Hinch gets three races

James Hinchcliffe can once again put the microphone on the shelf, and jump in the racing suit. The Canadian will race for Andretti Autosport for the remainder of the 2020 season in car #26, which was available following the departure of Zach Veach. Hinch already did three races for Andretti Autosport in 2020, where he ran car #29 with Genesys sponsorship on the side of the car. He will take over the Gainbridge affiliation at the two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, plus on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida.…

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Castroneves replaces Askew

Helio Castroneves has been called in as a replacement at Arrow McLaren SP, at the upcoming Harvest Grand Prix at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Oliver Askew felt unwell after the Mid-Ohio race weekend, with balance- and coordination problems, and was then checked by the doctors. He was then deemed unfit to race the two races next weekend in the NTT IndyCar Series. There are no further details about the exact reasoning for those issues with the American driver. The AMSP team has made a deal with Helio Castroneves, who usually…

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Rebellion says goodbye

Rebellion Racing has chosen to say goodbye to the FIA World Endurance Championship, after they completed the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The rumours have been around for a while, that they might already pull out after Le Mans, and that is now a fact. The team only had a theoretical possibility of winning the drivers title, while the constructors’ title already has been won by Toyota Gazoo Racing. That’s the end of 13 years of competition in sportscar racing for the watch manufacturer, who started working with the Speedy…

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Two new Acura teams announced

Acura has announced two new teams, which will continue running their DPi programme in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2021 and beyond. The decision fell on Wayne Taylor Racing and Meyer Shank Racing. It’s certainly to no surprise, that MSR will be one of the teams, who will take over the programme, following Acura not opting to extend with Team Penske. MSR has had Acura and Honda connections throughout the last few years and was running at Le Mans 2016 with an LMP2 car, in addition to their IMSA…

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GT Masters with well known venues

ADAC GT Masters has announced a 2021 schedule with well-known venues There is a risk of the seven events changing, like everything changes at the moment, but at least these 7 weekends are the primary plan. The season will start in Oschersleben on 14-16 May, with Red Bull Racing being on schedule one month later. Then it’s onto a two-month summer break, the series returns to the Nürburgring early August. 14 days later it’s Zandvoort, before Lausitzring will run one month later. The two final weekends of the year will…

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Veach leaves Andretti

Zach Veach and Andretti Autosports have chosen to split up. In a short statement from the team, they explain that they have terminated their contract instantly, and that they will announce his replacement in the near future. The NTT IndyCar Series 2020 season has been really bad for Veach. The American is currently 20th in the standings, behind all the Rookies, and only just ahead of Marco Andretti. Everybody else behind the pair has only done selected rounds. The season started well at the oval in Texas, where he finished…

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3 absentees in Mid-Ohio

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be back racing this weekend, but there will be three fewer cars on the starting grid, compared to the original entry list for the Mid-Ohio race Porsche has pulled out both their GTLM cars. The reasoning behind is three of their four IMSA drivers were present at Le Mans last weekend. Three members of the Porsche outfit was tested positive for COVID-19 following that event. Porsche haven’t revealed which of the Le Mans teams, nor if it was drivers, engineers or mechanics being tested…

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Championship standings post Le Mans

It wasn’t just about race trophies, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The race was also the 7th round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, and therefore the penultimate round in the 2019/20 season. The point scale in the FIA WEC is graduated, so 4 and 6-hour races follow the Formula points scale. If the race is at least 8 hours, it’s 1,5 times points. And at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, it’s double points. To make it even more complicated, points are only scored by the…

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Only minor changes to Le Mans result

There was thankfully only a few post-race changes for the 2020 24 Hours of Le Mans results. The positive news is that all the cars that were checked, were deemed legal. That hasn’t always been the case, where a pair of Ford cars last year had too large fuel tanks, or when the Vaillante Rebellion was disqualified in 2017, for drilling a small hole in the engine cover, so they could give a knock on a sick starter motor at each pitstop, without having to remove the engine cover. But…

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FIA WEC 2021 provisional schedule revealed

The FIA World Endurance Championship has announced their provisional schedule for the 2021 season. The Season 8 schedule has been trimmed down to a 6-race schedule for FIA WEC, due to the COVID-19 situation, and the economic challenges for companies around the world. The season starts on 13-14 March at Sebring International Raceway, with a two-day test, before the season opener will run on 19 March. That will be a 1000 Miles race, just like it was in 2019, and was planned to be in 2020. May 1st will be…

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Bourdais gets new Indycar contract

