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Sebring test: Thursday nuts and bolts
Feb23

Sebring test: Thursday nuts and bolts

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ran for a full 10 hours on Thursday at Sebring International Raceway. Teams ran a pair of four-hour sessions and one two-hour session at night. Here are a handful of notes, nuggets, nuts and bolts from the first day on-track. BMW’S NEW JUNIOR DRIVER BMW has added a new young talent to its roster. Colton Herta, who turns 18 in March, has joined BMW’s Junior driver program and will...

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Colton Herta’s BMW appointment
Feb23

Colton Herta’s BMW appointment

Colton Herta, the 17-year-old son of past IndyCar and sports car driver Bryan Herta, has added a very cool opportunity to his plate. The younger Herta will become a part of BMW’s Junior driver program, and serve as BMW Team RLL test and reserve driver. He’s made his testing debut in the new BMW M8 GTE this week at Sebring. Herta turns 18 in March, and will pair his BMW commitments with his full-time drive in the Indy...

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IMSA set for Sebring test this week
Feb19

IMSA set for Sebring test this week

IMSA makes its first of three official 2018 trips to Sebring International Raceway this week, with the February open test. The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will test on Thursday and Friday this week in advance of next month’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The test isn’t mandatory, but this is a good chance for teams to see where they stack up against others at the treacherous circuit. Among Michelin technical...

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Q&A: Michelin’s IMSA 2019 preparation, Part 3
Feb15

Q&A: Michelin’s IMSA 2019 preparation, Part 3

Following meetings with manufacturers and team representatives at Daytona, we check in with Chris Baker, director of motorsport, Michelin North America, for a multi-part series outlining Michelin’s preparations for the 2019 IMSA season. Part three is below, with a look at 2019 tire options and the Michelin IMSA Encore. Parts one (Michelin’s entry) and two (on-track opportunities) are linked here. Will you develop IMSA specific...

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Introducing BMW’s Connor De Phillippi
Feb14

Introducing BMW’s Connor De Phillippi

BMW Team RLL features a lot of new elements in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The team runs a new car and has two new drivers in its full-season GT Le Mans class lineup. One of the new drivers is American Connor De Phillippi, who returns home to racing in the U.S. after five years away learning the sports car world in Europe. He shares the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE with Alexander Sims. De Phillippi, 25, is from San...

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