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Mazda has “eye on the championship” but also going for wins

Mazda’s Harry Tincknell, Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito say that their priority remains the IMSA championship in the marque’s final year, but admit it’s time to go for wins in the WeatherTech Championship.

Rossi rejoins Wayne Taylor Racing for Watkins Glen 6 Hours Watkins Glen
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Rossi rejoins Wayne Taylor Racing for Watkins Glen 6 Hours

IndyCar ace Alexander Rossi will return to the cockpit of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 for this weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

Archive: How Magnussen's post-F1 US path is emulating his father's

Fresh from his first IMSA SportsCar Championship victory last week, ex-Formula 1 racer Kevin Magnussen makes his IndyCar Series debut at Road America this weekend. It's the latest in a growing list of comparisons with his father Jan's career in the US, after his own F1 exit mid-way through 1998. Shortly after announcing his deal with Panoz for 1999, Magnussen Sr spoke to Autosport about his Indycar ambitions for the 21 January issue.

Penske IndyCar aces are options for Porsche drives in 2023
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Penske IndyCar aces are options for Porsche drives in 2023

Roger Penske says he hopes that his current IndyCar drivers will be part of the endurance race line-ups when Porsche Penske Motorsport's LMDh cars start competing in IMSA and WEC in 2023.

Wright Motorsports shuffles IMSA driver line-up

Wright Motorsports has replaced Ryan Hardwick with Trent Hindman as a full-time driver alongside Patrick Long in its GT Daytona class Porsche 911 GT3 R.

Penske: IMSA return to Indy “high on the list” of targets
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Penske: IMSA return to Indy “high on the list” of targets

Roger Penske says he expects Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course will be the venue for an IMSA race, while playing down the idea of an imminent return by Formula 1.

Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG for Spa 24h title defence 24 Hours of Spa
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Tandy, Vanthoor join KCMG for Spa 24h title defence

Nick Tandy and Laurens Vanthoor will defend their Spa 24 Hours title next month in a works-supported Porsche fielded by the KCMG squad.

NTe Sport Audi returns for Six Hours of the Glen Watkins Glen
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NTe Sport Audi returns for Six Hours of the Glen

NTe Sport will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship action in next week’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, albeit with a different line-up than was seen in the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona.

Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special" Detroit
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Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special"

Formula 1 outcast Kevin Magnussen says ending an eight-year winless run in Saturday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round in Detroit feels "really special".

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac

Chip Ganassi Racing scored a second high-profile win at Detroit within just a few hours, as Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande delivered a brilliant IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship triumph in their Cadillac.

The junior driver Honda (probably) regrets letting go of

Toyota youngster Sena Sakaguchi has been making waves in both SUPER GT and Super Formula this year. His performances might be giving his former employer Honda food for thought, says Jamie Klein.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position for the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac team in Detroit, edging the Mazda of Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended the session early.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2 Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2

Kevin Magnussen put Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac on top with his final flyer in IMSA’s 100-minute second practice session around Detroit's bumpy Belle Isle course.

BMW plans to race new LMDh car in IMSA with works team

BMW will campaign its new LMDh Le Mans prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2023 with a two-car factory team.

Detroit IMSA: Vautier puts JDC-Miller Cadillac on top in FP1

Tristan Vautier sent the Sebring-winning JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac to the top of the times in opening practice for tomorrow’s IMSA Detroit SportsCar Classic at Belle Isle.

BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023
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BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023

BMW will make a return to top-flight sportscar racing after an absence of more than 20 years in the new LMDh prototype category in 2023.

GM will reveal sportscar programs for 2023 “soon”

General Motors’ plans for Prototypes and GT3 from 2023 onward will be revealed soon, according to Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager.

Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race Detroit
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Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race

Zach Veach will be absent from the Vasser Sullivan Lexus this weekend at Detroit, after testing positive for COVID-19.

IMSA reveals GTD Pro class regulations for 2022

IMSA has revealed the technical and sporting regulations for its new-for-2022 GTD Pro class, which replaces the GTLM category next year.

Special edition Corvette Stingray commemorates IMSA glory

Chevrolet has revealed the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition to celebrate the car’s dominance in its first season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Yokohama sure "catastrophic" 2020 form now behind it

Yokohama is convinced that its SUPER GT race pace has taken a step forward compared to what it labelled as a "catastrophic" 2020 campaign.

