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2017 Daytona 24: Mann, Rigon, Pier Guidi, Mediani and Mastronardi with Ferrari 488
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 05:31 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: Mann, Rigon, Pier Guidi, Mediani and Mastronardi with Ferrari 488
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! Peter Mann, Davide Rigon, Alessandro Pier Guidi, Maurizio Mediani and Rino Mastronardi will race in the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, January 28th and 29th, at the wheel of the Ferrari 488 GTD entered by Spirit of Race and sponsored by Hublot once again.

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2017 Daytona 24: Risi Competizione Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 05:30 AM
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2017 Daytona 24: Risi Competizione Rolex 24 At Daytona Preview


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Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, gives us a preview of this year's 55th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 26-29, 2017.

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2017 Pirelli World Challenge Testing is Underway with Jon Fogarty in the new GAINSCO Red Dragon Porsche
Posted by: newsla on Saturday, January 21, 2017 - 05:29 AM
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2017 Pirelli World Challenge Testing is Underway with Jon Fogarty in the new GAINSCO Red Dragon Porsche
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! Testing for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge has been underway for the past few weeks and veteran driver Jon Fogarty was exciting to get back in the driver’s seat for several reasons.

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Columbus-area Teams Collaborate to Support Acura Motorsports Return to Racing in 2017
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 19, 2017 - 05:27 PM
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Columbus-area Teams Collaborate to Support Acura Motorsports Return to Racing in 2017


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When the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship kicks off with the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of the month, central Ohio race fans will have double the reason to cheer as two central-Ohio based sports car teams will collaborate to support a brand new racing program. Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian has been tabbed to spearhead Acura Motorsports’ return to IMSA racing in 2017, and the Marysville-based HART Racing team will focus on supporting Michael Shank Racing in the all-new Acura program.


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Flying Lizard Porsche Program Continues Development In Anticipation of 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Season with drivers Stacy and Baptista
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - 06:22 AM
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Flying Lizard Porsche Program Continues Development In Anticipation of 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GTS Season with drivers Stacy and Baptista
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! While it still may be the off-season for Pirelli World Challenge, the team at Flying Lizard Motorsports has been functioning at full speed, preparing for its two-car assault in the GTS class championship, beginning in March. The team recently took delivery of two new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR race cars at its facility in Sonoma Raceway, kicking the 2017 race reason preparations into full gear.

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Panoz Racing Announces Two-Car Pirelli World Challenge GTS Program in 2017
Posted by: newsla on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 06:40 PM
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Panoz Racing Announces Two-Car Pirelli World Challenge GTS Program in 2017
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! Panoz returns to GT racing in 2017 as Team Panoz Racing, kicking off its first season with Pirelli World Challenge. Led by motorsports veteran Tom Milner, Team Panoz Racing will field a two-car, full-season entry racing the new Panoz Avezzano sports car in the GTS class.

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Magnus Racing to enter Pirelli World Challenge with Full-Season, Two-Car GT Effort in 2017
Posted by: newsla on Friday, January 13, 2017 - 06:40 PM
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Magnus Racing to enter Pirelli World Challenge with Full-Season, Two-Car GT Effort in 2017


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After a seven-year history of endurance racing that has included multiple major victories and championships, Magnus Racing will chart a new direction in 2017, operating two full-season entries in the Pirelli World Challenge’s top-tier GT and GTA categories. Continuing their relationship with Audi Sport customer racing, the team will field two Audi R8 LMS machines, driven by team owner John Potter as well as an Audi Sport customer racing-supplied driver to contend in the series’ flagship GT category.

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Montecalvo Completes Successful Test At The Roar With Alex Job Racing
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 12, 2017 - 06:51 PM
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Montecalvo Completes Successful Test At The Roar With Alex Job Racing


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Frankie Montecalvo completed his first test with his new team Alex Job Racing and their brand new Audi R8 at the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway. Montecalvo joins the renowned racing team for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races with co-drivers Pierre Kaffer, Bill Sweedler and Verizon IndyCar driver Townsend Bell.

"Alex Job Racing is such a top notch team. All of the guys are extremely professional. The team literally just got the car. We did not have the opportunity to run one lap in the Audi before it got to Daytona, but we were able to run very competitive times at the Roar. A huge thanks goes to Audi for building a car that can roll off the truck and be ready to run, and run aggressively," explained Montecalvo.


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Visit Florida Racing Tests Riley-Gibson At The Roar Before The 24
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 05:37 PM
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Visit Florida Racing Tests Riley-Gibson At The Roar Before The 24


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VISIT FLORIDA Racing turned its first official laps of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship over the weekend as Daytona International Speedway hosted the annual Roar Before the 24 test ahead of 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Marc Goossens, Renger van der Zande, and Rene Rast all participated in the three-day test which also saw a busy schedule of media activities in addition to the on track action.

With the all-new Riley-Gibson platform for 2017, The VISIT FLORIDA Racing squad worked through its test plan and ran times among the top-five throughout many of the seven test sessions.


