Sports Car Press Releases

Trans-Am Racing in the IMRRC Spotlight Oct. 22

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (Oct. 3, 2016) – A panel of Trans-Am racing experts will speak about the series’ 50-year history at the International Motor Racing Research Center on Oct. 22.

 

Glenda Gephart, International Motor Racing Research Center

Director of Administration and Communications

607-535-9044glenda@racingarchives.org

 

Judy Stropus

203-438-0501; cell 203-243-2438;

 jstropus@earthlink.net

 

 

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Volume 2016, Issue 8, Posted 4:11 PM, 10.03.2016

HONDA SPORTS CAR RACE REPORT

HPD Racing Report

Sixth Place Finish for Honda, Michael Shank Racing at Long Beach

  • ·        First temporary street circuit event for Honda-powered Ligier chassis
  • ·        First sprint event of the 2015 season
  • ·        Pit strategy gamble comes up short
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Volume 2015, Issue 3, Posted 2:38 PM, 04.19.2015

WILL OWEN MOVES UP TO PRO MAZDA CHAMPIONSHIP WITH JUNCOS RACING IN 2015

Fort Worth, Texas – RIS – Will Owen announced today that he will graduate to the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires where he will compete with Juncos Racing during the 2015 season.  After a successful rookie year in the USF2000 Championship in 2014, Owen will look to continue his climb up the Road to Indy ladder as he sets his goals of one day competing in IndyCar. 

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Volume 2014, Issue 11, Posted 9:27 PM, 11.22.2014

Mazda Motorsports Wraps Up Four More Seasons

October 4, 2014 (BRASELTON, Georgia)  –  The Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda at Road Atlanta wrapped up the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship on Saturday night.  While the headliner was the 10-Hour TUDOR race, the weekend also featured the season finale for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, and season ending double-headers for both the Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires and the Cooper Tires IMSA Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda.  These four series are among a wide variety of roadracing series featuring Mazda cars and teams.  The Mazda Road to Indy seasons wrapped up in late August, while there are still a few more weekends of major club racing events between now and year end.   

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Volume 2014, Issue 10, Posted 8:43 PM, 10.05.2014

SVRA - Indy Pro-Am Driver Teams

Pro-Am Drivers & Cars

Parnelli Jones Grand Marshal / Pace car driver for the Pro-Am
Bobby Unser Oval only - Exhibition and Oval open wheel classes

Spike Gehlhausen / Dickenson Rathbone -1966 Shelby GT 350, # 111*
Mark Dismore / Scott Hackenson - 1967 Mustang, # 317*
Lyn St. James / Curt Vogt 1970 Boss Mustang, #23*
Rick Treadway / Addison Brown - 1968 Camaro # 67
Willy T. Ribbs / Mike Moss – 1965 Corvette, # 81

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 10:19 AM, 05.27.2014

SVRA - Goodyear and Chesson Join Pro-Am Field at Indy

SCOTT GOODYEAR RETURNS TO COMPETITION AT IMS

P.J. Chesson Also Joins Talent-Rich Field in “Indy Legends” Pro-Am

Southlake, TX (May 26, 2014) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced two additional late entries from Indianapolis 500 Mile Race history - Scott Goodyear and P.J. Chesson - to compete in the “Indy Legends Pro-Am,” a special feature to its June 6 – 8 “Brickyard Invitational” vintage race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Earlier this week the SVRA announced it had reached its goal of 24 Indianapolis 500 veterans in the event. The SVRA’s vision is to create a return to competition for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 with a 40-minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Sunday, June 8. Goodyear and Chesson join a great field steeped in the talent of veteran drivers holding a long list of championship credentials across a wide variety of motorsport disciplines.

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 10:14 AM, 05.27.2014

SVRA - BRICKYARD INVITATIONAL TO PRESENT A.J. WATSON TRIBUTE TROPHY

Legendary Car Builder Remembered With Trophy For “Best Roadster”

Southlake, TX (May 20, 2014) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that legendary Indianapolis 500 mechanic and car builder A.J. Watson will be remembered when they present the first annual “A.J. Watson Tribute Trophy” during their Brickyard Invitational vintage race event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS) June 6-8. The “Brickyard Invitational” weekend will be the largest gathering of race cars ever assembled for competition in America. The SVRA has 11 groups of cars spanning 100 years of vintage machines and all will be in action at IMS.  Most of the races will take place on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course but for the first time in history cars will be at speed on both the world-famous 2.5-mile oval and the road course on the same day. All cars will have a chance to tour the oval at speed, including the crowd-favorite 1950’s-vintage Indianapolis 500 “roadsters.”

