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GRAND-AM 2013: Gainsco wins, Auberlen/Dalla Lana double down again

  Given the close racing and down-to-the-wire finishes in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race this morning, the debut Rolex Series race at Circuit of the Americas stands ready to elevate the track to the top spot in US road courses. Jon Fogarty put the #99 Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP on the pole, with a second Corvette, the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing machine piloted by Jordan Taylor starting right next door just 0.060 sec slower. Ferraris hold the first two spots in th...

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GRAND-AM 2013: Lally calls for Porsche splitter change

Andy Lally is ready to compete in Grand-Am’s first visit to Circuit of The Americas, co-driving the Magnus Racing Porsche with John Potter. Last year, the pair combined to win the GT class in Grand-Am’s first visit to Indianapolis Motor Speedway, in addition to winning the division in the 50th Rolex 24 at Daytona and inaugural North American Endurance Championship presented by VisitFlorida.com. “We need to work on Grand-Am to allow us to adapt the Porsche splitter for racing i...

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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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Grand-Am 2013: Pruett, Montoya power BMW to Rolex 24 win

The Rolex Grand-Am Series got off to a great start this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. After 24 hours of racing, three cars from three different makers remained in contention to win in a class (DP) piloted by stars, including champions, not just from Grand-Am but NASCAR, IndyCar, LeMans, DTM, and formerly Formula 1 and Australian V8 Supercars. In the end, Scott Pruett tied Hurley Haywood’s record with his fifth overall victory as Juan Pablo Montoya crossed the finish line in t...

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BMW, Porsche dominate Rolex 24 qualifying

Scott Pruett won pole position for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, demonstrating the speed required if he’s to win a record-tying fifth overall victory in the race.  Pruett, in the No. 01 TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing BMW/Riley, earned the pole with a lap of 1:40.553 (127.455 mph). It was his third career Rolex 24 pole – the first since 2005 – and 15th of his Rolex Series career. A victory this weekend would move Pruett into a tie with Hurley Haywood for the ...

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Grand-Am 2013: Roar Before the Rolex 24 practice session times

Grand-Am 2013: Roar Before the Rolex 24 practice session times Times show were the best for each session. DP:  1:42.101 (125.52 mph) – Dane Cameron, Team Sahlen No. 42, BMW/Riley (Sat. AM) 1:42.160 - Michael Valiante, Michael Shank Racing No. 6, Ford/Riley (Sat. PM) 1:42.463 – Juan Pablo Montoya, TELMEX/Target Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, BMW/Riley (Sat. PM) 1:42.482 – AJ Allmendinger, Michael Shank Racing No. 60, Ford/Riley (Sat. PM) 1:42.918 –...

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Grand-Am 2013: Barrichello, Kanaan, Tracy; Brits and Scots; Audi

The 2013 Grand-Am season starts at the end of the month with the 51st Rolex 24 At Daytona and the field is shaping up to be one of the best ever in terms of both drivers and cars. Most recently, Rubens Barrichello, Tony Kanaan, and Paul Tracy have signed on to participate, starting with this weekend’s Roar Before the Rolex 24, the final 3-day test before the race itself. Barrichello and Kanaan are part of a two-car GT entry filed by Dener Motorsport, and will co-drive the team’s No...

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Circuit of The Americas gets F1 approval, lands Grand-Am Rolex Series

Circuit of The Americas will be one of the new locations joining the GRAND-AM Road Racing series in 2013, with an event planned for Mar. 2. Established in 1999, GRAND-AM Road Racing sanctions the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, which deliver professional sports car racing throughout North America. Both series are televised in the United States and Canada on the SPEED network and distributed globally through ESPN International. GRAND-AM Road Racing showcas...

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American Le Mans Series to race at COTA, starting in 2013

Photo: ALMS.com. The American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón (ALMS) will hold an endurance race at the 3.4-mile Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Tex., starting Spring 2013. ALMS features a multi-class auto racing format bringing together five categories of international racecars at speeds topping 180 mph. The Series is based on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, in France. Many of the world’s most iconic automotive brands compete in the Series, including BMW, Chevrolet, F...

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