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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Making of a Champion: Antonio Garcia
GTLM Corvette driver
It's widely considered that the three crown jewels in endurance sports car racing are the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The list of drivers who have won all three races over the course of their career is fairly short. Drivers who have won all three over the course of one year is even shorter. And then there’s Antonio Garcia, who in the span of one year (June 2008 to June 2009) won Le Mans twice, in addition to winning the Rolex 24 and Sebring. Oh, and he did it in three entirely different cars, taking Le Mans 2008 in an Aston Martin, the 2009 Rolex 24 in a Porsche-powered Riley Daytona Prototype, and both Sebring and Le Mans in 2009 in a Chevrolet Corvette C6R.
And Score Triple Podium At Final Event Of The Year
United Autosports have scored a triple podium at the Gulf 12 Hours, including a class win for Richard Meins, Shaun Lynn and Jim McGuire in the #23 Ligier JS P3. Johnny Mowlem, Bon Grimes and Tony Wells teamed up in the #22 Red River Sport Ligier JS P3, finishing second in the ProAm class. In GT Kessel Racing reigned victorious by taking their third win at the Gulf 12 Hours.
Castroneves, Montoya adapting to full-time IMSA status
Indy Stars demoted to sports cars by Roger Penske
Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya have accomplished many great things during their racing career. Castroneves is a three-time Indy 500 champion, 30-time IndyCar race winner and is a previous winner of Motul Petit Le Mans. Montoya owns two Indy 500 winner’s rings, an IndyCar championship, victories in Formula 1 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins. But the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be a new experience for both
Qualifying today was held in bitterly cold temperatures with an ambient temperature of just 6 degrees at the start of the session. Getting warmth into the Michelin tyros was going to be critical for these short 15-minute qualifying sessions. In the Asian Le Mans Series, qualifying is broken into two sessions, one for the prototypes and another for the GT cars.
With 11 career Motul Pole Awards, James French is the all-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship leader, three more than Ricky Taylor, his next-closest competitor. French graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (AKA “IUPUI”) with a degree in motorsports engineering at the end of 2016. Prior to the 2017 WeatherTech Championship season, French never had won a race in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. But that changed in a big, big way in 2017.
Photos from the Roger Penske Museum in Scottsdale, Arizona. Roger Penske is one of the greats of motorsports as an owner in IndyCar, NASCAR and IMSA. These are his cars. It includes many Indy 500 winning cars. A lot of history in this place. For free.
Racing royalty honored on a star-studded night at Versailles
At the end of a captivating season of motor sport action across all disciplines and at all levels, the FIA last night honored its championship-winning stars at a glittering Prize Giving ceremony in the stunning surrounds of one of France’s most iconic, and most fittingly regal locations, the incredible Palace of Versailles.
The World Motor Sport Council (WMSC) has responsibility for all aspects of international motor sport. It meets at least four times a year to decide on rules, regulations, safety and development of motor sport at every level from karting to Formula One. The World Motor Sport Council gathered December 6th in Paris for its final meeting of 2017. The following is a summary of the key decisions taken during the meeting:
While some of its competition has been logging lots of test miles over the past couple of months, the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R from Wayne Taylor Racing returned to the racetrack for the first time since October’s 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans in this week’s test at Daytona International Speedway.
New Vantage road car forms basis of 2018 WEC challenger
Aston Martin revealed the new Vantage: a dynamics successor to the biggest-selling road car in the British marque’s history. This evening, in an unprecedented synchronized launch, Aston Martin Racing revealed the new Vantage GTE: the spectacular new FIA World Endurance Championship challenger poised to replace the team’s most successful competition car of all-time, the multiple Le Mans-winning V8 Vantage GTE.
For half a decade, almost everything in the lives of the Porsche LMP Team members revolved around the Porsche 919 Hybrid and the company’s successful return to the top category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On November 18, the most advanced hybrid racing car of its time took to the track for the last time in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Representing the team, behind closed garage doors, Fritz Enzinger, Vice President LMP1 and Team Principal Andreas Seidl are looking back over an era.
3-time Le Mans winners bid a fond farewell to the WEC
With two podium finishes at the last round in Bahrain, the Porsche LMP Team bid a fond farewell to the FIA World Endurance Championship. Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ), who were crowned world champions two weeks ago, finished second in what was an incident filled and highly emotional 2017 finale.
Toyota took its fifth win of the season in tonight’s 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship finale, the 6 Hours of Bahrain. The No.8 of Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson won ahead of the two departing Porsche 919 Hybrids, the German cars appearing for the last time in the WEC. The paddock has united this weekend to pay tribute to the most successful car of the recent era, and the team which has won three consecutive FIA World Endurance Manufacturer Championships.
Neel Jani (CH) and Nick Tandy (GB) have achieved the Porsche 919 Hybrid’s 20th pole position in what was the Le Mans Prototype’s last qualifying. Together with Andre Lotterer (DE), they will head into the final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) on Saturday in Bahrain. The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez held top spot for much of the session but was denied a fifth pole of the season in the closing minutes by Porsche #1. They will start from second.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing enjoyed a positive opening day of practice for the Bapco 6 Hours of Bahrain as it attempts to finish the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a third consecutive victory. Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in the #8 TS050 HYBRID set the fastest lap of the day, just 0.001secs slower than the best TOYOTA lap time ever with an LMP1 car in Bahrain
One of the most successful chapters in Porsche’s motorsport history comes to an end Saturday: The ninth and final round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship will be the last race entry for the Porsche 919 Hybrid. TOYOTA and World Champions Porsche are level on four wins each this season, with the TS050 HYBRIDs having won the last two races, setting up a deciding contest at the Bahrain International Circuit.
