Le Mans 2019 – who will be there?

The pieces in the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2019 puzzle are slowing coming together. There are room for 60 cars, just like in the 2018 edition. The first 36 places are already taken up, since the FIA World Endurance Championship 2018/19 teams are sure of their entries. On top of that, we have the four class winners from this year’s race. That gives Toyota Gazoo Racing (LMP1), Signatech Alpine Matmut (LMP2), Porsche (GTE Pro) and Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche (GTE Am) an extra ticket for the race. They are all…

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DragonSpeed returns to Daytona

The DragonSpeed outfit has confirmed their entry to the Daytona 24 Hours in January 2019. They will bring their ORECA 07 Gibson LMP2 car for the season opener in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and will therefore do the three major sportscar races in the world – the Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 1000 Miles and the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The two latter count towards the FIA World Endurance Championship, where they run their LMP1 BR Engineering car, but it’s not impossible that they will enter the Sebring 12 Hours…

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Tequila Patron ESM with two stars and two departures

Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports will enter Petit Le Mans with two stars, helping the already well known names in the cars. When the finale in this years WeatherTech Sportscar Championship is run at the Road Atlanta track in Georgia, the team will run Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Norman Nato i #2, while Johannes van Overbeek, Pipo Derani and Timo Bernhard will pilot #22. Nato and Bernhard replaces Oliver Pla and Nicolas Lapierre, who are the two usual extra drivers for the long distance races in the two cars.…

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Dr. Don Panoz 1935-2018

The entire sportscar community has lost a very influential person today. Dr. Don Panoz has passed away, after a long battle with cancer. Panoz founded the Amerian Le Mans Series in 1998, giving the Le Mans cars a second home, outside Europe. The ALMS series was where Audi Sport North America had their home, when they didn’t compete at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. One of their biggest rivals through several seasons were the very caractaristic Panoz cars, with the rumbling V8 front engine. They didn’t only race in…

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Action Express ready with their 2019 drivers

Action Express already have their WeatherTech SportsCar Championship line-up for 2019 ready. They opted to keep Filipe Albuerquerque and Joao Barbosa in the Mustang Sampling #5, while Felipe Nasr will have a new teammate in the shape of Pipo Derani in the Whelen Engineering #31. So you can kind of call the two Cadillac DPi-V.R cars for Team Portugal and Team Brazil respectively – with all Portuguese speaking drivers for the Floridian team. There will most likely be spoken English within the team anyway, since they need a further two…

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Messy start ended up to be a good race

Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix was run on WeatherTech Laguna Seca, and was at the same time the penultimate round in WeatherTech Sportscar Championship. Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing #10 with Renger van der Zande and Jordan Taylor started the race ahead of the two Acura Team Penske #6 and #7, with respectively Dane Cameron/Juan Pablo Montoya and Helio Castroneves/Ricky Taylor. In GTLM, Corvette Racing #4 with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner had taken Pole Position, in front of Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66 with Joey Hand and Dirk Müller,…

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Juncos Racing expands the team once again

Juncos Racing will expand their team once again, and while they so far have been racing in single-seaters, there will be a sportscar rolling into the workshop. The team will enter the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as a full season entry in 2019, having bought a Cadillac DPi-V.R. That adds another team with the Dallara based Cadillac racer, after JDC-Miller Motorsports announced two similar cars just last week. Juncos Racing already have programmes running in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires, the Indy Lights Championship Presented by Cooper Tires,…

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3 more years in Detroit

The Detroit Grand Prix has been secured for three more years, after the organizers and the the Michigan Department of Natural Resources has agreed about three more years, with an option of two extended years. The contract ended after the 2018 event, and intensive negotiations have gone on for the last two months with the two sides going forth and back. The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has already confirmed their 2019 race there – as long as the track was approved, which it is now – and the Verizon IndyCar Series…

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JDC-Miller Motorsports switches to DPi

JDC-Miller Motorsports will switch to DPi, when the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2019 starts at Daytona in January. The team already participates this year with two ORECA LMP2 cars, but they have bought two Cadillac DPi-V.R cars for the upcoming season. JDC-Miller Motorsports has announced that Stephen Simpson will continue for the team during their 2019 campaign. The future for Simon Trummer, Robert Alon and Misha Goikhberg is  yet to be confirmed. The team won the 6 Hours at the Glen in June with the #99, nicknamed the “Red Dragon”, and…

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IMSA announces 2019 calendar and changes

IMSA has announced their 2019 calendar for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as some changes for the racing on track. The series will revisit the same 12 tracks as in 2018, with the DPi and LMP2 cars doing 10 rounds, GTLM cars will do 11 rounds and the GTDs will have 10 rounds counting towards the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. GTD however has a bonus race in Detroit counting towards a new Championship – more of that later in this article. 10 of the 12 rounds will be run on…

