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EXCLUSIVE Le Mans Q&A - Max Chilton
14 May 2015:
"This is the one I want to win most. It is the longest race and it is also the hardest. It is 24 hours, it is gruelling, but if you can come out on top I don’t think there is a feeling greater."
Max Yamabiko: Nordschleife safety under scrutiny
11 April 2015:
Max Yamabiko explores what led to the recent death of a spectator during a race at the Nordschleife and explains why new safety measures aren't enough.
Kate Walker: MG’s Dancing Daughters
15 June 2014:
On Le Mans weekend,
's Kate Walker looks back at some all-women teams who made their mark during the 24 Hours...
1 January 1901:
Looking back at a stunning Rolex 24 at Daytona, which featured the closest finish in the events history.
Rolex 24 at Daytona - The Stats
1 January 1901:
Statistics on the historic 47th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Be 007 for a day - or Lewis Hamilton...
4 December 2008:
How would you like to get behind the wheel of one of the world's greatest supercars around one of the most iconic and historical motor racing circuits on the planet? Interested? Then read on...
Scott Pruett: Living the dream.
22 August 2008:
American veteran Scott Pruett proves that drink and driving can mix...
A lap of La Sarthe.
12 June 2007:
Ahead of the Le Mans 24 Hours this weekend in France, the Audi factory drivers talk through a lap of the famous La Sarthe circuit...
Press Snoop: Penske result still provisional.
15 April 2007:
ROMAIN DUMAS and TIMO BERNHARD will have to wait until at least Sunday, if not Tuesday, to see if they keep their American Le Mans Series victory at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Press Snoop: P2 prevails.
15 April 2007:
ROMAIN DUMAS and TIMO BERNHARD took the chequered flag on Saturday in the American Le Mans race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the first of six top P2 cars to finish overall. Seven of the top eight finishers were P2 cars.
Press Snoop: Franchitti steals Beach pole.
14 April 2007:
DARIO FRANCHITTI has the overall pole position and also first in P2 class, with a lap of 1m 11.838s. Although Franchitti has one victory, this is his first ALMS pole.
Press Snoop: Blowing in the wind.
13 April 2007:
It's a beautiful day in downtown Long Beach for opening day of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the 33rd consecutive running of this annual race.
Press Snoop: Grand-Am & Busch Mexico style.
2 March 2007:
It is sunny and hot at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City for the double-header race weekend, with Grand American Rolex Series and NASCAR Busch Series.
Angelelli's lap of Daytona.
20 January 2007:
Having clocked the fastest laps in testing earlier this month for next week's season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona Max Angelelli and his Wayne Taylor Racing team are counting down the days until they return to the legendary 3.56-mile road circuit at Daytona International Speedway.
McNish bids fond farewell to a legend.
8 January 2007:
Reigning American Le Mans Series champion and 1998 Le Mans 24 Hours winner Allan McNish takes a wistful look back at the Audi R8 he and his Audi team-mates piloted to a staggering 50 victories during its seven-year lifespan.
Dyson and Porsche: A return to winning roots.
18 December 2006:
As the news breaks that Porsche and Dyson are to link forces once again in a bid to reclaim their 1980s glory days, here is a look-back at the pairing's chequered history at the pinnacle of US sportscar racing.
Drivers sing Norbert's praises in enduring story.
15 November 2006:
Porsche, the most crowned manufacturer in the history of the Le Mans 24 Hours with an incredible 16 victories to its name, owes much of its success to an unsung hero within its ranks – and it's not one of its drivers.
Press Snoop: Weaver retires.
24 October 2006:
Veteran British sports car racer, James WEAVER, retired after this weekend's American Le Mans race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Press Snoop: Titles won at Laguna.
24 October 2006:
The wee Scot, ALLAN McNISH drove his #2 Audi Sport R10 across the Start-Finish line at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to win the Monterey Sports Car Championship for the American El Mans Series. His Margin of Victory was 18,579 seconds ahead of runner-up, EMMANUEL PIRRO of Italy, in the sister Audi - driving with FRANK BIELA of Monte Carlo in #1 Audi. They had five pit stops.
Press Snoop: Weather rules as Laguna warms up.
21 October 2006:
ALLAN McNISH's #2 Audi was fastest overall and in LMP1 in the Saturday morning warm-up in preparation for the afternoon Monterey Sports Car Championship race for the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Press Snoop: Records set pole in three classes.
