Pirelli World Challenge announces new TCA class for 2014

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On Monday, WC Vision officially confirmed a new TCA class for the upcoming 25th anniversary season of the Pirelli World Challenge.

Cost effectiveness and a easier entry into professional racing are the aims for the TCA class, whose performance modifications will be limited to: Stock sealed motors, stock transmissions, limited suspension modifications, StopTech front brakes and stock bodywork with no composites. Examples of eligible cars include the Honda Civic Si, Mazda MX-5, Ford Focus, and Scion FR-S.

Additionally, entrants in the TCB class will have their entry fees reduced by 13 percent in 2014 and have their class rules remain stable with the addition of rewards weights to further balance competition. TC class rules will also remain stable this coming year.

The TC, TCA, and TCB categories will also use a new, longer-lasting Pirelli P Zero tire that is projected to wear over two race weekends instead of a single weekend.

Teams have the option of taking part in a “P Zero Dollars” program that enables them to earn $200 P Zero Dollars per weekend ($1,400 total) toward the purchase of new tires if they prepay for a full season.

Teams that prepay for a block of four races under the program will earn $100 per weekend, and teams that prepay on a race-to-race basis will earn $50 per weekend.

“We pride ourselves on listening to our teams and implementing solutions to address their feedback,” said PWC director of competition Geoff Carter in a statement. “It wasn’t surprising to hear that the cost of racing, especially for some of our TC and TCB competitors, is a barrier to running in the series. So we look at ways to reduce costs where we can.”

The PWC’s silver anniversary season gets started March 28-30, 2014 with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg (Florida).

IndyCar 2015 Driver Review: Ryan Briscoe

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MotorSportsTalk continues its review of the Verizon IndyCar Series field, driver-by-driver, with a look at Ryan Briscoe. Despite not having a ride to start the year, Briscoe ended strongly courtesy of a series of strong runs at Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.

Ryan Briscoe, No. 5 Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda

  • 2014: 11th Place, Best Finish 4th, Best Start 4th, 1 Top-5, 11 Top-10, 5 Laps Led, 12.8 Avg. Start, 10.6 Avg. Finish
  • 2015: 18th Place (8 starts), Best Finish 5th, Best Start 2nd, 1 Top-5, 4 Top-10, 10 Laps Led, 17.8 Avg. Start, 12.0 Avg. Finish

For those who slag on Briscoe as being undeserving of top level equipment, his 2015 second half provided a friendly reminder of his overall ability level in what might be less than the best machinery.

Briscoe was thrust into the No. 5 car under trying circumstances to begin with, getting all of an hour’s worth practice replacing the injured James Hinchcliffe ahead of the Indianapolis 500. But subsequent drives on the ovals there, Texas, Fontana, Milwaukee and Iowa – even if the results were less than ideal – showcased a driver determined to show to the paddock he still had it, and then some. His defense against Juan Pablo Montoya in Sonoma was nothing short of brilliant, and courtesy of double points he actually finished ahead of full-season driver Stefano Coletti.

The Australian immediately gelled with the SPM team, engineer Allen McDonald and race strategist Robert Gue. He continues to prove he’s an asset, as he has enjoyed multiple opportunities to extend his career in various arenas of motorsport in both open-wheel and sports cars, the latter of which he won at both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring with Corvette Racing this year.

Race Recap: Hamilton closes on third title at Russia (VIDEO)

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Following an early retirement for Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Nico Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton has closed even more on his third Formula 1 World Championship.

View it above in the race recap from the 2015 Russian Grand Prix.