All-new GT3 car starts comprehensive development program
Bentley Motorsport today unveiled an all-new Continental GT3 racecar, currently in development for the 2018 motorsport season. The second-generation Continental GT3 is the latest dedicated racecar in an acclaimed Bentley motorsport lineage that includes the 4½ Litre, Speed Six and Speed 8 Le Mans winners. The first-generation Continental GT3 has proven to be a championship-winning endurance racer, scoring 120 podiums and 45 wins across 528 races around the world to date.
In their own words: Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen
IMSA GTLM champions
Winning an IMSA championship is never easy. Corvette Racing just makes it appear that way. In 2017, the program successfully defended its Manufacturer, Driver and Team titles in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with four victories in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen, in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, recorded three of those victories on the way to their second championship together – the first coming in the 2013 American Le Mans Series. Here are their thoughts on another title-winning campaign.
As racers and motorsports enthusiasts, most of us like to keep our ear to the ground about what's happening in our sport. Who could have predicted the explosion of $500 "crapcan" endurance racing, the declining attendance in NASCAR or the amazing rise of Formula E? What's next in our sport, and why?
The No. 8 Toyota TS050 Hybrid of Sebastien Buemi lapped Porsche to win Sunday’s Six Hours of Shanghai WEC race, but a costly error by Jose Maria Lopez ultimately gave Porsche enough points to clinch the Manufacturers’ title. A second place finish for Porsche drivers Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber, meanwhile, locked up the Drivers'’ World Championship giving Porsche a sweep of both titles.
Castroneves, Montoya adapting as Full-Time IMSA drivers
Their IndyCar careers are over
Helio Castroneves and Juan Pablo Montoya have accomplished many great things during their racing career. Castroneves is a three-time Indy 500 champion, 30-time IndyCar race winner and is a previous winner of Motul Petit Le Mans. Montoya owns two Indy 500 winner’s rings, an IndyCar championship, victories in Formula 1 and the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, and three Rolex 24 At Daytona wins. But the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be a new experience for both, as full-time sports car racers for Acura Team Penske
Toyota took pole position for the 6 Hours of Shanghai in qualifying for the penultimate round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) in China today. The #7 TS050 HYBRID of Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez had been fastest in all three practice sessions and kept up the pace in qualifying, earning their fourth pole of the season by 0.440secs. After a difficult qualifying session the two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from positions two and four on the grid.
You’d be hard pressed to find any driver in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship who has had a more successful three-year run than Christina Nielsen. In three years, Nielsen won back-to-back GT Daytona (GTD) class championships – in 2016 and 2017 – and in 2015, she entered the season-ending Petit Le Mans in contention for the GTD title and wound up second. Did we mention that these were the first three years of the now 25-year-old driver’s WeatherTech Championship career? And that the 2016 title made her the first woman to win a major North American sports car championship?
The championship reaches its final stages and the pressure increases as the eighth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC), November 3 to 5 in Shanghai, will be the penultimate race of 2017. The championship leading Porsche drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) have scored 172 championship points while the best placed Toyota drivers have 133 points.
Prior to the 2018 season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, we will bring you a series of feature stories about Mazda Team Joest, the new Mazda factory team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. While many know the Joest name and are likely aware of their dominance in the last 15 years of worldwide endurance sports car racing, we want to share more details about the team and the people who will drive the effort in the coming years.
Toyota Gazoo Racing took a memorable 1-2 finish at their home race this afternoon after a dramatic seventh round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship at Fuji Speedway. In challenging wet and foggy conditions Sebastien Buemi, Kazuki Nakajima and Anthony Davidson took the No.8 Toyota TS 050 Hybrid to victory. They headed home the sister No.7 Toyota driven by Kamui Kobayashi, Mike Conway and Jose-Maria Lopez.
The Porsche 919 Hybrids lock out front row in Fuji
Toyotas close on row 2
The two Porsche 919 Hybrids will start from the front row for the six-hour race at the Fuji International Speedway. Championship leaders Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) took pole position in front of the sister car in the hands of reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), Andre Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB). It is the 19th pole position for the 919 Hybrid since its race debut in 2014 and the fourth in 2017.
WeatherTech Night of Champions Honors IMSA Victors
Held at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort
Champions across the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship came together Monday night to be recognized for their achievements and to celebrate the conclusion of a thrilling 2017 season. Held at the Chateau Elan Winery and Resort in Braselton, Georgia, drivers, teams and manufacturers received awards for their performances throughout the year. The four class champions received new TUDOR watches to honor their titles. Receiving awards for their championships in the twelve segments at the series’ four endurance events were the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup champions.
The Motul Petit Le Mans represented a fitting end to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, with the 10-hour Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup event offering intense competition and class battles from start to finish. The race had it all: an upset victory, championship-worthy performances and a sneak peek at 2018…here are “five takeaways” from Road Atlanta:
Brendon Hartley was handed a gift in the final 30 minutes that saw the two leading cars incur penalties to give Tequila Patron ESM overall victory in the 20th anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans. The Porsche LMP1 factory driver edged out the No. 31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R of Dane Cameron by 7.633 seconds in the ten-hour enduro, after both the No. 22 ESM and No. 5 Action Express entries were handed late-race penalties.
Team Penske entered this weekend’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta looking to gain valuable experience for its full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship return next season. It certainly didn’t take long for the organization to get acclimated to IMSA competition, with Helio Castroneves scoring the TOTAL Pole Award Friday afternoon in the No. 6 ORECA LM P2. The team is competing with the ORECA this weekend before campaigning a pair of Acura DPi prototypes in 2018.
