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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

2018 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

2018 Daytona IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Fernando Alonso Talks 24 Hours of Daytona Attempt, Stock Car Future

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

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Two-time Formula 1 world champion Fernando Alonso is no stranger when it comes to trying something new. After all, he competed in the Indianapolis 500 last year and will drive in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona this weekend. Alonso, 36, competes with McLaren in F1, and that is his primary job. But he’s in the …

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

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(Photo Credit: McLaren)

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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2-Headed Monster: Did Fernando Alonso Make It Look Easy?

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Fernando Alonso in Indianapolis (Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

Fernando Alonso’s performance in this past weekend’s Indianapolis 500 impressed many. The Spaniard led 27 laps before his Andretti Honda engine expired with 21 laps remaining in the event. He came home 24th when the checkered flag flew from IMS, but opened a lot of eyes. Did Alonso’s performance in the Greatest Spectacle in Racing make …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Indy 500 vs Coca-Cola 600 TV Coverage

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

In the world of motorsports, Memorial Day Weekend is a biggie.  You have Indianapolis, Charlotte, Monaco, Lime Rock and the Nürburgring.  With the exception of Monaco, all of those places saw great finishes over the weekend.  Just thinking about all the action gives me a headache.  There’s a reason why we posted Lime Rock race …

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Pace Laps: Austin Dillon Steals Victory, Takuma Sato Gets Redemption at Indy

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski/INDYCAR)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Austin Dillon Stretches Fuel, Picks up First-Career Victory – The No. 3 car is back in Victory Lane, as Austin Dillon went the final 70 laps of the 600-mile race on a single tank of fuel. What went from another Martin Truex Jr. invitational, dominating, yet, again another Coca-Cola 600, Dillon and …

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4 Burning Questions: Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500?

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(Photo: Joe Skibinski)

Who Will Win the 101st Indianapolis 500? A day of nostalgia, distinction and a frenzy of emotion is now upon us. The 101st Indianapolis 500 is sure to be another one for the ages after a jam-packed month of testing, practice runs and qualifying attempts. Like always, Sunday is a momentous occasion that couldn’t be easier …

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2-Headed Monster: Alonso’s Indy 500 Decision

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This week’s Fronstretch debate question: McLaren driver and Formula 1 champion Fernando Alonso recently announced he would forgo competing in the Monaco Grand Prix on Memorial Day weekend and compete in the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 instead. This will be his first career start in the IndyCar Series. Is Fernando Alonso making the right …

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4 Burning Questions: What Team Must Regroup This Easter Break?

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(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

What to Make of a NASCAR Off-Week for Top Teams? Aren’t NASCAR fans the most spoiled sports fans in America? One off-week and they’re ready to call for immediate medical help. But, yes, here we are again for the first race-less weekend of 2017. But be thankful, as after all, it’s Easter. The teams, drivers …

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Fernando Alonso to Skip Monaco, Compete in Indianapolis 500

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(Photo Credit: McLaren)

In a very surprising announcement Wednesday morning, McLaren announced that Fernando Alonso will enter the Indianapolis 500 in a entry run by Andretti Autosport.  In order to compete at Indianapolis, Alonso will skip the Grand Prix of Monaco. Alonso is overjoyed at the opportunity. “I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy …

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