Race Weekend Central

Jan Magnussen Fastest Overall in Wet Night Practice

Most of the teams assembled on-site this weekend at Daytona International Speedway expected to get some dry running under their belts on Thursday, if not before qualifying, then after it during the 90-minute night practice session.  Unfortunately, that did not come to pass. Rain that had been falling since prior to qualifying continued to pelt …

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GT-Le Mans Teams Dominate Short 2nd Practice

After the relatively dry first practice session at Daytona International Speedway, the light rain and mist returned to the World Center of Racing just in time for the 30-minute second practice session.  The result was another session of mixed strategies. Two red flags cut the actual on-track time down significantly.  First, the Alegra Motorsports “Highway …

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Ozz Negri Tops Opening Daytona WeatherTech Practice

Teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship were greeted with dreary skies and some fog on Thursday morning as the first timed session of the season kicked into action.  Despite the wet track, there was no precipitation that fell during the session.  The result was rather mixed. Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, …

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CJ Wilson Racing Doubles Up in Opening Daytona Practice

In Daytona, Wednesday dawned ugly.  Heavy recent rains turned much of the infield into a mud waller.  Getting even one wheel off the track could spell trouble.  In the first practice, team owner/driver Kris Wright found that out the hard way when he slid his Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman off course …

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IMSA Holds Annual Roar Before the 24 Open Test

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On Sunday, IMSA wrapped up the Roar Before the 24, a three-day open test at Daytona International Speedway for teams in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  While 54 cars were officially entered in the session, Risi Competizione chose not to compete due to their brand-new Ferrari 488 GTE not …

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New Year’s Resolutions: The Top Improvements Needed for 2016

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After what could be best described as an eventful 2015, a new year is finally upon us. Gone are season reviews and days spent dwelling on the previous season. It’s time to move on, put in the work and prepare for the events to come in 2016. According to The Huffington Post, 45% of Americans …

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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Announces Two DPs for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

Credit: IMSA via TUDOR Championship Twitter page

On Tuesday morning, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that they will field two Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley DPG3s in the Prototype January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Ganassi organization is running the factory Ford GT program that will also field two cars in the GT-Le Mans class. As a result, the team will run under …

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Force India’s Sergio Perez Joins TRG-Aston Martin Racing for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Thursday morning, TRG-Aston Martin Racing announced that Mexican Formula 1 racer Sergio Perez, currently of Force India, will lead a second Aston Martin V12 Vantage in the GT-Daytona class in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The team is the first entry from TRG to be announced for Daytona and if the rendering on the …

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Announces 2016 Lineup

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On Wednesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced their driver lineup for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It is a mix of returning talent and newcomers to the Prototype Challenge team. Tom Kimber-Smith is the sole returning driver from the 2015 team that won three of the four races run as part of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Kimber-Smith will …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher Best and a Fitting Farewell

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Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch Claims the Sprint Cup – On Sunday evening, a sellout crowd watched the final race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Ford EcoBoost 400. The thought going in was that you probably would have to win the race to take the title. For most of the race, that did …

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