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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for, where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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Ryan Shehan won the Formula Regional Americas Championship Powered by Honda (FR Americas) season opener at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. The 18-year-old returned to America just a few weeks ago after spending the winter in New Zealand to race in the Formula Regional Oceania Championship.

With a strong weekend so far, Shehan (No. 66 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3) paced opening practice before taking the pole position in Saturday morning’s qualifying session. A quick jump at lights out placed him in control of the race before the field even reached Turn 1. 

Nick Persing (No. 29 OPI Commercial Builders Inc. Ligier JS F3) held the pressure during the early laps of the race, but fatigue started to kick in for the driver who had already completed three track sessions in the 80-degree temperatures, including two Radical Cup North America races. By lap 8, Shehan finally opened up a 1.117-second lead, which he steadily grew lap after lap. 

Meanwhile, as the laps ticked down, Persing found himself feeling the pressure of a closing Cooper Becklin (No. 19 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F3). Once separated by over a second, Becklin had closed the gap to just a few car lengths with less than three minutes left in the race. In an intense battle, both drivers took turns locking their brakes before Becklin finally pulled side-by-side with Persing heading into Turn 1 while racing toward the white flag. With Persing in the better line, Becklin was unable to complete the pass, leaving Persing to claim the second position. 

As they crossed the line, it was Shehan, followed by Persing, and then Becklin, to each claim their first podium finish of the 2023 season. 

“I saw Nick in my mirrors for a good chunk of the race and then he just kind of disappeared,” said Shehan from the podium. “I couldn’t tell how close he was, so I just kept going. I knew that if I backed off there was a chance that he could catch back up. I kept pushing until I took the white flag, and I’m just so thankful to take this win. I have to thank the whole team at Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport. The fact that we can come out here and be competitive in our first race shows how good of a team they are, and how good their preparation is.” 

READ MORE: Race 1 Provisional Results

FR Americas returns to the track tomorrow for Race 2 at 10:55 a.m. CT, followed by Race 3 at 2:45 p.m. CT. Follow the championship on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, or watch Race Monitor for live timing and scoring. This weekend’s races are streaming free at

WATCH THE STREAM: FR Americas Race 1

About Formula Regional Americas Championship & Formula 4 United States Championship, Powered by Honda:  The FIA-certified Formula 4 United States Championship (F4 U.S.) & Formula Regional Americas Championship (FR Americas) are designed as entry-level open-wheel racing series offering young talent the opportunity to demonstrate their skills on an international platform while keeping affordability and safety as key elements. The Championships align with the global FIA development ladder philosophy of using common components to provide a cost-efficient, reliable and powerful racing structure as drivers ascend through the levels on their way to U.S. or global racing success. The F4 U.S. Champion is awarded a scholarship to compete the following season in FR Americas, while the FR Americas Champion is awarded a Super Formula Scholarship from Honda Performance Development and Honda Racing Corporation.

Carl Bennett secured his first Formula 4 United States Championship Powered by Honda (F4 U.S.) win in the season-opening race at NOLA Motorsports Park on Saturday afternoon. Kicking off his second season in F4 U.S., the result marked Bennett’s first-career podium finish in the series.  

“This is my first win with formula cars, and that was just amazing,” said Bennett from the podium. “That was quite the battle that I had on the last lap. I’m still a little breathless right now. Just an amazing day.”  

Michael Costello (No. 19 Jay Howard Driver Development / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / LHP Ligier JS F4) left the starting grid from the first position, but an incident on first lap relegated him to the seventh position by the time the field came back around to complete lap 1. Meanwhile, Daniel Cara (No. 10 Tenuta Foppa & AmbrosiLigier JS F4) rolled off from the seventh position, but he quickly climbed his way up to second with a strong start off the line. By lap 3, Cara took over the lead and paced the field for three laps before contact and a spin in Turn 2 took him out of contention. 

Through all of the chaos, Bennett drove a steady race in his No. 9 Gonella Racing Ligier JS F4. After starting third, the driver climbed to second by the third lap, before passing Frankie Mossman (No. 6 JHDD / CSU One Cure / Lucas Oil / LHP Ligier JS F4) on a restart to overtake the lead on lap 9. With pressure from both Patrick Woods-Toth (No. 27 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) in second and Titus Sherlock (No. 31 Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport Ligier JS F4) in third, Bennett continued to hit his marks to lead the trio across the finish line. 

