TUSC: Henzler, J-F Dumoulin join Magnus for Rolex 24

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Magnus Racing has brought in Porsche works driver Wolf Henzler and Jean-Francois Dumoulin to help team regulars John Potter and Andy Lally take their No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America to GTD class victory at the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.

With the additions of Henzler and Dumoulin, the Magnus driving stable for Daytona now has a combined nine previous Rolex 24 victories.

“Looking at the [Roar Before the Rolex 24] time sheets, the GTD category is going to be incredibly close so it’s great to have such a fantastic lineup in the car,” Magnus owner Potter said in a statement.

“We’ve never had a lineup in which everyone has come in with previous victories, and it may prove to be crucial. There are so many entries that have a shot at this race, we wanted to make sure we were as stacked as possible.”

Henzler and Dumoulin both have a pair of past Rolex wins on their resume, with Henzler’s most recent one in 2011 coming as a teammate to Lally. After Daytona, Henzler will return to his regular post as a driver for Team Falken Tire in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship’s GT Le Mans category.

Dumoulin, who won his Rolex titles in 2004 and 2007, competed in last year’s Rolex for Park Place Motorsports, helping the team finish 14th in the GT class. The two-time Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge champion has also kept a part-time schedule in the NASCAR Canadian Tire Series in recent seasons.

“It is very impressive what Magnus Racing has achieved in a very short amount of time,” he said in his own thoughts. “Even though I’m new to the team, I’ve known a lot of the guys here for some time, so I already feel at home.

“The GTD class is looking extremely tight, but this team has proven their ability to compete with anyone over the last few years. I look forward to contributing my part.”

Potter and Lally narrowly lost out on winning the final GRAND-AM Rolex Series GT crown last season, defeated by Alessandro Balzan by a slim, 10-point margin.

Recapping the proper Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian Vettel rivalry (VIDEO)

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Lewis Hamilton and Sebastien Vettel are the two most decorated drivers currently on the Formula 1 grid, with seven World Championships between them (four for Vettel, and three for Hamilton).

However, their paths have rarely crossed on the track, and only in 2010 did both drivers battle each for a World Championship in the same year. They also battled Fernando Alonso and Mark Webber that year, with Vettel emerging on top to claim his first World Championship.

However, the 2017 season sees Hamilton and Vettel in the two best cars on the grid, and they have gone head-to-head multiple times already this year, with each claiming two victories through the first five races. Currently, Vettel leads Hamilton 104-98 in the world championship, and the two men are developing a strong on-track rivalry.

Monaco Grand Prix coverage continues with FP3 and qualifying on Saturday. Full times are linked here.

 

Take a look behind the scenes of Fernando Alonso’s Indy 500 qualifying runs (VIDEO)

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In Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, we take you behind the scenes during F1 superstar Fernando Alonso’s qualifying runs for the Indy 500, including when he was on the pole for a brief period. He’ll eventually start fifth. 

Simulator ride tells what Fernando Alonso can expect in Indianapolis 500 (VIDEO)

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On Friday’s NASCAR AMERICA Motorsports Special on NBCSN, Parker Kligerman and his backseat driver, Kyle Petty, took to the iRacing simulator to make a mock run around Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for Sunday’s Indianapolis 500.

They look at the challenges of IMS, as well as the challenges two-time Formula One champion Fernando Alonso will face in the first oval track race in his illustrious career. Alonso is among the favorites in the race and will take the green flag from the middle of Row 2 (fifth position).

Check out the above video.  

Legendary announcer Ken Squier gets you ready for Sunday’s big day of racing (VIDEO)

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Sunday is the biggest day of the year in motorsports, starting in the morning with Formula 1’s legendary Monaco Grand Prix.

Then, at Noon ET, it’s the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

The final part of the tripleheader of racing is NASCAR’s longest race of the season, the 400-lap, 600-mile Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Newly-named NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 inductee Ken Squier gives you a great primer for what promises to be a memorable day around the world (see video above).