The Alley

A Chapter Ends, A New Chapter Begins

                              The scene at Road Atlanta was a bit different at the first Petit Le Mans in 1998. No one knew quite what to expect. There were many unknowns about the track, the race weekend and especially about the future of sportscar racing in North America. A child’s fantasy world of heavy construction equipment sat parked on the hillside...

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Santa’s Sleigh?

Has Santa chosen a red Ferrari 458 Italia as his official sleigh for Christmas 2012? Giancarlo Fisichella, Gianmaria Bruni and Toni Vilander made their appointed rounds at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2012 to claim the GT victory. Although there is not a lot of trunk space for presents, Fisi and Gimmi also won the FIA-World Endurance Championship GT crown, while their American “cousins” at Extreme Speed Motorsports, Scott...

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Early Christmas for ALMS Fans

ALMS fans are enjoying the refilling of the paddock stocking for 2013, as the team and manufacturer announcements have turned into a steady flow featuring a couple of pleasant surprises. Last Wednesday, November 28th, Jon Bennett’s 2011-2012 ALMS PC championship winning Core autosport team announced it will return to the PC class in 2013 to seek a third straight title. Last night they announced that Colin Braun and Bennett will...

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Jeannette ready for Nissan DeltaWing debut

2011 American Le Mans Series PC champion Gunnar Jeannette is set to become the first American driver to pilot the Nissan DeltaWing. Jeannette will drive with Spanish ace Lucas Ordonez – the first man to win Nissan’s Playstation Academy competition. Ordonez went from being a Playstation gamer to standing on the podium at Le Mans thanks to the innovative program. The impending drive for Jeannette is a sort of homecoming as...

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Dempsey Racing’s P2 Petit return

The Atlanta-based Dempsey Racing squad have their sights set on returning to American Le Mans Series P2 competition at Road Atlanta for the season-closing Petit Le Mans. Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster made their debut in the P2 class at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this year and followed that with podium performances at Lime Rock and Road America. Their Judd-powered Lola will return in Atlanta where Foster will be out to re-learn...

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