First race in new car and new Penske team buries competion
Team Penske wasted little time getting acclimated to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on the opening day of practice for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Juan Pablo Montoya set the fastest lap in the day’s two practice sessions thus far with a lap of 1 minute, 12.445 (126.219 mph) in the No. 6 ORECA LM P2 he will share this weekend with co-drivers Helio Castroneves and Simon Pagenaud.
A trio of teams have put themselves in position to win IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship titles in Saturday’s 20th Anniversary Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. That trio consists of No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R co-drivers Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor, No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R teammates Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen and No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 co-drivers Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan.
Sunday’s AMERICA’S TIRE 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca was, in many ways, an “Instant Classic” for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The headline race for the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend featured a thrilling, late-race pass for the overall victory in Mazda Raceway’s iconic Corkscrew turn; a last-to-first, “spin and win” victory in GT Le Mans (GTLM) and an emotional victory celebration in GT Daytona (GTD). Here are “five takeaways” coming out of the penultimate round of the 2017 WeatherTech Championship:
VISIT FLORIDA Racing scores emotional win in Monterey
"Spin and Win" Victory for BMW in GTLM
The infamous 'Corkscrew' at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has seen its share of iconic passes over the years, but the winning pass in Sunday’s IMSA Weather Tech SportsCar Championship race definitely made the list. With a clever strategy, outstanding teamwork, and some bold moves from drivers Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande, VISIT FLORIDA Racing scored a dramatic victory in the closing moments of the America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on Sunday.
With an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class title in sight, Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. team scored his fifth TOTAL Pole Award of the season, lapping the 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway circuit in one minute, 16.853 seconds (104.833 mph). That lap was 0.829 seconds ahead the team’s closest championship competitor and second-place qualifier, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R. of Christian Fittipaldi.
Patrick Long and his Wright Motorsports team (GT) as well as Lawson Aschenbach and his Blackdog Speed Shop squad (GTS) were the big recipients and led the festivities Sunday night in the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge Season-End Awards presentation at The Doubletree in Rohnert Park, Calif. In addition, the duo of Michael Cooper and Jordan Taylor as well as James Sofronas, George Kurtz and Yuki Harata were honored as class champions before a large crowd in the Doubletree ballroom which concluded the racing doubleheader weekend --PWC Grand Prix of Sonoma-- at the famed Sonoma Raceway.
Another one-two race win for the Porsche 919 in Texas
Team orders result in 'fixed' finish
By taking a one-two victory in Austin, Texas, USA, the Porsche LMP Team further extended its world championship lead. Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ), the championship leading Le Mans winners, crossed the line first at the Circuit of The Americas.
The two Porsche 919 Hybrids monopolized the front row for the six-hour race on Saturday in Austin, Texas (USA). The reigning world champion Neel Jani (CH), Andre Lotterer (DE) and Nick Tandy (GB) will start from pole position. The championship leading Le Mans winners, Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) qualified second for the sixth round of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). The session was held in hot conditions with a 33 degree Celsius ambient temperature and 44 degree Celsius track temperature.
After the summer break the Porsche LMP Team heads to the first 2017 overseas race: The fifth of nine rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) is held on September 3 in Mexico City and the team aims to extend its championship lead. After race wins in Le Mans and at the Nürburgring, Porsche now leads the manufacturers’ standings. by 39.5 points.
Every championship season in every sport has at least one "turning point." It’s the moment a championship-winning team looks back on and identifies the time when the championship was firmly in their grasp. There’s still plenty of racing left in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship - two races that total 12 hours and 40 minutes of competition to be exact - but Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway could very well be that turning point for the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R team and co-drivers Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia.
Joey Hand threw everything he had at his last lap of qualifying Saturday for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway. "I told (the team) coming down the hill on the last lap, if this doesn't do it I don't know what will,” said the driver of the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT. "I got everything I could out of it." As it turns out, everything was just enough. Hand will start the race from pole position.
Make room, Cadillac, Nissan and Mazda. There’s a newcomer in the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) ranks. Acura’s new ARX-05 DPi car was officially unveiled today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California as part of Monterey Car Week festivities. Two ARX-05s – which stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5 – will be fielded in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class by Team Penske, in a new partnership with Acura Motorsports.
Data acquisition is the cornerstone of Porsche’s highly successful LMP1 program, and has so far contributed to a combined 15 class race wins & 34 team podium finishes since joining the World Endurance Championship in 2014. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to race engineer Stephen Mitas, team principal Andreas Seidl and driver and 2-time Le Mans winner Earl Bamber to find out more.
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Acura teased its newest race car, the Acura ARX-05 prototype, to be fielded by the legendary Team Penske in 2018. Introduced in a new video (see below), the ARX-05 marks the Acura brand's anticipated return to prototype racing and will be revealed during the prestigious Monterey Automotive Week.
The Nissan DPi is finally a winner in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition. In Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, Brazilian driver Pipo Derani and teammate Johannes van Overbeek broke a seven-race win streak for Cadillac, co-driving their No. 22 Tequila Patron Nissan to victory. Derani took the lead when Stephen Simpson pitted the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports ORECA LM P2 car with 25 minutes remaining and held off Jordan Taylor in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R to by win by 2.356 seconds.
Cadillac V-Performance racing team Konica Minolta Cadillac will start the IMSA WeatherTech Championship Continental Tire Road Race Showcase from the pole position for tomorrow's race. Ricky Taylor had the wheel of the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R for qualifying. He put in the sessions fast time of 1:53.058 on his third lap of the 4-mile, 14-turn track known as the National Park of Speed. Eric Curran had the wheel of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R and posted a time of 1:54.222 that will have him starting sixth. Christian Fittipaldi will start in the next spot in seventh in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R based upon his time of 1:54.588. The pole for the Konica Minolta Cadillac team is their fourth on the season.
