World Endurance Championship

World Endurance Championship slideshow

Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Vergne takes debut ELMS victory for with G-Drive at Monza
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Vergne takes debut ELMS victory for with G-Drive at Monza
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Vergne takes debut ELMS victory for with G-Drive at Monza
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Vergne takes debut ELMS victory for with G-Drive at Monza
Formula E championship leader Jean-Eric Vergne took a comfortable victory on his European Le Mans Series debut at Monza for G-Drive Racing
Marc Lieb will return to Automobile Club de l'Ouest-sanctioned competition for the first time since winning the 2016 World Endurance Championship at this weekend's Monza European Le Mans Series round
2016 WEC champion Lieb to make racing comeback at Monza ELMS round
Marc Lieb will return to Automobile Club de l'Ouest-sanctioned competition for the first time since winning the 2016 World Endurance Championship at this weekend's Monza European Le Mans Series round
Marc Lieb will return to Automobile Club de l'Ouest-sanctioned competition for the first time since winning the 2016 World Endurance Championship at this weekend's Monza European Le Mans Series round
2016 WEC champion Lieb to make racing comeback at Monza ELMS round
Marc Lieb will return to Automobile Club de l'Ouest-sanctioned competition for the first time since winning the 2016 World Endurance Championship at this weekend's Monza European Le Mans Series round
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
GP3 racer Giuliano Alesi misses out on 2018 G-Drive ELMS seat
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
GP3 racer Giuliano Alesi misses out on 2018 G-Drive ELMS seat
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
GP3 racer Giuliano Alesi misses out on 2018 G-Drive ELMS seat
Giuliano Alesi, son of ex-Formula 1 race winner Jean Alesi, has lost out on the chance to join the G-Drive Racing LMP2 squad for this year's European Le Mans Series
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
United Autosports ELMS LMP2 drive earmarked for Turvey goes to Boyd
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
United Autosports ELMS LMP2 drive earmarked for Turvey goes to Boyd
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
United Autosports ELMS LMP2 drive earmarked for Turvey goes to Boyd
The European Le Mans Series seat with United Autosports earmarked for Formula E driver Oliver Turvey has been taken by fellow Briton Wayne Boyd
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits during a break in a practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. U.S. Bancorp said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, that it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls. In one case involving Tucker, U.S. Bank employees willfully did not file appropriate suspicious activity reports to regulators and deliberately ignored potential flags for years. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits during a break in a practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. U.S. Bancorp said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, that it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls. In one case involving Tucker, U.S. Bank employees willfully did not file appropriate suspicious activity reports to regulators and deliberately ignored potential flags for years. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits during a break in a practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. U.S. Bancorp said Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018, that it will pay $613 million in fines and penalties to settle allegations that the bank had poor anti-money laundering controls. In one case involving Tucker, U.S. Bank employees willfully did not file appropriate suspicious activity reports to regulators and deliberately ignored potential flags for years. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
<p> FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File) </p>
Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker gets over 16 years in prison

FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

<p> FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)</p>
Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker gets over 16 years in prison

FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Pro racecar driver Scott Tucker has been sentenced to over 16 years in prison after his conviction for running a payday loan business that prosecutors say cheated millions of financially struggling Americans. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Pro racecar driver Tucker accused of not reporting income
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
<p> FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File) </p>
Pro racecar driver Tucker accused of not reporting income

FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

<p> FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)</p>
Pro racecar driver Tucker accused of not reporting income

FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)

FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010 file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. Tucker and his accountant have been indicted on federal charges of failing to report millions in income from a payday lending business that has been ruled fraudulent. The U.S. attorney's office in Kansas said Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017 that Tucker is charged with filing a false return and the accountant, W. Brett Chapin, of aiding him. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
Rayhall: Title time in Portugal
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
Rayhall: Title time in Portugal
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
Rayhall: Title time in Portugal
Sean Rayhall recaps the European Le Mans Series season finale in Portugal, as he and John Falb brought home LMP3 title for United Autosports.
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
Big weekend for Americans abroad in ELMS, Formula Ford Festival
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
Big weekend for Americans abroad in ELMS, Formula Ford Festival
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
Big weekend for Americans abroad in ELMS, Formula Ford Festival
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
Big weekend for Americans abroad in ELMS, Formula Ford Festival
American teams win European Le Mans Series titles, and the Team USA Scholarship drivers excel at Formula Ford Festival.
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
Racecar driver Ken Tucker found guilty in payday loan scam
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
FILE- In this March 19, 2010, file photo, Level 5 Motorsports driver Scott Tucker waits in his Oreca FLM09 on pit row during a break in the morning practice session for the American Le Mans Series' 12 Hours of Sebring auto race in Sebring, Fla. On Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, a federal jury in New York found Tucker and his former lawyer guilty of preying on vulnerable borrowers through a $2 billion payday loan business that charged 700 percent interest or more. They were each found guilty of 14 counts including money laundering and racketeering. (AP Photo/Steve Nesius, File)
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
Stefano Coletti returns to Europe with SMP ELMS program
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
Stefano Coletti returns to Europe with SMP ELMS program
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
Stefano Coletti returns to Europe with SMP ELMS program
One of IndyCar's 2015 rookies, Stefano Coletti, returns to Europe fully in 2016 with SMP Racing in the European Le Mans Series.
For most people that have heard of it, endurance racing means the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a grueling French contest that is still considered the pinnacle of motorsport. But there’s a proud endurance-racing tradition on this side of the Atlantic too. Every year, before the NASCAR teams arrive, Daytona International Speedway plays host to a 24-hour race of its own. It attracts top drivers and manufacturers eager to show off their cars, even if the January start date means it doesn’t typically attract large crowds. Daytona remains one of the most important events on the racing calendar, and if you want to learn more about it, read on. The History Known by various names over the years, the 24-hour race at is the first major motorsport event of the year in the U.S., and arguably one of the most prestigious. It’s one of a handful of 24-hour endurance races in the world, and there are few events like it in the U.S. The current race can trace its roots back to 1962, when NASCAR impresario Bill France Sr. decided to emphasize the “International” in “Daytona International Speedway.” Completed in 1959, the massive oval track was the crown jewel of France’s American-bred stock-car racing empire, but he wanted to attract European-style sports car racing as well. So France organized the Daytona Continental, a three-hour race on a road course that incorporated parts of the NASCAR “tri-oval,” and featured a diverse mix of drivers and cars. It attracted luminaries from Formula One and FIA sports car racing, as well as home-grown NASCAR and USAC stars. The grid featured everything from purpose-built racers to produced based sports cars from Ferrari, Lotus, and Jaguar, and even a trio of Pontiac Tempests. The race remained a three-hour event until 1964, when it grew to 12 hours. Organizers expanded it again to 24 hours in 1966, and that format has been maintained more or less consistently ever since. Very little else has, but from classic sports racers like the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917 in the 1960s, to the monstrous turbocharged cars of the 1980s, to today’s high-tech racers, Daytona has always been a pretty good show. Richard Prince/Chevy Racing Daytona started out essentially as an American detour on the European racing calendar, and in the early days featured the same cars one would find racing at prestigious events on the Continent, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1980s, though, Daytona reached the apex of its popularity when, under the aegis of the International Motorsport Association (IMSA), it broke away from the European establishment with IMSA-specific “GTP” prototype and “GTO” and “GTU” production-based cars, with outrageous performance and looks. <strong>Related: </strong>Motorsport 101: Everything you need to know, from F1 to NASCAR Rolex took over sponsorship of the race in 1991, and since then it’s been known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The dawn of the 90’s also marked the beginning of a decline from Daytona, as isolation from the international racing scene made it something of a backwater. It eventually became part of the NASCAR-backed Grand Am series, which merged with the competing American Le Mans Series in 2013 in an attempt to unify and strengthen sports-car racing in the U.S. Daytona is now the signature event of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series. The race Regardless of who’s running it, the format remains the same. The Daytona 24 still uses a road course that winds its way through the infield of Daytona International Speedway, but also uses parts of the banked NASCAR oval. This helps cars pick up some serious speed, and provides a novel sensation for drivers used to completely flat tracks. In its current configuration, the course is 3.56 miles long. The shindig kicks off on Thursday, with practice sessions and qualifying sessions, which determine each car’s place on the grid. As in other forms of racing, the fastest cars are placed at the front, while cars that fail to qualify but are still able to start the race go to the back. There’s additional practice time on Friday, before the main event on Saturday. The green flag drops at 2:40 p.m., and the checkered flag waves at 2:40 p.m. the following day. The team with the most miles covered by that time is the winner. There are four classes of cars of varying performance, meaning the faster cars have to add navigating slower traffic to the list of challenges. The classes comprise purpose-built “prototypes” and production-based “GT” cars that resemble models actually sold in showrooms, with an all-professional and “Pro-Am (professional-amateur)” class for each. <strong>Related:</strong> Ford’s GT prepares for battle all around the world The all-pro classes are Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM), and are the faster of their respective car types. The Pro-Am classes – Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) – team pros with “gentleman drivers” who pay for race time. This year, there are 13 Prototype entries, eight in Prototype Challenge, 11 in GTLM, and 22 in GTD. The cars Daytona provides the perfect stage for drivers to demonstrate their talent in some spectacular cars, and 2016 is shaping up to be a particularly impressive year. They’re not the fastest, but the spotlight is on the GT half of the field thanks to a flood of new machinery. Headlining things is the racing version of the new Ford GT supercar, which rocked the 2015 Detroit Auto Show last year. This is the first time the new GT will compete in North America, and it’s got some big shoes to fill. The original GT40 won the first 24-hour Daytona race in 1966, before winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the climax of an epic rivalry with Ferrari. The GT won’t be competing for an overall win this time around, but Ford is hoping for class wins at both Daytona and Le Mans on the 50th anniversaries of the GT40’s triumphs. To do that, the GT will face off against Ferrari’s new 488 GTE and BMW’s new M6 GTLM, as well as the battle-hardened Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM category. Porsche has the best record at Daytona, with 18 victories, including the first overall win for the 911, taken by a Carrera RSR in 1973. In the lower-level GTD class, there’s plenty to be excited about as well. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American racing debut at Daytona, showing Lambo’s growing commitment to motorsport. Lamborghini doesn’t have the racing pedigree of rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but the Huracán should look damn good on the track. It will be joined by the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which already has an overall win at the Nürburgring 24 hours to its credit. Rounding out the GTD field is an assortment of BMWs, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Dodge Vipers. Not to be outdone, the Protoype class remains the fastest at Daytona. This class is actually divided into two types of cars—P2 and Daytona Prototype—which both carry over from predecessor series. The P2 cars are based on European FIA rules, while the Daytona Prototypes were created specifically for U.S. racing. The European/American split is evident in the cars’ designs. The Daytona Prototypes are relatively simple, and emphasize power over finesse, while the P2 cars tend to be less powerful, but more sophisticated in other areas like aerodynamics. The fastest Prototype cars can hit up to 200 mph. The Daytona Prototype sub-class is dominated by V8-powered Corvette and EcoBoost V6 Ford cars. A Ford Ecoboost prototype won last year, so between the Daytona Prototypes and GT production cars, Ford is angling for a two-pronged victory with its EcoBoost-powered cars this year. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the GT is actually similar to the one used in the Daytona Prototype. The P2 side features Honda and Nissan-powered prototypes, as well as the two Mazda Prototypes that just made an impromptu switch from diesel to gasoline power. In a class of its own is the oddball, and somewhat phallic, DeltaWing, based on a design that raced at Le Mans under Nissan’s aegis, and is being considered for a future production car. Prototype Challenge is what’s called a “spec” class, meaning all cars are identical. Each team fields an open-topped Oreca FLM09 with a Chevy V8 engine. This car features a carbon-fiber chassis, 430 hp, and a top speed of 175 mph. Spec classes are employed throughout racing to keep costs under control. Since all cars have to be the same, there’s no chance of team gaining an advantage by spending more than its rivals. How to watch it Anyone looking to catch the entire race will need dedication, plenty of caffeine, and a remote control at the ready. Live coverage airs on Fox Sports 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, then switches to Fox Sports 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Coverage restarts on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sports 1, switches to Fox Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m., then back to Fox Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. Streaming will also be available through Fox’s app, if you have a participating cable provider. Live timing and standings will also be available on IMSA’s website. <b>Also watch:</b> Top Ten Most Expensive Cars In The World (2015) Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Daytona 101: Everything you need to know about America’s 24-hour endurance race
For most people that have heard of it, endurance racing means the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a grueling French contest that is still considered the pinnacle of motorsport. But there’s a proud endurance-racing tradition on this side of the Atlantic too. Every year, before the NASCAR teams arrive, Daytona International Speedway plays host to a 24-hour race of its own. It attracts top drivers and manufacturers eager to show off their cars, even if the January start date means it doesn’t typically attract large crowds. Daytona remains one of the most important events on the racing calendar, and if you want to learn more about it, read on. The History Known by various names over the years, the 24-hour race at is the first major motorsport event of the year in the U.S., and arguably one of the most prestigious. It’s one of a handful of 24-hour endurance races in the world, and there are few events like it in the U.S. The current race can trace its roots back to 1962, when NASCAR impresario Bill France Sr. decided to emphasize the “International” in “Daytona International Speedway.” Completed in 1959, the massive oval track was the crown jewel of France’s American-bred stock-car racing empire, but he wanted to attract European-style sports car racing as well. So France organized the Daytona Continental, a three-hour race on a road course that incorporated parts of the NASCAR “tri-oval,” and featured a diverse mix of drivers and cars. It attracted luminaries from Formula One and FIA sports car racing, as well as home-grown NASCAR and USAC stars. The grid featured everything from purpose-built racers to produced based sports cars from Ferrari, Lotus, and Jaguar, and even a trio of Pontiac Tempests. The race remained a three-hour event until 1964, when it grew to 12 hours. Organizers expanded it again to 24 hours in 1966, and that format has been maintained more or less consistently ever since. Very little else has, but from classic sports racers like the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917 in the 1960s, to the monstrous turbocharged cars of the 1980s, to today’s high-tech racers, Daytona has always been a pretty good show. Richard Prince/Chevy Racing Daytona started out essentially as an American detour on the European racing calendar, and in the early days featured the same cars one would find racing at prestigious events on the Continent, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1980s, though, Daytona reached the apex of its popularity when, under the aegis of the International Motorsport Association (IMSA), it broke away from the European establishment with IMSA-specific “GTP” prototype and “GTO” and “GTU” production-based cars, with outrageous performance and looks. Related: Motorsport 101: Everything you need to know, from F1 to NASCAR Rolex took over sponsorship of the race in 1991, and since then it’s been known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The dawn of the 90’s also marked the beginning of a decline from Daytona, as isolation from the international racing scene made it something of a backwater. It eventually became part of the NASCAR-backed Grand Am series, which merged with the competing American Le Mans Series in 2013 in an attempt to unify and strengthen sports-car racing in the U.S. Daytona is now the signature event of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series. The race Regardless of who’s running it, the format remains the same. The Daytona 24 still uses a road course that winds its way through the infield of Daytona International Speedway, but also uses parts of the banked NASCAR oval. This helps cars pick up some serious speed, and provides a novel sensation for drivers used to completely flat tracks. In its current configuration, the course is 3.56 miles long. The shindig kicks off on Thursday, with practice sessions and qualifying sessions, which determine each car’s place on the grid. As in other forms of racing, the fastest cars are placed at the front, while cars that fail to qualify but are still able to start the race go to the back. There’s additional practice time on Friday, before the main event on Saturday. The green flag drops at 2:40 p.m., and the checkered flag waves at 2:40 p.m. the following day. The team with the most miles covered by that time is the winner. There are four classes of cars of varying performance, meaning the faster cars have to add navigating slower traffic to the list of challenges. The classes comprise purpose-built “prototypes” and production-based “GT” cars that resemble models actually sold in showrooms, with an all-professional and “Pro-Am (professional-amateur)” class for each. Related: Ford’s GT prepares for battle all around the world The all-pro classes are Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM), and are the faster of their respective car types. The Pro-Am classes – Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) – team pros with “gentleman drivers” who pay for race time. This year, there are 13 Prototype entries, eight in Prototype Challenge, 11 in GTLM, and 22 in GTD. The cars Daytona provides the perfect stage for drivers to demonstrate their talent in some spectacular cars, and 2016 is shaping up to be a particularly impressive year. They’re not the fastest, but the spotlight is on the GT half of the field thanks to a flood of new machinery. Headlining things is the racing version of the new Ford GT supercar, which rocked the 2015 Detroit Auto Show last year. This is the first time the new GT will compete in North America, and it’s got some big shoes to fill. The original GT40 won the first 24-hour Daytona race in 1966, before winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the climax of an epic rivalry with Ferrari. The GT won’t be competing for an overall win this time around, but Ford is hoping for class wins at both Daytona and Le Mans on the 50th anniversaries of the GT40’s triumphs. To do that, the GT will face off against Ferrari’s new 488 GTE and BMW’s new M6 GTLM, as well as the battle-hardened Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM category. Porsche has the best record at Daytona, with 18 victories, including the first overall win for the 911, taken by a Carrera RSR in 1973. In the lower-level GTD class, there’s plenty to be excited about as well. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American racing debut at Daytona, showing Lambo’s growing commitment to motorsport. Lamborghini doesn’t have the racing pedigree of rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but the Huracán should look damn good on the track. It will be joined by the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which already has an overall win at the Nürburgring 24 hours to its credit. Rounding out the GTD field is an assortment of BMWs, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Dodge Vipers. Not to be outdone, the Protoype class remains the fastest at Daytona. This class is actually divided into two types of cars—P2 and Daytona Prototype—which both carry over from predecessor series. The P2 cars are based on European FIA rules, while the Daytona Prototypes were created specifically for U.S. racing. The European/American split is evident in the cars’ designs. The Daytona Prototypes are relatively simple, and emphasize power over finesse, while the P2 cars tend to be less powerful, but more sophisticated in other areas like aerodynamics. The fastest Prototype cars can hit up to 200 mph. The Daytona Prototype sub-class is dominated by V8-powered Corvette and EcoBoost V6 Ford cars. A Ford Ecoboost prototype won last year, so between the Daytona Prototypes and GT production cars, Ford is angling for a two-pronged victory with its EcoBoost-powered cars this year. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the GT is actually similar to the one used in the Daytona Prototype. The P2 side features Honda and Nissan-powered prototypes, as well as the two Mazda Prototypes that just made an impromptu switch from diesel to gasoline power. In a class of its own is the oddball, and somewhat phallic, DeltaWing, based on a design that raced at Le Mans under Nissan’s aegis, and is being considered for a future production car. Prototype Challenge is what’s called a “spec” class, meaning all cars are identical. Each team fields an open-topped Oreca FLM09 with a Chevy V8 engine. This car features a carbon-fiber chassis, 430 hp, and a top speed of 175 mph. Spec classes are employed throughout racing to keep costs under control. Since all cars have to be the same, there’s no chance of team gaining an advantage by spending more than its rivals. How to watch it Anyone looking to catch the entire race will need dedication, plenty of caffeine, and a remote control at the ready. Live coverage airs on Fox Sports 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, then switches to Fox Sports 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Coverage restarts on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sports 1, switches to Fox Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m., then back to Fox Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. Streaming will also be available through Fox’s app, if you have a participating cable provider. Live timing and standings will also be available on IMSA’s website. Also watch: Top Ten Most Expensive Cars In The World (2015) Please enable Javascript to watch this video
For most people that have heard of it, endurance racing means the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a grueling French contest that is still considered the pinnacle of motorsport. But there’s a proud endurance-racing tradition on this side of the Atlantic too. Every year, before the NASCAR teams arrive, Daytona International Speedway plays host to a 24-hour race of its own. It attracts top drivers and manufacturers eager to show off their cars, even if the January start date means it doesn’t typically attract large crowds. Daytona remains one of the most important events on the racing calendar, and if you want to learn more about it, read on. The History Known by various names over the years, the 24-hour race at is the first major motorsport event of the year in the U.S., and arguably one of the most prestigious. It’s one of a handful of 24-hour endurance races in the world, and there are few events like it in the U.S. The current race can trace its roots back to 1962, when NASCAR impresario Bill France Sr. decided to emphasize the “International” in “Daytona International Speedway.” Completed in 1959, the massive oval track was the crown jewel of France’s American-bred stock-car racing empire, but he wanted to attract European-style sports car racing as well. So France organized the Daytona Continental, a three-hour race on a road course that incorporated parts of the NASCAR “tri-oval,” and featured a diverse mix of drivers and cars. It attracted luminaries from Formula One and FIA sports car racing, as well as home-grown NASCAR and USAC stars. The grid featured everything from purpose-built racers to produced based sports cars from Ferrari, Lotus, and Jaguar, and even a trio of Pontiac Tempests. The race remained a three-hour event until 1964, when it grew to 12 hours. Organizers expanded it again to 24 hours in 1966, and that format has been maintained more or less consistently ever since. Very little else has, but from classic sports racers like the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917 in the 1960s, to the monstrous turbocharged cars of the 1980s, to today’s high-tech racers, Daytona has always been a pretty good show. Richard Prince/Chevy Racing Daytona started out essentially as an American detour on the European racing calendar, and in the early days featured the same cars one would find racing at prestigious events on the Continent, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1980s, though, Daytona reached the apex of its popularity when, under the aegis of the International Motorsport Association (IMSA), it broke away from the European establishment with IMSA-specific “GTP” prototype and “GTO” and “GTU” production-based cars, with outrageous performance and looks. <strong>Related: </strong>Motorsport 101: Everything you need to know, from F1 to NASCAR Rolex took over sponsorship of the race in 1991, and since then it’s been known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The dawn of the 90’s also marked the beginning of a decline from Daytona, as isolation from the international racing scene made it something of a backwater. It eventually became part of the NASCAR-backed Grand Am series, which merged with the competing American Le Mans Series in 2013 in an attempt to unify and strengthen sports-car racing in the U.S. Daytona is now the signature event of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series. The race Regardless of who’s running it, the format remains the same. The Daytona 24 still uses a road course that winds its way through the infield of Daytona International Speedway, but also uses parts of the banked NASCAR oval. This helps cars pick up some serious speed, and provides a novel sensation for drivers used to completely flat tracks. In its current configuration, the course is 3.56 miles long. The shindig kicks off on Thursday, with practice sessions and qualifying sessions, which determine each car’s place on the grid. As in other forms of racing, the fastest cars are placed at the front, while cars that fail to