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Perspective: Remember This Name

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Photos/Words – Jennifer Stamps

Often called the Formula 1 series of motorcycle racing, the MotoGP series buzzed its way through Austin last week. With newly (re)painted stars adorning the track, the fantastic new track welcomed MotoGP and its fans with open arms. To my surprise, the house was packed, with an estimated 131,000 people in attendance over the weekend.

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FIA WEC: Audi Presents New Long-Tail R18 e-tron quattro for Spa 6 Hours

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Audi has announced a new long-tail variant of the hybrid R18 e-tron quattro, which will make its racing debut at the Spa 6 Hours on May 4th.  Spa will be the first race in which Audi will be entering three R18 e-tron quattro cars, with two out of the three being the standard R18 e-tron quattro. Audi Sport Team Joest is using Spa as preparation for the 90th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans which will be held on June 22nd and 23rd.

The winning team of the WEC opening round at Silverstone, Loïc Duval/Tom Kristensen/Allan McNish, as well as the current WEC and 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans champions,   Marcel Fässler/André Lotterer/Benoît Tréluyer will pilot the standard e-tron quattros.  The third Audi R18 e-tron quattro driven by the team of Marc Gené/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis, is fitted with a new aerodynamic package which Audi say has been optimized for high speed tracks such as Le Mans’ Circuit de la Sarthe.

Rather than focusing on overall lap times, Audi Sport will analyze time differences between the cars on a sector by sector basis. This data will be reviewed to better prepare the team for Le Mans.

The Spa 6 Hours can be watched in its entirety on audi-liveracing.com on May 4th.


 

Join Speed:Sport:Life at the Texas Mile

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Live in Texas? Like things that go stupid fast? Well, we’ve got just the event for you.

Zerin and I will be down in Beeville this weekend to help with social media support for the 10th anniversary running of the Texas Mile. The top speed crown currently lies in the Ford camp thanks to Mark Heidaker’s Hennessey-enhanced Ford GT, which set the bar at a whopping 263.3 miles per hour back in October. The KP Racing Camaro (pictured above) put up a heck of a fight, but came up just short at 263.2.

The full press release (which includes spectator information) is available after the jump. Hope to see you there!

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Qualifying Report: Grand-Am at Circuit of the Americas

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Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

With just seconds remaining in the Grand-Am Rolex Series DP qualifying session on Friday at Circuit of the Americas, Jon Fogarty put the #99 “Red Dragon” GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette on the pole for Saturday’s inaugural race with a lap time of 2:00.179.

Fogarty worked his way through the field during the qualifying session and moved from seventh to second place by the forth lap of the qualifying session. It wasn’t until the seventh and final lap, however, that Fogarty stripped the provisional pole time of 2:00.5 from Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.  Memo Rojas, driving the Chip Ganassi Racing Telmex BMW Riley DP, will start in the third position for Saturday’s race.

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

Photo: Zerin Dube/Speed:Sport:Life

In Rolex GT, the top times were dominated by Ferrari teams with Alessandro Balzan taking pole position in the #63 Motorola Mobility Ferrari 458 with a lap time of 2:08.846.  Starting alongside Balzan on the front row is the #61 Ferrari of Ontario  458 driven by Max Papis and teammate Jeff Segal.  Papis drove the #61 Ferrari 458 to a lap time of 2:09.205.  Shockingly, no other GT teams on the grid broke the 2:10 mark.  The #59 Brumos Racing Porsche GT3, #57 Stevenson Motorsports Camaro GT-R and #31 Marsh Racing Corvette round out the top five in GT for Saturday’s race.

In the GX class, only three cars have entered with Dr. Jim Norman putting his #38 BGB Motorsports Porsche Cayman on the pole.

The green flag drops for Saturday’s inaugural GRAND-AM of The Americas at 3pm central time with TV coverage beginning on SPEED at 4:30pm central.