Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”
Thu, 22/01/15 – 18:01 | No Comment
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

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Scott Dixon Gives Ganassi Racing Victory In The Rolex 24
By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor RacinToday.com

The No. 02 Ford-powered Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing, sister car of the No. 01, came up a winner at Daytona on Sunday.

By Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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Scott Dixon tracked down and passed Jordan Taylor with just over and hour to go and went on to win the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday.

Dixon, driving the No. 02 Ford-powered Riley of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, took the checkered flag at the end of a three-and-a-half hour stint that saw him make up what had been a 6-second lead by Taylor and his No. 10 Corvette Daytona Prototype with two hours to go.

The victory was sealed for Dixon and his team when Taylor had to pit to change drivers with under 10 minutes to go as Taylor was up against the mandated maximum time limit for drivers in the race.

That put the No. 5 Corvette Daytona Prototype of Action Express in second place and gave it the runner-up finish. Sebastien Bourdais drove the final stint for Action Express.

The margin of victory was 1.3 seconds.

The 10 car of Taylor’s Wayne Taylor Racing, which was co-driven by Ricky Taylor and Max Angelelli, finished third. Ricky Taylor drove the final minutes after his brother was pulled.

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Sun, 01/25/15 – 14:15 | No Comment
Rolex Shaping Up As Ford Vs. Chevrolet Power
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When dawn broke at Daytona International Speedway on Sunday, it was a battle between Chevrolet and Ford power that was the big story in the Rolex 24.
At the 18-hour mark of the race, which came just after 8 a.m., the Chevrolet Corvette Daytona Prototypes of Action Express and Wayne Taylor Racing were running first and [...]

Sun, 01/25/15 – 8:36 | No Comment
Hinchcliffe, Mazda Ready To Make Move At 24
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At least SpeedSource Racing and its factory-backed Mazda turbo diesel prototypes didn’t let anybody down in last year’s Rolex 24. Not really. Not even when its two cars failed to finish. The Lola-based P2 cars, with their SKYACTIV technology, were new, they were complicated, they were not battle tested and [...]

Fri, 01/23/15 – 17:38 | No Comment
Elford is 2015 Winner of Phil Hill Award
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Vic Elford, who earned the title of “Porsche hero” during his five-year racing tenure with the German marque, is the 2015 recipient of the Phil Hill Award presented by the Road Racing Drivers Club.
Named in honor of America’s first Formula One World Driving Champion (1961), the Phil Hill Award has been presented annually since 1993 [...]

Fri, 01/23/15 – 9:01 | No Comment
Michael Shank Racing’s Honda Ligier On Pole At Rolex 24
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Oswaldo Negri on Thursday put Michael Shank Racing’s Honda-powered Ligier JS P2 car on the pole for the 2015 Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Negri, who will co-drive with John Pew, Matt McMurry and A.J. Allmendinger in the race on Saturday/Sunday, won the pole with a lap 1:39.19.
Chip Ganassi Racing Daytona [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 19:23 | No Comment
Q and A: Gordon – “Today Is An Emotional Day”
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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On Thursday morning, Jeff Gordon announced to his Hendrick Motorsports team that 2015 would be the last year that he competed full time in the Sprint Cup Series.
Thursday afternoon, the 43-year-old driver held a teleconference with the media to explain his decision and to take question about it.
Gordon, a four-time Cup champion and the winner [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 18:01 | No Comment
2015 To Be Gordon’s Final Full Season In Cup
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Hendrick Motorsports announced Thursday that four-time Sprint Cup champion Jeff Gordon will retire from full-time driving in the series following the 2015 season.
Gordon, who has driven in the series the past 22 years, announced his decision Thursday morning to the No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports team he has driven for since November 1992.
“As a race car [...]

Thu, 01/22/15 – 11:26 | No Comment
Walker’s Little Team Has Big Plans For The Weekend
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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As he talked about strategy for this weekend’s Rolex 24, long-time race-team owner Derrick Walker rolled out a version of the old hare vs. tortoise parable. Depending on circumstances in a twice-around-the-clock sports car race, he said, teams can opt for all-out sprinting, or slow-and-steady.
Asked how his Team Falken Tires [...]

Tue, 01/20/15 – 10:23 | No Comment
New Bow Tie Looks Good On Force And NHRA
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Drag racing’s self-described “P.T. Barnum on the road at 300 mph” donned a Gold Bowtie, waved his barker’s cane and reiterated that you better believe this show will go on.
Translation: John Force and his family-centric racing organization have entered into a multi-year manufacturer’s partnership with Chevrolet beginning with the 2015 NHRA Mello Yello Drag [...]

Mon, 01/19/15 – 9:33 | 5 Comments
IMSA’s Atherton: We Learned From Our Mistakes
Jim Pedley | Managing Editor
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For Scott Atherton, the president and chief operating officer of the International Motor Sports Association, giving birth to the Tudor United SportsCar Series was like, well, giving birth. Except these birthing pains lasted a year and a half.
“I’ve referenced it as being the most challenging, the most difficult 18 months of my life,” Atherton told [...]

Sun, 01/18/15 – 9:49 | One Comment
Gordon Closes Out Dakar Rally With Victory In Final Stage
John Sturbin | Senior Writer
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Robby Gordon reinforced his standing as the most accomplished American driver in Dakar Rally history Saturday, closing the event’s 37th annual edition with a victory in Stage 13.
Gordon posted his 10th career stage win during a trek from Rosario to Buenos Aires, the capital city of Argentina. A steady rain shortened the stage from its [...]

Sun, 01/18/15 – 8:24 | 2 Comments