READ MORE: Race 1 Official Results

F4 U.S. returns to the track tomorrow for Race 2 at 9:05 a.m. CT, followed by Race 3 at 1:50 p.m. CT. Follow the championship on FacebookInstagram and Twitter, or use Race Monitor to follow live timing and scoring. This weekend’s races are streaming free at


Dallas Daniels (No. 32 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT) kicked off his 2023 Progressive American Flat Track championship campaign in near-perfect fashion, completing the second half of the season-opening double win with another sensational ride in Saturday night’s DAYTONA Short Track II presented by Daytona Dodge at the Flat Track at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida.


Daniels was already a legitimate title contender as a rookie a year ago. Early indications suggest he’s that much stronger now with a year’s Mission SuperTwins presented by S&S Cycle experience under his belt.


The Estenson Racing Yamaha ace got away off the line in third, running in close quarters behind early leader Jarod Vanderkooi (No. 20 JMC Motorsports/Fairway Ford Indian FTR750) and Jared Mees (No. 1 Indian Motorcycle/Rogers Racing/SDI Racing FTR750), with Thursday runner-up Brandon Robinson (No. 44 Mission Roof Systems Indian FTR750) right in his tracks.


Robinson made an early exit from the fight for the win, getting into the airfence and losing several positions in the process. Daniels slipped up the inside of Mees a little less than three minutes into the ten-minute-plus-two-lap Main to take over second, just as Davis Fisher (No. 67 Rackley Racing/Bob Lanphere’s BMC Racing Indian FTR750) closed in to make it four-rider fight at the front again.


Daniels then spent the next four minutes stalking Vanderkooi, looking up the inside and around outside, while generally applying the sort of pressure that might just open a door straight through. He finally found the gap he was looking for with 3:30 minutes remaining on the clock, striking up the inside as the leaders encountered a wave of lapped riders.


Daniels met little resistance once into the lead, stretching out an advantage that finalized as a 2.069-second margin of victory in the end.


“It was tough – Jarod was running a really good race,” Daniels said. “He was being patient – he was really easy on the throttle and wasn’t making any mistakes. I had to search. I wanted to sit there for a little bit. After I got off the line, I was all right with where I was, and I was paying attention to everything. I wanted to stalk him for a while, but then it was time to go.


“A double at Daytona is crazy. It’s unbelievable. A big thanks to the whole Estenson Monster Energy Yamaha team. We had a great year last year, and to start off the year with two wins in Daytona is insane.”


Shortly after Daniels took over the lead, Fisher slashed his way past Mees to complete the “new guard” podium line-up in third, joining winner Daniels and second-placed Vanderkooi.


Reigning champ Mees came away with his second fourth of the double-opener – a marked upgrade over how his prospects may have looked earlier in the week. Meanwhile, Daniels’ teammate, JD Beach (No. 95 Estenson Racing Yamaha MT-07 DT), logged a second fifth.


Robinson recovered well enough from his early drama to finish in sixth, one spot ahead of Briar Bauman (No. 3 Parts Plus/Jacob Companies KTM 890 Duke), who was forced to claw his way up to seventh from outside the top ten.


Four-time DAYTONA ST winner Sammy Halbert (No. 69 Martin Trucking/Castrol Yamaha MT-07), privateer Kayl Kolkman (No 98 B&L Plumbing/Rod Lake Yamaha MT-07), and Royal Enfield factory man Johnny Lewis (No. 10 Moto Anatomy X Powered by Royal Enfield 650) completed the top ten.


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Defending Parts Unlimited AFT Singles presented by KICKER Kody Kopp (No. 1 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F) doubled up in Daytona, delivering a second dose of domination on Saturday night.


Clearly in a class of his own at the venue, Kopp pulled off another sweep, repeating his Thursday trick of topping practice, qualifying, his Heat, the Al Lamb’s Dallas Honda Challenge, and most importantly, the Main Event.