Although it took the remainder of the season to play all the way out, the 2016 Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America proved to be a turning point in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) battle for the championship. The No. 4 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C7.R duo of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin opened the year strong with victories in both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and headed to Road America riding the momentum of earning the 100th victory in the team’s storied history two weeks earlier at Lime Rock Park.
For several teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class, this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America starts a championship push with just three races remaining on the schedule. But for others, the final three races are more about looking ahead and gathering information for the 2018 WeatherTech Championship season. One of those teams is VISIT FLORIDA Racing, which recently took delivery of the Ligier LM P2 race car that will make its maiden race appearance this weekend at Road America.
Race-winning Acura NSX GT3 Offered for Sale Globally
NSX GT3 chassis and engine built in Ohio alongside the production NSX
The race-winning Acura NSX GT3 race car will be offered for sale around the world ahead of the 2018 racing season, it was announced today by Acura, Honda Performance Development and Honda R&D. The exposed carbon, race-ready NSX GT3 is offered for sale at a starting price of $500,000.
The two-car Porsche GT Team has come on strong since returning from the traditional midseason break for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and both cars delivered on Saturday afternoon at Lime Rock Park, when the team finished 1-2 in the two-hour and 40-minute Northeast Grand Prix. Leading the way in a race that featured the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes was 2015 WeatherTech Championship GTLM champion Patrick Pilet and Dirk Werner in the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR.
Bruni Gives Porsche 450th Major North American Pole
Sports Car Pole at Lime Rock
Italian racer Gianmaria 'Gimmi' Bruni spent quite a few years battling against Porsches in top-level sports car racing around the world while driving for another manufacturer, but it hasn’t taken him long to get used to his new job as a Porsche works driver. In qualifying for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, Bruni gave Porsche its 450th pole position in major North American sports car competition, extending the German manufacturer’s lead to 100 over Chevrolet, its next closest competitor.
For the first two days of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on July 7-9, the Porsche GT Team established itself as the team to beat in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class. The team’s pair of Porsche 911 RSR race cars – which were brand new at the start of the season and now feature a configuration that puts the engine in front of the rear axle – went 1-2 in both practice sessions that Friday and Dirk Werner led the third practice and qualified on pole in the team’s No. 911 entry on Saturday.
Porsche 919 celebrates one-two win at the Nurburgring
Ferrari takes second consecutive Nurburgring LMGTE Pro win
After having achieved the third consecutive Le Mans victory, Porsche also managed a hattrick in the six-hour race at the Nurburgring: Like in 2015 and 2016, Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) climbed on to the top step of the podium. In 2017 the duo were joined for the first time by Earl Bamber (NZ) in winning this race. It was the second race triumph for the Porsche LMP Team in 2017 and the 15th in total for the 919 Hybrid since its debut in 2014.
Toyota takes hard fought pole Toyota took a closely fought pole position for tomorrow’s 6 Hours of Nurburgring , the fourth round in this season's FIA World Endurance Championship. Jose-Maria Lopez and Kamui Kobayashi combined to set an average lap time of 1m38.118s to take a third pole position of the season for the No.7 Toyota TS050 HYBRID. A look on the key moments of the qualifying session on the Nürburgring circuit.
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has expanded the involvement of an existing premium automobile partner and added another world-class organization to its already impressive WeatherTech SportsCar Championship roster. Acura Motorsports today announced a two-car effort in association with Team Penske. The legendary race team will campaign a pair of Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype international (DPi) entries, with Acura joining Cadillac, Mazda and Nissan in the WeatherTech Championship Prototype class
Dane Cameron survived a wet and wild final 50 minutes Sunday to win the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. In a race that saw changing weather conditions and various pit strategies between teams opting for wet weather or “slick” dry-weather tires, Cameron had to hold off a hard-charging Stephen Simpson in the rain over the final minutes to score his first win of the season for. No. 25 BMW M6 GTLM co-drivers Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims took their second consecutive GT Le Mans (GTLM) class victory.
Ricky Taylor Delivers TOTAL Pole Award for Cadillac
at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
One weekend ago at Watkins Glen International, Ricky Taylor saw his undefeated season disappear when he was collected in a first-lap incident. His quest to get the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R co-driven by brother Jordan Taylor back in victory lane this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is off to a great start as Ricky scored the TOTAL Pole Award for Sunday’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix (noon ET, live on FS1). Taylor led the entire 15-minute session, setting the fastest lap of 1 minute, 8.459 seconds (129.309 mph) on his fifth of nine laps. It was Taylor’s third TOTAL Pole Award of the season.
New Jersey Motorsports Park home of Forty7 race cars
Expand Race Teams and Grow Automotive Service Businesses
Last winter, a member of the New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) Drivers Club had a vision--to build a racecar capable of turning Le Mans level lap times--while being manageable driven by a novice. The DC member brought his concept to Forty7 Motorsports, a design and fabrication facility located at NJMP’s on-site Speedplex High Performance Service Complex.
There are a lot of similarities between BMW Team RLL and Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian. For starters, both teams are headquartered in the Columbus, Ohio area. BMW Team RLL, which fields a pair of BMW M6 GTLM race cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, is based in Hilliard; Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian operates its pair of Acura NSX GT3s that race in the GT Daytona (GTD) class from its Pataskala race shop. Both teams also fielded entries in the 101st Indianapolis 500 in May.
Cadillac V-Performance racing team Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen today. BMW Team RLL broke through for its long-awaited first class victory with the BMW M6 GTLM as Alexander Sims held off a hard-charging No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook for the class win in the No. 25 BMW. Adriano Manocchia was there to capture all the action.
