Risi ready for Daytona

Risi Competizione will enter the Daytona 24 Hours race in January 2020. The half Italian, half American team from Houston, Texas only did three races in 2019. They started out at Daytona 24 Hours in January, where they finished a very close second. Next start was the 24 Hours of Le Mans, where they finished outside the top-10 in the GTE Pro category, after being hit by quite a few technical issues – perhaps, if only they had done a few more races… They closed off 2019 by winning Petit…

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Vote for WRT design for Daytona

WRT Speedstar Audi Sport has announced that they will once again run at the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2020. The Belgian team has made a deal with Audi Canada, for them to run the car, and bring three European drivers, with a single Canadian driver added in. The double defending winner and new Audi works driver, Italian Mirko Bortolotti will be joined by his likewise double defending co-winner, Swiss driver Rolf Ineichen. They have been racing Lamborghinis for years, but will now try their luck in an Audi. Audi…

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Grasser to defend victories

Grasser Racing Team will be aiming at doing a hattrick in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season opener in 2020. The Lamborghini team with the lime green Huracan GT3 Evo cars has won the Daytona 24 Hours in both 2018 and 2019, but it will be a completely different line-up in 2020 compared to January 2019. Franck Perera, Richard Heistand, Steijn Schothorst and Albert Costa Balboa will be the four drivers, who have been called up for Daytona, but the team has also confirmed participating in the three other Michelin…

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Goodyear to be exclusive in LMP2

Goodyear will be sole tire supplier for the LMP2 cars in the European Le Mans Series and the FIA World Endurance Championship. The decision is part of the introduction of the new Hypercar category, where Michlin is the sole supplier. The LMP2 cars will be slowed a bit, since Hypercar is planned to run a bit slower than the current LMP1 cars. There is a currently a tire war in LMP2 between Michelin and Goodyear, making the cars go faster and faster each season. But by limiting it to a…

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Jones and Scherer to DTM

WRT Team Audi Sport has announced their two drivers for DTM 2020. Ed Jones and Fabio Scherer will be the two drivers for the Audi RS5 DTM cars. Jones has raced in NTT IndyCar Series for the previous seasons, following the same path as Pietro Fittipaldi, who did the same in 2019. Jones is born in Dubai, but by British parents, and has lived in the USA for the last few years. He did some years for smaller teams, where he did quite well and got awarded with a seat…

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WEC 2020/21 schedule finalized

The FIA World Endurance Championship schedule for 2020/21 has been announced. The 8-race schedule consists of a lot of returnees, as well as two brand new tracks for the FIA WEC. The season starts on 31 August and 1 September at Silverstone, with a two-day test. That’s on Monday and Tuesday, with the first race of the year to follow, later in the week. One month later, we will visit the first new track – Monza, Italy. Monza was hosting the FIA WEC Prologue 2017, and has been hosting a…

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Pfaff with rapid line-up

Pfaff Motorsports will bring one of the most rapid line-ups in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. The Canadian team, which made its debut in the big IMSA series in 2019, were already challenging the big teams in 2019, and they really want better than in 2020. The team will run a Porsche 911 GT3 R, with the very best from the Porsche world – who isn’t already racing in GTLM or GTE Pro. Zacharie Robichon will once again be the central figure behind the wheel. He finished 3rd in…

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ELMS rules 2020 announced

European Le Mans Series has announced the regulations for the 2020 season. There are no massive changes to the race weekends, but a few adjustments here and there, closing some loopholes and questionable points, which has arisen during 2019. There will be some slight adjustments to the driving times, so you might be allowed or have to drive further, depending on your driver ranking. The new driving times look like this: They will tighten up the pitstop rules, so you can’t pit during the first three laps of Safety Car.…

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GEAR Racing Grasser with full driver roster

GEAR Racing Grasser has signed all drivers for the Daytona 24 Hours. Christina Nielsen and Katherine Legge were announced for the Lamborghini team, with the final two drivers for the endurance race being confirmed now. Ana Beatriz and Tatiana Calderon will make it an all-female car, just like last year at Heinricher Racing, where Nielsen, Legge and Beatriz shared the car at the longer races. Calderon ran in Formula 2 this year for BWT Arden but wasn’t too successful at that. She raced in GP3, Formula 3 and Formula Renault…

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Heinricher Racing ready for 2020

Heinricher Racing will enter the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team will change its character from being an all-female team, to act as the second part of Meyer Shank Racing with all-male drivers, just like #86 was it 2019. Meyer Shank Racing will continue to run the effort in 2020. There will be some well known faces in #57. Alvaro Parente has previously raced in #86 together with Katherine Legge, and will now return to the IMSA series, where he will be joined by Misha Goikhberg. This will be…

