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The DeltaWing: A Clever Engineering Answer. But What Was the Question?
Written by Mike Fuller   
Apr 18, 2012 at 12:43 AM

So the DeltaWing stayed on after the 12 Hour and finally put in some testing miles.  Prior to that they only had about 100 miles worth of shakedown on the chassis.  But at the moment the DeltaWing group is on full lock down with nary a word about how the test went, how fast the car is, etc.  Yes, I've been told a thing here or there, and frankly, the times discussed certainly sound promising.  But without anything to put forth as verified it means we'll have to supplant fact with opinion for now.  And for those that know Mulsanne's Corner, rarely do I stray into this territory as too often you'll get caught up in all the PR hyperbole and start sounding like a real shill.  So as an exercise, I'll play devil's advocate, though working within the facts as available.

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Sebring World Endurance Championship Entrant Communications
Written by Brian Miller   
Mar 10, 2012 at 08:10 PM

Frequencies World Endurance Championship Teams use for cars-on-track, pit, and paddock communications. From LMS, ILMC, previous Sebring and PLM entry, and other sources. (March 3, 2012).

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Sebring ALMS Entrant Team Communications
Written by Brian Miller   
Mar 10, 2012 at 12:15 PM

Frequencies teams use for American Le Mans Series cars-on-track, pit, and paddock communications. (rev. March 8, 2012)

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American Le Mans Series 2012 Common Frequencies
Written by Brian Miller   
Mar 09, 2012 at 12:12 AM

Frequencies used for IMSA Race Control, ABC-ESPN television, and other functions regardless of venue. (February 25, 2012) 

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2012 Sebring International Raceway Communications
Written by Brian Miller   
Mar 06, 2012 at 02:30 PM

Frequencies used by Sebring International Raceway, local broadcasters, and area agencies (Feb 24,2012).

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Sports Cars in North America Part 1: A Point in Time
Written by Tom Kjos   
Jul 31, 2011 at 01:35 PM

Where is North American sports car racing as of the 24th of July, 2011 when the American Le Mans Series was racing at Mosport in Canada, and Grand Am was racing New Jersey Motorsports Park (nee Thunderbolt)?

This is a look at a racing day in this season for the two series. It intentionally is not a discussion of history (with the necessary exception of the “Events” section), and importantly says nothing about the trends and decisions that will determine what sports car endurance racing looks like in 2012 and beyond.

Prototypes

Grand Am put ten Daytona Prototypes on the track in New Jersey. They were nearly all on the pace, and they were mostly there at the finish, too. Score one for close racing, mitigated a bit by the fact that most fans hate these cars. It’s also somewhat questionable whether all those entries – perhaps even the series itself – would exist at all without the life-support of the France family. No need, even, to go to the rumors. Three entries are wholly owned or supported – or nearly so – by Jim France; the two of Action Express and the one of Spirit of Daytona. A fourth entry, Wayne Taylor’s Sun Trust Racing, is sponsored by NASCAR’s “house bank.” That’s 40% of the field, even if all rumors of financial support to other DP entries are ignored.

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Down and Out in Braselton
Written by Miles Geauxbye   
Aug 16, 2011 at 11:43 AM

Miles Geauxbye is a respected motorsports executive uniquely positioned to assess the prospects of the American Le Mans Series. This is Mr. Geauxbye's third commentary to be published by Last Turn Clubhouse.-Editor-

Is it over for the American Le Mans Series?

It's been a while since I last took a close look (aim?) at the American Le Mans Series (ALMS), but at the approximate mid-point of the 2011 season (after 5 races of a 9 race schedule), now is as good a time as any to consider the future of the American Le Mans Series.

I now have every reason to believe that ALMS is a series circling the drain, not the track, and in 2011, the death spiral has begun in earnest. Here are 8 reasons why it's all over for what once was America's premier sports car road racing series.

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Racing in Recession. Will it Thrive or Even Survive this Crisis?
Written by Tony Dowe   
Aug 04, 2011 at 06:10 PM

We received this article this morning before world markets fell so precipitously. If racing has been in a recession, what next if there's no upturn in sight? What's next if the business environment for racing gets worse, not better?-Editor-

Much like America, sports car racing is broke, or very nearly so.

In whichever series you support the signs have been there for some time that people were spending money they didn’t have. Manufacturers in particular have been reined in by accounting departments and boards needing to squeeze more from a their Dollars, Euros, and Yen.

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