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Pipo Derani to Remain at Tequila Patron ESM in 2018

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM announced that they have re-signed Pipo Derani to a new contract that will see him stay with Tequila Patron ESM.  The Brazilian racer will compete full-time for the team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  The move wards off what could have been a bidding war for the …

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Ricky Taylor Wins Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor won the overall pole for Sunday afternoon’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  It is the fourth pole for the season for the older of the Taylor brothers. Afterwards, Taylor didn’t really talk about his lap all that much.  Instead, he talked a little about his …

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Stephen Simpson Quickest in WeatherTech Road America Practice No. 2

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, track conditions continued to improve, allowing teams to run on slicks.  In the second practice session, JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was fastest overall with a lap of 115.057 seconds (126.657 mph).  The lap is approximately a half-second off of last year’s pole time. Simpson’s lap was one tenth of a second faster …

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2018 IMSA WeatherTech Championship, CTSC Schedules Released

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, IMSA released the 2018 schedules for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge as part of a State of the Series speech at Road America.  As compared to 2017, there are a couple of changes of note.  First off, 2017 is the last year for the PC class.  Nothing …

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Marc Goossens Quickest in Road America Practice No. 1

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams had to deal with changeable conditions Friday afternoon during the first practice session at Road America.  The session started off in full wet conditions, but times dropped by more than 20 seconds. In the closing minutes, Visit Florida Racing’s Marc Goossens turned in a lap of 119.977 seconds (121.463 mph) that …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Gets That Monkey Off His Back

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Last Lap the Sweetest for Kyle Busch – It took 1,114 laps led for Kyle Busch to turn into Victory Lane in 2017. Starting from pole for the fifth time this season, Busch led the most laps in Sunday’s Overton’s 400 at Pocono Raceway (74), surviving a 55-lap green-flag run to the end …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Porsche for Road America

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, WeatherTech Racing announced that they will switch from the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to their trusty Porsche 911 GT3 R for next week’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  The reason for such a move in the middle of the season? Balance of Performance. “The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a great car,” driver …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Expand to Two Cars in 2018

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, Minneapolis-based JDC/Miller MotorSports announced that they will field two full-time entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype class in 2018.  Recently, the team purchased a new ORECA 07 chassis and will take delivery of the new car in the fall.  Like the current No. 85, the new car will be a global …

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Visit Florida Racing Acquires Ligier JS P217 Chassis, Will Debut at Road America

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

See this car?  You will not be seeing it on-track any longer.  On Tuesday, Onroak Automotive announced that Visit Florida Racing has acquired a new Ligier JS P217 chassis from the French manufacturer.  The plan is for Visit Florida Racing to debut their new Ligier at Road America. Visit Florida Racing owner Troy Flis is …

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