Urgent Daytona call for Farfus

Augusto Farfus has got an urgent call to go to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which will be run this coming weekend. The Brazilian will replace British-Swedish Tom Blomqvist, since there has been some delay to his visa application. Farfus will drive the BMW Team RLL M8 GTE #25, alongside Connor De Phillippi, Philipp Eng and Colton Herta. This is a huge blow for Blomqvist, who thereby loses all chances of becoming an IMSA Champion in 2019, since the plan for him was to share the car full season with…

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Classic Nissan colours return

The memories will come flowing back, when the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season gets going. This is the 50th year of IMSA, and several teams have used that opportunity to put classic designs on the cars. Some teams only do it for the opening round at Daytona, while others plans to use it throughout the season. CORE autosport is amongst the latter category, and after acquiring the Nissan ONROAK DPi cars from the new closed down ESM operation, it all of a sudden gave the team a new opportunity.…

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Ford goes retro

It’s lately become really popular with retro designs in motorsport. Porsche won 24 Hours of Le Mans 2018 with a design from 1971, and at the upcoming Daytona 24 hours race we have Riley Motorsports – Team AMG #33 running a design from 1987. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing appeared at the ROAR test with two pale white cars, which instantly opened up for the speculations, since they have been running the classic red and blue colours ever since 2016, in a more or less shiny gradient. Now they have revealed…

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First test done at Daytona

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has done the first 2019 test in Daytona – the so-called ROAR Before the 24. As always it is difficult to see which programs the individual teams were running, but IMSA has a rule that you’re not allowed to sandbag or else you would be penalised. There is, however, a session where you can expect the teams to give all they have – and that is the qualifying. But, a qualifying in a test? Yes, a qualifying was run to give the teams the first choice,…

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Mazda almost unchanged for 2019 – updated

Mazda Team Joest will be entering the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in almost unchanged form. The team will once again run two cars throughout the season, and hopes that all the small niggles have been removed after 2018. Team Joest got the deal with running the cars, and had plenty of mechanical issues, which they surely have been working hard to solve. The season was finished with both cars on the Petit Le Mans podium, and was only 20 minutes away from taking their first victory at the penultimate rounds…

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Christina Nielsen in substitute role at MSR

Christina Nielsen finally managed to find a seat in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. The 26 year-old Dane will be doing the 24-hour race at Daytona for Meyer Shank Racing in the Heinricher Racing Acura #57 in the GTD category. That is a bit of a special car, since it consists only of female drivers. Katherine Legge, Ana Beatriz, Simona De Silvestro are the three other drivers on the car. The place at MSR only came because Jackie Heinricher, who was originally slated to be the fourth driver in…

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Starworks Motorsport have all four drivers ready

Starworks Motorsport have all their four drivers for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019 season ready. Parker Chase and Ryan Dalziel were announced a month ago as the full season drivers. The last two additions for the endurance rounds were announced today. Christopher Haase and Ezequiel Perez Companc will be the two extra helpers in the Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo during the 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run at the end of January. Haase has been Audi works driver for many years, and…

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At least 47 cars entered for Daytona

There will be at least 47 cars entered for the 57th edition of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, which will be run at the end of January. The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced the entry list with 47 cars. At least 37 of those are planning a full season entry, and not just the Daytona race. That is a loss of three cars compared to the 2018, but even with 47 cars on track, it’s one car for each 121 meters – if they all kept the same distance,…

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Montaplast by Land-Motorsport back in IMSA

Montaplast by Land-Motorsport will one again enter the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, when the opening race at Daytona is run on the final weekend of January. The German team has so far only confirmed the Daytona race, but they did the full TPNAEC championship in 2018, and that might very well happen again in 2019, as long as it doesn’t clash with their other programmes. They will enter with some of the strongest combo out there – an Audi R8 LMS GT3, driven by Christopher Mies, Dries Vanthoor, Ricardo Feller…

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PR1/Mathiasen ready for full season

PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports are ready for a full 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship campaign. The team is the first to confirm a full season LMP2 effort, using an ORECA 07 Gibson car. It also marks the official end to the AFS collaboration after just one season. PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports will put Matt McMurry and Gabriel Aubry in the car, and therefore enters something close to the strongest Silver/Silver ranked driver line-up. Both drivers can be as fast as Gold drivers, so it’s a bit of a scoop for the team. Gabriel Aubry…

