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WEC Announces 2019 Sebring Schedule Changes

2017 Shanghai WEC Mike Conway Car Marcel Langer AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: Marcel Langer @AdrenalMedia.com)

On Thursday, IMSA and the FIA World Endurance Championship jointly announced a couple of key schedule changes for the WEC’s visit to Sebring in 2019 as part of their “super series.”  The race has been cut in length from 1500 miles to either 1000 miles or eight hours, whatever comes first.  That also results in …

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Juan Pablo Montoya to Make Le Mans Debut for United Autosports

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Juan Pablo Montoya Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

British-American race team United Autosports announced Wednesday (March 28) that current IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship racer Juan Pablo Montoya will compete for the team in this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans in June.  Montoya will share the LMP2 class No. 32 Ligier JS P217-Gibson with youngsters Hugo de Sadeleer and William Owen. “I’m very …

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Pietro Fittipaldi Snags 2 Race WEC Deal with DragonSpeed

2017 Silverstone ELMS

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On Monday, DragonSpeed announced that Pietro Fittipaldi will drive the team’s LMP1-class No. 10 BR Engineering BR1-Gibson in two FIA World Endurance Championship races in the upcoming “Super Series.”  Pietro, the grandson of Formula 1 World Champion and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi, will compete at Spa and Fuji alongside Ben Hanley and Henrik …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Daytona Roundup For Cup, XFINITY & Camping World Trucks

Tyler Reddick, Xfinity winner at Daytona. February 17th, 2018

(Photo: Bruce Nuttleman)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Young Guns Steal Daytona 500 Spotlight Except this 500 winner was very different. While Dale Earnhardt rattled people’s cages, a man’s man from the south, the 27-year-old Dillon is… a millennial. He has a video podcast, “Barn Life,” with best friend and jackman Paul Swan. He’s a clean-cut extrovert, an excitable guy …

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Risi Competizione/Keating Motorsports Unveils Le Mans Lineup

2017 Le Mans WEC Toni Vilander Car Regis Lefebure

(Photo: Regis Lefebure)

Riley Motorsports (which is running under the name Keating Motorsports due to ACO rules) and Risi Competizione jointly announced the remainder of their driver lineup for their entry in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans on Wednesday (Feb. 14).  The two teams will collaborate on a Ferrari 488 GTE entry in the GTE-Am class. …

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FIA WEC Unveils 2018-19 Full Season/Le Mans Entries, Moves Fuji Race

2017 Monza WEC Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Friday afternoon (European time), the FIA World Endurance Championship officially launched the 2018-19 season with an announcement in Paris.  The full-season entry list was revealed, containing 36 teams.  However, the biggest news was the shift of the 6 Hours of Fuji up by one week to Oct. 14. The Fuji move has been met …

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Fernando Alonso Joins Toyota GAZOO Racing for 2018-2019 WEC Super Season

Fernando Alonso stops by the NASCAR Media Tour at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Last weekend in Daytona, Fernando Alonso stated that his chances of racing at Le Mans this year was “50/50.”  Those chances are now nearly 100/0 as Toyota GAZOO Racing announced Monday that Alonso will be part of the team as often as his Formula One commitments allow him to be. That doesn’t just mean that …

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P1 Motorsports Unveils GT Daytona Effort for 2018 Endurance Races

2018 IWSC P1 Motorsports Car P1 Motorsports

(Photo: P1 Motorsports)

On Wednesday, P1 Motorsports announced their intentions to expand into the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class for a limited schedule in 2018.  The team has acquired a Mercedes-AMG GT3 and will race in the four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races.  Unlike the picture above, the team will use No. 71. Drivers …

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REBELLION Racing Returns to LMP1 in 2018-2019 WEC Super Series

2017 Daytona IWSC Neel Jani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, REBELLION Racing announced that they will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class full-time with two cars beginning in 2018.  The team did not announce the chassis that will be used to race in the top flight, but they did announce the six drivers that will be with the organization.  Only …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

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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Aston Martin Racing Unveils 2018 WEC Challenger

2018 WEC Aston Martin Vantage Aston Martin Racing

(Photo: Aston Martin Racing)

On Tuesday, Aston Martin launched their new Vantage model, the first revamp for the car since 2005.  Later in the day, Aston Martin Racing unveiled the new Aston Martin Vantage GTE racer. This new car will compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s GTE-Pro class starting at Spa in May. In addition, AMR announced …

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Toyota Dominates 6 Hours of Shanghai, Porsche Claims Titles

2017 Monza WEC Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

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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