21 October 2006:
STEFAN JOHANSSON's Zytek Engineering 06S is on pole for Saturday's Monterey Sports Car Championship for the American Le Mans Series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, setting a lap of 1min 13.731secs.
Press Snoop: Rahal returns to roots.
20 October 2006:
BOBBY RAHAL of Rahal Letterman Racing announced Thursday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca that RLR will be running a new American Le Mans GT2 team starting with the 2007 season, as part of a long-term plan. It will be a Porsche 911 GT3 RSR, with the 997 body configuration. At present RLR will run a one car ALMS team, but it is close to being two. "Stay tuned" said Rahal, with a twinkle in his eye and a big grin.
Press Snoop: Audi, Porsche, Aston top Friday AM.
20 October 2006:
The weather was downright beautiful Friday morning at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the first official practice of the American Le Mans Series.
Press Snoop: Audi wins Petit Le Mans.
1 October 2006:
ALLAN McNISH the ninth annual American Le Mans Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta, the only car on the lead lap.
ALMS drivers on historical race.
16 June 2006:
With several teams from the American Le Mans Series competing at Le Mans this year, some of the drivers revealed just what this special event means to them as they take their machinery over to compete in France.
Audi: The challenge of Le Mans.
15 June 2006:
As Audi famously contest the 2006 Le Mans 24 Hours with the diesel powered R10 TDi, the six vastly experienced drivers that will hope to make history by winning this unique event reveal what lies ahead for them and the new car.
The Audi R10 – a 'tyre-ing' project.
13 June 2006:
On Saturday 17 June, Audi will become the first major manufacturer to launch an assault on the Le Mans 24 Hours with a diesel powered car – and Michelin will play an important role in trying to help the R10 follow in the footsteps of the ultra successful R8.
Press Snoop: Grand Am ditch qualifying races.
13 May 2006:
Roger Edmondson, President of Grand American Road Racing Association, has returned traditional timed qualifying procedures to the remainder of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Reserve.
Press Snoop: Doing the double - ALMS and Grand-AM.
11 May 2006:
This weekend both major sports car series are conducting events - American Le Mans Series on the new street course at Reliant Park in Texas for the Grand Prix of Houston on Friday night, and Grand American Rolex Series in Arizona for the Gainsco Grand Prix at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday night.
Press Snoop: McDowell, Auberlen on Grand-Am poles.
5 November 2005:
Double Duty Driver, MICHAEL McDOWELL of Charlotte NC won his first ever Daytona Prototype pole position Friday afternoon for Saturday's La Gran Final de la Serie Rolex Sports Car at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City at the Telmex-Tecate Gran Premio de Mexico City Presented by Banamex. How's that for a mouthful.
Press Snoop : Champ Car, Grand-Am hit Mexico.
5 November 2005:
Another beautiful day at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City for the Tecate-Telmex Gran Premio de Mexico City. The day is warm and sunny, after a crisp fall morning.
Chevy looks back on another winning year.
3 November 2005:
Corvette Racing dominated the American Le Mans Series for the fifth straight year in 2005, but it wasn't easy. The introduction of the new Corvette C6.R racecars, the emergence of powerful new rivals, and the impact of new rules shaped the season for Chevrolet's two-car factory team.
Gidley seeking happy Mexican homecoming.
2 November 2005:
Memo Gidley is a name well known in the USA an, increasingly, around the world thanks to his Champ Car and Grand-Am exploits, but few of his new fans may realise that they are supporting a Mexican.
Press Snoop: ABC's of SPEED GT.
17 October 2005:
MAX PAPIS held off a pack of testosterone-filled drivers aggressively going for it in the last race of the 2005 season of SCCA Pro Racing
World Challenge GT Class. Papis got the victory, while Cadillac team-mate ANDY PILGRIM got the championship, after finishing fourth overall.
Press Snoop: Safe and sane at Laguna.
16 October 2005:
A jubilant HAYANARI SHIMODA piloted his Zytek 04S to the chequered flag and his first-ever American Le Mans Series victory after co-driver TOM CHILTON had put the car on pole at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Championships.
Press Snoop: Hinchcliffe wins, Matos Mazda champ.
