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Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley, Ryo Hirakawa Win 24 Hours of Le Mans

Ryo Hirakawa passes the Mulsanne Kink during the 24 Hours of Le Mans, 6/12/2022 (Photo: Gabi Tomescu/FocusPackMedia.com)

(Photo: Gabi Tomescu/FocusPackMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Brendon Hartley, Sebastien Buemi and Ryo Hirakawa won the 24 Hours of Le Mans Sunday.

Renger van der Zande Quickest in WeatherTech Thursday Rolex 24 Practice

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(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

(Photo: Marius Hecker@AdrenalMedia.com)

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

(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

(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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