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FIA WEC Unveils 2018-19 Full Season/Le Mans Entries, Moves Fuji Race

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Friday afternoon (European time), the FIA World Endurance Championship officially launched the 2018-19 season with an announcement in Paris.  The full-season entry list was revealed, containing 36 teams.  However, the biggest news was the shift of the 6 Hours of Fuji up by one week to Oct. 14. The Fuji move has been met …

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Fernando Alonso Joins Toyota GAZOO Racing for 2018-2019 WEC Super Season

Fernando Alonso stops by the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last weekend in Daytona, Fernando Alonso stated that his chances of racing at Le Mans this year was “50/50.”  Those chances are now nearly 100/0 as Toyota GAZOO Racing announced Monday that Alonso will be part of the team as often as his Formula One commitments allow him to be. That doesn’t just mean that …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Daytona Attempt, Stock Car Future

Fernando Alonso stops by the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is no stranger when it comes to trying something new. After all, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 last year and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. Alonso, 36, competes with McLaren in F1, and that is his primary job. But he’s in the …

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Fernando Alonso to Race for United Autosports in Rolex 24 at Daytona

fernando alonso (credit: McLaren)

(Photo Credit: McLaren)

After weeks of speculation, United Autosports made it official on Thursday.  Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso will compete for the team in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Alonso will share a Ligier JS P217-Gibson with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson. Since the race is in January, it does not conflict with any of …

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2-Headed Monster: Did Fernando Alonso Make It Look Easy?

Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fernando Alonso’s performance in this past weekend’s Indianapolis 500 impressed many. The Spaniard led 27 laps before his Andretti Honda engine expired with 21 laps remaining in the event. He came home 24th when the checkered flag flew from IMS, but opened a lot of eyes. Did Alonso’s performance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing make …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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