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Jordan Taylor Tops Final Roar Before the 24 Session

2017 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams filed out onto Daytona International Speedway’s 3.56-mile road course for one more 60-minute session.  Like the previous sessions, a Cadillac was on top.  This time, it was Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor who led the pack. Taylor posted a time of 96.757 seconds (132.456 mph) to lead …

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Felipe Nasr Tops Roar Qualifying, Sets Fastest Lap Since 1993

2017 Daytona IWSC Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In an attempt to ward off sandbagging, IMSA instituted a qualifying session during the Roar Before the 24 that will set garage and pit stalls assignments.  Even before the session, IMSA parked a couple of GT Daytona teams for holding back during night practice on Saturday.  With the impetus to put up or shut up, …

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Joey Hand Wins Pole for Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Joey Hand Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams brought out their Saturday best in qualifying for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  When the dust cleared, it was Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand who walked away with the overall pole. The session was a close one as the times whittled away.  Risi Competizione’s …

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Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek Win Maiden Race for Nissan DPi

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Bruno Senna Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani assumed the lead during the final yellow when JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was forced to pit for emergency service.  From there, Derani was able to pull away to take the first-ever victory for the Ligier-based Nissan DPi. Afterwards, Derani was proud of the team’s accomplishment. “It’s been …

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Pipo Derani Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen Overall Pole

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For most of this season, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been the class of the field.  So far this weekend at Watkins Glen International, that has not been the case.  Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani claimed the overall pole for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen with a lap of 94.405 seconds (129.654 mph).  The …

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Pipo Derani Leads Tequila Patron ESM 1-2 in 2nd Glen Practice

2017 Long Beach IWSC Ryan Dalziel Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the second practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen, the black and neon green of Tequila Patron ESM reigned supreme.  Pipo Derani turned in a lap of 94.696 seconds (129.256 mph) to top the charts.  It is the fastest lap of the entire weekend to this point. Afterwards, Derani stated that …

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Action Express Racing Goes 1-2 in Rolex 24 Qualifying

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held qualifying for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  With teams not necessarily showing their full hand during the Roar Before the 24, it was unclear what everyone truly had.  However, when it was time for brass tacks, Action Express Racing came to play. Joao Barbosa won …

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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Colin Braun Claims Northeast Grand Prix Overall Pole

2016 Lime Rock IWSC Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Late Friday afternoon, after a day of hot and humid weather (although, no thunderstorms that were forecasted), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 1.474-mile circuit at Lime Rock Park for qualifying. Three 15-minute sessions would determine the starting order for Saturday’s race. In the Prototype Challenge class, CORE autosport‘s Colin Braun has …

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MSR Tops WeatherTech Practice 2, Larry DeGeorge Crashes Hard

2016 Watkins Glen IWSC Larry DeGeorge Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After some early afternoon rain showers took some of the rubber off the track, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship ventured out onto the 3.4-mile long course at Watkins Glen for one more hour of practice. Unlike the first session, this one was not clean.  Just past the halfway point of the session, Dream Racing‘s Larry DeGeorge appeared …

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