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After Le Mans – A Lookback Brief

Now that a few weeks have passed since Le Mans and Porsche’s epic return, companies are beginning to turn out videos of their epic battle.  Here are a few videos highlighting each manufacturer’s point of view of how it went down.

First up, Porsche tells us about their return.

Now, Audi’s recollection of the race.

Finally, Toyota wants to share their thoughts.

As an encore, here is Michelin and Porsche’s “We Are Racers” take on Le Mans.

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Bathurst 12 Hour Delivers

This year’s Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour REALLY delivered. I mean REALLY delivered. These days more and more racing drivers and teams proclaim that endurance racing has become an all-out sprint race – well this recent showing of the annual Bathurst 12H was an absolute truth. From the start to very end – I’m talking tenths of a second – four top manufacturers battled it out. Simply amazing and by far the best racing to date. I was on the edge of my seat and could not take my eyes off the screen. For those hard core fans that thought last year’s race was a bore, let this year’s race reintroduce you to the excitement.

If you need a little pick me up from auto racing please enjoy Part 2 from the Bathurst 12H.

You will have to watch it on the livestream website (keep in mind we do not know how long this will be accessible online).  Bathurst 12 Hour Part two

For those that need a bit of motivation check out last year’s highlights. After this year’s performance it is going to be a race to watch in the years to come.

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Does This Excite You

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It is that time of year again! We are one day away from kicking off the North American Racing Series – IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship which begins Saturday, January 25 at 2:10 P.M. EST

The first race is the iconic Rolex 24 Hour Endurance race. This year 67 entries will be fighting for their chance to claim victory of this historic race in each of their respective classes. The entries even include the famous Nissan Deltawing – making its comeback race with totally revised outer shell. Additionally, making their highly anticipated debut is the Porsche all-new factory team partnered with CORE autosport running the 911 RSR “EVO”. Should you want to view the full list, click here: Entry List.

If you need some help understanding what teams you are seeing on screen please download this beauty – the spotters guide. Think of it as the definitive picture book of teams and cars for this event. Those wanting live timing throughout the race you will need to set your browser to: IMSA live timing. Finally if you need EVEN more information you can find IMSA’s handy twitter cheatsheet here: twitter handles.

The full tv broadcasting schedule is as follows; the downside is there will be NO radiolemans coverage during this race. Its such a sad day on that front.

1:30 PM-2 PM EST Pre-Race on FOX Sports 2
2 PM-4 PM EST on FOX (regular FOX network not their sports network)
4 PM -9 PM EST on FOX Sports 2 (may be in limited markets)
9 PM-7 AM EST on FOXSports.com/Motor
7 AM-3 PM EST on FOX Sports 1

And those race fans who want something a little more personal, Magnus Racing will be broadcasting live from their pit box during the entire 24h race all for your viewing pleasure. You can view their entire webcast live here: ustream.tv/liveatdaytona or from their website: Magnus Racing

The car that leads the rest of the field to the start will be the number 99 GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette; for the GT LeMans class (GTLM) will be the number 91 SRT Motorsports SRT Viper GTS-R. The full qualifying list is here – Results

We hope you’re looking forward to a great race; we have a feeling this will be good.

IMSA Group Photo 2photo credit: IMSA

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Never Give Up

That’s what Audi (Belgium team) said as they raced around the Belgium Track, Spa-Francorchamp in the FIA GT Series. This hour long beautifully piece together video highlights what it takes for a team to command four cars in a 24 hour race. It is probably one of the best “behind the scenes” type video this year (2013). Again – I really think this should be mandatory for teams to help highlight what goes in the word “team work”.

Don’t take our word for it – sit back, put the video in full screen, turn up the sound and take it all in.

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North America’s Automotive Racing Kick-off

It’s that time of year again – motorsports racing is set to begin. Just as we mentioned over the last couple of weeks the Dunlop 24H of Dubai signals the start of worldwide motorsports; here in the U.S. we have the Rolex 24 at Daytona (very important you get the name correct).

This year will mark the 51st running of the famed motorsports challenge. It also will be the last year that Grand-AM and ALMS will be running parallel as they plan to merge beginning in 2014. With the last round of rule changes fans can expect to see a new field of cars mixing it up for this year’s Grand-AM 24 hour race.

