|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.'|
|THE SUCCESSFUL PARTNERSHIP WITH THE US RACE DRIVER AND ACTOR CONTINUES IN 2015Atlanta. Patrick Dempsey will tackle the 2015 motorsport season at the wheel of a Porsche 911 RSR in the Sports Car World Endurance Championship WEC, including the world famous Le Mans 24-hour race. The American actor and race driver, who thrills fans all over the world in his role as 'McDreamy' in the medical drama 'Grey's Anatomy', has been following his passion for racing since 2013 as a member of the Porsche motorsport family. With the expanded race program, the successful alliance be....|
|BENTLEY TAKES POLE POSITION IN WIRED MAGAZINE'S LIST OF THE BEST(Crewe, 20th November 2014) The Bentley Continental GT3-R, the rarest and most dynamic member of the esteemed Continental family of Grand Tourers, has been chosen as the winning car in Wired magazine's annual Gear of the Year special edition.|
A 15-page edit is produced every December of the best in Design, Sound & Vision, Rides, Sport & Leisure and Watches. This becomes the annual Wired list of the best products reviewed during the year.
Jeremy White, product editor, noted: 'The Ben....
|JEREMY GRENIER IS 44th RRDC MARK DONOHUE AWARD WINNERHILLIARD, Ohio (Nov. 19, 2014) - Jeremy Grenier, 39, of Charles Town, W. Va., is the 44th recipient of the RRDC Mark Donohue Award, presented annually by the Road Racing Drivers Club for outstanding performance, competitiveness and sportsmanship during the SCCA National Championship Runoffs.|
The award is named for RRDC member and former president Mark Donohue, who won his first National Championship in the SCCA E Production class in 1961, and then went on to become one of the U.S.A.'s ....
|Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Shelby GT350 MustangMONTEREY, Calif., November 17, 2014 —The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the most recognizable road racing cars of the '60s – the Shelby GT350 Mustang – as the 2015 featured marque August 13-16, 2015 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.|
The Shelby GT350 Mustang came onto the scene just one year after the Ford Mustang debuted. Ford Motor Company, already having success with Carroll Shelby in the Cobra program, enlisted Shelby to make the new Mu....
|CHEVROLET TO SHOW CHAPARRAL VISION GRAN TURISMO CONCEPT• Boundary-pushing, Chevy-powered race cars changed motorsports design|
DETROIT – When racers Jim Hall and Hap Sharp founded Chaparral Cars in 1962, few could have guessed how they would shake up the conformities of the racing world – and fundamentally change it.
Through pioneering applications of aerodynamics and aerospace technology, and a partnership with Chevrolet Research and Development, Chaparral Cars advanced the science of racing cars. It also triumphed on the track o....
|MAZDA WAVES GREEN FLAG ON 2016 GLOBAL MX-5 CUP RACING SERIESNovember 4, 2014 (LAS VEGAS) – The Mazda MX-5 Miata is the best-selling roadster in history, and the most road-raced car in the world. With the recent unveiling of the fourth generation MX-5, the most frequently asked question is 'Where will it race?' Mazda gave the first part of that answer at the Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) tradeshow in Las Vegas today, as the company announced that the new 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata will be raced in a new Global Cup series, in North Amer....|
|BATTERY TENDER ANNOUNCED AS TITLE PARTNER FOR 2015 MAZDA MX-5 CUP• BFGoodrich Tires Returns & 2015 Schedule Announced|
IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 3, 2014 -- Mazda Motorsports is thrilled to announce that global, market-leading technology brand Battery Tender joins the Mazda MX-5 Cup as title partner. For 2015, the series will be known as the 'Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires.'
'As we embark on our 10th Anniversary of Mazda MX-5 Cup, we're elated to welcome the undisputed industry leader in battery charger technology – B....