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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Sebring Thanks to Derani’s Charge

2016 Daytona IWSC Pipo Derani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway seemingly had everything.  It had close racing, some incidents, and bad weather.  A severe thunderstorm ripped through Sebring in the third hour, resulting in a red flag that lasted for over two hours. Once the race resumed, the mad dash did as well.  Into the …

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Michael Shank Racing on Sebring Overall Pole

2016 Daytona IWSC Ozz Negri Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Through the four practice sessions prior to qualifying, there was only one team on top of the time sheets.  That team was Action Express Racing.  The No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Chevrolet Corvette DP Evo with Dane Cameron at the wheel was fastest in three of the four sessions, while Christian Fittipaldi turned in the fastest time during Practice …

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Action Express Racing Fastest on Opening Day at Sebring

2016 Daytona IWSC Dane Cameron Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, fairly hot weather greeted the 49 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams entered in Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring as practice got underway.  Temperatures nearly 90 degrees curbed lap times to a certain extent.  In the morning and at night, it was possible to put down some good times, though. In the …

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Change Racing Expands to Two Cars at Sebring

2016 Daytona IWSC Townsend Bell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Recently, O’Gara Motorsport closed their doors after the Rolex 24.  The team explained at the time that external business issues for team owner Tom O’Gara, who owns high end car dealerships in Southern California, led to the decision.  That put full-season drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler out on their butts, searching for a new team to …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Spencer Pumpelly a Strong 2016 Ahead

2016 Daytona IWSC Spencer Pumpelly Car Credit Austin Gager

(Photo: Austin Gager)

Spencer Pumpelly, has had a pretty steady career in sports cars over the past decade and a half.  He’s been very competitive in nearly everything that he’s driven and claimed multiple class victories in major events.  That includes two class victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, most recently in 2011 for TRG. Pumpelly usually does …

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Off the Wall With: Ashley Freiberg

2016 Daytona IWSC Ashley Freiberg Driver Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On the spot this week: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rookie Ashley Freiberg, who will be splitting her time in 2016 between Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 in the GT-Daytona class and Starworks Motorsport’s No. 88 in the Prototype Challenge class. What’s fun for you besides [car] racing? Cyclocross racing. It’s an off-road race …

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Lamborghini Teams Hit With Post-Rolex 24 Penalties

2016 Daytona IWSC Madison Snow Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

A couple of hours after the finish of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, IMSA announced that the engines from all five Lamborghini Huracan GT3’s in the field would be taken back for testing.  The inspection came after the Huracans consistently posted faster lap times than any of the other GT3 cars in the …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ashley Freiberg on Moving Up & a Split Schedule

2016 Daytona IWSC Ashley Freiberg Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

24-year old Ashley Freiberg has only been racing in sports cars for a little over two years. However, in that time, she’s impressed a lot of people. In her first career start in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona in 2014, she shared the overall victory with Shelby Blackstock after the winning entry …

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Tequila Patron ESM Wins Rolex 24 at Daytona

2016 Daytona IWSC Pipo Derani Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

A 24-hour race is a test of fortitude.  Anything and everything can happen.  From wrecks to blown engines, flawless runs to drives through the infield that could be best described a trainwreck, the Rolex 24 at Daytona is truly a race in which anything can happen.  Add in a grand total of one hour of …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 18 Hours

2016 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The deep overnight hours produced some big changes, especially in the lower classes.  However, at the very front of the field, not too much changed. Over the previous 12 hours, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing‘s No. 02 had been making up many of the ten laps that were lost when Tony Kanaan was forced to pull …

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