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Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Top WeatherTech Thursday Practices

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Sebring International Raceway.  Taylor’s time in practice No. 2 of 107.841 seconds (124.850 mph).  The lap time was a full one-third of a second faster than the pole time set last year by REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani. Practice …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Sean Rayhall on HART, ELMS & Working With John Falb

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Sean Rayhall‘s career has had an interesting trajectory. He’s been all over the place from Saturday night short track racing to INDYCAR’s feeder series and sports car racing in Europe. Last year, he and co-driver John Falb won the European Le Mans Series (ELMS) LMP3 championship for United Autosports. For this season, Falb and Rayhall …

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Entry List: Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts

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For Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts, there are 43 cars entered in the three classes.  There are a number of driver changes of note going into the race weekend. In the Prototype class, there are 16 entries.  Both of the Jackie Chan DC Racing JOTA ORECA 07-Gibsons, along …

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CJ Wilson Racing Adds Kuno Wittmer for IWSC Debut

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CJ Wilson Racing announced Wednesday (March 7) that they have signed Kuno Wittmer to drive the team’s No. 36 Acura in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.  Wittmer will join CJ Wilson Racing veterans Till Bechtolsheimer and Marc Miller. For Wittmer, it will be his first appearance in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT …

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Pace Laps: Quiet Martin Truex Jr. & Weekend of the Kyles

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Martin Truex Jr. Quiet Despite Racing on 2017 Playing Ground Sunday’s Pennzoil 400 seemed like a perfect event for Martin Truex Jr. to win for the single-car Furniture Row Racing team: fourth-place starting spot on a 1.5-mile track in the race he won one year ago. However, a win was …

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IMSA Mandates Refueling Times in Wake of Land-Motorsport Penalty

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IMSA sent a technical bulletin to WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams Thursday (Mar. 1) announcing that they will mandate minimum times for refueling, effective immediately.  Refueling for Prototypes will be a minimum of 30 seconds.  GT Le Mans teams will have to adhere to a 34 second minimum, while GT Daytona teams will have to meet …

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CJ Wilson Racing to Race Acura NSX GT3 Part-Time

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CJ Wilson Racing officially announced on Radio LeMans’ Midweek Motorsport Wednesday (Feb. 21) that they will race part-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class in 2018.  As of now, the team is only confirmed to race at Sebring and Petit Le Mans.  Additional races at Watkins Glen and Laguna Seca are possible.  …

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Pace Laps: NASCAR Daytona Roundup For Cup, XFINITY & Camping World Trucks

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Young Guns Steal Daytona 500 Spotlight Except this 500 winner was very different. While Dale Earnhardt rattled people’s cages, a man’s man from the south, the 27-year-old Dillon is… a millennial. He has a video podcast, “Barn Life,” with best friend and jackman Paul Swan. He’s a clean-cut extrovert, an excitable guy …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

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On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: Action Express Dominates

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In the third quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, attrition started to take its hold.  A number of the potential competitors to Action Express Racing have been eliminated from the race.  In the case of Wayne Taylor Racing, every time they would make a move back towards the front, another tire would fail. During …

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