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Sebastien Bourdais Quickest Overall in Rolex 24 Practices

Renger van der Zande practicing for the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/28/2022 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Chip Ganassi Racing’s Sebastien Bourdais turned in the fastest practice lap of the entire weekend Friday morning (Jan. 28) with a lap at 135.287 mph in the final practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Practice No. 3 Thursday night (Jan. 27) saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams venture …

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

Felipe Nasr leads the field at the start of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/31/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

IMSA released the official entry list for the ROAR Before the 24 Wednesday (Jan. 12).  61 teams will be testing at Daytona International Speedway the weekend of Jan. 21-23, an increase of 12 entries over 2021.  As per IMSA rules, any team that plans to compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona must participate in …

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United Autosports Wins ELMS 4 Hours of Portimao

Jonathan Aberdein qualifying for the 4 Hours of Portimao, 10/23/2021 (Photo: ©JEP - WWW.JAKOBEBREY.COM)

(Photo: ©JEP - WWW.JAKOBEBREY.COM)

United Autosports’ Jonathan Aberdein, Tom Gamble and Phil Hanson claimed victory in the European Le Mans Series’ season-ending 4 Hours of Portimao at the Algarve International Circuit Sunday (Oct. 24).  It is the team’s first victory of 2021.  Team WRT’s Louis Deletraz, Robert Kubica and Yifei Ye claimed the LMP2 championship. “With the [early] red …

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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 Tomescu@AdrenalMedia.com)

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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Toyota GAZOO Racing Earns 3rd Straight Le Mans Victory

(Photo: Harry Parvin@AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing once again dominated the proceedings at the Circuit de la Sarthe.  The pole-sitting No. 7 Toyota TS050 was in charge for nearly the entire first half of the race.  However, a turbo issue just past the halfway point resulted in a 30-minute stint in the garage.  That allowed the No. 8 Toyota …

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Rebellion Racing Dominates to Win Lone Star Le Mans at COTA

(Photo: Marius Hecker@AdrenalMedia.com)

Rebellion Racing’s Gustavo Menezes, Norman Nato and Bruno Senna dominated the proceedings Sunday (Feb. 23) at Circuit of the Americas.  The trio combined to lead 156 of the 189 laps en route to winning the Lone Star Le Mans, the fifth round of the 2019-20 FIA World Endurance Championship. Changes to the WEC’s success handicap …

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Toyota Avoids Collision, Earns 1-2 Finish in Bahrain

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

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez claimed a dominant victory in the Bapco 8 Hours at Bahrain Saturday (Dec. 14), the team’s second win of the 2019-20 season.  It was an unexpectedly dominant race for the No. 7 team, leading all 257 laps. Conway lined up fourth on the grid …

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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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Ligier’s Revenge: United Autosports Leads Ligier Podium Sweep at Portimão

(Photo: ©JEP - WWW.JAKOBEBREY.COM)

ORECA 07s have dominated the 2018 European Le Mans Series.  On Sunday (Oct. 28), Onroak Automotive struck back.  United Autosports’ Filipe Albuquerque and Phil Hanson claimed victory in the 4 Hours of Portimão in their Ligier JS P217-Gibson.  The French-built prototypes swept the podium in a wild race. “It was a crazy race,” Albuquerque said …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR’s Triple Threat, Dale Earnhardt Jr. Highlight Richmond’s Playoff Debut

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Big Three Back To The Front Earlier this week, I wrote about how playoff and stage bonuses make it difficult to topple NASCAR’s Big Three. But Richmond Raceway Saturday night (Sept. 22) reminded us of the most important reason; they’re simply just faster than everyone else. Kyle Busch led the …

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