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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Gordon Enjoys Rolex 24 Preparation In 'Retirement'
Tests No. 10 Wayne Taylor Cadillac When NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon announced his retirement, a lot of folks thought he would be done with racing when the 2015 season was over. The truth, however, has proved to be just the opposite. Gordon resumed NASCAR driving duties in numerous fill-in roles for Dale Earnhardt Jr. in the No. 88 Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet throughout the 2016 season. At the beginning of this month, it also was announced that Gordon would return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, after a 10-year hiatus.
The Story Behind Parente, K-PAX Racing and McLaren GT Title Run You had figured this new guy, Alvaro Parente (ALVA-ROW PAW-RENT), was going to be a factor in the Pirelli World Challenge GT series in 2016. Coming from single-seaters in Europe and a four-year McLaren factory sports car racer, Parente had some impressive credentials. He was scheduled to be the leading driver for the K-PAX Racing squad that included youngsters Colin Thompson (age 21) and Austin Cindric (age 17). He had just won the 12 Hours of Bathurst in Australia last February too. So, when he hit the U.S. scene later that month for his first Pirelli World Challenge test at Circuit of the Americas, you had to think he was going to be in the mix for the coveted GT title.
Teams testing new cars for 2017 Action Express Racing led the way in the opening day of testing at Daytona International Speedway, in preparation for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. The No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron, Eric Curran, Mike Conway and Seb Morris unofficially laid down a best lap of 1:38.766 late in the day to go quickest of the five Prototypes in action. It came after a troubled day for all three Cadillacs, which battled electrical issues tied to an overnight software update from Cosworth. These photos capture the day.
Audi take emotional final win; Porsche team champions
Audi take emotional final win; Jani, Dumas and Lieb crowned WEC Drivers champions Audi executed the perfect goodbye to endurance racing by dominating proceedings under the lights at the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain. The No.8 Audi R18 of Lucas Di Grassi, Oliver Jarvis and Loic Duval took a memorable victory at the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship finale in Bahrain this evening, while Porsche drivers Neel Jani, Marc Lieb and Romain Dumas took the World Endurance Drivers Championship.
Next year they are gone Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Oliver Jarvis (GB) achieved two personal bests and secured the best possible starting base for Audi at the last sports car event in the company's history. Audi came out of an emotional roller coaster stronger in Bahrain on Friday. The number 8 Audi R18 secured the top spot on the grid in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) finale, in spite of an engine change required for safety reasons directly before qualifying. Now having achieved six best times in nine qualifying sessions, the premium brand clearly dominated these statistics in the 2016 season.
At Los Angeles Auto Show The new Mazda RT24-P race car was unveiled today at the Los Angeles Auto Show, ushering a new era in the prominent history of Mazda Motorsports' flagship endeavors in North America. The new car will compete under Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules in the Prototype class, the top level of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. After significant on-track testing, it will make its racing debut at the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona in late January.
RACING'S GREATEST UPSETS: '66 Pan-Am Race (3 of 3)
by Stephen Cox (Part 2 of a 3-part series) John McComb ordered a new car for 1967. The choice was easy. Given his success in the 1966 Group 2 Mustang, he ordered a new notchback for 1967 to pick up where he left off with the Shelby program. The 1967 Mustang was the model’s first major redesign and the car gained both size and weight. McComb didn't care for either. "Even though the '67 car had a wider track, it was a heavier car, so I don’t really think the wider track helped," McComb said
WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mercedes-Benz USA (MBUSA) and Mercedes-AMG today confirmed a multiple-car, customer racing program that will bring the manufacturer into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the first time beginning with the 2017 season. Mercedes-AMG GT3 race cars will be powered by naturally aspirated, 6.3-liter V8 engines and will compete in the GT Daytona (GTD) class. Mercedes-AMG becomes the eighth manufacturer in the WeatherTech Championship GTD class, which uses FIA GT3 technical regulations. Mercedes-AMG joins Acura and Lexus as GTD programs that will debut in 2017, while Audi, Lamborghini, Porsche, Ferrari and BMW are expected to continue their participation in the class.
Toyotas 2nd and 3rd A fourth win of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship for the No.1 Porsche 919 Hybrid crew of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley who also secured a second consecutive Manufacturers’ crown for the German marque with one round remaining. Porsche took a commanding victory in front of 55,000 spectators, leading for the vast majority of the six hours at the Shanghai International Circuit this afternoon. If the winner of the race was never in serious doubt, the battle for second position raged throughout the race between the two Toyota TS050 HYBRID entries and the No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid.
The Porsche 919 Hybrid takes pole position in Shanghai
Toyota with start 2nd The reigning world champions, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), took pole position for the eighth and penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in Shanghai. Toyota Gazoo Racing earned a front-row starting position for the 6 Hours of Shanghai just 0.060secs behind the pole position-winning Porsche #1 in a session which saw the top six separated by only 0.589secs.
Track-ready turnkey Mustang race car Ford Performance revealed on Tuesday an all-new, track-ready turnkey Mustang race car that's ready to compete around the globe – the Ford Mustang GT4. Unveiled at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, the Mustang GT4 has been designed and engineered jointly by Ford Performance and Multimatic Motorsports to compete in sports car championship racing series globally, including the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Pirelli World Challenge GTS/GT4, and GT4 European Series. It’s inspired by the Ford Shelby GT350R-C that won the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge championship just last month.
