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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2018 Programs

2017 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr. Car Phil Allaway

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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

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Jack Hawksworth Car Phil Allaway

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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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Michael Cooper, Daniel Keilwitz to Race for Callaway Competition USA

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On Thursday morning at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis, Callaway Competition USA unveiled one of the Callaway Corvette C7 GT3-Rs that will compete in Pirelli World Challenge in 2018.  The team announced that Daniel Keilwitz and Michael Cooper will drive for the team full-time.  As previously noted, Callaway Competition USA will be a full …

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HART Reconstitutes Itself, Announces 2018 Endurance Schedule

2016 Watkins Glen Ctsc Ryan Eversley Car Phil Allaway

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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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K-PAX Racing Switches to Bentley for 2018

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On Wednesday morning, K-PAX Racing announced that they will be switching from the McLaren 650S GT3 to the Bentley Continental GT3 for the 2018 Pirelli World Challenge season.  The team will also once again field three full-time entries after cutting down to two in the middle of the 2017 season. Program manager Darren Law is …

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TeamTGM Switches to Mercedes AMG-GT4 for 2018 CTSC Season

2017 Road Atlanta Ctsc Hugh Plumb Car Phil Allaway

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On Monday afternoon, TeamTGM announced that they are setting aside their Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsports (one of which was ineligible to race in 2018), effective immediately.  In their place, TeamTGM will race two new Mercedes-AMG GT4s for the 2018 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season. Team owner Ted Giovanis sees a lot of upside with …

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

2017 Road Atlanta Iwsc Connor De Philippi Podium Phil Allaway

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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

2017 Road Atlanta Iwsc James French Car Phil Allaway

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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

2017 Daytona Iwsc Stephen Simpson Car Credit Phil Allaway

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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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Mazda Team Joest Announces 2018 Drivers

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Jonathan Bomarito Car Phil Allaway

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At the LA Auto Show on Tuesday, Mazda unveiled the six drivers that will wheel the new generation Mazda RT24-P in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for Mazda Team Joest.  The squad will be a mix of new and returning drivers. Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nunez, who shared the No. 55 pictured above in …

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Alex Job Racing Ceases Racing Operations

2017 Daytona Iwsc Townsend Bell Car Phil Allaway

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On Wednesday, Alex Job Racing announced that they will no longer race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (or any other series), effective immediately.  Team owner Alex Job will focus on a historic restoration business that already operated in parallel with the race team. Job is very proud of his career in motorsports. “We have …

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