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2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, June 25, 2016 - 07:14 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory


Last weekend, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team made history by taking the Ford GT to victory in the GTE Pro Class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The win marked Ford’s return to Le Mans and came 50 years to the day after its first victory in the event. Owner Chip Ganassi visited the media center at Sonoma Raceway to talk about the win and what it means to him.

CHIP GANASSI - Owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing - HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO LET LAST WEEK SINK IN? "I have to say when I accepted with Ford to undertake this program, I probably didn’t realize the amount of passion that that program carried with it throughout the many different levels of motorsport, whether it was with the fans or within the industry. They said, ‘Have you ever raced at Le Mans before?’ And I said, ‘No. I drove there in 1987.’ I didn’t really remember the amount of nationalism over there and a lot of pretty astute fans that understand the sport. I would also add that in Europe - when we come to a Cup race here we have Chevy, Ford and Toyota and that’s pretty good. When you come to an IndyCar race they have Chevy and Honda. When you go to an IMSA race they have four or five manufacturers. I tell you, when you go to Le Mans you have about 17 manufacturers. Everybody that’s in the automotive racing world is represented there, and a lot of these people make a huge effort in that event in the different categories. It starts to dawn on you a little bit and even on the off day there, which was Friday, no one on track, they had well over 100,000 people there just milling about. The questions you get and, like I said, about the fans, they’re so engaged. I didn’t realize what I was up for when they said, ‘Are you ready to race at Le Mans? Are you ready to take this on?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ I didn’t realize what a big thing that was. It’s a big thing, to be quite honest. I will point out too that, yes, we won and we finished first, third and fourth. The top three cars were all IMSA cars. I was pretty proud of that. Even that Ferrari that was second was a U.S.-based car. Even with their three Italian drivers, it was a U.S.-based car, so I think that says a lot about the IMSA Series and the level of competition those guys bring week in and week out. I thought that was interesting. The fourth-place car was our other car from the UK and that car is actually leading the points now in the WEC, so that’s pretty exciting."


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2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 - 06:17 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut


Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) successfully managed to complete the 24 hours of Le Mans. The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE did a total of 4,324.8 km and 318 laps on Circuit De La Sarthe. After running a near faultless race, driving trio Andrew Howard, Liam Griffin and Gary Hirsch finished a creditable 7th in the competitive GTE Am class.

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Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:07 PM
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Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


REBELLION Racing’s drivers Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr secured the LMP1 Privateer win in the 84th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours.

The race was not a trouble free one though for the #12 crew, they had to pit to replace a malfunctioning engine air intake temperature sensor in the early laps of the race, they were forced to stop twice for clutch changes and the fuel injectors were replaced as a precaution on Sunday morning. Once again the team’s mechanics and engineers showed their skills and team spirit with efficient interventions to get the car #12 back out on track to take the chequered flag.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 06:20 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


Krohn Racing and its drivers, Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and João Barbosa, finished a fighting 13th in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, the 11th straight participation of the team in the world’s greatest endurance race. The contest was full of action right from the start, with the weather causing a safety-car start for most of the first hour, but then clearing for the duration.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Greaves Motorsport Takes Top Six Spot At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:35 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Greaves Motorsport Takes Top Six Spot At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


Greaves Motorsport scored a top-six finish at the 2016 edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Memo Rojas, Nathanaël Berthon and Julien Canal completed 348 laps of the classic Circuit de la Sarthe in the team’s Nissan-powered Ligier JS P2 prototype.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Alpine - The Marseillaise Played For Alpine At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:35 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Alpine - The Marseillaise Played For Alpine At The 24 Hours Of Le Mans


Unpredictable since the start of the practice sessions, the weather made life difficult again for the drivers and teams at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. On Saturday afternoon, a heavy shower half an hour before the start forced the teams to switch to wet-weather tyres for the opening laps.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Algarve Pro Receives Chequered Flag After Consistent Le Mans Debut
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:33 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Algarve Pro Receives Chequered Flag After Consistent Le Mans Debut


The Algarve Pro team successfully completed their first 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing the race 17th overall, with Sir Chris Hoy, Michael Munemann and Andrea Pizzitola at the wheel of the sky blue and white #25 Ligier JS P2 powered by Nissan (LM P2 category).

