-driver Joey Hand had both set unofficial track records in the last two practice sessions, with Pruett’s Friday morning time of 1:57.366 standing as the best time of the day.
by Steven Cole Smith With racing starting in January and ending in October, the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is, start to finish, one of the longest seasons in motorsports. With only two races remaining, you'd think a couple of teams would have, by now, stretched out a comfortable lead in the championship points battle. And you'd be wrong. All four TUDOR Championship classes are up for grabs, especially in the Prototype class, where a scant two points separate the top three contenders.
Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley win Porsche Team took a memorable 1-2 finish on home soil at the Nurburgring today as the No.17 Porsche 919 Hybrid car claimed a maiden win for Mark Webber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. It was the second consecutive WEC win for Porsche after its Le Mans triumph in June.
At Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion It was significant that Zak Brown's Lola T332, in the hands of Richard Dean, won Sunday's Formula 5000 race at the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion: when the last professional Formula 5000 race was held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca 40 years ago (October 12, 1975), it was won by Mario Andretti in the same car. Snapshots into the past are at the heart of vintage automobile racing, and the Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion managed to reel off plenty of those over four competition days - two devoted to practice sessions followed by the August 15-16 weekend of Rolex races - for 15 groups of cars representing nearly a century of motorsports history.
with Second Win of Season Dane Cameron made it look easy, driving his No. 31 Action Express Whelen Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype to a win in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Road America. Cameron, who shares the car with Eric Curran, finished 14.359 seconds ahead of his Action Express teammate Joao Barbosa in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP. Barbosa's co-driver is Christian Fittipaldi.
Points Tight As TUDOR Series Heads To Road America
by Steven Cole Smith With four races remaining for the GT Le Mans class racers in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, is it too early to start thinking about points? No, says Jan Magnussen, who – along with Corvette Racing teammate Antonio Garcia – leads the standings going into Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, the iconic four-mile road course in Wisconsin. While the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R drivers are in sole possession of the lead, they are a slim two points ahead of No. 24 Team RLL BMW Z4 GTE drivers Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner.
by Steven Cole Smith For a while, it appeared no one wanted to win Saturday's TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race at Lime Rock Park, but the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Cuttwood Prototype Challenge car of Tom Kimber-Smith and Mike Guasch finally took the checkered flag in the two-hour, 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix. In the GT Daytona (GTD) class, the No. 97 Turner Motorsport BMZ Z4 of Dane Cameron and Michael Marsal took the win, but it was not without drama, on and off the track.
by Steven Cole Smith Despite a weather forecast that included a zero-percent chance of rain, the skies darkened at the start of the Prototype Challenge qualifying session at Lime Rock Park, and Stephen Simpson, driver of the No. 85 JDC/Miller Motorsports entry, saw them coming. "I tried to get a couple of good laps right away in case the rain started to come down," and one of those laps was good enough to give Simpson the pole for Saturday’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.
IInterview with Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser Before the next round of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship on Sunday: Interview with Porsche’s Head of Motorsport Dr Frank-Steffen Walliser on Motorsports as a driver of new technologies. The key argument is that technology takes driver skill out of the equation and motorsports no longer can be categorized as a sport, but an engineering exercise. Since engineering is not a sport, racing with technology is not a sport. Because engineers are running sportscar racing and F1, all they care about are new technologies.
For all sports car series On 11th June 2015 the main guidelines of the 2017 LM P2 regulations were unveiled during the Automobile Club de l'Ouest's press conference. They will be applicable in the Le Mans 24 Hours, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), the Asian Le Mans Series (Asian LMS), the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) and in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
by Steven Cole Smith A fast, rainy, IMSA Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen ended under the caution flag, as a late-race crash couldn't be cleared in time to allow for a green flag finish. But it's still a win for the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype, driven by Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante - the first repeat winner of the six-race season in the Prototype class.
by Adriano Manocchia Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante are repeat winners at Watkins Glen International. The VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype won the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday as rain wreaked havoc on the sixth round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the wet action.
