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Pace Laps: Martin Truex Jr. Comes up Clutch, Alex Bowman Wins in First Start of Season

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Chevrolet, Ford Let One Slip Away in Charlotte – After 30 races, we seem to know what to expect come a mile-and-a-half race in 2017 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series racing: Toyota dominates while Chevrolet and Ford scratch for a top-five result. However, Sunday’s Bank of America 500 broke that …

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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Motul Petit Le Mans Thanks to Penalties

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In endurance racing, victories can come in many ways.  One is by sheer dominance.  For Tequila Patron ESM’s No. 2 Nissan DPi shared by Ryan Dalziel, Brendon Hartley and Scott Sharp, it was simply being in the right place at the right time.  Hartley was third when the top two drivers were penalized for on-track …

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Action Express Racing Leads Road Atlanta At Halfway, Champs Not Represented Well

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At Road Atlanta, Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans has been an up-and-down affair. There has been tight racing, contact and a series of yellows. Through five hours, the No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R. driven by Dane Cameron led overall with teammate Filipe Albuquerque three seconds back in second. Tequila Patron ESM’s Johnannes van Overbeek was …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Motul Petit Le Mans Overall Pole

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Team Penske may not have much experience with the current LMP2 formula, but that ultimately didn’t matter on Friday.  Helio Castroneves took the team’s ORECA 07-Gibson on track and laid down the best lap of the weekend to earn the overall pole for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  Castroneves’ lap of 71.314 seconds (128.222 mph) …

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Brendon Hartley Fastest in Petit Le Mans Nighttime Practice

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Every year at Road Atlanta, there is a 90-minute that goes into the night so that teams can adjust for late race conditions.  On Thursday night, Tequila Patron ESM’s Brendon Harltey turned in the fastest lap of the weekend to top the nighttime practice session. Hartley’s lap of 72.017 seconds (126.970 mph) was three-tenths of a …

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Juan Pablo Montoya Fastest in Road Atlanta Practice No. 2

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Team Penske did not take long to make an impression at Road Atlanta.  Juan Pablo Montoya was fastest overall in the second practice session Thursday for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta.  Montoya set a lap of 72.445 seconds (126.220 mph) to top the charts in the No. 6 ORECA 07-Gibson. Montoya’s lap …

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Renger van der Zande Fastest in Opening Road Atlanta Practice

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On Thursday morning (Oct. 5), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s 39 entries took to the 2.54-mile road course at Road Atlanta for opening practice.  After 60 minutes of lapping, it was Visit Florida Racing’s Renger van der Zande who was fastest overall in his Ligier JS P217-Gibson. Van der Zande’s lap of 72.650 seconds (125.864 …

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Helio Castroneves Moves to IMSA Full-Time in 2018

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On Wednesday, Team Penske officially announced a move that had been rumored for months.  Helio Castroneves will leave INDYCAR to race full-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  Castroneves will be the lead driver in Acura Team Penske’s second full-time ARX-05. Castroneves is quite enthusiastic about his new challenge. “I’ve been fortunate to achieve a …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBCSN Took NASCAR Anthem Story Head On

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Chaps, the Round of 16 is now complete.  From here on, the playoff focus will likely intensify.  However, for this week’s edition of Couch Potato Tuesday, we’re focusing on three main topics.  One is the actual race coverage.  That’s obvious.  Another topic is conflicts of interest.  My readers are quite smart.  You already know where …

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Entry List: 20th Running of the Motul Petit Le Mans

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This weekend, the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship comes to an end at Road Atlanta in Georgia.  39 cars in four classes will battle for glory. In the Prototype class, the biggest story of the race is the appearance of Team Penske. They’ll run an ORECA 07-Gibson with big names behind the wheel.  Juan Pablo Montoya, …

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