Kopp successfully weaved his way through the opening lap chaos to secure the lead three turns into the race. And while Chase Saathoff (No. 88 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R) did everything in his power to cling onto Kopp’s rear wheel, a little more than a minute in, the race for victory was effectively over.


Kopp ultimately worked his advantage up to over five seconds before taking a drama-free checkered flag.


“It’s just two for 18,” Kopp said. “We’ve got 16 more rounds, so there’s a lot more work to do. You can’t judge a season off two races at a track that really suits my style. I grew up riding a lot of indoors in the Pacific Northwest, and this was kinda like that. Thanks to my whole Red Bull KTM crew – this is a dream way to start the season for sure.”


After losing touch with the leader, Saathoff was gradually reeled in by ‘22 championship runner-up Dalton Gauthier (No. 79 D&D Racing/Certified KTM 450 SX-F), who first had to fight his way past Trent Lowe (No. 48 American Honda/Mission Foods CRF450R) and Justin Jones (No. 91 NRC Racing/Elder Trucking KTM 450 SX-F) to slide into third.


Gauthier and Saathoff then swapped the second spot back and forth, squaring one another up in quick succession before the charging Gauthier finally stole the position away for good.


Saathoff held on for the final spot on the box by a scant 0.084 seconds despite having to fend off a late challenge from new Turner Honda teammate Lowe.


Kopp’s teammate, Max Whale (No. 18 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing 450 SX-F), battled past the impressive Jones to complete the top five.


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It may have looked easy from the outside, but Bijoy Garg suggests his flag-to-flag victory in Sunday morning’s 45-minute IMSA VP Racing SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway was anything but.


“It wasn’t easy, definitely,” said the driver of the No. 3 Jr III Racing Ligier JS P320. I feel like we had pace on all the other guys. They just got through traffic a bit better, but overall, I’m super happy with the win. Our car felt great all race.”


It looked great all race also. After starting the race from the pole position, it didn’t take long for Garg to pull away from rest of the field.


By the end of the second lap, he already held a 3.7-second lead over Dan Goldburg in the No. 73 JDC MotorSports Duqueine D08. Garg eventually built an advantage of more than five seconds before the field caught up slightly once the leader encountered traffic.


Garg appeared to be cruising to victory until a full-course caution came out for debris from Tim Probert’s No. 65 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 with just under 14 minutes remaining in the race. The green flag flew once again with four and a half minutes left on the clock and Garg once again showed Goldburg and the rest of the field a clean pair of heels.


“I knew once I got a gap, I could hold it,” Garg said. “So, all I needed to do was get a good restart and I did that. Once I had the gap into (Turn) 1, I was like, ‘OK, time to go.’”


The victory was Garg’s first in the series. He crossed the stripe 3.479 seconds ahead of Goldburg, who saw his two-race series win streak snapped but he continues to lead the VP Racing Challenge LMP3 class points leader. Goldburg was also the highest-finishing Bronze-rated driver, enabling him to continue leading the Bronze driver point standings as well.


Antonio Serravalle rounded out the top three in the No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America Duqueine. Lance Willsey – a 2022 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring winner in the LMP3 class – finished fourth on Sunday morning in the No. 30 Sean Creech Motorsport Ligier ahead of Brian Thienes in the No. 77 Forte Racing Powered by USRT Ligier. Thienes had worked his way up from fifth on the starting grid to third on the opening lap, but an off-course excursion later in the race moved him back down the order.

Mars Takes GSX Win in Last-Lap Thriller

While the LMP3 class polesitter managed to go flag-to-flag en route to the victory, Gregory Liefooghe’s efforts to do the same in the GSX class came up one lap short.


Buoyed in part by the late-race full-course caution, 17-year-old Luca Mars managed to reel in Liefooghe’s No. 43 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4 over the closing laps. And just after taking the white flag, Mars knew it was time to make his move in his No. 59 KOHR MOTORSPORTS Ford Mustang GT4.


“It was a long race there,” Mars explained. “Lapped traffic kind of separated me and Greg a little bit, but I had him coming into (Turn) 1. I had a run, so I set up and got a little over-under. I was able to stick my nose in so he couldn’t fully block. I just kind of put my car in there where he couldn’t get down and squeeze me. I just got around the corner, he went a little wide, and that was it.


