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Rolex 24 Hour 8 Standings Plus Video of Accident
Video of Gidley accident followed by the 8-Hour Standings.

United SportsCar Championship: Coming out of Turn 3 and blinded by the sun, the No. 99 of Memo Gidley slams into the back of the stalled No. 62 car of Matteo Malucelli.

8 Hour Standings

Pos CL No. Current Driver Car Type Laps Behind Gap
1 P 10 Jordan Taylor Corvette DP 209 - - - ----
2 P 5 Sebastian Bourdais Corvette DP 209 3.661 3.661
3 P 9 Brian Frisselle Corvette DP 208 1 Laps 1 Laps
4 P 1 Jamie Mcmurray Ford Ecoboost/Riley 208 1 Laps 1.748
5 P 60 Aj Allmendinger Ford Ecoboost/Riley 208 1 Laps 3.967
6 P 90 Richard Westbrook Corvette DP 208 1 Laps 4.42
7 P 2 Marino Franchitti Ford Ecoboost/Riley 208 1 Laps 7.134
8 P 78 Sebastian Savedra Dinan/Riley 208 1 Laps 10.924
9 P 6 Klaus Graf Nissan Oreca 207 2 Laps 1 Laps
10 GTLM 911 Nick Tandy Porsche 911 Rsr 205 4 Laps 2 Laps
11 GTLM 3 Jan Magnussen Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 205 4 Laps 5.817
12 GTLM 912 Patrick Long Porsche 911 Rsr 205 4 Laps 0.055
13 GTLM 93 Jonathan Bomarito Srt Viper Gts-R 205 4 Laps 16.584
14 GTLM 56 John Edwards Bmw Z4 Gte 205 4 Laps 4.329
15 GTLM 91 Marc Goossens Srt Viper Gts-R 205 4 Laps 3.642
16 GTLM 55 Joey Hand Bmw Z4 Gte 204 5 Laps 1 Laps
17 GTLM 4 Tommy Milner Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 203 6 Laps 1 Laps
18 PC 54 James Gue Oreca Flm09 203 6 Laps 3.801
19 PC 25 Rob Huff Oreca Flm09 203 6 Laps 6.591
20 PC 7 Alex Popow Oreca Flm09 202 7 Laps 1 Laps
21 PC 87 Gaston Kearby Oreca Flm09 201 8 Laps 1 Laps
22 GTD 63 Lorenzo Case Ferrari 458 Italia 200 9 Laps 1 Laps
23 GTLM 57 Nic Jonsson Ferrari F458 Italia 200 9 Laps 0.274
24 GTD 58 Jan Heylen Porsche 911 Gt America 200 9 Laps 9.76
25 GTD 7 James Davison Aston Martin V12 Vantage 200 9 Laps 4.221
26 GTD 22 Leh Keen Porsche 911 Gt America 200 9 Laps 1.801
27 GTD 48 Matthew Bell Audi R8 Lms 200 9 Laps 0.493
28 GTD 30 Christina Nielsen Porsche 911 Gt America 200 9 Laps 8.739
29 PC 38 Julio Campos Oreca Flm09 199 10 Laps 1 Laps
30 GTD 555 Bill Sweedler Ferrari 458 Italia 199 10 Laps 38.284
31 GTD 556 Guy Cosmo Ferrari 458 Italia 199 10 Laps 107.504
32 GTD 23 Marco Holzer Porsche 911 Gt America 199 10 Laps 12.858
33 GTD 33 Emmanuel Collard Srt Viper Gt3-R 199 10 Laps 8.472
34 GTD 44 Jf Dumolin Porsche 911 Gt America 199 10 Laps 1.674
35 GTD 45 Tim Pappas Audi R8 Lms 198 11 Laps 1 Laps
36 GTD 72 Mikhail Aleshin Ferrari 458 Italia 198 11 Laps 53.128
37 GTD 73 Kevin Estre Porsche 911 Gt America 198 11 Laps 11.016
38 GTD 65 Xandinho Negrao Ferrari 458 Italia 198 11 Laps 4.184
39 GTD 35 Seth Neiman Audi R8 Lms 198 11 Laps 8.171
40 GTD 81 Damien Faulkner Porsche 911 Gt America 196 13 Laps 2 Laps
41 P 50 Frank Beck Dinan/Riley 196 13 Laps 5.304
42 PC 8 Conor Daly Oreca Flm09 196 13 Laps 26.682
43 GTD 94 Augusto Farfus Bmw Z4 196 13 Laps 19.473
44 GTD 71 Timo Bernhard Porsche 911 Gt America 196 13 Laps 21.556
45 PC 52 David Cheng Oreca Flm09 194 15 Laps 2 Laps
46 GTD 64 Ken Wilden Ferrari 458 Italia 194 15 Laps 32.887
47 GTLM 97 Richie Stanaway Aston Martin Vantage V8 193 16 Laps 1 Laps
48 GTD 18 Ron Zitza Porsche 911 Gt America 193 16 Laps 19.444
49 P 42 Gustavo Yacaman Nissan Morgan 192 17 Laps 1 Laps
50 P 2 Johannes Van Overbeek Hpd Arx-03B 192 17 Laps 17.905
51 GTD 49 David Rigon Ferrari 458 Italia 190 19 Laps 2 Laps
52 P 70 Sylvan Tremblay Mazda Skyactiv-D 188 21 Laps 2 Laps
53 P 31 Max Papis Corvette DP 187 22 Laps 1 Laps
54 PC 8 Sam Bird Oreca Flm09 184 25 Laps 3 Laps
55 GTD 19 Robert Gewirtz Porsche 911 Gt America 176 33 Laps 8 Laps
56 GTD 51 Matt Griffin Ferrari 458 Italia 176 33 Laps 57.496
57 GTD 28 Rolf Ineichen Porsche 911 Gt America 173 36 Laps 3 Laps
58 GTD 9 Robert Nimkoff Aston Martin V12 Vantage 167 42 Laps 6 Laps
59 P 1 David Brabham Hpd Arx-03B 165 44 Laps 2 Laps
60 P 0 Alexander Rossi Deltawing Dwc13 164 45 Laps 1 Laps
61 GTD 32 James Sofronas Audi R8 Lms 151 58 Laps 13 Laps
62 P 7 Joel Miller Mazda Skyactiv-D 151 58 Laps 14,422.86
63 PC 9 David Heinemeier Hansson Oreca Flm09 124 85 Laps 27 Laps
64 GTD 27 Joe Foster Porsche 911 Gt America 110 99 Laps 14 Laps
65 P 99 Memo Gidley Corvette DP 92 117 Laps 18 Laps
66 GTLM 62 Matteo Malucelli Ferrari F458 Italia 88 121 Laps 4 Laps
67 GTD 46 Charlie Putman Audi R8 Lms 5 204 Laps 83 Laps


