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Petit Le Mans preview
Oct05

Petit Le Mans preview

The 2.54-mile circuit at Road Atlanta may appear unchanged to the thousands of fans at this weekend’s big 20th Petit Le Mans race, but Michelin sees a notable difference. “Each track has its own characteristics and the track surface and grip level at Road Atlanta have certainly changed since last year,” said Ken Payne, technical director of motorsport, Michelin North America. “While not a complete repaving, the track surface has...

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Superstar third drivers join Petit Le Mans lineups
Oct05

Superstar third drivers join Petit Le Mans lineups

With the final race of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup, being the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, teams have brought some of the best drivers in the world to fill out their driver lineups. Ford Chip Ganassi Racing have grabbed two top IndyCar drivers to join their team for the Atlanta classic. Four-time IndyCar champion, and 2008 Indy 500 winner Scott Dixon joins Richard...

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Michelin teams with BMW for Monterey victory
Sep24

Michelin teams with BMW for Monterey victory

MONTEREY, Ca. (September 24, 2017) – Michelin and its GT Le Mans (GTLM) class technical partner teams combined to deliver a dramatic finish to today’s penultimate round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship here at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Making fuel BMW’s John Edwards (Martin Tomcyk) stretched fuel to the extremes, going 53 laps and more than 76 minutes after his final stop and held off a stirring closing charge by...

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Risi paces morning warm-up
Sep24

Risi paces morning warm-up

The pole-sitting Risi Competizione team turned the fastest time in the morning warm-up at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE of Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella turned a 1:22.986 in the session, ahead of second place starter Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand in the No. 66 Ford GT. Mueller’s time of 1:24.234 was more than 1.2 seconds slower than that of the Ferrari. BMW’s No. 25 machine of Alexander Sims...

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Vilander puts Risi on Pole
Sep23

Vilander puts Risi on Pole

It’s Ferrari at the front at Mazda Raceway Laguna with Risi Competizione capturing its first pole in three years at the hands of Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE. Vilander and teammate Giancarlo Fisichella will roll off P1 after Vilander set the fastest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championships GTLM class time of the weekend, a 1:21.914. Vilander is the only GTLM driver to turn a lap in the 1:21 bracket thus far at...

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