by Adriano Manocchia Qualifying for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen was cancelled Saturday afternoon because of wet conditions. In fact, after the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race concluded under caution about 3 p.m., all on-track activity for the rest of Saturday was cancelled. Adriano Manocchia captured all the wet action.
by Adriano Manocchia After getting a head start with a private test session earlier in the month at Watkins Glen International, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian came out of the blocks strong in Friday’s opening TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen. Ozz Negri was fastest in both one-hour sessions in the No. 60 Ligier J2 P2/Honda, running a best lap of 1:38.055 (124.828 mph) on the historic 3.4-mile circuit. Our Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
Porsche celebrates 17 wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans
Le Mans winning Porsche 919 Hybrid to start at Goodwood The Porsche legend has been closely linked with the legendary 24 Hours of Le Mans race since the beginning of the company's history. Iconic race cars such as the Porsche 917 and the 956/962 Group C "rockets" have shaped the image of the brand and motorsport alike. Since June, 14th, the Porsche 919 Hybrid also joined the proud ranks of Le Mans winners.
Le Mans Competitors Ready For Six Hours of The Glen
by Steven Cole Smith It takes a lot to get a veteran TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitor like Ben Keating excited. But even 10 days after his first start at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, he has trouble putting the experience into words. Keating, who owns car dealerships in Texas - most notably the Viper Exchange, the world's largest Dodge Viper store - races a Viper in the TUDOR Championship GT Daytona class, with regular co-driver Jeroen Bleekemolen.
Tandy - from Porsche one-make series to Le Mans win
Porsche LeMans driver With his victory at the Le Mans 24 Hours in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, Nick Tandy has done his job brilliantly. On the trip home through the Eurotunnel, his wife Brittany staged a victory photo for the family album. Somewhere under the English Channel between Calais and Folkestone, she arranged the trophy on a seat and sat her daughter Eva in front of it. But the eleven-month-old whirlwind did not really do what her mother wanted. She quickly crawled away, then cheekily turned her back on the camera and raced into her father's arms.
Steven Cole Smith The day before the 2015 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans took the green flag, Ford announced that next year, the company would field not only a four-car team to race in the GTE Pro class at Le Mans in 2016, but that the company would back a two-car team for the full 2016 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship. The Ford GT's racing debut is set to take place at the 2016 Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Earl Bamber - from Porsche Junior to Le Mans winner
Porsche Driver There are days and moments in the life of a race driver that will never be forgotten. For Earl Bamber that day was June 14th, 2015, and the moment was the award ceremony after the Le Mans 24 Hours. Standing on the podium high above the pit lane alongside his teammates Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Nico Hulkenberg (Germany) after just winning the world-s most famous endurance race in the Porsche 919 Hybrid, he reveled in the exuberant cheering of ecstatic fans.
83rd running of French Classic The #19 Porsche 919 Hybrid won the 24 Hours of Le Mans today, ending Audi's streak of five consecutive wins at the legendary endurance race in France. Porsche, now with a record 17 wins at Le Mans, returned to the sport just last year, and it came home with the checkered flag this time, the 83rd running of the race. Porsche last won in 1998.
Lone American Corvette team beats British, Germans and Italians Porsche has won the 83rd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the No. 19 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Nico Hulkenberg, Nick Tandy and Earl Bamber claimed the German manufacturer's first overall Le Mans victory since 1998 and breaking Audi's five-year win streak in the biggest sportscar race of the year. The trio completed 395 laps, in front of a crowd of 263,500.
by Steven Cole Smith When the 24 Hours of Le Mans takes the green flag on June 13, it will fall on a truly global field of racers. If you're a casual fan from the U.S., you might not be that familiar with some of the top runners, since, for example, there's only one FIA World Endurance Championship race in America each year - at Circuit of The Americas in Texas - and that's the only chance we get to see the LM P1 cars, which are the fastest and most sophisticated in the Le Mans field.