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2016 Le Mans 24: Scuderia Corsa Triumphs at Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:33 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Scuderia Corsa Triumphs at Le Mans


Scuderia Corsa has triumphed at the biggest race in the world - the 24 Hours of Le Mans

The no. 62 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia driven by the all-American lineup of Townsend Bell, Jeff Segal and Bill Sweedler captured victory in the GTE-Am class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday afternoon in only the team's second appearance at the endurance classic. Throughout the race, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari was a contender for victory, taking the lead for the first time as the sun began to set in the race's fifth hour. From that point the Ferrari had the GTE-Am victory in its sights, and Jeff Segal took the checkered flag just after 3:00 PM on Sunday afternoon.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Ferrari - 24 Hours of Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 05:32 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Ferrari - 24 Hours of Le Mans


Rain fell for almost the entire second day of qualifying for the 84th 24 Hours of Le Mans, making it impossible for the teams to improve the times recorded during Wednesday's first session. Therefore, at the end of the third session, Ferrari claimed the third, sixth, and seventh position for the 488 in GTE-Pro class and pole position in GTE-Am class for the number 61 458 Italia of rookie team Clearwater Racing.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Risi Competizione Post Race Reprt
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:51 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Risi Competizione Post Race Reprt


Giancarlo Fisichella (ITA) was at the wheel of the number 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Pro when it passed the cheqeured flag in second place to finish what was an exciting and gruelling 24 Hours of Le Mans. The 84th running of this iconic event will go down in history as a classic with an action packed 24 hours. However, for the Houston based team it will be remembered as one in which the car showed remarkable reliability and the team barely put a foot wrong.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Olympic Cycling Legend Sir Chris Hoy Makes Le Mans Dream A Reality
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:51 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Olympic Cycling Legend Sir Chris Hoy Makes Le Mans Dream A Reality


Olympic Gold medallist and cycling World Champion Sir Chris Hoy realised a lifelong dream today when his Nissan-powered Algarve Pro Racing entry took the chequered flag at the Le Mans 24 hours.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Larbre Competition Claims Eighth In 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:50 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Larbre Competition Claims Eighth In 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours


Larbre Competition added a new 24 Hours of Le Mans finish to its list of honours, after the LMGTE Am-entered #50 Corvette C7.R secured eighth place in class at the 84th running of the French endurance classic (June 18/19).

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2016 Le Mans 24: Nissan Signs Off In LM P2 At Le Mans With Its Fifth Class Victory
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:50 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Nissan Signs Off In LM P2 At Le Mans With Its Fifth Class Victory


NIssan has finished its stint in the LM P2 class at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with another dominant performance including victory for the Signatech Alpine Squad.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Achieves Le Mans Finish, Takes Ninth Place Result
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:50 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian Achieves Le Mans Finish, Takes Ninth Place Result


Racing on a global stage that included 263,500 spectators on hand to watch the race in person, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian completed one of the toughest events in motorsport this weekend to take a ninth place LMP2 class finish in the 84th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Alliance Athlete Pizzitola Impresses In Le Mans Debut
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:22 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Alliance Athlete Pizzitola Impresses In Le Mans Debut


Renault Nissan Alliance athlete Andrea Pizzitola impressed in his 24 Hours Le Mans debut teamed with Sir Chris Hoy and Michael Munemann.

