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Corvette DPs Gain Speed On Second Day Of Roar Before The Rolex 24 Testing
Living up to its billing as a dress rehearsal for the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, Saturday's second day of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 featured four sessions of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice, including a special 90-minute nigh time session.

Jordan Taylor ran the fastest lap of the day, going 1:39.181 (129.218 mph) in Wayne Taylor Racing No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP shared by his brother Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli. The three-day test wraps up with a pair of Sunday practice sessions beginning at 10:20 a.218 mph) in Wayne Taylor Racing's No. ET.

"These days you need to have the fastest car because when you get to the final hour [of the race] you need to race everyone," said Taylor. "Five years ago we wouldn't focus on a lap-time car; we'd just make it as comfortable as possible. Now you need to work on lap times and race pace because you know you're going to come to that last hour having to race for the win."

Sebastien Bourdais ran the second-fastest lap of the day in the closing minutes of night practice, running 1:39.310 (129.050 mph) in the defending champion No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. He was followed by Ozz Negri the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2/Honda, 1:39.342 (129.009 mph).

Other class leaders were Colin Braun in Prototype Challenge (PC), running 1:41.769 (125.932 mph) in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA FLM09; Earl Bamber in GT Le Mans (GTLM), 1:44.316 (122.857 mph) in the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR; and Marc Goossens in GT Daytona (GTD) at 1:47.373 (119.360 mph) in the No. 33 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R.


  • An unfamiliar name to North American sports car fans led the day's final night practice in the GTD class. Christopher Zoechling "“ a 26-year-old German Porsche Supercup driver "“ ran a lap of 1:47.495 (119.224 mph) in a Porsche 911 GT America from Konrad Motorsport.
  • Porsche Motorsport North America is celebrating Alex Job Racing first 25 years in sports car racing this weekend. "From his experience in the automotive retail business to his success as a driver and mechanic, Alex has all the tools to run a productive motorsports operation, and his championships over the 25 years of Alex Job Racing have proven he can put that rubber to the road," said Porsche Motorsport North America president and CEO Jens Walther. "And we're proud that he has chosen Porsche as his preferred marque."
  • The No. 0 DeltaWing Racing Cars with Claro/TracFone DWC-13 team was forced back to its race shop in Braselton, Georgia after an incident in Saturday's afternoon session. The prototype sustained damage after another car hit the wall on the front straight just ahead of driver Memo Rojas. The team was working through the resulting differences in downforce when Rojas lost control in the kink and tapped the wall. The team decided the damage was too significant to repair at the track.
  • Byron DeFoor escaped injury when he flipped the No. 50 Fifty Plus Racing Endures for a Cure Dinan/Riley after encountering a mechanical problem entering Turn 1 in the morning session. Other drivers evaluated and released from the infield care center after on-track incidents were Francois Perrodo, driver of the No. 51 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia and Jerome Mee, driver of the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA FLM09.


John Doonan, Director of Motorsports at Mazda Motorsports

"In short, what we're doing is telling a story, and if you roll the story back to chapter one, which was one year ago, on this particular weekend, there weren't very many smiling faces around this program. But yesterday as I sat on the west coast in meetings, trying to watch live timing when I could, words like "remarkable'', words like ""miracle'', looking in the eyes of our crew members and seeing what they've done to bring us to where we are today. We're talking about 20 mph straight-line gains, we're talking about six to seven seconds of lap time at this particular track which isn't particularly a place that allows us to show the strength of this engine in a straight line. From a storytelling standpoint, we're doing exactly what we set out to do."

Tim Keene, Team Manager - The No. 0 DeltaWing Racing Cars with Claro/TracFone DWC-13

"We had some damage from that incident this morning that affected the underfloor, and that had a negative effect on the balance of the car. But overall, everything was good. It was unfortunate at the end, but we got a lot of good data and we're confident in that area. We have a good package "we're quicker than we've ever been here."

AJ Allmendinger, Driver - No. 60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2/Honda

"This is the type of racecar that throughout the last 10, 11 years of car racing I''vie done, I''vie always wanted to try driving. So when Mike [Shank] and I were talking and he said he was going to make this move, for me, I was pumped up to do it just for the pure excitement of trying to drive one of these cars."

