|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.|
|IMSA CONTINUES TO SUPPORT OFFICIAL CHARITIES WITH $50,000 CONTRIBUTION• Camp Boggy Creek, Austin Hatcher Foundation To Split Donation|
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Sept. 15, 2014) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today committed to donate $50,000 to be split evenly between Camp Boggy Creek and the Austin Hatcher Foundation, both of which have been designated 'Proud Charities of IMSA.' Both charities had long-term relationships with GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón which were 'proudly' carr....
|BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES SEASON FINALE FULL OF HIGHLIGHTS FOR AUDI SPORT CUSTOMER RACINGAudi R8 LMS ultra to battle for the title at the Nürburgring|
◾Four teams with seven GT3 race cars from Audi on the grid
◾Skiing world champion Didier Cuche to celebrate Audi racing debut
Ingolstadt, September 16, 2014 – In GT racing, Audi will be celebrating the finale of the Blancpain Endurance Series on September 21 with several attractions. The 1,000-kilometer race on the Nürburgring will not only be about the decision between the four Audi drivers at the top of the standings and their i....
|SRT MOTORSPORTS PRE-RACE REPORT - LONE STAR LE MANS AT CIRCUIT OF THE AMERICASAmericas (COTA) with championship implications on the line during the penultimate round of the 2014 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the Lone Star Le Mans race weekend, Sept. 18-20.|
Having finished ahead of the GTLM class leader in each of the last three races, the No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R, with Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer, comes to Texas second in the championship and just six points out of first with two events remaining. Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens are tied fo....
|BENTLEY RACES TO FIRST VICTORY IN NORTH AMERICA• Bentley Boy Guy Smith sets unstoppable pace in Utah|
• The first ever victory for Bentley Motorsport outside Europe
• Continental GT3 shows prodigious pace after half a season of the Pirelli World Challenge
(Crewe, 16th September 2014) Bentley made history again this weekend with its first ever motorsport victory outside of Europe. Taking first and third place at Miller Motorsports Park in Utah in the penultimate race of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge championship, Bentley's moto....
|BACK IN GRAVEL MODE – SHAKEDOWN COMPLETED: VOLKSWAGEN ALL SET FOR AUSTRALIAN ROUND OF THE WRC◾Latvala, Ogier and Mikkelsen fourth, fifth and eighth fastest|
◾WRC event down under boasts unique conditions on this year's calendar
A rollercoaster ride through the forests of New South Wales, with the added difficulty of having to switch from asphalt back into gravel mode – Volkswagen used the shakedown ahead of the Rally Australia to prepare for the tenth round of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC). Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila (FIN/FIN) was the fastest Volkswagen duo on the 4.9....
|JACK DANIEL'S RACING SET FOR SANDOWN ENDURO; NORTON HORNETS EAGER TO KICK OFF V8 ENDURO CUPMELBOURNE, Victoria, Australia – Following a pair of promising rounds and a successful test day, the Jack Daniel's Racing Nissan Altimas are set for the first two-driver endurance race of the season, the Sandown 500.|
Teaming up with Todd Kelly aboard the number 7 machine is Nissan factory driver Alex Buncombe, who will be making his V8 Supercars debut at the event.
The Brit tested with Jack Daniel's Racing at the season opening Sydney Motorsport Park test day, with the event followi....
|TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 10 IN AUSTIN, TEXAS USA; FACTORY SQUAD CAMPAIGNS THREE PORSCHE 911 RSRSAtlanta. The Porsche North America works team will field a third Porsche 911 RSRs for the first time this season at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round in Austin, Texas on September 20. Along with the 911 RSR run by the United State's customer squad Team Falken Tire, a total of four 470 hp GT racers based off the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car will compete at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). With just two rounds left on this season's calendar of the new serie....|