“I still needed to defend him a little bit, but I came through Tower Corner, Turn 13, and I saw I had a gap, and I knew I was really good through the 14-15-16 complex, so I went through there, put my head down and knew I had a big gap coming down into 17, so I was pretty confident in the win coming down there.”


Mars’ margin of victory was a scant 0.292 seconds over Liefooghe. It was his first win, coming in his first VP Racing Challenge start ahead of this afternoon’s second race of the Sunday doubleheader.


“It’s a new series,” said Mars, who was one of many additions to a field that swelled to from 24 cars at Daytona to 30 this weekend. “It’s an awesome series. I’m super glad to be here this weekend. I had a great time out there. It was a long race, and I’m super looking forward to racing later today.”


After leading both practice sessions, taking the pole position, and leading all but the final lap, Liefooghe took second in his series debut. Sebastian Carazo claimed the final spot on the podium with a third-place run aboard the No. 27 Kellymoss with Riley Porsche 718 GT4 RS CS.


Moisey Uretsky made it four different manufacturers in the top-four GSX positions, coming home fourth in the No. 44 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin Vantage GT4. Francis Selldorff filled out the top five in the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4.

The second and final 45-minute race of the day for the VP Racing Challenge takes the green flag at 1:30 p.m. ET. Live Timing & Scoring is available on

Motor racing great Emerson Fittipaldi gave his thoughts to VegasInsider on Nico Hulkenberg's return to F1, calling him an underestimated driver. He also talked about how Mick Schumacher can learn a lot as Mercedes' reserve driver.

  • Nico Hulkenberg is a fast, aggresive and underestimated driver - good to see him back in F1

    “I met Nico in the first year of A1. He was in Team Germany. He was extremely fast, a very impressive driver. He had some opportunities in F1 and it's great to see him again."

    "He will be very fast. He's an aggressive driver, fast driver. I look forward to seeing Haas with Kevin (Magnussen) and Nico. Kevin is another very good driver."

    "In my opinion, Hulkenberg is a fast, aggressive and determined driver."

    "I also feel in the last 10 years, he's been an underestimated driver."


  • It's a shame Haas did not replace Mick Schumacher with Pietro Fittipaldi but they needed someone with experience

    "It's a shame they didn't get Pietro. I was expecting Pietro to replace Mick."

    "But the team needed someone experienced."


  • Mick Schumacher could be Mercedes' future if Hamilton leaves - anything can happen

    “Mick is going to be in one of the best teams. Anything can happen and I think he can perform, for sure.” 

    “They are looking for the future as well because no one knows how many years Lewis Hamilton will continue. Even he doesn’t know yet.”

    “But it's going to be good for him to be in that team.”


You can find the full interview here. The interview is in German.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix will be the most expensive GP to attend this season, a new study reveals.

The study, conducted by online casinos comparison service, analysed the average price of weekend tickets for each of the upcoming Grand Prix for the 2023 Championship, as well as the average cost of accommodation in the same area to discover how much it costs to attend each race and reveal the most expensive of them all.

The Las Vegas Grand Prix, which will take place from the 16th to 18th November 2023 ranks first, with a total average cost of £5,849 for the weekend.

Tickets range from £413 for a 3-day general admission to a whopping £9,922 for the “F1 Experiences Champions Club 3-Day Package” making the average cost for entrance £5,167.50. Similarly, the cheapest accommodation cost for a weekend in Las Vegas is £124 for a hostel bed, while the most expensive, a 4 or 5-star hotel for three nights, will cost £1,240, for an average of £682.  

Second on the list is the Miami Grand Prix from May 5th to May 7th, 2023, with a total average cost of £3,817.50 for the whole weekend. As general admission tickets for the event are around £488 while Champions Club 3-day packages are £5,786, the average entry will be around £3,317. Accommodation wise, a hostel bed in Miami is £124, while a 4-star hotel in Miami Beach is around £1,237, for an average of £680.50.

The United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas, which will take place from the 20th to the 22nd of October is third, with a total average cost of £3,064. This is the average cost for entry tickets which go from £392 to £4,546, for an average of £2,469, and the cost of accommodation in the city for the weekend, from ranges from £198 to £992, for an average of £595.

