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Halfway at Petit Le Mans
Oct07

Halfway at Petit Le Mans

The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE leads the battle of the brands in the GTLM class in the 20th running of the Motul Petit Le Mans with Ferrari factory ace Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel. Fisichella drove around Porsche’s Dirk Werner on the most recent restart after Werner and the No. 911 crew grabbed the lead with some clever strategy. The team was fortunate enough to pit moments before a yellow flag came out. Kuno...

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Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole
Oct06

Vilander, Ferrari on Road Atlanta pole

It’s two poles in a row for Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE, taking the top spot in today’s qualifying effort for Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Backing up their pole-winning effort at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Vilander turned a 1:17.660, just 0.045 ahead of second place Richard Westbrook in the No. 67 Ford GT. Third place went to Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia. Garcia, along with...

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Porsche, Ferrari, BMW on top at Petit Le Mans
Oct05

Porsche, Ferrari, BMW on top at Petit Le Mans

Three different Michelin-shod IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM teams took the top spot in each of the three Thursday practice sessions at Petit Le Mans. Porsche paced the opening practice session, with Laurens Vanthoor, Gimmi Bruni and Earl Bamber setting the fastest time in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR. The No. 912 led ahead of the Corvette pair, with the No. 4 of Tommy Milner, Oliver Gavin and Marcel Fassler besting the...

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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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