The record book will show that Cadillac won its sixth consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with a victory at the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday at Watkins Glen International. But this one was anybody’s race. Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Filipe Albuquerque were the victors in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R, taking their first victory of the season and snapping a streak of five consecutive victories by No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi co-drivers Ricky and Jordan Taylor.
A rapidly drying Watkins Glen International circuit provided an entertaining battle for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class pole Saturday in qualifying for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, with BMW, Ford and Porsche swapping the top spot eight times over the final five minutes of the 15-minute session. Adriano Manocchia was onsite and snapped these photos.
It’s been an eventful week for Tequila Patron ESM and driver Pipo Derani. On Monday morning, the team announced that Derani would replace Patron Spirits International President and CEO Ed Brown as driver of its No. 22 Nissan DPi race car for the remainder of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The plans called for Brown to race in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen on Sunday and then retire from Prototype competition.
- Productive Practice Sessions Identify Early Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen Contenders - Holton Goes Back-To-Back, Galante Nabs First Pole in Continental Tire Challenge - Patron ESM Team Forges on Without Brown
On a day when weather conditions were expected to create havoc at Watkins Glen International, the stormy weather stayed away and only a few sprinkles were felt at times throughout the day on Friday. As a result, all IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams got in two productive practice sessions, and a few early favorites for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen have emerged. Adriano Manocchia was onsite for AR1.com and filed these photos from all the action.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s IMSA team enters second half of the season second in the championship standings. Indianapolis-based crews of Ford CGR had only a few days to convert Ford GTs that competed under No. 68 and 69 at Le Mans back to IMSA spec for the trip to the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International. Ford CGR went P1-2 at The Glen last year
The 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans was a race filled with drama and incident. And with two of the three eventual outright podium spots going to Jota Sport’s Jacki Chan Racing team in the LMP2 class, it was to be a memorable year for the underdog. In the end, however, the Porsche of Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber triumphed, with Aston Martin taking the GT class win ahead of Corvette Racing.
Westbrook Going for 4th Straight IMSA Win at The Glen
A track he runs well at
Watkins Glen International occupies a special place in Richard Westbrook’s heart. "When I first came to America, that was one of the first tracks I went to," said the driver of the No. 67 Ford GT for Ford Chip Ganassi Racing. “It immediately stood out to me as one of the best tracks in the world. I always felt good there.”
Five Prototype Racing Highlights for Tequila Patron ESM
As a prototype racer, Ed Brown has enjoyed more than a few special moments in IMSA competition. The President and CEO of Patron Spirits International announced his retirement from Prototype racing following the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen this Sunday. The race is Round 6 of 12 in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the third of four rounds in the battle for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.
Porsche has achieved its 19th overall Le Mans victory at the 85th running of the 24-hour race. Drivers Earl Bamber (NZ), Timo Bernhard (DE) and Brendon Hartley (NZ) brought home the Porsche 919 Hybrid in first place after a race full of drama. The closest finish was in LMGTE-Pro - Corvette and Aston Martin were nose-to-tail on the last lap but the Corvette suffered a flat tire and it was over.
LeMans turns into borefest as all 3 Toyotas falter
#1 Porsche to stroke it the last half of race
The 24 hours of LeMans is now a borefest up at front. With the demise of all three Toyotas, the leading #1 Porsche now has a 9-lap lead over a lowly LMP2 car and is in stroker-ace mode for the last 12 hours of the race. Unless the lone LMP1 car also fails, which it should not in stroker mode, the over winner is a foregone conclusion.
The Automobile Club de l’Ouest and the FIA are working flat out with the manufacturers to bring in new technological developments for the LMP1 Hybrids, the blue-riband category in the Le Mans 24 Hours and the FIA World Endurance Championship. These regulations, which are as innovative as they are original, will come into force in 2020 and offer new development opportunities so that endurance racing remains the leader in the technological domain.
One of the fastest and most dramatic qualifying sessions in recent history has set the tone for motor sport’s greatest endurance event, the 24 Hour of Le Mans. The sixty cars and 180 drivers entered into the 85th edition of the race took to the track to determine who would lead the starting grid at 15:00 CET on Saturday 17 June. With track temperatures soaring and the weather forecast set to be a potential race-defining topic at Circuit de la Sarthe this weekend, motor sport fans across the world are bracing themselves for yet another exciting running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Toyota Gazoo Racing today gave the firmest of signals to its competitors of its desire to conquer the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The Japanese team, and two of its Japanese drivers, secured the front row of the grid for this weekend’s third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship race, and smashed the qualifying lap record to bits in the process. Aston Martin, Ferrari, Ford, Corvette and Porsche produced a battle royal in LMGTE Pro, with the British marque coming out on top with pole and a new qualifying record as well.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing holds provisional pole position after the first qualifying session for the Le Mans 24 Hours, the third round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Having won the opening two WEC races of the season, TOYOTA is aiming to win Le Mans for the first time, having made its debut in 1985, and the TS050 HYBRID cars made a strong start to the event. Kamui Kobayashi set the provisional pole position time in the #7 TS050 HYBRID he shares with Mike Conway and Stephane Sarrazin.
The world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing revs into action this weekend. Held annually since 1923, the 24 Hours of Le Mans is one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and is widely known as the Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency. As the cars go through the final official administrative checks and scrutineering in the city center of Le Mans at the Place de Republique, Castrol EDGE SUPERCAR has been uncovering the story of Andy Priaulx, a three-time world touring car champion and a Ford GT driver – racing for the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team this year.
