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Scott Pruett to Retire After Rolex 24 at Daytona

On Friday afternoon at Daytona International Speedway, Scott Pruett held a press conference to celebrate his 50 years in motorsports.  During that press conference, he announced that he will retire from racing following the Rolex 24 at Daytona at the end of the month. For the 57-year old Pruett, racing …

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Dane Cameron, Eric Curran Claim Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix Victory

On Sunday afternoon, there were two dominant teams at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.  Tire strategy and a crash prevented them from winning.  Instead, it was Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R. of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran who took the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix overall victory. To Curran, …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Scott Pruett Reflects on His Career & Winemaking

For race fans, Scott Pruett needs no introduction. He has competed at the upper reaches of motorsports for over 30 years. He’s one of only two drivers to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall five times. He’s a three-time Trans-Am champion, two-time IMSA GTO champion, and a five-time Rolex …

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Jordan Taylor Fastest in Crash-Filled IMSA Long Beach Practice

On Friday morning, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach for two hours of practice.  Despite being slowed by Balance of Performance once again, it was one of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s on top of the timesheets.  In the closing seconds of practice, Wayne …

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2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona 6 Hour Update

Through one-quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it has been all Cadillac, all the time.  The three Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been fast all weekend, but they appear to have kicked it up a notch for the race. All three of the Cadillacs have turned laps faster than Joao Barbosa‘s …

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Rolex 24 Update: After 12 Hours

The second quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona saw a number of contenders run into serious difficulties.  The most notable of these instances was when the No. 60 Ligier JS P2-HPD driven by Oswaldo Negri, Jr. blew an engine in the infield while leading overall.  The Michael Shank Racing …

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Who’s Hot/Who’s Not in Sprint Cup: 2008 Save Mart 350K at Sonoma Edition

The Sprint Cup Series' first trip to a road course this season was supposed to provide drivers who typically don't run near the front the opportunity to make a statement. But while drivers like Marcos Ambrose and Ron Fellows appeared to have cars capable of Top 10 finishes, it was the usual frontrunners near the top of the leaderboard by the time the day was over -- including race winner Kyle Busch. Busch got back on track this weekend after two poor finishes, but who else stayed "HOT" this week? And what teams near the bottom of the Top 35 appeared to have a shot this weekend at a road course, but still struggled? Check out this week's edition of Who's Hot / Who's Not in Sprint Cup to find out. *HOT* *Kyle Busch:* Why there was talk about Lil’ Busch struggling on the Cup side, I really don’t understand. Busch proved the critics wrong, winning the first road course race of his young career this weekend and extending his points lead to 103 over Jeff Burton. Busch finished 43rd at Pocono and 13th at Michigan this month, but ran up front in both events before crashing out two weeks ago and coming from the back last week. With all of his focus on the Cup effort now -- Busch abandoned plans to run for the Nationwide and Truck Series titles -- it’s scary to think of what the No. 18 is capable of for the rest of the season.

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Bubble Breakdown: Michael Waltrip Racing Shines While Road Course Ringers Struggle At Sonoma

Road course races can always have a long term effect on the points standings since teams that ordinarily might not run all that well can get good finishes, either by using substitute drivers, or their normal drivers having significant skills on road courses. This set the stage for Sunday’s Toyota/Save Mart 350k at Infineon Raceway. Ahead of the race weekend, DEI tapped Ron Fellows to drive the No. 01 Principal Chevrolet in place of Regan Smith, while Max Papis (originally hired to drive the No. 70) was placed into the Haas Automation No. 66 after that car fell out of the Top 35 in Owners’ points after last weekend’s LifeLock 400. Also, Marcos Ambrose was in the No. 21 for the Wood Brothers for the first of his 12 scheduled Sprint Cup starts this season. In addition, Brian Simo was able to coax the No. 34 for Front Row Motorsports into the field and Boris Said was back as well. Did these teams, along with the other teams in and around the danger zone have any real success on Sunday? Let’s find out.

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Did You Notice? Pruett’s Bumper, A Tale Of Two Juan Pablos, And The Cup/Nationwide Connection

*Did You Notice?* … That in the closing laps of the race in Mexico City, with Scott Pruett’s bumper hanging by a thread, NASCAR refused to throw the black flag on the No. 40? Is it just me, or wasn’t that pretty dangerous? Sure, it’s not Pruett’s fault the bumper got loose; it was because someone else laid the chrome horn. But in virtually any other situation – say, at Bristol – that car would have been on pit road within five laps. As far as I’m concerned, that thing could have fallen off, someone else could have run it over, and that person’s day would have been ruined through no fault of their own. It sucked for Pruett, but he should have been forced to pit; once he wasn’t, that’s a dangerous inconsistency precedent for NASCAR to set. What if someone partially tears a bumper at Talladega this weekend? What will they do then?

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Running Their Mouth: 2008 Corona Mexico 200 at Mexico City

_Each week, we'll go through media reports, interviews, PR, and all our own stuff to find the best quotes from the Sprint Cup race, capturing the story of how the weekend unfolded. It's the most original commentary you'll ever find: the truth, coming straight out of the mouths of the drivers, crew members, and the car owners themselves. This week, here's a sneak peek at what a select few were thinking following the Corona 200 at Autodromos Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City:_ "It's a pretty phenomenal day for these Joe Gibbs Racing guys. They did an awesome job once again. We ran up front a good bit of the race; [Pruett] was just blocking a little bit too much, I believe. Now I understand why he got dumped last year. And if it came down to it, he was going to be again. [But he] smoked the tires, and I was able to get by him." _Kyle Busch, Mexico City winner_

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