Race Weekend Central

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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Couch Potato Tuesday: NBC Provides Good Bristol, Struggles With Progression

2017 Bristol Ii Nxs Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

For many, many years, Bristol Motor Speedway in August was one of the crown jewels of NASCAR’s schedule.  The introduction of the Chase (now Playoffs) in 2004 has weakened the weekend slightly.  However, it is still a good time to catch some action. Before we get started, NASCAR announced last week that they will be …

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Team Penske, Acura Unveil New 2018 Acura ARX-05

2018 Iwsc Acura Arx 05 Car Acura Motorsports

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On Friday afternoon, Acura Motorsports and Team Penske unveiled the new Acura ARX-05, which will compete full-time in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The ORECA 07-based challenger will debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dave Marek, Acura’s Global Creative Director, is very impressed with how the Acura ARX-05 has come out. “We created a …

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Denny Hamlin Fastest in Bristol Cup Practice No. 1

2017 Cup Richmond Zach Catanzareti Denny Hamlin

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Friday morning, Joe Gibbs Racing’s Denny Hamlin was fastest in the opening Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series practice session at Bristol Motor Speedway.  Hamlin’s lap of 14.848 seconds (129.230 mph) was only one-thousandth of a second faster than teammate Kyle Busch. Hendrick Motorsports’ Kasey Kahne was the fastest Chevrolet in third.  Ryan Blaney was …

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Memo Gidley to Return to Racing at Sonoma

2017 Daytona Iwsc Memo Gidley Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, TKO Motorsports announced that Memo Gidley will make his Pirelli World Challenge GT debut with a new team, TKO Motorsports, at Sonoma Raceway in September.  It will be his first major race since suffering multiple injuries in this terrible crash in the 2014 Rolex 24 Daytona. In the crash, Gidley suffered a broken …

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Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron To Drive for Acura Team Penske

2016 Indycar Juan Pablo Montoya Indycar Media

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On Tuesday afternoon, Team Penske announced the first of their two full-time driver lineups for 2018.  Former Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR and Formula One racer Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the as of yet unnumbered Acura ARX-05.  He will be joined by Dane Cameron, who will make the move to Penske from Action Express Racing. …

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Pipo Derani to Remain at Tequila Patron ESM in 2018

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM announced that they have re-signed Pipo Derani to a new contract that will see him stay with Tequila Patron ESM.  The Brazilian racer will compete full-time for the team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  The move wards off what could have been a bidding war for the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Michigan Brings Adolescence, Middling Coverage From NBCSN

2017 Michigan Ii Cup Kyle Larson Racing Logan Whitton Nkp

(Photo: Logan Whitton/NKP)

Races at Michigan International Speedway can be a mixed bag.  They can be runaways at times.  For fans, whether they enjoy that would ultimately depend on who their favorite driver is.  They can be action-packed affairs that pleasure everyone.  Or, they could be a combination of both.  Last weekend, we got a combination. Pure Michigan …

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Rodrigo Baptista, Ian James Claim Utah GTS Victories

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Ian James Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Rodrigo Baptista earned his third win of 2017 in the first GTS race of the weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus.  The Brazilian rookie led the race flag-to-flag in his No. 3 Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport MR. Baptista was quite pleased with his driving. “It was a really good race and …

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TR3 Racing Holds on to Win Utah Sprint-X Race No. 2

2017 Umc Pwc Daniel Mancinelli Car Wc Vision

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On Sunday afternoon, TR3 Racing’s Daniel Mancinelli and Niccolo Schiró showed that their pace in practice was no fluke.  Schirò took advantage of the pole and drove away from the pack.  A series of cautions kept everyone close, but Mancinelli was able to hold on to give TR3 Racing the overall win in Sprint-X Race …

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RealTime Racing Claims Utah Sprint-X Race No. 1

2017 Long Beach Pwc Peter Kox Michael Schein Cars Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, RealTime Racing’s Peter Kox and Mark Wilkins claimed overall victory in Sprint-X race No. 1 at Utah Motorsports Campus.  It is the first victory in Pirelli World Challenge for the Acura NSX GT3. Wilkins was happy to be able to hold on for the triumph. “I have a love-hate relationship with this …

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Peter Kox Claims Pole for Utah Sprint-X Race No. 1

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Peter Kox Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, RealTime Racing’s Peter Kox claimed his first career Pirelli World Challenge pole at Utah Motorsports Campus.  Kox’s lap of 107.993 seconds (101.603 mph) was four-hundredths of a second faster than TR3 Racing’s Ferrari for Daniel Mancinelli. Patrick Long qualified the No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R in third, followed by Ryan Eversley …

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