Forecast improves, but rain still possible for Talladega

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Talladega Superspeedway has been dealing with steady rainfall throughout the weekend, but the NASCAR Sprint Cup Aaron’s 499 appears more likely to take the green flag at its scheduled start time of 1:07 p.m. ET.

The Weather Channel is forecasting just a 10 percent chance of rain at race time, but that chance spikes considerably to 60 percent later on in the day. Yesterday, the wet stuff forced a delay of three hours before the NASCAR Nationwide Series event finally got underway; the wild Aaron’s 312 race would end with only flickers of sunlight remaining.

Additionally, rain caused the cancellation of Friday’s Cup qualifying session and forced NASCAR to set the grid for today’s event according to speeds posted in the weekend’s first practice. Carl Edwards and Martin Truex Jr. are on the front row.

The problematic weather has made the weekend an adventure for campers at the track. Pictures of campgrounds submerged in water  have circulated around Twitter, but it doesn’t sound like most fans were planning on abandoning their efforts to enjoy the races.

“You’ve got too much invested in coming over here. You might as well stay and wait it out. See what happens,” said Atlanta resident and camper Jay Bryant to the Anniston (Ala.) Star on Saturday. “Even if you only get half the race in, you’ve got to try.”

Spoken like a diehard.

Rebellion confirms LMP1 return, all-star line-up for WEC super season

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Rebellion Racing has confirmed it will return to the LMP1 class of the FIA World Endurance Championship for the 2018/19 ‘super season’ with an all-star line-up featuring Le Mans winners Neel Jani and Andre Lotterer.

Rebellion raced in LMP1 as a privateer between 2009 and 2016 before stepping down to LMP2 for the most recent season, capturing the class titles at the first attempt.

Following a push from the WEC and Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) to make LMP1 more appealing to privateer teams, Rebellion announced on Wednesday it would return to the premier class for the 2018/19 season with a two-car effort.

WEC LMP2 champion Bruno Senna will return with Rebellion next year, as will Mathias Beche, with the pair set to be joined by four new faces.

The most notable arrivals are Porsche factory drivers Lotterer and Jani, both of whom were left without an LMP1 drive following the closure of the German manufacturer’s program at the end of the season.

American racer Gustavo Menezes will also join Rebellion, stepping up after two years in LMP2, while outstanding 2017 rookie Thomas Laurent completes the Swiss team’s line-up.

“I am looking forward to coming back where my endurance career started nine years ago,” said Jani.

“Rebellion Racing played a huge role in my career and also helped me become a factory driver for Porsche. When Porsche stopped in LMP1, it was clear for me that I wanted to race again for Rebellion.

“With the new regulations, I hope we can reach the overall podium at Le Mans and with a bit of luck, maybe we can even grab some wins during the super season of WEC.”

“I am very happy to join the champion Rebellion team,” added three-time Le Mans winner Lotterer.

“The LMP1 project is very exciting and to be able to go on with the 24 Hours of Le Mans and the FIA WEC challenge is something I did not want to miss.

“I am motivated and looking forward to have a great time with great people there.”