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Kamui Kobayashi Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole

Kamui Kobayashi on pit road at Watkins Glen International, 6/26/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi took very little time to assume control in Hyperpole qualifying Thursday (Aug. 19).  On his first lap at speed, Kobayashi set a lap at 149.526 mph to win the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. With everyone in the Hypercar class running on low fuel and …

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Kamui Kobayashi Quickest In Le Mans Early Qualifying

2021 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Gabi Tomescu Adrenal Media

(Photo: Gabi Tomescu/AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi was fastest overall in the opening round of qualifying Wednesday (Aug. 18) for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kobayashi’s lap of 147.801 mph was three seconds faster than any lap set in the opening practice session and more than a second faster than the quickest lap during the …

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Entry List: Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen

2019 Watkins Glen IWSC Timo Bernhard Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend will see the full compliment of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s five classes race for six hours at Watkins Glen International.  As of this writing, 40 teams are entered for the race, but that may change. In the DPi class, seven teams are entered.  In addition to the six full-time entries, Action Express …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Dominates 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps

Sebastien Buemi practicing at Spa, 4/30/2021 (Photo: Gabi Tomescu@AdrenalMedia.com)

(Photo: Gabi [email protected])

In the debut race for the FIA World Endurance Championship’s new Hypercars, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s GR010 Hybrid dominated the day.  However, it was the slower No. 8 shared by Sebastien Buemi, Brendon Hartley and Kazuki Nakajima that won the 6 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps Saturday (May 1). On the initial start, United Autosports’ Phil Hanson was …

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Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday Sebring Practices

Felipe Nasr practicing at Sebring, 3/18/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing came to Sebring, Fla. with full intent to flex their muscles.  They did just that Thursday (March 18).  Felipe Nasr was fastest overall for the day with a lap at 126.765 mph during the opening session of the day. Practice No. 1 The opening practice went green at 9:05 a.m. Thursday morning.  …

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Kamui Kobayashi Fastest in Day No. 1 ROAR Testing

2021 Daytona IWSC Kamui Kobayashi Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The all-star squad that Action Express Racing has assembled for Daytona has already proven to be fast.  Kamui Kobayashi was fastest overall in the first day of the ROAR Before the 24 Friday (Jan. 22) at Daytona International Speedway with a lap at 134.464 mph set during the morning session in his Ally-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R. …

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Jimmie Johnson Joins Action Express Racing All-Star Squad for Rolex 24

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Rick Hendrick recently teased that seven-time Cup champion would compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  It is now official. Action Express Racing announced Friday (Dec. 4) that Jimmie Johnson will head up a second Cadillac DPi-V.R. team, No. 48, for the Rolex 24 weekend.  He’ll be joined by Simon Pagenaud, Kamui Kobayashi …

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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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Wayne Taylor Racing Defends Rolex 24 Victory, Sets Distance Record

2020 Daytona IWSC Kamui Kobayashi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Mazda Team Joest may have had the fastest car for much of the race, but they were not perfect.  Neither was Wayne Taylor Racing.  They were able to come to the front during the overnight hours.  When the Mazdas began to fall off, the Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac pulled away.  When the clock struck 1:40 p.m., …

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Filipe Albuquerque, Kamui Kobayashi Top Final 2 Daytona WeatherTech Practices

2020 Daytona IWSC Felipe Nasr Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The final two practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Daytona had their fair share of minor incidents, but nothing serious.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest in these sessions with a lap at 135.027 miles per hour. Practice No. 3 The night practice session Thursday night (Jan. 23) turned out to …

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