Dec 22

SportsCars: Countdown – Top 5 Teams of 2013

The AF Corse Ferrari squad competed in seven different series and walked away with countless victories. (Photo: John Dagys)

The AF Corse Ferrari squad competed in seven different series and walked away with countless victories. (Photo: John Dagys)

5.Wayne Taylor Racing: It often seemed as though Wayne Taylor Racing was in a class of its own this year. While the driving combination of Max Angelelli and Jordan Taylor netted five victories and the 2013 DP drivers’ championship, the Simon Hodgson-led organization had its Dallara-chassied Corvette DP dialed in, nearly at every round, showing the strength of the package and team throughout the final year of the Rolex Series.

4.Black Falcon: The Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG GT3 team shined in the key international endurance races this year, with overall victories in the 24 Hours of Dubai, Nurburgring 24 and Gulf 12 Hours. A regular front-runner in the Blancpain Endurance Series and VLN, the German outfit, managed by Sean Paul Breslin, has quickly established itself as one of the top GT endurance teams in the business.

Dec 20

SportsCars: 24 Hours of Le Mans Auto Invites Announced

13 cars have been awarded guaranteed entries into the 2014 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo: John Dagys)

13 cars have been awarded guaranteed entries into next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. (Photo: John Dagys)

The Automobile Club de l’Ouest announced Friday the list of automatic invitations for next year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Thirteen cars from 12 teams have been awarded guaranteed entries, based on their success in the American, European or Asian Le Mans Series, as well as the 90th anniversary of the twice-around-the-clock French endurance classic.

Champions in the FIA World Endurance Championship, however, have not received auto invites, as full-season status in the series includes a Le Mans entry.

Dec 20

Sports Cars: Rossi Joins DeltaWing For Rolex 24

Caterham Formula 1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi will make his Rolex 24 debut. (Photo: LAT Photography)

Caterham Formula 1 reserve driver Alexander Rossi will make his Rolex 24 debut with DeltaWing Racing Cars. (Photo: LAT Photography)

GP2 race winner Alexander Rossi will make his Rolex 24 at Daytona debut, having been named Friday as the third driver in the DeltaWing for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship season-opener.

The 22-year-old California native, who serves as Caterham’s Formula 1 reserve driver, will join Andy Meyrick and Katherine Legge in the closed-top car.

Dec 19

SportsCars: Counting Down The Top Five Stories Of 2013

Countdown Through Top 5 SportsCar Racing Stories Of 2013

The helmet of the late Sean Edwards, who had paid tribute to Allan Simonsen following the Dane’s death at Le Mans earlier this year. (Photo: John Dagys)

5. Launch of Asian Le Mans Series: After numerous attempts, the Asian Le Mans Series finally kicked off in 2013, featuring a modest four-round schedule. OAK Racing Team Total and driver David Cheng walked as champions in LMP2, while AF Corse picked up GTC class honors. Despite having started with only eight entries, the car count nearly doubled by the season finale, giving optimism towards an even larger field in 2014.

Dec 18

SportsCars: Counting Down The Top Five Drivers Of 2013

WEC 2013 - WORLD ENDURANCE CHAMPIONSHIP 2013 - 6 HOURS OF SILVERSTONE. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

World Endurance Championship drivers celebrate on the podium at Silverstone. (Photo: DPPI/WEC)

5. Mike Conway: Making his sports car racing debut, Mike Conway proved to be one of the storylines of 2013. The Englishman scored a season-high four LMP2 class victories in the final five rounds of the FIA World Endurance Championship with G-Drive Racing by Delta-ADR and co-drivers John Martin and Roman Rusinov, while also shining in his one-and-only ALMS start with Level 5 Motorsports. An exclusion at Le Mans for an illegal fuel cell ultimately denied the 30-year-old the FIA WEC LMP2 title. Conway’s talent was quickly noticed by Toyota, which has brought him on board to be its test and reserve driver for next year in LMP1.