Earl Bamber, Driver - No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR:

"Last year " the first year of Porsche North America returning to America with CORE autosport "it set a very high standard winning Daytona and Sebring, winning the [Tequila Patron] North American Endurance Cup and the manufacturer championship. Those were quite a few boxes ticked last year so we have a bit to do to try and better what we did last year."

Marc Goossens, Driver - No. 33 TI Automotive/ViperExchange.com Dodge Viper GT3-R, defending Rolex 24 GTLM pole winner

"I've always liked Daytona, but there are a lot of good drivers out there and a lot of people working hard right now to come back here in two weeks and get the pole. Hopefully we have something for them, but most importantly we need to be there at the end of the race and try to get that watch."

Jon Fogarty, Driver - No. 2 Tequila Patron ESM HPD ARX-04b/Honda

"I'm super-excited about this opportunity and the car is great to drive. It's comfortable, it's quiet, there are a lot of things to like about it, but it's still an evolving process getting used to it. I have driven a lot of different cars so it wasn't totally foreign to me."

Practice 6 Results

Pos CPos No Class Drivers Time Speed Diff Make
1 1 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 1:39.310 129.050 0.000 Corvette DP
2 2 10 P J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli 1:39.886 128.306 0.576 Corvette DP
3 3 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray 1:39.917 128.266 0.607 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
4 4 01 P Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam/Dixon 1:40.789 127.157 1.479 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
5 5 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/Rockenfeller 1:40.808 127.133 1.498 Corvette DP
6 6 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Fogarty 1:40.881 127.041 1.571 HPD ARX-04b
7 7 57 P T.Krohn/Pla/Jonsson/Brundle 1:40.946 126.959 1.636 Ligier JS P2/Judd
8 8 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis/P.Keen 1:41.211 126.627 1.901 Corvette DP
9 9 60 P Pew/Negri Jr./Allmendinger/McMurry 1:41.297 126.519 1.987 Ligier JS P2/Honda
10 10 7 P Hartley/Barrichello/Hunter-Reay/Grave 1:42.422 125.129 3.112 Dinan BWM Riley DP
11 1 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Wilkins/Gue 1:42.516 125.015 3.206 ORECA FLM09
12 2 11 PC Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/Men 1:42.685 124.809 3.375 ORECA FLM09
13 11 66 P Gewirtz/S.Lewis/Kvamme 1:43.284 124.085 3.974 BMW Riley DP
14 3 61 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Ducote/Ware 1:43.582 123.728 4.272 ORECA FLM09
15 4 85 PC Goikhberg/Simpson/Mitchell/Vautier 1:43.639 123.660 4.329 ORECA FLM09
16 5 16 PC Mowlem/Papadopoulos/Drissi/Alder 1:43.689 123.600 4.379 ORECA FLM09
17 6 52 PC Guasch/Novich/Palmer/Kimber-Smith 1:43.789 123.481 4.479 ORECA FLM09
18 12 70 P Bomarito/Nunez/Tremblay 1:43.988 123.245 4.678 Mazda Prototype
19 7 8 PC Schultis/van der Zande/Popow/Hedlun 1:44.002 123.228 4.692 ORECA FLM09
20 1 98 GTLM Lamy/Turner/Lauda/Dalla Lana 1:44.480 122.665 5.170 Aston Martin Vantage V8
21 2 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 1:44.799 122.291 5.489 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
22 3 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 1:44.992 122.066 5.682 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
23 4 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki 1:45.014 122.041 5.704 Porsche 911 RSR
24 5 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lieb 1:45.136 121.899 5.826 Porsche 911 RSR
25 6 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/Spengler 1:45.237 121.782 5.927 BMW Z4 GTE
26 7 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/P.Long 1:45.381 121.616 6.071 Porsche 991 RSR
27 8 62 GTLM Kaffer/Rigon 1:45.502 121.476 6.192 Ferrari F458 Italia
28 9 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/Rahal 1:45.684 121.267 6.374 BMW Z4 GTE
29 1 28 GTD Bachler/Zoechling/Engelhart/Willsey/In 1:47.495 119.224 8.185 Porsche 911 GT America
30 2 45 GTD Winkelhock/Thorne/Hoshino/Fujii 1:47.581 119.129 8.271 Audi R8 LMS
31 3 22 GTD MacNeil/L.Keen/A.Davis/van Gisberge 1:47.707 118.989 8.397 Porsche 911 GT America
32 4 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/Carter 1:47.807 118.879 8.497 Dodge Viper SRT
33 5 58 GTD Ma.Snow/Heylen/Dempsey/Eng 1:47.853 118.828 8.543 Porsche 911 GT America
34 6 81 GTD Faulkner/Giermaziak/Skeen/Butcher/A 1:47.903 118.773 8.593 Porsche 911 GT America
35 7 48 GTD Haase/B.Miller/von Moltke/Rast 1:47.903 118.773 8.593 Audi R8 LMS
36 8 23 GTD James/M.Farnbacher/Riberas 1:47.970 118.700 8.660 Porsche 911 GT America
37 9 93 GTD Carter/Keating 1:48.008 118.658 8.698 Dodge Viper SRT


