Aug 8

Level 5 Drafts In Pagenaud, Gonzalez For Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

With Ryan Briscoe still recovering from a broken wrist, Level 5 Motorsports has recruited a pair of former American Le Mans Series champions to bolster its driving strength for this weekend’s round at Road America.

SPEED has learned that Simon Pagenaud and Ricardo Gonzalez will rejoin the Scott Tucker-owned team for Sunday’s two-hour and 45-minute race, with the IndyCar standout taking Briscoe’s seat in the No. 551 car and the newly crowned Le Mans LMP2 class winner joining ALMS P2 points leader Marino Franchitti in the No. 552 machine.

Aug 7

Villopoto Leads Into Unadilla

ST. LOUIS, MO - MARCH 03: Ryan Villopoto races during the Monster Energy AMA Supercross at The Edward Jones Dome on March 3, 2012 in St. Louis, Missouri.

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Following a weekend off, the 2013 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship, sanctioned by AMA Pro Racing, returns to action this Saturday, August 10, with the Built Ford Tough Unadilla National. Held in New Berlin, N.Y., Unadilla’s Round 10 serves as the final stop on the East Coast before heading west for the two culminating rounds of the championship.

For over 40 years, Unadilla has hosted premier motocross races and with this season’s championships hitting the home stretch, the thousands of fans in attendance will be treated to an afternoon of high-intensity competition. Unadilla is considered hallowed ground in the sport of motocross, and thanks to the facility’s rough terrain, high speed, and incredibly big air, it will be a fitting way to showcase the world’s best riders with a full day of live television coverage on FUEL TV and NBC Sports Network.

Aug 7

Suzuki Wraps Two-Day Motegi Test

Randy de Puniet tests the 2015 Suzuki MotoGP race

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The Suzuki MotoGP Test Team completed a successful two-day test at the Twin Ring Motegi today after being hampered by poor weather conditions yesterday.

Heavy rain on Tuesday, just after the circuit opened at 10am, halted track testing for all the teams involved until 9am this morning; which saw air temperatures of 30 degrees and track temperatures reaching 50 degrees.

Suzuki MotoGP Test Team rider Randy De Puniet suffered two small crashes in the morning session, but with only minor damage to the machine, he was back on track this afternoon, making important progress and successfully testing two new chassis configurations; one of which the team has chosen to develop further at the next Suzuki MotoGP tests in Italy at Misano next month to obtain more edge grip and stability.

Aug 7

Honda Performance Development Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

LE MANS- HPD Reveals 2014 LMP1 Engine

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Honda Performance Development, the racing arm of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., is continuing its commitment to customer LMP1 endurance sports-car racing with the 2014 introduction of an all-new, turbocharged V6 engine, to be followed in 2015 by a range of bespoke energy recovery options, for FIA World Endurance Championship competition.

After several successful seasons supplying the normally aspirated Honda LM-V8 engine to private teams in both the WEC and American Le Mans Series, HPD engineers and designers made the decision to offer their partner teams access to updated technology which the company believes will be necessary to successfully compete on the world stage, under the ACO’s new LMP1 energy-based power train regulations.

The new engine, to be designated the Honda HR22T, is based on the same architecture used in the Indianapolis 500-winning, 2.2-liter direct injection turbocharged V6 engine used in IZOD IndyCar Series competition since 2012, designed to be coupled with a new energy recovery system developed in concert with HPD technical partner Magneti Marelli.