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Nurburgring expert Pittard becomes Aston Martin factory GT racer

Nurburgring Long-distance Series title winner David Pittard has become an Aston Martin Racing factory driver for 2022.

Daytona 24H: Taylor beats Westbrook in frantic race for pole

The Wayne Taylor Racing Acura ARX-05 will start the Daytona 24 Hours from pole, after Ricky Taylor fended off Richard Westbrook’s JDC Miller MotorSports Cadillac as the pair made contact on the final lap of the 100-minute qualifying race.

Daytona 24H: Vautier takes pole for qualifying race

JDC-Miller's Tristan Vautier scored pole in a curtailed qualifying session for tomorrow’s Daytona 24 Hours qualifying race, as fellow Cadillac driver Renger van der Zande crashed trying to beat him.

Daytona 24H: Albuquerque, Blomqvist and Taylor headline opening practice sessions

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Acura ARX-05 emerged top in third practice for the Daytona 24 Hours thanks to Filipe Albuquerque, in a session interrupted by four red flags and drizzle.

Ex-Porsche boss Zurlinden joins key LMDh supplier Multimatic

Former Porsche factory motorsport chief Pascal Zurlinden has joined Multimatic, taking on the role of director of performance engineering in the company's Special Vehicle Operations division.

Wickens targeting race wins on racing return with Hyundai

Robert Wickens is “aiming big” on his return to racing, three years after the IndyCar crash that left him with a spinal injury that curtailed his topline open-wheel career.

How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories Plus

How Derani's long road to title success exorcised painful memories

It took Pipo Derani no time at all to establish himself as a winner in IMSA, winning the Daytona 24 Hours and Sebring 12 Hours on his first two starts in 2016. But it took until the final corner of the 2021 season before he could become its champion, the culmination of a journey that he believes has made him a better driver

Wickens to make racing comeback in Hyundai TCR car

More than three years after a devastating IndyCar accident, Robert Wickens will return to race action with Bryan Herta Autosport and Hyundai in IMSA’s Michelin Pilot Challenge.

New Porsche LMDh prototype makes test debut

The new Porsche LMDh prototype that will join the World Endurance Championship and the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2023 has hit the track for the first time.

WEC champions Pier Guidi and Calado lead Risi GTD Pro lineup at Daytona

Ferrari's World Endurance Championship GTE Pro title-winners Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado will contest this month's Daytona 24 Hours with Risi Competizione in the GTD Pro class.

Yelloly and van der Linde join BMW's IMSA GTD Pro lineup at Daytona

BMW factory drivers Nick Yelloly and Sheldon van der Linde will join the German manufacturer's IMSA SportsCar Championship GTD Pro squad for this month's Daytona 24 Hours. 

WeatherTech/Proton adds second Mercedes to Daytona 24H line-up

Proton Competition will run two Mercedes AMG GT3s in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's 24 Hours of Daytona, driven by NASCAR Cup's Austin Cindric and former Ford factory driver Dirk Muller.

Optimum enters full IMSA season with McLaren in GTD

The 2018 British GT championship-winning Optimum Motorsport outfit will enter the full IMSA SportsCar Championship under the Inception Racing banner, with a solo McLaren 720S GT3 in the GTD class.

Deletraz joins Tower LMP2 team for 2022 IMSA season

European Le Mans Series champion Louis Deletraz will contest the IMSA SportsCar Championship this year with the Tower Motorsports LMP2 squad.

IndyCar champion Palou to make IMSA debut with Ganassi at Daytona

Reigning IndyCar champion Alex Palou will make his IMSA SportsCar Championship debut with Chip Ganassi Racing later this month at the Daytona 24 Hours in the team's expanded two-car lineup.

KCMG set for Daytona 24 Hours debut with Porsche factory support

The Le Mans-winning KCMG team will make its Daytona 24 Hours debut this month with a factory-supported Porsche in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new GT Daytona Pro class.

Meyer Shank Racing announces Pagenaud for Daytona 24 Hours
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Meyer Shank Racing announces Pagenaud for Daytona 24 Hours

2016 IndyCar champion and 2019 Indy 500 winner Simon Pagenaud will be the fourth driver for Meyer Shank Racing's Acura ARX-05 in this month's Daytona 24 Hours.

Johnson to return to IMSA enduros in AXR Cadillac

Jimmie Johnson will be returning to the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2022 with a revised driver line-up in the #48 Ally-backed Cadillac DPi-V.R.

Aston Martin joins IMSA GTD Pro field with Heart of Racing

Aston Martin has become the latest manufacturer to commit to the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new-for-2022 GTD Pro class, which replaces the dwindling GTLM class as the series' top GT division.

