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Jan 21

SportsCars: Zanardi Returns, Will Run Blancpain Sprint Series

Newly announced BMW Works Driver Alessandro Zanardi (IT) with the BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Newly announced BMW Works driver Alex Zanardi stands with his BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Following months of rumors and speculation, BMW Motorsport made it official Tuesday, confirming that Alex Zanardi will make his racing return in 2014, driving a BMW Z4 GT3 in the newly named Blancpain Sprint Series (formerly FIA GT Series).

The 47-year-old former open-wheel star will rejoin the the Roberto Ravaglia-led squad, which he drove for in his first comeback to racing in the European and World Touring Car Championships from 2003-09, when the Italian claimed four victories at the wheel of a BMW 320i.

Jan 21

SportsCars: Rolex 24 Preview — Prototype Challenge Class

Check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. (Photo: John Dagys)

Check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. (Photo: John Dagys)

It’s a dawn of a new era for sports car racing, as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off this weekend on the famed Florida high banks for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

To gear up for the history-making event, FOX Sports’ SPEED Blog previews the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic with a team-by-team look at the 67 cars that are set to compete in the season-opening round.
Following Monday’s look at GTD, check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class.

TV Schedule (Sat. Jan 25-26):
2pm-4pm ET on FOX
4pm-9pm ET on FOX Sports 2
9pm-7am ET on IMSA.com
7am-3pm ET on FOX Sports 1

Prototype Challenge (9 Entries)

CORE autosport: The three-time and defending championship-winning team returns with full-season drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett. Mark Wilkins and James Gue complete the driving squad for Daytona. It’s a steady lineup that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially with one of the best teams in the business turning the wrenches.

Jan 21

F1: No Place For Kovalainen As Caterham Takes Pay Drivers

Heikki Kovalainen of Finland (R) walks on the paddock during the Formula One Japanese Grand Prix at the Suzuka circuit on Oct 6, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Heikki Kovalainen walks in the Suzuka Circuit paddock at the Japanese GP on Oct. 6, 2012. (Photo: Getty Images)

Heikki Kovalainen is without a vehicle after Caterham opted not to take him aboard for this season.

The team had planned to give him a race seat in 2014 after indicating that it did not want to rely on pay drivers, which is why he was a FP1 regular last year.

Jan 21

F1: Kobayashi, Ericsson Finally Confirmed For Caterham

The Caterham team during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

The Caterham team during the final practice session prior to qualifying for the Brazilian Formula One Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Caterham has finally confirmed that Kamui Kobayashi will join Marcus Ericsson this year, as predicted here back on Dec. 20.

Alexander Rossi retains his role as a test driver and will also race in GP2, and he’s joined in the reserve role by Dutchman Robin Frijns, who is rebuilding his career with new management after being dropped by Sauber.

Jan 20

IndyCar: Return To Open Wheel Racing Has Montoya Feeling Young

Juan Pablo Montoya will drive for Penske Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Montoya will drive for Penske Racing in 2014. (Photo: Getty Images)

Juan Pablo Montoya is returning to IndyCar racing and at age 38 is determined to prove he can still be a force in open-wheeler racing.

The 2000 Indianapolis 500 champion and ex-Formula 1 driver has joined a new but formidable team, and he’s spent most of the offseason getting acclimated to his new surroundings.

“I do feel like a rookie,” Montoya said this week after IndyCar drivers were given their annual physicals in Indianapolis. “It’s hard to know how well up to speed I am, because I’ve been running by myself.”