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Watkins Glen gains extra IMSA race as Canadian round is cancelled

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

Rahal “can’t blame anybody” for BMW Sebring 12H clash with Corvette

BMW IMSA boss Bobby Rahal has defended Connor De Phillippi's attempted pass on the leading #3 Corvette in the Sebring 12 Hours that resulted in contact between the two.

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault Plus

The groundbreaking new boss leading GM's sportscar assault

After taking over Corvette Racing from long-time custodian Doug Fehan, 34-year-old Laura Wontrop Klauser is leading General Motors through a transitional phase in sportscar racing. Here’s how she got into her dream role and what she plans to do with it

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

Tristan Vautier, Loic Duval and Sebastien Bourdais clinched an amazing Sebring 12 Hours victory for the JDC-Miller team, coming from a lap down to beat defending race-winner Mazda.

Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac leads Sebring 12H after six hours

Chip Ganassi Racing led the Sebring 12 Hours at the halfway stage, with Renger van der Zande behind the wheel of the Cadillac DPi-V.R being pursued by Oliver Jarvis' Mazda.

Van der Zande slams "too wild" Derani after Sebring 12H clash

Renger van der Zande has criticised IMSA SportsCar Championship rival Pipo Derani for being "too wild" following their early clash in the Sebring 12 Hours.

Sebring 12H: Derani takes pole, team-mate Johnson crashes

Three-time Sebring 12 Hours winner Pipo Derani took pole for Action Express Racing for the 2021 race, but the session ended early when Jimmie Johnson crashed the second AXR Cadillac.

Tandy: New Corvette C8.R "tough", good on Sebring bumps

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 Sebring 12 Hours.

Cadillac: IMSA LMDh rules have “caught our attention”

General Motors’ new sportscar racing programme manager Laura Wontrop Klauser says that the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new LMDh era has "caught our attention" as it evaluates Cadillac's future in motorsport

Mazda to end IMSA DPi programme after 2021, Le Mans return unlikely

Mazda will not continue its participation in the IMSA SportsCar Championship beyond this season and appears unlikely to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours for the new LMDh era

Bereaved Garcia crying with "emotion and rage" after Daytona 24 win

Daytona 24 Hours class winner Antonio Garcia says he was left crying from "emotion and rage" after personal bereavements and missing the victory celebrations due to a positive COVID-19 test

WTR's Daytona 24 win "important" to show it can succeed without GM

Wayne Taylor Racing says winning the Daytona 24 Hours was important to show it could succeed without long-time partner GM, admitting he was "getting bored" of his previous alliance

Mazda rear wing issue cost it victory shot at Daytona 24 Hours

Mazda lost a shot at victory in last weekend's Daytona 24 Hours with a rear wing issue that robbed its solo entry of downforce in the closing stages

Taylor sad Garcia missed Daytona celebrations after positive COVID test

Jordan Taylor says a Daytona 24 Hours class victory was made bittersweet after his team-mate Antonio Garcia tested positive for COVID-19 and had to leave the event early

Van der Zande reflects on agonising Daytona 24 Hours loss

Renger van der Zande says Chip Ganassi Racing deserved better than fifth place in the Daytona 24 Hours after a puncture in the closing minutes dashed hopes of victory

Elliott and Johnson vow to return to Daytona 24 Hours

Reigning NASCAR champion Chase Elliott and seven-time title-winner Jimmie Johnson have both aired their hopes to return to the Daytona 24 Hours, following their participation in this weekend's event

Daytona 24 Hours: Albuquerque drove "race of my life" to hold lead

Wayne Taylor Racing's Filipe Albuquerque drove the "race of my life" to keep ahead of Renger van der Zande in the closing stages of the Daytona 24 Hours

Daytona 24 Hours: WTR clinches victory as late puncture ends Ganassi hopes

The #10 Wayne Taylor Racing team secured its fourth Daytona 24 Hours victory in five years, after the pursuing Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac blew a tyre with seven minutes to go

Daytona 24 Hours: WTR Acura holds lead over AXR Cadillac after hour 21

Wayne Taylor Racing held a 12s lead with three hours remaining in the Daytona 24 Hours over the #48 Action Express Cadillac, while Chip Ganassi Racing endured a drive-through penalty

Daytona 24 Hours: Whelen AXR Cadillac loses win chance with gearbox issue

The pole-winning Whelen Engineering Action Express Racing Cadillac has been knocked out of contention from the Daytona 24 Hours lead fight after suffering a failure in its gearbox

Daytona 24 Hours: WTR Acura ahead of Ganassi after 18 hours

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura led the Daytona 24 Hours with six hours to go, with Alexander Rossi ahead of Kevin Magnussen's Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac after 18 hours

