|San Luis, Argentina (January 5, 2014) – Sunday marked the start of the 2014 Dakar Rally and the debut of the SPEED Energy / Toyo Tires HST Gordini. The stage went from Rosario to San Luis and was comprised of a 629-kilometer liaison leading to a very short 180-kilometer Special through the region of Cordoba. Even though the stage was short, each competitor needed to pace themselves through the narrow tracks and stony sections remembering this is the start to the toughest off-road race in the world.|
Doug Strasburg is an easy guy to talk with. His humble, soft-spoken manner belies a lifetime of motorsports experience and wisdom. The Mid-American Stock Car Series has thrived under his leadership despite being on the endangered species list not many years ago. When you disagree with Doug, believe me, you’d better do it on very solid grounds. The man knows auto racing.
San Luis, Argentina (January 5, 2014) – Robby Gordon and his new SPEED Energy/Toyo Tires sponsored HST Gordini encountered multiple issues in the opening stage of the 35th Dakar Rally, and finished a distant 2 hours, 8 minutes and 6 seconds behind the stage leader, Carlos Sousa of Portugal.
While details of the American’s issues are slow to circulate, it appears engine gremlins may be the underlying challenge. The beauty of the Dakar Rally is that its 15 stages and more than 5,500 kilometers allow competitors to make up ground and recover, although Gordon’s deficit is indeed significant.
Solid start for new Chevrolet Corvette C7.Rs in Roar Before the 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan 5, 2014) – Corvette Racing moved a step closer toward its return to the Rolex 24 At Daytona over the weekend with a successful three-day test at Daytona International Speedway. Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R set the weekend’s second-best time for the GT Le Mans class during the Roar Before the 24 with a 1:45.743 (121.200 mph). It’s the annual test that serves as the last tune-up before the opening round of the new TUDOR United SportsCar Championship.
CORVETTE DPs AT DAYTONA: Fittipaldi Sets Prototype Pace in Roar Testing
No. 5 Action Express Corvette DP leads Chevrolet contingent in testing for Rolex 24
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 5, 2014) – The final on-track preparations for Chevrolet’s Corvette Daytona Prototype teams are complete ahead of the opening round of the inaugural TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Christian Fittipaldi in Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Corvette DP set the fastest time for the three-day Roar Before the 24 at Daytona International Speedway – the annual test that serves a dress rehearsal for the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
Like the prologue to a good book, the opening sessions of the Roar Before the Rolex 24 have set the scene for the main action of the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona – the renowned twice around the clock endurance challenge which will take place just three weeks from now at Daytona International Speedway.