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Pace Laps: Pair of Winless Streaks Snapped by Ryan Newman and Justin Allgaier in the Desert, Along with Sebring Chaos

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Ryan Newman Snaps Personal and RCR Winless Streak – Ryan Newman might just be the epitome of the phrase “where did he come from” for the past ten years. In four of his last six victories, the “rocket man” led 12 or less laps on his way to victory. Three of …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps 36 Hours of Florida

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The Taylor family really loves Florida.  Wayne Taylor Racing owner Wayne Taylor and his sons Jordan and Ricky have lived in Seminole County north of Orlando for years.  On Saturday, the family returned to Victory Lane once again with the Taylor brothers sweeping Daytona and Sebring, along with newcomer Alex Lynn. With the win, Wayne …

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Scott Maxwell, Jade Buford Claim Maiden Win for Mustang GT4 at Sebring

(Photo: Ford Performance)

After Daytona’s sports car season opener, Multimatic Motorsports decided to dedicate themselves to helping customers with the new Ford Mustang GT4 instead of fielding one themselves.  The car Multimatic ran at Daytona is in Europe for GT4 homologation testing.  As a result, drivers Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford were moved to KohR Motorsports and raced …

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REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani Wins Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Overall Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon, REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani claimed the overall pole for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.  Jani’s lap of 108.178 seconds (124.462 mph) was about one-tenth of a second quicker than Action Express Racing’s Christian Fittipaldi.  The lap is over three seconds faster than last year’s overall pole-winning time. While …

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Stephen Simpson Fastest Overall in Thursday Sebring Practice

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday, the 46 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway for three practice sessions.  The main story heading into the weekend was how the Cadillacs would fare after being hit with multiple rule changes designed to slow them down.  The overall result is that they aren’t necessarily going to run …

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Patrick Long Wins PWC GT Race No. 2 at St. Petersburg

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Patrick Long was able to take advantage of a bad start by pole sitter Alex Riberas to take over the lead in the first corner from third on the grid.  From there, Long was able to hold off Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell to take his first win of 2017. The start itself was a …

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Andrew Aquilante Sweeps PWC GTS at St. Petersburg

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Andrew Aquilante proved that his pace on Friday was no fluke.  He may not have any definitive plans to race the No. 32 Ford Mustang BOSS 302R for the rest of the season, but for this weekend, he’s on top. Aquilante started from the pole and held off Lawson Aschenbach for the …

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Alvaro Parente Wins PWC GT Round 1 at St. Petersburg

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday morning, defending Pirelli World Challenge GT champion Alvaro Parente was able to get past pole sitter Daniel Mancinelli on lap 2.  The move, using the contrarian outside line at turn 4, gave the Portuguese racer the advantage.  From there, Parente pulled away to claim the victory by 10.135 seconds. Unlike Friday’s first GTS race, …

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Andrew Aquilante Wins PWC GTS Season Opener

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon saw the race debut of Chevrolet’s new Camaro GT4.R, a new car built for worldwide competition, but with an American flair.  Lawson Aschenbach qualified the Camaro on pole, but it was older American iron that took the spoils. The big story prior to the race was the reconfiguration of turn 3.  Thursday night, …

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Daniel Mancinelli Scores Surprise GT Overall Pole, Immediately Promoted

(Photo: WC Vision)

In St. Petersburg on Friday morning, Daniel Mancinelli claimed the overall pole for Saturday’s Round No. 1 for Pirelli World Challenge’s GT/GTA/GT Cup Classes in his GTA-class No. 31 Ferrari 488 GT3 for TR3 Racing.  The pole was a complete surprise for a couple of reasons.  One, Mancinelli chose to skip the one timed practice …

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