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CORE autosport’s Romain Dumas Fastest in Glen Friday Practice

2018 Watkins Glen IWSC Romain Dumas Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

CORE autosport’s Romain Dumas, fresh off of setting the all-time record in the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb last weekend, was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Friday (June 29) at Watkins Glen.  Dumas’ best lap, turned in during the final minutes of Practice No. 2, was at an average speed of 130.936 …

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Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor Top WeatherTech Thursday Practices

2018 Daytona IWSC Graham Rahal Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Acura Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Sebring International Raceway.  Taylor’s time in practice No. 2 of 107.841 seconds (124.850 mph).  The lap time was a full one-third of a second faster than the pole time set last year by REBELLION Racing’s Neel Jani. Practice …

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Action Express Overcomes Overheating to Claim Rolex 24 1-2

2018 Daytona IWSC Christian Fittipaldi Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Action Express Racing’s No. 5 Cadillac shared by Filipe Albuquerque, Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi overcame significant overheating issues to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.  For 2018, the Cadillac DPi teams have new 5.5-liter engines, replacing last year’s 6.2-liter units.   Reliability was a question, and in the end, it almost completely …

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Filipe Albuquerque Leads Cadillac 1-2-3-4 in Roar Session No. 1

2017 Daytona IWSC Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last year, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.s were the class of the field in Daytona.  The 2018 Roar Before the 24 started out in a similar fashion.  Action Express Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque was fastest overall in the first session with a lap of 97.266 seconds (131.762 mph).  Pace-wise, Albuquerque’s lap was nearly three-eights of a second slower …

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Ricky Taylor Blasts Track Record, Claims Long Beach Overall Pole

2017 Long Beach IWSC Ricky Taylor Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Despite everything that IMSA officials have done over the past couple of months to slow the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s, the Cadillacs just keep charging.  Friday in Long Beach was just one more example of that as Ricky Taylor blitzed the field to claim the overall pole for Sunday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long …

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Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s US and European Arms Unite for Rolex 24

2016 Daytona IWSC Sebastien Bourdais Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday morning, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that the team’s two divisions (the North American and UK divisions) will join together as one four-car team for January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  The unification has been done for one purpose: To go out and win. Team owner Chip Ganassi has been happy with the Ford …

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Olivier Pla Puts Michael Shank Racing on Petit Le Mans Pole

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Oswaldo Negri Jr. Car Credit Phil Allaway

(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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IMSA Points Breakdown

This week, ten IMSA championships will be decided at Road Atlanta.  We’re going to break down what the scenarios are.  Some are easier said than done.  Of note, IMSA drivers can earn a maximum of 36 points in a race for a victory.  Second is worth 33 points, then 31 for third.  Fourth gets 29, …

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Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday COTA Practices

2016 Watkins Glen IWSC Dane Cameron Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.4-mile course at Circuit of the Americas for what was originally scheduled as two one-hour sessions.  The first session ultimately ended up being extended, though. Session No. 1 No one was able to set a lap in the first session before trouble stuck the No. …

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Colin Braun Claims Northeast Grand Prix Overall Pole

2016 Lime Rock IWSC Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Late Friday afternoon, after a day of hot and humid weather (although, no thunderstorms that were forecasted), the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 1.474-mile circuit at Lime Rock Park for qualifying. Three 15-minute sessions would determine the starting order for Saturday’s race. In the Prototype Challenge class, CORE autosport‘s Colin Braun has …

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