Race Weekend Central

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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Ryan Dalziel Fastest in PWC Long Beach Practice

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Long Beach is the only place on the Pirelli World Challenge schedule where the teams can actually put themselves directly up against the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class and see where they stand.  Both classes race GT3 cars.  The main difference here is the tires.  GT Daytona cars run on Continentals while Pirelli …

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Will Power Fastest in Friday Long Beach INDYCAR Practice

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Friday afternoon, Team Penske’s Will Power was fastest overall in the two practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series on the streets of Long Beach.  Power’s best lap of 67.0800 seconds (105.617 mph) in the afternoon session was less than a tenth of a second faster than Helio Castroneves‘ pole time from last year. …

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Jordan Taylor Fastest in Crash-Filled IMSA Long Beach Practice

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach for two hours of practice.  Despite being slowed by Balance of Performance once again, it was one of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s on top of the timesheets.  In the closing seconds of practice, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor turned …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Townsend Bell on a Storied Career

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

41-year old Townsend Bell has had a varied career in motorsports.  In his mid-20s, Bell was considered an up and coming open-wheel talent, winning the Dayton Indy Lights championship in 2001. That resulted in a multi-race deal with Patrick Racing in CART. Unfortunately, it was a turbulent year for Bell, who showed speed, but tore …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darrell Waltrip Violates Scout Law at Martinsville

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Martinsville Speedway, oldest track in NASCAR and the one of the slowest.  This weekend, we got a different type of action at Martinsville.  Goodyear, with some help from warmer temperatures, finally came up with something that would lay down rubber on the concrete for what seems like the first time in ever.  As a result, …

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Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre Fastest Overall in WEC Prologue

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On Sunday, the annual Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship wrapped up at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.  When the dust settled, it was Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Nicolas Lapierre that was fastest overall.  Lapierre turned in a lap at 90.547 seconds (143.114 mph) in the final session. Saturday night was supposed to see …

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