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May 23

SportsCars: Nissan Announces Factory LMP1 Program For 2015

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Nissan plans to begin testing the GT-R LM NISMO LMP1 car in October. (Photo: Nissan)

Following months of speculation and intrigue, Nissan officially announced Friday its entry into the LMP1 class for 2015, which will see a two-car full factory program in the FIA World Endurance Championship with the legendary GT-R model.

The Japanese manufacturer’s all-new prototype, the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, will take on the likes of Audi, Toyota and Porsche in what will be a global effort encompassing technical resources and facilities in Japan, Europe and the U.S.

May 23

F1: Allison Has No Problem With Ferrari Adding Technical Talent

James Allison supports Ferrari's decision to search for more technical assistance. (Photo: Getty Images)

James Allison supports Ferrari’s decision to search for more technical talent. (Photo: Getty Images)

Ferrari chassis technical director James Allison says he has no problem with the team searching for new technical talent to bolster the team – and he remains confident in the support that he receives from the management.

Stories about an approach to Adrian Newey continue to make the headlines, although not surprisingly new team boss Marco Mattiacci denied yesterday that he had made one.

May 23

Highs And Lows: History Of The Indy 500/Coca-Cola 600 Double

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night's Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kurt Busch, the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champ, will compete in his first Indianapolis 500 before flying to Charlotte for that night’s Coca-Cola 600. (Photo: Getty Images)

For more than a decade, the Indianapolis 500 and NASCAR’s World 600 — now known as the Coca-Cola 600 — in Charlotte were held on different days, setting the stage for Cale Yarborough to make history in 1967 as the first driver to complete both races in one year.

But since both IndyCar and NASCAR have raced on the same day, the feat of running in both events has been pulled off eight times by three different drivers. Kurt Busch will attempt to add to that list Sunday, as the 2004 NASCAR Cup Series champion makes his first start at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

May 23

F1: Force India Shows Early Strength In Monaco

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh quickest in Thursday's second practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh quickest in Thursday’s second practice. (Photo: Getty Images)

Force India is looking to get both its cars well inside the top 10 in Monaco qualifying after a promising start to the week in practice on Thursday.

In FP1 Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg were eighth and 10th, while in the afternoon they were sixth and seventh, although not all top drivers set representative times.

May 22

Test Drive: 2015 Volkswagen Golf, GTI Debut

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI gets expressive new styling (Photo: Volkswagen)

The 2015 Volkswagen Golf GTI gets expressive new styling (Photo: Volkswagen)

Worldwide, Volkswagen Golf is by far the biggest selling car in Europe and gaining fast in Asian and South American markets. In the U.S., not so much. Here, most drivers hold a grudging dislike for compact hatchbacks, equating them with the late and unlamented econoboxes of past decades.

Which explains why the U.S. launch of the impressive new seventh-generation Golf and performance GTI models comes a full year later than their introduction overseas, where they have succeeded in boosting sales amid critical acclaim. The U.S. intro is important to VW, though, because it wants to raise the profile of what the automaker calls “the heart of the brand.”