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Chip Ganassi Racing Expanding To 2 Cadillac DPi-V.R.s In 2022

Renger van der Zande racing in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/3/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Tuesday (Oct. 19) that they will be doubling down on their commitment to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2022.  The team will be expanding to two full-time Cadillac DPi-V.R.s next season. Renger van der Zande will stay with the team for a second full season.  He’ll be joined by three …

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Jan Heylen, Ryan Hardwick Win Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Ryan Hardwick and Jan Heylen celebrate their victory in the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen passed Notlad Racing by RS1’s Stevan McAleer at the end of the backstretch with 12 minutes to go Sunday (Oct. 10).  From there, Heylen held off McAleer and made his fuel hold out to take his and Ryan Hardwick‘s second win in a row in the Virginia Is …

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Dillon Machavern Wins Pole in Wreck-Strewn Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix Qualifying

Dillon Machavern after winning the pole for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/10/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Turner Motorsport’s Dillon Machavern won the pole Sunday morning (Oct. 10) for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway.  Machavern’s lap at 103.506 mph was turned in with a little less than six minutes remaining in the session. “With the rain last night, …

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Tommy Milner, Nick Tandy Win Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

Tommy Milner and Nick Tandy celebrate their victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/9/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Corvette Racing’s Nick Tandy was able to get past teammate Antonio Garcia with 53 minutes to go.  From there, he was able to pull away to give himself and teammate Tommy Milner the victory in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Saturday (Oct. 9).  It is Milner and Tandy’s second consecutive victory. …

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Jan Heylen, Trent Hindman Quickest in VIR Pilot Challenge Practices

Ryan Hardwick practcing at VIR for the Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams only got one shot at practicing in the dry at VIRginia International Raceway.  Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen took advantage of that and set the quickest time of the weekend on Friday (Oct. 8). Practice No. 1 Heylen clocked in a lap at 104.344 mph 24 minutes into …

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Tommy Milner Ekes Out Michelin GT Challenge at VIR Pole

Tommy Milner after winning the pole for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner claimed the overall pole Friday (Oct. 8) for Saturday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR with a lap at 117.412 mph. The lap is a new track record for GT Le Mans class cars on the 3.27-mile road course. “It’s good to get these little victories like qualifying,” Milner …

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Kevin Estre Sweeps VIR WeatherTech Practice Sessions

Kevin Estre practicing for the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

AFTON, Va. – WeatherTech Racing drafted in Kevin Estre for this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  Estre responded by topping both practice sessions Friday (Oct. 8) on the 3.27-mile road course. Practice No. 1 The opening session of the day started under gloomy skies at 8 a.m.  Estre put his Porsche at the top …

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Entry List: 2021 Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix

Eric Foss practicing for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 9/10/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For Sunday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Virginia Is For Racing Lovers Grand Prix, there are 34 cars entered in the two classes.  There are a couple of new teams on the grid as well. In Grand Sport (GT4), there are 20 teams entered.  Likely the biggest absence of the bunch are the two HTP Winward …

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Entry List: 2021 Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

Mike Skeen practicing at VIR, 10/8/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, 18 cars will do battle on VIRginia International Raceway’s 3.27-mile Full Course in the season finale for the IMSA WeatherTech Sprint Cup.  It’s rather convenient for the track because they have exactly 18 covered garage stalls in the paddock. In the GT Le …

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Marc Miller Out For VIR Due To Ruptured Achilles Tendon

Marc Miller during the Fan Walk prior to the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/2/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Gradient Racing announced Tuesday (Sept. 28) that regular driver Marc Miller ruptured his Achilles tendon during a training exercise after last weekend’s Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach.  As a result, he is out for next weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. “We have made continual improvements this season and I have worked hard to …

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