The Alley

Is the Clock Already Ticking?

As teams head into the final practice and qualifying sessions for the 90th Anniversary running of the Le Mans 24 Hour race, the clock may be starting to tick for teams still looking for speed and drivers looking for more seat time. The rainy test day earlier this month, combined with some wet conditions in Wednesday’s first session and an extended red flag that cut the second session an hour short have raised the pressure for...

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Le Mans Rookies

Everyone is a rookie at some point and with 168 drivers tied to the 56 cars entered you would expect a fair number of rookies here at Le Mans. Nonetheless it was stunning to see 47 rookies (including reserves) take part in the recent test day. Regardless of their qualifications, drivers who have never competed in the LM 24, or have not competed in recent years, are considered LM rookies.  Each must complete 10 laps at the test in...

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If the Seat Fits, Wear it!

Toyota’s Anthony Davidson (pictured right) recently spent some extra time at the team’s headquarters in Cologne, Germany being fitted for a new racing seat. “We’re trying to get me closer to the pedals,” said Davidson, who stands 5 ft 5 inches tall. Davidson was injured in a spectacular crash when he came in contact with a GT car during the 2012...

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Nice Streak

Michelin holds the Le Mans record for consecutive wins for a tire maker entering 2013 with 15 consecutive overall race wins. 1998 – Porsche 911GT1-98 1999 – BMW V12 LMR 2000 – Audi R8 2001 – Audi R8 2002 – Audi R8 2003 – Bentley Speed 8 2004 – Audi R8 2005 – Audi R8 2006 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2007 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2008 – Audi R10 TDI Diesel 2009 – Peugeot 908 HDi FAP Diesel 2010—Audi R15 TDI plus 2011—Audi R18 TDI 2012—Audi R18...

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Dempsey: Lights! Camera! ACTION!

Patrick Dempsey’s journey to the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hours race has successfully arrived at the Circuit de la Sarthe. Dempsey (right) and co-driver Joe Foster (center) have shifted gears, manufacturers, cars, engines and classes along the way due to the ever changing international motorsport’s landscape. The Discovery Channel group has been following Dempsey’s progress for a documentary series titled “Road to Le...

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One Amazing Test Session

Michelin places a tire engineer with every one of its partner teams at Le Mans to gain technical measures, insights and performance data for use in developing tires for consumers. With a wide variety of cars running at the same time on the same track in the same conditions, Le Mans provides a tremendous amount of data and helps support one of Michelin’s top objectives in motorsports, “race to learn.” Michelin has 21...

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