Race Weekend Central

Robert Alon Placed on Probation for Unjustifiable Risk

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, IMSA announced that Robert Alon has been placed on probation for the next three races for his racecraft on the final lap of Saturday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.   The penalty stems from a move Alon made for fifth-place in GT Daytona at the hairpin on the final lap. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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Alvaro Parente Wins Fire Hydrant-Plagued PWC Feature

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

K-PAX Racing’s Alvaro Parente led flag-to-flag Sunday to claim victory in the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA race in Long Beach.  It is the second win of the season for the Portuguese McLaren factory racer and the second in a row for him at Long Beach.  Last year, Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell actually won the race on-track, but …

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James Hinchcliffe Uses Pit Strategy to Claim Comeback Win

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

James Hinchcliffe took the lead when Scott Dixon pitted under green on lap 54. Shortly afterwards, a full course yellow came out for Alexander Rossi’s blown engine.  From there, Hinchcliffe held on through a late restart to take his first win since his near-fatal injuries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015. Hinchcliffe seemed relieved …

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Simon Pagenaud Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Warm-up

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Sunday is destined to be a tough day for defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.  A penalty for impeding traffic in qualifying means that he has to start last.  Luckily, Pagenaud has a fast car.  In the morning warm-up in Long Beach, Pagenaud was quickest with a lap of 66.6497 seconds (106.299 mph). Pagenaud’s …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Long Beach Pole with Track Record

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole for Sunday’s 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves’ lap of 66.2254 seconds (106.980 mph) is a brand-new track record. Afterwards, Castroneves was very pleased with his performance. “[The] car felt pretty good,” Castroneves said during the Firestone Fast Six press conference.  “Especially …

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Taylor Brothers Win Destructive BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor passed Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel with ten minutes to go.  From there, the Altamonte Springs, Fla. native pulled away to take the overall victory in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.  For the Taylor brothers (Jordan and Ricky), it is their third consecutive …

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Scott Dixon Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Final Practice

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Scott Dixon continued his great form on Saturday, turning in the best lap of the 45-minute final practice session of the weekend.  However, Dixon topped the charts by the smallest of margins. Dixon’s lap of 67.1348 seconds (105.531 mph) on his final lap of the session was only two-ten thousandths (you read that right) quicker …

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Ricky Taylor Blasts Track Record, Claims Long Beach Overall Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Despite everything that IMSA officials have done over the past couple of months to slow the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s, the Cadillacs just keep charging.  Friday in Long Beach was just one more example of that as Ricky Taylor blitzed the field to claim the overall pole for Sunday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long …

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