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Patrick Long To Step Away From Full-Time Racing After 2021

Patrick Long leans against his Porsche 911 GT3 R at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA

BRASELTON, Ga. – Patrick Long, the only American Porsche factory driver, announced Thursday at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta that he will be stepping away from full-time competition at the end of the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  With his racing reduced in 2022, Long will transition into a couple of new roles with Porsche …

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Felipe Nasr Quickest in Both IMSA Long Beach Practices

Felipe Nasr traverses the fountain complex during practice for the IMSA Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach, 9/24/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Long Beach has tended to favor the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s during the DPi era in IMSA.  Friday (Sept. 24) was no exception as Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr was fastest overall in both sessions.  His afternoon session lap at 98.423 mph was the best lap of the day. Practice No. 1 In the opening practice session, …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins 1st WeatherTech Sprint Race of 2021

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque in victory lane after winning the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, 5/16/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor held off a late charge from Action Express Racing Sunday (May 16) to win the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Presented by the Acura TLX Type S.  It is the team’s second win of the 2021 season. “First of all, I’m extremely happy for Acura and …

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Harry Tincknell Wins Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Pole

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Mazda Motorsports’ Harry Tincknell set an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship track record at Mid-Ohio Saturday (May 15) en route to winning the pole for Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Presented by the Acura TLX Type S.  Tincknell’s lap at 116.081 mph was nearly seven-tenths of a second faster than the previous track record, …

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Mazda Motorsports Claims Victory in Wild Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts Saturday (Nov. 14) was a rough-and-tumble affair.  Being in the right position to take advantage of others’ misfortune was key.  Mazda Motorsports was in position to score a one-two finish, but Oliver Jarvis cut his left rear tire with 28 minutes to go.  …

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Scott Hargrove, Patrick Long Win Sonoma Blancpain GT Race No. 2

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After a somewhat disappointing race on Saturday, Wright Motorsports’ Scott Hargrove and Patrick Long were able to claim victory Sunday (June 9) in Race No. 2 for Blancpain GT World Challenge America at Sonoma Raceway.  It’s the perfect medicine for a team that’s been down in the dumps lately. “I feel like it’s been a …

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Richard Westbrook Wins Michelin GT Challenge Pole in Wet Conditions

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Qualifying for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR was held in changeable conditions.  Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Richard Westbrook was fastest during the GT Le Mans session in the wet with a lap at 101.852 mph.  Despite being 11 seconds slower than the GT Daytona pole time, he will start on the pole for …

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Dirk Müller, Joey Hand Win Northeast Grand Prix after Corvette Miscue

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Corvette Racing’s No. 3 team dominated Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.  However, Jan Magnussen mistimed a pass on Scuderia Corsa’s Gunnar Jeannette in the Diving Turn with 13 minutes to go and slid off-course.  That allowed Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Joey Hand to slip past and pull away to take the …

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Antonio Garcia Shatters Class Record to Win Northeast Grand Prix Pole

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Cool morning temperatures allowed records to fall Saturday (July 21) at Lime Rock Park.  Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia set a record lap of 106.653 mph to claim the overall pole for the Northeast Grand Prix. “It was really, really good,” Garcia told Frontstretch after the session.  “In [the warm-up], I did a low 50[-second lap], …

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Patrick Pilet Fastest Overall in Northeast Grand Prix Practice

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Porsche GT Team’s Patrick Pilet was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Friday (July 20) at Lime Rock Park.  Pilet’s lap of 105.256 mph is not a class record, but it was significantly quicker than the pack. Practice No. 1 In the morning session, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Dirk Müller was fastest …

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