Race Weekend Central

Acura Team Penske Sweeps Mid-Ohio Practices on Tricky Friday

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams had to deal with wild weather on Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Before the rains descended on the 2.258-mile road course, Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor turned in the fastest lap of the day. Practice No. 1 Taylor’s quick time was a lap of 73.601 seconds (110.444 mph) in …

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Risi Competizione/Keating Motorsports Unveils Le Mans Lineup

(Photo: Regis Lefebure)

Riley Motorsports (which is running under the name Keating Motorsports due to ACO rules) and Risi Competizione jointly announced the remainder of their driver lineup for their entry in the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans on Wednesday (Feb. 14).  The two teams will collaborate on a Ferrari 488 GTE entry in the GTE-Am class. …

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Daniel Mancinelli Fastest in Opening Utah Sprint-X Practice

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In the first practice session for Pirelli World Challenge’s Sprint-X class, TR3 Racing’s Daniel Mancinelli came out on top.  Mancinelli’s lap of 108.770 seconds (100.877 mph) around the 3.0479-mile course was three-tenths of  a second faster than RealTime Racing’s No. 43 Acura for Tom Dyer and Ryan Eversley. Cadillac Racing’s No. 3 for Johnny O’Connell …

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Jeroen Bleekemolen Paces Sprint-X Practice at VIR

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, Black Swan Racing’s Jeroen Bleekemolen was fastest overall in the two practices for Sprint-X teams at VIRginia International Raceway.  Bleekemolen lapped the 3.27-mile road course in 103.585 seconds (113.646 mph) to lead the pack.  Since Pirelli World Challenge hasn’t raced at VIR since 2010, the new track record will be set this weekend. …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Sweeps 36 Hours of Florida

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The Taylor family really loves Florida.  Wayne Taylor Racing owner Wayne Taylor and his sons Jordan and Ricky have lived in Seminole County north of Orlando for years.  On Saturday, the family returned to Victory Lane once again with the Taylor brothers sweeping Daytona and Sebring, along with newcomer Alex Lynn. With the win, Wayne …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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Michael Shank Racing Dominates to Win Petit Le Mans

(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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Olivier Pla Puts Michael Shank Racing on Petit Le Mans Pole

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All weekend long, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Ligier JS P2-HPD has been the class of the field.  The No. 60 had been on the top of the timesheets for all four practice sessions.  Qualifying changed absolutely nothing. Prototype: Ricky Taylor set the early pace while trying to get the tires up to temperature, but …

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Starworks Motorsport wins Northeast Grand Prix

(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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Action Express Racing Scores Second Consecutive 1-2

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, it seemed like Mazda Motorsports had the right stuff early on to take a victory.  However, an air jack issue and a mechanical failure dropped the race directly into the lap of Action Express Racing for the second week in a row. After Wayne Taylor Racing‘s Ricky Taylor …

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