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Touring Car Ranks Producing Bigger Fields, Great Racing; Pirelli World Challenge Brings in New TC Machinery in 2017
Posted by: newsla on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:43 PM
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Touring Car Ranks Producing Bigger Fields, Great Racing; Pirelli World Challenge Brings in New TC Machinery in 2017


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The popular Touring Car categories in the Pirelli World Challenge put on quite a show in 2016. It was some of the best sedan racing in North America.

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Defending IMSA Prototype champs looking for first Rolex win
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, January 10, 2017 - 06:10 AM
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Defending IMSA Prototype champs looking for first Rolex win


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Three months removed from scoring their first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Prototype Championship, the No. 31 Whelen Cadillac DPi-V.R. drivers, Eric Curran and Dane Cameron took to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the annual three-day Roar Before the 24 in preparation for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

While full-time No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac teammates, Christian Fittipaldi and João Barbosa have collected victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Eric Curran and Dane Cameron are seeking their first victories in the event.

"I think everything is going well, we're working through the learning curve of our new Whelen Cadillac this weekend. The Roar is a big weekend because it's the last time you can gain miles on your car to be prepared for 24 hours in a couple of weeks," said Curran.


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RECAP: Michael Shank Racing at the Roar Before the 24 Daytona Beach, Fla.
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, January 09, 2017 - 06:06 AM
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RECAP: Michael Shank Racing at the Roar Before the 24 Daytona Beach, Fla.


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The annual ‘Roar Before the 24’ test days took place at Daytona International Speedway over the weekend as Michael Shank Racing logged laps at the World Center of Racing in preparation for the 55th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at the end of the month.

The test was all the more important for the Ohio-based team as the group’s two brand-new Acura NSX GT3 machines took their first official laps around the circuit following testing at Daytona in November and December. The Roar allowed for a wide-range of data gathering throughout the weekend as Friday featured warm and sunny weather conditions, with rain on Saturday, followed by cold temperatures and windy conditions on Sunday.


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Mazda Prototypes to Race Distinct Liveries in 2017
Posted by: ASkyler on Saturday, January 07, 2017 - 08:39 AM
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Mazda Prototypes to Race Distinct Liveries in 2017


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The Mazda Prototype team has unveiled the official liveries that the two Mazda RT24-P cars will carry in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The No. 55 car features Mazda’s Soul Red color as it has in past seasons, while the No. 70 car will carry another of Mazda’s featured colors, Machine Grey. The prominent colors complement the distinct lines of Mazda’s KODO design that defines the look and aerodynamics of the new race cars under the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules.

Drivers Tristan Nunez and Jonathan Bomarito will pilot the No. 55 Mazda this season, while Tom Long and Joel Miller are teamed in the No. 70 car. For the season-opening race, the Rolex 24 at Daytona (Jan. 29-30), the driver lineup will expand to include IndyCar stars Spencer Pigot (No. 55) and James Hinchcliffe (No. 70).


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RC Enerson to Complete Driver Line-Up for the Rolex 24
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 06:49 AM
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RC Enerson to Complete Driver Line-Up for the Rolex 24


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With the Rolex 24 at Daytona only weeks away, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports is happy to announce Verizon IndyCar driver RC Enerson will complete the driver line-up for the 24-hour endurance race later this month.

"We’re pleased to add RC to the line-up for the Rolex 24. I was able to meet him at Sebring a few weeks ago, and I think he’s going to be a great addition to the team," said team owner Bobby Oergel.


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Corvette Racing At Daytona: Roaring Toward Chance At Three Straight Wins
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 06:47 AM
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Corvette Racing At Daytona: Roaring Toward Chance At Three Straight Wins


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It’s time for Corvette Racing to again head back to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway for the first testing laps of 2017. The offseason hasn’t been much of one for the defending GT Le Mans (GTLM) titlists in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. But offseason becomes preseason with this weekend’s Roar Before the 24 and the prelude to the 55th Rolex 24 At Daytona.

Corvette Racing heads into 2017 with back-to-back wins at the Rolex 24 and a total of three victories in six starts at Daytona. The successes in 2016 and 2015 can be traced back to good showings at the Roar, where WeatherTech teams can get upward of 12 hours of valuable track time.


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Scuderia Corsa Announces Driver Lineup for 24 Hours of Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, January 05, 2017 - 06:46 AM
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Scuderia Corsa Announces Driver Lineup for 24 Hours of Daytona


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Scuderia Corsa, the defending champions of the IMSA and North American Endurance Cup GT-Daytona championships, has finalized its driver lineup for the 24 Hours of Daytona as well as the NAEC rounds of the 2017 IMSA championship.

At Daytona, Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan - who captured the IMSA and NAEC GT-Daytona driver's titles in 2016 - will be joined by Ferrari factory driver Sam Bird. Bird captured two victories in the 2016 World Endurance Championship driving the Ferrari 488 GTE and in his first year with Ferrari has greatly contributed to the WEC Manufacturer win.


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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Line Ups
Posted by: ASkyler on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 05:47 PM
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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2017 Acura NSX GT3 Driver Line Ups


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Michael Shank Racing has revealed the team’s 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship driver pairings as the Ohio-based squad kicks off the year with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January.

