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Toyota’s Le Mans Charge Falls to Pieces at Night

2017 Monza Wec Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

Leading into the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Toyota GAZOO Racing had a near flawless weekend. Toyota TS050s were at the top of the charts for Free Practice and all three Qualifying Practice sessions, usually with quite a gap over the Porsches.  Kamui Kobayashi set an all-time lap record to win the overall pole on …

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Risi Competizione Out of Le Mans Due to Pierre Kaffer’s Crash

2017 Daytona Iwsc Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year, Risi Competizione finished second in GTE-Pro at Le Mans but was every bit as fast as the class winners.  In 2017, we’ll never know if that is true or not since the day ended for the team prior to the one-quarter mark. Pierre Kaffer, driving the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTE (the car …

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Brad Keselowski Fastest in Michigan Happy Hour, AJ Allmendinger Crashes

2017 Pocono Cup Brad Keselowski Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In Happy Hour for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Michigan, Team Penske’s Brad Keselowski set the fastest lap of the 55-minute session.  Keselowski’s lap of 36.474 seconds (197.401 mph) was just under four-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Busch. Pole sitter Kyle Larson was third quickest, followed by Joey Logano and Erik …

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Martin Truex Jr. Fastest in Michigan Practice No. 2, Jimmie Johnson to Backup

2017 Atlanta Cup Martin Truex Jr Car Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Saturday morning, Furniture Row Racing’s Martin Truex Jr. was fastest in the second practice session for Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams at Michigan International Speedway.  Truex’s lap of 36.293 seconds (198.385 mph) was eight-hundredths of a second faster than Kyle Busch in second. Jimmie Johnson was third quickest, two-tenths of a second off of …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Àlvaro Parente on PWC, Factory Racing and Travel

2017 St. Petersburg Pwc Alvaro Parente K Pax Racing

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

Àlvaro Parente is a 32-year old racer out of Porto, Portugal.  He is a factory racer for McLaren, racing 650S GT3s on a regular basis both here in the United States and in Europe. Prior to his transition to sports car racing, Parente was a standout in open-wheel feeder series.  He won the British Formula …

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Lawson Aschenbach in New Era with GTS Class Camaro GT4.R

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year, Lawson Aschenbach finished third in points in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS Class with an older-spec Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R.  While he did take home four victories, the races were quite difficult for the heavy Camaro. “Last year, we had no straight line speed,” Aschenbach told Frontstretch in Lime Rock Park’s paddock.  “We were not …

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Records Fall as Kamui Kobayashi Takes Le Mans Pole for Toyota

2017 Le Mans Wec Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenalmedia

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The general expectation was that times were going to be quick this year at Le Mans, especially in the LMP2 class where teams have roughly 100 extra horsepower to play with.  All-time records were not necessarily expected, but that is what happened. Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi entered Thursday as the provisional pole-sitter after being fastest …

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Entry List: 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans

2017 Monza Wec Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker Adrenalmedia.com

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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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Couch Potato Tuesday: Looking Back On FOX’s Drivers Only Broadcast

2017 Kansas I Cup Ricky Stenhouse Jr Barry Cantrell Nkp

(Photo: Barry Cantrell/NKP)

Greetings, race fans.  Last weekend was a very interesting and tiring time at Pocono Raceway.  As you can imagine, the primary source of discussion in TV land was the drivers-only broadcast of Saturday’s Pocono Green 250. Since this event was such a big deal, I will be focusing solely on that broadcast.  Don’t worry, I …

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The Big 6: Questions After the Axalta Presents the Pocono 400

2017 Pocono Cup Zach Catanzareti Brad Keselowski Kyle Busch

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Who… Gets the Shoutout of the Race? Here’s a hard and fast rule: If you earn your first career victory in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, you get Shoutout of the Race.  It should be obvious that this will go to Ryan Blaney. You can only win your first race once.  He earned that …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Middling Dover Tire Explanations and ESPN’s INDYCAR Future

2017 Dover I Cup Jimmie Johnson Leads Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Dover is always an interesting weekend for NASCAR teams.  You have three races, the oldest surface currently in use in Cup, and high speeds.  You also had lunacy, in more ways than one. Before we get started, I want to make reference to the fact that Sunday’s ESPN on ABC coverage of Race No. 2 …

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Kamui Kobayashi Fastest at Le Mans Test Day

2017 Monza Wec Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Sunday, the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) hosted the annual Le Mans Test Day at the Circuit de la Sarthe.  Attendance for those intending on racing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans is mandatory with only one exception.  That exception is a race conflict.  Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan, who will be racing for …

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