Race Weekend Central

Rodrigo Baptista Claims Utah GTS Race No. 1 Pole

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Rodrigo Baptista Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Rodrigo Baptista claimed the pole for Saturday’s first Pirelli World Challenge GTS race at Utah Motorsports Campus.  The lap of 118.492 seconds (92.601 mph) is the fastest GTS lap of the weekend to this point.  Baptista’s lap was a mere 0.018 seconds faster than Ian Lacy Racing’s Drew Staveley, the fastest driver …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Administers Whooping on Field to Claim Mid-Ohio Pole

2017 Xfinity Richmond Zach Catanzareti Ryan Blaney Team Penske

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Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in practice Saturday.  He was just getting warmed up.  In the second round of qualifying, Hornish came into his own.  With a track record lap of 83.921 seconds (96.863 mph), Hornish easily won the pole for the Mid-Ohio Challenge. Hornish’s lap was nearly a full second faster than JR Motorsports’ …

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Sam Hornish Jr. Quickest in Sole XFINITY Mid-Ohio Practice

Nascar Xfinity Series American Ethanol E15 250 Presented By Enogen Iowa Speedway, Newton, Ia Usa Saturday 24 June 2017 Sam Hornish Jr, Discount Tire Ford Mustang World Copyright: Brett Moist Nkp

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On Saturday morning, Team Penske’s Sam Hornish Jr. was fastest in the sole practice session for the Mid-Ohio Challenge at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Friday was originally scheduled to have two practice sessions, but they were both washed out by heavy rains and a threat of lightning. Hornish’s lap of 85.695 seconds (94.857 mph) was …

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Matt Crafton Wins LTi Printing 200 Pole

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On Saturday morning, ThorSport Racing’s Matt Crafton claimed the pole for the Camping World Truck Series’ LTi Printing 200 at Michigan International Speedway.  Crafton’s second round lap of 39.076 seconds (184.256 mph) was six-hundredths of a second faster than GMS Racing’s Johnny Sauter. Afterwards, Crafton noted just how important the pole really is at Michigan. …

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TR3 Racing Remains on Top in Utah PWC Sprint-X Happy Hour

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Niccolo Schiro Car Phil Allaway

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After Daniel Mancinelli was quickest in the morning, TR3 Racing’s Niccolò Schiro usurped him by turning in the fastest lap of the day in the afternoon.  Schirò’s lap of 108.696 seconds (100.946 mph) was eight-hundredths of a second faster than what Mancinelli could do. Afterwards, Schirò talked about how much he likes Utah Motorsport Campus. …

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Drew Staveley Fastest in PWC GTS Practice at Utah Motorsports Campus

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On Friday, Ian Lacy Racing’s Drew Staveley was fastest in practice for Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS-class at Utah Motorsports Campus.  The Salt Lake City native turned in a lap during the morning session of 119.403 seconds (91.894 mph), which held up all day. On paper, Staveley (who runs in the GTSA sub-class) being quickest is …

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Daniel Mancinelli Fastest in Opening Utah Sprint-X Practice

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In the first practice session for Pirelli World Challenge’s Sprint-X class, TR3 Racing’s Daniel Mancinelli came out on top.  Mancinelli’s lap of 108.770 seconds (100.877 mph) around the 3.0479-mile course was three-tenths of  a second faster than RealTime Racing’s No. 43 Acura for Tom Dyer and Ryan Eversley. Cadillac Racing’s No. 3 for Johnny O’Connell …

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Chevrolet Unveils Camaro ZL1 as New 2018 Cup Car

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On Thursday afternoon, Chevrolet officially unveiled the Camaro ZL1 as their newest Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series car at the Renaissance Center in Detroit.  The Camaro ZL1 replaces the the Australian-built Chevrolet SS, which is no longer being produced. Jim Campbell, General Motors’ vice president of Performance Vehicles and Motorsports, is jazzed to race the Camaro …

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Entry Lists: Pirelli World Challenge at Utah Motorsports Campus

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Yufeng Luo Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, all of Pirelli World Challenge’s classes will be in action at Utah Motorsports Campus near Tooele.  Given the track’s location in a desert environment, you’d expect it to be hot and dry in August.  Forecasts say 90 degrees for highs all weekend, but the monsoon is in effect.  As a result, it is …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR On NBC MVP Coverage Hits and Misses at Watkins Glen

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Races at Watkins Glen are interesting in their way.  Some races come down to nail-biters.  Others are blowouts.  Sunday’s I ♥ NY 355 at the Glen was a nail-biter and the fastest Cup race ever run at Watkins Glen.  But that was not the biggest TV story of the weekend. I ♥ NY 355 at …

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Pipo Derani, Johannes van Overbeek Win Maiden Race for Nissan DPi

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Bruno Senna Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani assumed the lead during the final yellow when JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was forced to pit for emergency service.  From there, Derani was able to pull away to take the first-ever victory for the Ligier-based Nissan DPi. Afterwards, Derani was proud of the team’s accomplishment. “It’s been …

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Dean Martin, Jack Roush Jr. Win Lightning-Shortened Road America 120

2017 Lime Rock Ctsc Jack Roush Jr. Car Phil Allaway

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For KohR Motorsports’ Dean Martin and Jack Roush Jr., they must be quite pleased when the electricity flows through the air.  At Watkins Glen, they claimed their first win of the year in a race hampered by a red flag for lightning and heavy rains.  Sunday was more of the same. The KohR Motorsports No. …

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