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IMSA Unveils New Drive Time Rules

On Thursday, IMSA sent out a competition memo to all teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pertaining to new drive-time requirements in all classes.  As compared to 2016, requirements for “amateur” drivers are slightly lower. In the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Silver and/or Bronze-rated drivers must complete five hours each in the car in …

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Cadillac Assert Themselves at Daytona Test, Ricky Taylor Goes 200

2017 Iwsc Cadillac Car Credit Cadillac Photo

(Credit: Cadillac photo)

IMSA’s first open test with the new DPi entries wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.  Since it is a December test, it is really difficult to truly tell who is on pace and who is taking it easy.  However, one thing is pretty obvious coming out of the four sessions.  Cadillac’s new …

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Shane van Gisbergen, Thomas Jäger Join WeatherTech Racing

2016 Daytona Iwsc Gunnar Jeannette Car Credit Weathertech Racing Photo

(Credit: WeatherTech Racing photo)

On Wednesday afternoon, WeatherTech Racing announced that 2016 Virgin Australia Supercars Champion Shane van Gisbergen and Mercedes-AMG factory driver Thomas Jäger have joined the driving lineup of WeatherTech Racing’s No. 50 Mercedes AMG GT3 for next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Van Gisbergen and Jäger join full-time drivers Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette in the …

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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TRG Brings Wolf Henzler Back to IMSA, Fills Daytona Lineup

2017 Iwsc The Racers Group Car Credit The Racers Group

(Credit: The Racers Group)

On Tuesday, The Racers Group (TRG) announced their full driver lineup for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Leading that group will be Porsche factory driver Wolf Henzler, who will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a full-time basis after only competing in 2016 at Daytona. Henzler won the 2008 GT2-class championship in the American …

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2016 NASCAR Rewind: Aric Almirola

2016 Loudon I Cup Aric Almirola Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty / NKP)

For Aric Almirola, 2016 was originally a season worth looking forward to.  He had just missed out on qualifying for the Chase in 2015, but earned a career-best three top 5 finishes.  There was a little momentum. However, in the offseason, the team began building their own chassis to supplement the equipment they have been …

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Tequila Patron ESM Unveils 2017 Driver Lineup

On Monday morning, Tequila Patron ESM announced the seven drivers who will drive the team’s two Nissan DPi entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Like many teams, their lineup is mainly composed of returning drivers. The No. 2 entry, which is the defending champion of both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil …

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BMW Team RLL Announces 2017 Driver Lineup

On Friday afternoon, BMW Team RLL announced their full-time and endurance driver lineups for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  Both cars will see a mix of returning drivers and some new blood. Last year, the team ran Nos. 25 and 100.  100 was used in honor of BMW’s 100th anniversary.  That number has …

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Ryan Hunter-Reay, Graham Rahal Join Michael Shank Racing for Rolex 24

On Thursday afternoon, Michael Shank Racing (MSR) announced the final two drivers that will complete their driver lineups for the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Verizon IndyCar Series regulars Ryan Hunter-Reay and Graham Rahal, both of whom race Honda-powered entries, have joined the team to race their brand-new Acura NSX GT3’s. Team owner Michael Shank is happy to have …

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Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Approved to Race in 2017

2016 Darlington Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr. Zach Catanzareti

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Dale Earnhardt, Jr. is back. Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that Earnhardt has been cleared to return to racing.  The OK came after Earnhardt participated in a private test session on Wednesday at Darlington Raceway that was attended by Charlotte area neurosurgeon Dr. Jerry Petty and representatives of NASCAR. Dr. Micky Collins, medical director of the University …

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IMSA Makes CTSC Adjustments for 2017

2016 Road Atlanta Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, IMSA made a couple of announcements pertaining to the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge’s upcoming 2017 season.  Previously, the series announced that drivers that are Platnium-rated would no longer be eligible to compete in the series.  The move realistically only affects two drivers that competed in the Grand Sport class this year.  They …

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HScott Motorsports Leaves NASCAR Premier Series

Clint Bowyer And Danica Patrick Martinsville Cup 2016 Mike Neff

(Photo: Mike Neff)

On Monday afternoon, HScott Motorsports officially announced it will not compete in NASCAR’s premier series in 2017. While team owner Harry Scott, Jr. did not make any mention of the team’s ultimate fate, it appears to be shutting down completely. In 2016, HScott Motorsports fielded two full-time entries in the Sprint Cup Series, one for Clint Bowyer and …

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