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Waltrip Begins Video Blogs From Le Mans

Day Two: NASCAR star Michael Waltrip is making his 24 Hours of Le Mans debut this year in one of the three AF Corse Ferraris. Two are new Ferrari F458 Italias in the GTE Pro class with one older model Ferrari F430 GT in the GTE Am class, and all are on Michelin tires. Waltrip has been given a video camera to use during this experience. These are courtesy of the Michael Waltrip Racing YouTube channel. Day...

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Audi – R18 Ready To Resume Le Mans Dominance

This is the second in a 24 Hours of Le Mans preview series. Check back to for more features and posts in the coming days. No. 1: Timo Bernhard, Romain Dumas, Mike Rockenfeller No. 2: Marcel Fassler, Andre Lotterer, Benoit Treluyer No. 3: Allan McNish, Dindo Capello, Tom Kristensen The German manufacturer that set the benchmark for success at Le Mans in the last decade returns in 2011 with their usual numbers of 1, 2...

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Peugeot – Seeking Bounceback With New 908

This is the first in a 24 Hours of Le Mans preview series. Check back to for more features and posts in the coming days. No. 7: Anthony Davidson, Marc Gene, Alexander Wurz No. 8: Stephane Sarrazin, Franck Montagny, Nicolas Minassian No. 9: Sebastien Bourdais, Simon Pagenaud, Pedro Lamy Peugeot’s 2010 trip to Le Mans verged on surreal. Dominant, stealthy and poised to repeat its 2009 triumph, suddenly the...

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Wrapping Up Inspection For Le Mans

The second day of scrutineering has come and gone at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. Rain held off for the day and a huge number of fans turned out to see a lot of the star teams and contenders for the class wins go through technical inspection. Audi and Peugeot both went through on Monday, as did all four American Le Mans Series teams from Corvette Racing, Flying Lizard Porsche, Robertson Racing and Level 5 Motorsports. Monday...

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Michael Waltrip Heads to Le Mans

One of the biggest names in North American motorsports makes his Le Mans debut in 2011, as Michael Waltrip adds “24 Hours of Le Mans” entrant to his résumé. Waltrip will race in the No. 71 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia with his partner at Michael Waltrip Racing, Rob Kauffman, and Portuguese driver Rui Aguas. AF Corse, an Italian-based team, will field three Ferraris in this year’s race – the team’s sister...

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This Year’s Le Mans Is Underway

The first official sign that this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans is close is scrutineering, or technical inspection, held in downtown Le Mans. A deluge of rain fell in the area where the cars are observed, but that doesn’t stop the enthusiasm and passion the fans have for this race and the chance to see their heroes and favorite cars up close. Ace photographer Rick Dole has the first gallery of images from this year’s Le...

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