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Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist takes pole in Meyer Shank Acura

The seventh round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, will see Tom Blomqvist’s Meyer Shank Racing Acura lead the similar Wayne Taylor Racing car of Filipe Albuquerque to the green flag tomorrow.

JDC-Miller becomes first Porsche LMDh customer in IMSA

JDC-Miller MotorSports will field a single Porsche 963 LMDh car on a customer basis in the GTP class of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Acura sets pace again in second practice

The best efforts of Tom Blomqvist and Filipe Albuquerque left the Acuras of Meyer Shank Racing and Wayne Taylor Racing just 0.026sec apart at the top of the times in second practice for the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen.

Lotterer to depart Porsche Formula E squad for LMDh seat

Andre Lotterer will vacate his Porsche Formula E race seat at the end of this season after the announcement that he is joining the German manufacturer’s LMDh sportscar squad.

Watkins Glen IMSA: Blomqvist puts MSR Acura on top in FP1

First practice for IMSA’s illustrious Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen ended with Tom Blomqvist topping the times around the gorgeous 3.4-mile Watkins Glen road course.

Porsche reveals 963 LMDh car, Lotterer included in driver line-up

Three-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Andre Lotterer will return to sportscar racing next year to drive Porsche’s new LMDh hybrid prototype, which has been christened the 963.

Corvette aims to bounce back at The Glen after Le Mans disaster

Antonio Garcia says it’s time for Corvette Racing to bounce back from its appalling bad luck at the Le Mans 24 Hours and put on a strong showing in this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen.

Johnson targets Le Mans 24 Hours in Hendrick Garage 56 entry

Jimmie Johnson is hoping to fit a 24 Hours of Le Mans campaign with Hendrick Chevrolet’s Garage 56 project in between his commitments for 2023.

Montoya Sr. and Jr. reunite with Hedman at DragonSpeed

DragonSpeed will add the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen to its IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship effort, bringing back Sebastian Montoya to join his father Juan Pablo and Henrik Hedman.

Risi Ferrari confirms Rigon, Serra for Watkins Glen 6 Hours

Risi Competizione appears to be aiming for IMSA’s 2022 Michelin Endurance Cup, after revealing that it will run Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen later this month.

Cadillac plans multiple cars for Le Mans, one-car attack for WEC

Cadillac is aiming to field multiple entries at the Le Mans 24 Hours next year around a one-car assault on the FIA World Endurance Championship with its new LMDh prototype.

Cadillac reveals 2023 LMDh racer for WEC and IMSA programmes

Cadillac has revealed the first photographs and technical details of its 2023 LMDh prototype under the working name Project GTP Hypercar.

Lamborghini announces Ligier partnership for 2024 LMDh racer

Lamborghini has announced its partnership with Ligier Automotive for the development of the LMDh prototype that will begin racing in 2024.

How in-form Bourdais is nailing his "normal transition"

Sportscar racing has only ever been a sideline previously for Sebastien Bourdais, but the Frenchman has left open-wheel racing behind and has been a standout in the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year. Now Le Mans and a bright future in prototypes with Cadillac beckons

BMW reveals new LMDh contender for 2023 IMSA season

BMW has unveiled the Dallara LMP2-based LMDh prototype with which it will contest the 2023 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais, Van der Zande win epic four-car battle

Renger Van der Zande and Sebastien Bourdais prevailed in their Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac after a mesmerizing four-way battle for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship honors in Belle Isle.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais wins pole for CGR Cadillac, then spins

Sebastien Bourdais took pole for tomorrow’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Belle Isle, but then spun on what might have been a quicker lap yet.

Detroit IMSA: Bourdais moves to the top in FP2

A Chip Ganassi Cadillac DPi-V.R remained the car to beat in second practice at Belle Isle, but this time it was Sebastien Bourdais who took over top spot.

Acura reveals teaser images of its 2023 LMDh contender

Acura Motorsports today released the first images of the ARX-06, its LMDh prototype for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s new GTP class in 2023.

Detroit IMSA: Bamber puts Ganassi Cadillac on top in FP1

Earl Bamber delivered a mighty lap with two minutes to go in opening practice to put his #02 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R on top.

