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FIA WEC lock down 2014 calendar

Schedules confirmed! In what is a big day for news on calendar updates for sportscar fans, the FIA World Endurance Championship locked in its dates alongside the Tudor United SportsCar Championship today for 2014. The FIA WEC will visit the same venues in 2014 as it does this year including a double header with the American series in Austin at Circuit of the Americas. The good news for fans, teams and drivers is the fact none of races...

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Hand scores pole on his “off” weekend

For a guy who was supposed to have a weekend off, BMW’s Joey Hand had a pretty good day by scoring the GT pole at Circuit of The Americas today. With Maxime Martine on duty in the Blancpain Series at the Nurburgring in Germany this weekend, Hand was called back into the BMW squad on a scheduled “off” weekend for him between two DTM weekends. Hand held off Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia by .264 of a second to...

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A bit like Scotland…only hotter

Marino Franchitti’s fortunes at the top of the P2 championship continued to shine bright in Austin today when the Scotsman scored pole position for Level 5 Motorsports today. In conditions looking more like Scottish weather, than Texas, Franchitti took pole by nearly 1.3 seconds on a damp Circuit of The Americas track. Franchitti’s teammate Ryan Briscoe wasn’t so fortunate – breaking a hub on the out lap and...

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Singing in the rain

Teams are not only having to learn a new race track here at Circuit of The Americas this weekend, they are also having to learn about what the track is like in the wet. Rain overnight in Austin was followed by a further heavy downpour during the opening practice session for the American Le Mans Series today. For the SRT Viper squad, today was one of their first opportunities to try the car in wet conditions since its debut last year....

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JVO’s wild Circuit of The Americas ride

Are you ready to strap in for one of the wildest “roller coaster” rides in Texas. Check out the lap of Circuit of The Americas as seen from the No.02 HPD of Extreme Speed’s Johannes van Overbeek. The former GT ace has take to prototype racing this year like a duck to water – consistently showing great speed. “Although Austin is a new track, everyone in the P2 class will have completed many laps before the...

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Luck turning for Risi on home soil?

Fortune favors the brave – but for Risi Competizione their bravery hasn’t matched their fortune in any way in 2013. If there was an incident somewhere on track this season, it seems the Risi Ferrari would be drawn to it like a magnet. Somebody in the Ferrari squad must have run over a black cat. That misfortune came to a head at the last round at Baltimore when Olivier Beretta had nowhere to go and was caught up in the...

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