Rolex Update
We’ve reached the quarter pole of the 2014 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. The caution is currently out with a tire carcass in the infield section. Memo Rojas currently leads in the #01 Ganassi Ford, but will be pitting soon, and likely making way for NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray.

Max Angelleli has been turning fast times in the Wayne Taylor Racing #10 Corvette and currently sits second.  IndyCar driver Justin Wilson is third in the #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Ford Eco Boost

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Rolex 24 Hour 3.5 Standings
The Daytona 24 Hours has been red-flagged shortly before the three-hour mark after a serious incident involving the pole-winning GAINSCO/Bob Stallings entry driven by Memo Gidley.

Gidley was running fourth when he hit the Risi Competizione GT Le Mans class Ferrari of Matteo Malucelli, who is understood to have lost drive.

Gidley and Malucelli were both taken to the local Halifax hospital after being removed from their respective cars.

Hour 3.5 Standings

Pos No Current Driver Car Laps Behind Gap BL
1 5 Christian Fittipaldi Corvette DP 93 - - - 01:40.9
2 Tony Kanaan Ford Ecoboost/Riley 93 0.625 0.625 01:40.9
3 10 Max Angelelli Corvette Dp 93 4.021 3.396 01:40.6
4 78 Alex Popow Dinan/Riley 93 215.987 211.966 01:41.1
5 42 Roman Rusinov Nissan Morgan 93 226.926 10.939 01:41.1
6 99 Memo Gidley Corvette Dp 92 1 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:40.6
7 1 Memo Rojas Ford Ecoboost/Riley 92 1 LAPS 241.988 01:41.2
8 60 John Pew Ford Ecoboost/Riley 92 1 LAPS 17.2 01:41.9
9 9 Fabien Giroix Corvette Dp 92 1 LAPS 39.813 01:41.3
10 90 Michael Valiante Corvette Dp 92 1 LAPS 19.812 01:40.5
11 6 Lucas Luhr Nissan Oreca 91 2 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:41.6
12 91 Dominik Farnbacher Srt Viper Gts-R 91 2 LAPS 158.29 01:45.9
13 911 Patrick Pilet Porsche 911 Rsr 90 3 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:45.9
14 912 Michael Christensen Porsche 911 Rsr 90 3 LAPS 8.867 01:45.6
15 93 Kuno Wittmer Srt Viper Gts-R 90 3 LAPS 5.514 01:45.9
16 4 Tommy Milner Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 90 3 LAPS 0.808 01:45.6
17 8 Chris Cumming Oreca Flm09 90 3 LAPS 5.285 01:44.0
18 3 Antonio Garcia Chevrolet Corvette C7.R 90 3 LAPS 24.978 01:45.9
19 56 Graham Rahal Bmw Z4 Gte 90 3 LAPS 130.872 01:46.4
20 52 Mike Guasch Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:44.4
21 7 Martin Fuentes Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 123.947 01:44.3
22 97 Darren Turner Aston Martin Vantage V8 89 4 LAPS 12.013 01:46.9
23 55 Andy Priaulx Bmw Z4 Gte 89 4 LAPS 4.888 01:46.6
24 87 James Kovacic Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 12.871 01:44.1
25 8 Mirco Schultis Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 51.942 01:43.4
26 25 Mike Marsal Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 53.319 01:44.0
27 54 Colin Braun Oreca Flm09 89 4 LAPS 1.354 01:45.4