RACING'S GREATEST UPSETS: '66 Pan-Am Race (2 of 3)
by Stephen Cox (Part 2 of a 3-part series) The next weekend John McComb was racing again. The Trans-Am Series Six-Hour Pan-American Endurance Race was to be held at Green Valley Raceway in Texas. The sanctioning body mandated a second driver for each team due to the length of the event. McComb chose veteran Brad Brooker, a successful club racer who had logged plenty of miles in the Group 2 notchback’s nearly identical twin, the Shelby GT350.
Oliver Gavin, No. 4 Corvette C7.R The 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season was one to remember for Oliver Gavin. The highly experienced and successful Briton won his fifth Driver’s Championship as part of Corvette Racing and second with Tommy Milner. The two won four times in their No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and also won the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup title.
Japanese outsmart Germans on home turf The No.6 Toyota Gazoo Racing trio of Kamui Kobayashi, Stephane Sarrazin and Mike Conway won a highly memorable 6 Hours of Fuji this afternoon after a gripping contest throughout the entire duration of the race. The fight for victory came down to a last hour battle between all three LMP1 manufacturers. It was a tense ending to the race but Kamui Kobayashi's Toyota TS 050 HYBRID just had enough to hold off the No.8 Audi Sport Team Joest driven by Loic Duval.
WEC qualifying Seven races, five fastest times in qualifying: The Audi R18 is the benchmark in qualifying in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) this year. In Japan, Audi managed to set the fourth best time in succession while rumors linger that Audi and its 'dirty' diesel engines will be pulling out of WEC after next year. Lucas di Grassi/Loic Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) will start the 6-hour race at Fuji from the top spot.
Mark Webber sets fastest lap of the day with the Porsche
At Mt Fuji On the first day of practice for the seventh out of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) Mark Webber set the fastest lap of the day with the Porsche 919 Hybrid. The Australian lapped the 4.549 kilometer long Fuji International Speedway during a qualifying simulation on Friday afternoon in 1:24.074 minutes. In constantly dry conditions and with ambient temperatures around 20 degrees Celsius, he and his teammates Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Timo Bernhard (DE) covered 95 laps in total today. In the first session the reigning world champions were sixth (1:26.097 minutes).
Race for WEC title begins to heat up at the foot of Mt Fuji
Porsche, Toyota and Ford preview On October 14-16 it's time for the seventh out of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship. For Porsche the six-hour event at the Fuji International Speedway kicks off as the race for its mission to defend its title hots up. After five race wins for the 919 Hybrid – including the Le Mans 24 Hours - Porsche leads the manufacturers' world championship with 238 points ahead of Audi (185) and Toyota (137).
SALINAS, Calif. -- Johnny O'Connell, Martin Fuentes and Corey Fergus scored the poles for GT/GTA Round 20 and GT Cup Round 19 part of the Pirelli World Challenge Championship Finale Weekend presented by Nissan at MRLS. The 45-minute segment was held under sunny, breezy 71-degree weather conditions. GTA and GT Cup competitors took to the track first for their 20-minute session.
RACING'S GREATEST UPSETS: '66 Pan-Am Race (1 of 3)
by Stephen Cox On a hot summer afternoon in late August 1966, the telephone on John McComb’s desk rang. On the other end was automotive design engineer Chuck Cantwell of Carroll Shelby’s legendary racing shop, calling with the surprising news that Shelby had a Mustang Group 2 racecar for sale. McComb was delighted since his prior inquiries at Shelby had been met only by rejection.
Honda defeats Chevy for North American endurance title
Third endurance race victory of 2016 secures Manufacturers' Championship
A dominating weekend from Honda-powered Michael Shank Racing resulted in victory Saturday night at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's season-ending Petit Le Mans, and the Prototype Manufacturers' title for Honda in the North American Endurance Championship.
Over 120 Drivers Set to Compete in 2016 PWC finale
At Laguna Seca An incredible GT sports car point title battle between veterans Alvaro Parente and Patrick Long headline the Pirelli World Challenge Championships presented by Nissan this weekend (Oct. 7-9) at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the 2016 season finale. One-hundred and twenty-two Pirelli World Challenge drivers are entered for the 2016 series finale this coming weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Champions across the series' eight classes will be officially crowned
Ligier Hondas finish 1-2 With a driver line up that featured a Frenchman, a Brazilian-born American, and an American, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian provided the racing demonstration of the American Dream as the Ohio-based team won the final race in the IMSA Daytona Prototype era with a tremendous victory in the 19th running of the Petit Le Mans on Saturday.
Takes Daytona DPs to school Olivier Pla drove his Michael Shank Racing Ligier-Honda JSP2 LMP2 to pole position for the Petit Le Mans IMSA SportsCar Championship finale at Road Atlanta Friday afternoon. The Frenchman's lap of 1m13.061stook the top spot by 0.459s over the SpeedSource-run Mazda Motorsports Lola in the hands of Tristan Nunez who turned a lap of 1m13.520s. Pla, was quickest in every session of free practice leading up to qualifying. Third place went to the best of the antiquated Action Express Chevy Daytona DP in the hands of Dane Cameron
by Steven Cole Smith • WeatherTech Championship Title Battles Far From Over • Endurance Cup Title To Be Decided At Petit • Speaking of Road Atlanta • CORE moving to GT Daytona • Porsche North America Back In Form • It’s a full schedule at Petit
by Russell Mill One after another, winning teams and drivers in the Lone Star Le Mans described how sweltering the six-hour sports car race was Saturday night at Circuit of the Americas. Welcome to Austin in mid-September boys, where 90 degrees and 50-percent humidity comes with the territory. At least it didn’t rain. Fans didn’t mind the weather. More than 30,000 came out Saturday and Russell Mill was there to capture the highlights.
