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Roadkill Nights – Drag Racing Back on Woodward Avenue

Roadkill is now the  traditional kick off to southeast Michigan’s week-long celebration of classic cars and car culture. There will be  thrill rides in the 717-horsepower Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat and the 707-horsepower Dodge Charger SRT Hellcat models, more participants in the celebrity showdown races, and an overall $40,000 purse with $10,000 going towards United Way. Continue reading

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LMP1 Repeat – Toyota Second Straight Win at Le Mans

In the last year before Le Mans class rules change yet again the Toyota curse appeared when the #7 blew what seemed a certain victory in front of an estimated 252,500 spectators. Continue reading

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Aston Martin On GTE Pole, Ford 2nd, Corvette 3rd at Le Mans

Aston Martin Racing is on the GTE Pro pole position for this weekend’s 87th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. It’s 60 years since a famous 1959 win led by team director John Wyer with a DBR1 driven by Roy Salvadori, and a man who would kick Ferrari’s “ass” many more times, notably with Ford GTs a few years later – Carroll Shelby, again working with Wyer. Continue reading

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Josef Newgarden in Penske Chevrolet Wins Texas 600

The second caution occurred when James Hinchcliffe slid wide into the Turn 2 wall on Lap 219. The final exasperating yellow came when the cars of Scott Dixon and rookie Colton Herta touched while battling for third place in Turn 3 on Lap 229, sending both into the wall. It was clearly Dixon’s fault. Race Control did nothing. Continue reading

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Dixon – Last and First in Detroit Indy Car Weekend

Josef Newgarden, driver of the #2 Hitachi Team Penske IndyCar Chevrolet V6, won on Saturday, during the first of two weekend Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix races on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan. The win solidified Newgarden’s spot – for the moment only – as the top driver in the point standings. Rossi, Dixon, Pagenaud and Sato all drive like a series winner. Continue reading

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Honda Fastest in Practice for Chevrolet Detroit Grand Prix

Driving the No. 27 NAPA AUTO PARTS Honda, Rossi navigated the bUmPy street course at Belle Isle Park in 1 minute, 15.1367 seconds (112.595 mph) to record the best lap among the day’s three practice sessions. As an aside, Belle Isle would have reverted to an urban slum garbage dump if not for racing sponsorships and some deft behind the scenes maneuvering by the Penske family. Continue reading

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Pagenaud Driving a Chevrolet for Penske Wins Indy 500

It truly was a Memorial Day Classic, having survived Tony George’s best attempts to kill the race with the ill-fated Indy Racing League fiasco. Nonetheless, the series, which used to dominate the sports pages during May is now only one racing event alongside the F1 Monaco Grand Prix (Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes-Benz) and NASCAR’s 600-mile Charlotte race (Martin Truex in a Toyota won). Continue reading

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All Chevrolet Front Row at Start of 103rd Indianapolis 500

A possible sentimental hero to Andretti fans sees Marco’s No. 98 U.S. Concrete/Curb Honda sporting the same Day-Glo red livery that Mario had in 1969. The Andretti Herta entry has been fast, qualifying 10th for Sunday’s race on the famed 2.5-mile oval. Continue reading

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Speedway Motorsports Ownership Scuffle Underway

Whether this is simply a legal ploy that allows the Smith family to take over the Speedway at a bargain price by demonstrating due diligence, or just exhaust noise designed to talk the stock up remains to be seen. Continue reading

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Penske’s Pagenaud on Indy 500 Pole. McLaren Shut Out

Simon Pagenaud, driver of the #22 Penske IndyCar Chevrolet V6, qualifies fastest Sunday May 19, 2019, capturing the pole position for the IndyCar Series Indianapolis 500. The 103rd running of the Indianapolis 500 will take place on Sunday, May 26. Continue reading

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Ballot 3/8 LC Due at 2019 Hampton Court Concours of Elegance

The cutting-edge French racing car, capable of 124 mph, was driven to victory at the 1921 Italian Grand Prix in Brescia by Jules Goux. The engine’s double overhead camshafts, four valves-per-cylinder and hemispherical combustion chambers were the works Ernest Henry. Continue reading

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50 Years of Porsche 917 to be Celebrated at Goodwood

After having won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the 917 short tail did it again the following year by carrying Martini Racing colors and the number ’22’ and with Gijs van Lennep and Helmut Marko sharing the driving. Continue reading

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McLaren Confirms Multi-Year Deal with IMSA Sportscar Championship

Customer team Compass Racing will roll out with the 720S GT3 for the first time at the inaugural round of the Sprint Cup at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course next month, running in the highly-competitive GT Daytona (GTD) class. Continue reading

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New 2020 Mustang High Performance 330-hp Four Banger

This appears to be – subject to Dodge and Chevrolet responses – the most powerful four-cylinder sports car offered by an American automaker. This comes from an, ahem, EcoBoost engine via Ford Performance and upgraded handling components from the Mustang GT Performance Package. Continue reading

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Chinese Driver Ye Yifei Joins Renault Sport Academy

The 18-year-old, who hails from Xian, China is claimed to be one of the most promising stars of the junior categories. In 2019 Yifei will race for Hi-tech GP in the FIA Formula 3 Championship. Yifei started karting aged ten, taking two national titles. At 14, he made the move to Europe and single-seaters. In 2016 Yifei became the first Chinese driver to win an international title winning  the French F4 championship with 14 wins, 17 fastest laps and 10 pole positions. Continue reading

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