|DAN GURNEY JOINS 'THE AMELIA'S' FORD GT40 SEMINAR|
|Le Mans winner Dan Gurney, the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance's 2002 Honorary Chairman, returns to 'The Amelia' to join a panel of international racing celebrities and experts honoring the 50th anniversary of Ford's game-changing GT40 prototype. Gurney won just one race for the Carroll Shelby-led Ford GT40 team, but it was the race that mattered most: the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Gurney's victory in the 1967 edition of the fabled Le Mans 24 Hour endurance classic has become the stuff of legends and remains part of the most extraordinary three-weeks span in international motorsport. From May 30, through June 18, 1967, Ford teammates Dan Gurney and Le Mans co-driver AJ Foyt rewrote the history books and had automotive journalists scouring their thesauri for superlatives for the American racers, their competition feats and their American racing cars. It started on Memorial Day, 1967, in Indianapolis where Foyt, racing his Ford-powered Coyote, won his third Indy 500 at record speed. Just eleven days later he and Gurney defeated the might of Ferrari to win the fastest Le Mans 24 Hours in the race's 35 year history. The closest Ferrari was a distant 25 miles behind the Gurney/Foyt Ford GT after 3,237 miles of relentless, high speed, open road racing. Another speed record came just one week later. Gurney, driving his own Eagle Formula 1 racer, won the fastest Formula 1 race in the sport's 28 year history on the long, sweeping Spa circuit through Belgium's Ardennes forest: the fastest road racing circuit in the world. Gurney's winning average speed over the Belgian public roads was just five-point-two mph slower than Foyt's record-setting 500 speed on Indy's high speed oval. Dan Gurney started at the top of the sport and stayed there. His first Formula 1 and World Sports Car Championship contract was with Ferrari and his long career touched nearly every branch of motorsport. He summoned Indy's rear-engine revolution, racing for Team Lotus at 'the Brickyard' in 1963. He won seven USAC national Champ Car races driving his Eagle Champ Cars. In Formula 1, Gurney won four World Championship Grands Prix plus a pair of non-championship F1 races. Add five NASCAR victories and a trio of wins in the unlimited, mega-dollar Can-Am series to the tally and the picture of a versatile 'all-round racer' becomes clear. Gurney went on to create some of history's greatest racing cars. Less than a year after his victories at Le Mans and the Belgian Grand Prix, one of his Eagle Indy cars won the Indianapolis 500. Retirement from the cockpit kicked his race car building business into high gear. Eagles won the Indy 500 three times and Gurney-built Eagle prototypes won multiple IMSA championships with victories in the prestigious 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. Dan Gurney's ultimate gift to motorsport may be considered more cultural than technological or statistical. Just after 4:00 PM on June 11, 1967, Dan Gurney and AJ Foyt climbed on Le Mans' victory podium. Gurney was handed the traditional victory magnum of Moet Champagne but instead of drinking it, Gurney shook the dark bottle, aimed it at the crowd and sprayed all hands! Porsche racer Jo Siffert, winner of the two-liter prototype class, joined in, with AJ Foyt laughing out loud. From that moment, nearly every major race winner has emulated Gurney's creative Le Mans victory celebration. Dan couldn't resist reprising his 1967 Le Mans podium performance as 'The Amelia's' 2002 honoree. Concours Founder and Chairman Bill Warner remembers the 2002 Best of Show trophy presentation with extraordinary clarity. As James Patterson's 1937 Delage D8 Aerodynamic Coupe stopped in front of the reviewing stand, Warner noticed that, 'Dan looked at me with that grin, he had an evil look in his eye and I knew I was about to get soaked.' He wasn't disappointed. Gurney gave the magnum of Moet - the same Champagne he had sprayed at Le Mans 35 years earlier -- a good shake, 'He must have unloaded half that bottle on me. But, it's really an honor to have Dan Gurney spray you with the winner's Champagne,' said Warner. Gurney will join fellow Ford GT40 racers Brian Redman and David Hobbs, and John Wyer Racing Team Manager John Horsman, Lee Holman - President of Holman Automotive, Inc. and Holman Moody, Inc. and Alan Grant of the Le Mans-winning Shelby American team on the panel of the Celebration of Ford's GT40 Seminar Presented by Kelly Services at 10:00 AM, Saturday, March 9th in the Talbot Ballroom of the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island. Tickets are $30 per person, available at www.ameliaconcours.org.|
|SRT MOTORSPORTS PRE-RACE REPORT - BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAYJuly 22, 2014 , Indianapolis - The SRT (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT GTS-Rs visit historic Indianapolis Motor Speedway hunting their first victory of the season in Friday's Brickyard Grand Prix after posting consecutive double podium finishes in the previous two events.|
As SRT Motorsports makes its first appearance at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the team enters the track with confidence coming off its best-ever, two-race span – results of second....
