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Toyota Sweeps Front Row For 24 Hours of Le Mans

2017 Le Mans WEC Kamui Kobayashi Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

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Toyota GAZOO Racing didn’t even need the final qualifying session Thursday (June 13) to claim overall pole for Saturday’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kamui Kobayashi turned in a lap at 155.916 mph during the second session.  That held up to win the pole. Qualifying Practice No. 2 Conditions were nearly perfect during the second …

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Kazuki Nakajima Improves Time, Clinches Le Mans Pole

2018 Le Mans WEC Fernando Alonso Car Joao Filipe Alves Beato AdrenalMedia

(Photo: Joao Filipe Alves Beato @AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kazuki Nakajima technically didn’t need to improve his time from Wednesday night to claim the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans as no one beat it all day Thursday.  However, he did it anyway.  Nakajima turned in a lap at 156.012 mph early in Qualifying Practice No. 3 …

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Action Express Racing Leads Road Atlanta At Halfway, Champs Not Represented Well

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Road Atlanta, Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans has been an up-and-down affair. There has been tight racing, contact and a series of yellows. Through five hours, the No. 31 Whelen-sponsored Cadillac DPi-V.R. driven by Dane Cameron led overall with teammate Filipe Albuquerque three seconds back in second. Tequila Patron ESM’s Johnannes van Overbeek was …

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Toni Vilander Fastest in VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 3

2017 Daytona IWSC Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In Saturday morning’s third practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIR, teams turned in the fastest laps of the weekend.  Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander ended up fastest in the session with a lap of 100.855 seconds (116.722 mph). Vilander was one-sixth of a second faster than Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dirk Müller …

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Antonio Garcia Tops Wild VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 2

2017 Lime Rock IWSC Jan Magnussen Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia was fastest overall in the second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session at VIRginia International Raceway.  Garcia’s lap of 101.323 seconds (116.183 mph) was a full second faster than what Tommy Milner turned during the first session. Garcia’s lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than BMW Team RLL’s …

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Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

2017 Daytona IWSC Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are relaxing before the 12 week grind to Homestead, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the final GT-only round of the season.  25 cars between the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. In GT Le Mans, the biggest change of note is …

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Pace Laps: Stenhouse Jr. Cashes In, Aric Almirola Surprises And Thomas Curley Passes On

2017 Talladega I CUP Ricky Stenhouse Jr pole Nigel Kinrade NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Career Weekend for Ricky Stenhouse Jr.  It’s been a long time coming. There was a time it didn’t even look possible. But Ricky Stenhouse Jr. finally crossed the finish line first Sunday, capturing his first Cup victory in 158 career starts at Talladega Superspeedway. Stenhouse started the day out front, pacing …

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Risi Competizione Returns Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander for 2017

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Toni Vilander Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Risi Competizione announced that Toni Vilander and former Formula One racer Giancarlo Fisichella will return for the full season in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.  For Daytona at minimum, Fisichella and Vilander will be joined by James Calado, a regular in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse.  This is the same …

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Michael Shank Racing Dominates to Win Petit Le Mans

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Olivier Pla Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All week, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s No. 60 had been the class of the field.  Olivier Pla topped three of the four practice sessions.  Teammate Oswaldo Negri, Jr. topped the other one.  Pla put the car on pole a half-second clear of the field. Once the green fell, Pla ran away from the field, …

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Corvette Racing Dominates Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

2016 Daytona IWSC Jan Magnussen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, the sun was back out and the brand-new pavement was baking at Virginia International Raceway.  21 cars took the green flag for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, but one team was in control from the drop of the green flag. Corvette Racing swept the front row in Saturday’s …

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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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