No. 902
June 21, 2017

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JUNE 21, 2017

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Timo Bernhard, Brendon Hartley and Earl Bamber (No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid/Michelin) led Porsche to its 19th - and third straight - win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sunday. It was the second win at the French endurance classic for Bernhard, the second for Bamber and a maiden victory at Circuit de la La Sarthe for Hartley. The Porsche team lost its No. 1 919 Hybrid team car due to engine failure in the 21st hour while it was in the lead, and the grueling attrition decimated the other LMP1 runners, with the No. 38 DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson LMP2 entry driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Olivier Jarvis and Thomas Laurent actually leading the race for some time. But Bernhard, who was circulating about 13 seconds a lap faster than Tung, went into the lead with a little over an hour to go, which was impressive, especially considering that the No. 2 Porsche 919 Hybrid had to claw back through the field after it made a lengthy stop in the pits to replace a front-axle motor.
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Brendon Hartley, Timo Bernhard and Earl Bamber celebrate Porsche's nineteenth win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The No. 38 DC Racing Oreca 07 Gibson/Dunlop driven by Ho-Pin Tung, Olivier Jarvis and Thomas Laurent had a sensational run, leading the race overall at one point and finishing second to win the LMP2 class.
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Jonny Adam, Darren Turner and Daniel Serra (No. 97 Aston Martin Vantage GTE/Dunlop) won the GTE Pro class after a stirring battle with Jordan Taylor (No. 63 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R/Michelin) over the last 45 minutes of the race. Taylor's run came to an end as the machine he shared with Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia suffered a punctured tire on the very last lap. The No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT/Michelin driven by
Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell and Pipo Derani swept by the wounded Corvette to finish second, with Taylor bringing the No. 63 machine home in third.
Robert Smith, William Stevens and Dries Vanthoor (No. 84 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE/Michelin) won the GTE Am class at Le Mans.

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Kyle Larson (No. 42 Chip Ganassi Racing Cars 3 Target Chevrolet) won the FireKeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway on Sunday. Larson used a series of exceptional restarts to win his second Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race of the season and his second in a row, dating to last August, at the 2-mile track in the Irish Hills. With a strong push from Ryan Blaney (No. 21 Wood Brothers Omnicraft Auto Parts Ford) in the bottom lane during a restart on Lap 186 of 200, polesitter Larson cleared Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Red, White & Blue Toyota) for the lead through the first two corners and stayed out front the rest of the way — through two more quick cautions — to win for the third time in his career. Larson crossed the finish line .993 seconds ahead of Chase Elliott (No. 24 Hendrick Motorsports NAPA Auto Parts Chevrolet).  Joey Logano (No. 22 Team Penske Shell Pennzoil Ford) finished third. Though Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing Auto-Owners Insurance Toyota) won both the first and second 60-lap stages and increased his playoff points to a series-leading 20, Larson regained the lead in championship points by five over Truex. Kyle Busch is 130 points back in third place.

Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross delivered a 1-2 finish in Race 2 of the Red Bull Global Rally Cross weekend in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on the grounds of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. After a red flag and restart for a first-lap incident, Tanner Foust (No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC) burst into the lead and never looked back, taking his second win of the season and second podium finish of the weekend. Scott Speed (No. 41 ORAFOL Beetle GRC) got shuffled back on the restart and spent most of the race stuck behind a slower car. On the final lap, Speed took advantage of a competitor’s mistake, earning a last-gasp second-place finish.

(Red Bull Global Rallycross)
Steve Arpin
(No. 00 Loenbro Motorsports Jacob Companies Ford Fiesta ST) became the first repeat winner of the 2017 Red Bull Global Rallycross season in Saturday’s Race 1 action in Ottawa. The lone Canadian native in the field, Arpin’s victory came in the series’ first-ever Canadian round, part of the yearlong Ottawa 2017 celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation. Arpin held off strong challenges from Tanner Foust (No. 34 Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle GRC) and Mitchell deJong (No. 24 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Honda Civic) to grab his second win in a row.

This year's Festival of Speed in Goodwood (June 29 - July 2) will feature a group of interesting cars from Audi Tradition, including three Le Mans-winnning cars. Tom Kristensen will be driving the Audi R8 LMP (above) from the year 2000, with which he helped deliver Audi's first Le Mans victory. Audi will also be presenting two other Le Mans-winning machines as part of a special exhibition in honor of the Danish driver. For the first time ever, visitors to the festival will also get the chance to see the Audi Group S mid-engined rally prototype in action, with rally world champion Hannu Mikkola behind the wheel. Completing Audi's vehicle lineup will be an Audi RS 5 DTM 2017 as well as an Audi R8 LMS – the current winner of the 24-hour race on the Nürburgring - which will be driven by Connor De Phillippi.

The Cadillac 6.2L V-8 engine that powers the Cadillac DPi-VR prototype racer is undefeated at mid-season in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The Cadillac 6.2L V-8 engine has been consistent in delivering power and reliability to the three Cadillac prototype race cars: No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R and No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R. The race-prepped Cadillac 6.2L V-8 engine, which shares inherent architecture with the Cadillac 6.2L V-8 engines in the Cadillac CTS-V  and the Cadillac Escalade prestige SUV, is naturally aspirated and outputs near 600 hp at a maximum allowable 7,600 rpm with the series-mandated air restrictors in place. The race car engines are modified, built and maintained by ECR Engines.

(Laguna Seca)
The Rolex Monterey Motorsports Reunion will celebrate Laguna Seca’s 60th anniversary on August 17-20 by featuring a number of race cars that have historical significance to the iconic road racing circuit. And one of the most important machines in the track’s storied history is the 1956 Ferrari 500 Testa Rossa - the very first car to win at Laguna Seca - that Pete Lovely drove in November 1957 at the brand-new race track in Monterey. The special Ferrari will be part of the Racing Through the Decades feature display.