28 62 Matteo Malucelli Ferrari F458 Italia 88 5 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:45.6
29 31 Bradley Smith Corvette Dp 88 5 LAPS 150.397 01:42.1
30 72 Maurizio Mediani Ferrari 458 Italia 87 6 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:48.5
31 58 Madison Snow Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 6.364 01:49.4
32 73 Connor Dephillippi Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 2.412 01:49.4
33 30 Henrique Cisneros Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 19.612 01:49.2
34 555 Scott Tucker Ferrari 458 Italia 87 6 LAPS 19.807 01:49.4
35 63 Jeff Westphal Ferrari 458 Italia 87 6 LAPS 1.804 01:48.4
36 23 Mario Farnbacher Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 56.547 01:49.8
37 22 Shane Van Gisbergen Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 2.213 01:49.3
38 81 Bob Faieta Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 1.823 01:49.5
39 64 David Empringham Ferrari 458 Italia 87 6 LAPS 6.717 01:49.5
40 71 Craig Stanton Porsche 911 Gt America 87 6 LAPS 7.917 01:49.3
41 48 Bryce Miller Audi R8 Lms 86 7 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:48.6
42 94 Paul Dalla Lana Bmw Z4 86 7 LAPS 4.325 01:49.0
43 57 Andrea Bertolini Ferrari F458 Italia 86 7 LAPS 0.797 01:47.7
44 556 Mike Lamarra Ferrari 458 Italia 86 7 LAPS 5.404 01:49.2
45 44 Jf Dumolin Porsche 911 Gt America 86 7 LAPS 25.557 01:49.7
46 45 Nelson Canache Jr Audi R8 Lms 86 7 LAPS 124.158 01:48.4
47 28 Christian Englehart Porsche 911 Gt America 86 7 LAPS 3.093 01:49.1
48 35 Filipe Albuquerque Audi R8 Lms 86 7 LAPS 5.483 01:48.7
49 49 Piergiuseppe Perazzini Ferrari 458 Italia 85 8 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:48.5
50 33 Ben Keating Srt Viper Gt3-R 85 8 LAPS 2.934 01:49.5
51 32 Alex Welch Audi R8 Lms 85 8 LAPS 8.965 01:49.0
52 7 Brandon Davis Aston Martin V12 Vantage 85 8 LAPS 7.599 01:49.0
53 65 Marcos Gomes Ferrari 458 Italia 85 8 LAPS 3.164 01:48.8
54 9 Calum Lockie Aston Martin V12 Vantage 85 8 LAPS 29.122 01:49.0
55 38 David Ostella Oreca Flm09 85 8 LAPS 26.443 01:44.1
56 51 Michele Rugolo Ferrari 458 Italia 85 8 LAPS 50.566 01:49.0
57 50 David Hinton Dinan/Riley 84 9 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:42.4
58 27 Marc Lieb Porsche 911 Gt America 81 12 LAPS 3 LAPS 01:49.6
59 70 James Hinchcliffe Mazda Skyactiv-D 81 12 LAPS 759.436 01:51.3
60 18 Brad Blum Porsche 911 Gt America 80 13 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:49.4
61 0 Katherine Legge Deltawing Dwc13 78 15 LAPS 2 LAPS 01:42.0
62 2 Simon Pagenaud Hpd Arx-03B 77 16 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:41.5
63 19 Taggart/Gewirtz/Kvamme/Michaelian/Pobst Porsche 911 Gt America 76 17 LAPS 1 LAPS 01:50.3
64 1 Ryan Dalziel Hpd Arx-03B 64 29 LAPS 12 LAPS 01:41.7
65 7 Tristan Vautier Mazda Skyactiv-D 61 32 LAPS 3 LAPS 01:49.6
66 9 Bruno Junqueira Oreca Flm09 24 69 LAPS 37 LAPS 01:44.3
67 46 Charlie Putman Audi R8 Lms 5 88 LAPS 19 LAPS 01:52.0