Wayne Taylor Racing Is Fastest In Day 2 At 'The Roar'
Jordan Taylor's No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP set the fastest time of the day for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship in the morning session. The Wayne Taylor Racing driver, who is joined by Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli in the car, posted a time of 1:39.181.

AJ Allmendinger put the Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ligier JS P2 atop the board in the second session of the day at 1:39.418. He is joined by John Pew, Ozz Negri and Matt McMurry on the team.

Defending Rolex 24 winner Action Express Racing led its first session of the three-day Roar Before the Rolex 24 test Saturday, pacing the day's third session with a lap of 1:39.933 seconds with Christian Fittipaldi behind the wheel of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP. Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais round out the team.

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Andretti Formula-E Team Buenos Aires ePrix Race Report
The fourth round of the FIA Formula E Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina provided all the thrills, spills and excitement that has become associated with the new all-electric series in front of a sell-out crowd of over 20,000 racing fans.

Jean-Eric Vergne (known to all as JEV) returned to the No. 27 Andretti challenger and once again achieved the popular #FanBoost win, with Marco Andretti joining the UK/USA squad in the 28 car to experience Formula E racing for the very first time. After a solid start to the weekend JEV ended P6 and Marco in P12 at the checker of the Buenos Aires ePrix today with Andretti Formula-E now sitting in fourth place in the overall Team Championship standings.

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Dakar Day 7: Terranova shines as De Villiers inches closer
Orlando Terranova

No longer in contention for the general classification, Orlando Terranova was free to go all out between Iquique and Uyuni to claim his third stage win since the start of the race in Buenos Aires. Giniel de Villiers, on the other hand, clawed three minutes back from Nasser Al-Attiyah and increased the pressure on the Qatari.

Orlando Terranova will long remember the fourth stage of the 2015 Dakar, when the Argentinean was knocked out of the fight for the general classification after showing he had the speed to challenge for victory in Buenos Aires. His dominant win today, the third one in seven stages, was just another flash of brilliance by the Mini driver, head and shoulders above the rest in Uyuni.

