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Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special" Detroit
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Magnussen: Ending eight-year win drought "really special"

Formula 1 outcast Kevin Magnussen says ending an eight-year winless run in Saturday's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round in Detroit feels "really special".

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen, van der Zande win in Ganassi Cadillac

Chip Ganassi Racing scored a second high-profile win at Detroit within just a few hours, as Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande delivered a brilliant IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship triumph in their Cadillac.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen beats Tincknell to pole by 0.021s

Kevin Magnussen earned his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position for the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac team in Detroit, edging the Mazda of Harry Tincknell when a red flag ended the session early.

Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2 Detroit
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Detroit IMSA: Magnussen heads Cadillac 1-2-3 in FP2

Kevin Magnussen put Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac on top with his final flyer in IMSA’s 100-minute second practice session around Detroit's bumpy Belle Isle course.

BMW plans to race new LMDh car in IMSA with works team

BMW will campaign its new LMDh Le Mans prototype in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship in 2023 with a two-car factory team.

Detroit IMSA: Vautier puts JDC-Miller Cadillac on top in FP1

Tristan Vautier sent the Sebring-winning JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac to the top of the times in opening practice for tomorrow’s IMSA Detroit SportsCar Classic at Belle Isle.

BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023
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BMW to make top-flight sportscar racing return in 2023

BMW will make a return to top-flight sportscar racing after an absence of more than 20 years in the new LMDh prototype category in 2023.

GM will reveal sportscar programs for 2023 “soon”

General Motors’ plans for Prototypes and GT3 from 2023 onward will be revealed soon, according to Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM’s sportscar racing program manager.

Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race Detroit
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Veach tests positive for COVID, will miss IMSA Detroit race

Zach Veach will be absent from the Vasser Sullivan Lexus this weekend at Detroit, after testing positive for COVID-19.

IMSA reveals GTD Pro class regulations for 2022

IMSA has revealed the technical and sporting regulations for its new-for-2022 GTD Pro class, which replaces the GTLM category next year.

Special edition Corvette Stingray commemorates IMSA glory

Chevrolet has revealed the 2022 Corvette Stingray IMSA GTLM Championship Edition to celebrate the car’s dominance in its first season in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Racing Team Nederland: "No decision on IMSA future"

Dutch LMP2 squad Racing Team Nederland says it remains interested in a future presence in the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship, but has denied reports an American campaign is a done deal.

Marco Andretti to make IMSA debut with family team

Marco Andretti will make his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut later this month as he teams up with cousin Jarett for the Sahlen's Six Hours of Watkins Glen.

IndyCar and IMSA Chevrolet Detroit GP – weekend schedule

The seventh and eighth rounds of the NTT IndyCar Series and fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship are held this weekend at Belle Isle, Detroit. Here’s the schedule.

IndyCar and IMSA paddocks to reopen to Detroit fans

Fans at the Detroit Grand Prix will have access to the Detroit Grand Prix next month, as restrictions at outdoor venues in Michigan ease on June 1.

Duval set to miss Portimao WEC due to IMSA clash

Loic Duval is set to miss next month's second round of the FIA World Endurance Championship at Portimao owing to a clash with his IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship commitments.

Porsche, Audi partner with Multimatic for LMDh chassis

Porsche and Audi will both build their LMDh cars around a Multimatic LMP2 chassis when the brands make their return to top-flight sportscar racing, including the Le Mans 24 Hours, in 2023.

Nasr says AXR's fuel-saving strategy was "too extreme"

Felipe Nasr says his Action Express Racing Cadillac team's fuel-saving strategy was "a little too extreme" after losing out to the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura in Sunday's Mid-Ohio IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race.

IMSA Mid-Ohio: WTR Acura wins fuel-save nail-biter Mid-Ohio
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IMSA Mid-Ohio: WTR Acura wins fuel-save nail-biter

Ricky Taylor in the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura held off Felipe Nasr’s Action Express Racing Cadillac as the pair eked out their fuel in a thrilling conclusion to Mid-Ohio’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Tincknell takes shock pole for Mazda

Mazda’s Harry Tincknell set pole position for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round at Mid-Ohio, ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Filipe Albuquerque.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Cameron tops second practice in MSR Acura

The Meyer Shank Racing Acura of Dane Cameron set a last-gasp fastest time in the second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship free practice at Mid-Ohio, ahead of Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani.

