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WeatherTech Racing Announces 2-Car GTD Pro Effort for Daytona; Cooper MacNeil To Drive Both

Mathieu Jaminet and Kevin Estre practicing for the Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, 11/11/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WeatherTech Racing announced Monday (Jan. 3) that they will field one full-time entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s new GTD Pro class in 2022.  Proton Competition will continue to operate the team.  In addition, the team will have an extra entry in this month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, this isn’t your garden variety …

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Rebellion Racing Claims Lone Star Le Mans Pole

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Rebellion Racing’s Gustavo Menezes and Norman Nato combined Saturday (Feb. 22) to set an average lap speed at 114.632 mph. That average speed was more than good enough to give Rebellion Racing the overall pole for Sunday’s Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas, the fifth round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance …

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Toyota Sweeps Front Row For 24 Hours of Le Mans

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Toyota GAZOO Racing didn’t even need the final qualifying session Thursday (June 13) to claim overall pole for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kamui Kobayashi turned in a lap at 155.916 mph during the second session.  That held up to win the pole. Qualifying Practice No. 2 Conditions were nearly perfect during the second …

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Kamui Kobayashi Earns Le Mans Provisional Pole

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi didn’t waste any time Wednesday (June 12) putting the No. 7 Toyota on top of the scoring pylon.  On only the third lap out of the pits, Kobayashi turned a lap at 154.601 mph.  That lap was good enough to claim the provisional pole for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le …

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G-Drive Racing Wins 4 Hours of Monza

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G-Drive Racing’s Norman Nato, Job van Uitert and Roman Rusinov claimed overall victory Sunday (May 12) in the 4 Hours of Monza, the second race of the European Le Mans Series season.  It is the team’s first victory since they rebranded their ORECA 07 chassis as the Aurus 01 (it’s a branding exercise as Aurus …

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Nicolas Lapierre Claims 4 Hours of Monza Pole

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Former Toyota factory racer Nicolas Lapierre claimed the maiden overall pole for COOL Racing in the European Le Mans Series Saturday morning (May 11) at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza for Sunday’s 4 Hours of Monza.  Despite Lapierre’s experience, the pole was a bit of a mild upset since G-Drive Racing was fastest for much of …

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Jonathan Bomarito Treads Where Few Have Gone to Top Day No. 2 at Daytona

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Mazda Team Joest continued Saturday (Jan. 5) to show that they have a lot of speed in their Mazda RT24-P.  Jonathan Bomarito turned in the fastest lap of the day during the night session with a lap at 135.571 mph.  The lap is less than seven-tenths of a second off of the all-time track record, …

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Kazuki Nakajima Improves Time, Clinches Le Mans Pole

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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

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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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Toyota’s Mike Conway, Fernando Alonso Top Thursday Free Practice at Spa

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway was fastest overall in FIA World Endurance Championship practice Friday at the Circuit de Spa-Francochamps in Belgium.  Despite the rule changes made to slow the Toyotas, Conway’s quick time of 116.172 seconds (134.862 mph) was two-tenths of a second faster than the best Friday practice lap at Spa last year. …

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