qualify but are still able to start the race go to the back. There’s additional practice time on Friday, before the main event on Saturday. The green flag drops at 2:40 p.m., and the checkered flag waves at 2:40 p.m. the following day. The team with the most miles covered by that time is the winner. There are four classes of cars of varying performance, meaning the faster cars have to add navigating slower traffic to the list of challenges. The classes comprise purpose-built “prototypes” and production-based “GT” cars that resemble models actually sold in showrooms, with an all-professional and “Pro-Am (professional-amateur)” class for each. <strong>Related:</strong> Ford’s GT prepares for battle all around the world The all-pro classes are Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM), and are the faster of their respective car types. The Pro-Am classes – Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) – team pros with “gentleman drivers” who pay for race time. This year, there are 13 Prototype entries, eight in Prototype Challenge, 11 in GTLM, and 22 in GTD. The cars Daytona provides the perfect stage for drivers to demonstrate their talent in some spectacular cars, and 2016 is shaping up to be a particularly impressive year. They’re not the fastest, but the spotlight is on the GT half of the field thanks to a flood of new machinery. Headlining things is the racing version of the new Ford GT supercar, which rocked the 2015 Detroit Auto Show last year. This is the first time the new GT will compete in North America, and it’s got some big shoes to fill. The original GT40 won the first 24-hour Daytona race in 1966, before winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the climax of an epic rivalry with Ferrari. The GT won’t be competing for an overall win this time around, but Ford is hoping for class wins at both Daytona and Le Mans on the 50th anniversaries of the GT40’s triumphs. To do that, the GT will face off against Ferrari’s new 488 GTE and BMW’s new M6 GTLM, as well as the battle-hardened Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM category. Porsche has the best record at Daytona, with 18 victories, including the first overall win for the 911, taken by a Carrera RSR in 1973. In the lower-level GTD class, there’s plenty to be excited about as well. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American racing debut at Daytona, showing Lambo’s growing commitment to motorsport. Lamborghini doesn’t have the racing pedigree of rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but the Huracán should look damn good on the track. It will be joined by the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which already has an overall win at the Nürburgring 24 hours to its credit. Rounding out the GTD field is an assortment of BMWs, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Dodge Vipers. Not to be outdone, the Protoype class remains the fastest at Daytona. This class is actually divided into two types of cars—P2 and Daytona Prototype—which both carry over from predecessor series. The P2 cars are based on European FIA rules, while the Daytona Prototypes were created specifically for U.S. racing. The European/American split is evident in the cars’ designs. The Daytona Prototypes are relatively simple, and emphasize power over finesse, while the P2 cars tend to be less powerful, but more sophisticated in other areas like aerodynamics. The fastest Prototype cars can hit up to 200 mph. The Daytona Prototype sub-class is dominated by V8-powered Corvette and EcoBoost V6 Ford cars. A Ford Ecoboost prototype won last year, so between the Daytona Prototypes and GT production cars, Ford is angling for a two-pronged victory with its EcoBoost-powered cars this year. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the GT is actually similar to the one used in the Daytona Prototype. The P2 side features Honda and Nissan-powered prototypes, as well as the two Mazda Prototypes that just made an impromptu switch from diesel to gasoline power. In a class of its own is the oddball, and somewhat phallic, DeltaWing, based on a design that raced at Le Mans under Nissan’s aegis, and is being considered for a future production car. Prototype Challenge is what’s called a “spec” class, meaning all cars are identical. Each team fields an open-topped Oreca FLM09 with a Chevy V8 engine. This car features a carbon-fiber chassis, 430 hp, and a top speed of 175 mph. Spec classes are employed throughout racing to keep costs under control. Since all cars have to be the same, there’s no chance of team gaining an advantage by spending more than its rivals. How to watch it Anyone looking to catch the entire race will need dedication, plenty of caffeine, and a remote control at the ready. Live coverage airs on Fox Sports 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, then switches to Fox Sports 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Coverage restarts on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sports 1, switches to Fox Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m., then back to Fox Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. Streaming will also be available through Fox’s app, if you have a participating cable provider. Live timing and standings will also be available on IMSA’s website. <b>Also watch:</b> Top Ten Most Expensive Cars In The World (2015) Please enable Javascript to watch this video
Daytona 101: Everything you need to know about America’s 24-hour endurance race
For most people that have heard of it, endurance racing means the 24 Hours of Le Mans, a grueling French contest that is still considered the pinnacle of motorsport. But there’s a proud endurance-racing tradition on this side of the Atlantic too. Every year, before the NASCAR teams arrive, Daytona International Speedway plays host to a 24-hour race of its own. It attracts top drivers and manufacturers eager to show off their cars, even if the January start date means it doesn’t typically attract large crowds. Daytona remains one of the most important events on the racing calendar, and if you want to learn more about it, read on. The History Known by various names over the years, the 24-hour race at is the first major motorsport event of the year in the U.S., and arguably one of the most prestigious. It’s one of a handful of 24-hour endurance races in the world, and there are few events like it in the U.S. The current race can trace its roots back to 1962, when NASCAR impresario Bill France Sr. decided to emphasize the “International” in “Daytona International Speedway.” Completed in 1959, the massive oval track was the crown jewel of France’s American-bred stock-car racing empire, but he wanted to attract European-style sports car racing as well. So France organized the Daytona Continental, a three-hour race on a road course that incorporated parts of the NASCAR “tri-oval,” and featured a diverse mix of drivers and cars. It attracted luminaries from Formula One and FIA sports car racing, as well as home-grown NASCAR and USAC stars. The grid featured everything from purpose-built racers to produced based sports cars from Ferrari, Lotus, and Jaguar, and even a trio of Pontiac Tempests. The race remained a three-hour event until 1964, when it grew to 12 hours. Organizers expanded it again to 24 hours in 1966, and that format has been maintained more or less consistently ever since. Very little else has, but from classic sports racers like the Ford GT40 and Porsche 917 in the 1960s, to the monstrous turbocharged cars of the 1980s, to today’s high-tech racers, Daytona has always been a pretty good show. Richard Prince/Chevy Racing Daytona started out essentially as an American detour on the European racing calendar, and in the early days featured the same cars one would find racing at prestigious events on the Continent, such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In the 1980s, though, Daytona reached the apex of its popularity when, under the aegis of the International Motorsport Association (IMSA), it broke away from the European establishment with IMSA-specific “GTP” prototype and “GTO” and “GTU” production-based cars, with outrageous performance and looks. Related: Motorsport 101: Everything you need to know, from F1 to NASCAR Rolex took over sponsorship of the race in 1991, and since then it’s been known as the Rolex 24 at Daytona. The dawn of the 90’s also marked the beginning of a decline from Daytona, as isolation from the international racing scene made it something of a backwater. It eventually became part of the