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Tudor Roar before the Rolex 24 Practice 3 Results
Pos CPos No Class Drivers Time Speed Diff Make
1 1 10 P J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli 1:39.181 129.218 0.000s Corvette DP
2 2 60 P Pew/Negri Jr./Allmendinger/McMurry 1:39.342 129.009 0.161 Ligier JS P2/Honda
3 3 5 P Barbosa/Fittipaldi/Bourdais 1:39.417 128.912 0.236 Corvette DP
4 4 0 P Rojas/Legge/Chaves 1:39.484 128.825 0.303 DeltaWing DWC13
5 5 90 P Westbrook/Valiante/Rockenfeller 1:39.531 128.764 0.350 Corvette DP
6 6 31 P Curran/Cameron/Papis/P.Keen 1:39.948 128.227 0.767 Corvette DP
7 7 02 P Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray 1:40.087 128.049 0.906 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
8 8 7 P Hartley/Barrichello/Hunter-Reay/Grave 1:40.201 127.903 1.020 Dinan BWM Riley DP
9 9 01 P Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam/Dixon 1:40.233 127.862 1.052 Ford EcoBoost/Riley
10 10 57 P T.Krohn/Pla/Jonsson/Brundle 1:40.753 127.202 1.572 Ligier JS P2/Judd
11 11 2 P Brown/van Overbeek/Fogarty 1:41.205 126.634 2.024 HPD ARX-04b
12 12 66 P Gewirtz/S.Lewis/Kvamme 1:41.489 126.280 2.308 BMW Riley DP
13 1 54 PC Bennett/Braun/Wilkins/Gue 1:41.769 125.932 2.588 ORECA FLM09
14 2 8 PC Schultis/van der Zande/Popow/Hedlun 1:42.146 125.467 2.965 ORECA FLM09
15 13 70 P Bomarito/Nunez/Tremblay 1:43.040 124.379 3.859 Mazda Prototype
16 3 11 PC Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/Men 1:43.180 124.210 3.999 ORECA FLM09
17 4 52 PC Guasch/Novich/Palmer/Kimber-Smith 1:43.380 123.970 4.199 ORECA FLM09
18 5 61 PC Plowman/Drumwright/Ducote/Ware 1:43.543 123.775 4.362 ORECA FLM09
19 6 38 PC French/Mee/Vautier 1:43.586 123.723 4.405 ORECA FLM09
20 7 16 PC Mowlem/Papadopoulos/Drissi/Alder 1:43.800 123.468 4.619 ORECA FLM09
21 14 07 P Joel.Miller/T.Long/Devlin/Tremblay 1:44.024 123.202 4.843 Mazda Prototype
22 1 98 GTLM Lamy/Turner/Lauda/Dalla Lana 1:44.476 122.669 5.295 Aston Martin Vantage V8
23 2 3 GTLM Magnussen/Garcia/Briscoe 1:44.500 122.641 5.319 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
24 3 62 GTLM Kaffer/Rigon 1:44.618 122.503 5.437 Ferrari F458 Italia
25 4 51 GTLM Perrodo/Collard/Vilander 1:44.841 122.242 5.660 Ferrari 458 Italia
26 8 85 PC Goikhberg/Simpson/Mitchell/Vautier 1:44.913 122.158 5.732 ORECA FLM09
27 5 4 GTLM Gavin/Milner/Pagenaud 1:45.065 121.982 5.884 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R
28 6 911 GTLM Tandy/Pilet/Lieb 1:45.092 121.950 5.911 Porsche 911 RSR
29 7 24 GTLM J.Edwards/Luhr/Klingmann/Rahal 1:45.166 121.864 5.985 BMW Z4 GTE
30 15 50 P Pace/DeFoor/Hinton/Schroeder 1:45.265 121.750 6.084 BMW Riley DP
31 8 912 GTLM Bergmeister/Bamber/Makowiecki 1:45.326 121.679 6.145 Porsche 911 RSR
32 9 17 GTLM Henzler/Sellers/P.Long 1:45.329 121.676 6.148 Porsche 991 RSR
33 10 25 GTLM Auberlen/Werner/Farfus/Spengler 1:45.365 121.634 6.184 BMW Z4 GTE
34 1 81 GTD Faulkner/Giermaziak/Skeen/Butcher/A 1:47.524 119.192 8.343 Porsche 911 GT America
35 2 33 GTD Keating/J.Bleekemolen/Carter 1:47.545 119.169 8.364 Dodge Viper SRT
36 3 009 GTD DeBoer/Doyle/McKenzie/B.Davis 1:47.703 118.994 8.522 Aston Martin V12 Vantage


You Can Still Build The Engine For Your 2015 Corvette Z06 Engine
Chevrolet is splitting the assembly of the 2015 Corvette Z06′s powerful supercharged V8 engine between two plants: the Corvette assembly plant in Bowling Green, Ky., and General Motors' Tonawanda engine plant in Buffalo, N.Y. Previously, the Z06's engine was exclusively built in Bowling Green, which made it easy for the bowtie brand to offer Z06 customers the option to fork over $5,800 to help build their own car’s engine.