Audi had fastest cars early but faded Reigning champions Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley took victory in today’s 6 Hours of COTA, the Lone Star Le Mans event at Austin, Texas. The trio secured a third consecutive WEC win after a grueling race held in challenging hot conditions. It was an exciting strategic battle between all of the LMP1 manufacturers – Audi, Porsche and Toyota, and all three were represented on the podium.
Racing in the most brutally hot conditions of the season proved to be a piece of cake for brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, who in stifling Texas heat and humidity co-drove the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) to a stifling victory in Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Circuit of the Americas on the outskirts of Austin. Starting from the pole for the first time this season, they led 70 of the 75 laps raced around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix in 93-degree temperatures outside and 130 degrees inside the cockpit.
For the fourth time this year and for the third time in succession Audi has achieved the best starting base: the two Audi R18 cars locked out the front row of the grid for round six of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). As previously at Silverstone and the Nurburgring, car number 7 was unbeatable in qualifying. Marcel Fassler/Andre Lotterer/Benoit Treluyer (CH/D/F) will be starting the race at Austin (Texas) on Saturday from pole position.
Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas The No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP for Wayne Taylor Racing (WTR) will start Saturday’s Lone Star Le Mans on the pole after IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying Friday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Ricky Taylor, who’s co-driving with his brother Jordan Taylor and is also taking part in Saturday night’s six-hour FIA World Endurance Championship race with the French No. 50 Larbre Competition LMGT-AM-class Corvette C7.R team, drove a fast lap of 1 minute, 58.712 seconds at 103.1 mph around the 3.4-mile, 20-turn layout that is home to the Formula 1 United States Grand Prix.
By Steven Cole Smith There are professional trucking companies that have fewer rigs on the road than Chip Ganassi does this weekend. For the first time, every race car Ganassi has, almost every driver he employs, will be on track this weekend. The six racing series Ganassi competes in -- IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the World Endurance Championship, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR XFINITY Series, IndyCar and Global Rally Cross -- all in action this weekend, in far-flung locales.
WEC Round 6, Austin, Texas Only two weeks after the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s winning debut race in Mexico City, the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) heads to Austin (Texas, U.S.). On Saturday, September 17th, the sixth of nine rounds of the 2016 WEC will take place on the Circuit of The Americas (COTA) -- for Porsche it is the next stop on its title defense mission.
Rain results in incident filled race Porsche has claimed its fourth FIA World Endurance Championship victory of the season, in a rain-affected and incident-filled Six Hours of Mexico. Timo Bernhard took the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid across the line 1 minute and 1-second ahead of the No. 7 Audi R18 of Andre Lotterer, in wet conditions, following a second batch of rain that arrived in the final 20 minutes of the race. As previously at the Nurburgring, Audi fought a close battle for victory with Porsche.
WEC from Mexico City Having set the fastest time in qualifying for the third time this year, Audi is the best brand in the qualifying sessions of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) to date. For the first time this season the number 8 Audi R18 will be starting the 6-hour race from the top spot on the grid. On Friday, the FIA WEC saw an action-packed qualifying session which gave a foretaste of a gripping race. Lucas di Grassi (BR) and Loic Duval (F) in the battle for position one secured an advantage of just 42 thousandths of a second.
by Steven Cole Smith As strong as the two-car Chevrolet Corvette Racing C7.Rs have been in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans class, it's hard to believe that the No. 3 Corvette of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia hasn't won since the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring in March -- of 2015. "It's been a long time," Magnussen said. "We just haven't had things go our way." But things did today in the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, with Magnussen qualifying on the pole and driving a near-flawless first stint before turning it over to Garcia, who kept the car ahead of a powerful Ford GT, the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand.
by Steven Cole Smith Virginia International Raceway has been kind to Ferrari in recent years. Will that hold true for this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR? Those who race for the Prancing Horse brand certainly hope so. “Our Ferrari should be quick here, if it is dry,” said Rick Mayer, race engineer for the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, with drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander. “We have had good race cars the last three years and won this race two of the last three years. But the competition is fierce. The current Balance of Performance puts us in the best comparative power position this year. But is it enough?”
Porsche in Mexico - inspiring for more than 60 years
FIA World Endurance Championship WEC A debut in Central America: In 2016 the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) will be held for the first time in Mexico City. When Porsche enters the 919 Hybrid into the fifth round of the WEC on September 1st to 3rd this also means a return. Back in 1954, a class win at the famous road race "Carrera Panamericana" proved to be groundbreaking for the company. From the late 50ies until the early 70ies, the Mexican brothers, Ricardo and Pedro Rodriguez, celebrated successes with Porsche. Up to the 90ies, the Porsche 962 C raced at the "Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez"
Pirelli World Challenge Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, Calif., drove to a dominating second Pirelli World Challenge GT Class win Sunday at Utah Motorsports Campus with a 1.375-second victory in his No. 05 Always Evolving Replay XD Nissan GT Academy Nissan GT-R GT3 sports car. Heitkotter, 35, led every lap in the two GT features this weekend in the PWC Grand Prix presented by Energy Solutions. Heitkotter won his first PWC GT main event on Saturday.
