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Renger van der Zande Quickest in WeatherTech Thursday Rolex 24 Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Renger van der Zande Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Thursday (Jan. 28) saw IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams practice for more than four hours in preparation for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After all of that time, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Renger van der Zande was quickest in two of the three sessions.  His quickest lap of the day at 136.129 mph was set during …

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Cooper MacNeil, WeatherTech Racing, Join With Proton Competition for 2021

2020 Daytona IWSC Cooper MacNeil WeatherTech Racing

(Photo: WeatherTech Racing)

Proton Competition announced Wednesday (Jan. 6) that they will field a Porsche 911 RSR-19 full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans class in 2021.  Cooper MacNeil (pictured above) will bring primary sponsorship from WeatherTech to the team.  He will be joined by Porsche factory drivers Gianmaria Bruni, Kevin Estre and Richard Lietz.  …

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Kamui Kobayashi Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole

2019 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi turned in a lap at 156.137 mph Friday (Sept. 18) during the new Hyperpole session to win the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  It is not a track record, but within a couple of tenths of a second. In the new-for-2020 qualifying format at Le …

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Rebellion Racing Wins Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain Pole

2019 Shanghai WEC Gustavo Menezes Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Rebellion Racing’s Norman Nato and Bruno Senna‘s fastest laps averaged out to 117.566 mph.  That was good enough Friday (Dec. 13) to give Rebellion Racing the overall pole position for Saturday’s Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain.  It is Rebellion Racing’s second straight overall pole. Nato and Senna’s average lap was one-seventh of a second faster …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Claims Silverstone 1-2 Finish

2017 Shanghai WEC Mike Conway Car Marcel Langer Adrenal Media

(Photo: Marcel Langer @AdrenalMedia.com)

In Sunday’s (Sep. 1) FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone, Toyota GAZOO Racing claimed their sixth consecutive win when Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez emerged victorious.  The No. 8 Toyota was close behind to give Toyota a one-two finish. The Toyotas were up front early and often, combining to …

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Kamui Kobayashi Fastest in First Practice Day of 2019-20 WEC Season

2019 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Friday (Aug. 30) saw the teams of the FIA World Endurance Championship return to the track for their first official on-track action of the 2019-2020 season. Despite the 10-week break since Le Mans, not a whole lot has changed. Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi was fastest overall with a lap at 136.273 mph. Practice No. …

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Toyota Easily Claims Time-Shortened 1000 Miles of Sebring

2019 Sebring WEC Fernando Alonso Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

(Photo: Marius [email protected])

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 8 shared by Fernando Alonso, Sebastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima dominated the 1000 Miles of Sebring Friday (March 15).  The Toyota trio led all but one of the 253 laps run on the way to a one-lap victory.  The race was originally scheduled for 268 laps, but a couple of safety …

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Kazuki Nakajima Improves Time, Clinches Le Mans Pole

2018 Le Mans WEC Fernando Alonso Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kazuki Nakajima technically didn’t need to improve his time from Wednesday night to claim the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as no one beat it all day Thursday.  However, he did it anyway.  Nakajima turned in a lap at 156.012 mph early in Qualifying Practice No. 3 …

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Kazuki Nakajima Posts Le Mans Provisional Pole in Qualifying Practice No. 1

2018 Le Mans WEC Kazuki Nakajima Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kazuki Nakajima was fastest overall during the first two-hour qualifying practice session held on Wednesday.  Nakajima’s lap of 154.515 mph was a tenth of a second faster than Kamui Kobayashi in the No. 7 Toyota. The time set by Nakajima is considered to be a track record, even though it is slower …

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Pace Laps: Texas Tires, Penske Dominance & Newgarden Prevails in Phoenix

Goodyear Tires ready for NASCAR action. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Texas Tears Up Tires Kyle Busch may have edged Kevin Harvick to finally get that winless monkey off his back, but Sunday’s (April 8) race at Texas Motor Speedway for the MENCS was more notable for who wasn’t around at the finish. Kyle Larson. Martin Truex Jr. Ryan Newman. Ricky Stenhouse Jr. …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday night, Porsche unveiled their 2018 GTE plans at their annual Night of Champions gala in Weissach, Germany.  With the 919 Hybrid no longer racing, the company has recommitted itself to their GT roots. The “forward-engined” Porsche 911 RSR that debuted in 2017 will continue to compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Gianmaria Bruni Wins Northeast Grand Prix Pole for Porsche

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Gianmaria Bruni Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Porsche GT Team’s Gianmaria Bruni claimed the overall pole for Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.  Bruni’s lap of 50.404 seconds (105.277 mph) is the fastest lap of the weekend for any IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver. Afterwards, Bruni noted the general lack of experience that both he and teammate Laurens …

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