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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

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This weekend, the FIA World Endurance Championship has their marquee event, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.  The 8.469-mile Circuit de la Sarthe will be alive with activity all week.  The activity will be focused on the 60 teams that are entered. The headlining LMP1 class is a bit smaller in 2017.  Audi pulling out …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Townsend Bell on a Storied Career

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

41-year old Townsend Bell has had a varied career in motorsports.  In his mid-20s, Bell was considered an up and coming open-wheel talent, winning the Dayton Indy Lights championship in 2001. That resulted in a multi-race deal with Patrick Racing in CART. Unfortunately, it was a turbulent year for Bell, who showed speed, but tore …

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Alex Job Racing Signs Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler for 2017

On Tuesday, Alex Job Racing (AJR) announced that they will be switching from the Porsche 911 GT3 R to a new Audi R8 LMS GT3 for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  Driving the new Audi full-time will be longtime teammates and 2015 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Daytona champions Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. …

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Porsche Steals Le Mans Overall Victory in Final Lap

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On Sunday morning, Porsche Team claimed a shocking overall victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans when the leading No. 5 Toyota Gazoo Racing TS050 fell victim to issues under the rear bodywork in the final couple of laps of the race.  With less than ten minutes, the No. 5 driven by Kazuki Nakajima had a one …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Townsend Bell Lose Indy 500 Bids For Andretti in Pit Road Tangle

(Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher)

Andretti Autosport’s top two chances at winning the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 were both erased in a flash courtesy an unfortunate pit road incident. Following a caution for the crashed Mikhail Aleshin and Conor Daly, Ryan Hunter-Reay and Townsend Bell were among the many teams that headed to pit road for a routine …

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Change Racing Expands to Two Cars at Sebring

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Recently, O’Gara Motorsport closed their doors after the Rolex 24.  The team explained at the time that external business issues for team owner Tom O’Gara, who owns high end car dealerships in Southern California, led to the decision.  That put full-season drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler out on their butts, searching for a new team to …

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IndyCar Preview: 2015 Angie’s List Grand Prix of Indianapolis

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The series returns to race at its most storied home, but this weekend it races on the other circuit for just the second time.  The race was meant to add to the fun of the month of May at Indianapolis and it looks like it does just that. The one question that might arise is …

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