The Alley
Dempsey in the zone
Jun14

Dempsey in the zone

Patrick Dempsey was in ebullient form as he looked forward to making his third m Le Mans start today for the Michelin-shod Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 RSR. After a solid and largely trouble free qualifying session, one of the most recognised faces at Le Mans this year took time out to ponder where he is at as a driver on the international stage. “I worked hard to get into this racing environment and I think my peers appreciate...

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Jordan Taylor remembers his first time!
Jun14

Jordan Taylor remembers his first time!

Jordan Taylor is well placed to comment on the many rookies racing at Le Mans this weekend. Now in his third Le Mans campaign, the Corvette Racing driver enlightened Michelin Alley on the challenge. Interestingly, with the latest forecast indicating a storm passing over the circuit later this afternoon, Jordan also remembers his wet weather initiation at Circuit de la Sarthe. “The first time that I drove here (2012) I didn’t fully...

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Toyota on pole at Le Mans 24 Hours
Jun13

Toyota on pole at Le Mans 24 Hours

  Pole position was secured by Kazuki Nakajima to give Toyota the prime starting position for the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend. The ex-Formula 1 racer found almost one second in the opening stages of the third qualifying session to head his challengers in the Toyota TS040 HYBRID LMP1 car. The fast action came in the first part of the session before the sun set, with Nakajima the only driver able to get under the 3m22s bracket...

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Krohn knows key to LM24 success
Jun13

Krohn knows key to LM24 success

Tracy Krohn has three podium finishes at the 24 Hours of Le Mans. He coincidentally has  three keys to a podium finish here. They are in inverse order; 3. “Keep it on the track, 2. Make really good pit stops, 1. FINISH!” “You don’t have to be the fastest car to do well,” said the Texas team owner who loves the challenges and the traditions of Le Mans. “This is my favorite race in the world,” said Krohn, who is in his ninth year...

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Battle of Brands in GTE PRO
Jun12

Battle of Brands in GTE PRO

The works GTE Pro teams line up two-by-two (Hurrah! Hurrah!) for a tantalising four-pronged battle as the business-end of the 82nd running of the Le Mans 24 Hours gets ever closer. A brace each of Chevrolet Corvette’s, Aston Martin Vantages, Ferrari 458s and Porsche 911 RSRs will fight tooth and claw for the production-based class honours. Returning to Le Mans for a 15th consecutive year is the Corvette Racing squad as they aim to...

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Le Mans: The ultimate sporting challenge
Jun12

Le Mans: The ultimate sporting challenge

Pascal Couasnon (above at Le Mans this afternoon) is a man with a lot on his plate at Le Mans this weekend. The Director of Michelin Motorsport is overseeing 100 personnel, 30 dedicated tire engineers and approximately 8000 Michelin tires. As jobs go this one is a biggy. “Le Mans in many ways is the ultimate sporting challenge. It tests everything from the mental and physical strength of the people involved all the way through to the...

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