Further down on the list, the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku comes in fourth with a total average cost of £3,064 for the weekend. The lowest ticket price available is £132, while the most expensive is around £4,878, for an average of £2,505. At the same time, average budget cost for accommodation is only £74, while a 4-star trackside hotel will cost £495 for three nights, for an average of £371.

The top five closes with the Saudi Arabian GP which will take place from the 17th to the 19th of March in Jeddah, with the average cost for the weekend amounting to £2,716.50. General entry tickets are £124, while the most expensive tickets are £4,567, for an average of £2,345.5. Moreover, the cheapest accommodation in Jeddah costs around £123, while the most expensive is around £619, for an average of £371.


Top 10 most expensive Formula 1 Grand Prix to attend


Grand Prix


Average ticket cost for weekend (£)

Average accommodation cost for weekend (£)

Total average cost (£)


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Miami GP






United States GP (Austin)






Azerbaijan GP






Saudi Arabian GP






Monaco GP






Abu Dhabi GP






Mexico City GP






Singapore FP






Canada GP






A spokesperson for commented on the findings: “It is interesting to see how out of all 23 Grand Prixes that will take place this year, the top three most expensive ones are those set to be in the United States.”

“This might be due to the high concentration of VIP guests that every year attend these events, such as actors, musicians and athletes, as well as the popularity that the sport is increasingly obtaining in North America.”

As Extreme E Season 3 draws ever closer, the championship is delighted to reveal an exciting new racing format for 2023 – ultimately showcasing double the racing action with no additional carbon footprint.

Each X Prix will now be a doubleheader and play host to back-to-back rounds across the weekend. This means double the opportunity for wins, podiums and crucial points across the ten race calendar over the course of the campaign, crucially without adding any additional carbon footprint, in line with the series’ goals to keep carbon footprint to a minimum.

Likened to ‘Star Wars Pod Racing meets Dakar Rally’, the series devised an innovative format unlike any other for Seasons 1 and 2, delivering some breath-taking competition. Season 3 sees the championship take things even further, with an all-new format designed to bring even more wheel-to-wheel racing out on the course.


Alejandro Agag, Founder and CEO at Extreme E, said: “Since launching Extreme E, we have worked hard to improve the level of racing out on course to ensure it is thrilling to watch with plenty of action.

“This new sporting format goes even further to deliver that, with now double the amount of racing action on some of the toughest courses in the world, leaving zero additional impact on the planet.

“To have a ten-race championship in Extreme E is a tantalising prospect for everyone on board and we believe the increased number of races will only enhance our series. We cannot wait for our opening races of the campaign in NEOM to get our biggest season yet underway for 2023.”

Season 3 will feature the pressure of five-car races in both Qualifying 1 and Qualifying 2. Qualifying Round 1 and Qualifying Round 2 will now both consist of two heats, five cars each. This means four wheel-to-wheel races will determine who comes out on top in what promises to be a nail-biting contest.

Intermediate Classification Points are awarded for Q1 and Q2, with a single Championship point awarded to the winners of each Heat – something that could prove crucial in the closing stages of the season.

This will be followed by the Grand Final, starring the top five teams from Qualifying, with the winner taking the top step of the podium. The remaining five teams will battle it out in Redemption Race, where all important Championship points are still at stake.

The excitement doesn’t stop there, with the doubleheader element, the above format will take place on both Saturday and Sunday, meaning two winners will be crowned at each race weekend.



 James Taylor, Chief Championship Officer at Extreme E, added: “We’ve continuously improved the racing spectacle since launching Extreme E, but for Season 3 we wanted to create something spectacular and we feel this new sporting format achieves that.

“At each round, there will be double the opportunity for points and podiums - meaning a lot more to play for at each race weekend, while drivers and teams will have to navigate that racing tightrope of risk and reward to ensure they achieve the maximum result.

“Having a ten race championship should really close up those standings as the season progresses, meaning a thrilling Extreme E campaign should be in store for 2023 and we cannot wait for it to begin.”

