The Alley

Monterey “Hot Shots”

Michelin Alley’s team of photographers are on site at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend to capture all the action from the third round of the 2013 American Le Mans Series. This weekend will be an all-important round as the final hit out before this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Click here to view the latest images from testing in Monterey...

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Rebellion squad are fast learners

Swiss squad Rebellion Racing may be making their Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca debut this weekend but the Toyota-powered Lola team are certainly proving to be fast learners. Neel Jani set the pace in today’s test session at the Monterey circuit, stopping the clocks at 1 minute, 14.700 seconds to be nearly a second faster than the Muscle Milk Racing HPD entry. “Today’s free practice was, for us, just to get to know...

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Toyota triumphs in Brazil

Toyota and Michelin secured their first win together today in the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC). Alexander Wurz and Nicolas Lapierre steered the N°7 Toyota TS030 Hybrid to victory at the 6 Hours of Sao Paulo ahead of the two Audi R18s. It was a case of third time lucky for Toyota Racing. After matching the speed of its Audi rivals during the early part of the recent 6 Hours of Silverstone, the Japanese make took advantage of...

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Keeping Track

Michelin race tire engineers are closely monitoring the track and ambient temperatures in anticipation of cooling later this evening and a possible switch to cooler range tires. It is 7:30 pm local time with nearly 3 hours of daylight remaining on what has become a sunny and comfortable late afternoon and early evening. Michelin places an engineer with each techncial partner team to gain data, insights and assist the teams in...

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Time To GO

The start of the Le Mans 24 Hour race is filled with anticipation. Top teams spend a year planning for the next 24 hours. As the big Rolex ticks down to the 3:00 pm start, the crowd pushes to the fences and prime viewing spots and gradnstands have long ago filled. A clean start and early rhythym are what everyone in the garages wants to see. There are questions, so many questions. Will Toyota be ready to take the fight to Audi? Will...

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