Daytona 24 Hours: Ganassi leads from Meyer Shank after hour 15

The Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac led the Daytona 24 Hours with nine hours remaining, taking advantage of a caution period to take the lead away from the Wayne Taylor Racing Acura

Daytona 24 Hours: Albuquerque holds lead for WTR at half distance

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura held a narrow advantage at the halfway point of the Daytona 24 Hours, with Filipe Albuquerque fractionally clear of Mike Rockenfeller's Action Express Racing Cadillac

Daytona 24 Hours: AXR's Johnson leads van der Zande after hour 9

Jimmie Johnson's Action Express Racing Cadillac led the Rolex 24 at Daytona after nine hours, but under intense pressure from the Chip Ganassi Racing machine of Renger van der Zande

Daytona 24 Hours: Vautier leads for JDC Miller after three hours

Tristan Vautier in the JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac is leading the Daytona 24 Hours after three hours, while Corvette runs 1-2 in the GT Le Mans class

Spengler refutes blame for "weird" Daytona 24 Hours start crash

BMW Team RLL driver Bruno Spengler has refuted the blame for the bizarre 2021 Daytona 24 Hours startline crash for which he was penalised by the stewards

Cameron predicts "wild" Daytona 24H with LMP3 addition to grid

IMSA SportsCar Championship title winner Dane Cameron is predicting this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours series opener will be a "wild one"

Remembering the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours: Jaguar's dominant 1-2

Jaguar took a dominant 1-2 in the 1990 Daytona 24 Hours as its IMSA GTP rivals crumbled. TOM HOWARD revisits the Big Cats' triumph, with a little help from Andy Wallace and Martin Brundle

Daytona 24 Hours: Duval leads final practice from F1 exile Magnussen

Loic Duval's JDC-Miller Motorsports Cadillac edged to the top of the times by 0.012 seconds in final practice for the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Daytona 24 Hours

Chip Ganassi Racing targets Le Mans 24 Hours return in LMDh era

Chip Ganassi Racing has ambitions to return to the Le Mans 24 Hours and bid for outright victory when the new LMDh category comes on stream

Le Mans winner Guy Smith makes Sebring return with United Autosports

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Guy Smith will return to the Sebring 12 Hours for the first time since 2013 with the United Autosports squad in March

Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours Plus

Nine things to look out for at the 2021 Daytona 24 Hours

After a 100-minute sprint race to whet the appetite, the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship gets underway properly this weekend. With plenty of significant changes during the winter, here are the key points you need to keep an eye on

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars Plus

Why Magnussen is relishing a fresh start in sportscars

Having gone over seven years without a race win through spells with McLaren, Renault and Haas, Kevin Magnussen's departure from Formula 1 for IMSA with big-hitter Chip Ganassi Racing could give him what he craves most - a chance of success

Mazda "in strong place" for maiden Daytona 24 Hours win - Tincknell

Mazda driver Harry Tincknell believes that the Japanese marque is "in a strong place" in its bid for a first win in the Daytona 24 Hours this weekend

Daytona 24 Hours: Allmendinger beats Dixon to head second practice

Meyer Shank's AJ Allmendinger headed second practice for the Daytona 24 Hours by more than a quarter of a second, beating Chip Ganassi Racing charge Scott Dixon to top spot

GTD Pro for GT3 cars to replace IMSA’s GT Le Mans class in 2022

The GT Le Mans class in the IMSA SportsCar Championship will come to a close at the end of 2021, as the series switches to two GT3-based series

Daytona 24 Hours: Van der Zande leads tight first practice for Chip Ganassi

Renger van der Zande has topped the times for Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac in the opening practice session ahead of this weekend's Daytona 24 Hours

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights Plus

Oliver Gavin's Corvette Racing highlights

Oliver Gavin has stepped down from the full-time Corvette Racing line-up after a stellar career with the team spanning nearly 20 years. He looks back on a stint that encompassed, among other successes, five Le Mans 24 Hours victories

Magnussen enjoying Cadillac IMSA car after "easy to drive" F1 machinery

Ex-Formula 1 driver Kevin Magnussen says challenging for wins in the IMSA SportsCar Championship has taken him back to "the things that got me excited about being a race driver."

