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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: Audi, Nissan, Porsche rise to the top; Kristensen wins 9th

Photo: www.24h-lemans.com As the sun rose at Le Mans with roughly 9 hr to go, the No. 2 Audi, piloted by Loic Duval held a nearly 1-lap lead on the first Toyota. With 8:17 left Bruno Senna led GTE Pro in the No. 99 Aston Martin. During the race’s 21st hour Frederic Makowiecki crashed from the lead while driving this car, removing it from competition. The No. 7 Toyota piloted by Nicolas Lapierre crashed in the Porsche curves nearing the final hour, with his abandoning the vehicle ...

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24 Hours of Le Mans 2013: McNish and Audi lead at halfway

  Photo: www.24h-lemans.com Andre Lotterer (Audi Sport Team Joest No. 1 R18 E-Tron Quattro) pitted from the lead with 22 hr 41 min left, leaving the Toyota piloted by Anthony Davidson (Toyota Racing No. 8 TS 030 Hybrid) at the point. Toyota’s early pace surprised, helped by a 56-min caution brought about in the wake of an ultimately fatal crash by GTE Pro World Endurance Championship leader Allan Simonsen (Aston Martin). I love watching racing. I hate knowing that something like t...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 7 – Pobst takes GT, Martin GTS in just his second race

Round 6 winner Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V) started at P3 for the second race at Belle Isle. James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8) was on the pole, with Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 R) on the outside of the front row. Andy Lee (Best IT Racing Camaro) took the GTS pole with Jack Baldwin (GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman S) starting P2. O’Connell took Sofronas at the start. Tomy Drissi (LG Motorsports Corvette) moved into P3 duri...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 6 – O’Connell, Wilkins win from Belle Isle poles

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Off and on rain was part of testing and remained a possibility at race time. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V) took his third straight pole of the season, with Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 T6) starting P2. Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia Racing Optima) was out front in GTS.   O’Connell was still in front after the first caution, brought out by Wilkins’ Kia teammate Nic Jonsson, with Pobst in P2 and James Sofronas (Global Mo...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Race 5 – Sofronas wins GT, Lee GTS; Audi, Camaro

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS V.R), the Race 4 winner, started from the pole. O’Connell’s teammate Andy Pilgrim took P2 at the start, with the Global Motor Sports Group Audi R8s of James Sofronas and Duncan Ende running third and fourth. The GTS field at the end of Lap 1 was Nic Jonsson, Mark Wilkins (both Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optimas), and Jack Baldwin in his GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Porsche Cayman S. O&rsquo...

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Pirelli World Challenge Race 4: COTA – Pole-sitters O’Connell, Aschenbach win

  Photo: General Motors Pole-sitter Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) led 13 laps in followed by James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8), Randy Pobst (K-Pax Racing Volvo S60), Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac Racing), and Alex Figge (K-Pax Volvo). GTS leaders after 14 were Nic Jonsson (Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optima), Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Racing Camaro), and Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia). Aschenbach took the GTS lead from Jonsson during Lap 16, with O’C...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas – O'Connell tops GT qualifying

    Photo: SCCA Pro Racing Inc. Qualifying for Pirelli World Challenge Series Rounds 4 and 5 at Circuit of the Americas saw Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) take the GT pole and Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Speed Shop Camaro) at the front of the field for GTS. Qualifying sets the grid for Round 5, with the starting order for Round 6 set by each car’s fastest lap turned during the previous race. O'Connell took the top spot for Saturday's race with a 1:33.539. G...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas ride-along

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. I’ve been a racing fan for as long as I can remember. It and music enthralled me from the first time I laid eyes and ears on them. My first favorite drivers were Johnny Rutherford, Nicki Lauda, and Jody Scheckter. My favorite cars were the Martini Porsche 936s that dominated sports car racing at the time. Given all this, I’ve long tried to imagine what it would be like to go around a world-class road course in an actual race car. Thanks to...

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United SportsCar Racing unveiled; DTM affiliations explored

On March 14, 2013, United SportsCar Racing was introduced as the new premier North American sports car racing series beginning in 2014, combining the current GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be the sole sanctioning body moving into 2014. Originally created in 1969 by John Bishop and NASCAR’s Bill France Sr., to produce high-level, professional sports car racing in Nort...

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WEC sets '6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas' for September

Circuit of The Americas won the rights to host an installment of the FIA World Endurance Championships via a 6-hour race scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 22. The 6 Hours of Circuit of The Americas will be partnered with two days of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón set for the preceding Friday and Saturday (Sept. 20 and 21). The World Endurance Championship (WEC) was created in 2011 by the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), the governing bod...

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