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Daniel Mancinelli Scores Surprise GT Overall Pole, Immediately Promoted

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In St. Petersburg on Friday morning, Daniel Mancinelli claimed the overall pole for Saturday’s Round No. 1 for Pirelli World Challenge’s GT/GTA/GT Cup Classes in his GTA-class No. 31 Ferrari 488 GT3 for TR3 Racing.  The pole was a complete surprise for a couple of reasons.  One, Mancinelli chose to skip the one timed practice …

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Adderly Fong Quickest in PWC GT Practice; Aschenbach on GTS Pole

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On Thursday, Pirelli World Challenge’s four classes all took to the 1.8-mile street course in St. Petersburg for their opening on-track sessions.  It was a rather expensive day. In the 55 minute practice session, Absolute Racing’s Adderly Fong was quickest with a lap of 72.571 seconds (89.292 mph) in his Bentley Continental GT3.  Practice times …

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45 Entered for Pirelli World Challenge Season Opener at St. Petersburg

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On the undercard of the Verizon IndyCar Series this weekend in St. Petersburg, Fla. will be the GT, GTA, GT Cup and GTS Classes of Pirelli World Challenge.  Between those four classes, 45 cars are entered.  The GT, GTA and GT Cup Classes will run together in two 50-minute races, while the GTS class will …

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35 Entered for CTSC Sebring 120; Multimatic Motorsports Out

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On Wednesday, IMSA released the entry list for the Sebring 120, the second race of the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season that will run on St. Patrick’s Day at Sebring International Raceway.  35 cars are entered in a somewhat even split between the Grand Sport and Street Tuner classes. In Grand Sport, the biggest …

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46 Entered for Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

On Wednesday, IMSA released the Provisional Entry List for the 65th Running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.  The 12-hour race on Mar. 18 is Round No. 2 of both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup.  46 cars are entered in the four classes. In the …

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NASCAR Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Nominees Revealed

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On Wednesday, NASCAR announced the 20 nominees that will be up for consideration for election to the NASCAR Hall of Fame.  The nominees are highlighted by five new candidates.  Those new candidates are: Davey Allison: 19 career Cup Series wins, finished third in championship in 1992. Red Farmer: Long-time racer of indeterminate age whose career …

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway to Hold 2 Tripleheaders in 2018

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Las Vegas Motor Speedway (LVMS) announced on Wednesday that they will be adding second races for both the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and XFINITY Series to their schedule in 2018.  The new races will run as part of the existing weekend that is currently a standalone race for the Camping World Truck Series in September. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Elliott Formidable Driver, Forgettable In FOX Booth

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With Speedweeks complete, we finally got a good look at the new rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta.  Admittedly, the result of the new package is very similar to what we had before.  Kevin Harvick kicked butt, but failed to win.  Of course, that’s the Cliffs’ Notes version of the …

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Laurens Vanthoor to Join GMG Racing for 2 Sprint-X Races

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On Friday, Global Motorsports Group Racing (GMG Racing) announced that owner and longtime Pirelli World Challenge racer James Sofronas will be joined by Laurens Vanthoor to co-drive the team’s No. 14 Porsche 911 GT3 R.  Vanthoor will drive in the first two Sprint-X weekends at VIRginia International Raceway and Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. In Pirelli World …

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Magnus Racing Confirms Pierre Kaffer, Spencer Pumpelly as Additional Drivers

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Magnus Racing completed their driver lineup for the 2017 Pirelli World Challenge season.  Previously, team owner John Potter announced a full-time GTA program for himself in the No. 44 Audi pictured above.  In the No. 4 Audi R8 LMS GT3 will be Pierre Kaffer for the vast majority of the season.  The exceptions …

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