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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 9: Corvettes lead the DP and GTLM classes
Ricky Taylor
Ricky Taylor (No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) leads overall, with remaining class leaders Antonio Garcia (No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R in GT Le Mans), Colin Braun (No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09 in Prototype Challenge) and Dominik Farnbacher (No. 93 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R in GT Daytona).

Defending Rolex 24 at Daytona champions Action Express Racing, in the No. 5 Corvette DP, stopped on track in the ninth hour to cause the seventh full-course caution of the race with Joao Barbosa behind the wheel.

The car lost fuel pressure with the car having lost at least three laps.

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 8: Corvettes run 1-2-3 at the 1/3 mark
The Taylor/Angelelli Corvette DP is now out front
Ricky Taylor in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP holds a narrow six-second lead over the No. 5 Action Express Racing entry of Sebastien Bourdais with eight hours complete in the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona, as TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors head into the cold night time hours.

Taylor got around Bourdais through the bus stop chicane after the Frenchman locked up the brakes of his Corvette DP late in the hour.

The Corvette DP of Westbrook/Valiante/ Rockenfeller/Cosmo runs in third.

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 6: Ganassi No. 01 still in front
Chip Ganassi Racing remained out front as the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona reached the six-hour mark - 1/4 of the race complete and still a long way to go.

The No. 01 Riley-Ford DP of Joey Hand holds a narrow one-second margin over the sister entry driven by Tony Kanaan, in what's turned into an early dominant run for the Ford EcoBoost-powered cars.

AJ Allmendinger runs in third aboard the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda, which has crucially remained on the lead lap, along with the Corvette DP entries from Action Express Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing, which complete the top-five overall.

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 4: Karam puts Ganassi No. 01 in front
Sage Karam put the No. 01 Ganassi Ford in front
Sage Karam, in the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford, has moved into the lead just before the four-hour mark in the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The 19-year-old made a gutsy move on Lap 103, on the restart following the third full-course caution of the race to jump from third to first. He passed leader Jordan Taylor and Ganassi teammate Jamie McMurray in the sister CGR No. 02 Riley-Ford.

Karam pitted just shy of the four-hour mark to start the fifth round of pit stops and when they were all done he was back in the lead on lap 138.

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 3: Ganassi Ford leads Taylor Corvette DP
The Ganassi 02 is back in front
It's now past nightfall at the 3-hour mark of the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Ford DP of Dixon/Kanaan/Larson/McMurray holds an 8.5 sec. lead on the Corvette DP of J.Taylor/R.Taylor/Angelelli.

Ganassi's 2nd Ford DP driven by Pruett/Hand/Kimball/Karam ran third with Karam at the wheel.

The Oreca of Cumming/Junqueira/Hawksworth/ Menezes leads the PC class while the Ferrari of Kaffer/Rigon/Fisichella/ Beretta leads the GTLM class.

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 2: Barrichello takes lead in BMW
Rubens Barrichello in the No. 7 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Dinan BMW took over the overall lead teamed with IndyCar star Ryan Hunter-Reay.

Other class leaders at the two-hour mark included Stephen Simpson in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports Oreca FLM09 (Prototype Challenge), Pierre Kaffer in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia (GT Le Mans) and Jeroen Bleekemolen in the No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R (GT Daytona).

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 Hour 1: Ganassi Fords run 1-2
Scott Dixon

Scott Dixon leads as the 53rd Rolex 24 at Daytona is underway, but now under the first full caution, from Daytona International Speedway.

Dixon jumped past polesitter Ozz Negri on the start, with Dixon then controlling the pace in the No. 02 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford until the first round of pit stops.

Although he wasn't the last of the Prototype leaders to pit on the sequence - that distinction went to the No. 7 Starworks Motorsport Dinan BMW-powered Riley of Rubens Barrichello who stayed out for 43 minutes – Dixon regained the lead once the cycle was complete.

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01/24/15
uscc

Alex Job honored with 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence
Alex Job (L)

Alex Job Racing (AJR) owner Alex Job, of Tavares, Florida, has been named the recipient of the 2014 Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence. The announcement was made during the traditional prelude to the Rolex 24 At Daytona - the Grand Marshal Dinner - which was held at the Daytona 500 Club on Friday, January 23, 2015. From a short-list of three successful team owners who competed in the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, a panel of motorsports professionals selected Job.

"The Rolex Bob Snodgrass Award of Excellence is a prestigious acknowledgement, awarded to a team owner, or manager, who has demonstrated the qualities of integrity, passion for the sport of automobile racing and an infinite love of cars, all the traits which my father proudly wore on his sleeve," said Harris Snodgrass in introducing Job as the winner.

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01/24/15
irl

Newgarden 'nervous' as debut of new-look IndyCar nears
Josef Newgarden

Josef Newgarden's 2015 IndyCar season will be dependent on moving parts, including some that won't be on his race car.

