It’s that time of year again, Monterey Car Week, which unofficially starts with the McCall’s Motorworks Revival at the Monterey Jet Center on Wednesday night through Sunday’s main event, the 69th annual Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance. In between those bookend events are numerous big-dollar auctions, fabulous parties, killer car shows, historic races, and more scattered about the Monterey Peninsula. While it’s a car geek’s paradise, preparing for the week’s events can be fraught with peril (at least for me) when it comes to deciding what to pack and what to wear. Not everyone frets about their Monterey wardrobe like I do. I’m still stunned—STUNNED—whenever I see someone stepping out of a meticulously restored, million-dollar classic looking like they just climbed out of a greenside bunker on the 9th hole at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. “Dressing better has to come from within,” said my friend Matthew Hranek, … [Read more...] about How to Look Your Best Life at Monterey Car Week
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2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship The highest level of endurance sports car racing in North America is the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship. Google/iCal Calendar links: ICAL -or- HTML For more championships including IMSA support series click here. *As at 19 January 2018* 2019 IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship Date Race Duration Classes 24-27 Jan 24 Hours of Daytona 24hr All 17 Mar Sebring 12 Hours 12hr All 14 Apr Long Beach 100min DPi, GTLM 6 May Mid-Ohio 2h40m All 1 Jun Detroit Belle Isle 100min DPi, GTD 30 Jun 6 Hours of Watkins Glen 6hr All 7 Jul Mosport CTMP 2h40m All 20 Jul Lime Rock 2h40m GTLM, GTD 4 Aug Road America 2h40m All 25 Aug VIR 2h40m GTLM, GTD 15 Sep Laguna Seca 2h40m All 12 Oct Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta 10hr All The Championship has four classes of car competing within the same race: DPi: Daytona Prototype International. Upgraded LMP2 cars with bespoke engines from … [Read more...] about 2019 Calendars: IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship
IMSA Wire Service DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Heading into the Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta – the season finale for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – this is the third in a four-part series in which the primary championship contenders in each of the three classes are compared. Wednesday, we previewed the GTLM class. Thursday, we looked at the Prototype class. Today, we will look at the GTD class and Saturday we’ll have an all-encompassing look at next week’s overall event. Here’s how the Lamborghini vs. Acura battle for the GT Daytona (GTD) title shapes up: No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 Bryan Sellers/Madison Snow Engine: 5.2-liter, normally aspirated V10 (mid-engine) Points: 303 – 1st 2018 Victories: 2 2018 Podiums: 7 How The No. 48 Can Clinch the Title: The No. 48 will eliminate the No. 33 Mercedes-AMG from the championship by starting the race. It will win the title outright if it … [Read more...] about 2018 IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship preview — GTD
Judging from a quick perusal of Twitter, 98 percent of auto journos eat, sleep, and work behind the wheel a Mazda MX-5 Miata, and the remaining 2 percent daily drive a bizarre French car or perhaps some 1970s Saab. It’s possible a few own a Ford Mustang. This is a highly unscientific tally, mind you. While there’s no shortage of reasons why the MX-5 continues to find its way into the garages and driveways of motoring enthusiasts, the Mustang harbors similar DNA, despite its impure lineage and ability to house two small adults in the aft seats. Both vehicles are affordable, tossable, rear-drive two-doors with a smorgasbord of aftermarket upgrades at their disposal. Also, both models left the factory in great enough numbers to ensure cheap buys for those stuck in the used market. Eventually, like the fate of all living things, one of these models will cease to exist before the other also fades away. Which one lives the longest? News related to both the Mustang (specifically, … [Read more...] about QOTD: The Last of the Fun, Attainable Sports Cars?
After starting the year with its two longest races, the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, and then visiting one of its shortest races, the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship sees its first “normal” sprint race of the year this weekend in the Acura Sports Car Challenge from the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. At 2 hours and 40 minutes in length, it is one of six races at that exact length in the final nine events. This weekend also sees all three classes in action, with GT Daytona (GTD) joining GT Le Mans (GTLM) and Prototype – GTD was not a part of the Long Beach weekend. As the series shifts its focus toward the run for the championship, all three classes are engaged in close battles at the top of the standings, as series stalwarts, newcomers, and even an underdog or two find themselves near the front of the championship picture in all three classes. Major talking points in all three classes are … [Read more...] about IMSA: PREVIEW – Acura Sports Car Challenge