16 October 2005:
The day started out bright, sunny and fresh at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Championships. It had rained overnight, so the air was fresh, clear and sparkling. The skies were clear blue and the weather was mild with a fall tinge. By mid-morning, the fog started making attempts to intrude, but hung out on the fringes.
Press Snoop: Four new records at Laguna Seca.
15 October 2005:
The brisk, bright sunny weather at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca turned into foggy and chilly overcast for qualifying of the American Le Mans Series, but this could have been part of the reason all four classes now have new qualifying records.
Press Snoop: Familiar faces in familiar places.
14 October 2005:
It's bright, sunny and brisk at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the Monterey Sports Car Championships. American Le Mans Series is the feature headliner for full weekend which also includes SCCA Pro Racing SPEED World Challenge, IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Presented by Michelin, Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, and SFR Mazda Miata Challenge Series. It will be a challenging weekend indeed.
The oil in Corvette's motor.
7 October 2005:
It's 5:15 a.m., and Dan Binks is already on the job. He's been up since 4:30, and he can't wait to get to the office. His "office" is the headquarters of Corvette Racing, the command centre where Chevrolet's championship-winning racecars are designed, constructed and maintained.
Spa Francorchamps – a lap with Anthony Kumpen.
23 July 2005:
Next weekend the regulars from the FIA GT championship will descend on the famous Belgian circuit of Spa for the Proximus 24 Hours of Spa – the only 24 hour event on the FIA GT calendar.
Press Snoop: Gigliotti, Donoso win at Infineon.
19 July 2005:
The fastest car line-up was much the same Saturday morning for American Le Mans practice as it was in Friday's test session at Infineon Raceway for the Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma, with one exception.
Press Snoop: No surprises as Audi wins Infineon.
18 July 2005:
EMANUELE PIRRO and FRANK BIELA won the American Le Mans Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway Sunday. The pole-sitting Dyson Racing Lola EX257-AER finished 1min 24.572secs behind with ANDY WALLACE and CHRIS DYSON, but still on the same lap. They were the only two cars to finish on the lead lap.
Press Snoop: Wallace's record-breaking pole.
17 July 2005:
ANDY WALLACE, racing #20 Thetford/Norcold Lola EX257 AER LMP1 for Dyson Racing, broke the existing track qualifying record for Sunday's American Le Mans Series Infineon Technologies Grand Prix of Sonoma at Infineon Raceway with a 1min 21.688secs lap. Wallace said the car and Michelin tyres were perfect.
Press Snoop: Pirro/Audi fastest in ALMS test.
16 July 2005:
The latest news from around the world courtesy of Press Snoop Lynne Huntting...
Andy Wallace's lap of Le Mans.
14 June 2005:
This weekend the eyes of the motorsport world will be firmly fixed on France for the 73rd running of the most famous endurance race of them all - the Le Mans 24 Hours. Brit Andy Wallace, who won the race in 1988 at the wheel of a TWR Jaguar, will be making his 16th appearance in the event for the debuting Creation Autosportif team alongside regular driver pairing Nicolas Minassian and Jamie Campbell-Walter and here he describes a lap of the famous circuit...
Passing the time at Le Mans.
14 June 2005:
Among the dozens of mechanics, engineers, technicians and drivers who make up Corvette Racing, Melanie Correll stands out.
Win a VIP weekend at the Spa 24 with Embassy.
13 June 2005:
Top British GT team Embassy Racing will compete in its first 24 hour race next month when Jonathan France and his team head to Belgium to join the FIA GT championship regulars for the famous Proximus 24 Hours of Spa on 31 July.
Jorg Bergmeister's Grand-Am lap of Watkins Glen.
11 June 2005:
Jorg Bergmeister lapped the eleven-turn, 3.4-mile Watkins Glen International circuit at an average speed of 115mph at the wheel of his #66 Krohn Racing-TRG Daytona Prototype as the Grand-Am Rolex Series returned to one of its most famous venues.
Andrew Kirkaldy's lap of Knockhill.
17 May 2005:
This weekend the British GT championship heads north of the border to Knockhill as the GT2 and GT3 teams reunite for the third meeting of the year.
Press Snoop: Pruett/Diaz win first Laguna Grand-Am
3 May 2005:
SCOTT PRUETT took the chequered and yellow flags together Sunday when he drove Chip Ganassi Racing's #01 CompUSA Lexus Riley to victory at the Grand American Rolex Series
Road & Track
250 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna's US Sports Car Invitational.
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