Le Mans 2020 behind closed doors

The 24 Hours of Le Mans for cars, will be run behind closed doors in 2020. Automobile Club de l’Ouest has announced that they have made the decision together with the local health reponsibilities. ACO was hoping to be able to limit the amount of spectators to groups of 5000 persons, but not even that is possible, due to too much uncertainty. All people with tickets for the race will be contacted by either their travel company or by the ACO themselves, depending on where they have bought the tickets.…

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WeatherTech Racing goes for GTE Pro honors

WeatherTech Racing has chosen to jump up one category, for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The American outfit, who is run by Scuderia Corsa, will participate in Ferrari 488 GTE Evo, but has chosen to enter the GTE Pro instead of GTE Am. The driver line-up will be Cooper MacNeil, Tony Vilander and Jeff Segal, who often joins the full-season IMSA pairing at the longer races in the USA. There are good chances to get a good result in this years GTE Pro category, since there only will…

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IMSA swaps two races

IMSA has chosen to swap two races on the 2020 schedule for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and some of their support series. The 6 hours race at Watkins Glen will be moved to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, but still on 6 September, and still the same duration. The Lime Rock race one week later, will be moved to Charlotte Motor Speedway, where the GT cars will race on the ROVAL, which is the infield of the oval. That is all down to the COVID-19 situation, where the area around…

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Drop of numbers in IMSA LMP2

There will be a slight drop in the numbers during the coming rounds of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the LMP2 category. Tower Motorsport by Starworks has chosen to pull out of the upcoming race at Road America. The team has sent out information, that they most likely will only compete in the three remaining endurance rounds. The reasoning is the COVID-19 situation, with them having mechanics and drivers risking being hit by the 14 days quarantine, when entering and exiting the US. John Farano is the bronze-rated driver…

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Final season for Acura Team Penske

Acura Team Penske is currently competing in their final season together for now. The DPi team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the defending champion in the category, but when the 12 Hours of Sebring is run in November 2020, they will end their collaboration. They two parties started working together in 2017, where the ARX-05 model was created on the basis of the ORECA 07 LMP2 car. They did a single race in 2017, in an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, so the team could gain some sportscar experience…

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New Le Mans entry list for the 2020 edition

The ACO has announced an updated entry list for this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. The COVID-19 situation has taken another bite off the entry list, so we have used up the 10 original reserves, that actually were ready to race. Several of those have also called their participation off. That gives us a current list of 60 cars entered for this year’s race. The LMP1 category has lost one of the Team LNT Ginetta cars, which was slated to be raced by Charlie Robertson, Ben Hanley and Egor…

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Dry qualifying at Daytona

The qualifying for this afternoon’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race ran on a dry and sunny Daytona International Speedway. First out were the 12 GTD cars. It turned out to be a battle between Compass Racing McLaren #76 with Corey Fergus and AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus #14 with Aaron Telitz, swapping fastest lap times over and over. The McLaren 720S GT3 #76 ended up with its first Pole Position in IMSA competition, ahead of the Lexus #14, while Robby Foley in the Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 #96 was on…

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Chaves replaces Nasr this weekend

Felipe Nasr was meant to be back behind the wheel this weekend, but that has been put on hold. The Brazilian should have joined his countryman Pipo Derani as a full-season driver in the Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, but Nasr has now got a positive COVID-19 test. Nasr has stayed in Miami in the last month, since he travelled in from Brazil. He didn’t have any kind of symptoms, but when on his way to Daytona yesterday, to meet up with the team ahead…

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26 cars at Daytona

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season 2020 will restart this weekend at Daytona International Speedway. The season did originally start at Daytona back in January, with the classical 24 hours race. This time is “just” 2 hours and 40 minutes, for the DPi, GTLM and GTD cars. The LMP2 cars won’t be running this weekend. The DPi category has exactly the same competitors as back in January. There is a slight change, with the Mazda Team Joest name gone. Team Joest and Mazda have ended their collaboration back in March,…

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IMSA releases new schedule

IMSA has released a new version of the 2020 schedule, including the one for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. There are no changes for the first four races, once the season gets restarted. So that makes Daytona and Sebring run in July, Road America on the switch between July and August, and the GT-only weekend at Virginia International Raceway towards the end of August. The 6 Hours at the Glen has been moved forward to 3-6 September, and the GT-only weekend at Lime Rock Pack being run one week later.…

