|GT: GROWING WHAT'S ALREADY GREAT 2013 AND '14 BOTH SHAPING UP AS DYNAMIC SEASONS|
|Regarding the 2014 sports car merger, GT prospects are tantalizing in the 2014 sports car merger. That's with a full year of split GT action in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Series still to come. One of ALMS President and CEO Scott Atherton's key bullet points at the September merger announcement was that its GT class – considered by many the best GT racing currently going worldwide – would be adopted basically as-is for 2014. That's fortuitous because ALMS GT in 2013, as ever, fits the 'If it ain't broke, don't fix it' template. Corvette Racing enters with a target firmly on its back after sweeping the driver, team and manufacturer titles a year ago, despite a defeat at Le Mans. Stiff competition endures from Ferrari (Extreme Speed Motorsports, Risi Competizione and possibly more), BMW Team RLL with its new Z4 and new tires, SRT Motorsports in its first full year, Porsche squads Team Falken Tire, Paul Miller Racing and the just-announced CORE autosport entry, and the TRG Aston Martin. GTC should be bolstered as well with Flying Lizard and Alex Job – two of Porsche's most successful teams – leading the single-make category's grid this year. GRAND-AM's GT grid is nothing to scoff at either, with more than 30 cars entered in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, and close to half of those projected for the full season. Slightly less modified than their GTE-spec counterparts, the variety between Ferrari, Audi, Porsche, BMW and GM leaves little to be desired. Several drivers have a one last chance to race upwards of 20 times a year across the two championships. For 2014, the closer-to-production GTE-spec cars will be in one class with a mix of Rolex GT and ALMS GTC in the second. The powers-that-be have to work to ensure the OEMs – and fans – are accepting of the prospects of the same manufacturers fielding close to the same cars, or with the same nomenclature, in two different categories. Ensuring a place for both all-pro and pro-am driver distinctions is also important, particularly given the number of gentlemen drivers who bring budgets across the GT categories. Aspiration-wise, too, Rolex Series teams could consider upgrading into the higher level GT class. Conceivably, it could happen with Porsche's new 991 and Corvette's C7 likely to premiere in 2014, and if older models are made available to interested customers. GX and GT3 are the other wild cards. GX's future depends entirely on its first year in GRAND-AM, and if it stays, would best fit into the second GT class for 2014 rather than added as a third. The GT3 platform, popular worldwide, has not yet found a permanent American home but did see modified versions of the Ferrari 458 and Audi R8 debut in GRAND-AM in 2012. Reports and rumblings of a worldwide single GT platform featuring GT3 rather than GTE base is also something to ponder if not immediately, certainly down the road. Still, GT can boast an already great product across the board heading into the year. All that's left to do is increased marketing of it without diluting the customer base that's brought the fields to such great heights. Tony DiZinno is a motorsports journalist who has worked with RACER, Michelin Alley, Motorsport.com and other publications. He is a recent graduate of Marquette University and a regular contributor to ALMS.com. His blog will appear every other Tuesday. Follow him on Twitter - @tonydizinno.|
|BOMARITO RETURNS TO MAZDA MOTORSPORTS• Jonathan Bomarito Returns to No. 70 Mazda for 2015 TUDOR United SportsCar Season|
October 29, 2014 (IRVINE, Calif.) —It was confirmed today that Jonathan Bomarito, a driver with extensive history and success in Mazda-powered open wheel cars and RX-8 sportscars, will return to the Mazda SpeedSource team for the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. From 2010 through 2012, Bomarito amassed 13 podium finishes and four victories with Mazda. His previous stint was also hi....
|CONTINENTAL GT3-R ADDS POTENT ICE POWER IN 2015Oct 29, 2014|
•Power on Ice - the ultimate winter ice-driving event returns for 2015
•The Continental GT3-R makes its dynamic debut on the ice
•Programme designed by four-time World Rally Champion and two-time ice speed record breaker Juha Kankkunen
(Crewe, 29th October 2014) Bentley returns to the icy north of Finland for Power on Ice 2015, the flagship experience that elevates the concept of ice driving to the extreme. The Continental GT3-R completes the most powerful Bentley line ....
|FORMULA E UNVEILS CIRCUIT LAYOUT FOR MIAMI EPRIXRound five to be staged around AmericanAirlines Arena along Biscayne Bay|
MIAMI, USA (October 20 2014): The FIA Formula E Championship – the world's first fully-electric racing series – has today revealed the circuit location and layout for the Miami ePrix, taking place on March 14, 2015.
The eight turn, 2.17km circuit is located in Downtown Miami, Florida, along Biscayne Bay around the streets of the AmericanAirlines Arena, home to the Miami Heat NBA basketball team. Produced by leading tr....
|DAUGHTERY, JACKSON LAND NISSAN ITS 96TH AND 97TH NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS AT 51ST SCCA RUNOFFS AT LAGUNA SECA• Podium sweep in GT3, six overall podiums net strong showing at annual classic|
David Daughtery may long be remembered for winning his eighth Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) National title at Laguna Seca this weekend, but it was a sportsmanlike act of kindness shown a first time competitor that won the veteran racer praise from fellow SCCA racers.
On Friday afternoon, Daughtery drove his yellow Nissan 370Z from pole position to an impressive win in the T3 category, briefly losing ....
|LAMBORGHINI, IMSA EXTEND PARTNERSHIP THROUGH 2018; 2015 BLANCPAIN SUPER TROFEO NORTH AMERICA SCHEDULE RELEASEDSANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE, Italy (Oct. 10, 2014) - Automobili Lamborghini and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) have extended their partnership for the next four years, with the Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America championship being contested under IMSA sanction through the 2018 season.|
As part of the extended partnership, the 2015 Lamborghini Blancpain Super Trofeo North America event calendar was unveiled. The schedule features 10 rounds at five venues at some....
|GOODYEAR LAUNCHES NORTH AMERICA'S MOST FUEL-EFFICIENT LONG HAUL DRIVE TIRE• Goodyear FUEL MAX LHD G505D Outperforms Leading Competitors In Fuel Efficiency|
AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 9, 2014 – Professional truck drivers traveled 421.3 billion miles of road in the United States last year – consuming more than 52 billion gallons of fuel along the way, according to data from the American Trucking Associations.
'Fuel is the average trucking fleet's top expense,' said Brian Buckham, general manager, commercial product marketing, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company....
|Porsche Announces Rennsport Reunion V• The World's Largest Gathering of Porsche Race Cars and Drivers Come Back to Monterey for an Encore |
ATLANTA – Porsche Cars North America (PCNA) and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca announced today that the next Porsche Rennsport Reunion will again take place at the famed California racetrack the weekend of October 9-11, 2015.
Hosted by PCNA, Rennsport Reunion V will, once again, bring together an extraordinary gathering of significant Porsche vintage and current racecars, as well t....
|TUDOR NIGHT OF CHAMPIONS CELEBRATES IMSA STARS IN STYLE◾'Awards Gala Takes Place Oct. 13 In New York City|
◾'Five For Fighting' Singer To Perform
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 8, 2014) – A historic debut season for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be celebrated in style next week under the bright lights of New York City.
The TUDOR Night of Champions will crown the champions of IMSA's premier series, while also reflecting on one of the most significant seasons for sports car racing in North America at Cipriani 42nd Street on Mond....