NASCAR-backed Grand Am series, which merged with the competing American Le Mans Series in 2013 in an attempt to unify and strengthen sports-car racing in the U.S. Daytona is now the signature event of the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Series. The race Regardless of who’s running it, the format remains the same. The Daytona 24 still uses a road course that winds its way through the infield of Daytona International Speedway, but also uses parts of the banked NASCAR oval. This helps cars pick up some serious speed, and provides a novel sensation for drivers used to completely flat tracks. In its current configuration, the course is 3.56 miles long. The shindig kicks off on Thursday, with practice sessions and qualifying sessions, which determine each car’s place on the grid. As in other forms of racing, the fastest cars are placed at the front, while cars that fail to qualify but are still able to start the race go to the back. There’s additional practice time on Friday, before the main event on Saturday. The green flag drops at 2:40 p.m., and the checkered flag waves at 2:40 p.m. the following day. The team with the most miles covered by that time is the winner. There are four classes of cars of varying performance, meaning the faster cars have to add navigating slower traffic to the list of challenges. The classes comprise purpose-built “prototypes” and production-based “GT” cars that resemble models actually sold in showrooms, with an all-professional and “Pro-Am (professional-amateur)” class for each. Related: Ford’s GT prepares for battle all around the world The all-pro classes are Prototype (P) and GT Le Mans (GTLM), and are the faster of their respective car types. The Pro-Am classes – Prototype Challenge (PC) and GT Daytona (GTD) – team pros with “gentleman drivers” who pay for race time. This year, there are 13 Prototype entries, eight in Prototype Challenge, 11 in GTLM, and 22 in GTD. The cars Daytona provides the perfect stage for drivers to demonstrate their talent in some spectacular cars, and 2016 is shaping up to be a particularly impressive year. They’re not the fastest, but the spotlight is on the GT half of the field thanks to a flood of new machinery. Headlining things is the racing version of the new Ford GT supercar, which rocked the 2015 Detroit Auto Show last year. This is the first time the new GT will compete in North America, and it’s got some big shoes to fill. The original GT40 won the first 24-hour Daytona race in 1966, before winning the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the climax of an epic rivalry with Ferrari. The GT won’t be competing for an overall win this time around, but Ford is hoping for class wins at both Daytona and Le Mans on the 50th anniversaries of the GT40’s triumphs. To do that, the GT will face off against Ferrari’s new 488 GTE and BMW’s new M6 GTLM, as well as the battle-hardened Chevrolet Corvette C7.R and Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM category. Porsche has the best record at Daytona, with 18 victories, including the first overall win for the 911, taken by a Carrera RSR in 1973. In the lower-level GTD class, there’s plenty to be excited about as well. The Lamborghini Huracán GT3 will make its North American racing debut at Daytona, showing Lambo’s growing commitment to motorsport. Lamborghini doesn’t have the racing pedigree of rivals like Ferrari and Porsche, but the Huracán should look damn good on the track. It will be joined by the second-generation Audi R8 LMS, which already has an overall win at the Nürburgring 24 hours to its credit. Rounding out the GTD field is an assortment of BMWs, Porsches, Ferraris, Aston Martins, and Dodge Vipers. Not to be outdone, the Protoype class remains the fastest at Daytona. This class is actually divided into two types of cars—P2 and Daytona Prototype—which both carry over from predecessor series. The P2 cars are based on European FIA rules, while the Daytona Prototypes were created specifically for U.S. racing. The European/American split is evident in the cars’ designs. The Daytona Prototypes are relatively simple, and emphasize power over finesse, while the P2 cars tend to be less powerful, but more sophisticated in other areas like aerodynamics. The fastest Prototype cars can hit up to 200 mph. The Daytona Prototype sub-class is dominated by V8-powered Corvette and EcoBoost V6 Ford cars. A Ford Ecoboost prototype won last year, so between the Daytona Prototypes and GT production cars, Ford is angling for a two-pronged victory with its EcoBoost-powered cars this year. The twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 in the GT is actually similar to the one used in the Daytona Prototype. The P2 side features Honda and Nissan-powered prototypes, as well as the two Mazda Prototypes that just made an impromptu switch from diesel to gasoline power. In a class of its own is the oddball, and somewhat phallic, DeltaWing, based on a design that raced at Le Mans under Nissan’s aegis, and is being considered for a future production car. Prototype Challenge is what’s called a “spec” class, meaning all cars are identical. Each team fields an open-topped Oreca FLM09 with a Chevy V8 engine. This car features a carbon-fiber chassis, 430 hp, and a top speed of 175 mph. Spec classes are employed throughout racing to keep costs under control. Since all cars have to be the same, there’s no chance of team gaining an advantage by spending more than its rivals. How to watch it Anyone looking to catch the entire race will need dedication, plenty of caffeine, and a remote control at the ready. Live coverage airs on Fox Sports 1 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, then switches to Fox Sports 2 from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Coverage restarts on Sunday at 7:00 a.m. on Fox Sports 1, switches to Fox Sports 2 at 10:30 a.m., then back to Fox Sports 1 at 1:00 p.m. Streaming will also be available through Fox’s app, if you have a participating cable provider. Live timing and standings will also be available on IMSA’s website. Also watch: Top Ten Most Expensive Cars In The World (2015) Please enable Javascript to watch this video
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2013 file photo, Patrick Dempsey looks on from the pit area during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Dempsey's love affair with sports-car racing was always more than a frivolous dalliance. He's as dedicated on the track as he is on the set, and placed his sights _ from the eyes of one of People magazine's sexiest men alive _ on contending in the most prestigious road race on the sports car circuit. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)
McDreamy part of all-American team at Le Mans
FILE - In this Oct. 18, 2013 file photo, Patrick Dempsey looks on from the pit area during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga. Dempsey's love affair with sports-car racing was always more than a frivolous dalliance. He's as dedicated on the track as he is on the set, and placed his sights _ from the eyes of one of People magazine's sexiest men alive _ on contending in the most prestigious road race on the sports car circuit. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
Driver JJ Lehto of Monaco jumps out of the #38 car as a flash fire erupts as he switches with fellow driver Johnny Herbert of England, (sitting in cockpit) during a pit stop during the American Le Mans Series race Saturday, Sept. 27, 2003, in Miami. The fire was extinguished and Herbert went on with the race. (AP Photo/Terry Renna)
The French star became one of skiing's greatest speed demons in the mid-1990s, winning five World Cup globes - including the downhill, super-G and overall World Cup titles in 1997 - as well as a host of other races, although his nerve usually tended to fail him in World Championship and Olympic events.<br><br>He retired from competitive skiing in 1997 at the age of 32, but didn't give up speed: he turned instead to motor racing, racing in the Le Mans Series and the FIA GT Championship among others before crowning his second career with victory in the Paris- Dakar rally in 2006. Sadly, a motorbike crash in 2009 eventually forced him to retire from motorsport.
Luc Alphand - skiing and rallying
The French star became one of skiing's greatest speed demons in the mid-1990s, winning five World Cup globes - including the downhill, super-G and overall World Cup titles in 1997 - as well as a host of other races, although his nerve usually tended to fail him in World Championship and Olympic events.