Distances for each X Prix course and the number of laps will vary depending on the characteristics of the location, such as the terrain and the environmental conditions. What remains consistent is a driver changeover in the ‘Switch Zone’, taking place at the halfway point.


GridPlay will also be returning in Season 3, with grid positions for The Grand Final determined through the fan voting process. The teams that do not make it to The Grand Final must ‘gift’ their votes to their preferred team on The Grand Final grid. Grid position for the Redemption Race will be defined by the Intermediate Classification results, with the team that finished 6th choosing grid position first, followed by the team that finished 7th, and so on.

The Continental Traction Challenge will be returning in 2023 and will be crucial to the overall points total once again. The team that sets the fastest time, a combination of both the male and female drivers’ fastest times, through the allocated sector will win the Continental Traction Challenge and earn two championship points. This will run for each of the individual race days on Saturday and Sunday.

If any teams are tied in the Qualifying standings, their positioning will be determined by their time in the Continental Traction Challenge - the team with the quicker run through the allocated sector during Qualifying will receive the higher overall position.


An ‘ENOWA Hyperdrive’ boost will also be available to all drivers in the race. Activated when the driver presses a button on their steering wheel, they will enjoy an increase in power for a fixed amount of time – the timing for this will be a key decision.

With only weeks to go until the opening X Prix of the campaign, Extreme E Season 3 is all set to be another spectacular campaign.

To learn more about Extreme E, visit -

By Mark Robinson

IMSA Wire Service

24 Hours of Le Mans Provisional Entry List


DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The 24 Hours of Le Mans will be loaded again with IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship talent when the legendary French endurance race celebrates its centennial in June.


The provisional entry list was released today. The Hypercar class for top prototypes includes the three Cadillac V-Series.R cars that made their worldwide racing debut last month in the Rolex 24 At Daytona – two fielded by Chip Ganassi Racing and the third from Action Express Racing – as well as three Porsche 963 entries from Porsche Penske Motorsport, each boasting a past WeatherTech Championship season champion at the wheel. This year will mark the first time in a decade where prototypes competing for overall victories in IMSA are eligible to do the same at Le Mans.


The provisional list also includes entries for the reigning IMSA winners of the Jim Trueman and Bob Akin awards, John Farano in Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) and Ryan Hardwick in the GTE Am class. And the application for the NASCAR Garage 56 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, prepared by Hendrick Motorsports, was accepted to compete as the Innovative Car in this year’s race.


Cadillac, Porsche Represent LMDh in Hypercar Battle


The trio of Cadillacs at Le Mans will feature the identical driver lineups that raced in the Rolex 24 on Jan. 28-29. Sebastien Bourdais, Renger van der Zande and Scott Dixon finished third in the Grand Touring Prototype (GTP) class at Daytona in the No. 01 Cadillac that races fulltime in the WeatherTech Championship and will run as the No. 3 at Le Mans.


Another fulltime WeatherTech Championship car, the No. 31 Action Express Cadillac shared by Pipo Derani, Alexander Sims and Jack Aitken placed fifth in the Rolex 24 and will race as the No. 311 at Le Mans. Earl Bamber, Alex Lynn and Richard Westbrook finished fourth at Daytona in the No. 02 as a prelude to their full-season FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC) entry as the No. 2.


“Cadillac is excited to build on its racing legacy by competing against the very best internationally and at one of the world’s toughest races,” said Laura Wontrop Klauser, GM sports car racing program manager. “We’re proud to be representing the United States and the Cadillac V-Series.R is a great continuation of our racing heritage.”


Porsche Penske Motorsport is running separate two-car entries this year in the WeatherTech Championship and WEC. The No. 7 Porsche that finished seventh at Daytona will race as the No. 75 at Le Mans. Felipe Nasr, the two-time WeatherTech Championship champion, heads the No. 75 lineup. The two Penske Porsches running the full WEC season including Le Mans each have a past IMSA champion as well: Dane Cameron in the No. 5 and Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 6.


Some familiar names in the GT classes for Ferrari in IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup competition – Antonio Fuoco, Alessandro Pier Guidi and James Calado – are part of the Italian brand’s two-car Hypercar lineup in the new Ferrari 499P. And Mikkel Jensen, the 2021 LMP2 champion in the WeatherTech Championship, will co-drive one of Peugeot’s new Hypercar entries.


