Jan 21

F1: Van Der Garde Takes On Test Role For Sauber

Giedo Van Der Garde during practice for the F1 Australian GP in Melbourne on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde stands by during practice for the Australian GP on March 16, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Giedo van der Garde has joined Sauber as test and reserve driver, and the Dutchman has been guaranteed some Friday sessions and in-season tests as part of the deal.

Van der Garde was not able to conclude a deal to race for Caterham, presumably for commercial reasons.

Jan 21

F1: Di Resta Returns To DTM, Potentially Set For Mercedes F1 Role

Paul di Resta attends the drivers press conference for the Korean F1 GP at Korea International Circuit on Oct 3, 2013. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is out of Formula One — at least for now. (Photo: Getty Images)

Paul Di Resta is returning to DTM with Mercedes this year, having been dropped by Force India at the end of last year.

The new deal opens up the possibility of him working with the Mercedes F1 team, his recent experience making him an obvious candidate for simulator running or even testing. Di Resta says that his potential involvement will be discussed soon.

Jan 21

SportsCars: Zanardi Returns, Will Run Blancpain Sprint Series

Newly announced BMW Works Driver Alessandro Zanardi (IT) with the BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Newly announced BMW Works driver Alex Zanardi stands with his BMW Z4. (Photo: BMW Motorsport)

Following months of rumors and speculation, BMW Motorsport made it official Tuesday, confirming that Alex Zanardi will make his racing return in 2014, driving a BMW Z4 GT3 in the newly named Blancpain Sprint Series (formerly FIA GT Series).

The 47-year-old former open-wheel star will rejoin the the Roberto Ravaglia-led squad, which he drove for in his first comeback to racing in the European and World Touring Car Championships from 2003-09, when the Italian claimed four victories at the wheel of a BMW 320i.

Jan 21

SportsCars: Rolex 24 Preview — Prototype Challenge Class

Check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. (Photo: John Dagys)

Check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class. (Photo: John Dagys)

It’s a dawn of a new era for sports car racing, as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship kicks off this weekend on the famed Florida high banks for the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona.

To gear up for the history-making event, FOX Sports’ SPEED Blog previews the twice-around-the-clock endurance classic with a team-by-team look at the 67 cars that are set to compete in the season-opening round.
Following Monday’s look at GTD, check out a preview of the Prototype Challenge (PC) class.

TV Schedule (Sat. Jan 25-26):
2pm-4pm ET on FOX
4pm-9pm ET on FOX Sports 2
9pm-7am ET on
7am-3pm ET on FOX Sports 1

Prototype Challenge (9 Entries)

CORE autosport: The three-time and defending championship-winning team returns with full-season drivers Colin Braun and Jon Bennett. Mark Wilkins and James Gue complete the driving squad for Daytona. It’s a steady lineup that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially with one of the best teams in the business turning the wrenches.