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6 Hours of Fuji Canceled Due to COVID-19

2017 Fuji WEC Jose Maria Lopez Car Marius Hecker Adrenal Media

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

The FIA World Endurance Championship announced Wednesday (July 7) that the 6 Hours of Fuji, originally scheduled as the fifth round of the 2021 FIA World Endurance Championship on Sept. 26, has been cancelled.  The reasoning given is the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, combined with ongoing travel restrictions to Japan. As a result, a second race …

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Pit Strategy Takes Action Express to Lightning-Delayed WeatherTech 240 Victory

Felipe Nasr late in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/2/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – An opportune pit stop for Action Express Racing saw Felipe Nasr get into the Whelen-sponsored Cadillac in place of Pipo Derani just before a full-course caution flew. Shortly afterwards, lightning caused a red flag.  Immediately afterwards, Nasr got the lead in a round of pit stops and held on to win …

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Turner Motorsport Dominates Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen

Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern celebrate their victory in the Sahlen's 120 at the Glen, 7/2/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Turner Motorsport’s Bill Auberlen and Dillon Machavern dominated the Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen Friday (July 2).  Auberlen was able to hold off Wright Motorsports’ Jan Heylen on a late restart with three laps to go to take the victory, leading every lap along the way. The race started under yellow …

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Dillon Machavern Wins Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen Pole

Dillon Machavern during qualifying for the Sahlen's 120 at the Glen, 7/1/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Turner Motorsport’s Dillon Machavern claimed the pole for Friday’s Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen Thursday evening (July 1) with a lap at 106.530 mph.  It is Machavern’s first pole of 2021. Machavern’s lap was one-sixth of a second faster than Wright Motorsports’ Ryan Hardwick in the only Porsche in the field.  …

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Ricky Taylor Earns 2nd Straight Watkins Glen Pole

Ricky Taylor during practice for the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/1/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor earned his second straight IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole Thursday (July 1).  Ricky’s lap at 135.912 mph is only three-hundredths of a second slower than pole last weekend, despite the changeable conditions during the session. The DPi/LMP2 session was the driest on-track session in qualifying.  Slicks …

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Eric Foss Quickest in Rain-Shortened Sahlen’s 120 Practice

Jeff Mosing splashing through turn 2 at Watkins Glen during Sahlen's 120 practice, 7/1/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. –  IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams only got one 60-minute practice session for Friday’s Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen.  Rain shortened that session to only 47 minutes. The best conditions were at the very beginning of the session, so those who ventured out early had the best chance at putting up a …

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Olivier Pla Fastest in Wild and Woolly Glen WeatherTech Practice

Olivier Pla drives through a wet turn 2 at Watkins Glen during practice for the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/1/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The sole practice session Thursday (July 1) for the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen was indicative of what the rest of the weekend could look like.  Sketchy.  Heavy rains limited on-track action, but Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 112.487 mph right at …

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Entry List: Sahlen’s 120 at the Glen

Russell Ward and Chad McCumbee racing for position during the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240, 6/26/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will also be back at Watkins Glen Friday for two more hours of racing (in reality, most of them never left after Saturday).  There are 36 teams entered for the sprint. In the Grand Sport class, there are 21 teams entered, down from 24 for last weekend’s Tioga Downs …

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