Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Joe Gibbs & Toyota Take NASCAR Magic to a New Level

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joe Gibbs Racing’s Trio Too Tough? Richmond Raceway over the course of the weekend turned into Toyota’s personal playground. A dominant NASCAR Xfinity Series win by Christopher Bell (see below) morphed into a 1-2-3-4 finish for Joe Gibbs Racing in Saturday’s (Sept. 20) Federated Auto Parts 400. Erik Jones‘ failure …

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Murillo Racing Wins Wet GT4 SprintX Race No. 1 at Road America

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After a relatively dry Saturday (Sept. 21) at Road America, the rains came in time for the first Pirelli GT4 America SprintX and GT4 East race of the weekend.  Murillo Racing’s Matthew Fassnacht and Christian Szymczak were able to keep themselves out of trouble and pull away late to claim their third overall victory of …

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Michael Cooper Makes 1st Lap Pass For Lead, Wins GT4 Sprint Race No. 1 at Road America

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Blackdog Speed Shop’s Michael Cooper qualified third for the first Pirelli GT4 America Sprint race of the weekend Saturday (Sept. 21) at Road America. By the end of the first lap, he was in the lead. Once there, no one could touch him as Cooper pulled away to take his third win of 2019. Robinson …

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R. Ferri Motorsports Leads Flag-to-Flag, Takes 3rd Straight Blancpain GT Win

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R. Ferri Motorsport’s Toni Vilander and Daniel Serra led flag-to-flag Saturday afternoon (Sept. 21) at Road America to take their third straight Blancpain GT World Challenge America victory and sixth win of the year. The victory puts Vilander within shouting distance of the series points championship. But it was the exceptional speed of his co-driver, …

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Pace Laps: Lady Luck Takes Over at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Truex Keeps On Trucking Martin Truex Jr. had been lost in the shuffle of title contenders as NASCAR descended upon the gambling capital of North America. Las Vegas Motor Speedway seemed a better fit instead for Team Penske’s two stars, Brad Keselowski and reigning Cup champion Joey Logano. They were …

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Dane Cameron, Juan Pablo Montoya Dominate to Win At Laguna Seca

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Acura Team Penske’s Dane Cameron was able to take the overall lead away from teammate Ricky Taylor 55 minutes into the Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren Sunday (Sep. 14).  Once out front, Cameron was able to easily hold off the No. 7 Acura.  Once Helio Castroneves fell back, Cameron was able to pull away …

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Rear Tires Take Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport to Laguna Seca Victory

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Dominik Baumann, driving in place of regular driver Indy Dontje, used a strategy that saw the Winward Racing/HTP Motorsport team put on rear tires on their final pit stop.  That proved to be the winning move in the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 Saturday (Sep. 14). The strategy got Baumann out in front of CarBahn …

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Ricky Taylor Leads Acura Front Row Sweep at Laguna Seca

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Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor won the overall pole Saturday (Sep. 14) for Sunday’s Monterey SportsCar Championship Powered by McLaren with a lap at 107.374 mph.  The Laguna Seca pole is Taylor’s first since joining Acura Team Penske at the beginning of 2018. It’s also the No. 7 Acura’s second pole of the season. Taylor’s …

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Tyler McQuarrie Wins Pilot Challenge Laguna Seca Pole

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CarBahn Motorsports’ Tyler McQuarrie won the pole Saturday (Sep. 14) for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120 with a lap at 88.657 mph.  It is McQuarrie’s second pole in as many qualifying sessions and will mark the third straight race that he will start from the overall pole.  Qualifying at VIR …

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Entry List: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

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For Saturday’s penultimate race for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, there are currently 35 cars entered at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.  22 are in Grand Sport, while 13 are in the TCR class. In Grand Sport, probably the most notable fact is that eEuroparts.com ROWE Racing is not entered.  As we noted in Pace Laps …

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