The Renault Sport Trophy winner from 2015 actually celebrated his birthday during the race. When he began a stint at 11:30pm on Saturday night he was 23 - when he exited the car in the early hours the follow morning - he had turned 24 at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Infiniti Proud To Support Nissan Effort At Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:21 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Infiniti Proud To Support Nissan Effort At Le Mans


Engineering student Daniel Sanham was already have the best week of his life when he attended last week's Canadian Grand Prix as part of the Infiniti Engineering Academy when he got the news he would be working at this weeks Le Mans 24 Hour.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing At Le Mans: Garcia, Magnussen, Taylor Complete 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:20 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Corvette Racing At Le Mans: Garcia, Magnussen, Taylor Complete 24 Hours


A total team effort from Corvette Racing resulted in one of its Chevrolet Corvette C7.R race cars completing the 24 Hours of Le Mans today - the 17th time America’s premier GT team has tackled the famed French endurance race.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Heartbreak For Toyota Gazoo Racing At Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Monday, June 20, 2016 - 06:16 AM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Heartbreak For Toyota Gazoo Racing At Le Mans


TOYOTA GAZOO Racing finished second in the 84th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours but had the victory taken from its grasp in a cruel late twist.

Both TS050 HYBRIDs took turns to lead the race as part of an exciting battle with the #2 Porsche and was poised to win with the #5 crew of Anthony Davidson, Sébastien Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima before incredible late drama.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Aston Martin Racing Leave Le Mans As World Endurance Championship Leaders
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:37 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Aston Martin Racing Leave Le Mans As World Endurance Championship Leaders


Aston Martin Racing came away from the 84th running of the Le Mans 24 Hours leading the FIA World Endurance Championship GT Manufacturer's title.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Battle From The Back Results In 10th Place For RGR Sport By Morand
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:37 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Battle From The Back Results In 10th Place For RGR Sport By Morand


LMP2 CHAMPIONSHIP POSITION: 1ST

CHASSIS: #43 RGR Sport by Morand / LMP2 / Ligier JS P2

The final six hours of the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans were in favor of the only Mexican team, RGR Sport by Morand, as they pushed forward, maintaining their #43 car and slowly moving up in positions both by speed on track and surviving attrition. From a driver and team’s perspective, the team had a flawless race with impeccable driving from all three drives and swift pit stops from the crew. The 10th place result was not what the team had hoped for due to mechanical complications, but coming into the race as the FIA World Endurance Championship LMP2 leaders, it was critical to continue the fight and show the strength they will be implementing towards the remaining six rounds.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Guy Cosmo Flies to Fifth at Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:36 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Guy Cosmo Flies to Fifth at Le Mans


You only get one chance to make a first impression, and American racer Guy Cosmo made the most of his this weekend at Le Mans. Driving in the “Road to Le Mans” event as the prelude to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Cosmo and United Autosport co-driver Mike Hedlund took a fifth place finish on Saturday.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Positions Three And Four For Audi At Le Mans
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:36 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Positions Three And Four For Audi At Le Mans


Audi took positions three and four in the 24-hour race at Le Mans in front of 263,500 spectators, continuing its string of podium finishes in the iconic French endurance race.

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2016 Le Mans 24: Strakka Fine Fourth at Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:35 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: Strakka Fine Fourth at Le Mans 24 Hours


With a trouble-free run, attacking drive and the swiftest pit work, Silverstone-based Strakka Racing claimed a strong fourth in the highly competitive and 23-strong LMP2 class resulting in eighth overall from 60 starters at the 84th Le Mans 24 Hours. After 24 hours and 351 laps of racing in front of over 263,000 spectators, British drivers Jonny Kane, Nick Leventis and Danny Watts delivered a seamless and near 100% reliable performance, needing only to change the steering wheel and regular maintenance.

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2016 Le Mans 24: 24 Hours Of Le Mans - Manor Race Recap
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:34 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: 24 Hours Of Le Mans - Manor Race Recap


Manor’s first 24 hours of Le Mans ended early today, as the team was forced to retire its Oreca 05 from the race with less than four hours remaining.

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2016 Le Mans 24: WeatherTech Championship Teams Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Scuderia Corsa Earn Victories In Le Mans 24 Hours
Posted by: newsla on Sunday, June 19, 2016 - 02:34 PM
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2016 Le Mans 24: WeatherTech Championship Teams Ford Chip Ganassi Racing, Scuderia Corsa Earn Victories In Le Mans 24 Hours


A pair of full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams - Ford Chip Ganassi Racing and Scuderia Corsa - earned class victories and WeatherTech Championship teams swept the GTE Pro class in the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans.

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