Grand marshal David Hobbs lauds union of sports car series
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- "No downside."

That's how former driver David Hobbs, grand marshal for the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, views the merger that produced the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

"I think now that we've got the two factions together again in sports car racing, we could be entering another golden era of racing here; I really do," Hobbs said of the merger that united the GRAND-AM Rolex Series and the American Le Mans Series under the IMSA sanction. "As you can see, there's a heck of a lot of cars out there and a heck of a lot of drivers who obviously want to take part in it.

"So I really think it heralds a new era in sports car racing, which it needs. It really does, because sports car racing was languishing a little bit, and I think it will be great for it."

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Gidley in Accident at Daytona (Update 3) UPDATE #3 Again, we have no official word on the condition of either Matteo Malucelli or Memo Gidley. However, both have been taken to nearby Halifax Hospital.

01/25/14 It looks as if Gidley has been removed from the car, placed on a stretcher and loaded into an ambulance. Still, no word on Gidley’s condition.

Real quick update:

Gidley collided with Italian Matteo Malucelli, driver of the #62 Rizi Competizione Ferrari, coming out of the kink in the infield. Malucelli has been removed from the car, placed on the stretcher, and put into an ambulance. The race has been red-flagged.

Still, no update on Gidley. Again, we will pass along the information, as we receive it.

Brian C. Reporting for AR1

01/25/14 Memo Gidley, driver of the #99 Corvette Prototype, has been in a huge accident at the 24 Hours of Daytona. No word yet on Gidley's condition. We will pass along information as we receive it. 


Rolex 24 Hour 2.5 Standings
We’re closing in on the end of hour 2 in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Joao Barbosa has cycled back to the lead in the #5 Acton Express Corvette. Again, Barbosa is on a different pit sequence, and we expect him to pit soon.  When the off-sequence cars do pit, Scott Dixon will once again inherit the lead.