Racing Team Nederland: "No decision on IMSA future"

Dutch LMP2 squad Racing Team Nederland says it remains interested in a future presence in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, but has denied reports an American campaign is a done deal.

Marco Andretti to make IMSA debut with family team

Marco Andretti will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut later this month as he teams up with cousin Jarett for the Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen.

BMW showed M6 still fast on Nurburgring farewell - van der Linde

BMW showed its ageing M6 GT3 could be competitive in the car’s final front-line Nurburgring 24 Hours outing, says ROWE Racing’s Sheldon van der Linde.

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

The seventh and eighth rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series and fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are held this weekend at Belle Isle, Detroit. Here’s the schedule.

Estre: Nurburgring 24h win payback for near misses

Porsche GT ace Kevin Estre says the Manthey Racing squad's victory in last weekend's Nurburgring 24 Hours "feels really good" following his near misses on the Nordschleife in 2018 and 2019.

Paul Ricard ELMS: G-Drive ends WRT and Kubica's unbeaten run Paul Ricard
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Paul Ricard ELMS: G-Drive ends WRT and Kubica's unbeaten run

G-Drive Racing took an emphatic victory in the European Le Mans Series race at Paul Ricard, as Roman Rusinov, Nyck de Vries and Franco Colapinto ended Team WRT's unbeaten run.

Nurburgring 24h: Manthey Porsche wins shortest-ever edition

The Manthey Porsche squad scored its seventh Nurburgring 24 Hours in what was the shortest-ever running of the famed German event.

Nurburgring 24h finally resumes after 14-hour delay

The 49th edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours finally resumed at 11.40am local time, some 14 hours after it was initially red-flagged due to fog.

Nurburgring 24 Hours red-flagged due to fog after crashes

The Nurburgring 24 Hours has been red-flagged after exactly six hours after dense fog brought a halt to the racing action on the Nordschleife.

Nurburgring 24h: Yelloly hands ROWE rain-soaked pole

Nick Yelloly has gifted the ROWE Racing BMW team pole for the Nurburgring 24 Hours in qualifying session affected by a large thunderstorm.

Suzuka SUPER GT round to clash with Le Mans 24 Hours

The postponed Suzuka round of the SUPER GT season has been rescheduled for late August, creating a clash with the Le Mans 24 Hours.

Nurburgring 24h: Bortolotti fastest on Thursday for Lamborghini

Mirko Bortolotti was the only driver to lap in under 8m20s during Thursday qualifying for the 2021 edition of the Nurburgring 24 Hours in his FFF Racing Lamborghini Huracan GT3.

Ilott in "very good position" should F1 opportunity arise

Ferrari youngster Callum Ilott believes he is in a “very good position” to make the step into Formula 1 should an opportunity arise despite not racing single-seaters this year.

BMW's M4 GT3 car to make Nurburgring debut in June

BMW has announced that its next generation M4 GT3 challenger will make its race debut in the fourth round of the Nurburgring Endurance Series in June.

Aston Martin reunites Thiim, Sorensen for Spa 24 Hours

Reigning FIA World Endurance Championship GTE Pro title winners Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen will contest this year's Spa 24 Hours in an all-factory Aston Martin driver line-up. 

GPX Porsche grabs Paul Ricard GT World Challenge win Paul Ricard
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GPX Porsche grabs Paul Ricard GT World Challenge win

The #22 GPX Porsche claimed victory in the second round of the GT World Challenge Europe Endurance Cup at Paul Ricard, as the polesitting FFF Racing Lamborghini faded late on.

Long SUPER GT races are great – so let’s have more of them

A pulsating final stint in the Fuji 500km earlier this month has left Jamie Klein wondering how SUPER GT might be able to find ways to recreate that drama more regularly throughout the season.

TOM'S: Sakaguchi could replace Fenestraz for full season

The TOM'S SUPER GT squad admits that replacement driver Sena Sakaguchi may end up replacing Sacha Fenestraz for the entire season in the #37 Toyota GR Supra.

IndyCar and IMSA paddocks to reopen to Detroit fans

Fans at the Detroit Grand Prix will have access to the Detroit Grand Prix next month, as restrictions at outdoor venues in Michigan ease on June 1.

Vergne to make ELMS return at Paul Ricard

Two-time Formula E champion Jean-Eric Vergne will return to the European Le Mans Series after a year's absence in next month's Paul Ricard round.

