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Toyota Dominates 6 Hours of Shanghai, Porsche Claims Titles

2017 Monza Wec Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker Adrenalmedia.com

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On Sunday, Toyota GAZOO Racing dominated the 6 Hours of Shanghai at Shanghai Circuit.  The two TS050s swapped the lead multiple times over the course of the race.  However, Jose Maria Lopez had contact with the GTE-Pro No. 91 Porsche of Richard Lietz with 38 minutes remaining.  The contact damaged the No. 7 and allowed …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Claims 6 Hours of Shanghai Pole

2017 Shanghai Wec Mike Conway Car Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

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So far this weekend, things have been rather strange at Shanghai Circuit.  The first free practice session was delayed due to radio issues, then free practice No. 3 was cut to 40 minutes due to curb repairs.  Through that, Toyota has been dominant and that continued in qualifying. Mike Conway and Kamui Kobayashi set an …

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Mike Conway Fastest in Both WEC Shanghai Free Practice Sessions

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

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On Friday, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway put the No. 7 Toyota on the top of the timesheets in both 90 minute practice sessions at Shanghai Circuit.  Conway’s lap of 104.741 seconds (116.413 mph) was almost three-tenths of a second off of last years’ pole time. Free Practice No. 1 The first practice session was …

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Manor Endurance Racing Moves Up to LMP1 for 2018

2017 Nürburgring Wec Vitaly Petrov Car Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

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On Tuesday, 10Star DragonSpeed announced their intentions to compete in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class in 2018 with an unknown chassis.  Wednesday morning saw Manor Endurance Racing announce that they will join them.  They’ll be making the move with the new Ginetta LMP1 chassis.  Power will be provided by a Mecachrome 3.4-liter V6 …

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DragonSpeed to Move Up to WEC LMP1 for 2018-2019 Season

2017 Silverstone Elms

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On Tuesday morning, 2017 European Le Mans Series LMP2 champions DragonSpeed announced that they will be moving up to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class in 2018.  It will not be the championship-winning No. 22 moving up, though.  It will be the 10Star DragonSpeed No. 21 that will make the big move.  The team …

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Pace Laps: Lights at Martinsville, Lewis Hamilton Crowned Champion & IMSA Changes for 2018

Cup Action Kyle Busch Leading Way

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: The Power of Lights: Something about that Sun seemed to keep the drivers at bay Sunday at Martinsville Speedway. When she decided to make her daily disappearing act for the night, things changed in a big hurry on track. Around lap 300, the speedway flicked on the new once-used LED …

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Andy Lally Returns to Magnus Racing for 2018

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc John Potter Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, Magnus Racing announced that Andy Lally will return to the Utah-based organization full-time in 2018.  Lally, who recently helped out on the pit box as the team claimed overall victory in the California 8 Hours, returns after one year with Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian. Lally is quite pleased to return to his …

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Renger van der Zande Joins Wayne Taylor Racing in 2018

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Renger van der Zande will join the team full-time in 2018, replacing Ricky Taylor as Jordan Taylor‘s teammate in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R.  Van der Zande comes to Wayne Taylor Racing from Visit Florida Racing. Van der Zande is quite excited about his new team. “Needless …

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Fernando Alonso to Race for United Autosports in Rolex 24 at Daytona

fernando alonso (credit: McLaren)

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After weeks of speculation, United Autosports made it official on Thursday.  Two-time Formula One world champion Fernando Alonso will compete for the team in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  Alonso will share a Ligier JS P217-Gibson with Lando Norris and Phil Hanson. Since the race is in January, it does not conflict with any of …

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BAR1 Motorsports Moves Up to Prototype for 2018

2017 Road Atlanta Iwsc Danny Burkett Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, BAR1 Motorsports announced that they will move up from the now-defunct Prototype Challenge class to Prototype for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  Team owner/part-time driver Brian Alder has acquired a Riley Mk. 30 chassis from Ben Keating that will be used in the upcoming season. Alder is quite excited about his …

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Pace Laps: Ryan Blaney Beats 3 Cup Champions to Advance & Christopher Bell Sparks Controversy

Christopher Bell Kansas Victory Xfinity

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ryan Blaney Delivers in Kansas – Ryan Blaney was put to the test Sunday at Kansas Speedway. The second-year driver required a fast hot rod and a strong finish entering the Hollywood Casino 400, the elimination race from the Round of 12, only eight points to the good. Hey, he …

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Nathanaël Berthon Wins 4 Hours of Portimao Pole

2017 Portimao Elms Fabien Barthez Car Jakob Ebrey Photography

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On Saturday, Panis Barthez Competition’s Nathanaël Berthon claimed the overall pole for the European Le Mans Series’ 4 Hours of Portimao.  It is the first-ever pole position for the Ligier JS P217-Gibson package.  The previous five ELMS pole positions had all been won by ORECA 07-Gibsons and the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP2 is nearly …

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