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Ricky Taylor Wins Overall Pole for America’s Tire 250

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On Saturday afternoon, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor won the pole for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Taylor’s lap of 76.853 seconds (104.834 mph) is a track record at the undulating 2.238-mile road course.  It is Taylor’s fifth pole of 2017. Afterwards, Taylor was at a bit …

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CORE autosport Moves Up to Prototypes in 2018

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On Thursday morning, CORE autosport announced that the No. 54 team that currently competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class will move up to Prototypes in 2018.  The team has acquired an ORECA 07-Gibson and will race it full-time next season.  Full-time drivers Jon Bennett and Colin Braun will continue as drivers. …

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Entry List: America’s Tire 250

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This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in California for the final sprint race of the season.  33 cars in the Prototype, GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes will take on the 2.238-mile road course. In the Prototype class, there are absolutely no changes from the last time …

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Michelin to Serve as Official Tire of IMSA in 2019

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On Wednesday morning, IMSA announced that France-based Michelin will become the sanctioning body’s official tire at the beginning of 2019, replacing Continental Tire.  As a result of the deal, teams running in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype and GT Daytona classes will be required to run Michelin rubber.  Teams in the GT Le Mans class …

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BMW Unveils New 2018 M8 GTE at International Motor Show

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On Tuesday, BMW’s new M8 GTE made its public debut at the International Motor Show in Frankfurt am Main, Germany.  The new factory designed and built racer will compete full-time in both the FIA World Endurance Championship and the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship full-time in 2018. BMW-Motorsport is very excited about the new car. “The …

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Johannes van Overbeek Returns to ESM No. 22 in 2018

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On Tuesday morning, Tequila Patron ESM announced that they have re-signed Johannes van Overbeek to a new contract.  As a result, van Overbeek will continue to drive the No. 22 Nissan DPi alongside Pipo Derani in 2018. For van Overbeek, the move means that he will stay with the Scott Sharp-owned organization for at least …

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Corvette Racing Benefits from BMW Cut Tires to Win at VIR

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For the vast majority of Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, BMW Team RLL’s No. 25 of Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims dominated the proceedings.  However, a cut tire with 13 minutes to go allowed Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia through to the lead.  Garcia held on to take his and co-driver Jan Magnussen‘s third victory …

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Joey Hand Wins Pole for Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams brought out their Saturday best in qualifying for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  When the dust cleared, it was Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand who walked away with the overall pole. The session was a close one as the times whittled away.  Risi Competizione’s …

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Toni Vilander Fastest in VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 3

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In Saturday morning’s third practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIR, teams turned in the fastest laps of the weekend.  Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander ended up fastest in the session with a lap of 100.855 seconds (116.722 mph). Vilander was one-sixth of a second faster than Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dirk Müller …

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Antonio Garcia Tops Wild VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 2

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On Friday afternoon, Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia was fastest overall in the second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session at VIRginia International Raceway.  Garcia’s lap of 101.323 seconds (116.183 mph) was a full second faster than what Tommy Milner turned during the first session. Garcia’s lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than BMW Team RLL’s …

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