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The challenge of hitting the numbers
Feb24

The challenge of hitting the numbers

Drivers are constantly keeping an eye on the lap times while in the car – aiming to hit their mark and stay consistent. But for this year’s FIA World Endurance Championship, teams and drivers will have new numbers to keep an eye on. When in the car, drivers will have to keep an eye on the maximum amount of energy per lap generated by the hybrid system and also the amount of fuel used per lap. Only a limited amount of...

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Viper boys chasing hard
Feb22

Viper boys chasing hard

SRT Viper won its first race last year, finished third at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and now the Bill Riley-run squad has its sights set on a championship run in 2014. The Viper sprung to prominence with strong speed at last year’s 12 Hours of Sebring. At this week’s test, the team ran a single car with Marc Goossens and Jonathan Bomarito sharing the driving duties. The SRT Motorsports No. 93 SRT Viper GTS-R recorded the...

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Sebring test wrap
Feb21

Sebring test wrap

There were two key lessons from this weekend TUDOR United SportsCar Championship test at Sebring International Raceway – the balance between Daytona Prototypes and LMP2 cars is very close and the Rolex 24 winning pace of the GTLM Porsches looks set to continue. The top nine cars were covered by 1.5 seconds after two days of running including five Daytona Prototypes and four LMP2 machines. If you take out a remarkable lap from...

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Fox Sports’ Varsha – the balancing act
Feb21

Fox Sports’ Varsha – the balancing act

Michelin Alley caught up with Fox Sports commentator Bob Varsha at the Sebring Winter Test – getting his thoughts on the GTLM battle and balance between Daytona Prototypes and LM P2 cars. Fox Sports will bring fans all the action of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship throughout the year on Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2. “From the very first moment that Grand-Am and ALMS were going to get together the question was...

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Porsche’s “other” Patrick
Feb21

Porsche’s “other” Patrick

While Patrick Long is renowned in North America as a key Porsche pilot in North America, for 2014 another Patrick is joining the party for the major endurance races – Frenchman Patrick Pilet. Both the No.911 and No.912 Porsche machines have been incredibly fast at the Sebring test, following on from their success at Daytona where Pilet, Richard Lietz and Nick Tandy took the victory. Pilet contested the FIA World Endurance...

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Nissan’s gamer ace joins Muscle Milk
Feb21

Nissan’s gamer ace joins Muscle Milk

Nissan PlayStation GT Academy winner Jann Mardenborough received the biggest news of his career earlier this week with the announcement that he will contest Formula One feeder series, GP3 in 2014; but now the young star is also set to make his North American race debut. The 22-year-old Mardenborough will join forces with back-to-back American Le Mans Series P1 championship-winning team, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing for the famous 12...

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