Le Mans
Dec 20

SportsCars: 24 Hours of Le Mans Auto Invites Announced

13 cars have been awarded guaranteed entries into the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo: John Dagys)

13 cars have been awarded guaranteed entries into next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo: John Dagys)

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced Friday the list of automatic invitations for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Thirteen cars from 12 teams have been awarded guaranteed entries, based on their success in the American, European or Asian Le Mans Series, as well as the 90th anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic.

Champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship, however, have not received auto invites, as full-season status in the series includes a Le Mans entry.

Nov 6

Supercross: Golfer Ricky Fowler Talks Racing, Shows Skills On The Bike

Ricky Fowler’s penchant for racing is well-known. He was a serious motocross rider up until his freshman year of high school, when an accident broke his foot in three places.

As reported by back9network.com

But he still tries to get on his dirt bike whenever he can. In his PGATour.com profile, he lists his biggest thrill outside of golf as being in the air on his bike.

Sep 21

Porsche To Field Two-Car Factory Team In TUDOR United SportsCar Season

Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America are teaming up for next year’s inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Racing championship. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America are teaming up for next year’s inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Racing championship. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Porsche AG and Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) have announced the sports car marque will field a two-car factory team named PORSCHE NORTH AMERICA throughout next year’s inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Racing championship.

Sep 17

Le Mans Podium Confirmed For Nissan’s GT Academy Winners

Le Mans Podium Confirmed For Nissan’s GT Academy Winners

Le Mans Podium Confirmed For Nissan’s GT Academy Winners. (Photo: Courtesy of NISSAN)

News from the FIA International Court of Appeal yesterday proved bittersweet for Nissan.  After taking third place at the Le Mans 24 Hours in June, Nissan Partner Team, G-Drive Racing, was disqualified from the results for a breach of article 6.5.1 of the Technical Regulations. The team appealed against this decision but it was rejected and the team’s exclusion stands.

Aug 31

Sao Paulo WEC Notebook

Dagys_ 2013_1588731TOYOTA DEBUTS NEW AERO — In a bid for its first victory of the year, Toyota has rolled out with an updated aero package for its solo TS030 Hybrid this weekend in Sao Paulo. The Japanese manufacturer’s high downforce package features modifications to the front wheel arches, engine cover and wing, aimed to better suit the upcoming stretch of races on the FIA World Endurance Championship calendar.

“It’s bodywork that’s suited to the requirements in terms of aero efficiency of this track,” Toyota Racing technical director Pascal Vasselon explained. “Basically, some additional drag but a lot more downforce. This is what we need. Even though there’s a very long straight, you have a lot of low speed corners. Here, you need downforce, not only for pure performance but for consistency.”

According to Vasselon, development of the high downforce kit began before Le Mans and went into production shortly after, prior to a recent two-day test at EuroSpeedway Lausitzring.

So far, the package has seemed to have payed dividends on the high-speed and technical 15-turn, 2.676-mile Interlagos circuit, with the No. 8 entry of Stephane Sarrazin, Anthony Davidson and Sebastien Buemi posting the quickest time on Friday.