January 26, 2021

Marco Andretti switches to part-time in IndyCar, considers IMSA

The third-gen driver has scored two wins since making his IndyCar debut in 2006, and as recently as last August took pole for the Indianapolis 500.However, he has notably struggled with the current car on road and street courses admitting his late-braking technique requires a ‘solid’ rear end – something that disappeared with the arrival of the IR-18 in 2018.“Upon some careful …Keep reading …

Porsche LMDh prototype set for Le Mans, WEC, IMSA in 2023

The German manufacturer has been given board approval to develop a car for the LMP2-based LMDh hybrid category, which it revealed was under evaluation by its motorsport department back in March. Pascal Zurlinden, head of factory motorsport at Porsche, confirmed that the marque is “intending to run in both championships with a full commitment”, starting with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona …Keep reading …

BMW ends its relationship with Schnitzer team

The German squad, whose successes also include victory in the 1987 World Touring Car Championship and the 2012 DTM as well as at Le Mans in 1999, will not be given a works programme by BMW for 2021, Motorsport.com has learned.The move follows a gradual downscaling of Schnitzer’s activities with BMW Motorsport since it was dropped from the DTM line-up at the end of 2016 when the Bavarian marque …Keep reading …

De Oliveira had to give up ByKolles Le Mans seat

The 2010 Formula Nippon champion and long-time Nissan GT500 driver revealed he tested the ByKolles ENSO CLM P1/01 last year and that plans were also made for him to be part of the team’s line-up for the preceding FIA World Endurance Championship round at Spa.But Japan’s strict immigration rules prevented de Oliveira from taking up the seat, as leaving the country would have prevented him from …Keep reading …

WeatherTech Racing moves up to GTE Pro at Le Mans

Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander and Jeff Segal will drive the No. 63 Ferrari GTE 488 Evo for the French endurance classic on September 19-20.MacNeil drove with Segal in 2018 and with Vilander last year at the classic sportscar race and continues to share the entry with the Finn in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.Segal scored a class win at Le Mans in 2016 with Scuderia Corsa …Keep reading …

Gavin: Le Mans was never detrimental to Corvette’s IMSA program

Corvette Racing announced last month that it would be pulling out of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans which, due to the coronavirus pandemic, has been pushed back to Sept. 19-20. With the IMSA schedule being compressed by the USA’s Covid-19 restrictions, the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca round is due to fall just one week prior to Le Mans scrutineering while the Mid-Ohio race will be held …Keep reading …

Shelby Foundation auction to benefit first responders’ children

Funds raised from auctioning several pieces of “Ford v Ferrari” memorabilia autographed by Hollywood legends Christian Bale and Matt Damon, as well as others, will benefitting the First Responders Children’s Foundation COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. The money will be used for grants that help first responders experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.Neil …Keep reading …

Pagenaud, Montoya lead Team Penske virtual Le Mans line-up

Following the postponement of the real-life endurance race to September 19-20 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, a virtual rFactor 2 race will take place on the original June 13-14 date organised by the World Endurance Championship, Le Mans organiser the ACO and Motorsport Games.The race will mark reigning Indy 500 winner Pagenaud’s first major sim racing appearance since the controversial …Keep reading …

DragonSpeed reveals revised plans for IndyCar, IMSA, ELMS

Julian’s team impressed and won the hearts of NTT IndyCar Series fans last year after its early forays in U.S. open-wheel, the highlight of which was comfortably qualifying for the 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500.An expanded schedule of six races for 2020 was promised, but inevitably this has taken a huge knock due to the coronavirus pandemic lacerating and jumbling the …Keep reading …

Gallery: Corvette’s 20-year history at Le Mans

Corvette’s exit follows Porsche’s decision to withdraw its two CORE autosport-run IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entries from the event.The two announcements leave just seven cars in the GTE Pro field, with two factory cars each from Ferrari, Porsche (Manthey-run WEC squad) and Aston Martin joined by Risi Competizione’s Ferrari.Read Also:Corvette’s 20th Le Mans …Keep reading …