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Petit Le Mans Notebook

John Dagys’ pre-race notebook for the final ALMS race…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

***Members of the British Racing Drivers Club competing at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans are paying tribute to Sean Edwards, who was killed in a private testing accident earlier this week. The group of 14 drivers entered will each sport Edwards’ name on their visors. A number of other ALMS drivers have also followed suit in this tribute.

***The No. 9 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 of Bruno Junqueira, who qualified second in PC, will start from the rear of the field due to an unapproved modification found in post-qualifying technical inspection.

***Level 5 Motorsports driver Marino Franchitti is sporting his brother Dario’s helmet this weekend. The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner suffered a fractured spine, right ankle and concussion in an IndyCar accident in Houston and was forced to miss this weekend’s finale at Fontana. Dario and Marino teamed with Scott Tucker for a second place finish in the Petit Le Mans last year.

***Continental will hold a tire test at Road Atlanta on Monday for three cars, including the DeltaWing, which will be fitted with the specially designed new-for-2014 tire. Spirit of Daytona’s Corvette DP and an unnamed GT Daytona entrant are also expected to test new tire developments.

***Sports car racing standout Billy Johnson is one of a number of drivers seen in the paddock looking for a ride for next year. Johnson was recently let go from Roush Racing, as the Mustang squad prepares for a likely move to a new series in 2014.

***Rebellion Racing has extended the contract of Nicolas Prost, who will be with the Anglo-Swiss squad through the end of the 2014 season. Rebellion will focus its 2014 program on its new Rebellion R-One LMP1 car in the FIA World Endurance Championship.

***For those perhaps not having FOX Sports 2, which will carry the majority of today’s race, download the new FOX Sports GO mobile application (for iOS devices), which will carry live coverage of the entire 1,000-mile/10-hour race.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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