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 9:18 AM, 05.20.2014

SVRA - BUDDY LAZIER ENTERS “INDY LEGENDS” PRO-AM

BUDDY LAZIER ENTERS “INDY LEGENDS” PRO-AM

1996 Indianapolis 500 Winner to Compete in Big Vintage Race at IMS

Southlake, TX (May 15, 2014) – The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced another Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner will compete in the “Indy Legends Pro-Am,” a special feature to its June 6 – 8 “Brickyard Invitational” vintage race weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Buddy Lazier, whose mastery of the Speedway oval is undisputed with an exceptional record of finishes, will join fellow Indianapolis 500 Mile Race winner Al Unser Jr. in a field loaded with great names of Brickyard lore. The SVRA, America’s premier vintage racing organization, is creating an intriguing competition for veterans of the Indianapolis 500 with a 40 minute race of American muscle cars on the Speedway’s 2.43-mile Grand Prix road course on Sunday, June 8.

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 4:51 PM, 05.15.2014

Sonoma Historics Celebrate Can-Am

The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway on May 17-18 for the fifth straight year under that title. The program for the 28th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma will celebrate the early years of the iconic SCCA Can-Am Series, which ran from 1966 to 1974, with a focus on the unique Shadow race car that competed in the Series from 1970-1974.

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Volume 2014, Issue 5, Posted 10:37 AM, 05.08.2014

SFHR - NEWGARDEN HOPES FAMILIARITY BREEDS SUCCESS AT BARBER

 
INDIANAPOLIS (April 23, 2014) -- Josef Newgarden finds a flavor of familiarity as he heads to Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala., for the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama on Sunday, April 27. He grew up less than four hours away in Hendersonville, Tenn., just outside of Nashville.
 

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Volume 2014, Issue 4, Posted 1:53 PM, 04.23.2014

CORVETTE RACING AT LONG BEACH: First Victory for New Corvette C7.R

Garcia, Magnussen dominate street race; Gavin, Milner take third-place GTLM finish

LONG BEACH, Calif.(April 12, 2014) – Corvette Racing won its first race with the new Chevrolet Corvette C7.R on Saturday at Long Beach as Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen dominated in their No. 3 Corvette to take the GT Le Mans class of the Patrón Sports Car Showcase. The duo led all but one lap and took the checkered flag by 5.408 seconds in the third round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.

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Volume 2014, Issue 4, Posted 11:50 PM, 04.12.2014

CORVETTE DPs AT LONG BEACH: First Visit Results in Two Podiums

Wayne Taylor Racing places second, Action Express third to lead Corvette DP fiel

LONG BEACH, Calif.-RIS -(April 12, 2014) – Corvette Daytona Prototypes took two of the three podium steps Saturday in the Patrón Sports Car Showcase, the third round of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Ricky Taylor placed second in the 100-minute race at the Long Beach street circuit, the first visit to the venue for the Corvette DPs.

 

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Volume 2014, Issue 4, Posted 11:42 PM, 04.12.2014

THREE CANDIDATES NAMED FOR 20TH GORSLINE SCHOLARSHIP

ROCHESTER, N.Y. (Feb. 21, 2014) - Three of auto racing's rising stars under the age of 21 who have already demonstrated their talents on North American race tracks for at least a dozen years are candidates for the 20th Gorsline Scholarship in 2014.

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Volume 2014, Issue 2, Posted 8:00 PM, 02.23.2014

CORVETTE RACING AT LE MANS: Entries Confirmed

DETROIT  – The most demanding auto race in the world again will have a distinctive American flavor with the returns of Corvette Racing to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. For its 15th consecutive appearance in the French classic, Corvette Racing will be armed with the Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. Two of the new GT challengers were accepted to race at Le Mans in the GTE Pro class.

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Volume 2014, Issue 2, Posted 12:31 AM, 02.19.2014

BRYAN SELLERS - Indianapolis CTSCC Race Notes

The question posed to the Magic Eight Ball leading into the July 26 Brickyard Sports Car Challenge was: Will Bryan Sellers follow his first career GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge (CTSCC) win at historic Watkins Glen International with another this week at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS)? The Braselton, Ga.-resident got his answer: "It is decidedly so!"