Duval set to miss Portimao WEC due to IMSA clash

Loic Duval is set to miss next month's second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao owing to a clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commitments.

Porsche, Audi partner with Multimatic for LMDh chassis

Porsche and Audi will both build their LMDh cars around a Multimatic LMP2 chassis when the brands make their return to top-flight sportscar racing, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, in 2023.

Nasr says AXR's fuel-saving strategy was "too extreme"

Felipe Nasr says his Action Express Racing Cadillac team's fuel-saving strategy was "a little too extreme" after losing out to the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura in Sunday's Mid-Ohio IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

IMSA Mid-Ohio: WTR Acura wins fuel-save nail-biter Mid-Ohio
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IMSA Mid-Ohio: WTR Acura wins fuel-save nail-biter

Ricky Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura held off Felipe Nasr’s Action Express Racing Cadillac as the pair eked out their fuel in a thrilling conclusion to Mid-Ohio’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

WRT scores second successive ELMS win at the Red Bull Ring Red Bull Ring
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WRT scores second successive ELMS win at the Red Bull Ring

Team WRT took a hard-fought win at the Red Bull Ring in the second round of the European Le Mans Series.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Tincknell takes shock pole for Mazda

Mazda’s Harry Tincknell set pole position for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Mid-Ohio, ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Filipe Albuquerque.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Cameron tops second practice in MSR Acura

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Dane Cameron set a last-gasp fastest time in the second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship free practice at Mid-Ohio, ahead of Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Derani leads first practice in AXR Cadillac Mid-Ohio
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Mid-Ohio IMSA: Derani leads first practice in AXR Cadillac

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani left it late to top the opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship free practice at Mid-Ohio, ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Ricky Taylor.

Mardenborough on Super GT: “I will be back for sure”

Jann Mardenborough has declared that he “will be back for sure” in SUPER GT in the future following his surprise dismissal by Nissan at the end of last year.

Fittipaldi parts ways with G-Drive ELMS squad
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Fittipaldi parts ways with G-Drive ELMS squad

Pietro Fittipaldi will not take part in the remainder of the European Le Mans Series season after parting ways with G-Drive Racing.

Super GT postpones Suzuka race amid COVID-19 surge

SUPER GT has announced that the third round of the season at Suzuka has been postponed owing to an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the Western part of Japan.

Nissan: Suzuka a 'must-win' race after Fuji engine blow-up

Nissan concedes that this month's third round of the SUPER GT season at Suzuka is a 'must-win' event following a rare engine failure for the manufacturer's flagship NISMO car last week at Fuji Speedway.

Honda concerned by ballasted Toyotas' Fuji speed Fuji
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Honda concerned by ballasted Toyotas' Fuji speed

Honda admits that the speed demonstrated by Toyota's heavier GR Supras in last week's Fuji 500km is a reminder that it still has work to do to get its NSX-GT on level terms.

Askew joins Andretti Autosport’s LMP3 team for Mid-Ohio

Andretti Autosport has announced it will be moving its LMP3 entry from the IMSA Prototype Challenge to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with Oliver Askew joining Jarett Andretti at Mid-Ohio.

Super GT drivers unhappy with FCY teething issues

Several top SUPER GT drivers have voiced their unhappiness with teething issues surrounding the introduction of the full-course yellow (FCY) system in this week's Fuji 500km race.

Super GT planning to extend race distances in 2022

GTA chairman Masaaki Bandoh has revealed plans to increase the distances of SUPER GT races in 2022 in order to encourage better fuel efficiency.

Baguette admits Real Honda "got lucky" twice at Fuji Fuji
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Baguette admits Real Honda "got lucky" twice at Fuji

Bertrand Baguette admits he and Real Racing Honda teammate Koudai Tsukakoshi got “lucky” twice on their way to victory in SUPER GT’s Fuji 500km round having spent much of the race struggling for pace.

Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win Fuji
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Hirakawa needed "two or three more laps" for Fuji win

TOM'S Toyota SUPER GT driver Ryo Hirakawa thinks he and Sena Sakaguchi could have won Tuesday's Fuji 500km race had it been "two or three laps longer".

Fukuzumi explains penalty that cost ARTA Fuji 500km win

Nirei Fukuzumi has explained the "unlucky" penalty that cost he and the ARTA Honda SUPER GT team a likely victory in Tuesday's Fuji 500km race.