Saveedra To Run Full Time In IMSA With New Team

AFS/PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports announced on Tuesday that they will field its No. 52 Ligier JSP 217 in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with full time drivers Sebastian Saavedra and Gustavo Yacaman behind the wheel.  This new entry is a result of a merger between AFS Racing and PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, and will see Gary Peterson and Bobby Oergel sharing duties as Team Principals.   AFS Racing will make its debut in sportscar racing after a long and successful run in the open-wheel world where the team achieved multiple championships, race…

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Ford Adds NASCAR Youthful Rising Stars To 24 Hours of Daytona Lineup

Ford Performance is in the midst of a NASCAR youth movement and when the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge kicks off in Daytona on Jan. 26, four of its NASCAR drivers will be on full display. Ford Performance Development Driver Chase Briscoe, along with Austin Cindric, Cole Custer and Ty Majeski will be mentored and joined on track by IMSA champion driver Scott Maxwell as part of a two-car Mustang GT4 team in the GS class that weekend. “We have an outstanding group of young drivers coming up and we…

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Jack Harvey Inks 4 Race IndyCar Deal With Joint Shank/SPM Entry

INDIANAPOLIS – Having developed its strongest commercial sponsorship lineup in team history, Michael Shank Racing announced on Friday its 2018 season plans in a press conference held at the 30th annual PRI Show in Indianapolis. The Ohio-based team will manage its largest racing program to date with a dual campaign in the Verizon IndyCar Series and IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.   After making its IndyCar debut in the 2017 Indianapolis 500 with driver Jack Harvey, the team will build on that effort in 2018 with a select schedule of IndyCar events with the talented…

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Pigot To Drive 4 Races In IMSA, Mazda Team Joest Announces 2018 Driver Lineup

INDIANAPOLIS – Mazda Motorsports has announced the team of drivers that will pilot the two Mazda RT24-P race cars in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Mazda Team Joest. Racing under the Daytona Prototype international (DPi) rules package, this is the first season for the combination of Mazda and Joest Racing, joining the third-winningest manufacturer in IMSA racing history with the team that has won 15 times at Le Mans. Competing for the championship in the 10-race season will be long-time Mazda drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Tristan Nuñez, both Americans,…

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Team Penske’s Star Studded IMSA Team Tests at Daytona On Friday, How It Went, What They Said

The inherent all-star flavor of the Rolex 24 At Daytona has become a tradition, one that will be especially well-served on Jan. 27-28 at the 56th running of the sports car endurance classic at Daytona International Speedway. Champions from various other forms of motorsports will once again come to the “World Center of Racing” for the International Motor Sports Association’s (IMSA) season-opening event weekend, helping to form respective “dream teams.” One of those teams, Acura Team Penske, tested on Friday at DIS. Team owner Roger Penske has returned to sports car racing with Juan…

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Fernando Alonso Confirms No Indy 500 In 2018, Also Confirms He Will Be Back, May Try Daytona Too

Some big Formula One news came out of Texas on Thursday, as Fernando Alonso and McLaren announced a new “multi-year” contract for the two sides to remain together for 2018 and beyond. With that being said, one main topic came out in Alonso’s media availability ahead of this weekend’s United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The America’s in Austin, Texas. Despite being an F1 race, it’s still an F1 race in America, and the biggest race in not just the United States, but the whole entire world itself,…

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Ricky Taylor, Rahal, Pagenaud Join Team Penske’s Acura Sports Car Program For 2018

Acura Team Penske completed its full-time sports car driver lineup today, as the organization announced that recently-crowned IMSA Prototype Champion Ricky Taylor will race in the Acura ARX-05 Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program beginning in 2018. Taylor will team up with Helio Castroneves in one of the team’s two full-time entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next season.  They will join the previously-announced pairing of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron. In addition, Graham Rahal and 2016 Verizon IndyCar Series Champion Simon Pagenaud will join the program as endurance…

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Castroneves Sports Car Move Confirmed, Team Penske To Scale Back to 3 Cars for 2018

INDIANAPOLIS – The long awaited rumor has now come true, Team Penske will scale down to three full-time Verizon IndyCar Series teams for 2018, leaving Helio Castroneves out of a ride in the series. Instead, the popular Brazilian will shift to the newly formed Penske IMSA team. Team Penske today announced that longtime winning INDYCAR driver Helio Castroneves will join the team’s new Acura Team Penske program that will begin racing in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Castroneves will join previously-announced drivers Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron in racing…

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Penske’s Acura IMSA Entry Revealed

Acura’s new ARX-05 DPi car was officially unveiled today at The Quail, A Motorsports Gathering in Carmel, California as part of Monterey Car Week festivities. Two ARX-05s – which stands for Acura Racing eXperimental, generation 5 – will be fielded in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype class by Team Penske, in a new partnership with Acura Motorsports. The team announced earlier this week the first half of its full-time, four-driver lineup with three-time Rolex 24 At Daytona and two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Juan Pablo Montoya joining 2016 WeatherTech…

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Montoya To Run Full Time IMSA Program For Penske In 2018, Team Reveals Part Of Their Driver Lineup

Team Penske announced today two of the four drivers that will compete full time for the team in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, racing the cars of the recently-announced Acura Daytona Prototype International (DPi) program. Legendary Verizon IndyCar Series driver Juan Pablo Montoya will team up with sports car champion Dane Cameron to pilot one of the team’s two ARX-05 entries. Team Penske and Acura Motorsports will announce its other two full-time drivers, as well as additional drivers for the endurance races, at a later date. The official unveiling…

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