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Porsche names squad for TUDOR series

Porshe and CORE autosport regular Patrick Long will be joined by some new and old faces for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship for the German manufacturer’s North American GT Le Mans factory program. While Richard Lietz, Nick Tandy and Michael Christensen have contested endurance races in the US in the past, the trio will now contest the full championship in 2014. Long’s old Flying Lizard teammate Joerg...

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Long pays tribute to Tony Renna

Race fans may notice a different look to Patrick Long’s helmet at Petit Le Mans. Gone are the signature green flames and shamrocks, replaced by a pair of blue wings and a gold “7R” on the back. A closer look at the wing reveals a name “Tony Renna.” Long first met Renna in 1999 at the Detroit Grand Prix. A rising star in Indy Lights, Renna became a mentor to Long, who was still climbing the open-wheel...

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Risi Competizione takes overdue win

Risi Competizione and their 458 Italia avoided the drama in an incident filled race and held off the CORE autosport Porsche 911 GT3 RS to take the GT class win at the Oak Tree Grand Prix Saturday at Virginia International Raceway. The race in GT saw nine lead changes before Risi finally came out on top. The win was the team’s first since Road America in 2011. “It is always nice to be back,” said Olivier Beretta. We...

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Dancing in the footwell

Check out this fantastic lap of Virginia International Raceway with CORE autosport’s Patrick Long. With GT machines like the Porsche 911 GT3 RSR now equipped with paddle shift gear changes, the clutch pedal doesn’t get a lot of work. However the video provides a great view as to how hard Long pushes the throttle and brake. “I finished second at VIR last year, so it’s a good track for the Porsches,” Long...

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Up to the Challenge

Racing identical cars with single specification engines, tires and fuels means that competitors in the two American Le Mans Series Challenge classes: Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Challenge (GTC) are equally matched on their respective class technical fronts. The races are always tight and the slightest mistake can prove costly, with team and driver performance the keys to success. With two races remaining in the final season of the...

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