Sebastien Bourdais will soon be back behind the wheel of an NTT IndyCar Series car again. The 41 year-old French driver was suddenly left without a seat for the 2020 season, when Dale Coyne Racing unexpectedly terminated the contract with him in November 2019. He quickly landed a deal with Action Express Racing in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, where he currently races. He did sign a 4-race deal with A. J. Foyt Enterprises for 2020 later on. But the COVID-19 situation made a mess of those plans, with all the…

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Alpine moves into LMP1

Alpine has big ambitions for the 2021 motorsport year. Not only will they re-badge the Renault F1 team to Alpine, but they will also get up one notch in their sportscar programme. The team has competed in the LMP2 category during the past few seasons, with an ORECA 07 renamed as Alpine A470, and prior to that, an ORECA 03 under the A450 name. They will keep the ORECA connection since they will enter the LMP1 category from 2021 with the Rebellion R13 model, that ORECA has developed and build.…

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Goodyear blimp returns to Europe

The iconic Goodyear Blimp will be present in Europe once again. It will gets its debut this weekend at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, and will then fly on to the 24 hours at the Nürburgring next weekend. It’s been 35 years since it has last flown in Europe. Since then it’s primarily been present at NASCAR races, where they are the tire suppliers. It even made an appearance in the Disney movie Cars – without Goodyear branding though. The Blimp itself is made by Zeppelin and is 75…

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Porsche with special Le Mans livery

When the practice sessions for the 24 Hours of Le Mans start this Thursday, we will have the two Porsche 911 RSR cars in GTE Pro in a very distinctive new livery, which makes it a lot easier to pick them apart. Porsche continues the retro theme, that they have stuck to at Le Mans and the IMSA series for the last couple of years. #91 will predominatly be red, while #92 will mostly be black. The red design on #91 is an homage to the Le Mans victory in…

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Ginetta pull out of Le Mans

Team LNT Ginetta has chosen to pull out from the 24 Hours of Le Mans 2020. The team was originally slated to race with two cars, but they pulled out one of their cars earlier in the year. They were supposed to have raced with a single car at the FIA World Endurance Championship race at Spa Francorchamps one month ago, but they pulled out of that one too. Their own explanation of them pulling out from Le Mans, is due to the quarantine rules between France and the UK,…

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Johnson signs Indycar deal

The seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson has signed a deal, where he will race in the NTT IndyCar Series for the next two seasons. Johnson announced prior to the 2020 season, that this would be his final season in NASCAR, but one last shot at winning title number eight sadly didn’t happen since he didn’t make it to The Chase, where the title is decided. He was originally scheduled to test for Arrow McLaren Schmidt Peterson with Chevrolet engine earlier in the year, but that test was cancelled due to…

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IMSA with new schedule, category, and other bits

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship has announced their 2021 schedule, and other plans for the upcoming season. The biggest news of all is probably the entry of LMP3 cars at selected rounds, including the Daytona 24 Hours. It’s no secret that the grids in IMSA are declining, and especially the LMP2 category has less and less, plus we will lose Porsche GTLM next year. LMP3 cars are very popular other places in the world, and IMSA has lacked a secondary category for newcomers since the LMPC category shut down a…

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Phoenix Racing enters LMP racing

Phoenix Racing will expand their racing programme to include Le Mans Prototypes. The German team which is based in Meuspath near the Nürburgring, have bought an ORECA 07 LMP2 car, which they will run in the Asian Le Mans Series, this coming season. They are also working on getting an LMP3 car entered in the same series. The next step will be running in the European Le Mans Series, and then their ultimate goal – an entry to the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team has been a long-standing…

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RLR MSport announces Le Mans drivers

RLR MSport has announced their two drivers for the Road To Le Mans race, which runs as a support race to the 24 Hours of Le Mans next week. Canadian James Dayson will be joined by Danish youngster Malthe Jakobsen. They are paired up in the European Le Mans Series too, but the Le Mans call came very late for Jakobsen. He didn’t expect to go, only a week ago, but after the good pace by him in the ELMS this year, the team was very keen on getting him…

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Indycar hurries to Mid-Ohio

The NTT IndyCar Series series will have to pack their trucks much sooner than originally planned. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is ready to host two rounds this coming weekend. The race was originally scheduled earlier in the season, but it was put on pause due to the COVID-19 situation in the area. When the teams left World Wide Technology Raceway last weekend, it looked like a no-race September, with the next race being in Indianapolis in October. That race is still on the schedule, with another double round, before the…

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