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 10:40 AM, 07.28.2013

BMW - Brickyard Grand Prix Race Notes

Woodcliff Lake, N.J. – July 27, 2013... Ryan Dalziel and Alex Popow won the 3-hour GRAND-AM Brickyard Grand Prix in the No. 2 Starworks Motorsports BMW Riley, finishing 3.438 seconds ahead of the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates BMW Riley of Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas. The 1-2 finish added an exclamation point to the story of the debut race for the new BMW 4.5-liter powerplant. The victory moved Dalziel and Popow to the top of the Daytona Prototype driver point standings and the runner-up finish won CGRFS a $100,000 pay day for the 2013 North American Endurance Championship.

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 9:31 PM, 07.27.2013

MAZDA - Diesel Competes at Indy Again For First Time Since 1952

MAZDA RETURNS DIESEL POWER TO THE BRICKYARD

When the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel racecar hits the track at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week, it will be the first time in six decades that a diesel has competed at the most famous track in the world.  Historians will note that the last time a diesel competed at the speedway was in the 1952 Indianapolis 500, when the Cummins Diesel Special surprised the establishment with technology unknown to most racers at the time.  While there are no direct links between these two companies or their products, they share common goals in testing production technology in the harshest of environments.

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 5:23 PM, 07.26.2013

AUDI - Daytona 24 Hour Winning Audi R8 to Race At Indy

Jul 26, 2013 , HERNDON, Va. Audi announces that two Audi R8 GRAND-AM cars will race this tonight at 7:30pm EST at the world famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third and final race of the North American Endurance Championships. Both a quattro GmbH factory team and the new customer-racing team, Fall-Line Motorsports, will race in the three-hour Brickyard Grand Prix, the eighth round of the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series.

The Audi R8 GRAND-AM that won the Daytona 24 Hours earlier this year will race this Friday at the Indianapolis Motors Speedway in an effort to win the North American Endurance Championship. Filipe Albuquerque (Portugal) – who took the checkered flag at Daytona – and Edoardo Mortara (France/Italy) will pilot the number 24 car.

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 2:54 PM, 07.26.2013

West Coast Sprints Return To Hanford


        The USAC West Coast Sprint cars return to Kings Speedway in Hanford, Calif. and the point standings are expected to tighten in the wake of Cory Kruseman’s recent Santa Maria victory, which ended the nine-race stranglehold of Ryan Bernal and Richard Vander Weerd.

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 11:29 PM, 07.15.2013

IMS - Allmendinger to Race with Grand-Am at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS, Friday, July 12, 2013 - AJ Allmendinger will add a third race to his Indianapolis Motor Speedway resume later this month, as he will drive for Michael Shank Racing in the Brickyard Grand Prix GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series race Friday, July 26 during the Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard.

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Volume 2013, Issue 7, Posted 7:29 PM, 07.12.2013

Aston Martin Finishes Third At Le Mans

ASTON MARTIN TAKES THIRD IN THE 24 HOURS OF LE MANS

Aston Martin Racing finished third in the highly competitive GTE Pro class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with its #97 Vantage GTE, a result dedicated by the team to its driver Allan Simonsen (DN), who was involved in a tragic accident in the #95 car shortly after the start of the race.

David Richards, Chairman of Aston Martin comments: “Following the wishes of Allan’s family, the team continued its participation in the race which was obviously very emotional and difficult for everyone. Both the #97 and #99 cars led for long periods of time but, ultimately, it was the changing weather conditions in the last hours that cost us the victory we all longed for. I’d like to thank everyone who has shown us such support over the weekend and sent the messages of condolence to Allan’s family.”

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 1:24 PM, 06.23.2013

Audi Wins Tragedy-Marred 90th Running of Le Mans

Joest celebrates 14th victory at Le Mans

For the second time in succession, Audi and the Audi Sport Team Joest have won the Le Mans 24 Hours with a hybrid race car and quattro drive, thus continuing the unique success story of Audi and Joest at the world’s most important endurance race. Victory was clinched by Loïc Duval (F), Tom Kristensen (DK) and Allan McNish (GB).

