The most successful team in Daytona Prototype history could be making a radical switch to P2-spec machinery for next year’s United SportsCar Racing championship.
SPEED.com has learned that Chip Ganassi Racing is undecided on its 2014 sports car program, with the six-time and defending DP class champions considering either to continue with its proven Riley-BMW package or make the move to a Le Mans Prototype.
A decision has yet to be made, according to team manager Tim Keene, who is waiting on the technical regulations for the new combined Prototype category, comprised of DPs, P2s and the DeltaWing, to be finalized.
“We don’t really know what to look at,” Keene told SPEED.com. “We’d like to have an on-track test to see where we’d actually stand before we can make any kind of decisions. We don’t want to base a decision on what we think is going to be right because we don’t really know what the regulations will be.”Chip Ganassi Racing, DP, P2, Sports Cars, USCR
Hello open-wheel types and thanks for all your questions. I intend to answer your questions every week during the season, so just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t feel left out if I didn’t directly respond. I appreciate your interest and passion.
Q: It was great seeing Charlie Kimball get the win at Mid-Ohio. I have been waiting all season for the “we need to save fuel” strategy to blow up in someone’s face. I get so sick and tired of hearing the phrase “save fuel.” The races should be a sprint with the drivers pushing the entire way, not a clinic on fuel conservation. If we wanted to watch clinics on fuel conservation we would watch people roll on down the road in Hybrid cars. Bravo to Charlie for pushing the car. I do have some gripes to add though, can we get rid of these big gaps between races in 2014 or can we have more races in 2014? Can we get MIS back on the schedule in May, June, July, August, or September? Invite the Brewers guild, and Michigan car clubs the people will come in droves.
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New global electric race series to broadcast across FOX family of networks spanning 88 territories over six continents
FOX Sports, one of the largest global sports networks, has signed a multi-year, international multi-media deal with the FIA Formula E Championship, the world’s first fully-electric car racing series beginning in September 2014.
Formula E (www.fiaformulae.com) is a new FIA Championship featuring open-wheel cars powered exclusively by electricity and racing in the heart of 10 of the world’s leading cities, including two in the US with Los Angeles and Miami. Designed to promote interest and investment in electric vehicles and sustainable motoring, 10 teams each with two drivers will compete in one hour races using Formula cars capable of reaching speeds of more than 220kph with zero emissions.F1, FIA, Formula 1, Formula E
John Edwards saved his best for last in Friday’s second practice session for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at Road America. Edwards lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.711 (116.853 mph) in the No. 56 BMW North America, LLC/Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE. His best lap came in the final minute of the session, knocking Marc Goossens – who led the day’s first session – out of the top spot in GT.
Lucas Luhr kept the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on top of the overall charts with a lap of 1:52.106 (129.991 mph), 5.467 seconds ahead of Chris McMurry in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 Mazda.
Quickest in the P2 class was Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b at 1:57.573 (123.947 mph). Simon Pagenaud, 1:57.969 (123.531 mph), and Marino Franchitti, 1:58.407 (123.074 mph) rounded out the top three.ALMS, BMW Team RLL, Road America, Sports Cars