Trueman Winner Farano Back for More at Le Mans


By finishing as the top Bronze-rated LMP2 driver in the 2022 WeatherTech Championship, Farano earned the Jim Trueman Award and automatic invite to Le Mans. His No. 13 Tower Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 will run in the ProAm class, with the remainder of the lineup to be named.


It will be Farano’s second trip to Le Mans, following his 2019 debut in LMP2.


A wealth of other WeatherTech Championship regulars from various classes will also be competing in LMP2 at Le Mans. They include last month’s GTP and overall Rolex 24 winner Tom Blomqvist of Meyer Shank Racing, as well as Filipe Albuquerque, Josh Pierson and Oliver Jarvis – all with United Autosports.


James Allen, whose brilliant drag race to the finish line won the LMP2 class at the Rolex 24 by 0.016 seconds, is joining the team he nudged out for that win at Le Mans. Allen will drive with George Kurtz in the Algarve Pro Racing ORECA. They’ll be joined by Colin Braun, who with Blomqvist won the Rolex 24 last month in GTP, and last year shared a Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) in the WeatherTech Championship with Kurtz and Jon Bennett.


Other notable names competing in LMP2 at Le Mans include Ben Barnicoat, normally a GTD PRO class driver in the WeatherTech Championship for Vasser Sullivan, and Mirko Bortolotti, who drives for Iron Lynx in the Michelin Endurance Cup GTD PRO races; they will be driving for AF Corse and Prema Racing, respectively.


Hardwick Gets Belated Shot at Le Mans


Hardwick captured his second Bob Akin Award as the top Bronze driver in the WeatherTech Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) class in 2022. He also won the Akin in 2020 but elected to bypass Le Mans the following year due to pandemic restrictions. And the Georgian couldn’t be more pumped, especially in this historic running.


“I couldn't be more excited,” Hardwick said. “For it to be the 100th-year anniversary is super special. To participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans any year is special, but the centenary edition is a once-in-a-lifetime deal.”


Hardwick earned the honor driving for Wright Motorsports in 2022, the team he races with again this year in the WeatherTech Championship. He’s entered in a Proton Competition Porsche 911 RSR-19 for Le Mans. Zacharie Robichon, the endurance driver for the No. 16 Wright Porsche with Hardwick, is listed as a co-driver for the No. 16 Proton Porsche, and even though the third driver is listed as “TBA,” Hardwick said he was happy to announce that it will be Jan Heylen, his full-season cohort with Wright.


Hardwick, Heylen and Robichon already have one 24-hour race win together, the 2022 Rolex 24 in GTD along with Richard Lietz.


“Our goal that anytime the three of us are in the car is to win,” Hardwick said. “We're not going over there just to participate or just to drive around; we're going with the efforts and the focus to win.”


Additional familiar names racing in GTE Am at Le Mans include 2021 LMP2 WeatherTech Championship season champion Ben Keating, Ferrari endurance drivers Davide Rigon and Daniel Serra and the new AO Racing team with drivers PJ Hyett and Gunnar Jeannette.


The centenary 24 Hours of Le Mans is set for June 10-11 at Circuit de la Sarthe.

CrowdStrike Racing is preparing for another full calendar of competition in SRO Motorsports America with entries across multiple series throughout 2023.


The multi-faceted program is an extension of CrowdStrike’s commitment as a provider and sponsor for SRO America, a role the company has held since 2018. As the Official Internet Security and Cloud Security Provider, CrowdStrike is on the front line in protecting SRO’s global data and preventing breaches through the industry-leading, cloud-native CrowdStrike Falcon platform..


The relationship also allows CrowdStrike to showcase its industry-leading experiential programs for VIPs and guests at various SRO race events, including the 2023 CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa – the most prestigious GT race in the world for SRO competitors. The CrowdStrike 24 Hours of Spa is the first race of a multi-year partnership, highlighted by CrowdStrike taking over title sponsorship of the event.


