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Pace Laps: Joey Logano & Brandon Jones Victorious in Phoenix

(Photo: Randy Lanning)

NASCAR Cup Series: Joey Logano Takes 2 of 3 in West Coast Swing Joey Logano and crew chief Paul Wolfe have proven they’re a duo that needs to be looked at already when discussing who may be a part of this year’s championship contenders. Sure, it may be early in the season, but it’s hard …

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Gradient Racing Announces IMSA Return for WeatherTech Sprint Cup

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Graident Racing announced Wednesday (March 4) that they will return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2020 and make a run at the WeatherTech Sprint Cup in the GT Daytona.  Longtime teammates Marc Miller and Till Bechtolsheimer will reunite to share the No. 36 Acura NSX GT3 starting at Long Beach in April. “2019 …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ryan Dalziel on LMP2, A Disaster of a 2019 Season and Starworks

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Ryan Dalziel is a veteran presence in the IMSA paddock, having competed off and on in major sports car races here in the United States since 2005. In that time, Dalziel has raced everything from GT cars to Prototypes, in addition to a short stint in Champ Car back in 2007. That said, 2019 was …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Defends Rolex 24 Victory, Sets Distance Record

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Mazda Team Joest may have had the fastest car for much of the race, but they were not perfect.  Neither was Wayne Taylor Racing.  They were able to come to the front during the overnight hours.  When the Mazdas began to fall off, the Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac pulled away.  When the clock struck 1:40 p.m., …

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IMSA, ACO Announce Prototype Convergence, DPi 2.0 Becomes LMDh

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Officials from IMSA and the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) announced convergence of future prototype regulations Friday (Jan. 25) in a special press conference at Daytona International Speedway.  The new second-generation DPi cars will now run as the Le Mans Daytona h class, or LMDh class, starting in 2022. These new cars, whose technical regulations have …

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Filipe Albuquerque, Kamui Kobayashi Top Final 2 Daytona WeatherTech Practices

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The final two practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in Daytona had their fair share of minor incidents, but nothing serious.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest in these sessions with a lap at 135.027 miles per hour. Practice No. 3 The night practice session Thursday night (Jan. 23) turned out to …

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Oliver Jarvis Repeats as Rolex 24 at Daytona Pole Sitter

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Mazda Team Joest’s Oliver Jarvis will once again lead the field to the green flag Saturday after he won the pole with a 136.760 mph lap Thursday afternoon (Jan. 23) for the Rolex 24 at Daytona. “What a car [the crew] just gave me.  I cannot say thank you enough,” Jarvis said during the post-qualifying …

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Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor Fastest in Early WeatherTech Practice

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Weather has played a substantial role in practice Thursday (Jan. 23) for IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams in Daytona.  Both sessions saw rain fall.  However, there was enough dry running in the second session to allow Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor to set the quick time of the day at 135.042 mph. Practice No. 1 …

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Entry List: Rolex 24 at Daytona

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For this year’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, a mere 38 cars are entered in four classes, the smallest entry in the history of the race.  Normally, the entry list is the same group of teams that participated three weeks ago in the ROAR Before the 24.  However, there have been a couple of withdrawals since …

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

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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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