The Alley
High altitude challenges in Mexico
Sep01

High altitude challenges in Mexico

At 7,200 feet above sea level, the Autódromo Hermanos Rodríguez in Mexico City is presenting teams in the FIA World Endurance Championship with a unique set of challenges. Teams had their first opportunity to hit the track today to try to work out whether the hours of homework they put in to prepare for this weekend’s race has paid off. Audi struck the first blow by finishing 1-2 in the first practice while Porsche bounced back...

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Mueller scores first IMSA pole
Aug06

Mueller scores first IMSA pole

He won the ALMS GT title way back in 2000, scored the pole and won this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans but today Ford Performance Racing’s Dirk Mueller scored his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position. Mueller’s lap of 2:02.451 made him the 20th driver to score a GTLM class pole since the combined IMSA sportscar series began in 2014. The Ford racer toppled Porsche North America’s Patrick Pilet...

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100 editions of Michelin Alley
Aug02

100 editions of Michelin Alley

As the 2006 American Le Mans Series season drew to a close, Silvia Mammone, the newly named marketing manager for Michelin Motorsport North America had an idea. What if Michelin produced a newsletter for each event to help tell some of the stories and introduce teams and drivers to fans? The publication must be all-inclusive, recognizing both Michelin and non-Michelin teams and drivers. Copies could be distributed at the race site....

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Strategy the key to Ford’s third win
Jul10

Strategy the key to Ford’s third win

Ford scored its third consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory and fourth big international sportscar win in a row at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park today but they had to dig deep. While the rapid Ford has been able to charge away on pure speed, today the Chip Ganassi Ford Racing Performance had to use strategy to get to the front with Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe winning their third consecutive IMSA race.. “We...

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Will Ferrari spoil Ford’s party
Jun18

Will Ferrari spoil Ford’s party

The 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans was supposed to be Ford’s grand party – celebrating their return to the world’s most famous endurance race. The comeback would relive classic battles of Ford versus Ferrari from the 60s. The only problem at the half way point of today’s race, the Ferrari guys are up for the fight and looking to make amends for what happened here 50 years ago. In their first Le Mans for five years,...

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Toyota and Ford star at Le Mans
Jun18

Toyota and Ford star at Le Mans

Rain created history at the 24 Hours of Le Mans today with the race starting under safety car for the first time. Hollywood star Brad Pitt waved the green and the 60 car field quiet moved off the grid to begin a 52 minute journey behind the safety car. Some teams called into question the length of the slow running, some even pitting to switch to intermediate tires. The first team to strike trouble was the No.67 Ford GT of Mario...

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