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Heistand final Lexus driver

Richard Heistand will be the fourth and final full season driver at AIM Vasser Sullivan in the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. 38 year-old Heistand has raced single-seaters in the past, participating in series like Star Mazda and Champ Car Atlantic. He has taken a break for the last few seasons, but slowly got back into racing in 2018, doing the Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland and Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup. Now is the time for him to jump into the Lexus RC F GT3 #14 fielded by AVS, where…

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Moorespeed new GTD team

Moorespeed will be a new GTD team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship during the upcoming season. The team has opted to by an Audi R8 LMS GT3, which will run number 19 on the doors. Will Hardeman and Alex Riberas will share the car throughout the season, while they will be joined by Andrew Davis at the four Michelin Endurance Cup rounds, while the Audi super driver Markus Winkelhock is in for the 24 hours race at Daytona. The team got a good deal from Magnus Racing, and then…

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MSR once again with two cars in 2019

Meyer Shank Racing will enter two cars in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. It’s been almost two months since they announced that Jackie Heinricher, Katherine Legge, Ana Beatriz and Simona De Silvestro will be sharing #57 at the 24 hours race at Daytona, while Heinricher and Legge will be the full season drivers. Today, the team announced that Trent Hindman and Mario Farnbacher will share #86 through the full season, while they will be helped by Justin Marks at the four Michelin Endurance Cup races. AJ Almendinger will be…

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Scuderia Corsa ready with 4 driver line up

Scuderia Corsa are ready for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with four drivers, with three new faces in the team. The team will still have Cooper MacNeil as the central point, who is the son of the WeatherTech company owner. So the team will once again run in WeatherTech colours on the Ferrari 488 GT3. He has opted to hire Toni Vilander for the full 2019 season. That is at least how the team will start. Last year, it was planned for Alessandro Balzan to do the full season – that…

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Park Place Motorsports returns full time

Park Place Motorsports returns full time to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019. Team principal Patrick Lindsey is back behind the wheel, while he will have Porsche factory driver Patrick Long in the car with him. They were teammates too in the 2013 season, but lately it’s mainly been Jörg Bergmeister, who has been the teammate of Lindsey. The team enters one Porsche 911 GT3 R in the GTD category, where they aim at the Championship win. Long returns to the team after several seasons in the FIA WEC, and…

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PMR confirms Sellers and Hardwick

Paul Miller Racing has confirmed their 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship drivers. Defending Champion Bryan Sellers stays at the Championship winning team, while Ryan Hardwick is the new guy on the team. Corey Lewis will once again help during the Michelin Endurance Cup races, which are Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. Hardwick is the defending Lamborghini Super Trofeo North American Champion, so he knows the Italian car very well. It is, however, the brand new Lamborghini Huracan GT3 EVO, that is the choice of weapon for the…

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Porsche with two IMSA cars for the next three years

Porsche Motorsport has announced their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship programme for 2019. It was also confirmed, that the contract with CORE autosport, to run the two Porsche 911 RSR’s in the GTLM category, has been extended for three more years. Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet will continue in car #911, with the added help by Fred Makowiecki during Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. #912 keeps Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber as the full season drivers, while Mathieu Jaminet will be added at the longer races. The team…

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IMSA reduces the LMP2 calendar

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has slightly reduced the LMP2 calendar for 2019. It was originally the plan to run a 10-race schedule, parallel to the DPi cars, but the series has now opted to remove Long Beach and Detroit from the calendar. The two races clash with the ELMS opening round at Paul Ricard and the Le Mans test day, so potential LMP2 could would have risked missing those any, if they were busy elsewhere. The LMP2 category got a huge punch in the guts, when CORE autosport announced their…

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BMW ready with their 2019 programme

BMW celebrated all their achievements throughout 2018 yesterday evening in Munich, and announced their 2019 programmes as well. The team confirmed six cars from the DTM 2019, where a brand new 4 cylinder turbo engine with a bit over 600 bhp will be used. That gives a significantly different sound, than what we are used to from the DTM cars, but with a minimum of noise cancelling, there will still be plenty of sound. The team has opted to continue with Philipp Eng, Timo Glock, Marco Wittmann, Joel Eriksson and…

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Same old at Penske, plus Rossi

Five well known faces at Acura Team Penske will be present, when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season starts at Daytona next month. Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya will drive #6 throughout the full season, while they will have Simon Pagenaud alongside them for the 6, 10, 12 and 24 hours race. We have Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves sharing #7 again, while their new teammate at Daytona and Sebring will be Alexander Rossi. Rossi has experience from Formula 1 and a lot of other series, while the biggest…

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