IndyCar’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix – weekend schedule

The seventh round of 2022’s NTT IndyCar Series, on Belle Isle, Detroit for the final time, will as usual be supported by the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and two rounds of Indy Lights. Here is the full schedule.

Bourdais not ruling out IMSA 2022 title bid despite ill-fortune

Sebastien Bourdais says he’s not ruling out a title challenge in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this year, despite having “at least one too many jokers” so far in 2022.

Lamborghini explains decision to enter LMDh one year after rivals

Lamborghini motorsport boss Giorgio Sanna says the company’s decision to enter the LMDh arena one year later than several major competitors will afford it time to develop its internal structure.

Van der Zande says IMSA has BoP wrong in Prototype class

Renger van der Zande says the Cadillacs are being too heavily penalized by the Balance of Performance in place at the moment in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Pla replaces Nunez in AXR line-up for remainder of 2022

Olivier Pla is returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship to replace Tristan Nunez alongside Pipo Derani in Action Express Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Kirkwood joins Barnicoat in VSR Lexus for Detroit IMSA race

Kyle Kirkwood will this weekend compete in both his AJ Foyt Racing-Chevrolet IndyCar and the Lexus RC F GT3 car in IMSA, sharing with Ben Barnicoat.

Trackhouse Racing opens its NASCAR doors to global racing stars

Trackhouse Entertainment Group has announced the start of a program designed to expand its international reach by fielding a NASCAR Cup Series entry for international racing drivers.

Glickenhaus warns IMSA not to block customer entries for 2023

Glickenhaus has advised the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship against blocking a potential entry in 2023, having received strong interest from potential customer teams in taking its Le Mans Hypercar to America.

Lamborghini to enter WEC and IMSA in 2024 with new LMDh

Lamborghini will join the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2024 with a new LMDh prototype. 

McLaren penalty hands BMW a 1-2 in IMSA GTD at Mid-Ohio

The Inception Racing McLaren has been penalized after crossing the line first in the GT Daytona class in yesterday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: WTR heads Acura 1-2, Inception McLaren wins GTD

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque clinched victory for Wayne Taylor Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio, while Inception Racing’s McLaren passed two BMWs late in the race to clinch GTD honors.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Bourdais takes pole in Ganassi Cadillac

Sebastien Bourdais took pole position for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Mid-Ohio in his Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Bourdais fastest in second practice for Ganassi

Sebastien Bourdais produced the fastest time in the second practice session for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Mid-Ohio in his Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Albuquerque fastest in opening practice

Filipe Albuquerque produced the fastest time in the first practice session for this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Mid-Ohio in an Acura 1-2.

The prototype that Porsche hopes will become its latest legend

Porsche is well advanced in its return to the top level of sportscar racing in the new LMDh category. Its as-yet-unnamed car has been piling up the miles before its scheduled debut next year, with victories at Le Mans and Daytona the stated target.

From Vice to F1: The story of Miami's other grands prix

Formula 1 might be visiting a new venue in Miami this weekend but the city has plenty of motorsport history from a diverse range of categories over the years.

Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023
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Porsche to supply up to four customer LMDh prototypes in 2023

Porsche will make four LMDh prototypes available to customer teams to race against its Penske factory cars in the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Taylor/Albuquerque win after fierce Acura duel

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque won the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca after winning an intense duel with fellow Acura racers Oliver Jarvis and Tom Blomqvist.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Taylor takes pole with record run

Ricky Taylor and Oliver Jarvis delivered an Acura 1-2 in qualifying at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca with the Wayne Taylor Racing driver ducking into the 1min13secs to take pole by less than a tenth of a second.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Ricky Taylor tops FP2 for Acura

Ricky Taylor continued to set the pace in second practice for this weekend’s fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Taylor leads Acura 1-2 in first practice

Ricky Taylor set a brilliant flying lap in opening practice for this weekend’s fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca to lead the Prototype field.

