Race Weekend Central

Rodrigo Baptista Claims First PWC GTS Victory at Lime Rock

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Rodrigo Baptista Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Flying Lizard Motorsports’ Rodrigo Baptista took advantage of lapped traffic to get past Team Panoz Racing’s Ian James.  From there, Baptista held off a series of charges from James to claim his first career GTS victory by a mere .176 of a second. Afterwards, Baptista was quite pleased in the post-race press …

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Wright Motorsports Claims Lime Rock Sprint-X Victory

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Patrick Long Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Wright Motorsports’ No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R shared by Patrick Long and Marc Lieb led flag-to-flag to win Race No. 1 of the Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park for the Sprint-X class.  In addition, the No. 16 Porsche of Michael Schein and Jan Heylen won the Pro-Am division, allowing for …

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Elivan Goulart Claims Maiden TC Victory at Lime Rock Park

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Elivan Goulart Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In Pirelli World Challenge, Elivan Goulart is known as a standout in the TCA class.  He’s a tough out in a Mazda MX-5.  Two weeks ago, an opportunity arose to drive KRUGSPEED’s No. 70 Lotus Exige for the TC races at Lime Rock.  The Shelton, Conn. native qualified third, then took advantage of a bad …

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Patrick Long Wins PWC Lime Rock Sprint-X Pole

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Patrick Long Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The changeable weather conditions at Lime Rock Park shifted toward the wet side when the Sprint-X teams were scheduled to qualify on Friday.  A heavy mist forced teams to switch to rain tires in the time leading up to the session. The best times changed continuously through the short session, but Patrick Long ended up …

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Paul Holton, Elivan Goulart Win Lime Rock TC Poles

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Paul Holton Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

C360R’s Paul Holton dealt with the misty conditions on Friday morning to claim the TC class pole for Race No. 1 in his Audi RS3 LMS Club Spot.  Holton’s lap of 56.099 seconds (98.184 mph) was more than a full second faster than the class qualifying record from last year. Holton’s lap was a full …

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Entry Lists: Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Johnny O'connell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

The entry lists are out for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park, and it is quite massive.  As of the last update, 109 entries have been submitted.  As is the norm for Sprint-X weekends, some of the teams are competing in both Sprint-X races and the GTS sprint races. The …

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Magnus Announces Dane Cameron, Andrew Davis as Lime Rock Subs

2017 Long Beach Pwc Pierre Kaffer Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, Magnus Racing announced that Dane Cameron and Andrew Davis have joined the team for this weekend’s Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Lime Rock Park.  The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship regulars will replace Pierre Kaffer and Marco Seefried.  Both drivers will be racing in the Zurich 24 Hours Nürburgring this weekend in Germany. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Struggles to Find All-Star Feel

2017 Charlotte All Star Cup Kevin Harvick Kyle Busch Pack Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Last weekend, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup and Camping World Truck Series descended onto Charlotte Motor Speedway for the annual All-Star festivities.  New gimmicks were in play and they did next to nothing to change the action.  More on that a little later. Before we get into the races themselves, I have to talk about …

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Patrick Long Wins Pole for CTMP Sprint-X Race No. 1

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Patrick Long Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon, Patrick Long was not the fastest man on track at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. However, he was the fastest man to keep his car straight. Long turned in a lap of 75.221 seconds (117.685 mph) around the 2.459-mile road course to qualify second fastest for the CTMP Sprint-X Race.  Only R. Ferri Motorsports’ …

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GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Adds Wolf Henzler for Sprint-X Program

2017 Long Beach Pwc Jon Fogarty Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing announced that Porsche factory racer Wolf Henzler will join regular driver Jon Fogarty in the No. 99 GAINSCO “Red Dragon” Porsche 911 GT3 R for two Sprint-X races later this season.  The team is primarily focusing on the GT sprint races.  However, the team will compete in the Sprint-X races …

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Entry Lists: Pirelli World Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Patrick Long Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, all of Pirelli World Challenge’s various classes will descend upon Canadian Tire Motorsports Park (CTMP) near Clarington, Ont. for a full weekend of racing.  There will be six races (three each on Saturday and Sunday) to whet the appetites of race fans.  As of right now, 102 teams are entered in the various …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Gives Aric Almirola Wreck Proper Respect

2017 Kansas I Cup Matt Kenseth Pack Racing Russell Labounty Nkp

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Ah yes, the classic wreckfest.  Ever since Kansas Speedway was reconfigured in 2012, wrecking has been a regular presence.  This weekend, both races had more than their share of wrecking. Go Bowling 400 Obviously, the biggest story to come out of Saturday night was the huge crash involving Aric Almirola, Joey Logano and Danica Patrick …

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