The Big One – Porsche, Toyota, Ford, Corvette & Aston Martin
The jewel in the crown of the endurance racing calendar, the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans is set to once again push the teams and drivers to the absolute limit. With Porsche and Toyota leading the line in the LMP1 class, the likes of Ford, Corvette, Ferrari and Aston Martin will battle out a competitive GT field. Mobil 1 The Grid spoke to Porsche's Timo Bernhard, Neel Jani, Earl Bamber & Richard Lietz, Toyota's Jose Maria Lopez, Kazuki Nakajima and Sebastien Buemi, Ford's Joey Hand, Corvette's Doug Fehan and Aston Martin's Nicki Thiim to find out more.
One year ago, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing – specifically its U.S.-based No. 68 Ford GT team of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Le Mans native Sebastien Bourdais – accomplished its stated mission: to return on the 50th anniversary of the Ford GT40 victory in the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans and win.
Porsche works drivers reflect on the Le Mans 24-Hours
Success, defeat, moments - personal insights
The six works drivers of the Porsche LMP Team have a tally of 37 entries between them in what is arguably the biggest car race in the world. Five of them have even taken overall victory. But it’s not only moments of glory that come in to their minds when they are reflecting on this grueling marathon prior to their next appearance on June 17/18. In the quiet before the storm, the drivers offer personal views into their relationship with regards the endurance classic.
For those who grew up in the heady days of the Le Mans 24 Hours and sports car racing in the 1960s and 1970s, the blue and orange colors of Gulf were an icon which has survived to the present day. 2017 is the 50th anniversary of the oil company’s entry into motor racing at the 1967 Le Mans, and at least two cars will be carrying the livery in this year’s 85th edition of the French classic, writesMark Cole.
Taylor Brothers Make It Five Straight With Detroit Victory
Acura Wins First WeatherTech Championship Race in GT
It wasn’t exactly how the team drew it up, but the points-leading No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R of brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor kept its perfect season alive Saturday with a fifth consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win in the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle. Starting the race in the 12th position after a Friday qualifying incident, Ricky Taylor methodically moved his way through the field
Cadillac Fortunes Split As Fittipaldi Awarded Pole
Following Taylor Incident
Christian Fittipaldi will lead the field to the green flag for Saturday’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park, after an incident involving the points-leading No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team prevented the 15-minute qualifying session from fulfilling the required 10 minutes of green flag qualifying time. Ricky Taylor set the fastest time in the session, but one lap later ran wide on the exit of Turn 4 and made heavy contact with the barrier.
Kelvin van der Linde snatched an unlikely victory on the final lap of the Nurburgring 24 Hours after a sudden downpour played into the Land Motorsport Audi’s hands. Our Gary Parravani was on site to capture all the sites and sounds of this wonderful event in these over 80 photographs
-Cadillac DPi-V.R Teams Ready for Street Fight in Detroit -Barbosa, Fittipaldi Looking to Parlay Sneak Preview into Success -IMSA Newcomer Habul Off to Quick Start as WeatherTech Championship Owner/Driver -Ferrari Championship Chase Goes Through Detroit
Brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R program have moved into historic territory in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. They earned their fourth consecutive victory in Saturday’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown, marking the longest win streak in WeatherTech Championship history and the longest in major U.S. sports car racing competition since Klaus Graf and Lucas Luhr won eight straight in the 2013 American Le Mans Serie
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing took its second consecutive victory of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) season with a one-two in the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps. Silverstone winners Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima, in the #8 TS050 HYBRID, again took top step of the podium to extend their lead in the drivers’ World Championship to 17 points. In a dramatic race, the #7 of Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi finished just 1.992secs behind in second place, for the team’s first one-two since Shanghai in 2014.
Ricky Taylor and Wayne Taylor Racing will start their No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R from the overall pole position after a dominating performance in qualifying for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas. Taylor turned in a lap of 1:54.809 - 1.592 seconds clear of the second-place Nissan Onroak DPi of Johannes van Overbeek for Tequila Patron ESM.
After Toyota had largely dominated the Free Practice sessions, it was the German manufacturer which took the first point of the Spa weekend ahead of the WEC 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps tomorrow. Neel Jani was the star of qualifying after setting a sensational lap to contribute toward a surprise pole position for Porsche LMP1 Team at Spa. Along with Andre Lotterer, the Swiss ace combined to set an average of 1m54.097s to claim Porsches first pole of the season.
Continuing a perfect to start the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season, brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor continued to show the speed Friday at Circuit of The Americas that led to season-opening wins at Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R finished each of the day’s two practice sessions at the top of the leaderboard, with Ricky leading the first session and Jordan topping the charts in the second session with the fastest lap of the day, 1:56.595.
You have to go back to 2011 to find a team and driver pairing at the Prototype level of U.S. sports car racing that had as hot a start to the season as Jordan and Ricky Taylor have in their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. That year, sports car racing legend Scott Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas opened the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series season with three consecutive victories in their BMW-powered Daytona Prototype, eventually going on to win the season championship.
ToyotaRacing scored a dramatic victory in the 6 Hours of Silverstone after a thrilling opening round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). In a race defined by several rain showers, the #8 TS050 HYBRID of Sebastien Buemi, Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima earned victory inside the final 15 minutes in front of 50,200 spectators (weekend figure).
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing will start the 6 Hours of Silverstone from pole position after a one-two in qualifying for the first round of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi earned pole position with a combined average lap time of 1min 37.304secs in the #7 TS050 HYBRID they share with Jose Maria Lopez. That was achieved via the fastest lap ever recorded by an LMP1 car at Silverstone in WEC.
