Articles tagged IMSA

Page 49 of July 2014 archive issue thumbnail Page 49, July 2014

Gordon Kirby

Theory of evolution This year’s inaugural Tudor United SportsCar championship – a merger of the Grand-Am and ALMS – is at the beginning of a new road to discovering the future of American sports car racing. Through the opening three races of the season – Daytona, Sebring and Long Beach – the new body searched (to the considerable displeasure of many) to find the right balance of performance for...

Page 40 of July 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, July 1992

Still hectic, after all these years

Late in 1976 DSJ and I were swept around the Lotus Cars facility at Hethel in Norfolk. A succession of interviews and a memorable first drive in a then new Esprit made it a day that could justifiably be headlined Hectic Hethel. Some 16 years later I was back at company HQ to write a belated Part II of that feature. There was no DSJ, no Colin Chapman (its now 10 years since the founder passed away...

Page 40 of March 1995 archive issue thumbnail Page 40, March 1995

The hares and the tortoise

A late regulation change led to the Porsche factory withdrawing from the Daytona 24 Hours in something of a huff. It didn’t prevent Stuttgart winning in the face of a fierce Ferrari armada, however… Unbeknown to the organisers, IMSA's 24-hour Daytona enduro was scripted in Hollywood. Actor Paul Newman, just turned 70, teams up with NASCAR ace Mark Martin to drive a Jack Roush Ford Mustang which...

Page 5 of March 1994 archive issue thumbnail Page 5, March 1994

The month in Motor Sport

January17: Al Unser Jnr escapes with a shaking after crashing his Penske heavily during testing at Phoenix. 18: Franck Lagorce, one of the European F3000 Championship favourites, signs for Apomatox. 20: Ayrton Senna laps quickly at Estoril during his first run for Williams. Eddie Irvine, whose position at Jordan has just been confirmed, is second quickest, half a second shy of the Brazilian. 20:...

Page 34 of March 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 34, March 1992

Nissan takes charge

The Japanese advanced on Le Mans, scaled the walls and conquered the 24 Hours. After that, Daytona was a doddle! Nissan's NISMO team ran a comprehensive test on the steep, 220 mph bankings last year but withdrew their entries on account of the Gulf war. All the data was checked exhaustively and the R91CP was perfectly prepared for this year's race, enabling the all-Japanese crew to dominate the...

Page 43 of July 2012 archive issue thumbnail Page 43, July 2012

'It's been a great ride'

A few words this month about Roger Bailey’s remarkable career in racing, which spanned more than half a century until his recent retirement from running the Indy lights series. Bailey grew up in Cambridgeshire and started his career working in a local garage while attending Peterborough Technical College. his first job in racing came in 1959 when he was 18, working on Jim Russell’s cars....

Page 37 of March 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 37, March 1993

Peace in our time?

The navy blue IMSA trailer was laden with heavyweights at Daytona. Jean-Pierre Moreau, the Le Mans organiser, discussed the 1994 Grand Touring Car regulations peaceably with FISA engineer Charlie Whiting, with JAF representatives Toshio lwasaki and Kazuo Suzuki, ACCUS delegate Burdette Martin, IMSA vice-president Mark Raffauf and Hugh Chamberlain representing the private entrants. Whiting may not...

Page 28 of March 1986 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, March 1986

IMSA-Daytona 24 Hours

Justice done at Daytona For all their achievements in the past, neither Al Holbert nor Derek Bell had succeeded in winning the Daytona 24-Hours, but, with Al Unser Junior, they set the record straight on February 1st/2nd. The failure-rate of the cars was surprisingly high, only five of the 20 quickest machines reaching the finish, and none of the first six to cross the line did so without time-...

Page 47 of January 1993 archive issue thumbnail Page 47, January 1993

IMSA in a pickle

It was an annus horribilis for sports car racing too. Following the predictable collapse of the Sportscar World Championship, the 10-car All-Japan Sports-Prototype Championship underwent drastic surgery in November and then — much less predictably — the IMSA organisation immersed itself in a political imbroglio and bobbed, leaderless, into the void that leads up to Christmas. Those closest to the...

Page 28 of August 1992 archive issue thumbnail Page 28, August 1992

SWC In Jeopardy ... Again

It would be interesting to know what was going on in the mind of M Michel Cosson, president of the Automobile Club de l'Ouest, when he sat beside FISA president Max Mosley at the annual Le Mans conference on June 19. The style of the Friday press meeting had changed dramatically, from the Punch and Judy knockabout conducted by Jean-Marie Balestre (a performance that had the captive audience...

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