Whelen Engineering ready for 2020

The 2019 season of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship haven’t even finished yet, but the plans for 2020 are already slowly but surely being announced. Whelen Engineering has confirmed that they once again will sponsor the Action Express Cadillac #31, at Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr will continue to race for them. The sponsor with the red and white colours has been the naming sponsor on the car since 2015, but both drivers are relatively new in that comparison. Nasr started with the team in 2018, where he ended up…

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CORE saying goodbye to DPi

CORE autosport has two races left, before they are saying goodbye to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in DPi. Team owner Jon Bennett has chosen to retire from racing for now, and will shut down the DPi part of the team. The team also runs the GTLM programme as works team for Porsche, but they will keep that programme running. CORE autosport started in the American Le Mans Series in 2011, where they ran a two-car team in the LMPC category, and won the title in their maiden season, followed…

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Powell new Acura driver

Alice Powell was on top of the podium just a few days ago, when W-Series held their final race of 2019 at Brands Hatch. In 10 days time, she will be in a race car in the USA. Powell has been hired by Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing, to race the yellow and black Acura #57 alongside Katherine Legge at Virginia International Raceway. There has been quite a few changes on the driver front in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship team. Legge has been there since the beginning of the…

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Basically unchanged IMSA schedule

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship once again proves stability with their 2020 race schedule. The exact same 12 events are back again, just as they were in 2018 and 2019. The season starts out with the Daytona 24 Hours, with all four classes participating. There is however a small change, since the LMP2 category doesn’t race for overall season points in the Championship, in that specific event. The race is still counting towards the Michelin Endurance Cup, consisting of Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen og Petit Le Mans. All classes won’t…

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Canadian high speed for IMSA

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took off to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, that was earlier known as Mosport. The duration of the race would be the standard two hours and 2 hours and forty minutes of IMSA races. It was, however, only the second time this season so far, after the durations of 24 hours, 12 hours, 100 minutes, 2 hours 40 minutes, 100 minutes, and 6 hours. Colin Braun had secured Pole Position for CORE autosport Nissan #54. After many months dominance from Mazda, it was time for the other…

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Porsche presents new GTE car

Porsche has presented their new 911 RSR car, which will be used in the FIA World E2ndurance Championship, European Le Mans Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the three upcoming seasons. By stating that, Porsche has confirmed that they will do FIA WEC at least until the end of the 2021/22 season. Even though the car has got the same model name as its predecessor, 95% of the car is brand new. Headlights, braking system, clutch, drivers seat and some components in the suspension are the only things being…

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2 Audis misses Canada

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will miss out on two GTD teams for their only Canadian round in 2019 This weekend’s race will happen at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park near Bowmanville in Ontario, but the two Audi teams will miss the race due to different reasons. Moorespeed #19 had a massive crash during practice at Watkins Glen only a few days ago, and the team haven’t had the possibility to get it repaired in time for the CTMP race. Luckily it was only material damage in the accident, but with…

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No Nielsen in Canada

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Canada will unfortunately be without Christina Nielsen. The Dane will be racing in the Blancpain GT World Challenge Asia at the Fuji track in Japan. Ana Beatriz will be place the Dane in the Heinricher Racing w/Meyer Shank Racing Acura #57. The deal with Heinricher Racing was originally only for the Daytona 24 Hours, where she should replace Jackie Heinricher. That evolved into her also doing the Sebring race – and then Mid-Ohio – and now it’s actually…

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Corvette calls reserve for CTMP

Corvette Racing has had to call up a reserve for this weekends IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, the track which was formerly known as Mosport. During the race at Watkins Glen last weekend, Tommy Milner was involved in a crash on Lap 1. Milner injured his left hand in the accident, which rules him out of the race this weekend. So the team have called up their third driver from Le Mans, Marcel Fässler, which will pair up with Oliver Gavin in #4. This will…

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6 Hours of IMSA at Watkins Glen

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship was back after the Le Mans break, where all the classes came to Watkins Glen for Sahlen’s Six Hours Of The Glen. Beside the usual IMSA championship it was also a part of Michelin Endurance Cup, which consists of the longer races on the calendar: Daytona, Sebring, Watkins Glen and Road Atlanta. The race was six-hour long and thus some of the teams brought an extra driver. Mazda Team Joest #77 with Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Timo Bernhard had taken Pole Position among the Dpi…

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Jarvis: “It’s just a top quality field

It’s not an unusual sight to have the Oliver Jarvis name on the 24 Hours of Le Mans entry list, but in 2019 it’s on the GTE Pro and not a LMP1 or LMP2 car, as it’s been in the past. Racing24-7.net caught up with him on Thursday afternoon, to have a small chat about challenging race that lays ahead in the blue Risi Competizione Ferrari #89 in the GTE Pro category. “Unfortunately we’ve had quite a difficult build-up. We didn’t get many laps in the pre-test. So we arrived…

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Bomarito: “We just need to get it done”

Jonathan Bomarito is the newest member of the Ford Chip Ganassi team at Le Mans, joining full season regulars Harry Tincknell and Andy Priaulx in the #67 car for the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Racing24-7.net had a talk with him on Wednesday, about the programme, and a bit about his American programme as well. Has it been tough for you to transition into a GT car again? “Yes and no. The last time I was driving a GT car was in 2014, so it’s been almost six years. But…

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Tincknell: “It’s been character building”

It hasn’t been the best year for Ford Chip Ganassi Team UK #67 in the FIA World Endurance Championship this year, with the team currently sitting fifth in the drivers Championship, behind their teammates in #66, but with a 31,5 and 28,5 points gab to climb respectively, to potentially pass AF Corse #51 for third. Porsche has already secured the World Championship. Racing24-7.net sat down with Harry Tincknell yesterday, to talk about the season so far, and the weekend ahead, and a bit about the future too. It’s the fourth…

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Ford presents Le Mans design and ends programme

Ford Chip Ganassi has presented the design for their four cars, that will run in the 24 Hours race at Le Mans in 2019. Furthermore, they have confirmed that the FIA WEC factory programme will end after the race in France, while they finish off the season in IMSA. Car #66 with Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla and Billy Johnson will remain in the colours from 1966, where Ford won the race with Bruce McLaren and Chris Amon. Car #67 with Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito gets the winning…

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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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