Cameron, Curran Lead Third-Straight Action Express 1-2
by Steven Cole Smith Sometimes the fastest car doesn't win the race, but apparently the fastest team can be pretty dominant in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship's Prototype class. The two-car Action Express team finished the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America first and second. Three straight races, three straight one-two finishes for the team and their Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes. Sunday, it was the No. 31 Whelen Engineering car of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran, finishing 0.626 seconds ahead of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling entry of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa.
by Steven Cole Smith Make no mistake, Jonathan Bomarito is happy to qualify on the pole for Sunday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race, but he's also realistic. "Tomorrow," he said, "is another day." Indeed, that's been the problem for the two-car Mazda Prototype team this season – fast in qualifying, sometimes dominant in the race, but as Mazda closes in on three years in the series, no wins.
by Steven Cole Smith During a first-ever outdoor "State of the Sport" presentation for industry stakeholders, media and race fans at Road America – site of this weekend's Continental Tire Road Race Showcase – International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) leadership provided details on future platforms for three of its sanctioned series. Enhancements to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and what is now known as IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tires will be rolled out beginning with the start of the 2017 racing series and continue through the next 2-3 seasons.
by Gary Parravani For the second year running, it was a BMW that won the highlight of the Blancpain GT Series, the Total 24 Hours of Spa. The #99 Rowe Racing BMW of Maxime Martin, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng ran a faultless race, even resisting a sudden downpour 30 minutes from the end to take their most prestigious win of the year. Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
by Steven Cole Smith Make no mistake, it was hot, unseasonably so, at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix on July 23 at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut, the warmest conditions the WeatherTech Championship competitors have seen. But compared to September 2, 2000, at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Lime Rock felt like an icebox.
Dirty diesel Audis can't beat Porsche The 6 Hours of Nurburgring lived up to all expectations and 58,000 enthusiastic fans enjoyed a great weekend of exciting and sometimes dramatic WEC track action. Timo Bernhard took the No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid to its first win of the season, bouncing back from a slow puncture early in the race that initially put them off-strategy, but capitalized on contact and a penalty for the championship-leading No. 2 car in the closing stages.
Corvette Racing's 100th Victory Comes at Lime Rock
By Steven Cole Smith With 31 cars racing on the shortest track on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule – divided into three classes, all three lapping at different speeds – there was no question the two-hour, 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut would be action-packed. Boy, was it. Though the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race earlier in the day managed to run for two and a half hours without a caution flag, the first yellow fell on the IMSA WeatherTech Northeast Grand Prix before the cars reached the first turn of the first lap.
WEC at the Nurburgring In tricky wet but drying conditions Audi took the top two positions on the grid for tomorrow's World Endurance Championship race at the Nurburgring. Andre Lotterer and Marcel Fassler took the pole in the #7 Audi R18 e-tron quattro with a 1m39.444s average over two laps, which put them 0.266 seconds ahead of teammates Oliver Jarvis and Lucas di Grassi. Aston Martin took its first GTE Pro pole of the season with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen at the wheel.
Second Straight 'PC' Pole for CORE autosport Apparently, the idea that it might be coolish in New England this time of the year is a cruel rumor, as the temperature at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, was officially 95 degrees just after 4:30 p.m. Friday – at the same time, it was five degrees cooler in Atlanta and Orlando. That’s when qualifying for GT Le Mans, Prototype Challenge and GT Daytona took place for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Northeast Grand Prix. And there’s no question the heat played a part in qualifying – pavement temperature was approaching 140 degrees.
How the hybrid technology of the Porsche LMP1 works
SPC This weekend the Le Mans Prototype Porsche 919 Hybrid has its only 2016 appearance in Germany. At the six-hour race at the Nürburgring, the fourth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, the series' leader fights for points for its title defense. At the same time its mission is the technology of future sports cars. With the 919 Hybrid, Porsche has developed a new field of technology at racing speed.
Capture Second Straight One-Two Finish It was another one-two finish for the Action Express Racing Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes, this time at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. The finish was reverse that of last week’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen. The No. 31 Whelen entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran finished just ahead of the team car, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi, which remains in the Prototype points lead, with the No. 31 car close behind.
by Steven Cole Smith Tristan Nunez drove the No. 55 Mazda Prototype to the pole position for tomorrow’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. His teammate Tom Long qualified third in the No. 70 Mazda Prototype. Both cars are carrying the special liveries paying tribute to the 25th anniversary of Mazda’s victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991.
by Brian Carroccio Having reached midpoint of the 2016 calendar year, we’ve also reached the heart of the season for many major racing series. Formula One, for example, will conclude a four race-five weekend stretch with the British Grand Prix Sunday. The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will conduct its 18 of 36 races Saturday evening in Kentucky, while the Verizon IndyCar Series will run its 10th of 16 races Sunday afternoon in Iowa. With many racing series at or at least around their midpoint, AutoRacing1 will take a look back on the best and worst of the 2016 season in our Midseason Racing Review. Enjoy.
IMSA Teams Endure Quick Turnaround for Canadian Race
by Steven Cole Smith Teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are far smaller than teams in series that typically race every weekend, like the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, so getting ready for this weekend’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park in Ontario, less than a week after the checkered flag fell after the grueling Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen, is a challenge. Sprint Cup teams typically have one crew back at the shop readying cars for next week’s race, often loading them into a separate truck bound for that track, rather than waiting for the truck and car to return from the last race. Sports car teams don’t have that luxury.