Rockenfeller targets full-time IMSA seat for 2023

Mike Rockenfeller is targeting a full-time drive in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on the onset of the LMDh regulations in 2023, having left Audi’s factory stable to pursue a career in endurance racing.

Juncadella returns to WeatherTech Racing for Laguna Seca

Daniel Juncadella will team up with Cooper MacNeil for this weekend’s fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca.

Long Beach IMSA: Ganassi Cadillacs take 1-2, Aston, BMW also win

Sebastien Bourdais and Renger van der Zande led a 1-2 finish for Chip Ganassi Racing in the Long Beach round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, while Heart of Racing’s Aston Martin and Paul Miller Racing’s BMW clinched class victories.

Long Beach IMSA: Brilliant Bourdais takes record-breaking pole

Sebastien Bourdais led teammate Alex Lynn in a Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac 1-2 after delivering a lap that was around 1.9sec faster than the DPi lap record.

Long Beach IMSA: Ganassi hits the front in second practice

Chip Ganassi Racing scored a 1-2 in second practice for Saturday’s third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as Sebastien Bourdais’ Cadillac took charge.

Long Beach IMSA: Derani's AXR Cadillac leads Practice 1

Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R headed up opening practice on the streets of Long Beach ahead of tomorrow’s third round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. 

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach – the weekend schedule

The third rounds of 2022’s NTT IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are being held this weekend in Long Beach, CA. Here’s the schedule for all the on-track competition.

Marciello to race Long Beach in WeatherTech Mercedes

WeatherTech Racing has revealed that Raffaele Marciello will be Cooper MacNeil’s co-driver in this weekend’s round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Long Beach.

Taylor: ABS can challenge yet help Corvette at Long Beach

Corvette Racing ace Jordan Taylor says that maximizing the anti-lock brakes allowed on GT3 cars will make the Long Beach IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round a challenge, but says the system is also a great aid.

Albuquerque expects Acura’s Long Beach struggles to continue

Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ace Filipe Albuquerque believes the ARX-05’s inherent characteristics will continue to leave it at a disadvantage on street courses such as Long Beach.

WeatherTech switches from Porsche to Mercedes for rest of 2022

WeatherTech Racing has decided to race a Mercedes-AMG GT3 for the remainder of the 2022 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

How Wallace went from racing star to hypercar record-holder

One of the few drivers to win the 24 Hours of Le Mans and Daytona, as well as the Sebring 12 Hours, Andy Wallace has since gone on to become the fastest road car test driver on the planet.

Why The Ganassi Effect will prove crucial in IMSA’s DPi swansong

The Twelve Hours of Sebring proved that while Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac venture has success in sportscar racing’s LMDh era as its long-term goal, the team is still pushing the boundaries of the DPi-V.R – and that may well earn it the IMSA Prototype title in 2022. David Malsher-Lopez explains.

Reid: “We must encourage and invite” women of color to racing

Rod Reid, team principal for the Indy Lights team Force Indy, says that improving women of color’s exposure to motorsport is key to increasing their involvement in racing at a high level.

IndyCar, IMSA Detroit GP to again offer free entry on Friday

Comerica Bank will again sponsor Free Prix Day on Friday, June 3, at the Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix presented by Lear.

Risi Ferrari had winning Sebring potential, says Serra

Risi Competizione's Ferrari had the potential to win the GT Daytona Pro class in last weekend's Sebring 12 Hours without the team's costly power steering problem, believes Daniel Serra.

WTR Acura drivers bemoan "insane" lack of Sebring yellows

Wayne Taylor Racing Acura man Filipe Albuquerque has lamented the lack of full-course yellows in last weekend's Sebring 12 Hours, which he feels denied the team a shot at challenging the Cadillac contingent.

BMW convinced double podium was possible in Sebring 12 Hours

BMW believes both its new M4 GT3 cars had the pace to finish on the GTD Pro podium in the Sebring 12 Hours, only for cruel luck to deny it a headline result in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship SportsCar classic.

JDC-Miller Cadillac hobbled by cooling issue at Sebring

The JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac squad's bid to defend its Sebring 12 Hours win was blunted by a late cooling issue, Richard Westbrook has revealed.