First glimpses of Corvette, ESM COTA WEC entries revealed (PHOTOS)


Both Corvette Racing and Extreme Speed Motorsports will fly the flag for the U.S. as additional one-off entries in next weekend’s FIA World Endurance Championship Six Hours of Austin, held at the Circuit of the Americas.

ESM’s trio of Scott Sharp, Ryan Dalziel and Ed Brown will share the No. 30 HPD ARX-03b in the LMP2 class of the WEC, while opting not to run what is usually the No. 1 car in the TUDOR Championship race earlier in the day. Brown and Johannes van Overbeek, however, will still run the No. 2 Extreme Speed Motorsports HPD ARX-03b in the TUDOR Championship race.

Dalziel, who is testing at COTA today ahead of ESM’s WEC race debut, offered a first glimpse at the No. 30 car set for Austin:

Meanwhile Corvette Racing is running an all-American lineup of Tommy Milner alongside brothers Jordan and Ricky Taylor. The trio will share the No. 65 Corvette C7.R, Corvette Racing’s third chassis. All three will be in action earlier in the day in the TUDOR Championship race, Milner in his usual No. 4 Corvette C7.R and the Taylor brothers in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP.

The WEC Corvette will feature Konica Minolta and Michelin partnerships. Here’s a pic posted by WTR this afternoon:

Supercross reveals 2023 Daytona track designed by Ricky Carmichael for 16th time


For the 16th consecutive year, Ricky Carmichael has designed a signature course for the Daytona Supercross race, which will be March 4, 2023.

Eli Tomac took advantage of a last lap mistake by Cooper Webb last year to win a record setting sixth Daytona race – and with that win, he broke out of a tie Carmichael.

Construction on the course will begin two days after the completion of the 65th running of NASCAR’s Daytona 500 when haulers start to unload 7,200 tons of dirt onto the grassy infield in order to create a course 3,300 feet long.

“Ricky has designed yet another incredible course for this year’s Daytona Supercross,” said Daytona International Speedway President Frank Kelleher in a press release. “We’re thrilled to unveil it to the fans, and we can’t wait for them to come out to the track and see it in person.”

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Carmichael’s Daytona course will take center stage for Round 8 of the 17-race Supercross season and the 31-race SuperMotocross season.

The Supercross race coincides with Daytona’s Bike Week, which runs from March 3-12 and includes races from the American Flat Track series and the legendary Daytona 200 speedway race that is contested on the infield road course.

Last year’s course was reported to have 57 obstacles including the return of an over-under bridge. For 2023 the number of obstacles listed in 42, but that will not keep this from being one of the toughest tracks on which the Monster Energy Supercross series will race.

Many of the same elements from last year will be present including sharp turns, vaulted jumps, sand sections and a finish line that aligns with the oval tracks’ start/finish line.

“This year’s Daytona Supercross design is one of the best,” Carmichael said. “It races great for the riders – it’s safe yet challenging and it’s very similar to last year with the split lanes. Daytona is the toughest, gnarliest race on the Supercross circuit, but it’s the most special to win.

“This track is going to produce great racing and I think the riders are going to put on a fantastic display for all our fans.”

While Tomac has dominated this race during his career, Daytona has also been the site of some other dramatic victories. In 2021 Aaron Plessinger scored his first career Supercross podium in 35 starts with a win there and reversed a three-year streak of bad luck on the track.

The Daytona Supercross race is the first of two the series will contest on speedway infield courses. A little more than one month later, Atlanta Motor Speedway will enter their third season as a supercross venue. These two courses will serve as an early test for the SuperMotocross three-race finale that begins September 9, 2023 at zMax Dragway in Charlotte, North Carolina. The three playoff races will each be held on courses that contain elements of Supercross and Motocross, much like Daytona and Atlanta.