Fittipaldi and Barbosa win Action Express Racing Corvette Daytona Prototype drivers Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa made a strong statement in their bid for a third consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship title, winning the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen to take their first victory of the season. Barbosa beat Action Express Racing teammate Dane Cameron to the checkered flag by 0.709 seconds, joining Fittipaldi in scoring a sixth career WeatherTech Championship victory.
Tequila Patron ESM Leads Record-Breaking Qualifying The No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 Prototype set the fastest time overall at the hands of driver Johannes van Overbeek, who shares the car with Scott Sharp and Pipo Derani in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen. Van Overbeek’s best lap of 1:35.207 around the newly repaved, 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International road course edged the No. 55 Mazda P2 Prototype of Tristan Nunez, who turned a 1:35.374 in the car that carries the colors of the Mazda 787B that won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1991, still the only Japanese manufacturer to do so.
By Richard RJ Valentine In my 40 years as a pro-racer, there have been memorable highlights and multiple finishes, but there have also been serious injuries. Same can be said for many other drivers but, in some cases, they lost their racing career and in others, their life. I have always contended that it's impossible to understand how critical track safety is, unless you've personally been behind the wheel, racing at 100+ miles per hour, knowing you could hit a wall that might maim or kill you. The bottom line is track operators aren't the ones risking their lives in the driver's seat.
by Gary Parravani The 24 Hours of LeMans is in the record books with Porsche recording a surprise win over the No. 5 Toyota on the last lap. Gary Parravani captured many of the highlights of the event in this 129 photo album.
Japanese embarrassed with victory in grasp The No. 5 Toyota Hybrid lost a race long battle with the No. 2 Porsche in the 84th 24 Hours of LeMans when the leading Toyota came to a stop in front of the pits with 3 minutes left to run. The No. 6 Toyota finished 2nd 3 laps down. The No. 68 Ganassi Ford GT driven by IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais, Dirk Muller and Joey Hand gave Ford victory in their return to LeMans winning a race long battle with the privateer Risi Ferrari 488.
Porsche a close 2nd After 12 hours of racing, the race remains totally undecided and the battle is on between Toyota and Porsche. The Toyota Gazoo Racing team is on top thanks to a reduction in fuel consumption which seems to have given it a real advantage. Indeed, between each pit stop, the TS050 has been capable of doing 14 laps against 13 for the 919 Hybrid.
Full-Time IMSA Ford GT Team Qualifies 1-2 at Le Mans
by Steven Cole Smith With close to 50 IMSA regular and semi-regular drivers entered in the 81st running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race, you'd expect qualifying performances to extend all through the field, and you'd be correct. The brightest spot, though: One of the new Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs is on the pole for the hotly contested GTE Pro class, which is equivalent to the GT Le Mans class in IMSA's WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In fact, the four Ford GTs are first and second, and fourth and fifth, split only by an AF Corse Ferrari in third.
Oreca fastest in LMP2 and Ferrari in GTE Pro The Porsche 919 Hybrids dominated the first day’s practice. No. 2 driven by Dumas-Jani-Lieb set the quickest time in 3m19.733sec in front of its sister car and the no. 6 Toyota TS050. In LM P2, the no. 26 Oreca 05 entered by G-Drive Racing was fastest, while in LM GTE Pro and LM GTE Am the no. 68 Ford and the Singapore team, Clearwater Racing’s no. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia topped the time sheets.
Porsche 919 Hybrid goes to Le Mans as title defender
Preview of 24 Hour race Public expectations are high ahead of the Le Mans 24-Hour on June 18 and 19. Le Mans is also the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Ahead of the season’s highlight, the trio of Romain Dumas (FR), Neel Jani (CH) and Marc Lieb (DE) leads the drivers’ standings. The reigning world champions in the sister car, Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU), have been unlucky in the first two rounds (accident in Silverstone, puncture in Spa-Francorchamps) and can’t wait to catch up.
Back when Ford was going for the overall win Glen Wood, like other members of the Ford Performance family, will have a keen interest in this weekend's 24 Hours of Le Mans, as Ford will make its return to sports car racing's premier event on the 50th anniversary of its breakthrough Le Mans victory. Wood, whose family-owned team fields the No. 21 Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion driven by Ryan Blaney on NASCAR's Sprint Cup circuit, was at Le Mans back in 1966 for that historic victory, which saw the Ford GT Mark II not only win the race, but sweep the top three finishing positions.
Pair of Corvette C7.Rs ready to go for ninth win A year ago, Corvette Racing stood on the top step of the podium after winning endurance racing’s biggest event for the eighth time. It’s now another season and another chance for Corvette Racing to claim victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Doing so will write another chapter in the team’s and Chevrolet’s racing history.
Looks to take overall win TOYOTA GAZOO Racing is prepared and positive ahead of the 84th running of the legendary Le Mans 24 Hours, the highlight of the 2016 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season. TOYOTA enters Le Mans for the 18th time, having made its debut in 1985, and travels to France looking for its fifth podium finish at the Circuit de la Sarthe, having recorded a best result of second four times.
Porsche 919 Hybrid goes to Le Mans as title defender
Porsche Preview 24 Hours of Le Mans Public expectations are high ahead of the 84th running of the Le Mans 24-Hours on June 18/19: Porsche enters the world’s hardest race with the 919 Hybrid as a record holder, title defender and leader in both the manufacturers’ and drivers’ world championships. Le Mans is also the third round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC).
