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Driver Fun at Sebring
Mar20

Driver Fun at Sebring

The drivers for the defending American Le Mans Series champion Highcroft Racing team decided to  try some movieland style garb before Friday’s autograph session.  Left to right, “Braveheart” Marino Franchitti (Scotland), “Jean Girard” Simon Pagenaud (France) and “Crocodile Dundee” David Brabham (Australia). All are expected to be in traditional driving suits for today’s 12 Hours of...

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J.R. Hildebrand Aims for Next Level
Mar19

J.R. Hildebrand Aims for Next Level

Winning is objective number one for any racing driver. However, for American Le Mans Series rookie J.R. Hildebrand, simply getting to this weekend’s 12 Hours of Sebring was a victory in itself. Hildebrand tested for the Genoa Racing team at the winter test session in February, but only found he would be racing here this past Monday. “We had been talking about doing this since the test day,” he said. “It was...

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Marino Franchitti Taking the ‘High’ Road
Mar19

Marino Franchitti Taking the ‘High’ Road

Living in the shadows is nothing new to the Franchitti family. But Marino Franchitti has a huge chance to break through the darkness this weekend. Franchitti has long been known around the racing world as just “Dario’s brother.” The aforementioned Dario Franchitti, an Indy 500 winner and twice Indycar champion who has occasionally raced in the American Le Mans Series, is usually referred to as “Ashley...

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Michelin Sweeps Sebring Prototype Poles
Mar19

Michelin Sweeps Sebring Prototype Poles

In the first American Le Mans Series race with three prototype classes, LMP1, LMP2 and LMPC, Michelin-shod cars scored pole positions in each for Saturday’s 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway. The top six cars overall rode on Michelin tires. Peugeot again swept the top two positions overall and in LMP1 with the turbo diesel 908 HDi FAPs. Marc Gene was more than six tenths of a second quicker than Nicolas...

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Corvette Embarks on a New Thunder Road

This is the fifth in a five-part GT2 class preview series. Seven times a winner at the 12 Hours of Sebring, Corvette Racing has started anew in the American Le Mans Series by entering its new GT2 model of the racing C6.R for a full season in 2010. The car, homologated and denoted as a ZR1 on the entry list, will have its hands full in a fierce field in the class. The low, rumbling GM powerplant will be a 6.0-liter small block V8 with...

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Porsche Lizards Continue to Fly

This is the fourth in a five-part GT2 class preview series. The two-time defending ALMS GT2 class champions rode a five-race mid-season win streak last season and ended with their sixth win of the year in the season ender at Laguna Seca. But with their rivals as fierce as ever, Joerg Bergmeister and Patrick Long have to continue to fight to keep the Flying Lizard Porsche atop the leaderboard. These two are joined by Marc Lieb for the...

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