No. 67 Ford GT driver Ryan Briscoe had one of the best suggestions I’ve heard on how to improve the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship: let the all-pro GT Le Mans class go faster, for the good of both the cars and the series.
Sandbagging has come up a lot in sportscar racing lately. Every team got busted for sandbagging before the 24 Hours of Daytona, and at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Ford GT and Ferrari 488 didn’t show their true pace before qualifying. How do teams trick officials into thinking cars are slower than they are?
Watkins Glen still rules after all these years, and this weekend, the WeatherTech Sports Car Championship ran its phenomenal 6 Hours of the Glen there. There’s nothing like bombarding the peaceful hills of upstate New York with the roar of multi-class sportscar racing.
The 24 Hours of Le Mans is a must watch, featuring some of the bravest and most talented drivers on the planet in some of racing’s most advanced machinery. But it lasts for an entire day, and we’re all crazy for even trying to watch it. Here’s how to curbstomp your drowsiness and keep going anyway.
If Porsche comes out with a mid-engine 911 race car for 2017, it won’t be their first. Behold the absolutely bonkers twin-turbo 911 GT1 Evo race car, or proof that Porsche would call just about anything a 911 if it allowed them to win.
Why has Porsche released no photos of the 2017 Porsche 911 RSR replacement’s rear? It’s possible that the company is incredibly moving on from its classic rear-engine layout with an interesting and specific detail change.
Whenever a new sports car is released, it seldom even moves the needle for me until it goes on track. Fortunately, this weekend’s 24 Hours of Daytona features the Ford GT, Ferrari 488 and the BMW M6 finally proving their worth alongside other rad GT machinery and purpose-built racing prototypes, and it’s great.
The 24 Hours of Dubai officially marks the end of the endurance racing offseason. Everything from Ferrari 458s and Porsche 911s to Seat Leons and a V8-powered Mazda3 is turning laps today, and you can watch the live stream here.
[Here is one of the beautiful Aston Martin Racing cars as driven by Darren Turner and Jonny Adam in the World Endurance Championship last year. Let this be a not-so-subtle reminder that Aston Martins make lovely race cars and Doug DeMuro should take his new ride on a race track immediately. Photo credit: Aston Martin…
[Here is a herd of some of Porsche’s 24 Hours of Le Mans-winning cars. Excuse me, I’m going to need a moment to catch my breath after all of this drooling. Photo credit: Porsche]
The easiest way to go racing on a road course — bar none — is through an amateur endurance series. You can split costs and seat time with friends, and compete in an open, friendly environment of like-minded gearheads. But is there a race near you next year? There’s now a map for that.
There’s trials by fire, and there’s sticking your brand new race car baby in one of the most grueling races in the world: the National Auto Sport Association’s 25 Hours of Thunderhill. That’s exactly what Mazda did to debut its new MX-5 Cup car, and all four of the MX-5 Cups entered just crossed the finish line…
There’s nothing like one of the longest endurance races in the world to convince you that anywhere is a good place to pass right out. Here’s a few of the Flying Lizard team members zonking out because, well, where else are you going to do it?
Today’s United SportsCar race at Road America was insanity from start to finish, but one lap stood heads, tails and balls above the rest: the last one. Jörg Bergmeister and Pierre Kaffer were side-by-side battling for second place, and the PC leader disappeared from TV while the guy who was second took the win.
Relax, man. Action Express Racing’s Max Papis has got this. He’s so chill, he’s taking a nap. 6 hours is a long time for a race, man. Slow your roll, dude. We’ve got time.
Almost 8.5 miles of circuit. Purpose-built racing prototypes, some of which annihilated the record lap time for qualifying. Fans everywhere: camping, gawking, eating, drinking. Noise. Rain. Dark. Doesn’t matter. The race goes on, and there’s nothing that can truly prepare you for the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Every so often endurance racing teams like to think outside of the box and attempt new technologies and strategies for use in races. Sometimes that doesn’t work.
This tale of misery and woe comes from the SCCA’s Devil In The Dark race a few weeks ago, where one team spent more time working on their car than they did racing it. Bringing a new-to-you race car: how could that possibly go wrong?
Last year, TFritch worked as a crew chief on Rotek Racing’s Audi TT-RS. If you’ve ever wondered what the Nürburgring 24 Hours is like, take a look. Between the 24 Hours itself and the Classic race that runs with it, I’m not sure I’d ever want to leave.