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Olivier Pla Sets All-Time Fastest ROAR Lap in Qualifying Session

2019 Watkins Glen IWSC Timo Bernhard Car Phil Allaway

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The height of on-track activity Sunday (Jan. 5) at Daytona International Speedway came during the qualifying session for DPi and LMP2 teams.  Mazda Team Joest’s Olivier Pla set a lap at 137.328 mph to lead the pack.  This is an unofficial track record for Daytona International Speedway’s road course. https://www.facebook.com/mazdamotorsport/videos/614550919301042/ Pla’s lap was two-tenths of …

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Spencer Pumpelly Fastest Overall in Pilot Challenge ROAR Testing

Spencer Pumpelly 2019 Long Beach

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Team Hardpoint’s Spencer Pumpelly was fastest overall in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge testing Sunday (Jan. 5).  The veteran racer turned in a lap at 112.862 mph Sunday morning to lead the way in his Audi R8 LMS GT4. Session No. 5 In addition to topping the entire weekend, Pumpelly’s lap was the quickest lap in …

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Oliver Jarvis Continues Mazda’s Daytona Speed Stranglehold

2019 Daytona IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Saturday brought changeable conditions to Daytona International Speedway.  Rains made the second session dicey at times, but Oliver Jarvis kept Mazda Team Joest’s No. 77 Mazda RT24-P on top of the pylon with a lap at 135.257 mph. Session No. 3 In the morning session, Mazda picked up where they left off on Friday.  Harry …

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Spencer Pumpelly Fastest During Michelin Pilot Challenge ROAR Day No. 2 Action

2019 Road Atlanta IMPC Spencer Pumpelly Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For much of the weekend, Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport has dominated the charts.  Saturday afternoon, things changed when Spencer Pumpelly took his Audi R8 LMS GT4 for Team Hardpoint to the top of the sheet with a lap at 111.366 mph. Session No. 3 In the morning session Saturday, Indy Dontje picked right up where he …

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Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport Dominates Pilot Challenge ROAR Day No. 1

2019 Daytona IMPC Indy Dontje Car Phil Allaway

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Michelin Pilot Challenge testing Friday (Jan. 3) at Daytona International Speedway saw just one team atop the charts for the vast majority of the day.  That team was Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport, which was fastest in both sessions. Session No. 1 In the morning session, Indy Dontje topped the charts with a lap early on at …

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Mazda Team Joest Picks Up From 2019, Tops ROAR Day No. 1

2019 Daytona IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year in Daytona, Mazda Team Joest’s Mazda RT24-Ps were the fastest cars in town during the Rolex 24 at Daytona weekend.  On Friday (Jan. 3), they brought the speed once again as Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 133.787 mph to top the day. Session No. 1 In the morning test …

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Entry Lists: ROAR Before the 24

2019 Daytona IWSC Austin Cindric Car Phil Allaway

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This weekend, the 2020 racing season gets underway for IMSA teams with the annual ROAR Before the 24.  For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, this is a mandatory teams for teams that plan on competing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in three weeks.  There are 40 teams entered in this weekend’s ROAR, which would …

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2019 NASCAR Driver Reviews: Daniel Suarez

Daniel Suarez Watkins Glen

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2019 was Daniel Suarez‘s third full season in the NASCAR Cup Series, but his first time in unfamiliar territory. With a few exceptions, Suarez had spent his entire time in NASCAR’s national series racing for either Joe Gibbs Racing or an affiliated team like Kyle Busch Motorsports.  However, the closure of Furniture Row Racing at …

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Toyota Avoids Collision, Earns 1-2 Finish in Bahrain

2019 Bahrain WEC Jose Maria Lopez Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway, Kamui Kobayashi and Jose Maria Lopez claimed a dominant victory in the Bapco 8 Hours at Bahrain Saturday (Dec. 14), the team’s second win of the 2019-20 season.  It was an unexpectedly dominant race for the No. 7 team, leading all 257 laps. Conway lined up fourth on the grid …

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Rebellion Racing Wins Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain Pole

2019 Shanghai WEC Gustavo Menezes Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato Adrenal Media

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Rebellion Racing’s Norman Nato and Bruno Senna‘s fastest laps averaged out to 117.566 mph.  That was good enough Friday (Dec. 13) to give Rebellion Racing the overall pole position for Saturday’s Bapco 8 Hours of Bahrain.  It is Rebellion Racing’s second straight overall pole. Nato and Senna’s average lap was one-seventh of a second faster …

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