Jarvis hopeful of Mazda LMDh IMSA commitment

Oliver Jarvis says he wants reassurances that Mazda still plans to be a part of the IMSA SportsCar Championship when the LMDh rules take effect in 2023

Kobayashi: Johnson has made "big step" in adapting to IMSA prototype

Kamui Kobayashi says seven-time NASCAR Cup champion Jimmie Johnson has "made a big step" adapting to the IMSA Prototype class and expects further progress next week

Daytona 24: Nasr/Derani overcome grid penalty to win qualifying race

Overcoming a grid penalty for being underweight, Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani landed pole for next weekend's IMSA SportsCar Daytona 24 Hours at Daytona in their Action Express Cadillac

Corvette drivers wary of LMP3 impact on GTLM fight at Daytona 24

Corvette Racing's Nick Tandy and Jordan Taylor are wary of how LMP3 could affect the GTLM fight at the IMSA Daytona 24 Hours as both classes have similar pace

Jarvis inherits IMSA Daytona 24 qualifying race pole after Nasr excluded

Mazda driver Oliver Jarvis has inherited pole position for the Daytona 24 Hours qualifying race on Sunday after Felipe Nasr's Cadillac was excluded from qualifying

Daytona 24 Hours: Nasr secures Action Express pole for Roar qualifying race

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr has secured pole for Action Express Racing for the Daytona 24 Hours Roar qualifying race

Daytona 24 Hours: Vautier fastest in third Roar practice for JDC-Miller

Tristan Vautier has topped third practice for the Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway in JDC-Miller Motorsports' Cadillac DPi-V.R

Daytona 24 Hours: Racing Nederland overcomes travel chaos on first test day

Racing Team Nederland didn't turn a lap in opening practice for the Daytona 24 Roar test due to travel and shipping disruption but rebounded to top the LMP2 class

Daytona 24 Hours: Pagenaud leads Friday practice for Action Express at Roar

Simon Pagenaud produced the fastest lap as the Action Express Racing Cadillac squad topped the times on Friday at the official Roar test ahead the Daytona 24 Hours next weekend

Van der Zande: "Steep learning curve" for Ganassi on IMSA return

Renger van der Zande admits that Chip Ganassi Racing faces a "steep learning curve" on its return to the IMSA SportsCar Championship at this month's season-opening Daytona 24 Hours

WTR boss laments 'chaotic' build-up to Acura debut at Daytona 24H

Wayne Taylor says his eponymous team's preparations for the IMSA SportsCar Championship season-opening Daytona 24 Hours have been "complete chaos", as the prolonged 2020 campaign delayed its switch to Acura

Legge makes race return after injury at Daytona 24 Hours in Porsche

Former IndyCar and Formula E driver Katherine Legge will return to racing at this month's Daytona 24 Hours after recovering from injuries sustained in a testing crash last year

BMW announces reduced 2021 IMSA programme

BMW has announced it will only compete in the four endurance rounds of the 2021 IMSA SportsCar Championship, leaving just three full-time entries in the depleted GTLM class

Duval "feels like a rookie" ahead of first full-time IMSA campaign

Former Audi LMP1 and DTM driver Loic Duval says he "feels like a rookie" ahead of his first full-time campaign in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac team

Tandy: Corvette IMSA package "slightly more stable" than "edgy" Porsche

Long-time Porsche ace Nick Tandy says he has been pleasantly surprised by the Corvette C8.R's handling traits following his transition to the Corvette Racing squad

Former Corvette ace Gavin joins Vasser-Sullivan for Daytona 24 Hours

Oliver Gavin will make his first IMSA SportsCar Championship start since leaving the factory Corvette Racing lineup when he joins Vasser Sullivan Racing for the Daytona 24 Hours

Elliott aiming to "not mess up" team's chances on Daytona 24 debut

Reigning NASCAR Cup champion Chase Elliott says his biggest priority on his first Daytona 24 Hours start is to not ruin the chances of his Action Express Racing team-mates

Robert Kubica set for Daytona 24 Hours prototype debut in LMP2

Formula 1 race winner Robert Kubica will make his first start aboard a prototype in this month's Daytona 24 Hours with the High Class LMP2 squad

Veach joins Vasser Sullivan Racing for IMSA campaign

Ex-IndyCar driver Zach Veach will compete in the IMSA SportsCar Championship this season alongside Frankie Montecalvo for Vasser Sullivan Racing

DragonSpeed signs two-time Nurburgring 24H winner Mies for Daytona

Two-time Nurburgring 24 Hours winner Christopher Mies will make his prototype debut in this month's Daytona 24 Hours with the DragonSpeed LMP2 squad

NASCAR Cup racer Dillon to make IMSA debut in 2021 Daytona 24 Hours

NASCAR Cup racer Austin Dillon will make his IMSA SportsCar Championship debut in January in a Ligier run by Eurasia Motorsport and Rick Ware Racing at the Daytona 24 Hours