Mid-Ohio IMSA: Derani leads first practice in AXR Cadillac Mid-Ohio
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Mid-Ohio IMSA: Derani leads first practice in AXR Cadillac

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani left it late to top the opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship free practice at Mid-Ohio, ahead of the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Ricky Taylor.

Askew joins Andretti Autosport’s LMP3 team for Mid-Ohio

Andretti Autosport has announced it will be moving its LMP3 entry from the IMSA Prototype Challenge to the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with Oliver Askew joining Jarett Andretti at Mid-Ohio.

Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport
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Wickens still aims to return to “elite level” of motorsport

Robert Wickens says he’s still targeting a return to a top-rank racing series, and feels his injuries are costing him years at his prime.

Wickens back in racecar, drives BHA Hyundai at Mid-Ohio
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Wickens back in racecar, drives BHA Hyundai at Mid-Ohio

Robert Wickens, who is fighting back from a spinal injury following his IndyCar crash at Pocono in 2018, returned to a racecar for the first time today, testing a Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster TCR car at Mid-Ohio.

Porsche, Penske unite to run new LMDh prototype in WEC, IMSA
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Porsche, Penske unite to run new LMDh prototype in WEC, IMSA

Penske will mastermind Porsche's factory return to top-line sportscar racing with a new LMDh prototype in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship from 2023.

Corvette star Gavin to retire from racing after Spa WEC
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Corvette star Gavin to retire from racing after Spa WEC

Five-time Le Mans 24 Hours class winner Oliver Gavin will retire from the cockpit after this weekend's opening round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship season at Spa. 

Audi to offer LMDh to customer WEC and IMSA teams in '23

Customer squads will be able to run Audi's LMDh prototype when the marque returns to the top flight of endurance racing in 2023, with testing planned to begin next year.

Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man
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Remembering Michele Alboreto: F1 ace, Le Mans winner and good man

In a rancid 2001 season that lost us the great Dale Earnhardt in February and sportscar legend Bob Wollek in March, Michele Alboreto perished in an accident in April. David Malsher-Lopez pays tribute to the Formula 1 ace and Le Mans 24 Hours winner.

Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race, Canadian round canceled

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race twice at Watkins Glen in the space of six days, following the cancelation of the round at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy Prime

Why a Mazda IMSA Prototype title would bring bitter joy

Can Mazda win this year’s IMSA Prototype championship? Undoubtedly. But it will be the culmination of an achingly hard struggle, after which the brand has decided to quit. David Malsher-Lopez tells the story of a bizarre blend of heartache and positivity.

IMSA rejoins IndyCar for Detroit GP weekend

This year’s Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix will be held over a single three-day weekend, reversing the previous plan to hold the IMSA event a week earlier.

Rahal “can’t blame anybody” for BMW clash with Corvette

BMW IMSA boss Bobby Rahal has defended his driver Connor De Phillippi for an attempted pass on the leading Corvette in the Sebring 12 Hours that resulted in contact – and a GTLM class win for Porsche.

Pfaff helps Porsche to 100 wins in Twelve Hours of Sebring

Canada’s Pfaff Motorsports not only won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring at its second attempt, it also ensured Porsche scored its 100th class victory in the event.

Damaged WTR Acura 'couldn't fight with fair tools'

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura didn't have the "fair tools" needed to fight for its second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win of the season at Sebring due to damage, according to Filipe Albuquerque.

Action Express "dug our own hole" at Sebring, admits Nasr

Felipe Nasr admits that Action Express Racing can only blame itself for a disastrous retirement in the Sebring 12 Hours following costly on-track incidents for both himself and Pipo Derani.

Jaminet on Corvette/BMW clash: "I could see it coming"

Porsche driver Mathieu Jaminet says he could predict the late clash between the leading Corvette and BMW cars that handed WeatherTech Racing an underdog victory in the Sebring 12 Hours' GT Le Mans battle.

Bourdais reveals late scare on way to Sebring victory

Sebastien Bourdais says he was surprised he was able to hang on to claim victory for JDC-Miller MotorSports in the closing stages of the Sebring 12 Hours after the #5 Cadillac suffered rear wing damage.

Sebring 12H: Bourdais, Duval, Vautier win in JDC-Miller Cadillac

A bizarre final couple of hours at Sebring saw the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac of Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais clinch an amazing victory ahead of defending race-winner Mazda.

