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HART Reconstitutes Itself, Announces 2018 Endurance Schedule

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On Thursday, the Honda of America Racing Team (HART) announced that they will return to the track as a team in 2018.  They will compete in the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races with one Acura NSX GT3.  Ryan Eversley will return to the team, along with longtime driver Chad Gilsinger.  The remaining …

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Connor De Phillippi to Drive for BMW, Bill Auberlen in New Role

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On Thursday, BMW Team RLL announced that Connor De Phillippi will drive full-time for the organization in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  He will replace veteran Bill Auberlen, who will step back from full-time racing to become a Brand Ambassador for BMW of North America.  The 49-year old Auberlen will still race in …

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CORE autosport Signs Loïc Duval, Romain Dumas for Daytona

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CORE autosport is moving up to the Prototype class in 2018.  In Daytona, they plan to make a big splash.  On Thursday, the Rock Hill, S.C.-based team announced that former LMP1 racers Loïc Duval and Romain Dumas will join full-time drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in the No. 54 ORECA 07-Gibson at Daytona. To …

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Performance Tech Motorsports Acquires ORECA 07 for 2018 IMSA Season

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On Thursday, Performance Tech Motorsports announced that they will move up to the top-flite Prototype class in 2018.  They will replace their Prototype Challenge class ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet with a brand new ORECA 07-Gibson. For team owner Brent O’Neill, working with familiar people is key for this move. “We know everybody going into this,” O’Neill stated …

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JDC/Miller Motorsports Signs Simon Trummer for 2nd Car

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On Wednesday, JDC/Miller MotorSports announced that they have signed Simon Trummer to drive the team’s new second full-time ORECA 07-Gibson in 2018.  The new car will use No. 84. Trummer is very excited about his new venture. “I have always wanted to race in the US and IMSA at the moment is for sure very …

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Mazda Team Joest Announces 2018 Drivers

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At the LA Auto Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled the six drivers that will wheel the new generation Mazda RT24-P in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Mazda Team Joest.  The squad will be a mix of new and returning drivers. Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez, who shared the No. 55 pictured above in …

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Alex Job Racing Ceases Racing Operations

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On Wednesday, Alex Job Racing announced that they will no longer race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (or any other series), effective immediately.  Team owner Alex Job will focus on a historic restoration business that already operated in parallel with the race team. Job is very proud of his career in motorsports. “We have …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Renger van der Zande on Moving Up, Callaway, Macau & More

(Photo: Visit Florida Racing/Brian Cleary)

For Holland’s Renger van der Zande, 2017 was a make-or-break year.  After claiming the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype Challenge championship with teammate Alex Popow, van der Zande stepped up to the top flight Prototype class with Visit Florida Racing.  The season was an up and down affair as the team dealt with wrecks …

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Nicolas Lapierre, Olivier Pla Join Tequila Patron ESM for 2018 Enduros

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On Tuesday morning, Tequila Patron ESM announced their endurance drivers for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Regular drivers Ryan Dalziel, Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek will be joined by Nicolas Lapierre and Olivier Pla.  The team has not made specific car assignments as of yet for the two European pilots. Team …

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Pace Laps: Lights at Martinsville, Lewis Hamilton Crowned Champion & IMSA Changes for 2018

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Power of Lights: Something about that Sun seemed to keep the drivers at bay Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. When she decided to make her daily disappearing act for the night, things changed in a big hurry on track. Around lap 300, the speedway flicked on the new once-used LED …

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