Race Weekend Central

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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Stephen Simpson Fastest in Opening Watkins Glen WeatherTech Practice

2017 Watkins Glen IWSC Chris Miller Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday morning, JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was fastest overall in opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Watkins Glen International.  Simpson’s ORECA 07-Gibson toured the 3.4-mile long course in 95.491 seconds (128.180 mph).  The lap was just four-hundredths of a second quicker than Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel. Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa was third …

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Taylor Brothers Overcome Qualifying Wreck to Claim 5th Straight Win

2017 Long Beach IWSC Jordan Taylor Victory Lap Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

It seems like Wayne Taylor Racing cannot be stopped at this point.  On Saturday, the team started at the back of the Prototype class due to a qualifying crash.  Despite that fact, Ricky and Jordan Taylor were able to claw through the field and take advantage of a pit strategy blunder to take their fifth …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Chase Elliott Formidable Driver, Forgettable In FOX Booth

2017 Atlanta CUP Denny Hamlin racing Matthew T Thacker NKP

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

With Speedweeks complete, we finally got a good look at the new rules package for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series at Atlanta.  Admittedly, the result of the new package is very similar to what we had before.  Kevin Harvick kicked butt, but failed to win.  Of course, that’s the Cliffs’ Notes version of the …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: The Rain Reigns Supreme

2017 Daytona IWSC Jeff Segal Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, the rains arrived at Daytona International Speedway during the sixth hour of the race.  It has not stopped raining ever since.  At first, it was a light rain that gave teams the choice as to what to do.  Then, the precipitation kicked it up a notch. During the overnight hours, the rain came …

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Cadillac Assert Themselves at Daytona Test, Ricky Taylor Goes 200

2017 IWSC Cadillac Car Credit Cadillac photo

(Credit: Cadillac photo)

IMSA’s first open test with the new DPi entries wrapped up on Wednesday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway.  Since it is a December test, it is really difficult to truly tell who is on pace and who is taking it easy.  However, one thing is pretty obvious coming out of the four sessions.  Cadillac’s new …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Olympics Push NASCAR To The Background On NBC

2016 Mid Ohio Sports Car Course NXS photo credit NASCAR via Getty Images

(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

Welcome back. Hope you guys enjoyed the off week for the Sprint Cup Series. It was not very relaxing for me, personally, but I enjoyed myself. Could have done without the thunderstorms, though. Speaking of thunderstorms, that’s effectively what plagued Saturday’s Mid-Ohio Challenge from Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the XFINITY Series. As I’ve told …

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3 XFINITY Teams Make Mid-Ohio Driver Announcements

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(Photo: Zach Catanzaresi)

When NASCAR released the entry list for Saturday’s XFINITY Series Mid-Ohio Challenge, the No. 18 Toyota for Joe Gibbs Racing was listed with TBA (To Be Announced) in the drivers’ slot.  On Wednesday, they announced their man for the weekend. JGR will be fielding 39-year old Owen Kelly this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  For …

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Starworks Motorsport wins Northeast Grand Prix

2016 Lime Rock IWSC Renger van der Zande Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship take on Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.  With the Prototype class not on-site, it was the Prototype Challenge class that were the headliners, despite GT Le Mans getting the majority of the attention (see: The fact that the GT Le Mans class got the anchor spot in …

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