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Couch Potato Tuesday: Martinsville Brings Heavy Playoff Focus, Constricted Broadcasts

2020 Martinsville NCS Martin Truex Jr Car NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

For the most part last weekend, it was dry in Martinsville (Sunday morning being the exception). Thankfully, that meant that everything got in on time. It was also cutoff weekend, which brought problems in its own right. Xfinity 500 Sunday brought the NASCAR Cup Series back to Martinsville for their second visit of the year. …

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Team Orders Give Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Victory At Laguna Seca

2020 Laguna Seca IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Courtesy of IMSA

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The vast majority of the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship Sunday (Nov. 1) was dominated by Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya.  However, team orders resulted in Cameron giving way to Ricky Taylor entering turn 11 coming to the white flag.  That allowed Ricky Taylor and Helio Castroneves to take their fourth …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Wins Laguna Seca Pole as Acura Sweeps Front Row

2020 Laguna Seca IWSC Juan Pablo Montoya Pole Award Courtesy of IMSA

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Acura Team Penske’s Juan Pablo Montoya will start Sunday’s Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship from the pole position after turning in a lap at 107.175 mph. It is the third consecutive pole for the No. 6 Acura, but the first pole position for the car this season with Montoya driving. “I thought we had a …

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CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing Wins Laguna Seca With Last-Lap Pass

2020 Laguna Seca IMPC Tyler McQuarrie Nate Stacy James Pesek Racing Courtesy of IMSA

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After the drive-time error at Michelin Raceway Laguna Seca, Tyler McQuarrie stated in an interview on NBCSN that he and teammate Jeff Westphal needed to win the last two races of the year to have any chance to successfully defend the Michelin Pilot Challenge championship. So far, so good. Westphal was able to get an …

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Oliver Jarvis Fastest in WeatherTech Laguna Seca Practice; Road Atlanta Anger Remains

2020 Laguna Seca IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Courtesy of IMSA

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Mazda Motorsports’ Oliver Jarvis was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Saturday afternoon (Oct. 31) with a lap at 106.442 mph. However, there are still some frayed feelings after the Motul Petit Le Mans two weeks ago. Practice No. 2 Jarvis’s quick time of the day came right at the end of the …

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Tyler McQuarrie Stomps Field to Win WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 Pole

2020 Laguna Seca IMPC Tyler McQuarrie Car Courtesy of IMSA

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CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing’s Tyler McQuarrie blitzed the field in qualifying Saturday (Oct. 31). With a track-record lap at 89.124 mph, McQuarrie easily won the pole for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120. For McQuarrie and teammate Jeff Westphal, this is exactly what was necessary due to the drive-time issues that they had in …

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Oliver Gavin Announces Retirement From Full-Time Driving At End of 2020

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Oliver Gavin Courtesy of IMSA

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Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin announced on his Twitter feed Saturday morning (Oct. 31) that he will step away from full-time racing at the end of the 2020 season. The 48-year old Gavin has raced professionally for nearly 30 years, starting out in open-wheel competition in England before transitioning to sports cars. 2/4 I want to …

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Jan Heylen, Jeff Westphal Quickest in Laguna Seca Pilot Challenge Practices

2020 Laguna Seca IMPC Jan Heylen Car Courtesy of IMSA

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Friday (Oct. 30) saw IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams take on the 2.238-mile WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for two 60-minute practice sessions. BGB Motorsports’ Jan Heylen was fastest in the opening session, while CarBahn Motorsports with Peregrine Racing’s Jeff Westphal was fastest in the second. Practice No. 1 In the midday session Friday, Heylen was …

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Entry List: Michelin Pilot Challenge Hyundai Sports Car Championship

2019 Laguna Seca IMPC Russell Ward Tyler McQuarrie Racing Courtesy of IMSA

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For Michelin Pilot Challenge, they will have their smallest grid of 2020 this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  Only 26 cars are currently entered for this weekend’s two-hour event. In Grand Sport, only 18 cars are entered.  The most notable absence from the entry list is Automatic Racing with their Aston Martins.  They won’t …

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Entry List: WeatherTech Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship

2019 Laguna Seca IWSC Jeroen Bleekemolen Earl Bamber Dalton Kellett Racing Courtesy of IMSA

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With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and wildfire risks, running the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca this year was seemingly a question mark.  However, the race will go on this weekend.  There are 28 teams entered. In the DPi class, there are eight cars entered.  JDC-Miller MotorSports will have Tristan Vautier …

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