Sports Cars
Oct 9

Cars: 2013 Annual Dix Mille Tours, Showcase Of Classic Racers

Cars: 2013 Annual Dix Mille Tours, Showcase Of Classic Racers

The annual Dix Mille Tours meeting is the traditional season finale for the Peter Auto Racing events. (Photo: Wouter/Pieter Melissen for Ultimatecarpage.com)

Introduction
Now in its fourth year, the annual Dix Mille Tours (Ten Thousand Laps) meeting at the Paul Ricard High Tech Test Track has quickly become the traditional season finale for the Peter Auto Racing events. All of the major race classes organised by event host Patrick Peter were on track again this year, including the Sixties’ Endurance, Trofeo Nastro Rosso and two Classis Endurance Racing groups.

They were complemented in 2013 by the Mini Classic & Touring Cup, Group C and a revival of the BPR Championship organised by Peter along with Stephane Ratel and Jurgen Barth between 1994 and 1996. As a result, the 2013 Dix Mille Tours saw sports racing cars from the early 1950s through to the 1990s take to the high speed track on the French Mediterranean coast. In addition to the races, the track was also opened to clubs during the lunch-breaks, while in the paddock various specialist vendors welcomed competitors and spectators alike.

Oct 9

SportsCars: Ford EcoBoost Chases Daytona Speed Record

Ford EcoBoost DP Car

Check out the Ford EcoBoost DP Car. (Photo: Courtesy of Ford)

In a joint effort between Michael Shank Racing, Ford Racing and Continental Tire, the 2012 Rolex 24 at Daytona championship team will aim to set a new track record at Daytona International Speedway by eclipsing the 210.364 mph lap laid down Feb. 9, 1987, by NASCAR champion Bill Elliott, who pushed his Ford Thunderbird to the top of the speed charts in qualifying for the Daytona 500.

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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.