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#1 paulb

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 12:02

A buffet for 2019 US sports car racing.

 

Nice Pruett interview with Jackie Heinricher. Quite an intelligent and motivated woman. I don't expect the team to be competitive for some time, but I do hope the team becomes a long-term participant in the series.

 

https://racer.com/20...ife-and-career/



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#2 red stick

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 13:36

The Pruett podcasts for IndyCar and sports cars have become a staple of my daily commute.  There's some real gold in the archives too.



#3 jonpollak

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 14:17

What’s this race at Sebring this weekend and who’s competing?

#4 paulb

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 15:01

What’s this race at Sebring this weekend and who’s competing?

 

Do you mean the California 8 Hour at Laguna Seca? Its a PWC event, part of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

 

Lots of heavy hitters like a Patrick Long, not driving a Wright Motorsports Porsche.

https://world-challe...fornia-8-hours/

 

Event Info:

TIMETABLE

Thursday October 25th
9.25-10.55 Paid Test Session 1
12.45-14.15 Paid Test Session 2
15.25-16.55 Paid Test Session 3
Friday October 26th
9.20-10.50 Free Practice
14.00-15.30 Pre Qualifying
Saturday October 27th
10.35-10.50 Qualifying 1 – Driver 1
11.00-11.15 Qualifying 2 – Driver 2
11.25-11.40 Qualifying 3 – Driver 3
14.40-14.55 Pole Shootout
Sunday October 28th
9.15-17.15 Laguna Seca Raceway California 8 Hours

HOW TO FOLLOW

All Qualifying sessions, Pole Shootout and Race will be streamed live on the website www.intercontinentalgtchallenge.com and on the Facebook-page of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

Fans in the USA and Canada can watch the race on CBS Sports (from 9am till 11am and from 4pm till 5.30pm) and Motortrend on Demand (full race).

Live Timing is available on www.tsl-timing.com/event/184306/

 

Social Media :
Facebook : Intercontinental GT Challenge
Twitter : @intercontGTC #IntGTC #cal8h
Instagram : @IntercontinentalGTChallenge #intGTC #cal8h



#5 red stick

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 15:08

No, I think JP refers to this, which is actually a few weeks off.

 

https://sportscarcha...portscar-encore

 

As I understand it's kind of a end of the year exhibition.  With Michelins.

 

https://www.imsa.com...-encore-sebring



#6 jonpollak

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Posted 26 October 2018 - 15:23

Didn't even know about the 8 hrs thing.
I'm all muddled up.
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#7 red stick

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Posted 29 October 2018 - 17:53

New Lexus team partially resembles old Lexus team. 

 

https://racer.com/20...with-avs-lexus/



#8 red stick

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 14:31

Flying Lizard to return?

 

https://sportscar365...msa-gtd-return/



#9 ezequiel

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Posted 31 October 2018 - 19:28

Juncos Racing just got their Cadillac DPi delivered. Apparently they have one driver confirmed for the full season!



#10 red stick

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 01:08

2019 IMSA Sporting Regulations released today.

 

https://racer.com/20...ng-regulations/



#11 paulb

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Posted 03 November 2018 - 16:50

2019 IMSA Sporting Regulations released today.

 

https://racer.com/20...ng-regulations/

The rules are clear, which is a good thing. And more separation of LMP2 from DPi by mandating Pro-Am drivers.



#12 paulb

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 16:39

IMSA Michelin Sportscar Encore starts in 11 min. https://imsatv.imsa.com/imsatv-front



#13 ezequiel

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Posted 11 November 2018 - 19:16

I was rooting for the ADESS but it's last now :/



#14 jonpollak

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 00:43

2019 US TV schedule
https://racer.com/20...-coverage-plan/

#15 Joseki

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 11:43

https://sportscar365...olex-24-return/

Alonso in talks with DPi teams for the Rolex 24.

#16 red stick

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Posted 17 November 2018 - 12:26

Not much of a surprise, but no mid-engined Corvettes in IMSA next year.

 

https://racer.com/20...-c7-rs-in-2019/



#17 Joseki

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 17:50

https://sportscar365...i-for-rolex-24/

Alonso and Kobayashi to drive a Cadillac DPi for WTR at the Rolex 24

#18 paulb

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 18:26

https://sportscar365...-daytona-entry/

 

Zanardi to race for RLL at the Rolex 24!!!



#19 Victor_RO

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 19:11

https://sportscar365...-daytona-entry/

 

Zanardi to race for RLL at the Rolex 24!!!

 

That was in the works for about 6 months, I think at this point the only unknown was what team would be running the car.

 

As for the Alonso news, I am looking forward to monitoring Jordan Taylor's social media feeds during January. Should be hilarious.  :rotfl:  :clap:



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#20 Nonesuch

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Posted 26 November 2018 - 20:29

:up: Now these are the kind of racing-related announcements I like to see.

 

Good news. Great to see Kamui Kobayashi join in on the fun, too.



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Posted 27 November 2018 - 20:16

Alonso/Kobayashi to WTR news now official from both the team and IMSA.

https://www.imsa.com...e-taylor-racing
 

:clap:



#22 Joseki

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 20:58

Alonso, Kobayashi, Taylor and van der Zarde on a Caddy at Daytona?

Almost overkill really.

#23 Afterburner

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 21:39

On a totally unrelated note, what was IMSA thinking with the color change on their new logo? It literally hurts my eyes every time I see it because I start straining them to check if the color balance on my screen is off.

It’s as if all the new gear they introduced in 2014 has faded after being washed so many times, so they decided to change the logo to match.