Toughest race of the year for Audi Never before has Audi made so much out of so little: In its 18th Le Mans participation since 1999, Audi has less fuel energy at its disposal than ever before – and less than its competitors, as specified by the regulations. Still, the new Audi R18 LMP sports car is to battle for the top spot on June 18 and 19 thanks to notable efficiency. 13 times Audi has won the 24-hour race to date and this year the endurance classic will arguably be as tough as never before.
When Ford competed for the overall win - i.e. when America used to win Ford’s 1966 Le Mans winner Chris Amon reminisces about that historic race 50 years ago in this exclusive interview. Chris was driving with Bruce McLaren in the #2 GT40 and they both knew their main competitors would be the other Fords in an era when Americas were good enough to compete for the overall win.
by Steven Cole Smith It was a good news-bad news weekend for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Mazda Prototype two-car team at the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers at Belle Isle. The bad news: Neither the No. 55 or the No. 70 car felt particularly comfortable on the tight, very bumpy street course, and the No. 70 had to undergo an engine change and had a spin in the Saturday morning warm-up session. The good news: Many of the other teams fared worse, giving Mazda its first podium finish in the Prototype class, with a third-place finish for the No. 55 of Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito, backed up by a fourth-place finish for the No. 70 of Tom Long and Joel Miller.
Meet The Men Who Will Race The Ford GTs At Le Mans
in 3rd- Level GTE-Pro category Ford Chip Ganassi Racing has assembled a truly international line-up of some of the world's best endurance racers for Ford's return to the Le Mans 24 Hours. We spoke to the drivers ahead of Le Mans to get their thoughts on the monumental challenge that lies ahead.
American teams only compete at lower classes today After the Ford-Ferrari duel in 2015, cars that symbolize the involvement of Americans in the Le Mans 24 Hours will be on display in a 1200m2 hall on the esplanade of the former museum in the year when Ford, the only US manufacturer to have won the race outright, is making its official comeback with the descendants of the GT40. 16 cars that have raced in the Le Mans 24 Hours will appear in this exhibition devoted to the adventure of North American manufacturers and prominent figures in the Sarthe.
Lead Corvette DP 1-2 Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor led a 1-2 finish for the Corvette Daytona Prototype in its home race today at Belle Isle. The Wayne Taylor Racing duo won for the second time in three years in the Detroit Sports Car Challenge presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers with their No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP. The victory moved Chevrolet into the lead of Prototype Engine Manufacturer’s Championship in the IMSA Prototype class.
Fittipaldi, Chevy Power on Pole Again at Belle Isle
By Steven Cole Smith Christian Fittipaldi scored his second straight pole position at Belle Isle on Friday to lead a Corvette Daytona Prototype sweep of the two front rows for the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers. Fittipaldi, in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Mustang Sampling Corvette DP, set a time of 1:23.815 (100.9 mph) ahead of Saturday’s 100-minute race.
On June 18/19, Porsche will be competing at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with the 919 Hybrid for the third time. The young team is defending its title in Le Mans and in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), for which this classic in France is the most important race. With its 17 overall victories, Porsche is also record holder on the Circuit de la Sarthe and leads in both the manufacturers' and drivers' classifications of the 2016 World Championship.
by Steven Cole Smith Traditionally the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes have ruled the 2.34-mile, 13-turn temporary street circuit on Belle Isle in Detroit, but if you’re looking for a team that is poised for an upset in Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic presented by the Metro Detroit Chevy Dealers, consider the Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian team. That is, if you are a believer in momentum.
IMSA The Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix powered by Mazda was almost - almost - a dream race weekend for the Mazda Prototype team at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the most recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. The two-car team were first and second in each practice session. In qualifying, Tristan Nunez won the pole position in the No. 55 Mazda by a tiny margin over teammate Tom Long in the No. 70 car. Once the race began, the two Mazdas pulled away from the field easily, leading for 25 laps and by as much as 20 seconds.
Porsche WEC Steering Wheel With hands and feet, courage, experience and instinct the drivers control the Porsche 919 Hybrid in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Underneath the feet play heel-and-toe. Some of the Porsche works drivers use their left foot for braking, others prefer to switch with the right one between throttle and brake. But what they do with their hands is a lot more complicated, as the drivers operate a computer. Pointing the car in the right direction is the most trivial task the steering wheel does.
by Steven Cole Smith During the recent Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda race weekend, IMSA CEO Ed Bennett and President Scott Atherton circulated an online memo among IMSA stakeholders. Titled "IMSA Future Strategy Letter," the one-page memo alluded to potential future adjustments in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and the IMSA Mazda Prototype Lites presented by Cooper Tire.
Audi celebrates first WEC victory this season at Spa
Audi R18 wins with Lucas di Grassi/Loic Duval/Oliver Jarvis Audi has won the unusually tough second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Spa-Francorchamps. In temperatures above 25 degrees centigrade, in the end only two of the six hybrid sports cars from all manufacturers that had started finished at the front of the field in Belgium. Victory with a two-lap advantage was celebrated by Lucas di Grassi/Loic Duval/Oliver Jarvis (BR/F/GB) following an impeccable race in their Audi R18.
