March 1, 2021

Opinion: Why safety cars are an outdated institution

However, there is an argument that safety cars are actually anti-competition, and that there are better ways to neutralize a race in the 21st century.Before we start: let’s exclude oval racing from this discussion since full-course cautions are part of the spectacle there and have a long tradition in this type of racing. We are talking about ‘regular’ circuits and what consequences safety …Keep reading …

Mazda to end IMSA Prototype program in October

The RT24-P, run by Multimatic since last February, first raced in 2017, under the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s then-new DPi regulations.While LMDh rules have been pushed back to 2023, Mazda has elected to not continue running the car in 2022 – and apparently has decided not to enter the new era of collaboration between IMSA and the World Endurance Championship, that will see …Keep reading …

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Champion returns with Dumas to contest Pikes Peak

Champion Racing, which won Le Mans in 2005 with an Audi R8 LMP prototype, will field a Porsche 911 GT2 RS Clubsport for Frenchman Dumas in the 12.42-mile hillclimb in Colorado on 27 June.It will be the first time that Champion has had an involvement in motorsport since the end of the factory Audi American Le Mans Series programme at the climax of the 2008 season and the first without company …Keep reading …

Era Motorsport commits to full IMSA season in LMP2

The #18 Oreca-Gibson will be driven by team owner Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman in all seven rounds, while Ryan Dalziel will return to the squad the seven-round championship and be joined by Ryan Dalziel for the remaining three Michelin Endurance Cup events. “I’m thrilled to be able to announce our full-season effort,” said Tilley. “Our season last year was cut short, but it …Keep reading …

Era Motorsport commits to full IMSA season in LMP2

The #18 Oreca-Gibson will be driven by team owner Kyle Tilley and Dwight Merriman in all seven rounds, while Ryan Dalziel will return to the squad the seven-round championship and be joined by Ryan Dalziel for the remaining three Michelin Endurance Cup events. “I’m thrilled to be able to announce our full-season effort,” said Tilley. “Our season last year was cut short, but it …Keep reading …

IMSA hails “sensational” Rolex 24, NBC reveals record viewership

The 2021 IMSA season-opener delivered strong action throughout due to six of the seven DPi Prototypes having potential race-winning speed, and the final hour producing a gripping four-way fight for honors.Ultimately, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura ARX-05 prevailed with Filipe Albuquerque, Ricky Taylor, Alexander Rossi and Helio Castroneves on driving duty, while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac …Keep reading …

Garcia on emotional Rolex 24 win after bereavements and COVID

Reigning IMSA GT Le Mans champion Garcia, fulltime co-driver Jordan Taylor and endurance third man Nicky Catsburg drove the #3 Corvette Racing C8.R to victory last Sunday, but a COVID-19 test at the track came back positive for Garcia. Consequently he missed his final stints and had to leave the track, thereby missing out on the celebrations with the squad.Coming in the same month as he lost …Keep reading …

Mercedes started Rolex 24 “average” but became “fantastic”

Maro Engel, Indy Dontje, Philip Ellis and Russell Ward won the GT Daytona class for Winward by 16sec ahead of the similar Mercedes-AMG GT3 of SunEnergy1 Racing, driven by Kenny Habul, Raffaele Marciello, Mikael Grenier and Luca Stolz, an entry run by Gradient Racing.Although the Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracan, Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R and Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage …Keep reading …

Era revels in victory on first anniversary of Rolex 24 debut

The 38-year-old Scot, who twice finished runner-up in the Atlantic Championship, graduated to Champ Car but has made a home in sportscars for the past dozen years. He won the Rolex 24 with Action Express Racing back in 2010, and won the LMP2 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans two years later with Starworks.Dalziel said that as soon as he visited Kyle Tilley’s team, he became aware that it was …Keep reading …

Bamber: Hardpoint EBM showed “great promise” on debut

Following the exit of the Porsche works GT Le Mans squad at the end of 2020, Bamber joined forces with Team Hardpoint’s Rob Ferriol for a full-season IMSA campaign with a Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GT Daytona class.Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen were brought on board to reinforce the line-up for the Rolex 24 season opener, with the team finishing 10th in class.It followed a splitter …Keep reading …