TUSC: Magnus Racing asks us to “rediscover sportscar” (VIDEO)

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By now, we’ve probably seen at least a couple of promo videos for the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, which officially begins next weekend with the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

But Magnus Racing has taken a different tack in promoting the TUSC, born from the merger of GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series. In their clip above, a child rides home on his bike while his parents take the contents of his two toy car cases (one for his GRAND-AM cars, the other for his ALMS cars) and combine them into a single case (the TUSC one, of course).

Upon arriving home, the child then places Magnus’ No. 44 Porsche 911 GT America in a table-top replica of Daytona. He and his parents then watch as the Magnus machine and others zip around the famed road course before another child comes to visit – “John, I think it’s Andy’s turn to play,” says the mother in an apparent nod to the No. 44’s full-time drivers, John Potter and Andy Lally.

It’s a clever, well-crafted clip that does its purpose without going for the obligatory air of attitude you see in most racing promos. In its place stands the hope that the TUSC has for people to “rediscover sportscar” now that there’s one series again.

BMW confirms IMSA, WEC GTE line-ups for 2018

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BMW has confirmed its driver line-ups for the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and 2018/19 FIA World Endurance Championship campaigns.

In an announcement made at its end-of-year Sports Trophy event on Friday night, BMW firmed up its roster across its factory WEC team and its customer RLL Racing IMSA squad.

Two of the 2018 BMW M8 GTEs will enter the WEC next year, joining a hotly-contested GTE-Pro class that already features Ferrari, Porsche, Aston Martin and Ford.

BMW factory drivers Antonio Felix da Costa, Nick Catsburg, Augusto Farfus and Martin Tomczyk will share the two cars across the 13-month ‘super season’.

The quartet will be joined by Tom Blomqvist, Alexander Sims and Philipp Eng for the 24 Hours of Le Mans

In IMSA, the RLL Racing team will once again field Sims and John Edwards, who will be joined by the incoming Connor De Phillippi and Jesse Krohn.

BMW also confirmed on Friday night that Tom Blomqvist would see out the Formula E season with its Andretti-affiliated team, having been benched for Kamui Kobayashi in Hong Kong.