Sports Cars
Jun 13

Video: McNish discusses being grand marshal/Le Mans retirement

is known by many in the racing world for his three victories at the , winning as recently as just last year.

Yet the former racing driver has recently taken a step back from motor racing, spending a lot of his time at the track entertaining the masses with his commentary. For this year’s running of the 24 Hours of , however, he’ll find himself in quite a different role yet again, behind the wheel of the pace car as he leads the field down to the green.

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Jun 13

Different roles for Taylor brothers at Le Mans

(L-R) Jordan and Ricky Taylor gear up for this weekend's 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo: John Dagys)

(L-R) Jordan and Ricky Taylor gear up for this weekend’s 82nd running of the . (Photo: John Dagys)

Fresh off their first professional win together as co-drivers, brothers Ricky and Jordan Taylor have taken different paths in quest of achieving glory in the world’s biggest endurance race.

It’s been a whirlwind month for the second-generation racers, who took over the points lead in Detroit, then immediately jetted off to for the test day, before returning to Circuit de la Sarthe this week for the 24 Hours of .

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Jun 12

Toyota Takes Pole For 24 Hours Of Le Mans

Toyota sits on pole at Le Mans for the first time since 1999. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

sits on pole at for the first time since 1999. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Toyota will start the 82nd running of the from the pole following an incident-filled final two rounds of qualifying Thursday at Circuit de la Sarthe.

Kazuki Nakajima became the first Japanese driver to claim overall pole for the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic, taking his No. 7 Toyota TS040 Hybrid to a best lap time of 3:21.789.

Nakajima’s flyer came early in the third and final qualifying session, which was extended to two hours and 30 minutes due to multiple red flags earlier in the evening. The Toyota driver improved on his 3:22.589 lap from Qualifying 2, which had put him on provisional pole.

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Jun 12

SportsCars: Patrick Dempsey Hoping Third Time’s A Charm At Le Mans

Actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey aims for a podium result in his third 24 Hours of Le Mans race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Actor and race car driver aims for a podium result in his third race. (Photo: LAT Photographic)

Patrick Dempsey is used to cameras and the spotlight. Yet heading into his third 24 Hours of start, and second collaborative effort between his Dempsey Racing organization and the European Proton Competition outfit, he’s got a better idea of how to handle it.

The debut run for Dempsey in 2009 – then in an AF Corse-run Ferrari F430 GT – was an eye-opener both into the event itself, the fervor of the French fans, and the challenge of running this 24-hour race. As it happened, he and Joe Foster had to run almost the entire second half on their own due to illness knocking their third driver out of action.

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