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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA - Timo Bernhard interview

Photo: Chris Smith Timo Bernhard co-drives the #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid with Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley. Together with its #18 full-time sister car and Porsche's win at Le Mans (courtesy of its third team for the race: Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, Nico Hulkenburg) the mark comes to Circuit of the Americas leading the manufacturers championship.  The #17 has been gaining momentum all season, most recently finishing second at Le Mans and winning Nurburgring.  Bernhard: “It w...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Nick Tandy interview

Nick Tandy, Earl Bamber, and Nico Hulkenberg drove to overall victory at the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans despite none of them having prior LMP1 experience. Tandy: “When Porsche announced a third car for Le Mans, they needed three drivers for it. It was clear that you can’t just take three guys who are doing another series full-time, because they’ve got their own job. So it had to be made up of guys from different areas of our sport. At the end of the day Porsche picked the three...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA (Qualifying): Porsche, KCMG, Aston Martin, Dempsey fastest

Photo: Chris Smith LMP1: 1. #18 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Neel Jani, Switzerland; Marc Lieb, Germany; Romain Dumas, France) 1:46.211 2. #17 Porsche (Timo Bernhard, Germany; Mark Webber, Australia; Brendon Hartley; New Zealand) +0.164 3. #8 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro (Lucas Di Grassi, Brazil; Loic Duval, France; Oliver Jarvis, Great Britain) +1.327   LMP2: 1. #47 KCMG Oreca 05-Nissan (Matthew Howson, Great Britain; Richard Bradley, Great Britain; Nicolas Lapierre, Franc...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas (Qualifying) – Ganassi, Porsche, Audi, RSR take poles

GT Daytona: 1. Dion Von Moltke (#48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS) 2:11.097 2. Ben Keating (#33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT) +0.176 3. Bill Sweedler (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia) +0.247 4. Christina Nielsen (#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage) +0.673 5. Patrick Lindsey (#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America) +0.731   GT Le Mans: 1. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR) 2:04.396 2. Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) +0.141 3. Earl Ba...

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WEC: 6 Hours of COTA (Practice 3) – Porsche, Alpine, Aston Martin fastest

    The #17 Porsche Team 919 Hybrid (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley) was fastest in Free Practice 2, Thursday evening at 1 min 47.442 sec. G-Drive Racing’s #26 Ligier LS P2-Nissan (Roman Rusinov, Julien Canal, Sam Bird) led LMP2 at 1:55.874.  The #92 Porsche Team Manthey 911 RSR (Patrick Pilet, Frederic Makowiecki)  posted the best time in GTE Pro, 2:06.041, with the #72 SMP Racing Ferrari 458 Italia (Victor Shaytar, Andrea Bertolini, Aleksy Basov) toppin...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas preview

Photo: Chris Smith With the FIA World Endurance Championship’s third annual 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas now just 8 days away (Sept. 19) as part of Lone Star Le Mans weekend at COTA it seemed like a good time to dust off the tops of the season points standings in the various classes and provide a few notes regarding the season so far. A 6-hr race win scores 25 points, with 18 for second, and 15 for third, etc. Points are doubled for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COTA race is the fi...

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F1: Italy – Hamilton wins; Ferrari, Williams follow – tire inflation investigated

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) came into the race with a 28-point lead on teammate Nico Rosberg, and 67 points on Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari). Each Formula 1 race awards 25 points for a win. Ferrari split the Mercedes duo in qualifying at its home track, Hamilton taking the pole, followed by Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Vettel, and Rosberg. All the frontrunners started on soft tires. Raikkonen stalled at the start. Hamilton held the lead, followed by Vettel, and Felipe Massa (Williams). Hamilton’...

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IndyCar: Sonoma – Dixon wins race and 2015 title

Photo: Shawn Gritzmacher Six drivers entered the season finale with a chance to win the championship, in the first race since the death of Justin Wilson. Juan Pablo Montoya (#2 Team Penske, Chevy) came in with the points lead and started fifth. Next to him, and 34 points back was the only Honda in contention, the #15 Rahal Letterman Lanigan entry driven by Graham Rahal. Scott Dixon (#9 Chip Ganassi Racing, Chevy) was 47 points out and started P9. Pole-sitter Will Power (#1 Penske) started 60 po...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of Nurburgring – Porsche rules the day

Porsche Team locked down the front row in qualifying, the #18 919 Hybrid (Romain Dumas, Neel Jani, Marc Lieb) on pole next to the #17 (Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber, Brendon Hartley). Audi Sport Team Joest (R18 e-tron quattro) followed on Row 2 and Toyota Gazoo Racing (TS040 Hybrid) on Row 3. LMP2 was led to the green flag by Matthew Howson, Richard Bradley, and 24 Hours of Le Mans overall winner Nick Tandy (#47 KCMG Oreca 05 – Nissan). Romain Rusinov, Julien Canal, and Sam Bird (#26 G-Driv...

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IndyCar: Pocono - Hunter-Reay wins tragedy-marred race

Ryan Hunter-Reay won the ABC Supply 500 at Pocono Raceway ahead of Josef Newgarden. Juan Pablo Montoya's third-place finish extended his championship points lead heading into the Verizon IndyCar Series season finale Aug. 30. There were 12 different drivers to lead laps - half of the field - in the 200-lap race on the 2.5-mile triangular oval and 13 cars retired because of contact or mechanical issues. There also were 12 caution periods - the 11th yellow flag displayed on Lap 180 for the single-...

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