|PORSCHE MOTORSPORTS PRE-EVENT NOTES. BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX. INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAYDateline. Indianapolis, Indiana|
Circuit. Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Track Length/Turns. 2.439-mile, 14-turn Road Course
Round. TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Round 7 of 12
Next Round. TUDOR Championship. Continental Tire Road Race Showcase, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, August 8-10
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Friday, July 25, 5:45 p.m. ET/ 2:45 p.m. PT
Race Duration. Two-Hours, 45-minutes
Classes. GT Le Mans (Por....
|BMW TEAM RLL – BRICKYARD GRAND PRIX PREVIEWWoodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 22, 2014 . . . Something old and new is up next for BMW Team RLL when it comes to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to contest Round 7 of the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on a circuit that combines part of the legendary speedway and a newly revised infield road course.|
The Brickyard Grand Prix was part of the GRAND-AM series beginning in 2012 so Bill Auberlen and John Edwards have raced there twice, but the revised circuit effectively means this ye....
|JÉRÔME D'AMBROSIO TO COMPETE IN FORMULA E WITH JAY PENSKE'S DRAGON RACINGLOS ANGELES, CA. (July 22 2014) – Dragon Racing, the Los Angeles based professional motorsports team owned by media and publishing entrepreneur Jay Penske, has today announced the signing of Jérôme d'Ambrosio to compete in the new all-electric FIA Formula E Championship. |
The 28-year-old Belgian began go-karting aged eight before quickly rising through the single-seater ranks on his way to his Formula One debut with the Virgin F1 Team (now Marussia). In doing so he became only the thir....
|JANN IS THE MAN AT HOCKENHEIM• Nissan's gamer-turned-racer wins GP3 race at German Grand Prix|
HOCKENHEIM, Germany – Virtual-to-reality, gamer-to-racer, sim-to-win. Call it what you like. Jann Mardenborough showed the world he has what it takes to win in GP3 against the cream of the crop of single-seater racing talent. A polished and composed drive from pole position saw Jann take the checkered flag for Arden Motorsport as the winner of race two at Hockenheim ahead of ysterday's German Grand Prix.
|SRT MOTORSPORTS AND WITTMER VICTORIOUS IN WORLD CHALLENGE AT TORONTOJuly 20, 2014 , TORONTO, Ontario, Canada - SRT® (Street and Racing Technology) Motorsports and Canadian driver Kuno Wittmer climbed to the top spot on the podium with their victory in race two of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge on the streets of Toronto, Ont., Canada's Exhibition Place on Sunday.|
The No. 92 Dodge Viper SRT GT3-R, prepared by Riley Technologies, started from the second position on the grid and quickly took the lead when Wittmer made a clever pass on the race leader on the fi....
|TANNER FOUST FIRST TO CHECKERED FLAG AT VOLKSWAGEN RALLYCROSS N.Y.• After Inspiring Drive to Second Place, Scott Speed Places Ninth After Post-Race Review|
Herndon, VA — The Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team is coming home with a first place trophy and some bodywork that needs fixing. Tanner Foust and Scott Speed were two of the fastest cars on the track throughout the fourth round of the Red Bull Global Rallycross Championship in New York. However, rough starts and tough competition had the drivers battling their way through the field all w....