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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Confirms 3 Entries for Sebring

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On Thursday afternoon, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they will be fielding three Ford GT’s in the GTLM class in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on Mar. 18.  Joining the two full-time entries will be the No. 68, which will again be piloted by Billy Johnson, Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla. Team …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with New Rules, Constant Wrecking

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Finally, the season is underway.  Sadly, the three races last weekend ended up being the wreckfests that I feared.  The damaged vehicle policy created a real mess as teams weren’t allowed to fully fix their cars.  As far as I’m concerned, having that policy goes against the whole idea of getting drivers to race harder.  …

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WTR, Corvette Racing, CORE autosport Top Sebring Charts

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Thursday and Friday, teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway for 15 hours of testing ahead of next month’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. For most of the teams, it was their first chance to test out new Balance of Performance guidelines that were designed to bring the …

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James Davison Returns to TRG in Pirelli World Challenge

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On Tuesday, The Racers Group (TRG) announced that they will be returning to Pirelli World Challenge’s GT class on a race-to-race basis.  The team has tapped James Davison to drive a Aston Martin Vantage GT3 starting at the season opener next month in St. Petersburg.  The effort will not affect TRG’s existing Porsche effort in …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes Center Stage For FOX

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday (also known as Talking NASCAR TV).  I’m back for my ninth year of TV commentary, suggestions, complaints and more.  It should be a fairly interesting year, although there will be several changes in the personalities that you’ll see.  This week already showed off plenty of them. First off, reporter and NASCAR …

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MAVTV to Supplement FOX Sports ARCA Coverage in 2017

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On Friday at Daytona International Speedway, ARCA announced a new three-year TV deal that will see all of the races for the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards televised for the first time in years. To supplement the existing deal with FOX Sports, the remaining 10 races not covered on FOX Sports 1 or 2 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Marks on Mid-Ohio Triumph, Turner Return

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Justin Marks has had an up-and-down career in motorsports.  In NASCAR, Marks has two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, 30 in the XFINITY Series and 37 in the Camping World Truck Series.  Success has been fleeting.  He has two poles and four top-10 finishes in the trucks.  In the XFINITY Series, Marks has …

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Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

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On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced their 2017 Pirelli World Challenge driver lineup.  Their full-time drivers will be unchanged.  Four-time GT class champion Johnny O’Connell will return to the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-VR for his seventh year with the team.  Meanwhile, Michael Cooper will return for his second year in the No. 8.  Cooper’s No. 8 will carry …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Announces Alex Lynn as TPNAEC Third Driver

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On Thursday morning, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Alex Lynn will join the team as the third driver for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races at Sebring and Road Atlanta.  Lynn will replace Max Angelelli, who retired from driving after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  Regular drivers Jordan and Ricky …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Rolex 24 Victory Despite Late Contact

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In recent years, 24 hour endurance races have turned into sprint races.  Much of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not a sprint, but a test of endurance and traction.  Over half of the race was run in the rain.  However, once the track finally dried out, the action came to …

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