Sebring 12H Hour 9: Mazda locked in battle with Ganassi Cadillac

The defending Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring winners Mazda Motorsports is leading the 69th edition of the race but was only just staving off Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac when the race went under a sixth caution.

Sebring 12H Hour 6: Ganassi Cadillac leads Mazda at halfway

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Renger van der Zande is leading Oliver Jarvis in the Mazda RT24-P at the halfway stage of the the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sebring 12H Hour 3: WTR leads Ganassi, Corvette heads GTLM

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura driven by Filipe Albuquerque leads the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring ahead of Scott Dixon in the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac, while Corvette tops GTLM.

Van der Zande slams Derani over Sebring clash: “He’s just too wild”

Renger van der Zande has hit out at IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rival Pipo Derani after their early clash in the Sebring 12 Hours, claiming he’s “just too wild” following his latest on-track incident.

Jimmie Johnson explains early Sebring 12H crash

Seven-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson has explained the error that led to him requiring emergency service in the opening minutes of the Sebring 12 Hours.

Sebring 12H is underway, van der Zande leads for Ganassi

The 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, is underway, and Renger van der Zande has sent the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac into the lead.

Sebring 12 Hours: The full grid line-up in pictures

The 69th running of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring is the second round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Here is the full 37-car line-up.

Qualifying with GTD “stressful” says GTLM pole winner Garcia

Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia, who earned GT Le Mans class pole for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, says the new rules regarding qualifying make it hard to find a clear lap.

Sebring 12H: Derani takes pole, teammate Johnson crashes

Three-time winner of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Pipo Derani took pole position for Action Express Racing, but the session was brought to an early halt when Jimmie Johnson crashed the second AXR Cadillac.

Sebring 12H: Derani continues AXR domination in night practice

Pipo Derani’s Action Express Racing Cadillac turned the fastest lap of the 90min dusk-to-night practice for the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Corvette C8.R “pretty tough, handles bumps well”, says Tandy

Nick Tandy is positive that the natural traits of Corvette Racing’s C8.Rs make them strong GT Le Mans class contenders in this weekend’s 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Sebring 12H: Nasr keeps AXR Cadillac on top in FP2

Felipe Nasr moved the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac to the top of the times in second practice for the 12 Hours of Sebring, usurping a late flyer from JDC Miller Motorsports’ Loic Duval.

Sebring 12H: Conway heads Cadillac 1-2 in first practice

Mike Conway sent the #31 Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R to the top of the times in opening practice for the 69th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, heading Chip Ganassi Racing’s similar machine.

Corvette to run special liveries for Sebring 12 Hours

Corvette Racing has unveiled a pair of one-off liveries for the Sebring 12 Hours, deviating from its traditional yellow for this weekend's IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classic.

WTR drivers impressed by Acura, but wary of Cadillac threat

Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona winners Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque of Wayne Taylor Racing are impressed with the Acura ARX-05 at Sebring, but suggested the track still favors the Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Van der Zande seeks first Sebring win, Derani his fourth

The drivers in Cadillac’s armada go into Saturday’s Twelve Hours of Sebring knowing the DPi-V.R has the pace and reliability to win, yet has lost the last two IMSA enduros.

Tandy hopes to “bring magic”, earn Corvette its 12th 12hr win

Nick Tandy, who has won the last three Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring for Porsche, says he’s hoping to deliver Corvette Racing its 12th win in the legendary event.

Hardwick to sit out Sebring as he continues recuperation

Wright Motorsports’ Ryan Hardwick has elected to stand down from the team for the Sebring 12 Hours as he continues his recuperation following a couple of hard crashes at Daytona in January.

Rolex 24 winners seek ideal “trade-off” over Sebring bumps

Riley Motorsports’ LMP3 class winners from the Rolex 24 Hours expect a typically torrid ride in the Sebring 12 Hours, but believe testing provided the setup direction they need to shine again.

Porsche ace Jaminet savoring “old-school” Sebring

Mathieu Jaminet, Porsche factory driver, said he loves the demanding nature of Sebring, as he looks ahead to his return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship this weekend.

Motivation high at Mazda despite program’s demise

Mazda Motorsports drivers Oliver Jarvis, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito say there’s been no loss of focus despite the recent announcement that the marque's IMSA program is coming to an end.