Herta predicts "relaxed" atmosphere teaming up with O'Ward at Daytona

Colton Herta says he's relishing the prospect of partnering IndyCar rival Pato O’Ward for next month's Daytona 24 Hours, and predicts the atmosphere will be "relaxed" at their Dragonspeed squad.

O'Ward and Herta headline DragonSpeed entry for Daytona 24

IndyCar race winners Pato O’Ward and Colton Herta will headline DragonSpeed's ORECA LMP2 entry in next month's Daytona 24 Hours in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

Muller added to High Class LMP2 line-up for Daytona 24

Audi factory driver Nico Muller has been added to the High Class Racing LMP2 squad's line-up for next month's IMSA SportsCar Championship Daytona 24 Hours.

Ex-F1 driver Nasr heads Porsche's LMDh charge for 2023

Ex-Formula 1 driver Felipe Nasr and American Dane Cameron have been announced as the first drivers for Porsche's new LMDh contender due to begin racing in 2023.

DTM champion Rast reunites with G-Drive Racing for Daytona 24

Three-time DTM champion Rene Rast will return to prototype competition at the 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship season-opener next month, leading G-Drive Racing by APR's Daytona 24 Hours driver line-up.

Stevens confident he can help WTR find continued IMSA success

Will Stevens believes he’s fitted in well with Wayne Taylor Racing and can help the team’s efforts in the classic endurance races in the IMSA SportsCar Championship next year.

Will Stevens joins Wayne Taylor Racing for IMSA enduros

Ex-Formula 1 driver Will Stevens will team with Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque for the four IMSA SportsCar Championship endurance races in 2022 aboard Wayne Taylor Racing's Acura ARX-05.

Juan Pablo Montoya teams up with son Sebastian for Sebring 12 Hours

Seven-time Formula 1 race winner Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with son Sebastian in the Sebring 12 Hours round of the IMSA SportsCar Championship in March.

Westbrook joins Vautier at JDC-Miller, Duval set for IMSA enduros

IMSA returnee Richard Westbrook will partner with Tristan Vautier in JDC-Miller's 2022 IMSA Sportscar Championship campaign.

Sorensen joins Corvette Racing for Daytona 24 Hours IMSA opener

Two-time World Endurance Championship title winner Marco Sorensen will join Corvette Racing for the Daytona 24 Hours IMSA SportsCar Championship opener next month.

Acura confirms ORECA collaboration for LMDh effort

Acura's new LMDh prototype for 2023 will be developed in conjunction with French constructor ORECA, the Honda brand has confirmed.

Barnicoat joins Lexus line-up for 2022 IMSA GTD Pro class

Former McLaren factory GT driver Ben Barnicoat has joined Vasser Sullivan to campaign its Lexus RC F in the IMSA SportsCar Championship's new GTD Pro class next year.

Racing Team Nederland makes switch to IMSA SportsCar Championship

The Racing Team Nederland prototype squad will switch to the IMSA SportsCar Championship next season after taking title honours in this year's World Endurance Championship.

G-Drive set for full-time WEC return and Daytona 24 Hours entry in 2022

Former World Endurance Championship title winner G-Drive Racing will make a full-time return to the series in 2022 after an absence of three seasons.

Ferrari appoints ORECA to build next-gen GT3 car

Ferrari is teaming up with French motorsport organisation ORECA for its forthcoming next-generation GT3 contender scheduled to start racing in 2023.

Newgarden: 2023 downtown Detroit layout is “fantastic for racing”

Josef Newgarden says the new IndyCar/IMSA street course for downtown Detroit will be a hit for race fans as well as local businesses given the layout.

Jani explores other LMDh options while Porsche deal unsigned

Le Mans 24 Hours winner Neel Jani has revealed he has yet to conclude a new contract with Porsche and is talking to other manufacturers about the new LMDh category. 

Blomqvist returns to IMSA in 2022 with Meyer Shank Acura

Tom Blomqvist will return to the IMSA SportsCar Championship in 2022, contesting the full season with Acura squad Meyer Shank Racing in the top DPi class.

Jarvis signs for full IMSA season in Meyer Shank Acura

Oliver Jarvis will remain a full time IMSA SportsCar Championship driver in 2022, having signed up to drive the #60 Meyer Shank Racing Acura ARX-05.

Nasr knew Taylor wouldn’t make corner in IMSA title-deciding lunge

Felipe Nasr says he knew Ricky Taylor wouldn’t succeed in his IMSA SportsCar Championship title-deciding passing attempt on the final lap of the Petit Le Mans season finale.

IMSA Petit Le Mans: Mazda wins race, AXR Cadillac takes title

Mazda won its final race before bowing out of the IMSA SportsCar Championship at Petit Le Mans, while Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani secured the title for Action Express Racing.

