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Dec 31

SportsCars: Top 5 Things To Watch For In 2014

SportsCar series will provide more excitement in the 2014 season. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

Sports car racing will provide more excitement in the 2014 season. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

5. The Rise of World Challenge: With the two major North American sports car series now becoming one, 2014 could be the year of opportunity for the Pirelli World Challenge. The SCCA-sanctioned series will, for the first time, allow full -spec cars, which has already gained a considerable amount of interest from new teams and drivers to the sprint-race championship. Look for a number of models to make their U.S. debuts next year, including the McLaren MP4-12C and Lamborghini Gallardo.

4. New LMP1 Regulations: A new era in prototype racing begins next year with the introduction of a fresh set of LMP1 regulations, which could transform racing as we know it. Top-line prototypes from Audi, Toyota, Porsche, as well as privateer entries, will compete under a new energy allocation ruleset, where a set amount of fuel is allowed to be used per lap. All factory teams must run at least one energy recovery system, while there are no restrictions on the size of an internal combustion engine. These technological advancements will no doubt be fascinating to watch over the course of the FIA World Endurance Championship season.

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Dec 30

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

SportsCars: Wayne Taylor Set to Race with Sons at Rolex 24

is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s . (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

After signing Ricky and for his Prototype effort in 2014, Wayne Taylor is set to come out of retirement to drive with his sons in next month’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.

The two-time Daytona 24 hours winner is planning to join 24-year-old Ricky and 22-year-old Jordan, plus team veteran Max Angelelli, in WTR’s Corvette DP for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic.

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Dec 4

SportsCars: DP Testing To Resume As Teams Await Answers

Prototypes will return to testing at Daytona. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

Prototypes will return for testing at Daytona. (Photo: Brian Cleary/bcpix.com)

Prototypes will return to the high banks of Daytona International Speedway next week, in what could prove to be a crucial test for teams, manufacturers and as they look to find solutions from the recent incident-filled preseason test.

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Nov 20

Sportscars: Prototype Testing Suspended After Airborne Accidents

Richard Westbrook walked away unscathed following the biggest accident of his career Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: M. Stahlschmidt/Sideline Sports Photography)

Richard Westbrook walked away unscathed following the biggest accident of his career Tuesday at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: M. Stahlschmidt/Sideline Sports Photography)

Testing for Daytona Prototypes, P2 and Prototype Challenge cars was suspended Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway on the grounds of safety, due to a number of tire-related incidents, two of which caused airborne accidents for newly upgraded DPs.

As reported at SportsCar365.com

According to  VP of Competition & Technical Regulations, Scot Elkins, the decision to ground all prototype machinery, except for the DeltaWing coupe, was a joint decision with partner Continental Tire, as they work to come to the bottom of the issue.

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Sep 12

Breaking: Five-Year Partnership For TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Breaking: Five-Year Partnership For TUDOR United SportsCar Championship

Ground-breaking five-year partnership solidifies future of . (Image: Courtesy of TUDOR and )

The International Motor Sports Association () announced Thursday that TUDOR — an innovative and retro-chic brand — has been named entitlement partner for the next five years of what now will be known as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The announcement this morning precedes TUDOR’s official U.S. launch this evening during New York Fashion Week.

“The 2014 season will feature the rebirth and revitalization of sports car racing in North America, and therefore it’s the ideal time to introduce a premium watch brand like TUDOR to our U.S. fans and partners, as well as further solidify our relationship with the international motorsports community,” said IMSA CEO Ed Bennett. “This is a natural progression of the fantastic relationship we’ve cherished for decades with our partners at Rolex.

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