While Dixon has been strong, the #01 driven by Scott Pruett has struggled. On his most recent pit stop, Pruett left the pits before the Ganassi team had secured the left rear wheel on the car. One of the crewmen was hit and brought to the ground but uninjured. Pruett served a stop and hold penalty for the unsafe release.

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Rolex 24 Hour 1 Update
We’re approaching the end of the first hour in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. By virtue of an early out-of-sequence pit stop Joao Barbosa leads in the #5 Action Express Racing Corvette. Brendon Hartley in the #78 Starworks Riley Dinan is about 8 seconds behind Barbosa, about a half-second ahead of Ozz Negri in the #60 Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Riley DP Ford EcoBoost. Like Barbosa, Hartley and Negri pitted early.

When the leaders pit, we expect 2013 IndyCar Series Champion Scott Dixon to inherit the lead in the #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley DP Ford EcoBoost. Dixon was able to jump early race leader Alex Gurney by pitting a lap later than the #99 machine.

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Confident Montezemolo says "Now is time to win"
Ferrari president Luca di Montezemolo says he has confidence his team can end their six-year wait for a championship in 2014.

“I’m confident because we have a strong team,” said Montezemolo following the launch of the team’s new car, the F14 T. “They think that we have all the ingredients to be a success.”

Kimi Raikkonen has replaced Felipe Massa in the team’s line-up this year and Montezemolo said Ferrari have “two very strong drivers” for the new season.

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Ferrari unveils shovel nose 2014 car
(GMM)  Ferrari on Saturday became the next team to unveil its 2014 car, launching the fan-named F14-T online.

The characteristically red car, but with extra black in its livery for the new V6-powered season, features an unique take on the FIA's new aerodynamic limitations, and is a departure from the 'anteater' noses seen so far.

Ferrari's nose is a dramatic shape, wide and low, and it will be driven by Fernando Alonso as usual, but also team returnee and 2007 world champion, Kimi Raikkonen.

And with former five-time Ferrari title winner Michael Schumacher currently seriously ill in hospital, Spaniard Alonso drew a parallel with the great German's breakthrough in 2000, and his own fifth consecutive season in red.

"I'm in the fifth year now so hopefully I can repeat some of the success that he had," said Alonso. See AR1.com feature article for photos and more.


Dodge not planning return to NASCAR anytime soon
It's the question all Dodge stock-car fans want to know: When will the manufacturer return to NASCAR? Not in 2014, that's for sure. While Dodge continues to discuss stock-car racing, according to Ralph Gilles, president and CEO of SRT Brand and Motorsports, Chrysler Group LLC, "the timing isn't right." But Gilles is well aware that stock-car enthusiasts miss the Dodge brand in NASCAR's garages” so never say never. "We haven't forgotten about NASCAR," Gilles told FOX Sports on Friday.

"We have a lot of pressure on our capital right now. The Dodge brand has a new chief (Timothy Kuniskis, president and CEO of Dodge Brand), right? He's an enthusiast. He owns a Charger himself, it's his daily drive. He has an older one and a new one. He gets it. He understands. But timing is everything. To get back in the sport is not an insignificant investment. It's something that we've said no to. This year is out of the question, but the future, anything could happen. The fans want us back, so we'll see." FoxSports


Barfield working as race strategist at Rolex 24
“Hey, what are you doing here?” Alex Tagliani addresses Beaux Barfield as he passes by in the Daytona International Speedway paddock.

More than a dozen IndyCar Series and Mazda Road to Indy drivers are competing in the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the IndyCar Series race director also is involved as the race strategist for the NGT Motorsport team in the GTD class.

“It’s a great opportunity to get back on the competitor side,” he said. “It’s already made me better in terms of officiating because it’s allowed me, in this environment, to look at the rules from a completely different perspective. That balance of getting back on the competitor side, staying current and relevant will help my officiating.”

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F1 cars now sound as uninspiring as an IndyCar
After months of anticipation, the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team exclusively reveals the very first clip of Formula One 2014 in action, as our F1 W 05 car makes its inaugural run at the Silverstone circuit. Listen and weep.  The uninspiring sound of a turbo V6 sends fans heading for the door.  Just ask IndyCar who have seen TV ratings reduced to that of an infomercial.


