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Entry Lists: Pirelli World Challenge at Road America

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This weekend, some of Pirelli World Challenge’s classes will be in action at Road America on the undercard to the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Kohler Grand Prix.  Unlike the last three Pirelli World Challenge weekends, Road America is a Sprint weekend, meaning no driver changes.  Just all-out running. The combined races for the GT, GTA and …

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Vaillante Rebellion’s No. 13 DQ’d Due to Bodywork Modification

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On Monday afternoon, the FIA announced that the No. 13 ORECA 07-Gibson for Vaillante Rebellion has been disqualified from last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as a result of infractions found post-race.  As a result, the team of Mathias Beche, Julien Canal and David Heinemeier Hansson will lose their second-place finish in LMP2 (third …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Pulls Off Michigan Win and Lack of Funding Hurting Truck Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Kyle Larson Does it Again at Michigan- Kyle Larson proved on Friday he had the fastest car at Michigan International Raceway, putting his No. 42 team on the pole for the 400-mile event. This time, the California kid had to hold off a pack of hounds in the waning laps. Larson …

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Porsche LMP Team Takes Very Unexpected Le Mans Victory

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On Sunday morning, Porsche LMP Team’s No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid of Earl Bamber, Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley claimed overall victory in the 85th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The victory was somewhat improbable due to the amount of time that the team lost in the first quarter of the race. …

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Toyota’s Le Mans Charge Falls to Pieces at Night

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Leading into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota GAZOO Racing had a near flawless weekend. Toyota TS050s were at the top of the charts for Free Practice and all three Qualifying Practice sessions, usually with quite a gap over the Porsches.  Kamui Kobayashi set an all-time lap record to win the overall pole on …

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Risi Competizione Out of Le Mans Due to Pierre Kaffer’s Crash

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Last year, Risi Competizione finished second in GTE-Pro at Le Mans but was every bit as fast as the class winners.  In 2017, we’ll never know if that is true or not since the day ended for the team prior to the one-quarter mark. Pierre Kaffer, driving the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE (the car …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Àlvaro Parente on PWC, Factory Racing and Travel

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Àlvaro Parente is a 32-year old racer out of Porto, Portugal.  He is a factory racer for McLaren, racing 650S GT3s on a regular basis both here in the United States and in Europe. Prior to his transition to sports car racing, Parente was a standout in open-wheel feeder series.  He won the British Formula …

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Lawson Aschenbach in New Era with GTS Class Camaro GT4.R

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Last year, Lawson Aschenbach finished third in points in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS Class with an older-spec Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R.  While he did take home four victories, the races were quite difficult for the heavy Camaro. “Last year, we had no straight line speed,” Aschenbach told Frontstretch in Lime Rock Park’s paddock.  “We were not …

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Records Fall as Kamui Kobayashi Takes Le Mans Pole for Toyota

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The general expectation was that times were going to be quick this year at Le Mans, especially in the LMP2 class where teams have roughly 100 extra horsepower to play with.  All-time records were not necessarily expected, but that is what happened. Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi entered Thursday as the provisional pole-sitter after being fastest …

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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

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This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship has their marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe will be alive with activity all week.  The activity will be focused on the 60 teams that are entered. The headlining LMP1 class is a bit smaller in 2017.  Audi pulling out …

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