|12C GT3 Now Approved To Race In North America, As Pirelli World Challenge Confirms Eligibility|
|•12C GT3 is eligible to race in the Pirelli World Challenge Series •Pirelli World Challenge supports the IZOD IndyCar series •McLaren has claimed five back-to-back Can-Am titles (1967-71) and three Indy500 victories (1972, 1974, 1976) in an illustrious racing history in the North American market The McLaren 12C GT3 has been confirmed as eligible for the Pirelli World Challenge (PWC), by the series organisers following a strong competitive debut season in Europe. This announcement means that the British-built racer is now able to compete in North America for the first time. The 12C GT3 enjoyed a promising 2012 season, claiming 19 victories and a further 19 podium finishes, and has been enhanced further for the 2013 season. These upgrades are designed to further optimise the performance of the car in the more varied conditions found in global championships. The enhancements are evident through the updated bonnet and ducting, designed to ensure that the 12C GT3 can run competitively in higher temperatures than those experienced during 2012. The Pirelli World Challenge, now in its 24th consecutive season, is one of North America's leading production car-based racing championships, and is a support series for the IZOD IndyCar calendar. Each race is a 50 minute sprint, and sees the grid visit some of the leading purpose-built tracks and street circuits across the USA and Canada. The series is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and races at North America's premier road and temporary street courses. McLaren Group CEO Martin Whitmarsh said: 'McLaren has a very distinguished racing history in the United States, contesting and dominating the iconic Can-Am series with a record 43 race victories and five championships from 1967 to 1971, courtesy of our founder Bruce McLaren himself and his team-mate Denny Hulme. 'We also won the legendary Indy 500 race three times – in 1972, 1974 and 1976 – courtesy of Mark Donohue and Johnny Rutherford. 'Bearing in mind the Stateside successes of those four McLaren legends, it's particularly pleasing to note that the McLaren 12C GT3 has now been approved to run in the Pirelli World Challenge – the sports car racing series that follows the IndyCar calendar. 'The 12C GT3 enjoyed plenty of success throughout the last year, proving itself to be a true contender and claiming victories in a number of different championships across the world. 'It will be a true testament to the enduring power of Bruce McLaren's legacy to see the McLaren brand make a return to racing in North America on a regular basis throughout 2013, the year in which we're celebrating the marque's 50th anniversary.'|
|BACK TO SCHOOL WITH MAZDA MOTORSPORTS• Mazda's R.A.C.E. STEM Education Outreach Program Surpasses 10,000 Students|
September 19, 2014 (AUSTIN, Tex.) – It's back-to-school time for school kids across the county and the acclaimed R.A.C.E. STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education outreach program is back in action. Launched by Mazda in January, the Racing Accelerates Creative Education (R.A.C.E.) outreach program has now positively impacted more than 10,000 middle and high school students. To date, ther....
|TUDOR UNITED SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP, ROUND 11 OF 12, AUSTIN, TEXASAustin, Texas. Not only were the eyes of Texas upon the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) today, the entire sports car racing world witnessed a GT Le Mans (GTLM) class battle that will see the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Manufacturer title fight go to the last race of the season. A third place finish by the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR helped the German marque retain the point lead in the class for road car-based racecars. However, with Dodge's Viper taking....|
|LAURENS VANTHOOR WINS TITLE IN BLANCPAIN ENDURANCE SERIES FOR AUDI#1 Audi R8 LMS ultra wins in finale at the Nürburgring|
◾Belgian Audi Club Team WRT wins teams' classification as well
◾First title for the Audi R8 LMS ultra in the 2014 season
Ingolstadt, September 21, 2014 – Laurens Vanthoor in the Audi R8 LMS ultra won the driver title in the Blancpain Endurance Series (BES) for Audi Sport customer racing. In the season finale, the Nürburgring 1000, the mere 23-year-old Belgian together with Christopher Mies and César Ramos was victorious in diffic....
|BENTLEY CELEBRATES SEASON FINALE WITH TWO CHAMPIONSHIP SECOND PLACESTeam M-Sport Bentley finishes 2nd in Blancpain Endurance Series|
• Bentley Boys Smith, Kane & Meyrick finish 2nd in Drivers' Championship
• Tough race sees Continental GT3 finish 5th and 7th in class
• Successful end to debut season for Continental GT3
(Crewe, 22nd September 2014) Bentley Motorsport and technical partner M-Sport celebrate the conclusion of the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series by securing second place in both the Team and Drivers Championships with a strong performance....
|VOLKSWAGEN GROUP OF AMERICA APPOINTS MARIO GUERREIRO AS EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, GROUP COMMUNICATIONSHerndon, VA (September 18, 2014) – Volkswagen Group of America today announced the appointment of Mario Guerreiro (56) to the position of Executive Vice President, Volkswagen Group of America Communications. In this role, Guerreiro will be responsible for all aspects of Communications for the Volkswagen Group and Volkswagen Brand. This includes corporate media relations, brand communications, all public relations campaigns, and internal communications. Guerreiro will assume the position o....|
|LAST RACE OF IMPRESSIVE DEBUT SEASON FOR CONTINENTAL GT3• Bentley looks to finish the season in style at the Nürburgring|
• Team and drivers in contention to be Endurance Series champions
• 'Very high confidence in the cars and the team'
(Crewe, 17th September 2014) Final preparations are being made as the Bentley Continental GT3 is readied for the last race in the 2014 Blancpain Endurance Series, at the famous Nürburgring in Germany. Bentley, in conjunction with technical partners M-Sport, is looking to finish the season on a high, after ....
|McLAREN 650S SPRINT TO MAKE COMPETITIVE DEBUT FOLLOWING CONFIRMATION OF GLOBAL RACE ELIGIBILITYThe new 650S Sprint by McLaren GT is set for its global competitive premiere this weekend at the penultimate round of the GT Cup race at Donington Park, UK. The 650S Sprint is developed and optimised for the track, and eligibility has now been confirmed to race in the NARRA US GT series, the SCCA GT Championship and the UAE GT series. McLaren GT factory driver Rob Bell will be joined by German-based journalist Dale Lomas, for the weekend's triple-header.|
The covers were pulled off the McLaren....
|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....