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2022 Rolex 24 at Daytona 12 Hour Update

Richard Westbrook leading the Rolex 24 at Daytona just before halfway, 1/30/2022 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – With 11 full course cautions, the battle of attrition continues after 12 hours of the 60th Running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. As of the halfway mark, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi leads overall, despite at one point spinning off the track. However, both the Acuras of Wayne …

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Kamui Kobayashi Leads Early Rolex 24 Practices

Kamui Kobayashi during a press conference at Daytona International Speedway, 1/27/2022 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Much like Michelin Pilot Challenge teams, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams had to dodge the rain on Thursday.  Action Express Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi ended up being fastest in the first two sessions with a lap at 134.241 mph at the driest time of the day. Practice No. 1 Thursday’s first practice …

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NASCAR 101: Who Didn’t Return to NASCAR in 2021?

Jimmie Johnson at Detroit 2021 IndyCar

(Photo: Chris Owens/INDYCAR Media)

A smaller crop of drivers who raced on the national NASCAR stage in 2020, largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, equals an altogether more diminutive list of racers who didn’t return to a NASCAR national series in 2021. And of those who didn’t return, some were, as always, expected. Jimmie Johnson, Clint Bowyer, Matt Kenseth …

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Chip Ganassi Racing Expanding To 2 Cadillac DPi-V.R.s In 2022

Renger van der Zande racing in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/3/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) that they will be doubling down on their commitment to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022.  The team will be expanding to two full-time Cadillac DPi-V.R.s next season. Renger van der Zande will stay with the team for a second full season.  He’ll be joined by three …

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Team Hardpoint/EBM Expands To 2 Full-Time Entries

Katherine Legge racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/31/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Team Hardpoint/EBM announced Monday (March 8) that they will be expanding their operation to two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, effective immediately.  Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will now be full-time in the No. 88 Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class.  Sponsorship will be provided by Richard Mille, a Swiss manufacturer of …

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Entry List: ROAR Before the 24/Rolex 24 at Daytona

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

This week, teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge will test for three days ahead of the opening weekend of the 2021 IMSA season.  Between the two series, 87 cars will be in Daytona this week.  As of this writing, the official entry lists do not have drivers listed.  What …

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Entry List: Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

This Saturday, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship wraps up their season with the 68th Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway.  This race was originally planned to be in the traditional mid-March slot, but the shutdown put the kibosh on that.  Instead, the race is running during what was originally planned …

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Team Orders Give Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Victory At Laguna Seca

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The vast majority of the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Sunday (Nov. 1) was dominated by Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya.  However, team orders resulted in Cameron giving way to Ricky Taylor entering turn 11 coming to the white flag.  That allowed Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves to take their fourth …

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Entry List: Motul 100% Synthetic Grand Prix

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Saturday night will see the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes tackle Charlotte Motor Speedway’s ROVAL for 100 minutes of racing.  It will be the first major sports car race at Charlotte Motor Speedway since the American Le Mans Series raced there in 2000.  A season-low 18 cars are entered to take the green flag. …

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Entry List: Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For this weekend’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, there were originally 27 teams entered.  However, recent moves have dropped this number to 24. Monday night, Porsche announced that all of their crewmembers and drivers that competed in last weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans would not be making the trip to Germany for this …

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