He retired from competitive skiing in 1997 at the age of 32, but didn't give up speed: he turned instead to motor racing, racing in the Le Mans Series and the FIA GT Championship among others before crowning his second career with victory in the Paris- Dakar rally in 2006. Sadly, a motorbike crash in 2009 eventually forced him to retire from motorsport.
From left, Neel Jani, of Switzerland; Nicolas Prost, of France; and Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, celebrate taking the overall win at the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
From left, Neel Jani, of Switzerland; Nicolas Prost, of France; and Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, celebrate taking the overall win at the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
From left, Neel Jani, of Switzerland; Nicolas Prost, of France; and Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, celebrate taking the overall win at the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jorg Muller (55), of Germany, follows Oliver Gavin (4), of England, and Matteo Malucelli (62) during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, drives his Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jordan Taylor drives his Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jordan Taylor drives his Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jordan Taylor drives his Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Driver Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, makes a pit stop as the Rebellion Racing team services his car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Driver Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, makes a pit stop as the Rebellion Racing team services his car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Driver Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, makes a pit stop as the Rebellion Racing team services his car during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
A crew member wipes off the shoes of driver Klaus Graf, center, of Germany, as teammate Lucas Luhr, right, of Germany, prepares the cockpit during a pit stop in the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
A crew member wipes off the shoes of driver Klaus Graf, center, of Germany, as teammate Lucas Luhr, right, of Germany, prepares the cockpit during a pit stop in the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
A crew member wipes off the shoes of driver Klaus Graf, center, of Germany, as teammate Lucas Luhr, right, of Germany, prepares the cockpit during a pit stop in the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, waits for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, waits for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, waits for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Drivers Marino Franchitti, left, of Scotland, and Ryan Briscoe, of Australia, talk while they wait for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Drivers Marino Franchitti, left, of Scotland, and Ryan Briscoe, of Australia, talk while they wait for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Drivers Marino Franchitti, left, of Scotland, and Ryan Briscoe, of Australia, talk while they wait for a pit stop during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, prepares to get in his car during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, prepares to get in his car during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, prepares to get in his car during the warm up session for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
A memorial paint-scheme for driver Sean Edwards is seen on the hood of a NGT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup before the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. Riding in the passenger seat, Edwards was killed on Oct. 15 in a driver coaching crash in Australia. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
A memorial paint-scheme for driver Sean Edwards is seen on the hood of a NGT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup before the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. Riding in the passenger seat, Edwards was killed on Oct. 15 in a driver coaching crash in Australia
A memorial paint-scheme for driver Sean Edwards is seen on the hood of a NGT Porsche 911 GT3 Cup before the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. Riding in the passenger seat, Edwards was killed on Oct. 15 in a driver coaching crash in Australia. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani (12), of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota at the start of the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani (12), of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota at the start of the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Neel Jani (12), of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota at the start of the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, drives the Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 as he follows Jan Magnussen (3), of Denmark, in the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, drives the Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 as he follows Jan Magnussen (3), of Denmark, in the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, drives the Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 as he follows Jan Magnussen (3), of Denmark, in the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, drives the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 Toyota during the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
The Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 car is reflected in the goggles of a crew member during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
The Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 car is reflected in the goggles of a crew member during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
The Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 car is reflected in the goggles of a crew member during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, sits in his car during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, sits in his car during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, sits in his car during qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
From left, Olivier Beretta, of Monaco, Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, and Robin Liddell, of Scotland, celebrate their GT class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
From left, Olivier Beretta, of Monaco, Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, and Robin Liddell, of Scotland, celebrate their GT class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
From left, Olivier Beretta, of Monaco, Matteo Malucelli, of Italy, and Robin Liddell, of Scotland, celebrate their GT class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, sits in the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 before qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, sits in the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 before qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Neel Jani, of Switzerland, sits in the Rebellion Racing Lola B12/60 before qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
From left, Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, Neel Jani, of Switzerland, and Nicolas Prost, of France, celebrate their P1 class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
From left, Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, Neel Jani, of Switzerland, and Nicolas Prost, of France, celebrate their P1 class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
From left, Nick Heidfeld, of Germany, Neel Jani, of Switzerland, and Nicolas Prost, of France, celebrate their P1 class pole position after qualifying for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Anthony Lazzaro drives the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b HPD during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Anthony Lazzaro drives the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b HPD during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Anthony Lazzaro drives the Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b HPD during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Lucas Luhr, of Germany, drives the Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Corvette driver Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, gets ready in the pit area during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Corvette driver Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, gets ready in the pit area during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Corvette driver Jan Magnussen, of Denmark, gets ready in the pit area during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Porsche driver Emmanuel Collard, of France, waits in the pits during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Porsche driver Emmanuel Collard, of France, waits in the pits during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Porsche driver Emmanuel Collard, of France, waits in the pits during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Dirk Muller, of Germany, drives a BMW Z4 GTE during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Dirk Muller, of Germany, drives a BMW Z4 GTE during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Dirk Muller, of Germany, drives a BMW Z4 GTE during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Cars go through the esses during night practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Katherine Legge, of England, drives the DeltaWing DWC13 during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
BMW driver Maxime Martin, of Belgium, looks on in the pit area during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
BMW driver Maxime Martin, of Belgium, looks on in the pit area during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
BMW driver Maxime Martin, of Belgium, looks on in the pit area during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Wolf Henzler, of Germany, drives the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Wolf Henzler, of Germany, drives the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Wolf Henzler, of Germany, drives the Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 GT3 RSR during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Klaus Graf, of Germany, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Klaus Graf, of Germany, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Klaus Graf, of Germany, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Romain Dumas, of France, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
Romain Dumas, of France, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga
Romain Dumas, of France, drives the Muscle Milk Pickett Racing HPD ARX-03c during practice for the American Le Mans Series' Petit Le Mans auto race at Road Atlanta, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2013, in Braselton, Ga. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt)
One of the most famous long distance races in the world turns 60. The twelve hour classic on the Sebring
Porsche with seven works drivers at American Le Mans Series in Florida
One of the most famous long distance races in the world turns 60. The twelve hour classic on the Sebring
Just 0.183 seconds separated Porsche’s works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) in
Porsche teams claim podium spots and championship at round 5 of Le Mans series
Just 0.183 seconds separated Porsche’s works drivers Marc Lieb (Germany) and Richard Lietz (Austria) in
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: (L to R) BMW American Le Mans Series race driver Joey Hand and PGA TOUR players Rickie Fowler, Cameron Tringale, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, George McNeil, Mark Leishman, and legendary race car diver Bobby Rahal help kick- off the BMW Championship by driving at a race track for charity at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
PGA TOUR Professional Golfers Test Drive A Collection Of BMW Vehicles On A Race Track At The 2011 BMW Championship
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: (L to R) BMW American Le Mans Series race driver Joey Hand and PGA TOUR players Rickie Fowler, Cameron Tringale, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, George McNeil, Mark Leishman, and legendary race car diver Bobby Rahal help kick- off the BMW Championship by driving at a race track for charity at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: (L to R) BMW American Le Mans Series race driver Joey Hand and PGA TOUR players Rickie Fowler, Cameron Tringale, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, George McNeil, Mark Leishman, and legendary race car diver Bobby Rahal help kick- off the BMW Championship by driving at a race track for charity at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
PGA TOUR Professional Golfers Test Drive A Collection Of BMW Vehicles On A Race Track At The 2011 BMW Championship
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: (L to R) BMW American Le Mans Series race driver Joey Hand and PGA TOUR players Rickie Fowler, Cameron Tringale, Sergio Garcia, Keegan Bradley, George McNeil, Mark Leishman, and legendary race car diver Bobby Rahal help kick- off the BMW Championship by driving at a race track for charity at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: PGA TOUR professional Rickie Fowler gets driving tips from BMW American Le Mans Series race car driver, Joey Hand at the Autobahn Racetrack in Joliet, IL to kick-off the 2011 BMW Championship on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
PGA TOUR Professional Golfers Test Drive A Collection Of BMW Vehicles On A Race Track At The 2011 BMW Championship
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: PGA TOUR professional Rickie Fowler gets driving tips from BMW American Le Mans Series race car driver, Joey Hand at the Autobahn Racetrack in Joliet, IL to kick-off the 2011 BMW Championship on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Racing legend Bobby Rahal and PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler look over a BMW American Le Mans Series prototype racer at the kick-off to the BMW Championship, the third leg of the PGA TOUR play-offs at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
PGA TOUR Professional Golfers Test Drive A Collection Of BMW Vehicles On A Race Track At The 2011 BMW Championship
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 13: Racing legend Bobby Rahal and PGA TOUR player Rickie Fowler look over a BMW American Le Mans Series prototype racer at the kick-off to the BMW Championship, the third leg of the PGA TOUR play-offs at Autobahn Racetrack on September 13, 2011 in Joliet, Illinois. (Photo by Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for BMW)
In the American Le Mans Series, the title defenders Porsche clinched their first podium result of the season
Porsche registers first podium result of the season at American Le Mans series
In the American Le Mans Series, the title defenders Porsche clinched their first podium result of the season
Second place for Porsche in the new GTE-AM class at Intercontinental and American Le Mans series
Second place for Porsche in the new GTE-AM class at Intercontinental and American Le Mans series
Second place for Porsche in the new GTE-AM class at Intercontinental and American Le Mans series
Today big name with the American Le Mans Series take over Main Street in downtown Greenville.
Roaring Engines Take Over Main Street
Today big name with the American Le Mans Series take over Main Street in downtown Greenville.
Today big name with the American Le Mans Series take over Main Street in downtown Greenville.
Roaring Engines Take Over Main Street
Today big name with the American Le Mans Series take over Main Street in downtown Greenville.
<p>Team: HRT <br> Fresh off competition in the Le Mans Series in ’09, Senna joined what has been the field’s slowest team in 2010 with HRT.</p>
Bruno Senna