-Garcia Misses Out on GTLM Victory in Bizarre Long Beach Finish -DPi Battle Beginning to Hit Stride -Quick Start for Mercedes-AMG -Tough Run at Long Beach for Paul Miller Racing -Chester’s Day at the Races -DEKRA Green Award from Long Beach Goes to Ford
Jordan Taylor put a daring late-race move on Ryan Dalziel and brother Ricky teamed to win their third consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in Saturday’s crash-filled Bubba Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach. Working traffic to perfection, Taylor, in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R, got around Dalziel’s No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM Nissan Onroak DPi with less than five minutes remaining in the 100-minute street fight. Milner and Gavin score a last-lap victory for Corvette in GTLM
The wave of momentum brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor established with wins in the opening two races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar has seemingly carried over to the streets of Long Beach. Starting off the weekend by sweeping Friday’s opening two practice sessions for the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Ricky Taylor followed it up by winning the TOTAL Pole Award in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. Corvette Racing Jan Magnussen was fastest at 1:16.609 in his No. 3 Corvette C7.R
Saying Jordan and Ricky Taylor and the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team are carrying momentum into this Saturday’s BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach is an understatement. With back-to-back victories in the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida to open the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the brothers are off to a perfect start for their father’s Wayne Taylor Racing team.
Porsche unveils the new Porsche 919 Hybrid for 2017
Porsche sets its sights on a hat-trick
Today, Friday, Porsche unveiled the new 919 Hybrid at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza (IT). The Le Mans prototype, that delivers a system output of around 900 PS (662 kW), was comprehensively reworked. Porsche aims for a hat-trick with it: Target is to win the Le Mans 24-hours race (June 17/18) as well as the FIA World Endurance Championship titles for Manufacturers and Drivers respectively for the third consecutive time after 2015 and 2016.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing revealed today the updated TS050 HYBRID race car which will carry its hopes in the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Monza in northern Italy hosted the first public appearance of the new car, presented alongside team management and the drivers of the three TS050 HYBRIDs which will compete this season.
Lone Corvette embarrasses Ford and Ferrari in GTLM
Ricky Taylor outran Joao Barbosa to give Wayne Taylor Racing and Cadillac victory in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Taylor drove his Konica Minolta-sponsored No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R to a 13.614-second victory over Barbosa’s #5 Action Express Cadillac. But the biggest upset of the race was in GTLM. Ford brought 3 of its rear-engine Ford GTs but still got beat by an old front-engine Corvette.
Rebellion Racing will start tomorrow’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring from the pole, with Neel Jani smashing the track qualifying record with a 1:48.178 lap time in the No. 13 Oreca 07 Gibson. Jani edged out the Rolex 24 at Daytona pole-sitting No. 5 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi.V-R of Christian Fittipaldi by 0.095 seconds. Two Ford GTs will start p1-2 in GTLM. Ryan Briscoe earned Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s second-consecutive pole award with a 1:55.939 lap around the storied former World War II bombing base, dueling with a fellow Ford GT, the Rolex 24 At Daytona polesitting No. 66 Ford GT and driver Dirk Muller.
-C.J. Wilson Makes IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Debut at Sebring -Fifty Years After Andretti’s Sebring Win -Speaking of the Ford GT -A Faster Mercedes? -Mustang vs. Cayman? -Simpson Quickest in Twelve Hours of Sebring Practice
50-years after winning Sebring, Mario Andretti Q&A
Fifty years after winning at Sebring in a Ford GT40 Mk IV
Mario Andretti was heavily involved in the development of Ford’s original Ford GT40s. Andretti and co-driver Bruce McLaren won at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1967 in the iconic yellow No. 1 Ford GT40 Mk IV. Andretti has been following the progress of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, both as friend of team owner Chip Ganassi and as an active member of the racing community
Sebring Promises Excitement & Intrigue In GT Categories
by Steven Cole Smith
For many casual fans of sports car racing, it’s all about the Prototypes – sleek, built-from-the-ground-up racers that are, consequently, the fastest cars on the track. And there will be plenty of Prototypes in Saturday’s 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. But veteran fans know that the closest racing often comes in the GT classes, which are cars that look very much like the cars some may drive to the races – assuming your daily driver is, perhaps, a Lamborghini Huracan, a Chevrolet Corvette or a Ferrari 488.
Prototype Battle To Escalate For 65th 12 Hrs of Sebring
by Steven Cole Smith
So what did we learn about the all-new Prototype field at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona in January? In brief, that they are good looking, with a purposeful, means-business profile. But they’re also fast. The premier class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was won by the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R, which clocked its fastest lap at 1 minute, 36.394 seconds, which is more than a 132-mph average on the 3.56-mile road course. More impressive still, that wasn’t even the fastest Prototype lap turned during the race.
Race fans who think the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring consists just of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Saturday, March 18, are selling themselves short. Year in and year out, some of the best racing takes place in the two days leading up to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours. This year a brand-new class debuts that has never before competed in North America - the LMP3 series, a closed-cockpit car powered by a muscular 420-horsepower, 5.0-liter V-8, connected to a sophisticated sequential gearbox.
On a long week of racing activity at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, there’s traditionally a lot of on-track activity for a variety of series, each offering their own reasons for demanding fan attention. Randy Hembrey, IMSA’s senior series manager for development and single-make series, said that IMSA had been keeping a close eye on the development overseas of the LM P3 car, and is impressed with the package. In the European Le Mans Series, for example, the LM P3 cars run endurance races, typically four hours long.