As expected, the twelfth triumph for the four rings at Le Mans and the 14th of Joest Racing was one of the most difficult and hardest-fought ones. Following a change in the regulations that was made at short notice, the three Audi R18 e-tron quattro cars on average were able to do two laps less on one tank filling than their main rival Toyota. The Audi drivers had to compensate for the additional pit stops by faster lap times on track – and did so in weather conditions that at times were extremely difficult.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 1:22 PM, 06.23.2013

ZYTEK - Zytek Engines Power Le Mans Top 4

Zytek Engined Cars Lead At Le Mans

First four positions in LMP2 after eight hours.

After eight hours Zytek Nissan engined cars were leading the LMP2 class of the Le Mans 24-hours. The OAK Racing Morgans and two of Zytek’s own Z11SN chassis occupied the first four places with a third of the race run.

Having moved up the field, the number 35 car of Bertrand Baguette, Ricardo Gonzalez and Martin Plowman led the class ahead of the Morgan of early race leaders Olivier Pla, Alex Brundle and David Heinemeier Hansson.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 8:12 PM, 06.22.2013

AUDI - LeMans Coverage

Audi at 24 Hours of Le Mans: Tune-In Schedule

Audi fans in North America can share in the excitement as Audi goes for its 12th win at 24 Hours of Le Mans this weekend, Sat., June 22 and Sun., June 23. On the 90th anniversary of the world’s most important endurance race, Le Mans record winner Tom Kristensen (eight wins) expects to be in contention for a top result with his current team-mates Loïc Duval (F) and Allan McNish (GB). The team will compete in an Audi R18 e-tron quattro with optimized aerodynamics at Le Mans.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 10:46 AM, 06.22.2013

LEVEL 5 MTRSPRTS - Le Mans PreRace

It’s the ultimate test of man and machine and a race that’s steeped in history. Nearly 300,000 spectators are in attendance and millions more watch at home. For more than 80 years, it’s driven technological innovation and has shaped the evolution of the automobile. Driving careers are defined here, but at the same time, can also be lost in the matter of a split second.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 10:35 AM, 06.22.2013

LEVEL 5 MTRSPRTS - Le Mans Test Day

Scott Tucker and Level 5: Test Day at Le Mans

MADISON, Wis. — For teams competing in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Sunday, June 9 is often considered to be the single-most important day in the build-up to the world-famous endurance race. That’s because, for eight hours, drivers will have full reign of Circuit de la Sarthe, in the one-and-only testing opportunity prior to race week itself on the legendary French circuit.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 12:21 PM, 06.07.2013

Zytek Wins LMP2 Pole at LeMans

Zytek Nissan Engine Clinches Pole at Le Mans

A Zytek Nissan-engined car grabbed the LMP2 class pole position for the Le Mans 24-hours last night. In the closing seconds of final qualifying, Olivier Pla in the OAK Racing Morgan, which features a Zytek developed and serviced Nissan VK45DE engine, recorded the fastest lap in class with a time of 3mim 38.621sec. At the chequered flag, three of the top six in the LMP2 category were powered by the 4.5-litre Zytek Nissan V8 units.

The team of Olivier Pla, David Heinemeier Hanson and Alex Brundle will start tomorrow’s race from ninth place overall on the grid. Third in the 22-strong LMP2 category was one of Zytek’s own Z11SN chassis, the Jota Sport car of Lucas Luhr, Oliver Turvey and Simon Dolan, following a quick lap by Oliver in the final hour. Another Zytek Nissan-engined Morgan the KCMG entry, lies in sixth place in class.

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Volume 2013, Issue 6, Posted 10:59 AM, 06.22.2013

Compuware Corvette C6.R Wins At Laguna Seca

Compuware Corvette C6.R Wins At Laguna Seca

Jan Magnussen (left) and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, celebrate their first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class win Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Laguna Seca, California. (Photo by Richard Prince for Corvette Racing)

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, race to their first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class win Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Laguna Seca, California. (Photo by Richard Prince for Corvette Racing)

Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia, drivers of the No. 3 Compuware Corvette C6.R, race to their first American Le Mans Series (ALMS) GT Class win Saturday, May 11, 2013 at Laguna Seca, California. (Photo by Richard Prince for Corvette Racing)

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Volume 2013, Issue 5, Posted 7:58 PM, 05.12.2013

MAZDA SCORES FIRST RACE WIN WITH SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL

MAZDA SCORES FIRST RACE WIN WITH SKYACTIV-D CLEAN DIESEL

IRVINE, Calif.   RIS  In only its fourth race, the all-new Mazda6, powered by a production-based SKYACTIV-D Clean Diesel engine, scored a win in the Rolex Grand-Am GX race at Road Atlanta.  Joel Miller and Andrew Carbonell drove the #00 Visit Florida Racing Mazda6 to the win, with team-mates Sylvain Tremblay and Tom Long finishing third in the similar #70 SpeedSource Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D.  It was a three-way battle for most of the race with a Porsche Cayman splitting the two Mazdas.

