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Entry List: 2016 Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Recently, IMSA released the official entry list for Saturday’s 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Note: This resort/presenting sponsor is located in Cherokee, N.C., approximately 119 miles away from the track).  Officially, 41 cars are listed.  However, 37 will show up. With Saturday’s race being ten hours in length, the …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Field ORECA 07 Full-Time in 2017

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On Thursday, JDC/Miller MotorSports, which currently fields the No. 85 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge’s Prototype Challenge class, announced that they are moving up to the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class full-time in 2017.  The mount of choice for the team is the ORECA 07 chassis, paired up with the Gibson engine.  The …

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Tequila Patron ESM to Race 2 DPi Nissans in 2017

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM (also known as Extreme Speed Motorsports) announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a full-time basis in the 2017 season.  They will be competing in the new DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class with two Ligier JS P217 chassis with special bodywork and Nissan engines.  …

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Joel Miller Shows Strength, Tops Practice No. 3 at COTA

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For Mazda Motorsports, Friday was a day that they’d rather forget.  The No. 55 lost the entire first practice session when the brakes locked up on the pit straight.  Meanwhile, the No. 70 was not all that great during the first session, lapping over two seconds off the pace of the leading Daytona Prototypes. The …

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Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday COTA Practices

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On Thursday, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.4-mile course at Circuit of the Americas for what was originally scheduled as two one-hour sessions.  The first session ultimately ended up being extended, though. Session No. 1 No one was able to set a lap in the first session before trouble stuck the No. …

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IMSA Gives the Porsche 911 GT3 R Help with BoP

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On Thursday, IMSA released two more technical bulletins for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  These bulletins concern rule changes ahead of the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas.  Unlike the last round at VIRginia International Raceway, there are some substantial changes. As you’ve seen here at Frontstretch, one of the biggest stories in IMSA …

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Corvette Racing Dominates Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

On Sunday afternoon, the sun was back out and the brand-new pavement was baking at Virginia International Raceway.  21 cars took the green flag for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, but one team was in control from the drop of the green flag. Corvette Racing swept the front row in Saturday’s …

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Park Place Motorsports Withdraws from VIR

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On Wednesday, Alex Job Racing announced the complete withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche team from the remainder of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Thursday saw another Porsche team voluntarily withdraw, but only from one race. Park Place Motorsports, which fields the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3-R in the GT Daytona class, has …

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WeatherTech Porsche Leaves WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

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It seems really bizarre that a team sponsored by the series’ title sponsor could be pulling out of the series, but it is the case.  Alex Job Racing announced on Wednesday evening that their No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3-R will not compete in the last three races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. Why would …

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Jonathan Bomarito Claims Road Race Showcase Pole

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On Saturday afternoon, Mazda’s Jonathan Bomarito put down a lap of 114.507 seconds (127.266 mph) in the closing stages of qualifying, which held up to take the overall pole for Sunday’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  It is Mazda’s third pole of the season. Afterwards, Bomarito was very pleased with the form …

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