Sebring 2020 dates confirmed

The IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship have confirmed the dates for the 2020 edition of the Super Sebring event. The format will be just like in 2019, with a 1000 Miles FIA WEC race on the Friday, while the traditional 12 hours IMSA race will be run on the Saturday. The 2019 edition was a big success regarding spectators at the venue, and despite critical voices in both camps, when the plans initially were announced in spring 2018, pretty much everything ran smooth, with just…

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Nielsen also part of Mid-Ohio race

Christina Nielsen will also race at the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race in Mid-Ohio. Heinricher Racing w. Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57 will once again be the work place for the rapid Dane. Nielsen was originally pulled in as the replacement for Jackie Heinricher at the Daytona 24 Hours race, where the car owner had to skip the race due to a back injury. Later on she was announced to do all the Michelin Endurance Cup races for the team – that will be Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit…

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ACO lets two more cars in

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has managed to get two more cars into this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The French organizer has chosen to build two temporary garages, so there will be room for more teams in the prestigious race. That is really good new for the Danish team High Class Racing and British-American United Autosports, who were number one and two on the reserve list prior to today’s announcement. They were originally second and third on the reserve list, but Duqueine Engineering #30 was let into the race,…

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Barbosa: “I would love to go back and race in Europe”

Joao Barbosa is a well known name in the sportscar paddocks around the world, and Racing24-7.net caught up with him at Sebring, to talk a bit about the past, present and the future. The Portuguese driver first came to many people’s knowledge, when he raced for Martin Short in the Le Mans Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The pair did a total of five seasons together, with various teammates, with the 2007 edition of the 24 hours race being their best result. They got an overall fourth…

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Albuquerque: “It’s not like super super busy”

Filipe Albuquerque will be a busy driver throughout 2019, with his not only dual but triple programmes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, European Le Mans Series and FIA World Endurance Championship. Racing24-7.net caught up with him at Sebring, to hear a bit more about his busy year. “It’s gonna be nicely busy. I’m very happy about the programme, because it’s still all kind of P2/DPi cars – it’s prototype cars. It’s busy, but because the FIA WEC is in off season, it’s not like super super busy, because WEC…

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The View From the Recliner

This past weekend offered a true orgy of delights for fans of sports car racing, with not one, but two, major races at the Sebring race course in central Florida, home of America’s oldest endurance race. The IMSA-sanctioned traditional 12-hour race took place on Saturday, as is usual. This year the World Endurance Championship also ran a 1000 mile or 8-hour race on Friday, to get the weekend started. As someone who still has cable TV, I was able to watch both races almost in their entirety. The whole 8…

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Fjordbach joined at the 11th hour

There weren’t many people who had thought they would see Anders Fjordbach on the entry list for the 67th running of Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. And neither did he until Friday 8 March. But then he got a phone call from a friend. Fjordbach has raced in the Asian Le Mans Series throughout the winter with Chris McMurry. Chris is the father of Matt McMurry, who races for PR1 Mathiasen Motorsport #52 in the LMP2 category in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The…

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Dramatic ending to the 12 hours race

The 67th edition of Mobil 1 Sebring 12 Hours Presented by Advance Auto Parts was a wet affair, which gave the classic race an extra drama. Besides its classic status, the race also counts as the second round of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. Acura Team Penske #6 with Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya and Simon Pagenaud started from Pole Position in DPi, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports #52 with Anders Fjordbach, Matt McMurry and Gabriel Aubry in LMP2, Porsche #911 with Patrick Pilet, Nick Tandy and Fred Makowiecki in GTLM and…

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The starting grid for the 12 hours race is locked

The qualifying for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Sebring International Raceway was run Friday morning local time. The 17 GTD cars were the first on the track. Trent Hindman in Meyer Shank Racing Acura #86 was the only person to set a time under two minutes, so he grabbed Pole Position ahead of Robert Foley in Turner Motorsport BMW #96 and Pfaff Motorsports Porsche #9 with Zacharie Robichon in P3. It was Hindman’s first Pole Position in the IMSA series. GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini #11 delivered a bit…

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Small problems limited Corvette in FP1

Corvette Racing didn’t have a perfect start to FIA World Endurance Championship weekend at Sebring International Raceway. The extra car that the North American team put in the FIA WEC race, in parallel with their participation in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, had some small problems in the first training. But it didn’t make Jan Magnussen worry. He will share the car with Antonio Garcia and Mike Rockenfeller. “It was just some small problems. The one driving in Shanghai was the reserve car, and there were some minor issues. It drove…

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Fjordbach to race at Sebring

