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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

F1: Boston Celtics Owners Provide $21 Million Jolt To Formula E

The Boston Celtics logo is seen on a Spark-Renault SRT_01E. (Photo: Formula E)

The Boston Celtics logo is seen on a Spark-Renault SRT_01E. (Photo: Formula E)

A new, environmentally friendly auto racing series just got even greener.

Boston Celtics managing partner Wyc Grousbeck and a dozen of his co-owners in the NBA franchise have invested $21 million into Formula E, an all-electric circuit that has already attracted celebrities with environmental interests such as actor Leonardo DiCaprio and billionaire Richard Branson. The series is scheduled to debut in Beijing in September and continue on the streets from Miami to Monaco in a 10-race, Formula One-style championship.

Dec 20

F1: Kobayashi Set For Caterham Seat

Kamui Kobayashi has emerged as the top candidate for the 2014 Caterham seat. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kamui Kobayashi has emerged as the top candidate for the 2014 Caterham seat. (Photo: Getty Images)

Kamui Kobayashi is set to return to Formula 1 with Caterham after emerging as the most qualified candidate for the seat.

With rookie Marcus Ericsson likely to be in the other car the team has been keen to employ an experienced driver. Heikki Kovalainen has been in the frame for months, and until recently was under contract to the team, but as is well known he does not have any sponsorship. The same applies to Paul di Resta, the only other experienced driver who competed in 2013 and is without a drive.

Dec 20

What To Watch: Your Weekend Racing Schedule

1954 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE. (Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)

1954 BUICK SKYLARK CONVERTIBLE. (Photo: Courtesy of Barrett-Jackson)

Friday, December 20

On Demand – F1 European Rally | Switzerland (www.Speed2.com)

On Demand – F3 Open | Catalunya Race 2 (www.Speed2.com)

8 p.m. – Barrett-Jackson 2014 Preview | Scottsdale, AZ (FOX Sports 2)

Saturday, December 21

On Demand – GT Open | Catalunya Race 1 (www.Speed2.com)

12 p.m. – Barrett-Jackson 2014 Preview | Scottsdale, AZ (FOX Sports 1)

6 p.m. – Barrett-Jackson 2014 Preview | Scottsdale, AZ (FOX Sports 2)

7 p.m. – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing | San Bernardino (FOX Sports 2) 

8 p.m. – Lucas Oil Off Road Racing | San Bernardino (FOX Sports 2)

Sunday, December 22

On Demand – GT Open | Catalunya Race 2 (www.Speed2.com)

2 p.m. – Lucas Oil Drag Boats | Chandler (FOX Sports 1)

4 p.m. – Lucas Oil Late Model Dirt | Portsmouth (FOX Sports 1)

6 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Japan (FOX Sports 2)

7 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | China (FOX Sports 2)

8 p.m. – FIA World Touring Car Championship | Macau (FOX Sports 2)

9 p.m. – Lucas Oil Drag Boats | Chandler (FOX Sports 2)

3:30 a.m. – FIA World Endurance Championship | Season Review (FOX Sports 1)

**All times Eastern Standard

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.