-Montoya Samples Risi Ferrari in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Sebring Test -Franchitti Makes Sebring Return in Mazda DPi -Alegra Motorsports Brings Momentum from Rolex Victory to Sebring -Friday Notes
No. 10 Team Looks Back on Long-Awaited Rolex 24 Win
Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R Team
The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R team of brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor, veteran Italian Max "The Ax" Angelelli, four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon and team owner Wayne Taylor has had a week to let its thrilling victory in the iconic Rolex 24 At Daytona sink in. With the celebratory hugs and tears of joy in the rearview mirror, the significance of finally winning one of the crown jewels in worldwide sportscar racing - and the manner in which it was achieved – is in much clearer focus than it was during the raw emotion shared by the team and its family and partners a week ago in one of racing's most famous victory lanes at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway.
The engine that powered Cadillac to an overall 1-2 finish at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona was developed in less than a year at ECR Engines. A 6.2-liter naturally aspirated V8, the engine is based on the LT architecture found in the spirited Cadillac CTS-V but is jam-packed with custom components and technology learned in numerous racing projects. "ECR came on board in October 2015," remembers Brian Goble, sports car engine program manager at ECR, which is located on the Richard Childress Racing compound in Welcome, North Carolina. "We started designing the engine in January 2016 and had the first test mule on the dyno by May."
Two Drivers Break Record for Youngest Rolex 24 Winner Olympic Gold Medalist Tyler Clary Surpasses Expectations in First Race Ferrari wins Rolex 24 DEKRA Green Racing Award Chip Wile Ready to Take on Busy First Year as DIS President
The ACO (Automobile Club de l'Ouest) today announced that the full squad of four Ford GTs will compete at the 2017 Le Mans 24 Hours, one year on from the marque's triumphant return to the endurance race that everyone wants to win. The Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team's 2016 victory came 50 years after an historic 1-2-3 finish for Ford at the 1966 Le Mans 24 Hours. Ford also won the race in 1967 when Dan Gurney (US) and A. J. Foyt (US) piloted the Ford GT40 to victory, giving the team another target to hit this time around.
Ricky Taylor spun out leader Felipe Albuquerque in the final laps to win the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona. It was a dirty move but there is no way the France owned series was going to penalize the #10 Cadillac of Taylor so his teammate, NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon, could say he won the Rolex 24 even though he drove very few laps. Dirk Mueller brought the #66 Ford GT home in front in GTLM and Michael Christensen held off the #29 Audi to win in GTD.
Action Express Cadillacs to start 1-2 for Rolex 24
Ford, Ferrari Take GT Class Poles
The new Cadillac DPI Action Express cars will start 1-2 for the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend. Joao Barbosa will start from the overall pole, leading an Action Express sweep of the front row by just 0.07sec. Neel Jani's Oreca set the 3rd best time as the qualifying clock struck zero and the Wayne Taylor Cadillac will start 4th. The top four are separated by just 0.266 sec.
CORVETTE: How to Improve on 2016's Classic Finish?
At Datona's Rolex 24
-Corvette Racing finished 1-2 in 2016, separated by just 0.034 seconds at finish -Gavin, Milner, Fassler enter as defending GTLM winners -No. 3 Corvette C7.R won GTLM class race in 2015 -Team can become the first in nearly a decade to win three straight Rolex 24s
All eyes will be on Daytona this weekend for the first major motor sport circuit event of the year, the 2017 Rolex 24 At DAYTONA. At 14:30 on Saturday 28 January, the green flag will drop as the Rolex clock begins its 24-hour countdown and racing gets underway at the Daytona International Speedway. Earlier this month aficionados caught a glimpse of the all-star field of drivers they can expect at this year’s race. Preparing for what is regarded by many as one of the toughest endurance races, drivers from a variety of motor sport disciplines took part in two practice sessions during the Roar Before the Rolex 24.
DragonSpeed Speeds To Top Of Roar Prototype Charts
Roar Before the 24 Sunday Notebook
- DragonSpeed Speeds To Top Of Roar Prototype Charts - C360r Grabs Attention With New McLarens, Audi - History Heats Up For Corvette Racing - Daytona Hosts Largest Scout Days Event, Girl Scouts Inspired by Females in IMSA
Before this week, Swiss driver Neel Jani, pilot of the Gibson-powered No. 13 Rebellion Racing ORECA LM P2 car, had never seen Daytona International Speedway, and had never driven the car he is racing. But he went out Friday, the first of the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 pre-season practice session, and set the fastest overall time. So we shouldn't be surprised that Jani also was fastest in two of the three practice sessions on Saturday for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and he didn't participate in that third session, which was run in the rain.
Jani, Rebellion Quickest on Friday at Roar Before 24
Preseason testing begins
Day 1 is in the books at the Roar Before the Rolex 24, the annual test at Daytona International Speedway that allows drivers and teams to prepare for the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 28 and 29. Fifty-five cars in the four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes entered the Roar, and almost all of them got in some practice on a warm, sunny day. The weather forecast for Saturday calls for heavy rain, but Sunday, the final day of the Roar, is expected to be clear and very cool. Neel Jani, driving the No. 13 Rebellion Racing Gibson-powered ORECA LM P2 Prototype, was the fastest car overall
55 Cars Ready For Action In Roar Before The Rolex 24
The three-day Roar Before The Rolex 24 At Daytona test session has become a motorsports tradition for more than a decade, annually signifying the start of a new year and the beginning of the professional motorsports season. In recent years, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has established a similar – albeit unintentional – tradition, matching the number of entries with the corresponding number of Rolex 24 At Daytona events.
It's time for Corvette Racing to again head back to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the first testing laps of 2017. The offseason hasn't been much of one for the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) titlists in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But offseason becomes preseason with this weekend's Roar Before the 24 and the prelude to the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona. Corvette Racing heads into 2017 with back-to-back wins at the Rolex 24 and a total of three victories in six starts at Daytona.
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