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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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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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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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Jan Heylen, Maxwell Root Win WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

Jan Heylen and Maxwell Root celebrate their victory in the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 9/11/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen and Maxwell Root benefitted from Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen cutting his right rear tire with 40 minutes to go. That gave Heylen the lead that he would not relinquish as Wright Motorsports won the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 Saturday (Sept. 11). “I always start each [race] thinking that [winning] could …

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Maxwell Root Wins WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 Pole

Maxwell Root after winning the pole for the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 9/11/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Maxwell Root is not a regular in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge competition.  If one of Wright Motorsports’ regulars can’t go, he is the first call.  Driving in place of Ryan Hardwick, who is out after testing positive for COVID-19, Root turned in a lap at 88.990 mph to claim his second pole of 2021. Root’s …

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Eric Foss, Bill Auberlen Quickest in Laguna Seca Pilot Challenge Practices

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

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

At WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Friday (Sept. 10), Murillo Racing’s Eric Foss was fastest overall in IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge practice.  Foss’ lap at 88.112 mph in the midday session held up as the fastest lap of the day. Practice No. 1 Foss’ quick lap of the day came just 11 minutes into the 60-minute …

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Entry List: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

Sebastian Priaulx racing during the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 10/31/2020 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will be back in action Saturday (Sept. 11) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for two hours of action.  34 teams will do battle on the 2.238-mile road course. In Grand Sport, there are 21 teams entered, down from 24 at Road America.  The biggest change of the weekend is not …

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IMSA Launches Driver Diversity Initiative

2020 Daytona IWSC Andy Lally Mark Kvamme Racing Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA announced Tuesday (Aug. 10) that they have created the IMSA Diverse Driver Development scholarship program.  The goal is “promote and empower drivers from a variety of backgrounds to participate in IMSA-sanctioned series.” On paper, the goals are similar to NASCAR’s own Drive for Diversity, but it is set up differently.  Candidates are required to …

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Bill Auberlen, Dillon Machavern Win Road America 120 On Fuel Mileage

Dillon Machavern and Bill Auberlen celebrate their victory in the Road America 120, 8/7/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern were able to stretch their fuel the final 78 minutes all the way to the finish to win the Road America 120 Saturday (Aug. 7) in near darkness.  It is Machavern and Auberlen’s second win of 2021. “I can’t believe that we did it.  The fuel numbers were …

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