Category - Motorsports News
Amid a sweltering mid-summer heatwave, the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship descended on Connecticut’s iconic (and beautiful) Lime Rock Park last weekend for the Northeast Grand Prix. Although the top-dog Prototype class skips this event for purposes of traffic – the short 1.5-mile track is composed of flowing, fast, and mostly right-hand corners, but its size doesn’t lend itself to the massive speed advantages the Prototype cars carry – the GT LeMans, GT Daytona and Prototype Challenge classes were present and accounted for. As it is, even well-driven GTD-class cars were lapping in the low 50-second range, making a lap around Lime Rock more akin to a typical autocross run than a racing circuit, time-wise. With short laps and high average speeds – over 100 MPH in most cases – the racing is usually intense, and this year did not disappoint.
Lone Star Le Mans – because why wouldn’t you combine the world’s most technologically advanced racing series with the cowboy-boot-studded state? Combine the WEC (World Endurance Championship) with the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and you have the recipe for this racing fan’s favorite weekend!
Audi Sport has pulled the covers off the 2014 spec R18 e-tron quattro after a week of heavy testing at Sebring International Raceway. While the name is the same as the current Audi LMP, the 2014 spec R18 is a huge leap forward in prototype design for Audi. Audi says the 2014 R18 e-tron quattro is the most complex race car they’ve ever built, and furthers the development of the successful WEC and Le Mans winning R18.
Source: Audi Motorsport
Round five of the FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) at Austin in the U.S. state of Texas has a particularly high significance for Audi. In America, the brand’s sports car program began 14 years ago, Audi won the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) nine times in succession and the Sebring 12 Hours eleven times – most recently in March. Furthermore, the sales statistics in America have been developing positively for Audi for years. At Austin, on September 22, the brand with the four rings is aiming to achieve its second sports car victory in the United States this year. It would mark the sixth consecutive win for the Audi R18 e-tron quattro as well.
Our good friends behind the Texas Mile announced today that they’re teaming up with Hennessey Performance (yes, that Hennessey Performance) to expand their series of incredibly popular standing mile events (the upcoming October running of the Mile sold out in just a couple of hours) starting in 2014 with the Houston Mile.
This is big news for Texas speed freaks and fans of standing mile events in general. The full release is below.