Nissan confirms LMP1 program for 2015 FIA WEC; car reveal will have to wait

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The good news: Nissan, via NISMO Global, has confirmed its long-rumored participation in the 2015 FIA World Endurance Championship, with its new LMP1 car.

The bad news: We’ll have to wait to see what it looks like.

At a press conference in London on Friday, Nissan confirmed a two-car entry for the 2015 FIA WEC. It will take its flagship car, the GT-R, and insert it into the top level of the FIA World Endurance Championship with two cars.

The LMP1 car will be called the Nissan GT-R LM NISMO, which carries on a sporting bloodline that stretches back 30 years and recognizes the company’s flagship road car, the Nissan GT-R.

ACO President Pierre Fillon joined Nissan’s Chief Planning Office & Executive Vice-President, Andy Palmer; NISMO President Shoichi Miyatani and NIMSO Global Head of Brand, Marketing & Sales, Darren Cox, for the announcement at the Old Truman Brewery in Brick Lane, London.

“Innovation is at the heart of everything we do,” Palmer said in a manufacturer release. “There is no better place to demonstrate innovation than here in Europe’s new hot-bed of digital marketing and, from next year, on track at Le Mans. We have chosen this venue – and made it a celebration, rather than yet another press conference – to reflect the fact that when we go racing, we do so differently.”

When it came to the press conference itself, Palmer used a bit stronger language to describe Nissan’s success in the efficiency department given the Leaf, its road-going EV model.

“The new regulations demand efficiency… and that’s what Nissan owns. We’ll bring our know-how and passion into LMP1,” he said.

As for the tease of the car, Palmer said that due to the competition, they’ll wait to unveil their car at a later date. A teaser image was included with the release.

“We all want to see it … but we’re gonna have to wait,” he said. “But Audi, Toyota, Porsche … we’re coming to spoil your party… and have fun in the process. We’re going to win in a very different way.”

Nissan’s main effort this year at Le Mans is concentrated around the all-electric Nissan ZEOD RC prototype, which is entered as the Garage 56 chassis this year, and with a wealth of engines in the LMP2 class – 15 of the 19 cars entered in class.

Racing world reacts to Danica Patrick’s Daytona, Indy double news

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Here’s a sampling of quotes and social media reaction to Danica Patrick’s news announced earlier Friday that this would be her last full-time season as a driver, and that she’ll race in the Daytona 500 and Indianapolis 500 only in 2018.

This ends a full-time stretch in the top flights of NASCAR and IndyCar. She was in NASCAR from 2012 through 2017, and IndyCar from 2005 through 2011.

Her’s her own post on Twitter and Instagram.

Well…. 2018 Daytona 500 and Indy 500 here I come. 🙌🏼

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IMS President J. Douglas Boles

“We’re glad Danica plans to return to the Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil next May,” IMS President J. Douglas Boles said. “Her final career start will make what’s already shaping up to be a terrific Month of May even more interesting for our fans.

“It’s also fitting that Danica is wrapping up her career at the place and in the race where she became a household name and captured the world’s attention in 2005 – the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indianapolis 500. We’re looking forward to seeing her back in an Indy car next May alongside all of the tremendous drivers of the Verizon IndyCar Series.”

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