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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Ben Keating Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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Audi Pulling Out of WEC at End of 2016

2016 Fuji WEC Lucas di Grassi Car Credit Gabi Tomescu AdrenalMedia.com

(Credit: © Gabi Tomescu - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Wednesday, Audi Sport announced that they are “realigning our motorsport strategy.”  As a result, Audi will be pulling out of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016 season and shutting down their prototype program after 18 years.  In its place, Audi Sport will launch a new factory-supported program for the budget-capped FIA …

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Tequila Patron ESM to Race 2 DPi Nissans in 2017

2016 Daytona IWSC Pipo Derani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM (also known as Extreme Speed Motorsports) announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a full-time basis in the 2017 season.  They will be competing in the new DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class with two Ligier JS P217 chassis with special bodywork and Nissan engines.  …

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Taylor Brothers Win Lone Star Le Mans

2016 Daytona IWSC Jordan Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship take on the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas for a 160-minute sprint race.  Attrition wasn’t too much of an issue, but contact was early. Ricky Taylor started the No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette DP from pole and escaped the scrum that is turn 1 with the …

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Porsche Steals Le Mans Overall Victory in Final Lap

2016 WEC Le Mans Romain Dumas Pit Stop Credit Adrenal Media

(Photo: AdrenalMedia.com)

On Sunday morning, Porsche Team claimed a shocking overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the leading No. 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 fell victim to issues under the rear bodywork in the final couple of laps of the race.  With less than ten minutes, the No. 5 driven by Kazuki Nakajima had a one …

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Porsche Claims Le Mans Overall Pole, Ford Sweeps GTE-Pro Front Row

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At the 24 Hours of Le Mans, there are three two-hour qualifying sessions over two days that helps to set the field for the 24-hour classic.  The timer for the sessions go on regardless of conditions.  Normally, the final session is when you see the fastest times.  That was not the case this year. Wednesday …

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