Sportscars Features. Page 1

  • April 2016

    Open article Dunlop strengthening its grip with sportscar expansion
    24 April 2016: Dunlop tyres returned to the LMP1 class at the Silverstone World Endurance Championship round... and it has even bolder plans ahead.

  • Open article WEC FEATURE: Behind-the-scenes with Manor, Dunlop
    20 April 2016: Leigh O'Gorman goes behind the scenes with the Manor WEC team and Dunlop to learn more about the intricacies of tyre selection... especially when it snows

  • August 2015

    Open article USCC: Tipping the balance of equalisation [1]
    12 August 2015: LMP2 is the future of the United Sportscar Championship, but the outgoing Daytona Prototypes aren't being phased out with a whimper...

  • June 2015

    Open article Preview - 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours: LMP1 [3]
    10 June 2015: For the first time in 16 years, four big mainstream manufacturers will go head-to-head in the what is tipped to be the closest Le Mans 24 Hours for some time

  • Open article Preview - 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours: LMP2
    10 June 2015: A bolstered entry of 19 cars across nine different prototypes makes the 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours LMP2 class the most competitive in many years.

  • Open article Preview - 2015 Le Mans 24 Hours: GT
    10 June 2015: Aston Martin, Corvette and Porsche head to Le Mans looking to unseat Ferrari from its dominant position atop the GT class.

  • Open article Max Yamabiko: The enigma of Nissan's Le Mans contender
    4 June 2015: Nissan's much anticipated LMP1 debut nears with the Le Mans 24 Hours... but as Max Yamabiko explains, the GT-R LM NISMO remains something of an enigma

  • May 2015

    Open article 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."

  • April 2015

    Open article Max Yamabiko: Nordschleife safety under scrutiny [2]
    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.

  • June 2014

    Open article 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...

  • January 1901

    Open article Rolex reflections
    1 January 1901: Looking back at a stunning Rolex 24 at Daytona, which featured the closest finish in the events history.

  • Open article Rolex 24 at Daytona - The Stats
    1 January 1901: Statistics on the historic 47th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

  • December 2008

    Open article 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...

  • August 2008

    Open article Scott Pruett: Living the dream. [1]
    22 August 2008: American veteran Scott Pruett proves that drink and driving can mix...

  • June 2007

    Open article 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...

  • April 2007

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • March 2007

    Open article 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.

  • January 2007

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • December 2006

    Open article 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.

  • November 2006

    Open article 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.

  • October 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • June 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • May 2006

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • November 2005

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • October 2005

    Open article 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 SPEED TV World Challenge GT Class. Papis got the victory, while Cadillac team-mate ANDY PILGRIM got the championship, after finishing fourth overall.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article Press Snoop: Hinchcliffe wins, Matos Mazda champ. [1]
    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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • July 2005

    Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.

  • Open article 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.
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