The CrowdStrike at-track hospitality experience includes the unique CXO Summit, which provides guests the opportunity to hear from CrowdStrike leadership on important topics and significant trends within the cybersecurity industry. Trackside hospitality, race team meet-and-greets, garage visits, hot laps and chances to participate in opening and podium ceremonies are among the offerings to VIPs and guests.


In SRO America, the CrowdStrike Racing by Riley program will kick off on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida, as George Kurtz returns to competition in GT America Powered by AWS. The defending GT America champion, Kurtz won 10 races in 2022 behind the wheel of the No. 04 CrowdStrike Mercedes AMG GT3 – including one of the two rounds at St. Petersburg – to take his first SRO America championship since 2017.


The combination of Kurtz, plus CrowdStrike Racing by Riley will contend again in a strong class that will feature nearly 30 entries – a mix of GT3, GT4 and GT2 machinery.


The event on the 11-turn, 1.8-mile St. Petersburg street circuit will serve as a precursor to the start of the season for Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS. Kurtz and Colin Braun will return to a stacked field of GT3 entries in their familiar No. 04 CrowdStrike/AWS Mercedes AMG – also fielded by CrowdStrike Racing by Riley.


“I’m looking forward to our team building on our strong 2022 performance,” Kurtz said. “We have great chemistry within CrowdStrike Racing by Riley that puts us in an optimal position for success. I am also thrilled to continue with Colin and Mercedes-AMG for another year and reach new milestones in our career together.”


The Kurtz/Braun pairing won three times in Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS during 2022 and were championship leaders for most of the season. The coming year will be their sixth year as a driving duo, who have eight wins together for all the Mercedes AMG GT3.


“It’s great to be back with CrowdStrike Racing by Riley for the 2023 SRO America season and driving alongside George once again,” Braun said. “People are recognizing George’s ability, but I have known this since our early days working together. To see his hard work and dedication culminate into a 2022 GT America championship was amazing. I’m looking forward to kicking off the season at Sonoma with the entire CrowdStrike team as we look to improve upon 2022 and contend for a championship.”


CrowdStrike Racing by Riley starts its season in SRO America with the first two rounds of the single-driver sprint series, GT America Powered by AWS taking place on March 3-4 from the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg Street Circuit in Florida.


For more information, visit Follow #CrowdStrikeRacing on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for updates.


 McLaren Racing today announced a multi-year extension to its long-standing partnership with Lucas Oil, continuing as an Official Partner of the Arrow McLaren IndyCar Team in the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.

Lucas Oil is an Indianapolis-based manufacturer and distributor of high-performance automotive oils and additives. It has been a partner of the Arrow McLaren team for nearly 20 years, starting its relationship with Sam Schmidt Motorsports in 2004.

With the season opener, 2023 Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 3-5, Lucas Oil branding will continue to be represented on all three Arrow McLaren Chevrolets, and on the driver suits of Pato O’Ward, Felix Rosenqvist and Alexander Rossi for the 2023 NTT INDYCAR SERIES season and beyond.


Matt Dennington, Executive Director, Partnerships and Accelerator, McLaren Racing, said:

“We are thrilled to extend our partnership with Lucas Oil, a long-standing partner that has been with the team for nearly two decades. Through growth and changes, their support has been integral for our team. We look forward to continuing our journey as we scale up Arrow McLaren’s presence to a three-car entry into the NTT INDYCAR SERIES.”


Sam Schmidt, Team Owner, Arrow McLaren, said:

“Lucas Oil has been a champion of our team for nearly 20 years and through many team changes. The relationship with Lucas Oil has been incredibly important for the team; they've been an Indy 500 partner for us every year since 2004. A partnership of this length is certainly special, and to think back on how it’s evolved over the years is a testament to their support and the quality we place on the partnerships we have as a team.”


Brandon Bernstein, Director of Partnership Marketing, said:

“For nearly two decades, the Arrow McLaren team has relied on our products to perform at the very highest levels of INDYCAR racing, and it’s an honor to extend our partnership as they expand their operation with a third entry for the upcoming season. Lucas Oil’s commitment to supplying the very best oils and additives to its race teams is why our relationship with Arrow McLaren has been so successful, and we are thrilled at the opportunity to continue this for the 2023 season and beyond.”


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