July 10, 2020

Quintarelli out to end Nissan’s longest title drought

Quintarelli is gunning for a fifth GT500 title as he goes into his eighth season with Nissan’s flagship NISMO team and his seventh in partnership with Tsugio Matsuda in the #23 car this year, which marks the debut of a new generation of GT-R challenger. The Yokohama manufacturer had a low-key pre-season test at Fuji Speedway last month, which was beset by reliability issues. Its best …Keep reading …

Unorthodox schedule for Fuji Super GT opener

While SUPER GT has long since used a two-day format for its events, practice traditionally occurs on Saturday morning before qualifying takes place later that day.However, in order to further condense the action in the wake of the global coronavirus pandemic, track action will now only begin at 4pm local time with a single one hour, 50 minute practice session, including 10 minutes of …Keep reading …

Used-vehicle down payments reach a high, Edmunds says

Used-vehicle down payments are the highest they have been since Edmunds started collecting data in 2007. Unique market conditions have led to lower interest rates, bigger down payments, less negative equity and increased cross-shopping of used vehicles, according to a statement from the company. The data shows that the average down payment reached $3,167 in June, up nearly 19 percent from June 2019 and up 42 percent from June 2015. The higher down-payment average is a result of buyers having…

Sirotkin joins GT World Challenge Europe enduros with SMP

Sirotkin will share a Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo 2020 in the Pro class with Ferrari’s works GT drivers Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina, who finished second in last year’s Endurance Cup alongside Mikhail Aleshin.“We are very keen to do well, and I am pleased to find Miguel at my side again and intrigued to see Sirotkin making his debut in the 488 GT3,” Rigon said. “We’ll do all we can to help …Keep reading …

AVS thrilled by Lexus dominance, Bell relives plane drama

Bell had been fulfilling his NBC IndyCar commentator role alongside Leigh Diffey and Paul Tracy, but then had to fly with Jimmy Vasser – co-owner of Santino Ferrucci’s Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan IndyCar entry – down to Daytona, to race for the AIM Vasser-Sullivan Lexus team in the IMSA WeatherTech Series Championship’s GT Daytona class.Bell tweeted out an onboard pic from …Keep reading …

Porsche content with points lead after defeat by Corvette

After being passed by the Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, the #912 Porsche 911 RSR remained in lockstep with the American car over the final half hour of last Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech 240, and Bamber even drew to within one second in the final 10 laps.However, when Garcia set the class’s fastest lap of the race just before the end of the 2hr40min event, Porsche’s …Keep reading …

R-Motorsport withdraws from 2020 GT World Challenge season

The race-winning team, whose Aston Martin Vantage GT3s are jointly run by the British Arden and Jota Sport operations, has opted to put its racing activities on hold as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. R-Motorsport, which also contested last year’s DTM under the Aston banner, has stressed that it intends to return to racing next season in what a spokesman said could be a “bigger, better …Keep reading …

Acura, Cadillac drivers admit Mazda out of reach at Daytona

Mazda’s pair of RT24-Ps dominated the delayed second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship season, as Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito led home a one-two for the Japanese manufacturer ahead of teammates Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez.Read Also:Tincknell “fairly relaxed” in Mazda’s fourth win from seven racesAcura Team Penske had grabbed pole …Keep reading …

Ex-F2 driver Lorandi makes GT3 switch with Mercedes

Lorandi is a race winner in both European Formula 3 and the GP3 Series, placing as high as seventh in the championship in the latter category for Trident in 2017.The Italian was then handed the chance to step up to F2 in the middle of 2018 when Trident parted ways with Santino Ferrucci, although he managed just one points finish in 10 starts.But he was forced to sit out almost all of the …Keep reading …