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12 teams already set for LeMans 2014 line-up

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Although the race is more than six months away, the following 12 teams have won the right to take part in qualifying for the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, “representing a possible 13 cars out of the 56 places available on the grid at the start on 14th June 2014.” These include Oak Racing (the only team to qualify with two entries based on their results in this year’s LeMans 24 Hours and Asian LeMans Series),Audi Sport Team, Porsche AG Team Manthey, IMSA Performance MATMUT, Muscle Milk Pickett Racing, Risi Competizione,AF Corse, Craft Racing AMR, Signatech Alpine, RAM Racing, Proton Competition, and Team Endurance Challenge.

Invitations were issued based on results of the 2013 24 Hours, The American, Asian Le Mans Series, European Le Mans Series and Tudor United SportsCar Championship, according to Automobile Club de L’Ouest rules. In addition, each invitation will only be honored if the car is question has been entered in the 2014 series as well.

Additional new rules for 2014 include a number of safety enhancements including work done at the Tertre Rouge Corner of the LeMans circuit when Allan Simonson was killed after crashing his No. 51 Aston Martin into the barrier (see http://www.examiner.com/article/danish-racing-champ-allan-simonsen-loses...).

Other changes for FIA racing in 2014 will include a 10-race schedule for Formula E electric cars to begin in Beijing, followed by Putrajaya (Malaysia), Rio de Janerio, Punte del Este, Uruguay, Buenos Aires, Los Angeles, Miami, Monte Carlo, Berlin and London. Teams expected to compete include those sponsored by celebrities such as the Andretti Family, Richard Branson and Leonardo DiCaprio who recently united with Venturi (http://www.examiner.com/article/dicaprio-and-venturi-unite-to-form-fia-f...).

In the meantime, teams are already gearing up for the grueling 1,200 mile Dakar Rally which will run through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile Jan. 5-18.

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