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News & Notes Roundup, 11.11

The latest news and notes from the world of sports car racing…

Photo: Mazda

Photo: Mazda

***IDEC Sport Racing will enter selected European Le Mans Series races with a Ligier JS P2 next year, with the French squad also revealing plans to campaign a new Mercedes-AMG GT3 in the 24H Series. A Mercedes SLS AMG GT3 will be used for the season-opening Hankook 24 Hours of Dubai.

***MRS GT Racing will have a trio of Americans in its Nissan GT-R NISMO GT3 in Dubai, with Joe Foster, Charles Espenlaub and Charlie Putman being joined by Dutchman Xavier Maassen for the twice-around-the-clock enduro in January.

***Black Falcon, which will have two of the new Mercedes-AMG GT3s in Dubai, has confirmed a partial lineup with Jeroen Bleekemolen and Khaled Al Qubaisi in one car and Hubert Haupt, Abdulaziz Al Faisal, Yelmer Buurman and Bernd Schneider in a second entry.

***Ryan Dalziel, who was signed to drive for Racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year, will miss the Long Beach round due to the clash with the season-opening round of the FIA World Endurance Championship, where he’ll return with Tequila Patron ESM.

***An entry list for next week’s IMSA-sanctioned Daytona test is not expected to be released, due to a number of manufacturer-entered cars for the two-day event. Both Mercedes and Cadillac are among the expected entrants that will run GT3 cars, mainly for Balance of Performance purposes.

***Mazda’s Road to 24 Shootout is underway this week at Carolina Motorsports Park, with eight finalists having been selected. The winner will receive a full scholarship to compete in next year’s Battery Tender Mazda MX-5 Cup.

***Christian Fittipaldi has launched a new supercar driving experience based in Texas, in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, Houston and Austin markets. Fittipaldi Exotic Driving sees Christian partnering with Bill Scott, formerly with Petty Enterprises, and the two will spend nearly $1.5 million on the cars.

***CJ Wilson Racing is looking to expand to a full-time GS program in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge with Porsche, which would be a logical extension of the team’s occasional GS starts this season.

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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