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Introducing the GX class; these classes of cars are modeled after the GT class of cars but are mixed with modern (forward looking) technologies. Grand-AM governing body has released a list of 13 models from 12 different manufacturers that are eligible, with the likes of: Lotus Evora GX, Porsche Cayman, Mazda with the Skyactiv-D turbo diesel, Audi TT, BMW 1 Series, Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus (four door), Hyundai Genesis, Subaru BRZ, Scion FR-S, Nissan 370Z or Altima, and Volkswagen EOS. [It’s important to note – not all cars will be showing in this year’s Daytona race.]

One new entry in the GX class is the Mazda6 running with a turbocharged SKYACTIV-D clean diesel engine that utilizes 63% stock parts in their race engine. Yes that’s right – a race engine that is mainly stock from the factory (which is part of the regulations).

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Another manufacturer joining the race this year is Porsche. Three teams will be running a modified Porsche Cayman to compete in the GX class along side the Mazda6. There has been little word on the types of modifications made to the Porsche, but as the series continues we are certain someone will break the silence.

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Here is an overview of the contenders for the GX class (credit to SpeedTV.com for putting out this new brief):

Napleton Racing (Porsche Cayman): the entry of David Donohue, Shane Lewis, Jim Norman and Nelson Canache is also one of the strongest in class. Look for this Porsche Cayman to be leading the way as it pursues victory in the class’s debut race.

SpeedSource (Mazda6): the No. 70 entry sees team principal Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito rejoined by James Hinchcliffe and Marino Franchitti, with the Visit Florida-backed No. 00 Mazda relying on the efforts of Mazda open-wheel graduates Joel Miller, Tristan Nunez, Spencer Pigot, Tristan Vaultier and endurance veteran Yojiro Terada.

BGB Motorsports (Porsche Cayman): lineup of Eric Foss, Ryan Eversley, Lee Davis, Jeff Mosing and John Teece may not be quite as strong, but it won’t really matter.

Freedom Autosport (Mazda6): running under the SpeedSource umbrella this weekend; with virtually no running time prior to the race, getting to the finish would be the goal for drivers Tom Long, Andrew Carbonell, Rhet O’Doski and Derek Whitis.

Bullet Racing (Porsche Cayman): A late addition to the GX ranks, the Canadian effort could be contenders with its Cayman as well;  Bimmerworld’s James Clay and Seth Thomas team up with Karl Thomson, Daniel Rogers and endurance veteran Darryl O’Young in the No. 22 entry.

Before the race it’s best to understand a little more of what happened last year. Continental Tire has put together a 45 minute race recap of the 50th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona which can be seen through this link – Grand-AM TV.

For those watching from home:  SPEED channel will feature 15 hours of coverage of the Rolex 24 at Daytona starting 3-11 p.m. EST on Saturday and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Sunday (check local listings for confirmation).

In addition, SPEED.com will carry overnight coverage (11 p.m.-9 a.m.) utilizing rooftop and in-car cameras plus the radio call from MRN’s Mike Bagley, Jeff Striegle, Kyle Rickey and Buddy Long. MRN is devoting 25 hours of live coverage to the event anchored by Eli Gold and Preston Root.

Live timing: Grand-AM Timing and Scoring

We hope you enjoy the race as much as we will! Let another year of racing begin!

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Dunlop 24H Dubai 2013

Kick of the New Year on the right foot of racing by enjoying this race online.

Timed slightly sooner than the Grand-AM Rolex 24 at Daytona, the Dunlop 24H Dubai 2013 endurance race initiates the racing season with an endurance race in the hot humid weather of Dubai. What’s new for this year is there has been a huge increase of AMLS, Touring and Formula 1 drivers recruited by teams to assist in tackling this race. It’s a genuine mix of amateur and professional racers coming together to provide fans a race worth talking about.  In its eight edition, this race introduces 85 cars with 300 drivers from 40 nationalities.

To help bring you up to speed, you can enjoy the online 24H Dubai 2013 magazine, which gives you in-depth interviews with teams, drivers and coverage of the track.

If you’re a race fanatic and were bored to death during the winter break be sure to set your alarms to catch the start of the race online! The series will be broadcast via youtube live on the 24Hseries website – Live Stream of race in its entirety.

For live timing – click here

For live radio listening (even while you’re at work) – Radiolemans 

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In case you were wanted to know what you missed during last year’s race check out the 52 minute highlight review!

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2011 Spa 24 Hours

Need we say more? And better yet, due to the wonders of the internet you have the chance to watch the entire race through youtube.com. It is by far one of the greatest races on the Earth and must be experienced in person. Until you have the chance to, we will have it here.

Part 1 of 8

2,  3,  4,  5,  6,  7,  8 are also here.

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