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Daytona opens for fans

When the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumes at Daytona International Speedway on 4 July, there will be spectators at the venue. There is however a limitation of 5000 spectators, with everybody having to be residents of Florida, since fans from other states aren’t allowed. The spectators will be allowed on either the grand stand, or in a special limited camping area, where people are allowed to sit by or on top of the RV’s. All spectators will be screened before entering the track, and everybody have to wear masks all…

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Paul Miller Racing skips July

Paul Miller Racing won’t be running in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, once the season gets going again in July. The championship-winning GTD team from 2018 season has chosen to skip the Daytona and Sebring races in July, due to the COVID–19 situation, where Paul Miller Auto Group has had to send a lot of employees home. So the organisation don’t think that they can defend to go racing, when their workforce outside the motorsport division is sitting at home. The decision has surely been tough to make, since the…

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WTR announces third driver

Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing have confirmed their drivers for the final two rounds of the Michelin Endurance Cup in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Renger van der Zande and Ryan Briscoe will be joined by Scott Dixon in the Cadillac DPi car for Petit Le Mans 10 hours race at Road Atlanta in October, and the Sebring 12 hours in November. The trio plus Kamui Kobayashi won the Daytona 24 Hours back in January, which is the only race being run so far in IMSA this year. That was…

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Works cars pulling out of IMSA

The day has started with a bit of a shock for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Porsche has chosen to pull out of the series as a works team, at the end of the 2020 season. They have been active as a works team since 2014, with CORE autosport running the GTLM operation. There were several privateer Porsche GTLM/GT2 entries prior to that, including a car entered by CORE. They have won 2 Drivers Championships and 3 Constructor Championships since then, by claiming 48 podium finishes including 18 race victories.…

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All three drivers ready for Risi

Risi Competizione has confirmed all three drivers for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The Italian-American Ferrari team announced Olivier Pla and Sebastien Bourdais as their drivers earlier in the year, but they have completed the line-up with Jules Gounon, who also raced for them last year. They had a collaboration with the French Ferrari dealer in 2019, which made the car not run in the traditional Risi (and Ferrari) red, but in blue. The graphics following the announcement of the drivers for this year’s race, have a red…

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Heavily revised IMSA schedule

IMSA has issued some heavily revised 2020 schedules for all their racing series, including the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The changes are, of course, down to the COVID-19 situation, which has resulted in the IMSA series not racing since the opening round at Daytona back in January. Daytona will restart the season, when the series returns on track on 4 July. That is by running a 2-hour-and-40-minute race. The cars will race again just two weeks later at Sebring, which is another 2 hours and 40 minutes. Two weeks later…

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Four American cars hand back Le Mans entries

The entry list for the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020 has changed quite a bit, over just a few days. Four North American cars have informed the organizers, that they won’t be making the trip to Le Mans this year, even though they were selected for the race two months ago. The two Porsche GTE Pro cars from North America has chosen to stay at home and focus on the IMSA championship. That is the same decision by Corvette Racing, who won’t go to France either with their brand…

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FIA approves Hypercar adjustments

The FIA Endurance Commission has approved some small adjustments to the Hypercar regulations in ACO racing. The Hypercars will replace the LMP1 cars from the 2021 season in the FIA World Endurance Championship, including the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The adjustments have been put in place, so they match the LMDh regulations on power and weight. The basic rules for the LMDh cars were announced last week. The new Hypercars will have 650 bhp combined from an internal combustion engine and hybrid power train, and a minimum weight of…

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LMDh basics announced

Automobile Club de l’Ouest and International Motor Sports Association have announced the basics for the upcoming LMDh ruleset. The cars will replace the current DPi cars in the IMSA series in 2022, but will also be allowed to race in the FIA WEC, including Le Mans. The collaboration was announced back in January 2020 at Daytona, and all parties have worked hard ever since, to bring up some technical specifications, that the majority could be happy with. There will be four chassis suppliers – ORECA, Ligier, Multimatic and Dallara –…

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Le Mans releases time table

Automobile Club de l’Ouest has released the time table for this years 24 Hours of Le Mans. The time table for the 2020 edition had some quite significant changes anyway, compared to previous years, with the new Hyperpole concept being introduced, where the drivers only have a few laps to set a time, in of the previous years where they typically has had 6 hours or more to put in their best lap. Sunday and Monday, prior to the race, will have the scrutineering at the circuit itself. The Tuesday…

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