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Entry List: Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

2018 Daytona IWSC Jonathan Bomarito Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first sports car race featuring prototypes at Mid-Ohio since 2013.  34 teams are entered amongst the three classes. In the Prototype class, 14 cars are entered.  Spirit of Daytona Racing, which missed Long Beach due to crash damage at Sebring, …

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Pace Laps: Kevin Harvick’s Power Over the Youth Movement & IndyCar’s Opening Weekend

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Happy Harvick Makes 42 The New 21 – Kevin Harvick is making this young gun ad campaign for NASCAR look like a waste of time. Harvick laid waste to the field at Phoenix, besting Kyle Busch and Joe Gibbs Racing a second straight week. The competition was stiffer this time, but …

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Scott Hargrove Sweeps PWC GT in Shortened Race No. 2

2018 St. Petersburg PWC Scott Hargrove WC Vision

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Scott Hargrove may not have had a perfect introduction to Pirelli World Challenge, but he gets to fly home to Canada with everything that matters.  Hargrove led flag-to-flag Sunday afternoon to win Race No. 2 of the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg for the GT and GTA classes.  That gives the rookie driver a weekend …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

2018 Daytona IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2018 Programs

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Oswaldo Negri Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, Michael Shank Racing announced two separate racing programs for the 2018 season at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.  For the Verizon IndyCar Series, the team announced a part-time effort in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.  Meanwhile, the team’s two-car program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura will continue as …

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Entry Lists: Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma

2017 UMC PWC Memo Gidley Car WC Vision

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This weekend, championships will be decided in Pirelli World Challenge’s GT, GTA, GT Cup and GTSA classes at Sonoma Raceway.  In the case of GT, the Sprint title and the overall GT title is up for grabs. For the GT/GTA/GT Cup races, 21 cars are currently entered.  Outside of the championship, the big story of …

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Àlvaro Parente, Ian James Claim Sunday PWC Victories at Mid-Ohio

2017 Lime Rock PWC Ian James Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday, K-PAX Racing’s Àlvaro Parente earned himself a weekend sweep in the Pirelli World Challenge’s GT class.  As compared to Race No. 1, he did have to work a little harder, though. Parente was originally supposed to start from the pole, but earned a three-spot grid penalty for conduct in race No. 1.  Despite …

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Àlvaro Parente Goes Flag-to-Flag to Win Mid-Ohio GT Race No. 1

2017 Long Beach PWC Alvaro Parente Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, K-PAX Racing’s Àlvaro Parente led comfortably flag-to-flag from the pole to win the first GT/GTA/GT Cup race at Mid-Ohio. Parente was able to open up a decent gap on the field and was not seriously threatened during the 50 minute race. Afterwards, Parente could not have been happier with his race. “It was …

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Àlvaro Parente Claims PWC Pole at Mid-Ohio

2017 St Petersburg PWC Alvaro Parente K PAX Racing

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On Friday afternoon, K-PAX Racing’s Àlvaro Parente claimed the overall pole for the first Pirelli World Challenge GT race of the weekend at Mid-Ohio.  Parente posted a time of 79.748 seconds (101.931 mph) on his final lap of the session to snatch pole away from Cadillac Racing’s Michael Cooper. Afterwards, Parente was pleased, but knew that …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Àlvaro Parente on PWC, Factory Racing and Travel

2017 St Petersburg PWC Alvaro Parente K PAX Racing

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Àlvaro Parente is a 32-year old racer out of Porto, Portugal.  He is a factory racer for McLaren, racing 650S GT3s on a regular basis both here in the United States and in Europe. Prior to his transition to sports car racing, Parente was a standout in open-wheel feeder series.  He won the British Formula …

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