Unusually warm and sunny weather set the scene at Spa for the weekend's WEC 6 hours of Spa-Francorchamps. The race marks the second round of the FIA's World Endurance Championship. The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from the front row for the second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The reigning world champions Timo Bernhard (DE), Brendon Hartley (NZ) and Mark Webber (AU) claimed pole position with their number 1 car for Saturday's six-hour race.
by Steven Cole Smith Ford broke through with a first-time win for the Ford GT at the Continental Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca Sunday, but Ford wasn’t the car and the manufacturer most were expecting to own the day. Practice and qualifying strongly suggested Mazda would finally break through with its first series win in Prototype, but that didn’t happen – it was a savvy drive by Ozz Negri and gentleman driver John Pew in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Honda-powered Ligier JS P2.
by Steven Cole Smith It was a long time coming, but Mazda’s persistence in sticking with its Prototype program is finally paying off. For the first time, the Mazda Prototypes qualified first and second, and they did it at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Continental Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. Tristan Nunez laid down a lap of 1:18.143 in the No. 55 car he shares with Jonathan Bomarito, who was fastest in the last practice session. A close second – 0.236 seconds back – was Tom Long, in the No. 70 car he co-drives with Joel Miller.
by Gary Parravani In WEC Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer took their second consecutive win at the 6 Hours of Silverstone after an incredible race-long battle with Porsche. In ELMS the no38 G Drive Racing Gibson-Nissan of Harry Tincknell, Simon Dolan and Giedo Van Der Garde were victorious at the end of a thrilling four hour encounter.
Toyota third Andre Lotterer, Marcel Fassler and Benoit Treluyer took their second consecutive win at the 6 Hours of Silverstone after an incredible race-long battle with Porsche giving the all-new Audi R18 win on it's race debut to delight Audi Sport Team Joest. A late race puncture for No.2 Porsche 919 Hybrid driven by Neel Jani took the pressure off Fassler who won by 46-seconds.
Corvette DPs sweep top-3 Ricky and Jordan drove the No. 10 Corvette to victory in the Bubba Burger GP of Long Beach IMSA race. The polesitting Corvette DP of Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa was 2nd and the No. 31 Corvette DP gave Chevy a 1-2-3 sweep. The No. 911 Porsche won GTLM after the sister car spun out the leading Corvette in the hairpin.
by Steven Cole Smith Corvette DPs will start up front for Saturday's Bubba Burger IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on the streets of Long Beach, California. Fittipaldi's lap of 1m14.962s in the No. 5 Action Express machine was enough to beat the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP of Ricky Taylor by 0.171sec. Bill Auberlen put BMW on top in GTLM for the Rahal team ahead of the two Porsche 911s.
a Highlight of Long Beach Grand Prix On April 14, in front of a capacity crowd of auto racing dignitaries, corporate executives and champion race-car drivers, Can-Am, USRRC and Trans-Am champion George Follmer was honored by the Road Racing Drivers Club at the "RRDC Evening with George Follmer presented by Firestone," prior to the running of the 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
A guide to the race action this weekend at the 42nd Toyota GP of LB Six races are on the schedule for this weekend's 42nd Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, America's greatest motor sports street party on a 'racy' street course that promises wheel-to-wheel competition. Drivers will carve their way through the 1.9-mile, 11-turn track where a mistake often means contact with the unforgiving walls lining the course and dramatic changes in position.
Ready for title defense Strong development characterizes the new 919 Hybrid’ technology. The powertrain became even more efficient, the aerodynamics were even more specific for the various race tracks and the weight of single components was even more reduced. “The over 900 hp strong Le Mans Prototype is ready for the title defense,” said Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1.
Development engineers were challenged to enhance efficiency For the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) and the Le Mans 24 Hours, Audi is emphasizing focal areas in the 2016 season: The Audi R18 that has been redesigned from scratch has almost nothing in common anymore with its predecessor.
by Steven Cole Smith He did it in the Rolex 24 at Daytona two months ago and he did it again today. Young Brazilian Pipo Derani drove the Tequila Patron ESM Ligier-Honda to another major endurance race victory in Saturday’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Derani, who took the final restart with 12 minutes remaining in third, used his newer tires and Honda power to get around both Action Express Racing Corvette DPs.
For the second year in a row -- albeit in a different car, and for a different team -- Olivier Pla was the top qualifier Friday ahead of Saturday’s 64th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. With a lap of 121.061 mph, Pla drove the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Tire Kingdom Ligier JS P2 Honda to a 0.174-second advantage over runner-up Pipo Derani, in the Rolex 24 At Daytona-winning No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda.
by Steven Cole Smith It probably isn’t fair to call it Beauty vs. The Beast, but there’s precedent. When the first generation of Daytona Prototypes debuted in the GRAND-AM series, they received plenty of criticism for their purposeful but arguably inelegant styling, compared to the more delicate, intricately designed Prototype cars in other series. But as the Daytona Prototypes evolved, so did the look, and it’s hard to argue that they are any less attractive than other Prototype cars. But they do have that reputation from their mostly V-8 engines – snarling, uniquely American, even when that sound is made by Japanese or European V-8s.
AR1 recently caught up with Pirelli World Challenge driver Eric Powell. In December, the 30-year-old Windermere, Florida native signed on to drive a Mazda MX-5 in the TCA class for Tech Sport Racing in 2016. And earning his arrival this year in the World Challenge has been many years in the making. To begin, Powell has raced in a broad spectrum of cars and categories.
by Stephen Cox There are plenty of endurance races available to anyone who wants to race $500 junkyard relics. There are also some endurance races available to drivers who want to race million dollar prototypes. But the options are pretty limited for those who want to race something in between. Enter the World Racing League (WRL).