Fans decide 2014 Ferrari F1 car name
The car with which Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen will fly the Scuderia Ferrari flag in this year’s Formula 1 World Championship will be called the F14 T. Prancing Horse fans from around the globe chose the name in a ballot that’s run on line from 15 January to midnight last night.

“It’s nice to know the name of the car has been chosen by our fans,” Stefano Domenicali told www.ferrari.com. “The amazing number of votes shows just how popular Ferrari has always been and this will be, as always, a further impetus for us to do well this year!”

There was a total of 1,123,741 votes and the winning margin was just 19,104 or 1.7%, after a very close fight with F166 Turbo. The other three names on the list fared less well: third was F14 Scuderia (18.8%), followed by F14 Maranello (12.3%) and F616 (4.8%.)

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Rolex 24 is first shot, for Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup
Polesitting No. 99 Gainsco
The 52nd running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, set to begin Saturday at 2:10 p.m. ET, will also be the first of four races in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, a special four-event competition that encompasses the four longest races in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

Following this weekend's 24-hour test, the remaining NAEC events will be the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on March 15; the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen at Watkins Glen International on June 29; and the 10-hour (or 1,000 miles) Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta on Oct. 4.

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Three 2014 F1 cars on track on Friday
Nico Rosberg had the McLaren on track Friday
(GMM)  Three all-new, V6-powered formula one cars were in action on Friday.

One of them can even be heard, after Mercedes released audio of Nico Rosberg speeding past at the wheel of the unlaunched W05 for a 'filming day' at Silverstone.

The audio can be heard here.

Also running at Silverstone was the locally-based Force India's VJM07, with Nico Hulkenberg at the wheel, while both of Toro Rosso's drivers were running in the newly Renault-powered STR9 at Misano in Italy.

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Luyendyk and Wallace Head 2014 Hall of Fame Class
NASCAR legend Rusty Wallace in 2001
January 24, 2014 - The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America will induct its 26th class of racing legends Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at Detroit's historic Fillmore Theater. Those being honored include Ole Bardahl, Raymond Beadle, John Bishop, Ricky Graham, Arie Luyendyk, Marshall Teague and Rusty Wallace.

2014 MSHFA Class

"Once again, the depth and breadth of American motorsports is reflected in the 2014 class of inductees," says Ron Watson, president of the Motorsports Hall of Fame.

The Motorsports Hall of Fame of America is racing's Cooperstown, memorializing achievement in all forms of motorized competition. Over the years, 209 motorsports luminaries have been inducted. The 99-person nominating panel itself reads like a who's who of racing, including names like Mario Andretti, Don Garlits, Craig Breedlove and Richard Petty.

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Rolex 24 GTD class pole winner, others penalized (Update) UPDATE
Christopher Haase is smiling again
After winning the GTD pole in Thursdays qualifying in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS, Christopher Haases time was disallowed in post-qualifying inspection. After review by IMSA supervisory officials, however, the post-qualifying infraction penalty was rescinded on Friday morning, putting the Audi back on the pole.

"We were not as much concerned about the pole as our interpretation of the rule, team owner Paul Miller said. Qualifying position is not very important in a 24-hour race. We were concerned about the rule that was in dispute, and were very upset with the way it was initially handled. Were grateful that IMSA took a deep breath, took a good look at the rule, and changed their minds."

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Bob Bondurant School, IMSA Launch Partnership At Daytona
The Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving has entered a unique partnership with the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

The Bondurant School, celebrating 46 years of training the best professional drivers, has been named the preferred driving school of IMSA. The school will provide the official safety car drivers for the TUDOR Championship, which debuts this weekend with the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, the opening round of the Tequila Patrn North American Endurance Cup. Bondurant instructors also will pace Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races, starting with today's season-opener at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.

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Westbrook Leads Final Rolex 24 Practice
Westbrook, driving the blue No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP
Local race fans will have no problem finding a car to cheer for in Saturdays 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona. After qualifying second on Thursday, Spirit of Daytona Racing driver Richard Westbrook was fastest in Fridays final practice before the debut of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrn North American Endurance Cup.