Now with two plants, Chevrolet will need to figure out the logistics of maintaining this unique opportunity. Chevrolet spokesman Monte Doran acknowledged the option may not be available to all Z06 buyers, as it depends "on if your engine is going to be built in Bowling Green or Tonawanda."

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William Levy working with NASCAR on reality TV series
William Levy, star of movies and television, has teamed with Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Productions to produce a non-scripted reality series about Hispanic race car drivers. "I'm truly thrilled about partnering with NASCAR and I can't wait to show my fans worldwide this creative endeavor," the Cuban-born actor and star of telenovela "Triunfo del Amor" ("Triumph of Love") said.

The show will follow drivers as they attempt to make it in NASCAR while transitioning to life in America, and it will be pitched to networks in February. Levy, who will join Vince Vaughn on the big screen in "Term Life" later this year, attended the NASCAR Sprint Cup Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

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New Children and Student ticket pricing at Atlanta
Atlanta Motor Speedway has raised the age for children's tickets for its annual NASCAR weekend, making it more affordable for families to enjoy the Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 weekend. Specially priced Sunday grandstand tickets for children ages 17 and under as well as students with a valid ID are available for as low as $19. Half-priced tickets are also available for children and students in all grandstand sections.

Children 17 and under are also admitted free to both Friday, Feb. 27 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying as well as the Feb. 28 NASCAR XFINITY Series Hisense 250 and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Atlanta 200. To purchase, call 877-9-AMS-TIX or purchase online.


Newey warns it'll be 'difficult' for Renault and Ferrari to catch Mercedes
Vettel's Renault was a slug last year and his Ferrari will be a slug this year
Adrian Newey has warned it will be "very difficult" for Renault and Ferrari, as well as engine newcomers Honda, to close the yawning gap to Mercedes in 2015.

The Silver Arrows scored a record-breaking 11 one-two finishes at the start of F1's new turbo era in 2014 and with the sport's technical regulations fundamentally unchanged between seasons they are expected to lead the field again in 2015.

"Can Renault and Ferrari get to Mercedes' level? It's going to be a very difficult challenge – and of course we don't know where Honda are going to come in," Newey told Sky Sports News HQ.

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Roar Before The Rolex 24 Kicks Off 2015 TUDOR Championship Season
Joey Hand fastest in the No. 01 Ford
Taking steps toward a record sixth overall victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates ran 1-2 in Friday's opening day of the Roar Before The Rolex 24, a three-day test at Daytona International Speedway to open the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season, as well as the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.

Joey Hand recorded the fastest lap of the day, running one minute, 39.397 seconds in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost/Riley co-driven by Scott Pruett, Charlie Kimball and Sage Karam. Scott Dixon was second fastest, turning a lap of 1:39.406 in the No. 02 Target Ford EcoBoost/Riley shared by fellow Indianapolis 500 winner Tony Kanaan and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series regulars Jamie McMurray and Kyle Larson.

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2015 TUDOR Championship Season "Roars" Into Town
The 2015 season got off to a roaring start Friday as TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams hit the asphalt at Daytona International Speedway for the Roar Before The Rolex 24. Joey Hand of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates was fastest overall with a speed of 128.937 mph in the No. 01 Ford EcoBoost / Target Riley DP.

The Ganassi team wasted no time in asserting its dominance and boasted a 1-2 finish in the opening TUDOR Championship practice session. The team's superstar two-car lineup includes IndyCar and NASCAR stars such as Tony Kanaan, Scott Dixon, Kyle Larson and Jamie McMurray.

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Dakar Day 6: Nasser Al-Attiyah extends lead
Discreet since the start in Buenos Aires, Helder Rodrigues is still capable of a major feat, as he demonstrated with his five previous stage victories on the Dakar. This figure moved up to six this evening in Iquique, after a great day for the Portuguese rider. Nasser Al-Attiyah made it victory number three and continues to enjoy a dream start since Buenos Aires, though the threat of Giniel de Villiers still remains.