Andy Lally and Katherine Legge will be joined by Mark Wilkins and Graham Rahal in the No. 93 Acura NSX GT3 for the season-opening Daytona event. The team’s second car will see longtime Michael Shank Racing driver Ozz Negri alongside Jeff Segal, Tom Dyer and Ryan Hunter-Reay.


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Last Minute Phone Call Leads Brett Sandberg To GTS Pirelli World Championship
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 05:45 PM
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Last Minute Phone Call Leads Brett Sandberg To 2016 GTS Pirelli World Challenge Championship


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Brett Sandberg’s 2016 racing campaign took a dramatic turn with a last-minute phone call.

The 27-year-old Allendale, N.J., racer saw his scheduled 2016 road racing ride fall through in February. The veteran driver wasn’t sure what might happen as the Pirelli World Challenge season approached. But a day later, Sandberg’s racing year changed with one phone call.

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3GT Racing Drivers Happy With Second Testing At Daytona
Posted by: newsla on Wednesday, December 21, 2016 - 04:50 AM
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3GT Racing Drivers Happy With Second Testing At Daytona
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! 3GT Racing was back for the second test session at Daytona International Speedway last week, with all four core-drivers taking a turn on the high banks.

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Chandhok Praises Tesla Model S After Electric GT Test
Posted by: ASkyler on Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 06:57 PM
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Chandhok Praises Tesla Model S After Electric GT Test


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Former Formula 1 driver Karun Chandhok was hugely impressed with the race-prepared Tesla Model S that will contest the new Electric GT Championship in 2017, after testing the car at Circuit Calafat last week.

Chandhok has vast experience across a range of disciplines and in 2010 became only the second Indian driver ever to race in Formula 1, where he contested 11 Grand Prix with HRT and Caterham.

Having also raced in the FIA Formula E Championship, 32-year-old Chandhok is no stranger to driving all-electric vehicles and has been interested in EGT since its announcement, supporting the series’ values of working towards a more sustainable future.


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Who is McLaren's Alvaro Parente? The Story Behind Parente, K-PAX Racing and McLaren GT Title Run
Posted by: newsla on Thursday, December 15, 2016 - 05:15 AM
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Who is McLaren's Alvaro Parente? The Story Behind Parente, K-PAX Racing and McLaren GT Title Run
Donate Now! Help PaddockTalk.com go ad-free in 2017! You had figured this new guy, Alvaro Parente (ALVA-ROW PAW-RENT), was going to be a factor in the Pirelli World Challenge GT series in 2016. Coming from single-seaters in Europe and a four-year McLaren factory sports car racer, Parente had some impressive credentials. He was scheduled to be the leading driver for the K-PAX Racing squad that included youngsters Colin Thompson (age 21) and Austin Cindric (age 17).

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Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fassler for Daytona
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, December 12, 2016 - 05:47 PM
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Corvette Racing Brings Back Rockenfeller, Fassler for Daytona


Consistency and familiarity are themes of the 2017 Corvette Racing program, and it is no different with the selection of drivers for North America’s opening pair of premier endurance races. As was the case in 2016, Mike Rockenfeller and Marcel Fässler will join Corvette Racing’s four full-season drivers to recreate an All-Star lineup that will contest the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

The pair will reunite with their teammates from the same two events in 2016. Rockenfeller will drive with Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R as Fässler teams with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Corvette.


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IMSA News Roundup: Dec. 8, 2016
Posted by: ASkyler on Thursday, December 08, 2016 - 05:41 PM
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IMSA News Roundup: Dec. 8, 2016


With the veil finally lifted over the highly anticipated Cadillac Daytona Prototype international (DPi), attention now turns to its expected performance in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. One might think the thought of running a completely new car would create some nervousness for two of its full-season drivers, Jordan and Ricky Taylor of Wayne Taylor Racing, but in actuality, that is far from the truth.

"Right out of the box, the car ran very smoothly," said Ricky Taylor. "After five days of testing, we’re quite confident. This is the first time I’ve properly been involved with the development of a completely new car. With the Daytona Prototypes, it was always just about refining a known platform."


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Enhancements Unveiled For 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge
Posted by: ASkyler on Monday, December 05, 2016 - 05:44 PM
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Enhancements Unveiled For 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge


International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today confirmed enhancements in key areas to be implemented for the 2017 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

A year-end points fund has been established for eligible Challenge participants in 2017. In addition, IMSA confirmed that all Continental Tire Challenge rounds in 2017 will feature tape delayed television coverage on FS1, which is available in more than 80 million homes in the United States. In addition, all races will continue to be streamed live on IMSA.com.


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Action Express Finalizes 2017 IMSA Plans
Posted by: newsla on Friday, December 02, 2016 - 06:13 AM
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Action Express Finalizes 2017 IMSA Plans


Action Express Racing announced today that the team will field a pair of Cadillac DPi-V.R race cars in the Prototype class of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship starting with the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, Jan. 28-29, 2017.

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