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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Cup Playoffs Start With Mediocre Action & Distractions

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Schedule-wise, this weekend was a terrible idea.  A 7:15 p.m. Sunday night green flag on a non-holiday weekend really doesn’t work well.  Especially when the race is in Las Vegas and the only reason it started that late is the fact that it was 101 degrees at the time the green flag dropped.  The thing …

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Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya Dominate to Win At Laguna Seca

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Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron was able to take the overall lead away from teammate Ricky Taylor 55 minutes into the Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren Sunday (Sep. 14).  Once out front, Cameron was able to easily hold off the No. 7 Acura.  Once Helio Castroneves fell back, Cameron was able to pull away …

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Rear Tires Take Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport to Laguna Seca Victory

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Dominik Baumann, driving in place of regular driver Indy Dontje, used a strategy that saw the Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport team put on rear tires on their final pit stop.  That proved to be the winning move in the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 Saturday (Sep. 14). The strategy got Baumann out in front of CarBahn …

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Ricky Taylor Leads Acura Front Row Sweep at Laguna Seca

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Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor won the overall pole Saturday (Sep. 14) for Sunday’s Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren with a lap at 107.374 mph.  The Laguna Seca pole is Taylor’s first since joining Acura Team Penske at the beginning of 2018. It’s also the No. 7 Acura’s second pole of the season. Taylor’s …

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Tyler McQuarrie Wins Pilot Challenge Laguna Seca Pole

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CarBahn Motorsports’ Tyler McQuarrie won the pole Saturday (Sep. 14) for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 with a lap at 88.657 mph.  It is McQuarrie’s second pole in as many qualifying sessions and will mark the third straight race that he will start from the overall pole.  Qualifying at VIR …

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Entry List: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

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For Saturday’s penultimate race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, there are currently 35 cars entered at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  22 are in Grand Sport, while 13 are in the TCR class. In Grand Sport, probably the most notable fact is that eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing is not entered.  As we noted in Pace Laps …

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Entry List: Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren

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This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for their second-to-last race of the season.  It is also the season finale for the inaugural WeatherTech Sprint Cup.  32 cars are entered and will take the green flag Sunday afternoon. In the Prototype class, there are 10 cars entered.  Still no …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Playoff Cutoff Brings Hyperfocus

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Oh boy. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. This is a race that has been problematic for NASCAR over the last decade. It appears that they never properly gave penance for the fiasco in 2008. As a result, the race is a shell of it’s former self. It’s a great shame. Yes, there were apparently 65,000 people at …

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Scott Hargrove Sees Ups & Downs in 2019 IMSA Season

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In the past few years, there have been a number of young guns making a name for themselves in sports car racing.  One of these youngsters is Scott Hargrove, a 24-year old racer out of British Columbia. Hargrove started out in karting before switching to open-wheel racing.  In 2013, he won what is now the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Stays Up Late at Darlington

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I can only speak for myself, but this was one of the most tiring weekends in recent years that didn’t involve covering the Rolex 24 at Daytona. A Cup race that started nearly four hours late due to rain, combined with weekend edit responsibilities and a number of major sports car series we (read: I) …

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R. Ferri Motorsport Claims Watkins Glen Weekend Sweep

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R. Ferri Motorsport’s Toni Vilander and Daniel Serra claimed a weekend sweep Sunday (Sep. 1) by winning Race No. 2 for Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Watkins Glen International.  For Vilander, it is his fifth win of the season and the second for Serra. Despite the victory, things were far from perfect.  Vilander started …

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Toyota GAZOO Racing Claims Silverstone 1-2 Finish

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In Sunday’s (Sep. 1) FIA World Endurance Championship season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone, Toyota GAZOO Racing claimed their sixth consecutive win when Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez emerged victorious.  The No. 8 Toyota was close behind to give Toyota a one-two finish. The Toyotas were up front early and often, combining to …

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