Team: HRT
Fresh off competition in the Le Mans Series in ’09, Senna joined what has been the field’s slowest team in 2010 with HRT.

The American Le Mans series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicked off on Friday.
Le Mans Series Kicks Off At Laguna Seca
The American Le Mans series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicked off on Friday.
The American Le Mans series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicked off on Friday.
Le Mans Series Kicks Off At Laguna Seca
The American Le Mans series at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicked off on Friday.
<p>The #08 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDI FAP driven by Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin drives during practice for the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans on September 25, 2009 at Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia.</p>
Petit Le Mans

The #08 Team Peugeot Total Peugeot 908 HDI FAP driven by Franck Montagny and Stephane Sarrazin drives during practice for the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans on September 25, 2009 at Road Atlanta in Braselton Georgia.

<p>The straight-six in the <a href="http://www.roadandtrack.com/car-culture/advice/a27775/bmw-e46-m3-history-video/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:E46-generation BMW M3" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">E46-generation BMW M3</a> might be a masterpiece, but it wasn't quite good enough for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). BMW's solution was to drop in a 500-hp V8, build a small handful of road cars to satisfy homologation requirements, and demolish the competition. When ALMS changed the homologation requirement to 100 road cars in 2002, BMW killed the mighty GTR.</p>
2001 BMW M3 GTR

The straight-six in the E46-generation BMW M3 might be a masterpiece, but it wasn't quite good enough for the American Le Mans Series (ALMS). BMW's solution was to drop in a 500-hp V8, build a small handful of road cars to satisfy homologation requirements, and demolish the competition. When ALMS changed the homologation requirement to 100 road cars in 2002, BMW killed the mighty GTR.

What to read next