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Nerve-racking race on Lime Rock Park

North East Grand Prix on Lime Rock Park between New York and Boston hosted this year’s first GT only weekend in  WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. While the prototypes were allowed to go on a summer holiday, the GTLM and GTD classes went out on the short track with laptimes around 50-52 seconds for the two. Corvette Racing #3 with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia started from Pole Position, ahead of Porsche #912 and Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66. In GTD it was Wright Motorsports Porsche #58 with Christina Nielsen and Patrick…

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Close morning qualifying at Lime Rock

The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship delivered an amazingly close qualifying, when the 18 cars were battling for the starting positions for today’s race at Lime Rock Park. Wright Motorsports #58 with Patrick Long took the honours in GTD, grabbing the first Pole Position for the team, and the first for Porsche in GTD in 2018. He and his co-driver Christina Nielsen have had a really bad year with accidents, collisions and other mechanical issues, so it was really nice for them to finally have a bit of success. 3GT Racing Lexus…

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Iconic sponsor pulls out of the sport

When the 2018 season is over, it will be a goodbye to a very iconic sponsor, who has not only been on race cars for the last nine seasons, but also been supporters for several race series. Tequila Patron has opted not to extend their sponsorship of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where they have been title sponsor for the North American Endurance Cup, with Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours and Petit Le Mans 10 Hours. They will also end their collaboration with Extreme Speed Motorsports,…

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24 amazing hours for Katherine Legge

Katherine Legge has had 24 amazing hours recently. First, it was announced that her team in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, Meyer Shank Racing, would enter her Acura #86 for the rest of the season. The car started out as only doing the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races, which were Daytona 24 Hours, Sebring 12 Hours, Watkins Glen 6 Hours and Petit Le Mans 10 Hours. However, Legge was so well placed after Daytona and Sebring, P3 in the GTD Championship, that the team managed to collect a few…

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Incredibly close at IMSA

After the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen yesterday, the championship standings have moved even closer together, on an almost unreal level, considering how many hours and rounds that have been run. The Mustang Sampling Cadillac #5 leads the championship for prototypes with a single point ahead of their Action Express teammates Whelen Engineering #31, while Acura Team Penske #6 and Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Cadillac #10 are equal on points, just 13 from the lead of the championship – with #6 leading due to taking their third…

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AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports with new third driver

AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports will run with a new third driver on the squad for the 6 hours race at Watkins Glen this weekend. Will Owen will share the car with Sebastian Saavedra and Gustavo Yacaman. Owen will be competing against his regular European Le Mans Series team, United Autosports, who also enters one car in the 6 hours race. He has been driving for the team back in 2016 and 2017 on selected outings, and now he has got the phone call once again. Roberto Gonzalez was the third driver…

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Strategy decided outcome in Detroit

WeatherTech SportsCar Championship had reached Detroit, where the Prototype and GTD cars would race for an hour and 40 minutes on the tight street circuit. The Tequila Patron Extreme Speed Motorsports #22 had taken Pole Position with Johannes van Overbeek and Pipo Derani, while Acura Team Penske #6 and #7 were the next two cars in line. In the GTD category we had Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow on Pole Position for Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini #48, ahead of the two Meyer Shank Racing Acura #86 and #93 cars. The…

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Good IMSA race at Mid-Ohio

After a 5-year break, the highest ranked US sports car racing series was back at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course near Lexington. While especially the Friday was wet, the weather on Saturday and Sunday for the fourth round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship 2018 was a lot better. Acura Team Penske had qualified 1-2 followed by the two Mazda Team Joest cars with #7 ahead of #6, #77 and #55. In the GTLM category we had BMW Team RLL #24 on Pole ahead of Porsche #911 and BMW Team RLL…

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Lottery in Long Beach

Round 3 of this year’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was run in Long Beach, where the narrow street course made the 100 minutes of racing to somewhat of a lottery. Juan Pablo Montoya had taken Pole Position in the Acura Team Penske #6, ahead of Whelen Engineering Cadillac #31 and Mazda Team Joest #55, while Joey Hand in the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing #66 had grabbed Pole Position in GTLM ahead of Porsche #912 and #911. The GTD category did not run this weekend, due to the combination of not having…

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Sebring 2019 changes

When the joint IMSA and FIA World Endurance Championship race will be run at Sebring in March 2019, there will some changes to the initial announced plans. The 12 hours of Sebring in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will continue to be run on the Saturday, like we know from the past. When the FIA WEC race was announced back in September 2017, the news was that it would start two hours after the conclusion of the IMSA race, with 12 hours of FIA WEC to be run. That was…

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