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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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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

(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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Sébastien Buemi Fastest in Happy Hour, BMW Tops GTLM

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

In Daytona Beach this time of year, the average high is 68 degrees with lows in the upper 40’s.  On Sunday, temperatures barely got to the upper 40’s for highs.  In addition, the winds kicked up out of the north to over 20 mph.  As a result, a number of teams chose not to participate …

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DragonSpeed Fastest in Session No. 6, Marcel Fässler Goes Up in Flames

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday morning dawned quite chilly in Daytona Beach.  Temperatures hovered around 35 degrees when teams arrived at the track for the third and final day of the Roar Before the 24.  Some teams chose to do the bare minimum, thinking that they couldn’t learn all that much in the cold weather.  Others put themselves out …

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WeatherTech Porsche Leaves WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

It seems really bizarre that a team sponsored by the series’ title sponsor could be pulling out of the series, but it is the case.  Alex Job Racing announced on Wednesday evening that their No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3-R will not compete in the last three races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. Why would …

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Alex Job Racing, Leh Keen, Part Ways; Sven Müller to Drive

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Alex Job Racing announced that Leh Keen has been released from the team, effective immediately.  Sven Müller, a Porsche Junior factory driver, will replace Keen in the No. 22 Porsche GT3-R in the GT Daytona for at least this weekend’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  Müller will partner up with Cooper …

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