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Pace Laps: Stenhouse Jr. Cashes In, Aric Almirola Surprises And Thomas Curley Passes On

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Career Weekend for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  It’s been a long time coming. There was a time it didn’t even look possible. But Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally crossed the finish line first Sunday, capturing his first Cup victory in 158 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse started the day out front, pacing …

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Ricky Taylor Spanks the Field to Take COTA Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Normally, qualifying sessions are relatively close in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Ricky Taylor made sure that wasn’t the case on Friday as he won the pole for Saturday’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown with a lap of 114.809 seconds (106.812 mph). Taylor was the first driver to set a time in the session and …

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Taylor Dominance Continues at COTA Practice; BMW Scores GTLM 1-2

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the second practice session Thursday at Circuit of the Americas, Wayne Taylor Racing continued to assert their dominance over the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Jordan Taylor, driving the No. 10 Cadillac DPi-V.R. was fastest with a lap of 116.595 seconds (104.979 mph).  This lap was more than 1.1 seconds quicker than Action Express Racing’s …

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Ricky Taylor Fastest in Opening COTA Practice

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor was the fastest of all in opening practice for Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown.  The older of the Taylor brothers circulated around the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas course in 117.116 seconds (104.512 mph).  The lap was seven-hundredths of a second faster than …

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Entry List: Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The entry list is out for this weekend’s Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Circuit of the Americas.  40 teams in the four classes are currently entered in the event. The Prototype class has the same ten entries from Long Beach with only a couple of driver changes of note. …

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Parker Chase, Harry Gottsacker to Make IMSA Debut With TRG at COTA

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, The Racers Group (TRG) announced that two IMSA debutante racers, Parker Chase and Harry Gottsacker, will make their IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship debut at Circuit of the Americas.  The two young racers, who comprise one of the youngest driving pairs in recent memory (average age: 16.5) will drive the No. 991 Porsche GT3 …

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Tom Kimber-Smith to Miss COTA to Be with Mother, Marco Bonanomi to Sub

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced that full-time driver Tom Kimber-Smith will miss the Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown on May 6 at Circuit of the Americas (COTA).  The reason?  Kimber-Smith’s mother is currently battling cancer and Kimber-Smith has chosen to sit out the race in order to stay with her in the United Kingdom. PR1/Mathiasen …

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Lone Star Racing Announces 2017 IMSA Schedule

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On Friday, Cresson, Tex.-based Lone Star Racing announced that they will run part-time in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class.  Team owner Dan Knox and Mike Skeen will drive the No. 80 Mercedes-AMG GT3 in four races, starting at COTA (Circuit of the Americas) in early May.  In addition to COTA, the team …

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Robert Alon Placed on Probation for Unjustifiable Risk

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, IMSA announced that Robert Alon has been placed on probation for the next three races for his racecraft on the final lap of Saturday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.   The penalty stems from a move Alon made for fifth-place in GT Daytona at the hairpin on the final lap. …

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Taylor Brothers Win Destructive BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor passed Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel with ten minutes to go.  From there, the Altamonte Springs, Fla. native pulled away to take the overall victory in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.  For the Taylor brothers (Jordan and Ricky), it is their third consecutive …

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