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Aug 12

Questions, Concerns Remain Over DP/P2 Integration

USCR- Questions, Concerns Remain Over DP:P2 Integration

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With less than six months to go until the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, and just 10 weeks before the final champions are crowned in and the , some key details surrounding next year’s United SportsCar Racing series have yet to be finalized.

Many prototype team owners in the paddock last weekend at Road America, site of the historic first, and only, combined event between both series, have voiced concerns over the timeframe for the release of the and technical regulations and the general lack of details surrounding likely changes to their equipment for next year.

“We have no idea. Nobody has any answers; nobody is asking [us] anything. So I don’t know how we will be going testing at all, at this point. We don’t know anything,” longtime Daytona Prototype team owner Wayne Taylor told SPEED.com.

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Aug 11

Porsche 911 GT America Unveiled

USCR- Porsche 911 GT America Unveiled

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Porsche Motorsport North America, Inc. has announced that production in Stuttgart, Germany has commenced on the 2014 Porsche 911 GT America, a race car based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The car is designed exclusively for the new United Sports Car Racing series GT Daytona class for 2014.

The new car will be delivered starting in October, 2013 and be offered for sale to those teams committed to running the entire 2014 season.

Jens Walther, president of Porsche Motorsport North America, is pleased that the factory has been able to move so quickly to create this endurance racecar – and build it to the upcoming 2014 USCR GT Daytona rules – so teams will have adequate time to attend all the winter test sessions in advance of the season debut at the Rolex 24 at Daytona.

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Aug 9

Ganassi Evaluating Switch To P2

USCR- Ganassi Evaluating Switch To P2

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The most successful team in Daytona Prototype history could be making a radical switch to -spec machinery for next year’s United SportsCar Racing championship.

SPEED.com has learned that is undecided on its 2014 sports car program, with the six-time and defending 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.”

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Aug 9

IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

USCR- IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

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FOX Sports and (International Motor Sports Association) announced today a five-year multi-media rights deal that solidifies United SportsCar Racing’s home on television through the 2018 season.

Today’s announcement, which comes on the heels of last week’s news that FOX Sports will broadcast NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races through 2024, bolsters FOX’s expansive motorsports coverage. The agreement also includes coverage of IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for five years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

For motorsports fans accustomed to FOX Sports’ broadcast presentation of various forms of racing, including NASCAR since 2001, today’s announcement signals another exciting development for sports car racing in America. In September of 2012, Rolex Sports Car Series and the presented by Tequila Patrón announced the two entities were merging in one of the most significant developments in the history of sports car racing in North America. Later named United SportsCar Racing, sanctioned by IMSA, the premier new sports car racing series begins its next chapter with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January of 2014.

“It’s hard to argue that there’s a global media company more equipped and better resourced to cover and broadcast sports car racing than FOX Sports,” said Ed Bennett, CEO of IMSA. “By partnering with FOX Sports for the next five years, United SportsCar Racing, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and their teams, tracks, drivers and sponsors are positioned for strong exposure while our existing fans can expect top-notch presentation, promotion and marketing.”

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