TUSC: Confirmed driver announcements thus far

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Here’s a quick update on drivers who have been officially announced for the 2014 TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. The full entry list was announced earlier this month. Drivers are next to the team, car, and 2013 class for the car:

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  • Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates (Ford Ecoboost Riley, DP): 01-Scott Pruett/Memo Rojas (full season)
  • Extreme Speed Motorsports (HPD ARX-03b, P2): 1-Ryan Dalziel/Scott Sharp (full season)/David Brabham (endurance races); 2-Ed Brown/Johannes van Overbeek (full season)/Simon Pagenaud/Anthony Lazzaro (endurance races)
  • Action Express Racing (Corvette DP, DP): 5-Joao Barbosa/Christian Fittipaldi (full season)/Sebastien Bourdais (endurance races)
  • Muscle Milk Pickett Racing (ORECA 03 Nissan, P2 in Europe): 6-Klaus Graf/Lucas Luhr (full season)
  • Wayne Taylor Racing (Corvette DP, DP): 10-Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor (full season)/Max Angelelli (endurance races)
  • Marsh Racing (Corvette DP, DP): 31-Eric Curran/Boris Said (full season)
  • Michael Shank Racing (Ford Ecoboost Riley, DP): 60-Ozz Negri/John Pew (full season)
  • Spirit of Daytona Racing (Corvette DP, DP): 90-Richard Westbrook/Michael Valiante (full season)
  • GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing (Corvette DP, DP): 99-Alex Gurney/Jon Fogarty (all NAEC races)/Memo Gidley/Darren Law (endurance races)

PC (All ORECA FLM09)

  • CORE autosport: 05-Jon Bennett (full season)
  • RSR Racing: 08 or 09-Bruno Junqueira/Duncan Ende (full season)/David Heinemeier Hansson (endurance races)
  • JDC/Miller: 85-Chris Miller (2nd Alternate)

GTLM

  • Corvette Racing (Corvette C7.R, ALMS GT): 3-Antonio Garcia/Jan Magnussen (full season)/Ryan Briscoe (endurance races); 4-Oliver Gavin/Tommy Milner (full season)/Robin Liddell (endurance races)
  • Team Falken Tire (Porsche 911 RSR, ALMS GT): 17-Bryan Sellers/Wolf Henzler (full season)
  • BMW Team RLL (BMW Z4 GTLM, ALMS GT): Driver pairings to be confirmed over 55 and 56: Bill Auberlen, Andy Priaulx, Dirk Mueller, Joey Hand, John Edwards

GTD

  • GB Autosport (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 20-Bob Faieta (races to be confirmed)
  • Alex Job Racing (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 22-Cooper MacNeil/Leh Keen (full season)
  • AJR/Team Seattle (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 23-Ian James/Mario Farnbacher (full season)
  • NGT Motorsport (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 30-Henrique Cisneros/Kuba Giermaziak (full season)
  • Riley Motorsports (SRT Viper GT3-R, New Car): 33-Jeroen Bleekemolen/Ben Keating (full season)/Sebastiaan Bleekemolen/Emmanuel Collard (endurance races)
  • Magnus Racing (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 44-John Potter/Andy Lally (full season)
  • Fall-Line Motorsports (Audi R8, Rolex GT): 46-Charles Espenlaub/Charlie Putman (full season)
  • Scuderia Corsa (Ferrari 458, Rolex GT): 63-Alessandro Balzan/Jeff Westphal (full season); 64-Dr. Rod Randall/Ken Wilden (full season)
  • Park Place Motorsports (Porsche 911 GT America, New Car): 71-Dr. Jim Norman (full season); 73-Kevin Estre/Patrick Lindsey (full season)
  • Turner Motorsport (BMW Z4 GT3, New Car): 94-Paul Dalla Lana (full season)
  • TRG-AMR (Aston Martin Vantage GT3, Rolex GT): 007 or 009-James Davison (full season); Al Carter/David Block (races to be confirmed)
  • Level 5 Motorsports (Ferrari 458, Rolex GT): 555 or 556-Bill Sweedler/Townsend Bell (full season), Jeff Segal (full season, car to be confirmed)

Toro Rosso boss hopes to see Kvyat return to Formula 1

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Toro Rosso chief Franz Tost hopes to see sacked driver Daniil Kvyat return to Formula 1 in the near future, saying the Russian “deserves” a place on the grid.

Toro Rosso dropped Kvyat twice through the 2017 season due to poor form, with his final dismissal coming after the United States Grand Prix in October.

Kvyat is no longer part of Red Bull’s motorsport program and is exploring options both inside and outside of F1 for 2018, and Tost feels he could be energized by some time away before returning.

“I am still convinced that Daniil has a very high natural speed. He was sometimes even faster than Daniel Riccardo, but somehow last year and this year he couldn’t show the potential that is within him,” Tost told the official F1 website.

“He was involved in many incidents, but in his defence I also have to say that he had many reliability issues and that didn’t help build up confidence. Being the victim of too many incidents killed the performance he would have been able to show.

“Maybe a short break – to get organized again – and probably we will see Daniil back at his usual performance level with another team.

“Sometimes he was too aggressive at the beginning of the race. The first corner was his weak point. He wanted too much in the first hundred meters – success by any means!

“That puts you under pressure – unnecessary pressure – and that never works.

“I hope for him that he gets another chance, as I think he deserves to be in F1.”