This win represented a day of firsts for Grand-Am competition and for Mazda Motorsports.  This is the first-ever win for a diesel-powered car in Grand-Am competition.  It also marked the first win for the all-new Mazda6 in any race series.  It was the first Grand-Am race win for drivers Joel Miller and Andrew Carbonell.  Miller is a former Mazda Motorsports Scholarship winner, having won the Skip Barber National Championship in 2007.  Carbonnell has been racing Mazdas with Freedom Autosport for many years, and was part of the team that delivered the 2011 Continental Tire ST Manufacturers Championship to Mazda.  Carbonell was substituting for Miller’s usual teammate, Tristan Nunez, who had a schedule conflict with another race in Long Beach.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 5:48 PM, 05.01.2013

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Celebrates Corvette's 60 Years at Sonoma Raceway

Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival Celebrates 

Fast cars, fine food and wine highlight May 18-19 weekend

Paul Reinhart is honored guest, popular racing seminar scheduled for second year 
 
SONOMA, Calif. (RIS) - The Sonoma Historic Motorsports Festival returns to Sonoma Raceway on May 18-19 for the fourth straight year under that title. The program for the 27th annual historic-car event organized by General Racing Ltd. in Sonoma will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the popular Corvette, created by the Chevrolet Division of General Motors in 1953.
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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:56 PM, 04.30.2013

RRDC Evening with Brian Redman Draws Racing Elite in Long Beach

RRDC Evening with Brian Redman Draws Racing Elite in Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif.  - A crowd of 350 people representing all forms of motorsports, from NHRA to INDYCAR and sports-car racing, turned out for the RRDC Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone on Thursday to honor the racing legend. This was the Road Racing Drivers Club's fifth consecutive annual banquet held prior to the running of the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
 
The proceeds of the dinner help support the RRDC's young driver initiatives, including its groundbreaking SAFEisFAST.com program and the Team USA Scholarship, which the RRDC has backed since 1997.
 
RRDC president Bobby Rahal conducted a spirited interrogation of Redman, in the style of the Late Show with David Letterman, which educed a number of previously-unheard accounts from Redman's storied four-decade career as a sports-car, Formula 1 and F5000 racer.
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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 2:20 AM, 04.20.2013

WeatherTech Porsche On Pole in GTC at Long Beach

WeatherTech Porsche On Pole in GTC at Long Beach

LONG BEACH, Calif.  - Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen will start from pole position in GTC for this weekend's American Le Mans Series (ALMS) presented by Tequila Patron Long Beach Grand Prix to run tomorrow, April 20.

In today's first, and only, practice session, Bleekemolen (Monte Carlo) put in a lap time of 1:23.039 to pace the GTC field. The Dutchman, combined with co-driver MacNeil (Hinsdale, ILL), worked with the Alex Job Racing (AJR) team to hit the set up of the WeatherTech Porsche just right on a green track to be number one on the GTC time sheet this morning.

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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 1:34 AM, 04.20.2013

BMW of North America Adds Support to RRDC Evening with Brian Redman

BMW of North America Adds Support to RRDC Evening with Brian Redman

HILLIARD, Ohio (April 16, 2013) - BMW of North America, LLC, will support the RRDC Evening with Brian Redman presented by Firestone at the Road Racing Drivers Club's fifth annual West Coast banquet on April 18, held prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Calif.).
 
Redman raced for BMW in 1975 and '76, winning the 12 Hours of Sebring in 1975 (with co-drivers Hans Stuck, Sam Posey and Allan Moffat), the first year of BMW's official foray into American sports-car racing. He also won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1976 (with Peter Gregg and John Fitzpatrick). "The BMW CSLs were fabulous machines, and the Sebring and Daytona wins remain the highlights of my career," said Redman, who actually drove eight of the 12 hours to the '75 Sebring victory.
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Volume 2012, Issue 10, Posted 6:28 PM, 04.16.2013