Westbrook ran a lap of 1:39.256 (129.121 mph) in the No. 90 Corvette DP to lead the one-hour session. He will be joined racing for the Daytona Beach-based team by Michael Valiante and Mike Rockenfeller for Saturdays race that begins at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Its nice knowing that we have the pace to be contenders under our right foot, Westbrook said. Weve had a real nice build up for the Rolex 24. The car is fast and comfortable to drive. This is the first time Ive been at the Rolex 24 in a DP where I can say I have a chance to fight for the win. Weve got the pace. Now, we have to stay out of trouble and give ourselves a chance. Well give it a go.

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Sage Karam aiming for drive in Ganassi IndyCar
Indy Lights champion Sage Karam
Indy Lights champion Sage Karam isn't sure where this weekend's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona will lead him, but he's willing and ready to find out.

Karam has joined Chip Ganassi Racing for the season-opening race of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Daytona International Speedway with no guarantees that he'll ever drive another Chip Ganassi car. But he might, and that's good enough for him.

“We're talking about doing some more races,” said Karam, who is scheduled to hop in the No. 01 Telcel-sponsored car led by sports car regulars Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas with help from NASCAR driver Jamie McMurray. “We might do the Indy 500 or maybe a couple of other races. We'll see.”

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NASCAR's McMurray trying to join elite sports car 'short list'
Jamie McMurray
Jamie McMurray has a knack for coming up big in big-time events. So he has that going for him this weekend in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, as he tries to become only the third driver to win that event and the Daytona 500.

The other two: Mario Andretti and A.J. Foyt.

"Couple good names," McMurray said before adding that he also had a chance to establish a record that would be his alone.

"Nobody's won those two races plus the Brickyard 400."

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ZF Announces Partnership with IMSA, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
ZF Friedrichshafen AG has become an official series partner of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the 2014 season. It is the premier sportscar series in North America, featuring 12 races throughout the United States and Canada.

The new, multi-year partnership with the TUDOR Championship series enables ZF to focus their North American motorsports efforts toward the further development of the new sports car series, helping establish a firm presence and increased awareness of the ZF brand in North America.

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McLaren, if you can't beat them, steal them
McLaren have confirmed several hirings in their technical department ahead of the new season.

Managing director Jonathan Neale confirmed the details of the new team members who have joined them from Red Bull and Lotus.

“We’ve made some very important key additions who’ll have a significant input into our future momentum – we’re incredibly pleased and excited to have hired the likes of Peter Prodromou and Dan Fallows, both from Red Bull Racing, and Ettore Griffini and Ciaron Pilbeam from Lotus, as well as more than a dozen top-level engineers from among the best teams in Formula One, all of whom have seen the capacity and potential that exists here at McLaren.”

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Video: Technical Lowdown: McLaren Mercedes MP4-29
See Sam Michael, McLaren Mercedes Sporting Director, giving an in-depth insight into the 2014 McLaren Mercedes MP4-29. Take a closer look at the technical specifications of the 2014 Formula 1 season.

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McLaren and Lotus reveal odd-nosed 2014 cars (Update) UPDATE Added McLaren photos below.

Lotus E22 with forked nose
(GMM)  The world of F1 is now in full 2014 mode, as two more new cars saw the light of day on Friday.

Force India and Williams had already released images of their new 'anteater'-nosed single seaters, and now the 'nostril'-nosed silver and black McLaren MP4-29 has been launched online.

And, perhaps in retaliation for apparently poaching its boss Eric Boullier, Lotus rained on McLaren's launch parade by simultaneously releasing the first photo of its new E22, which will not be officially revealed until Bahrain next month.

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Bourdais Leads Daytona Night Practice
Sebastien Bourdais
With half of Saturday’s Rolex 24 At Daytona taking place at night, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship teams were given the opportunity to practice under the lights on Thursday evening.