Bamber to sub for sick Magnussen in Ganassi Cadillac for Petit Le Mans

Two-time Le Mans 24 Hours winner Earl Bamber has been added to the Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac line-up for the IMSA Sportscar Championship finale to replace an unwell Kevin Magnussen.

RLL to take on BMW's LMDh program from 2023, adds 2022 IMSA GTD Pro entry

BMW has extended its partnership with Rahal Letterman Lanigan to run BMW's LMDh program from 2023, remaining in the IMSA SportsCar Championship to run two cars in GTD Pro.

Lynn moved to IMSA from Formula E to "write your name in history"

New Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA SportsCar Championship signing Alex Lynn says his desire "to write your name in history" was key in his decision to move away from Formula E.

IMSA Petit Le Mans: Action Express Racing’s Nasr grabs pole by 0.015s

Felipe Nasr claimed Petit Le Mans pole position at Road Atlanta in the IMSA SportsCar Championship, putting the #31 Action Express Racing on top by 0.015s from Mazda’s Harry Tincknell.

Corvette Racing to contest full WEC in 2022 alongside IMSA GTD Pro

The Chevrolet Corvette factory team will contest a full season in the World Endurance Championship for the first time next year alongside a continued programme in the IMSA SportsCar Championship.

BMW drivers aim to send off M8 GTE "in style" at Road Atlanta

BMW's IMSA SportsCar Championship drivers aim to give the M8 GTE a winning send-off as they prepare for the car's farewell in this weekend's Petit Le Mans season finale.

Derani: Momentum on AXR’s side for IMSA title showdown

Pipo Derani says his Action Express Cadillac team approaches this weekend’s IMSA Sportscar Championship title decider with “great momentum” as they seek to overcome the points-leading Wayne Taylor Racing Acura.

Factory Porsche lineup entered for IMSA finale in GTLM swansong

WeatherTech Racing will enter a second Porsche 911 RSRs in this weekend’s Petit Le Mans IMSA SportsCar Championship finale for an all-factory lineup in the GTLM division's final race.

Detroit’s IndyCar GP to be moved downtown for 2023

Detroit City Council has approved the Grand Prix organisers’ proposal to relocate the race downtown from its current Belle Isle location.

Porsche to give new LMDh car first run this year

Porsche's new LMDh prototype developed for the 2023 season looks certain to run for the first time this year as planned.

Nunez joins Derani at Action Express Racing for 2022, Conway retained for enduros

Action Express Racing has announced Pipo Derani will partner Tristan Nunez in the #31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac in IMSA next year, with Mike Conway joining the team for the four endurance events.

Ganassi firms up 2022 IMSA line-up for second Cadillac entry

Chip Ganassi Racing has confirmed it will add a second Cadillac DPi-V.R and three new full-time drivers for its 2022 IMSA SportsCar Championship campaign.

IMSA VIR: Corvette's Tandy and Milner win as Garcia takes out GTD leader

Corvette duo Nick Tandy and Tommy Milner secured the IMSA SportsCar Championship victory at Virginia, as Pfaff Motorsports Porsche's Laurens Vanthoor and Zach Robichon headed the GT Daytona class.

VIR IMSA: Milner beats team-mate Taylor to pole by 0.003s

Tommy Milner ended Corvette Racing team-mate Jordan Taylor’s run of five straight IMSA pole positions after edging his #4 Corvette ahead by 0.003s at VIRaceway.

Lynn to join Ganassi Cadillac IMSA line-up, with view to '23 WEC deal

Alex Lynn will join the Ganassi Cadillac squad for next year's IMSA SportsCar Championship in a deal that is set to take him into the World Endurance Championship in 2023.

Detroit GP aims to move IndyCar and IMSA race downtown for 2023

The IndyCar and IMSA races in Detroit could shift from Belle Isle to a new downtown layout as soon as 2023.

Bourdais to race IMSA full-time, IndyCar part-time in 2022

Sebastien Bourdais is set to be confirmed as a full-time IMSA Prototype driver for 2022, and is now seeking to fill his non-sportscar weekends racing in IndyCar for AJ Foyt.

Long Beach IMSA: Nasr and Derani take comfortable victory

Brazilians Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani took a comfortable victory in the IMSA Sportscar Championship at Long Beach, finishing 10 seconds clear of Kevin Magnussen/Renger van der Zande.

Laguna Seca IMSA: WTR Acura wins to extend points lead

Wayne Taylor Racing Acura drivers Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor took a dominant third victory of the IMSA SportsCar Championship season at Laguna Seca to extend their points lead.

Laguna Seca IMSA: Albuquerque secures pole for WTR Acura

Filipe Albuquerque’s Wayne Taylor Racing Acura will start IMSA’s Laguna Seca round from pole position after beating Dane Cameron by 0.023s in qualifying.