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

2017 St. Petersburg Pwc Alvaro Parente K Pax Racing

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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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Pace Laps: Kyle Larson Impresses at Dover and Graham Rahal Sweeps IndyCar at Detroit

Nascar Xfinity Series One Main Financial 200 Dover International Speedway, Dover, De Usa Friday 2 June 2017 Kyle Larson, Parkerstore Chevrolet Camaro World Copyright: © 2017 Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Attrition Strikes Again in Dover Friday may have been National Doughnut Day, but Miles the Monster was apparently still hungry come Sunday. Hungry for race cars, that is. Kicking off the AAA 400 in the hottest conditions of the weekend, Dover International Speedway was a hefty challenge for first-time Monster …

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Kamui Kobayashi Fastest at Le Mans Test Day

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

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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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Taylor Brothers Overcome Qualifying Wreck to Claim 5th Straight Win

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Jordan Taylor Victory Lap Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

It seems like Wayne Taylor Racing cannot be stopped at this point.  On Saturday, the team started at the back of the Prototype class due to a qualifying crash.  Despite that fact, Ricky and Jordan Taylor were able to claw through the field and take advantage of a pit strategy blunder to take their fifth …

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Ricky Taylor Crashes, “Other Means” Gives Action Express Front Row

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the field is broken down by class for qualifying.  Each class gets 15 minutes for the competitors to turn in their best lap.  However, for the session to count, there is a “Guaranteed Minimum Green Flag Time” of 10 minutes.  When that isn’t reached, rules can come into play …

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Dane Cameron Leads Action Express 1-2 in Final Belle Isle Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the afternoon session, the speed shown by Action Express Racing continued to be shown to the masses.  This time, it was Dane Cameron, fresh off of two victories last weekend at Lime Rock Park, who was fastest overall. Cameron turned in a lap of 83.058 seconds (101.567 mph) to top the charts.  Cameron’s lap …

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Christian Fittipaldi Fastest in IMSA Belle Isle Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA has attempted to slow the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s on no less than four occasions this season. Regardless of what’s been done, they’re still quick.  Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi proved that Friday morning when he turned in the quickest lap of opening practice for this weekend’s Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park. Fittipaldi’s …

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Entry List: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Ryan Dalziel Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The entry list for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Chevrolet Sports Car Classic is out.  28 cars are entered.  There are a couple of changes of note, but not that many.  Also, make note that the GT Le Mans class is not competing this weekend due to the fact that half of the class …

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TCR Officially Added to the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge for 2018

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Paul Holton Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, IMSA announced that they have reached a deal with World Sporting Consulting (WSC) that will allow for a TCR (Touring Car Racing) class to compete in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) starting in 2018.  The CTSC will expand to three classes next year with TCR fitting in right in between the …

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