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Risi Competizione Unveils 2-Car Rolex 24 Assault

2017 Daytona IWSC Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday afternoon, Risi Competizione made it official that they will field two Ferraris in the Rolex 24 at Daytona later this month.  The team’s GT Le Mans-class No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE will be joined by the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GT3 that will compete in the GT Daytona class. The GTE contender will …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Motul Petit Le Mans Overall Pole

2017 Road Atlanta IWSC Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Team Penske may not have much experience with the current LMP2 formula, but that ultimately didn’t matter on Friday.  Helio Castroneves took the team’s ORECA 07-Gibson on track and laid down the best lap of the weekend to earn the overall pole for Saturday’s Motul Petit Le Mans.  Castroneves’ lap of 71.314 seconds (128.222 mph) …

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Ricky Taylor Wins Overall Pole for America’s Tire 250

2017 Daytona IWSC Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor won the pole for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  Taylor’s lap of 76.853 seconds (104.834 mph) is a track record at the undulating 2.238-mile road course.  It is Taylor’s fifth pole of 2017. Afterwards, Taylor was at a bit …

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Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

2017 Daytona IWSC Toni Vilander Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are relaxing before the 12 week grind to Homestead, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the final GT-only round of the season.  25 cars between the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. In GT Le Mans, the biggest change of note is …

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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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Risi Competizione Returns Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander for 2017

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Toni Vilander Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Risi Competizione announced that Toni Vilander and former Formula One racer Giancarlo Fisichella will return for the full season in the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE.  For Daytona at minimum, Fisichella and Vilander will be joined by James Calado, a regular in the FIA World Endurance Championship for AF Corse.  This is the same …

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Michael Shank Racing Dominates to Win Petit Le Mans

2016 Road Atlanta IWSC Olivier Pla Car Credit Phil Allaway

(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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Joel Miller Shows Strength, Tops Practice No. 3 at COTA

2016 Watkins Glen IWSC Joel Miller Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

For Mazda Motorsports, Friday was a day that they’d rather forget.  The No. 55 lost the entire first practice session when the brakes locked up on the pit straight.  Meanwhile, the No. 70 was not all that great during the first session, lapping over two seconds off the pace of the leading Daytona Prototypes. The …

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Ozz Negri Tops Opening Daytona WeatherTech Practice

2016 Daytona IWSC Ozz Negri Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship were greeted with dreary skies and some fog on Thursday morning as the first timed session of the season kicked into action.  Despite the wet track, there was no precipitation that fell during the session.  The result was rather mixed. Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Oswaldo “Ozz” Negri, …

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