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Pirelli World Challenge: Houston – O’Connell tops Pobst, Aschenbach takes GTS

The starting grid for today’s Round 14 race was set by driver’s points, track adjustments earlier in the week having prevented a qualifying session. James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8 LMS) started on pole, with Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) next to him on the front row. O’Connell’s teammate Andy Pilgrim and Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60) started on Row 2, with Alex Figge in the second Volvo and Rene Rast (GMG, Audi) making up Row 3. ...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Sports car racing in Houston

So you didn’t make it to Circuit of the Americas for either the GRAND-AM or American Le Mans Series races this year. And you’re one of the anxious folks regarding what’s going to happen with the merger of the two series into United SportsCar Championship in 2014. There’s still plenty of top-shelf sports car racing to watch, and it’s right here in Houston this week. The Pirelli World Challenge is supporting IndyCar for the Grand Prix of Houston and features the lik...

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GRAND-AM: Lime Rock - Wayne Taylor Racing, Scuderia Corsa take final championships

The GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series took its final bow after 14 years of competition at 2013’s season closer at Lime Rock Park. Daytona Prototype teams entered the weekend with 5 still in contention for the championship, Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) having an 8-point lead over Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett in the Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley. Angelelli and Taylor came into Lime Rock having never lost there and with two consecutiv...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – Jӧrg Bergmeister pre-race interview

I had a nice chat with Jӧrg, then took this photo as the next journalist got under way. On his first visit to Circuit of the Americas “It’s definitely a great facility. So far I’ve really enjoyed my stay. I enjoy the track and I think that the fan turnout will be good as well.”   …and driving the track itself “I usually prefer the quick parts and do here as well. I’m not a big fan of hairpins but I really like the roomier corners, ...

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FIA WEC: 6 Hours of COTA – McNish, Conway, Senna take poles

Early LMP1/LMP2 qualifying for tomorrow’s FIA World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Circuit of the Americas was marked by contact between the Toyota Racing TS030 – Hybrid and the LMP2 Lotus T128. The Toyota left the track on its own with Sebastian Buemi behind the wheel with just over 9 min in the session. The No. 45 Oak Racing Morgan Nissan made contact with the wall in Turn 9. The No. 2 Audi Sport Team Joest R18 e-tron quattro, qualified by Allan McNish and Loic Duval, took the ...

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Le Mans Drivers Hall of Fame: Richard Thompson

As part of the festivities surrounding the World Endurance Championship 6 Hours of Circuit of the America’s , Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest, inducted Richard Thompson into the Le Mans drivers Hall of Fame. Thompson made his Le Mans debut in a 1960 Corvette Stingray, last competing in 1968 behind the wheel of a Howmet Turbine. As part of the ceremony, Corvette Racing unveiled a new deck lid for their American Le Mans Series cars featuring the names of al...

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ALMS GT qualifying – Circuit of the Americas

Joey Hand (BMW) won the poll in GT qualifying for the American Le Mans Series race at Circuit of the Americas, with the Corvettes of Antonio Garica and Oliver Gavin finishing P2 and P3. John Edwards took the fourth spot on the grid with Patrick Long and Jonathon Bomarito make up Row 3. Rain fell throughout the session, all of the quickest times set in the first four laps out of seven.

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GRAND-AM: Laguna Seca – Taylor over Pruett again, Lally takes first 2013 GT win

The GRAND-AM Rolex Series entered Laguna Seca with the Top 10 in Daytona Prototype separated by just 5 points. Kansas winners Jordan Taylor and Max Angelelli (Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) were on top, with Christian Fittipaldi (Action Express Corvette DP) 2 points back, Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel (Starworks Motorsport BMW Riley) down 3, Fittipaldi’s teammate Joao Barbosa 4 back, Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney (Gainsco Racing/Bob Stallings Corvette DP) also 4 behind, and Memo Rojas and Sc...

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GRAND-AM - Road America: Hartley takes first win, Auberlen tops GT

Photo: Starworks Motorsport Starworks Motorsport (Ryan Dalziel, Alex Popow; BMW Riley) brought a 10-point GRAND-AM Rolex Series DP lead over Gainsco/Bob Stallings Racing (Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney; Corvette DP) into Road America, the longest permanent road course in the US at 4 miles. Dane Cameron, however, put the Team Sahlen BMW Riley on the pole. The series standings in GT were even tighter with Magnus Racing (Andy Lally, John Potter; Porsche GT3) holding a 4-point lead over Stevenson Motorsp...

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Pirelli World Challenge – Rounds 11-12, Mid-Ohio: Figge, K-PAX win both races

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Alex Figge (GT, K-PAX Racing Volvo S60) and Mark Wilkins (GTS, Kinetic/Kia Racing Optima) were the Round 11 Pirelli World Challenge winners at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio presented by StopTech Brakes. The wins were each driver’s second of the 2013 season. Figge led wire-to-wire and finished 1.739 sec ahe...

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