German Mark shows early power Neel Jani has easily set a new lap record of 3:16.887 at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Wednesday's first two-hour qualifying session for the 24 Hours of Le Mans, to score the provisional pole in the session that may well set the grid for this weekend's race. The previous mark had been a 3:18.513 by Stephane Sarrazin set in 2008, with a Peugeot 908 HDi FAP.
by Stephen Cox "The Racecar That Never Was - Shelby's Final Group 2 Mustang." This is the final Group 2 Mustang ever produced by Carroll Shelby, and it was never raced. After being in storage for 37 years it now goes on public display and auction.
By Steven Cole Smith Under sunny skies and cool temperatures, it was a perfect day for fans at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, and it was a near-perfect race for the No. 90 VisitFlorida.com Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototype of Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante. The team won the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda, by a 1.351-second margin.
Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler win The no7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer and Marcel Fassler took their second victory from two starts in 2015 with a hard fought win at the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps that had the large Belgian crowd on the edge of their seats. In his last stint Treluyer had to fight Neel Jani in the no18 Porsche 919 all the way to the checkered flag.
by Steven Cole Smith What a difference a year makes, especially when your name is Alex Job. Job owns Alex Job Racing, run from a small but thoroughly modern shop in Tavares, Florida. A former racer himself, Job has become a legend in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which is in action Sunday in Monterey, California at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca with the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda.
by Gary Parravani Last weekend was the Espiritu de Montjuic festival, Barcelona's classic celebration of its speed-based heritage, a cacophony of noise and a gathering of epic racing machinery stretching back through the decades, driven at anything but pedestrian pace. Our Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action in these photos.
By Steven Cole Smith It's hard to imagine that in 1969, when peace activist John McConnell suggested at a UNESCO conference in San Francisco that we should have a special day once a year to recognize the urgent need for environmental awareness, that he had sports car racing in mind. Yet on Earth Day 2015, it is worth noting that the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship is proceeding with the plan initiated by the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron years ago to explore ways to go fast, but still go green.
By Steven Cole Smith Wayne Taylor's sons Ricky and Jordan Taylor took their No. 10 Corvette DP to victory in the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach Saturday over the Ganassi Ford of Scott Pruett and Joey Hand. The Rahal BMW of Auberlen and Dirk Werner won in GTLM over the Risi Ferrari.
TUDOR Championship Despite a slippery surface, track records toppled in both the Prototype and GT Le Mans (GTLM) classes in Friday qualifying for Saturday’s Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach. On top in the Prototype class was Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP, who swapped the top lap several times with Scott Pruett in a nail-biting session that suggests Saturday’s race could be a close one.
by Pedro Dermaux/www.xynamic.com A late-race penalty didn’t deny Marcel Fassler victory, as Audi held off strong challenges from Porsche and Toyota to claim top honors in Sunday's Six Hours of Silverstone. The thrilling season-opening round for the FIA World Endurance Championship saw a titanic three-manufacturer fight for nearly the entire race that went right down to the wire. The Circus is moving now in Belgium, to Spa-Francorchamps for the second round.
Beats Porsche and Toyota Audi Sport managed a dream start of the 2015 motorsport year. In the season opener of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Silverstone, the Audi R18 e-tron quattro of Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer and Benoit Treluyer took victory after a thrilling six-hour race in which the lead kept changing and was fiercely contested. If the 6-hour race in the United Kingdom provided a foretaste of the season, motorsport fans can look forward to an exciting WEC year.
2020 Vision: Q&A with IMSA President Scott Atherton
By Steven Cole Smith The big news of last weekend in the world of sports car racing was the 63rd running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the second race in the season for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship sanctioned by the International Motors Sports Association (IMSA). But profoundly important for the future of both the sanctioning body and series was an announcement made moments before the green flag: IMSA had signed a six-year extension through 2020 with the Automobile Club l’Ouest (ACO).
Bourdais/Fittipaldi/Barbosa win 12 Hours of Sebring
Action Express leads Corvette DP 1-2-3 Action Express Racing scored a dominant victory in Saturdays 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, leading a Corvette DP 1-2-3 of the podium. Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and IndyCar star Sebastien Bourdais, took the No. 5 Corvette DP to a commanding win, despite a jammed front sway bar that caused a push condition in the second half of the race.
