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NASCAR champ Rusty Wallace getting ready for Ferrari World Final

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Jeff Gordon isn’t the only NASCAR star coming out of retirement to race at Daytona. So is Rusty Wallace.

The 1989 Cup champion will end a decade-long drought after running his final Cup race in 2005, as part of this weekend’s Ferrari World Final at the Daytona International Speedway road course.

Wallace, now 60, is getting stoked for the opportunity.

“I’m really excited to be a part of the first Ferrari Finali Mondiali in North America,” Wallace said, via Ferrari North America. “I’ve always been a big Ferrari fan and Daytona is a special place for everyone in NASCAR, so when Daytona and Ferrari asked me to participate, I couldn’t resist.

“I haven’t driven a car in race conditions for a few years, but I tested with Risi Competizione last week at Circuit of the Americas and felt really comfortable.  The Ferrari 458 Challenge really impressed me a lot.  It was not only fast, but also very stable and a lot of fun to drive.

“I still do a lot of broadcasting work with NASCAR, but I also really enjoy leaving that world, meeting new people and doing something different like Ferrari Challenge.  It’s never easy to get into a new type of race car and compete with guys that race them a lot, but I’m excited about the challenge.  Risi Competizione is a great team and think we can put together some strong runs this week.

“Aside from the actual racing though, for a “car guy” and a racer like me, there’s so much incredible stuff to see and do at Finali Mondiali.  It’ll be the first time that the public can see a F1 car run at Daytona—which is something really special—and it’ll be great to see the F333SP back on track at Daytona too.  If that’s not enough, there’s also the new FXX K with over 1,000 HP and every kind of Ferrari you can imagine.  I can’t wait to check it all out.”

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.