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Daly new ECR driver

Conor Daly will be racing for Ed Carpenter Racing in the NTT IndyCar Series 2020. He will be doing the 12 rounds on road- and street courses, plus the Indianapolis 500, where he will pilot the team’s third entry. He will have to hand over the regular car to team owner Ed Carpenter on the ovals, who loves doing oval races, but doesn’t fancy the twisty tracks and therefore hires another driver for those. Daly will bring his U.S. Air Force deal with him, which he debuted at Indy 500…

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Conway to help Action Express again

Mike Conway will once again help out at Action Express in the Daytona 24 Hours. The Englishman has raced for Action Express since 2017 – but not in 2019 where he had VISA issues – jumping between Mustang Sampling #5 and Whelen Engineering #31. #5 is no longer part of Action Express, so he will be in #31 alongside Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani and Filipe Albuquerque. This is the only IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race confirmed for Conway. He will return to the FIA World Endurance Championship programme for Toyota…

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Starworks back in LMP2

Starworks Motorsport returns to the LMP2 category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2020. The team from Deerfield Beach, Florida will enter a brand new ORECA 07 Gibson, with the 4 Michelin Endurance Cup races plus the Daytona 24 Hours confirmed so far. They do hope to find the budget for the three sprint races on the LMP2 calendar too, so they can do the full LMP2 season in IMSA. The team will run under the Tower Motorsport by Starworks banner, with John Farano and his company being a part…

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Wright Motorsports returns to IMSA

Wright Motorsports returns to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020. The North American Porsche team returns to the GTD category with a Porsche 911 GT3 R. Patrick Long and Ryan Hardwick will share the car for the full season, but they will need at least one more driver at the endurance rounds, counting towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, with the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours and Petit Le Mans 10 Hours on the schedule. Wright Motorsports raced in the big IMSA series in 2018,…

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Porsche retirements and new hires etc

Porsche held their annual season-ending party in Stuttgart, where the 2019 season was closed down, and looking forward to 2020. When you say Porsche – at least for the last twenty years – you often think about Jörg Bergmeister and Timo Bernhard. These two will go into retirement now, but will still be present at Porsche, becoming brand ambassadors. Bergmeister will be helping out on new road car development, while Bernhard will continue running his own KÜS Team75 Bernhard team in ADAC GT Masters. 43-year-old Bergmeister and 38-year-old Bernhard have…

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Flash news: Hockenheim confirmed

ADAC GT Masters has confirmed their final TBA on the 2020 schedule. And it’s not a surprise, that it was Hockenheim. It was rather surprising that it wasn’t on the initial schedule issued in September. The race weekend will run from 18-20 September, and will have the ADAC GT Masters, which continues with GT3 cars, joined by ADAC GT4 Germany, ADAC TCR Germany, ADAC Formula 4 and Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland on the time table. The entry for the 2020 series has started this week with 28 full season spots,…

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MacNeil and Vilander stays at Scuderia Corsa

Cooper MacNeil and Toni Vilander will stay at Scuderia Corsa for another season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. This is the third season for MacNeil at the Houston-based team. He started racing for the team in 2018 after winning the 2016 and 2017 Champions with Christina Nielsen. The team hasn’t run under the Scuderia Corsa banner since then, but as WeatherTech Racing, since the MacNeil family owns the automotive floor mat manufacturer. Vilander still has close ties to Ferrari, and he was sent to Italy to pick up their latest…

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Braun in 24 hours race for DragonSpeed

Colin Braun has landed his first task for 2020. He will be racing for the DragonSpeed team in LMP2 at the Daytona 24 Hours at the Daytona International Speedway. Braun has great experience with the ORECA chassis, that the team will run. He did the full 2018 season at CORE autosport in an ORECA 07 Gibson, where he managed to grab Pole Position and two race wins together with Jon Bennett. The pairing finished second in the Championship, only three points shy of Whelen Engineering with Felipe Nasr and Eric…

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BMW invites Kubica and Yelloly

BMW has invited Robert Kubica and Nick Yelloly for a 4-day test in Spain. The two drivers will test one of the BMW DTM cars, at the traditional winter test, which usually is run in November or December. Jerez will host the test. The test runs a little later this year since the teams had to make their way home from Japan, where they did the common race with the Japanese Super GT series. Yelloly won the Chinese GT Championship for FIST-Team AAI, and got the DTM test as an…

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Magnussen to test for High Class

Jan Magnussen will be testing for High Class Racing, in the upcoming FIA WEC test in Bahrain. The 46 year-old Danish racing driver is currently without an international racing seat, after his contract at Corvette Racing didn’t get extended. In a press release issued by the team, they announce that he will test one of the team’s ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 cars, with Michael Markussen also testing the car. The team already has an entry for the 24 Hours of Le Mans due to their WEC car #33, but they…

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