Anders Fjordbach will be racing in the 12 Hours of Sebring, Saturday this week. The rapid Dane has signed a deal with PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports, where he will race in the ORECA 07 #52 in the LMP2 category. The deal was very last minute, so Fjordbach is 0n the plane to Sebring International Raceway, located between Miami and Orlando in Florida. Fjordbach will have two rapid teammates in the car, in the shape of Gabriel Aubry and Matt McMurry. Aubry was headhunted by the Jackie Chan DC Racing outfit in…

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Nielsen will get three more races

Christina Nielsen will get three more races on her 2019 schedule, which has had a lot of blank spaces so far. The rapid Dane was called in as reserve at Heinricher Racing with Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57 at the 24 Hours of Daytona in January, since Jackie Heinricher unfortunately had a back injury, which couldn’t heal before the race. The collaboration with the team went so well, since they have signed her up for the three remaining Michelin Endurance Cup, which is the 12 Hours of Sebring, 6 Hours…

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All Le Mans teams 2019 announced

ACO has announced the complete list with all 60 entrants for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The list includes the 42 teams that was announced just shy of three weeks ago, and the four auto-entries from the Asian Le Mans Series, which finished last weekend, plus various IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and European Le Mans Series teams. There are still 8 LMP1 teams, while 8 more LMP2 teams have gotten their entry approved. That is the Asian LMS Champion from LMP2, United Autosports, and the LMP2 Am winner…

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Double duty for Hartley at Sebring

Brendon Hartley will be super busy at the Super Sebring event. It was announced, just shy of three weeks ago, that Hartley would be racing for SMP Racing in the FIA World Endurance Championship race, that runs on Friday afternoon and evening local time. But he won’t be done with his tasks for the weekend, when the 8 hours or 1000 miles has been completed, Friday at midnight. Action Express has hired him to race the Mustang Sampling Cadillac #5, which he will be sharing with Joao Barbosa and Filipe…

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Ford borrows from Mazda

It’s big mix and match time at Sebring, when both the FIA World Endurance Championship and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will run on the track in two weeks time. A lot of the drivers will be on double duties, and another driver has been added to that list now, having to wear two driver suits. Jonathan Bomarito will be driving for Mazda Team Joest #55 in the IMSA championship, but has got a bonus job at Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK in the FIA WEC race in #67, which he…

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LMP3 generation 2 presented

Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) has announced the new LMP3 regulations, starting 2020. The LMP3 category was introduced in 2015, where Ginetta was the first company to have a car ready. Ligier joined them later in the year, while Adess and Norma are the two latest. Ginetta left the party early on, when they had an argument with the engine supplier ORECA. The Adess car is only made in a very few editions, but they are still active. The 4 constructors are all invited again to the new regulations, where…

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Two teams declassified at Daytona

The Rolex 24 At Daytona finished Sunday afternoon, local time. The race result was changed Thursday evening. It wasn’t the overall result that was the issue, but instead it was in the GTD category where two teams had fallen foul of the drive times for the drivers. Scuderia Corsa Ferrari #63 and Montaplast by Land-Motorsport Audi #29 didn’t follow the times on Toni Vilander and Ricardo Feller respectively. It’s referred to artile 12.12.C in the regulations. Because the race wsn’t completed, the drive time requirements were reduced, but both teams…

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Rolex 24 At Daytona – Hour 18 to 24 – updated

After a bit over one and a half hours of red flag due to heavy rain at Daytona International Speedway, the year’s first round of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was restarted. There were five hours and 36 minutes left of the race when the cars left the pits. Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac #10 was leading the DPi class, DragonSpeed #81 in LMP2, Risi Competizione Ferrari #62 in GTLM and Meyer Shank Racing Acura #86 in GTD. After two warm-up laps the race was officially restarted. While it went…

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Rolex 24 At Daytona – Hour 12 to 17

After the first twelve hours race in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019 season with eight Safety Car periods on the track, Acura Team Penske #6 was leading the DPi field, ahead of Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 and Acura Team Penske #7. Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 in P4 was the last car on the lead lap. In the LMP2 class, DragonSpeed #18 and #81 were in front, while Performance Tech Motorsports #38 was six laps behind. Porsche had it 1-2 in GTLM with #911 ahead of #912, while Risi…

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Rolex 24 at Daytona – the first hours

This year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona was started on a half-chilly temperature and cloudy track. 14 degrees Celsius isn’t what you would expect from Florida weather, but it was the case for the 47 starting teams Mazda Team Joest #77 had taken Pole Position in the DPi category, while DragonSpeed #81 took Pole in LMP2. Porsche #911 was the Polesitter in GTLM, and last but not least Via Italia Racing Ferrari #13 was the best GTD car in the qualifying. There was already drama before the start, when Juncos Racing…

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