ALMS – International Sports Car Racing Weekend at Circuit of the Americas

Editor’s Note: Regular contributor, John Olsakovsky, was at the Circuit of the Americas for the ALMS weekend and gives us his thoughts on the experience and a recap of the racing action. I thoroughly love working from home. It affords me flexibility to attend practice and qualifying sessions on Fridays while still on the clock, which exactly how I worked this past weekend to see ALMS & WEC race at CotA. All went well until a customer’s server crashed about 4:00 pm Friday afternoon, but that’s another story. Mother Nature…

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What Next Year Holds – 2014 Tudor United Sports Car Schedule

On September 20th 2013 IMSA announced the Tudor United SportsCar Championship Schedule.   The season will be a total of 12 events visiting many of the old standbys but there will no doubt be some people missing some of the old venues.   The finalized schedule is below. 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship Schedule Date Event Jan 25-26 Daytona International Speedway Mar 15 Sebring International Raceway Apr 12 Long Beach Street Circuit May 4 Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca May 31 Detroit Belle Isle Jun 29 Watkins Glen International Jul 13 Canadian Tire…

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Episode 205 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSNeely, Whitesell, and Patterson rip through all the news from IndyCar, USCaR, F1Car, and RallyCar. We examine the 2014 USCR schedule, and worry about the 2014 IndyCar schedule. Congratulations to Peter Portante and Scott Rettich for their victories at the SCCA Runoffs. We wrap up recaping the Singapore GP and the ability of the FIA to squash the last vestiges of sportsmanship and personality from the sport. Oh, and Ogier being a whiney about Loeb stealing his spotlight in France. OpenPaddock.net…

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Episode 202 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThe OP Boyz are joined this week by Belardi Auto Racing’s Peter Portante to discuss the insanely close Indy Lights championship, relive the crazy Race 3 USF2000 start at Mid-Ohio, and preview of the up coming USF2000 race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Everyone joins in the ranting fun over the demoltion derbys that IndyCar and ALMS called races on the streets of Baltimore, we look forward to the Italian GP at Monza, and Mr. Shaw runs through the latest rally…

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Episode 197 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWhile Whitesell dukes it out with AT&T, Shaun, Doug, Kevin, and Shaw take a look at the newly released USCR classings, the upcoming Grand-Am/NASCAR weekend at IMS, news and scuttlebutt from IndyCar, and Doug recaps the Pro Mazda weekend at Mosport. In the Formula 1 circus, Bernie lawyers up and Pirelli tells the FIA and the F1 teams to suck it. Shaw and Pechin wrap up the show with previews of New England Forest Rally and Rally Finland. Show Notes for…

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Episode 180 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSMike Whitesell takes the reins as Kevin is swept off to Oz by the tornados and gives us a review of F1’s season opener in Melbourne and a preview of IndyCar’s opener at St. Pete. Doug reviews the USF2000 season opener at Sebring, and Mr. Shaw points and laughs at us for starting our seasons so darn late as he recaps the week’s news from the world of rally.

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Episode 171 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSWe are happy to have on this week’s show, Dan Andersen. Mr. Andersen talks with us about his journey in motorsports from drag racer, to series owner of USF2000, to team owner and back to running the USF2000 series again. We also talk about how he came to take over the Star Mazda series now renamed the Pro Mazda Championship. In addition to our conversation with Dan, Mr. Shaw gives us the run-down on Dakar and a preview of Monte Carlo,…

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Episode 170 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSS Mr. Whitesell has the plague, so the show this week was left in the hands of Kevin Neely, Doug Patterson, and Mike Shaw. Without adult supervision, we run amuck and start talking about all kinds of motorsport including Grand Am, ALMS, SCCA, Formula 1, IndyCar, Rally, and the AMA Supercross opener! Hell, we even talk a little NASCAR!! Kevin leads us through the results of the Roar Before the 24, and the new classification for the American Grand Le Mans…

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ALMS – Photos from Petite Le Mans

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While down at Road Atlanta for the final round of the 2012 Star Mazda Championship Presented by Goodyear, our photographer Brian McKay, also collected some outstanding images of the American Le Mans Series action and their final race of the season, the Petite Le Mans. This was a unique event as many of the teams brought in additional drivers from other series to compete alongside the ALMS regulars. IZOD IndyCar Series three-time champion and this year’s winner of the Indianapolis 500 Mile Race, Dario Franchitti, was there racing as teammate…

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Episode 161 – OpenPaddock.net Podcast

Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Android | RSSThis week on the OpenPaddock.net Podcast, Shaun and Doug welcome special guest Sage Karam, driver of the #88 Comfort Revolution Star Mazda car for Andretti Autosport this past season. He speaks to us about how he became connected with the Andretti’s, how his 2012 season went, and his recent testing of a Firestone Indy Lights car. Sage also talks about how important it is for him to lead a normal teenage life in a public school in spite of his full-time…

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