In Krohn's Ligier-Judd Frenchman Olivier Pla was fastest in most of the practice sessions and he did it again when it counted to win the pole for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring classic. Pla's lap of 1m51.152s beat the Honda ARX of Ryan Dalziel by 0.303sec. Joao Barbosa will start 3rd in the Action Express Corvette DP. Martin Plowman put his Oreca on pole for PC class, Frederic Makowiecki was fastest in GTLM and Jeroen Bleekemolen put his Dodge Viper on GTD pole.
By Steven Cole Smith With 46 cars on the entry list for the 63rd Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, there's no doubt the competition will be fast and furious from the drop of the green flag at 10:40 am (ET) Saturday to the checkered flag 12 hours later. At one time, Sebring – run on the historic 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course which partly consists of pavement dating back to World War II - was a strategy race, where it was important to save your car, and your drivers, for the sprint to the end.
Tudor US Sports Car Classic The tradition of America’s longest-running endurance sports car race continues Saturday, March 21 when the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship takes the green flag for the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida (FOX Sports 1, 10:30 a.m. ET.). Since 1952, world class drivers from Formula One, NASCAR, IndyCar and international sports car competition have gathered at Sebring International Raceway.
IndyCar drivers Dixon and Bourdais 1-2 in Rolex 24
by Mark J. Cipolloni IndyCar drivers Scott Dixon and Sebastien Bourdais finished 1-2 in the 53rd running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In the final 10-minute sprint after a late caution caused by the crash of the PC leading Colin Braun's No. 54 Oreca, Bourdais closed on Dixon's Ford but came up 1.3 sec. short. Antonio Garcia brought the No. 3 Corvette home first in the GTLM class over Dirk Werner's BMW Z4 while the No. 52 Oreca won the PC class. The No. 94 Dodge Viper won the GTD class.
Beats Ganassi's two Fords Michael Shank Racing will start the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona from the pole position, courtesy of Ozz Negri in qualifying Thursday. The Brazilian recorded a best lap of 1:39.194 in his No. 60 Ligier JS P2 Honda in the 15-minute prototype qualifying session, edging out the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford of Scott Dixon by 0.108 seconds. It marked the first pole for a P2 car at Daytona and also in the team's debut outing with the Onroak Automotive-built prototype, following more than a decade of running DP machinery in GRAND-AM competition.
By Steven Cole Smith When the checkered flag falls on the 2015 Rolex 24 At Daytona at 2:10 p.m. Sunday afternoon, there's only one thing we now know for sure: The car that's the first under the flag will have earned the victory. "This is a strong field," said Scott Atherton, IMSA president and chief operating officer. "A very strong field." That may be an understatement.
by Brian Carroccio Earlier today, 2013 Indianapolis 500 winner and 2004 Verizon IndyCar Series champion Tony Kanaan took a few minutes to speak with AutoRacing1's Brian Carroccio. Normally, the pilot of the #10 NTT Data Chip Ganassi Racing Chevrolet, Kanaan will once moonlight this weekend the Rolex 24 at Daytona. Along with Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray, Kanaan will co-drive the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Target Ford EcoBoost Riley DP.
53 cars entered The annual kick off to the international motorsports calendar, the Rolex 24 At Daytona is one of the premier racing events in the world. With 53 cars from 10 different automotive manufacturers, and lineups comprised of star drivers from NASCAR, IndyCar and Formula One joining the best of the best from international sports car competition, this year's 53rd running of the Rolex 24 on Jan. 24-25 is a can't-miss event.
by Gary Parravani Oliver Webb, Yelmer Buurman, Abdulaziz Al Faisal and Hubert Haupt won the 10th running of the Dubai 24 Hours for the Black Falcon Mercedes team. In a race that was marked by high attrition and a total of 12 lead changes, the Black Falcon Mercedes led 550 of the 604 laps it completed. Our Gary Parravani was there and captured these photos.
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