In what is typically a time of dryness and despair for motor racing fans, there was a bit of a respite this weekend in the form of an entertaining Rolex 24 at Daytona. While there were many enjoyable parts of the famous enduro, particularly the race to the finish in the GTLM class, for my money, the story of this weekend’s race was the breakout performance of Pipo Derani. There have, of course, been other stories in the world of racing of late.
They were racing against the clock at the 2016 Rolex 24
First overall victory for Honda at Daytona Under sunny Florida skies, 54 cars fittingly started the 54th edition of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at 14.40 EST on Saturday 30 January. As the race began the teams and drivers set out to go the furthest in 24 grueling hours. The iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona is regarded by many as the toughest endurance race and is now referred to as ‘The Rolex’.
by Brian Carroccio With Rolex 24 debutant Pipo Derani at the wheel for the final stint, the #2 Tequila Patron ESM Honda Ligier JS P2 Honda held off Max Angelelli in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP to give Derani, Ed Brown, Scott Sharp, and Johannes van Overbeek victory in the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona. IndyCar driver Ryan Hunter-Reay came home third in the #90 VisitFlorida Racing Corvette DP.
by Mark J. Cipolloni Pipo Derani led at the halfway mark of the 54th Rolex 24 at Daytona, which settled down a bit in the 12th hour following several leaders have trouble in the 10th and 11th hours. Derani, in the No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Ligier JS P2 Honda, regained the lead following the 14th caution period, passing Scott Pruett’s No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP just before the 12-hour mark.
First Six Hours in Rolex 24 At Daytona Full Of Drama
by Steven Cole Smith The North American professional racing season kicked off Saturday afternoon when the green flag dropped on the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, the twice-around-the-clock endurance race featuring four classes of cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. Six hours in, and the race has been startlingly dramatic, with massive problems for the highest-profile entries, the two Ford GTs.
International, Star-Studded Cast Set for Rolex 24 At Daytona
By Steven Cole Smith DAYTONA BEACH, Florida – The global nature of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has seldom been more evident than in looking at the driver lineup for the 54th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona. One need look no further than the polesitter of the race -- Russian IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin, who took the Prototype class TOTAL Pole Award in the Nissan-powered No. 37 BR01 fielded by Russia-based SMP Racing in extremely wet conditions -- for evidence of that fact.
IndyCar's Aleshin puts SMP Racing on pole at Daytona
By Steven Cole Smith In extreme wet conditions, IndyCar driver Mikhail Aleshin posted a lap time of 2:05.793 to place the #37 SMP Racing BR01 Nissan on pole position for this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona. Pipo Derani came in second in the Prototype class, over a half-second behind Aleshin in the #2 Ligier Honda, with Ozz Negri third in the #60 Michael Shank Honda.
by Steven Cole Smiith When the green flag falls on the 54th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona Saturday, history will be made on multiple fronts. The twice-around-the-clock sports car endurance race is the first major event to take place in the newly reimagined Daytona International Speedway, where a $400 million DAYTONA Rising makeover debuts this weekend.
at 54th Rolex 24 At Daytona BMW Team RLL will begin to write a new chapter in BMW racing history when the team takes the green flag at this weekend’s 54th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona with two new BMW M6 GTLM racing cars. Replacing the BMW Z4 GTLM as BMW’s weapon of choice for international sports car competition this year, the twin turbocharged V8-powered M6 has shown its strength in early season testing.
Mazda’s comprehensive driver development program has a new name With this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona marking the start of another season of sports car racing, it seems the perfect time to explain the Mazda Road to 24 (#MRT24). Mazda currently holds a 57 percent share of the entries in grassroots road racing in the Sports Car Club of America, and the #MRT24 provides a distinct path for young racers to climb to the top levels of sports car racing.
by Gary Parravani Audi has kicked off the year with victory at the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Dubai which ended Sunday at the Dubai Autodrome. The Belgian Audi Club Team WRT scored the main win with the #19 Audi R8 LMS piloted by Laurens Vanthoor, Alain Ferte, Michael Meadows and Stuart Leonard. Gary Parravani was there to capture all the action.
by Mark J. Cipolloni I don't know when it's going to happen. It could be within the next 10 years. Maybe 15 years. For certain within 20 years. All the experts say that the future of automobiles is all-electric and self-driving. So what becomes of auto racing when cars are silent and driving is no longer a thing people do? Will there be any fans left to sustain the sport? Will people pay to sit in the grandstands watching a race in silence? Will people pay to watch silent race cars running around a track with no drivers in them?
Provides Preview Of IMSA WeatherTech Championship – And DAYTONA Rising The Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions wrapped up Sunday at Daytona International Speedway, with a total of 54 sports car teams having prepared for the Rolex 24 At Daytona set for Jan. 30-31. When on-track action was complete, the test’s fastest lap on the 3.56-mile road course belonged to the No. 2 Prototype class entry of Tequila Patrón ESM, a Honda HPD Ligier JS P2. Driver Luis Felipe Derani posted a 1 minute, 39.249 seconds (129.130 mph) lap Sunday afternoon, in the last of seven sessions
DeltaWing tops first ever practice session Saturday was a day for emerging storylines at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 test sessions at Daytona International Speedway, starting with the surprising sprint to the top of speed charts by the revolutionary DeltaWing Prototype, driven by former IndyCar Series regular Katherine Legge. The exotic-looking DeltaWing has been in competition since 2012, with limited success. But Saturday was a day for optimism after Legge led the first of three Rolex 24 At Daytona practice sessions.
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