Ultra-consistent and ambitious, Helder Rodrigues has always fallen short when looking for outright victory on the Dakar, despite two podium finishes (in 2011 and 2012) The South American rally-raid did not seem to be smiling on him either in 2015, with so far a 10th place in the general standings which is below his expectations. However, after a 318-km special perfectly negotiated this Friday by the Portuguese rider, he now climbs to 6th in the general standings, 2'20'' behind Toby Price who was the runner-up today. The Australian, participating in his first Dakar, demonstrated a good turn of speed and also navigational talent.

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Hot Danica tackles 10 personal questions
Hot Danica Patrick
It was announced in October that Danica Patrick had been named a "senior editor" and contributing writer for The Players' Tribune, a website launched by newly retired New York Yankees legend Derek Jeter to enable star athletes to show a more personal side and connect with readers in their own voice.

Patrick's first article, published Oct. 9, detailed her 2-year-long dating relationship with fellow Sprint Cup Series driver Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who competes for the rival Roush Fenway Racing organization.

In the revealing piece, Patrick admitted that due to the competitive nature of big-time stock-car racing, and more than one unintentional on-track incident with her boyfriend, she's "sometimes not very happy" with the 27-year-old driver with whom she shares a residence in Charlotte, N.C., and a motorhome on race weekends.

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Childress to race grandson at Daytona
Next Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway, Richard Childress will return to racing as the NASCAR owner takes on his grandson, NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Austin Dillon in the first ever "DAYTONA Rising Escalator Duel."

The Richard Childress Racing owner and driver will race to the top of the new 150-foot grandstand, part of DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million reimagining of the American icon. Dillon will take the stairs and Childress will take an escalator. According to the track, "each individual will also need to make several 'pit stops'/collect items related to the Speedway's new amenities along the way."

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2015 F1 car launch dates
Below are the dates for 2015 Formula One car launches. Thus far, only three teams have announced their launch dates.

Stay tuned to AutoRacing1.com, as we will update this page when we receive the information.

Force India -- January 21
McLaren -- January 29
Ferrari -- January 30


Ferrari to launch new car January 30, 2015
Ferrari will hope for more out of its 2015 car than it got from the 2014 version
Ferrari have become the second team to confirm the launch date for their 2015 Formula One car, announcing an online reveal of their new machine for January 30.

The Italian team will release further details of the car, including its name, in the build up to the launch. The car will then be formally rolled out at Jerez in Spain, which hosts the first of this year's three pre-season tests on February 1-4.

Ferrari are looking to respond to an underwhelming 2014 campaign that yielded just two podiums - the first season since 1993 that the Scuderia failed to win a Grand Prix.

The Maranello-based squad have made several changes over the winter, with engineering director Pat Fry and chief designer Nikolas Tombazis departing and Maurizio Arrivabene recruited as team principal in place of Marco Mattiaci.

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Ganassi Fords top opening practice in Daytona
No surprise here: Scott Dixon leads opening practice at Daytona
With a lap of 1:39.406, Scott Dixon placed the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Ford EcoBoost atop the times in opening practice of 'The Roar Before the 24' at Daytona International Speedway. Dixon, who will share the car with Tony Kanaan, Kyle Larson, and Jamie McMurray in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona led a Ganassi 1-2, as the #01 car shared by Scott Pruett, Joey Hand, Sage Karam and Charlie Kimball recorded a time of 1:39.505.

Defending Rolex 24 winners Joao Barbosa, Sebastien Bourdais, and Christian Fittipaldi were third in the #5 Action Express Corvette DP with a time of 1:39.633.

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Duran to run for Amlin Aguri again in Buenos Aires
To our knowledge, there has been no official press release. However, along with Antonio Felix da Costa, Salvador Duran is listed as one of the Amlin Aguri drivers for this weekend's Buenos Aires ePrix.

The Mexican, of course, replaced Katherine Legge, who started the first two races for Amlin Aguri, at last month's Punta del Este ePrix. Legge is in Daytona this weekend testing the DeltaWing, which she will drive in this year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. And it seems as though Duran is set to continue in the #77 Amlin Aguri entry for at least this weekend's race.

