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Michelin Approachs One Million Race Miles at LM24

Michelin is closing in on an historic milestone here at Le Mans. Since starting its current win streak in 1998, Michelin and its technical partner teams entered the 2013 Le Mans 24 Hour race having logged 966,349.449 race miles here at Le Mans in the past 15 years. The total includes all Michelin technical partner teams in all classes of the race, but does not include Le Mans testing, practice, qualifying, or warm-up mileage. The wide...

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Wet or Dry, Pit or Stay?

With rain starting to appear around the circuit as the race hit the 2.5 mark, the race may reach an early set of stress decisions. A three–time Le Mans class winner with Aston Martin and Corvette Racing, driver Antonio Garcia of Corvette Racing says that the most difficult part of a race for a driver is the point where it is beginning to rain. The track is slick and constantly changing, but that isn’t the only issue. “The...

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Christmas Arrives for Radio Le Mans

Keeping track of a 24 Hour race on an 8.5 mile circuit with 56 cars, 168 drivers, and four different classes of cars is not easy, but for John Hindaugh and the superb team at Radio Le Mans, today is Christmas. The world’s greatest sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans, celebrates its 90th anniversary this year as it uniquely blends the passion, technology and traditions of motor racing. Radio Le Mans, the English language...

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Global excitement builds for new Nissan ZEOD RC

The reaction from fans and global media to Nissan’s launch of the electric ZEOD RC has been impressive with enormous press coverage around world and fans flocking to see the new car in the fan village. The new car was unveiled for the first time yesterday with fans getting the first chance to see the car. While the media gathered for a briefing in the paddock, it was the fans who actually had the first opportunity to view the...

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Michelin 100th Race with Corvette Racing

The 2013 season is the tenth consecutive season and the 24 Hours of Le Mans becomes the 100th race for Corvette Racing as a Michelin technical partner team. Ironically, Corvette Racing’s switch to Michelin was prompted in part by the success of a Michelin fitted Prodrive Ferrari here at Le Mans as it topped the defending class champions from Corvette by ten laps in the 2003 race. Through the first 99 races of the Corvette Racing...

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Aston Martin (Ad) Vantage?

With a five–car attack (three in GTE-Pro and a pair in GTE-AM) Aston Martin Racing is running fast and deep as the 2013 running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans prepares to head to the grid. Aston Martin’s Frederic Makowiecki put the #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 on the GTE-Pro pole with record lap 3:54.635. Teammate Stefan Mucke qualified second and Pedro Lamy took the fifth spot as all three GTE Pro cars appear prepared to take the...

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