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Alex Job Racing Inks Deal to Race at Le Mans

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday morning, Alex Job Racing (AJR), a team that races full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, announced that they will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans later this year.  The team, which races Porsche 911 GT3-R’s in the GT-Daytona class, will compete in the GTE-Am class in a year old Porsche 911 …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dissecting A NASCAR FOX Fontana… Hyperbole?

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Welcome back, everyone.  We had some great action last weekend in Fontana.  It wasn’t that long ago that Auto Club Speedway put on the most boring races in all of NASCAR.  That is just a memory now (thankfully).  Despite that, the way that races are covered can affect how a race is perceived. Auto Club …

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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Sebring Thanks to Derani’s Charge

Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway seemingly had everything.  It had close racing, some incidents, and bad weather.  A severe thunderstorm ripped through Sebring in the third hour, resulting in a red flag that lasted for over two hours. Once the race resumed, the mad dash did as well.  Into the …

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Michael Shank Racing on Sebring Overall Pole

Through the four practice sessions prior to qualifying, there was only one team on top of the time sheets.  That team was Action Express Racing.  The No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette DP Evo with Dane Cameron at the wheel was fastest in three of the four sessions, while Christian Fittipaldi turned in the fastest time during Practice …

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Action Express Racing Fastest on Opening Day at Sebring

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, fairly hot weather greeted the 49 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams entered in Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring as practice got underway.  Temperatures nearly 90 degrees curbed lap times to a certain extent.  In the morning and at night, it was possible to put down some good times, though. In the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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Will Power Out of INDYCAR Season Opener, Oriol Servia to Sub

(Credit: Huston Ladner)

On Sunday morning, Team Penske announced that Will Power will sit out today’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season opener for the Verizon IndyCar Series.  According to a previous press release, Power has been suffering from nausea.  In addition, the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer tweeted that Power came to St. Petersburg already feeling under the weather. …

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Change Racing Expands to Two Cars at Sebring

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Recently, O’Gara Motorsport closed their doors after the Rolex 24.  The team explained at the time that external business issues for team owner Tom O’Gara, who owns high end car dealerships in Southern California, led to the decision.  That put full-season drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler out on their butts, searching for a new team to …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Spencer Pumpelly a Strong 2016 Ahead

(Photo: Austin Gager)

Spencer Pumpelly, has had a pretty steady career in sports cars over the past decade and a half.  He’s been very competitive in nearly everything that he’s driven and claimed multiple class victories in major events.  That includes two class victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, most recently in 2011 for TRG. Pumpelly usually does …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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