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Michael Shank Racing Adds Trent Hindman, Côme Ledogar to Lineup

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On Monday, Michael Shank Racing rounded out their driver lineups for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  In addition to announcing the final two drivers, a driver shift was announced as well. Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series regular AJ Allmendinger will now drive the No. 86 Acura at Daytona.  He was originally scheduled to drive the …

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JDC-Miller MotorSports Partners with GAINSCO for 2018

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On Monday, JDC-Miller MotorSports announced that GAINSCO Auto Insurance will serve as the primary sponsor of what was the No. 85 ORECA 07-Gibson shared by Mikhail Goikhberg, Chris Miller and Stephen Simpson in 2018.  As a result of the move, the car’s number will change to No. 99, signaling the return of the “Red Dragon” …

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Scuderia Corsa Adds 2nd Ferrari for 2018 Endurance Races

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On Friday, Scuderia Corsa announced that they will field a second Ferrari 488 GT3 in the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races in 2018.  That car, the No. 64, will be shared at Daytona by Townsend Bell, Sam Bird, Frankie Montecalvo and Bill Sweedler.  Bird, who is full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

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On Saturday night, Porsche unveiled their 2018 GTE plans at their annual Night of Champions gala in Weissach, Germany.  With the 919 Hybrid no longer racing, the company has recommitted itself to their GT roots. The “forward-engined” Porsche 911 RSR that debuted in 2017 will continue to compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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Wright Motorsports Returns to IMSA with Patrick Long, Christina Nielsen

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On Saturday, Wright Motorsports announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full-time in 2018.  Patrick Long, who won the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT Sprint and GT Overall championships with the Ohio-based team, will retain his seat in the Porsche.  Long will be joined by two-time defending GTD champion Christina …

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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2018 Programs

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On Friday morning, Michael Shank Racing announced two separate racing programs for the 2018 season at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.  For the Verizon IndyCar Series, the team announced a part-time effort in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.  Meanwhile, the team’s two-car program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura will continue as …

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David Heinemeier Hansson Signs with 3GT Racing for 2018

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On Friday morning, 3GT Racing announced that Danish programmer/racer David Heinemeier Hansson has signed to drive full-time for the team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  He will co-drive the No. 15 Lexus RC F GT3 alongside Jack Hawksworth. For Heinemeier Hansson, the move is a return of sorts.  Prior to joining up with …

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HART Reconstitutes Itself, Announces 2018 Endurance Schedule

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On Thursday, the Honda of America Racing Team (HART) announced that they will return to the track as a team in 2018.  They will compete in the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races with one Acura NSX GT3.  Ryan Eversley will return to the team, along with longtime driver Chad Gilsinger.  The remaining …

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Connor De Phillippi to Drive for BMW, Bill Auberlen in New Role

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On Thursday, BMW Team RLL announced that Connor De Phillippi will drive full-time for the organization in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  He will replace veteran Bill Auberlen, who will step back from full-time racing to become a Brand Ambassador for BMW of North America.  The 49-year old Auberlen will still race in …

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CORE autosport Signs Loïc Duval, Romain Dumas for Daytona

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CORE autosport is moving up to the Prototype class in 2018.  In Daytona, they plan to make a big splash.  On Thursday, the Rock Hill, S.C.-based team announced that former LMP1 racers Loïc Duval and Romain Dumas will join full-time drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in the No. 54 ORECA 07-Gibson at Daytona. To …

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Performance Tech Motorsports Acquires ORECA 07 for 2018 IMSA Season

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On Thursday, Performance Tech Motorsports announced that they will move up to the top-flite Prototype class in 2018.  They will replace their Prototype Challenge class ORECA FLM09-Chevrolet with a brand new ORECA 07-Gibson. For team owner Brent O’Neill, working with familiar people is key for this move. “We know everybody going into this,” O’Neill stated …

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JDC/Miller Motorsports Signs Simon Trummer for 2nd Car

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On Wednesday, JDC/Miller MotorSports announced that they have signed Simon Trummer to drive the team’s new second full-time ORECA 07-Gibson in 2018.  The new car will use No. 84. Trummer is very excited about his new venture. “I have always wanted to race in the US and IMSA at the moment is for sure very …

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