AR1 Staff Report


Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Bird says smaller F1 teams hire ridebuyers, not talented drivers. F1's now motto should be 'have check, will drive'
    McLaren, Ferrari to launch in late January
  • Alonso to struggle at McLaren in 2015 - Trulli
  • F1 teams favor money over talent - Bird
  • Porsche chief Muller says no to F1
  • F1 to challenge laptime records in 2015 - Hembery
  • McLaren confirms January 29 launch
  • Maldonado: Fans' criticism does not matter
  • Spain and Austria to host in-season F1 tests
  • Virtual Safety Car procedure confirmed

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Dakar Day 5: Coma wins in Bikes
Marc Coma

Battling with Joan Barreda since the start in Buenos Aires, Marc Coma finally tasted victory on the Dakar 2015, regaining 2'16'' on his countryman. Barreda, far from panicking, is focusing on controlling his lead in the general standings. In the car race, Vladimir Vasilyev experienced a day of glory with his first victory on the Dakar.

Whilst he does not possess the experience of Marc Coma, Joan Barreda is without doubt just as smart. After having opened a further gap of two minutes on the KTM rider on Wednesday between Chilecito and Copiapo, the official Honda HRC rider had to open the way today, pursued by Coma. This situation only lasted for thirty kilometers, since Barreda preferred to let his countryman lead the way and set the pace. This strategy paid off, because although he gave up slightly more than two minutes to his rival in the general standings, Barreda retains a considerable lead on arrival in Antofagasta. However, it is not a gap that is likely to worry a Marc Coma savoring his first success of 2015 and intending to use the marathon stage to make the difference.

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Risi Competizione confirms 2015 drivers
Risi Competizione announced their driver lineup for the 10-round 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series. Drivers Pierre Kaffer, a German, and Italian Giancarlo Fisichella will return for the second consecutive year as teammates to the well known U.S. Ferrari squad which has an illustrious racing past.

"Although we did not have the success or luck we had hoped last year, the pairing of Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella was a good match for our team," said Giuseppe Risi, owner of the Risi Competizione race team. "We wanted them back this season as we make another attempt at the GTLM championship. The team is working hard to bring the best car to the competitive battle in GTLM. We've had great successes with Ferrari over the years and would like to extend that streak in 2015."

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New Year and Outlook for Tequila Patron ESM
Tequila Patron ESM Honda
The start of a new year yields resolutions for the future and marks a time for change. Florida-based sportscar team Tequila Patron ESM takes 'new' to another level in 2015 by starting competition in a new series with new cars, drivers and now a new name.

The Scott Sharp and Ed Brown-led Tequila Patron-sponsored LMP2 team starts 2015 with a new moniker: Tequila Patron ESM – formerly Extreme Speed Motorsports. On the cusp of an adventurous new season of racing, the name change aligns with the team's transition to the global motorsports stage in the FIA World Endurance Championship (FIA WEC).

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Andretti would welcome Kurt Busch back for Indy 500
Kurt Busch

Despite his latest issues involving a domestic violence allegation from former girlfriend Patricia Driscoll, NASCAR Sprint Cup series driver Kurt Busch would be welcomed back to Andretti Autosport in the 99th Indianapolis 500, team owner Michael Andretti told FOXSports.com.

Busch and Driscoll are currently involved in a protection order hearing over an alleged domestic violence incident in Busch's motorhome at Dover Downs International Raceway in Dover, Delaware on Sept. 24, 2014. That hearing is scheduled to resume on Jan. 12.

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NASCAR chairman: 'We draw the line' on criticism of racing product
NASCAR Chairman Brian France
It has been almost two years since a NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver publicly and directly criticized the quality of the racing on the track.

The last time it happened -- or at least the last time it involved a driver of prominence -- was in early 2013, when Joe Gibbs Racing's Denny Hamlin threw NASCAR's then-new Generation 6 Sprint Cup car under the bus during a post-race interview at Phoenix International Raceway.

Hamlin, frustrated with way his No. 11 Toyota struggled to pass others during the event, didn't mince words on how he felt about the car, which had been widely trumpeted as a model much more forgiving and easier to drive than its predecessor, the much-maligned "Car of Tomorrow," or Gen-5, that debuted at Bristol in March 2007.