Sebastian Bourdais led the 90-minute session with a lap of 1:38.964 in the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP, followed by Michael Valiante in the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP, 1:39.883.

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Latest F1 news in brief - Friday
  • Juncadella gets Force India Reserve role
    Mercedes happy about Ecclestone's lesser F1 role
  • FIA no longer mentioning 'cost cap'
  • Sam Michael tipped to be new McLaren boss
  • Ecclestone thinks F1 entry for Haas 'unlikely'
  • Renault says Jerez absence a setback for Lotus
  • New Force India also has 'anteater' nose
  • No date set for end of Schumacher coma - report
  • Winter knee surgery for Perez
  • Astana-backed Juncadella is Force India reserve
  • Scuderia Toro Rosso signs sponsorship agreement
  • The 2014 F1 rules versus 2013 rules
  • Increased track time for Infiniti Red Bull Racing and Casio
  • Team principal Whitmarsh out in the cold
  • F1 plans 2015 tire warmer ban

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Double File Restarts Coming To ARCA
Officials from the Automobile Racing Club of America have announced the adoption of a revised “double file restart” procedure for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards 2014 season. The new rule will be in effect starting with the Lucas Oil 200 presented by MAVTV American Real at Daytona International Speedway Feb. 15.

Here’s how it will work: Following a caution period and pitting cycle, series officials will verify the running order and position cars in proper order. When the starter gives the “one lap to go,” signal, cars will line up in two columns for all restarts in the “double file” format after they cross the start/finish line, unless otherwise directed by ARCA officials. The leader will have the choice of which lane he or she will restart. Previously, ARCA’s double file restart placed lead-lap cars in the outside lane and all lap-down cars in the inside lane with no lane choice for the leader.

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Mario Andretti to be inducted into National Motorsports Press Association Hall of Fame
Racing legend Mario Andretti stands in his Nazareth, PA home in front of an image of himself from 1978.
Express-Times Photo | MATT SMITH
Some things never get old for legendary race car driver Mario Andretti.

As a teen, Andretti came to America from post-World War II Italy in 1955, settling with his family in Nazareth and still resides in Bushkill Township.

The spunky, feisty Andretti went on to reach the pinnacle of auto racing, gaining indelible world-wide fame.

On Saturday night, the prestigious National Motorsports Press Association will induct Andretti into its Hall of Fame.

Andretti's induction at a banquet/ceremony at the Embassy Suites and Spa in Concord, N.C., will be the 20th hall of fame honor for the winner of the Indianapolis 500, Daytona 500, Formula 1 World driving title and four Indy car championships.

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Team Owners Eye "Huge Leap Forward" For Rolex 24 At Daytona
Team owners fielding cars in this weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona, the inaugural event in the Int'l Motor Sports Association's Tudor United SportsCar Championship series, said that the series "could lead to a huge leap forward in the profile, sponsorships and prize winnings," according to Dinah Voyles Pulver of the Daytona Beach NEWS-JOURNAL.

With ticket sales and sponsor interest "up this year, team owners and others are optimistic." Team Owner Michael Shank said sports car series purses have never reached the proportions of  NASCAR races because there is "not enough corporate involvement."

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Rolex 24 USA broadcast schedule
A special documentary detailing the build-up for this weekend’s historic Rolex 24 At Daytona titled “Road to Rolex 24” premieres this evening at 7 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

The one-hour documentary, created and produced by NASCAR Productions, includes interviews with teams and drivers, in addition to segments detailing the historical background of the Rolex 24, which opens the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season and the Tequila Patr¢n North American Endurance Cup.

The “Road to Rolex 24” kicks off a weekend full of International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) programming across several platforms. The Rolex 24 itself will include 15 hours of FOX Sports television programming beginning on Saturday at 2 p.m. ET on FOX network.

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Video: 2014 Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview
When the green flag waves at the 52nd Rolex 24 At Daytona, a new era in sports car racing begins - the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the first of four races that comprise the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.


Video: TUDOR Championship Classes Explained
Your guide to the four classes in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and the key identifiers to help easily follow the on track action.

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