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Olivier Pla Fastest in Wild and Woolly Glen WeatherTech Practice

Olivier Pla drives through a wet turn 2 at Watkins Glen during practice for the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/1/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. – The sole practice session Thursday (July 1) for the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen was indicative of what the rest of the weekend could look like.  Sketchy.  Heavy rains limited on-track action, but Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Olivier Pla was fastest overall with a lap at 112.487 mph right at …

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Chip Ganassi Racing Dominates At Detroit, Claims First Prototype Win Since 2015

Renger van der Zande and Kevin Magnussen after winning the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic at Belle Isle Park, 6/12/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Chip Ganassi Racing’s Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande dominated the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic Saturday (June 12) at Belle Isle Park.  The duo led for 63 of 65 laps, but held off a late charge from Action Express Racing’s Felipe Nasr to claim the overall victory.  It is their first Prototype victory since …

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2-Tire Stop Takes Wayne Taylor Racing to 3rd Straight Rolex 24 at Daytona Victory

2021 Daytona IWSC Filipe Albuquerque Checkered Flag Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The Acura ARX-05 of Wayne Taylor Racing was quick throughout the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  However, it was pit strategy that put WTR at the front when it counted Sunday.  The team, which had a seven-lap fuel advantage on their competitors, was able to do a short fill of his fuel tank on his final …

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Renger van der Zande Quickest in WeatherTech Thursday Rolex 24 Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Renger van der Zande Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Thursday (Jan. 28) saw IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams practice for more than four hours in preparation for Saturday’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  After all of that time, Chip Ganassi Racing’s Renger van der Zande was quickest in two of the three sessions.  His quickest lap of the day at 136.129 mph was set during …

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Ganassi Tabs Kevin Magnussen, Renger van der Zande as Cadillac Drivers

2016 Daytona IWSC Andy Priaulx Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Chip Ganassi Racing announced Thursday (Dec. 3) that Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande will drive the team’s new Cadillac DPi-V.R. full-time in the 2021 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. “If you are in professional racing anywhere in the world, you know the name Chip Ganassi and what it represents in motorsports,” Magnussen said in …

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Renger van der Zande Quickest in 12 Hours of Sebring Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Renger van der Zande Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Thursday (Nov. 12) at Sebring International Raceway with a lap at 125.272 mph. Practice No. 1 In the morning practice, Acura Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves was fastest overall with a lap at 123.116 mph in his Acura ARX-05.  Castroneves’ …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins Motul Petit Le Mans After Leaders Collide

2020 Road Atlanta IWSC Renger van der Zande Scott Dixon Ryan Briscoe Champagne Spray Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans Saturday night (Oct. 17) was set to come down to a duel between Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani and Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor. The two traded the overall lead multiple times in the final hour, whilst dodging lapped traffic. With 11 minutes to go, Taylor made the move …

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Pipo Derani Fastest in Sebring WeatherTech Practice

2020 Sebring IWSC Felipe Nasr Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice ahead of Saturday evening’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring.  Derani’s lap in the final session at 125.902 mph is roughly a full mph slower than the best laps turned in last year. Practice No. 1 The start of the first practice …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Defends Rolex 24 Victory, Sets Distance Record

2020 Daytona IWSC Kamui Kobayashi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Mazda Team Joest may have had the fastest car for much of the race, but they were not perfect.  Neither was Wayne Taylor Racing.  They were able to come to the front during the overnight hours.  When the Mazdas began to fall off, the Konica Minolta-sponsored Cadillac pulled away.  When the clock struck 1:40 p.m., …

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Joao Barbosa, Filipe Albuquerque Successfully Defend IMSA Long Beach Victory

2019 Long Beach IWSC Filipe Albuquerque Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Saturday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach was a rough and tumble affair.  Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa and Filipe Albuquerque were able to avoid the issues and hold off a late Acura Team Penske to win at Long Beach for the second year in a row. “The car was really, really …

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