The Tennessee native drives for CFH Racing, a new organization formed by the consolidation of teams owned by IndyCar mainstays Ed Carpenter and Sarah Fisher.

CFH Racing and every other IndyCar team will face the challenge of implementing new race car body styling that will be phased in during races, including the Verizon IndyCar Series doubleheader in Detroit in May. 

"I'm nervous," Newgarden said at the North American International Auto Show.

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01/24/15
imsa

IMSA, Ferrari Challenge North America Announce Three-Year Extension
The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and Ferrari Challenge North America today announced a three-year extension of its partnership to continue running the Ferrari Challenge under IMSA sanction in North America through the 2017 season. Established in 1993, and now in its 22nd year, Ferrari Challenge also has series in Europe and Asia Pacific.

The Ferrari Challenge North America calendar consists of seven race weekends, each featuring a pair of 45-minute races. The 2015 season began this week with a doubleheader at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the 53rd Rolex 24 At Daytona, which opens the 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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01/24/15
usf2000

Afterburner Autosport Re-Signs Franzoni for USF2000 Title Run
Victor Franzoni
After a debut season that saw the squad score a major race win, four podiums and take fifth overall in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda driver standings, Afterburner Autosport is pleased to announce the return of Brazilian standout Victor Franzoni to the tent for the 2015 season. The 19-year-old will tackle his second season on the opening rung of the Mazda Road to Indy, armed with new confidence and significant race experience.  With a year under his belt, one that featured impressive success, Franzoni will certainly be a driver to watch in 2015.

"We're thrilled to have Victor back with us for the new year and I think that his return speaks to the fact that our team developed steadily throughout last year's campaign," offered Tim Walsh, Afterburner Autosport Team Principal. "Victor got us our first USF2000 win and he was in the hunt all year, as a rookie. Coming back for his sophomore season, we all have exciting expectations for taking a run at the championship."

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01/24/15
uscc

Rolex 24 notebook
IndyCar ace Simon Pagenaud in the Corvette
Porsche won both classes in the BMW Performance 200, the kickoff for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona International Speedway.

It was, as usual, an action-packed event, to be expected when you put 51 cars, for two and a half hours, on a legendary 3.56-mile track with a bunch of drivers who can't wait to get the sports car racing season started. And when you add in slightly damp conditions late in the race, it just gets that much more exciting.

Taking the Grand Sport (GS) class and the overall win were brothers Matt and Hugh Plumb in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 911, followed by Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell in the No. 6 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R. Stevenson teammates Lawson Aschenbach and Matt Bell were third in their No. 9 Camaro Z/28.R.

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01/24/15
arca

AutoZone Supports Daytona ARCA Opener
AutoZone, one of the nation's leading retailers of aftermarket automotive parts and accessories, will serve as the presenting sponsor for the season-opening ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards event on Saturday, Feb. 14, part of Budweiser Speedweeks 2015 at Daytona Int'l Speedway.

The official race name will be the Lucas Oil 200 Presented By AutoZone.

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01/24/15
f1

Hamilton signs with music PR agency
Lou Hamilton
(GMM)  World champion Lewis Hamilton has replaced one entertainment-based management agency with another, British newspapers the Daily Mail and Telegraph report.

In November, despite not yet negotiating a new Mercedes contract beyond 2015, the Briton split with Spice Girls-famed Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment.

The 30-year-old, whose girlfriend is Nicole Scherzinger, has never hidden his desire to expand his public profile beyond F1 and into film and particularly music, as he spends much of his spare time writing songs on his guitar.

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01/24/15
nassprint

Jeff Gordon's famous colors just barely made cut
The DuPont color scheme has changed over the years
It all started with a promise from Ray Evernham in the summer of 1992. The now-legendary crew chief was a young up-and-comer at the time and was looking to give Jeff Gordon a present for his 21st birthday. Evernham headed to NASCAR artist Sam Bass' studio near Charlotte Motor Speedway in the hopes of getting a program cover. When Bass gave him the program free of charge, he added one condition: When Evernham and Gordon went Sprint Cup racing, Bass wanted a shot at designing their car's paint scheme. True to his word, Evernham would later call Bass and give him the green light to develop three designs to be presented to sponsor DuPont.

After putting together two designs, Bass came to the day of the presentation and a light bulb went off. "I had two of the designs done, and the morning of my presentation I was driving to work and it just hit me that DuPont and their automotive finishes brand were trying to portray that they had a rainbow of colors," Bass told FOXSports.com.

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01/24/15
nassprint

NFL's deflate-gate draws comparisons to NASCAR cheating
Chad Knaus
"Everyone is doing it, they just got caught."

"The quarterback (or driver) didn't know that it was being done."

"Even if they bent the rules, it didn't make a difference in the game."

"Why didn't the officials notice?"

"The conditions (weather or racetrack) caused it to get out of whack."

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