Edited by Afterburner, 27 November 2018 - 21:53.


#24 jonpollak

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Posted 27 November 2018 - 22:38

Yep.. looks like those 1980’s tee shirts I have that the wife keeps attempting to throw away.
Jp

#25 Victor_RO

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 07:04

On a totally unrelated note, what was IMSA thinking with the color change on their new logo? It literally hurts my eyes every time I see it because I start straining them to check if the color balance on my screen is off.

It’s as if all the new gear they introduced in 2014 has faded after being washed so many times, so they decided to change the logo to match.

 

Might be a 2019-only thing, golden jubilee aka 50 years since they were originally established.



#26 red stick

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 12:15

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Just a reminder about how fast Alonso's new ride is.  The winning WTR Cadillac at Petit Le Mans.



#27 OvDrone

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 13:49

Alonso/Kobayashi to WTR news now official from both the team and IMSA.

https://www.imsa.com...e-taylor-racing

:clap:


I've been having a Motorsport orgasm for nearly 20 hours now.

#28 PayasYouRace

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 14:54

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Just a reminder about how fast Alonso's new ride is.  The winning WTR Cadillac at Petit Le Mans.


I can only assume the awnings provide a lot of downforce.

#29 Brackets

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 15:01

Nah, it's more the weight of the HVAC units.



#30 Dan333SP

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 15:11

Any reason why Alonso/Koba wouldn't also do Sebring with WTR? They will both be there anyway with Toyota for the WEC race, why not stick around for another day and give the 12 hrs a go?

 

Speaking of which... any bets on how fast the Toyotas lap Sebring? Last time the Audi LMP1s were there 5 years ago they did a 1:43.8, the DPi pole last year was 1:47. Can the current TS050 go under 1:40?? 


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#31 red stick

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 15:54

I've been having a Motorsport orgasm for nearly 20 hours now.


If the warnings contained in the televised Viagra ads are any indication, you probably should have contacted your physician some sixteen hours ago . . .

#32 jonpollak

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Posted 28 November 2018 - 21:35

He must be the edging master.

Jp

#33 paulb

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 00:27

He must be the edging master.

Jp

lol. only jp would say this.  :D



#34 Victor_RO

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 06:38

Any reason why Alonso/Koba wouldn't also do Sebring with WTR? They will both be there anyway with Toyota for the WEC race, why not stick around for another day and give the 12 hrs a go?

 

Speaking of which... any bets on how fast the Toyotas lap Sebring? Last time the Audi LMP1s were there 5 years ago they did a 1:43.8, the DPi pole last year was 1:47. Can the current TS050 go under 1:40?? 

 

Unlikely with some of the restrictions that they're running under this year, but 1:40-1:41 is likely in qualifying. Depends on how they handle THE BUMPS:lol:



#35 OvDrone

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Posted 29 November 2018 - 07:33

*still edging*



#36 paulb

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 21:28

OvDrone’s favorite LP?

 

yes_close_to_the_edge_cover_by_vonborows

 

favorite guitarist

The-Edge.jpg



#37 jonpollak

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 21:40

Core Autosport buys a Nissan !!!

https://twitter.com/...4233799680?s=21

#38 paulb

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 22:54

Sportscar racing is not dead, 25 Hours of Thunderhill race starts tomorrow at 11am PST, https://nasa25hour.com/.



#39 Dolph

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 22:54

Funny how Ricky Taylor ended the year in 7th whilst Jordan Taylor was 3rd



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#40 OvDrone

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Posted 30 November 2018 - 23:31

Core Autosport buys a Nissan !!!

https://twitter.com/...4233799680?s=21

 

That is indeed blessed news. Cheers to Core; lovable.

 

Sportscar racing is not dead, 25 Hours of Thunderhill race starts tomorrow at 11am PST, https://nasa25hour.com/.

 

Whoa; thank you. I was starting to have a raceless seizure.



#41 Nonesuch

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Posted 01 December 2018 - 09:31

Sportscar racing is not dead, 25 Hours of Thunderhill race starts tomorrow at 11am PST, https://nasa25hour.com/.

 

Most excellent, it's always good fun to see such a long race play out.

 

Looks like that start time will be .... 20:00 CET. :cool:



#42 paulb

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 15:21

Christina in the #45, placed in 5th overall.



#43 jonpollak

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 18:04

Is that good?

#44 paulb

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 18:35

4th overall now. 1.5 hrs left.

 

I think they would be happy. 7 laps behind a faster class car, but the 45 is lapping faster.



#45 paulb

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 19:12

Looks like Christina will take it to the checker. 4th overall with a little over 1hr left.



#46 paulb

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 19:28

33min left



#47 paulb

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 19:34

700 laps for #45!



#48 jonpollak

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Posted 02 December 2018 - 22:50

I wonder if she gained any inside info on that Audi.
Could come in handy next season.
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#49 red stick

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 14:58

Lizards!

 

https://racer.com/20...of-thunderhill/

 

And back in Porsches.  Where they belong.



#50 ezequiel

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Posted 03 December 2018 - 17:48

So Juncos has confirmed Owen for a full time IMSA campaign, Kaiser for the 24 hs of Daytona and Binder for the totality of the North American Endurance Cup. As Agustín Canapino (former STC2000 and TC champion in Argentina and Chevrolet factory driver) was strongly rumoured to be the fourth driver for Daytona, that makes me doubt a bit about the team's full time involvement in IMSA this season as Owen seems to be the only driver, if I'm not mistaken, to be confirmed for the whole championship. Thou they have so two drivers confirmed for the NAEC.