Race Weekend Central

Àlvaro Parente Goes Flag-to-Flag to Win Mid-Ohio GT Race No. 1

2017 Long Beach Pwc Alvaro Parente Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, K-PAX Racing’s Àlvaro Parente led comfortably flag-to-flag from the pole to win the first GT/GTA/GT Cup race at Mid-Ohio. Parente was able to open up a decent gap on the field and was not seriously threatened during the 50 minute race. Afterwards, Parente could not have been happier with his race. “It was …

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Lawson Aschenbach Wins Caution-Strewn GTS Race No. 1 at Mid-Ohio

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday morning, Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach was able to get the drop on PMG’s Harry Gottsacker on the start of the race to take the lead.  From there, no one could touch the veteran campaigner as Aschenbach took the first-ever win for the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in Pirelli World Challenge. Afterwards, Aschenbach was …

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Àlvaro Parente Claims PWC Pole at Mid-Ohio

2017 St. Petersburg Pwc Alvaro Parente K Pax Racing

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

On Friday afternoon, K-PAX Racing’s Àlvaro Parente claimed the overall pole for the first Pirelli World Challenge GT race of the weekend at Mid-Ohio.  Parente posted a time of 79.748 seconds (101.931 mph) on his final lap of the session to snatch pole away from Cadillac Racing’s Michael Cooper. Afterwards, Parente was pleased, but knew that …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Porsche for Road America

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Leh Keen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, WeatherTech Racing announced that they will switch from the Mercedes-AMG GT3 to their trusty Porsche 911 GT3 R for next week’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  The reason for such a move in the middle of the season? Balance of Performance. “The Mercedes-AMG GT3 is a great car,” driver …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Expand to Two Cars in 2018

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Chris Miller Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday, Minneapolis-based JDC/Miller MotorSports announced that they will field two full-time entries in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype class in 2018.  Recently, the team purchased a new ORECA 07 chassis and will take delivery of the new car in the fall.  Like the current No. 85, the new car will be a global …

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Porsche Announces WEC Pullout at End of 2017

2017 Nürburgring Wec Earl Bamber Car Marcel Langer Adrenal Media

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On Friday, Porsche officially announced that they will pull out of the FIA World Endurance Championship’s LMP1 class at the end of the 2017 season.  The announcement was buried in an announcement of Porsche’s entry in Formula E in 2019.  The current Porsche LMP Team will operate the new Formula E team. Despite the LMP1 …

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Entry List: Pirelli World Challenge at Mid-Ohio

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Spencer Pumpelly Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, Pirelli World Challenge’s GT, GTA, GT Cup, GTS and GTSA classes will take on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the undercard of the Verizon IndyCar Series’ Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio.  42 entries have been filed. In GT, there are a couple of changes of note.  Pierre Kaffer is not in Magnus …

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Visit Florida Racing Acquires Ligier JS P217 Chassis, Will Debut at Road America

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Renger Van Der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

See this car?  You will not be seeing it on-track any longer.  On Tuesday, Onroak Automotive announced that Visit Florida Racing has acquired a new Ligier JS P217 chassis from the French manufacturer.  The plan is for Visit Florida Racing to debut their new Ligier at Road America. Visit Florida Racing owner Troy Flis is …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chooses NASCAR On NBC

2017 Indianapolis Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

(Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP)

Last week was nothing short of a doozy.  You had a Cup race that took more than six hours to run due to rain and wrecks.  An XFINITY race that featured a fair amount of passing, but was run at too slow of a pace for my taste.  You also had a wreckfest on the …

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Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner Claim First Win for New Porsche 911 RSR

2017 Lime Rock Iwsc Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, pit strategy was the name of the game in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.  Porsche GT Team’s two 911 RSRs stopped with 62 minutes to go for their final stops of the race.  That is approximately 12 minutes more than what a usual stint is …

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Matt Bell, Robin Liddell Claim Second Consecutive CTSC Victory

2017 Lime Rock Ctsc Robin Liddell Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

At Lime Rock Park on Saturday morning, Stevenson Motorsports’ Matt Bell and Robin Liddell used excellent pace and superior pit strategy to open up a lead of 31 seconds over the rest of the pack.  Cautions cut that lead down, but Bell and Liddell were able to keep the No. 57 Camaro up front to …

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DragonSpeed’s Nicolas Lapierre Quickest in ELMS Austria Practice No. 1

2017 Silverstone Elms

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On Friday morning, DragonSpeed’s Nicolas Lapierre was fastest overall in the first practice session at the Red Bull Ring for the European Le Mans Series.  Lapierre’s lap of 80.588 seconds (119.854 mph) was two-sevenths of a second faster than Nicolas Minassian in the DragonSpeed-run G-Drive Racing No. 22.  Minassian is driving in relief of Ryo …

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