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BMW, Corvette celebrate at Petit Le Mans
Oct08

BMW, Corvette celebrate at Petit Le Mans

The sun wasn’t shining brightly, but BMW Team RLL’s Bill Auberlen, Alexander Sims and Kuno Wittmer, and Corvette Racing’s’ Antonio Garcia, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller were brilliant in the ten hours of the Motul 20th Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta, the final race of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The 39 car field began the ten-hour race in misty conditions, but the rain soon stopped and the 2.54 mile, 12-turn...

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Halfway at Petit Le Mans
Oct07

Halfway at Petit Le Mans

The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE leads the battle of the brands in the GTLM class in the 20th running of the Motul Petit Le Mans with Ferrari factory ace Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel. Fisichella drove around Porsche’s Dirk Werner on the most recent restart after Werner and the No. 911 crew grabbed the lead with some clever strategy. The team was fortunate enough to pit moments before a yellow flag came out. Kuno...

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Auberlen makes 400th BMW start
Oct07

Auberlen makes 400th BMW start

A giant of American sportscar racing, Bill Auberlen will be making his 400th start in a BMW machine today at Motul Petit Le Mans. Auberlen started with BMW in 1996 with BMW Team PTG, and has been a part of every North American BMW program in the ensuing 20-plus years, joining BMW Team RLL in 2009. Auberlen has also scored the maiden victory for each of the three BMW models he has raced in, the BMW M3, BMW Z4 and BMW M6. Over his 550...

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Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole
Oct06

Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole

It’s two poles in a row for Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE, taking the top spot in today’s qualifying effort for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Backing up their pole-winning effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Vilander turned a 1:17.660, just 0.045 ahead of second place Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT. Third place went to Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia. Garcia, along with...

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Petit Le Mans preview
Oct05

Petit Le Mans preview

The 2.54-mile circuit at Road Atlanta may appear unchanged to the thousands of fans at this weekend’s big 20th Petit Le Mans race, but Michelin sees a notable difference. “Each track has its own characteristics and the track surface and grip level at Road Atlanta have certainly changed since last year,” said Ken Payne, technical director of motorsport, Michelin North America. “While not a complete repaving, the track surface has...

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Superstar third drivers join Petit Le Mans lineups
Oct05

Superstar third drivers join Petit Le Mans lineups

With the final race of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, being the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, teams have brought some of the best drivers in the world to fill out their driver lineups. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing have grabbed two top IndyCar drivers to join their team for the Atlanta classic. Four-time IndyCar champion, and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon joins Richard...

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