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Cadillac Introduces New DPi-V.R. for IMSA in 2017

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On Wednesday morning, after months of speculation, Cadillac unveiled the new DPi-V.R. chassis, which will be their entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting at Daytona in 2017.  The DPi-V.R. chassis is based on the new Dallara LMP2 chassis, one of the four legal 2017-spec LMP2 chassis.  Three DPi-V.R.’s (two from Action Express Racing …

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TRG Returns to IMSA Full-Time in 2017

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Thursday evening, The Racer’s Group (TRG) announced its full-fledged return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting with the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona. In addition, TRG is returning to Porsche after running Aston Martins since 2013 in Grand-Am.  The team has acquired a Porsche 911 GT3 R and will campaign the new car in the …

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Mazda Unveils First DPi Prototype at LA Auto Show

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On Wednesday afternoon, Mazda Motorsports took to the floor of the Los Angeles Auto Show to announce their new entry in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Up to this point, only Prototype teams running regular LMP2 chassis with the spec Gibson engine had been unveiled (one of those, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Ligier JS P217-Gibson, made its …

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VisitFlorida.com Racing Announces 2017 Driver Lineup

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Last week, VisitFlorida.com Racing announced their intentions to field the new Riley Mk. XXX chassis with the Gibson V8 engine in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (last year’s Chevrolet Corvette DP is pictured above).  That cleared up just one aspect of the team’s direction.  Monday shored up part of the driving lineup. VisitFlorida.com Racing …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

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On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Mercedes for 2017

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On Wednesday morning, WeatherTech Racing made two announcements for the upcoming 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  First off, the team itself has moved away from Alex Job Racing.  It will now compete as the second team affiliated with Riley Motorsports, using the No. 50.  Cooper MacNeil, son of WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil, will drive with …

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Acura Announces 2017 NSX GT3 Driver Lineup

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On Tuesday, Acura unveiled their full-time driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge factory efforts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  The lineup consists of solid, veteran talent.  Note that the car pictured above is the Acura TLX-GT, raced in Pirelli World Challenge by RealTime Racing.  It will be …

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Audi Pulling Out of WEC at End of 2016

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On Wednesday, Audi Sport announced that they are “realigning our motorsport strategy.”  As a result, Audi will be pulling out of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016 season and shutting down their prototype program after 18 years.  In its place, Audi Sport will launch a new factory-supported program for the budget-capped FIA …

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Pirelli World Challenge Championship Scenarios

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This weekend, Pirelli World Challenge holds their final races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  More than half a dozen championships are on the line in California.  This piece will show you what to look for.  All races this weekend can be watched live on Pirelli World Challenge’s live stream at world-challenge.com. Grand …

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Park Place Motorsports Loses 2nd in GTD Due to Drive-Time Violation

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On Monday, IMSA held the WeatherTech Night of Champions at the Georgia Aquarium, where the champions were crowned.  However, before trophies could be award, champions feted and even before Vanessa Carlton could perform, IMSA released revised results for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  Normally, this is just a formality, but …

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Pace Laps: Truex’s Triumph and Jones’ Rough Luck

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Sprint Cup: Truex’s Pace was the biggest Monster of all in Dover As Chris Buescher studied the finishing order of Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400, a face of disbelief joined many others. “Man, that was a wild pace,” he said. For sure, Dover International Speedway saw one of the quickest paces in recent memory, as race …

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Michael Shank Racing Dominates to Win Petit Le Mans

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All week, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s No. 60 had been the class of the field.  Olivier Pla topped three of the four practice sessions.  Teammate Oswaldo Negri, Jr. topped the other one.  Pla put the car on pole a half-second clear of the field. Once the green fell, Pla ran away from the field, …

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