Oct 14

SportsCars: Exclusive Q&A With HPD’s Steve Eriksen

HPD's Steve Eriksen, left, with OAK Racing team principal Jacques Nicolet, right. (Photo: DPPI/OAK Racing)

HPD’s Steve Eriksen, left, with OAK Racing team principal Jacques Nicolet, right. (Photo: DPPI/OAK Racing)

From the development of a new LMP1 engine for 2014 and a spike in P2 interest globally, it’s been busy times at Honda Performance Development as the California-based manufacturer ramps up for the 2014 international sports car racing season.

FOX Sports SPEED caught up with HPD VP Steve Eriksen to shed some light into the manufacturer’s sports car racing activities across the globe, including prospects for the new TUDOR UnitedSportsCar Championship, as well as an update on the new Acura NSX.

Oct 11

Sports Cars: Kansas Added to 2014 United SportsCar Schedule

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

Kansas Speedway. (John Dagys)

IMSA announced Friday a shakeup in the schedule for next year’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which includes the addition of a 13th event at Kansas Speedway and other changes in the Prototype Challenge calendar.

With expected oversized grids, the PC class has been reduced to 10-round schedule, with the elimination of the Detroit and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park events in favor of a standalone race at Kanas Speedway on June 7.

Oct 10

SportsCars: Braun, MSR Smash Daytona Track Record in Ford EcoBoost DP

Michael Shank Racing's new Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley Daytona Prototype smashed a 26-year old track record at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM)

Michael Shank Racing’s new Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley Daytona Prototype smashed a 26-year-old track record at Daytona International Speedway. (Photo: Brian Cleary/GRAND-AM)

History was made Wednesday at Daytona International Speedway as Michael Shank Racing’s new Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley Daytona Prototype smashed a 26-year old track record, while also unofficially breaking two longstanding world speed records.

Oct 8

Sports Cars: Q&A With Porsche Motorsport North America President

Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther, right, with Porsche factory driver, Joerg Bergmeister, left. (Photo: John Dagys)

Porsche Motorsport North America president Jens Walther (right) talks with Porsche factory driver Joerg Bergmeister. (Photo: John Dagys)

Porsche has been in the headlines as of late, with the announcement that it will field a two-car full factory effort in next year’s Tudor United SportsCar Championship, while also providing more than a dozen cars to customers competing in the new GT Daytona category in 2014.

SPEED recently caught up with Porsche Motorsport North America President Jens Walther for more insight into the new 911 GT America, which will become the German manufacturer’s new customer car in America. Up to 15 cars of the GTD-specific model are expected to be produced for next year.

Oct 5

ALMS: Level 5 Takes P2 Win, Clinches Title At VIR

Ryan Briscoe drives the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsport entry to victory in Saturday's race at VIR. (Photo: John Dagys)

Ryan Briscoe in the No. 551 Level 5 Motorsports entry leads the P2 field in Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at VIR. (Photo: John Dagys)

Level 5 Motorsports locked up its third consecutive P2 teams’ championship Saturday with a dominant run in Saturday’s Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway.

Ryan Briscoe took the No. 551 HPD ARX-03b to a 13.464-second win over the No. 01 Extreme Speed Motorsports entry of Scott Sharp, who finished in second.

The two similarly prepared cars enjoyed an early race battle, in the hands of Scott Tucker and Anthony Lazzaro, with the Level 5 team owner losing the lead to the ESM entry just past the 40-minute mark.