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Current Verizon IndyCar Series champion Ryan Hunter-Reay summarized our feelings on every year's Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona when he said, "The 24 kind of kicks off the year and has become part of my calendar... It definitely helps you get in race shape after a long layoff." We tagged along this year with Audi for what should be a very good race.

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Last time we rode with Chris Harris we were shotgun in the tan leather seat of his used-yet-immaculate Ferrari FF. This time we're strapped into a black racing bucket of a filthy Porsche 911 rally car, one that led Harris to effuse, "I don't think I've driven a more exciting car this year, hypercars included."

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Imagine getting a chance to see what motorsports was really like before World War II. The Benjafield's 24-hour pre-war enduro held at the Portimao Circuit in Portugal was probably one of the best chances in recent memory to do so.

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A member of European Parliament has written to the European Commission, asking it to review the FIA and how the small teams in the sport are treated. The FIA appears to have breached an agreement it made with European regulators in 2001, and the F1 Strategy Group is accused of running teams and support companies out of business.

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The 2015 Dakar Rally has claimed its first life: Polish biker Michal Hernik died on January 6 during the third stage of the race of unknown causes.

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This rendering of the Nissan GT-R LM endurance racer to race in the top LMP1 class in the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans was supposedly based on reports from people who actually have seen the car. The engine supposedly fits underneath that long nose at the front, though behind the axle, for a novel mid-engine design. The brand promises to have a very different looking racer, and this would certainly fit those criteria.

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About a month ago KTM announced the development of a new racecar in conjunction with Reiter Engineering, which we know mostly from its Lamborghini FIA GT racers. Based on the X-Bow, the renderings so far show the exterior gets a fully enclosed cockpit, some serious wheel arches and a giant wing hanging off the back; the front aspect reminds us of the Gumpert Apollo. It doesn't have a name yet, but is being engineered to run in both the SRO GT4 European racing series and the GT-S class in the Pir

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If you're thinking about Porsche and Mercedes-Benz when it comes to motorsports, your first thought is probably on the two German brands battling on the track. However, for decades, whenever Porsche's factory team went to compete, a custom Mercedes was right along with them hauling the racecars.

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Infiniti Red Bull Racing was the victim of a smash and grab robbery in the early hours of Saturday morning, December 6. Thames Valley Police said a silver 4x4 drove through the front entrance of the team's headquarters in Milton Keynes, England, and around six men in dark clothing stole more than 60 trophies from a massive case.

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We weren't sure if Alter Ego Nico Rosberg, the one who flew into Brazil and showed Mercedes AMG Petronas teammate Lewis Hamilton that he knew also knew how to grab an entire race weekend by the scruff of the neck, arrived in Abu Dhabi. In both Friday practice sessions Hamilton showed Rosberg the way.

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Our life with the Mercedes-AMG GT has only just begun, and a full life it looks like it will be. The latest in preposterous two-doors from AMG is launching in GT and GT S flavors, but a few more branches of the family tree are already planned: a racing entry for the FIA GT3 championship is scheduled to appear in 2016, giving the current SLS AMG GT3 another year to gobble up victories before it takes a drive across the Styx.

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Toward the end of the Japanese Grand Prix in early October, Marussia driver Jules Bianchi crashed into a recovery truck that was removing Adrian Sutil's Sauber from the circuit. Taken to the Mie Prefectural General Medical Center for care, the Frenchman had been in an artificial coma for the past seven weeks while doctors attended to his severe head injuries.

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The Chevrolet Chaparral 2X Vision Gran Turismo is the rare concept car that salutes a seminal moment in history, yet also borders on science fiction.

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There was already a rumor brewing that Cadillac might eschew the CTS as its racecar next season in favor of the ATS Coupe. It turns out that is absolutely the case, and now we know just what this 600-horsepower, future racer looks like. The coupe might not be limited to competing in just the US, though, because it's built to FIA GT3-specifications, meaning that this Caddy is also eligible to race in over 30 series worldwide against the likes of Bentley, McLaren, Audi and other premium brands.

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New details have emerged in the Kurt Busch domestic abuse case after the Associated Press obtained court documents detailing the severity of the September incident, in which the 36-year-old driver allegedly attacked his ex-girlfriend, Patricia Driscoll (shown above, with Busch). Busch is currently being investigated by police in Dover, DE, for the incident, which took place after his elimination from this year's Chase for the Sprint Cup.

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People strive to find a way to make just about anything fast. After all, there's a whole series dedicated to racing lawnmowers. Still, there's just something absurdly fun about watching a vehicle that shouldn't have much performance go rocketing down a drag strip – like this speedy golf cart.

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Kia's 2014 SEMA Show theme is "A Day At The Races," and in addition to a very powerful K900 luxury sedan, the company has revealed several vehicles that would make any day at the track more comfortable – and tasty.

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Infiniti doesn't have much in the way of motorsports heritage. Sure, its logo is currently plastered all over the open-wheelers of the Red Bull Racing Formula One team, but that's little more than a series of stickers – the turbocharged V6 hybrid still comes from corporate cousin Renault.

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Imagine hitting the track in a mid-engine, rear-wheel drive sports coupe that's affordable and has pretty good parts availability. It might sound like a pipe dream, but it's actually quite possible, if you're willing to think a little outside the box. The Pontiac Fiero is out there just waiting for a little work to turn it into a competent racing machine.

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Nissan is seriously emphasizing its commitment to motorsports with projects like next year's GT-R LM endurance racer at Le Mans and the company's participation with GT Academy. At least in Canada, the automaker is adding another opportunity to get people onto the track with the new Nissan Micra Cup one-make race series. Sure, the Micra might not as quick as a GT-R, but this series offers Canadians a chance to start racing for a reasonable price. Nissan claims the events have "the lowest running

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