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Rojas to join Katherine Legge, Gabby Chaves and Andy Meyrick for Rolex 24
Memo Rojas

The newly-christened DeltaWing Racing Cars with Claro/TracFone team brings new sponsors and a winning driver lineup to the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, as four-time Rolex Sports Car Series champion Guillermo "Memo" Rojas joins DeltaWing veterans Katherine Legge, Gabby Chaves and Andy Meyrick behind the wheel of the revolutionary DeltaWing coupe.

In addition to the championship titles, Rojas and current DeltaWing team manager Tim Keene share an impressive sports car record that spans eight years of collaboration at Chip Ganassi Racing, with 30 victories that include three Rolex 24 at Daytona wins. Rojas also won last year's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, making him the first Mexican driver to take the top spot in the endurance racing classic. The move to DeltaWing brings Rojas' sports car career full circle, as his very first sports car racing experience was a test behind the wheel of the Panoz front-engine LMP-1 prototype in 2003. International entrepreneur Carlos Slim Helu's telecommunications divisions Claro and TracFone also come onboard the DeltaWing team for 2015.

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IMSA News And Notes: Roar Before the Rolex 24
TUDOR Championship Kicks Off New Year With 'Roar' Test

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship paddock will 'roar' to life for the first time in 2015 this weekend with the annual Roar Before the Rolex 24 test at Daytona International Speedway Jan. 9-11.

The three-day test is the lone official IMSA test of the offseason and the final dress rehearsal for teams competing in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona on Jan. 24-25.

Among the 53 teams entered across the TUDOR Championship's four classes are 10 different automotive manufacturers and current and former stars from various disciplines of racing, including NASCAR, IndyCar, Formula 1 and international sports car competition.

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Jeff Gordon almost drove the #46
What might have been? All those #24 tattoos vowing allegiance to Jeff Gordon would have never decorated torsos, arms and legs. Those #24 diecast cars would have never been made. And a losing streak of epic proportions would have continued. Yes, Jeff Gordon's car number was to have been #46. You know that if you saw the jaw-dropping tweet from Ray Evernham, Gordon's former crew chief, that showed two pictures of Rainbow-colored race cars with the #46 on the door instead of the #24. But that is only part of the story. You likely haven't heard the whole story of how one of NASCAR's greatest drivers nearly had a number that has had little significance throughout sports.

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How much will the NASCAR testing ban save teams?
Bayne testing at Talladega last year
From Larry McReynold's most recent article at FoxSports: "It doesn't matter what rules NASCAR hands down -- be them about testing, the type of cars, etc. -- the cream is still always going to rise to the top.

Now it's true that some rule changes affect some teams more than others. I think we saw that last year with the rule changes for the 2014 season. Last year there probably wasn't a single week that at least one of the teams from the powerhouse organizations wasn't testing someplace while the smaller teams sat at home unable to afford to go test.

So if anything, this rule closes the gap a little bit between the smaller teams and the bigger organizations. The biggest thing this no-testing rule does is save the owners money. In talking with car owner Michael Waltrip, he told me it's going to save his organization anywhere from $1.25 million to $1.5 million in 2015. Any way you slice it, that is significant savings for anyone. FoxSports


IMSA Releases Prototype Aero Specs for Daytona
IMSA has released the aero specifications for Prototype class cars that are set to compete in TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The technical bulletin, issued Wednesday, comes after multiple wind tunnel test sessions for DP cars,  as the technical team, led by Scot Elkins, work to balance the aero between the Corvette, Riley and Ford-inspired Riley bodywork.

P2 cars, meanwhile, are confirmed to compete with the ACO-homologated Le Mans aero kit for Daytona, with both the Ligier JS P2 and HPD ARX-04b scheduled for wind tunnel tests following this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Thursday
  • Bottas predicted to be future F1 champion
    Porsche rules out F1 project
  • 2016 rules would have stopped Schumacher return - report
  • Rosberg indicates Hamilton feud now over
  • New Hamilton contract 'will happen' - Lauda
  • Surname has harmed Susie Wolff's career - Toto
  • McLaren can survive without title sponsor - Boullier
  • Symonds: Bottas will be a champion
  • Caterham administrators won't finance testing New
  • Haas: It would be insane to join F1 grid as constructor New

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