Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: ARCA Return to MAVTV Does Not Go Smoothly

2016 Pocono I Arca Myatt Snider Austin Cindric Anthony Lumbis Sr.

(Photo: Anthony Lumbis Sr.)

As you’re all likely aware by now, most of the major racing series here in the United States were off last weekend for Easter.  While drivers spent the time relaxing, spending time with their families or daydreaming, teams worked on their cars.  What’s a critic who covers race broadcasts to do in that scenario?  Check …

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Toyota Overcomes Pit Strategy to Win 6 Hours of Silverstone

2017 Monza Wec Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Sunday at Silverstone Circuit, Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Sébastien Buemi barged his way past Porsche LMP Team’s Brendon Hartley with 13 minutes to go.  From there, Buemi pulled away from the young Porsche racer to take the overall victory in the season opening 6 Hours of Silverstone. Afterwards, Buemi was overjoyed. “I’m really happy.  It’s …

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United Autosports Wins ELMS 4 Hours of Silverstone

2017 Silverstone Elms

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United Autosports’ Filipe Albuquerque took the overall lead away from G-Drive Racing’s Ryo Hirakawa with two minutes remaining on the clock.  From there, Albuquerque pulled away to take the overall victory in the European Le Mans Series’ season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone by 6.339 seconds.  Teammates Hugo de Sadeleer and William Owen co-drove the winning …

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Toyota Sweeps 6 Hours of Silverstone Front Row

2017 Monza Wec Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Saturday, Toyota GAZOO Racing swept the front row for Sunday’s 6 Hours of Silverstone.  The best laps from Kamui Kobayashi and Mike Conway averaged 97.304 seconds (135.448 mph) to claim overall pole for the No. 7 Toyota.  This lap average was nearly three-tenths of a second faster than Anthony Davidson and Kazuki Nakajima in …

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Ben Hanley Earns Silverstone ELMS Pole for DragonSpeed

2017 Silverstone Elms

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Back in January, DragonSpeed’s Ben Hanley was the fastest driver of all at the Roar Before the 24 in his ORECA 07-Gibson.  Going back to Europe has not diminished his pace at all. On Saturday, Hanley won the overall pole for the European Le Mans Series’ season-opening 4 Hours of Silverstone with a lap of …

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Kazuki Nakajima Fastest in Silverstone Friday Practice

2017 Monza Wec Nicolas Lapierre Car Marius Hecker Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marius Hecker - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Friday, Toyota GAZOO Racing flexed their muscles during the FIA World Endurance Championship’s two practice sessions on Silverstone Circuit’s Arena course.  Kazuki Nakajima turned the fastest lap of the day with a lap of 98.210 seconds (134.198 mph). Free Practice No. 1 Toyota showed their strength early in the day.  The first session saw Sébastien …

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Joey Gase Partners with Sparks Energy for Talladega Double Duty

2017 Daytona Xfinity Zach Catanzareti Joey Gase

(Photo: Zach Catanzareti)

On Wednesday, Joey Gase (who serves as his own PR representation) announced that he will be doing double-duty at Talladega Superspeedway in May.  He will be driving the No. 15 for Premium Motorsports in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series in addition to his normal ride with Jimmy Means Racing.  Both entries will have Sparks …

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Fernando Alonso to Skip Monaco, Compete in Indianapolis 500

fernando alonso (credit: McLaren)

(Photo Credit: McLaren)

In a very surprising announcement Wednesday morning, McLaren announced that Fernando Alonso will enter the Indianapolis 500 in a entry run by Andretti Autosport.  In order to compete at Indianapolis, Alonso will skip the Grand Prix of Monaco. Alonso is overjoyed at the opportunity. “I’m immensely excited that I’ll be racing in this year’s Indy …

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Robert Alon Placed on Probation for Unjustifiable Risk

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Robert Alon Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, IMSA announced that Robert Alon has been placed on probation for the next three races for his racecraft on the final lap of Saturday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.   The penalty stems from a move Alon made for fifth-place in GT Daytona at the hairpin on the final lap. …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Makes Texas Look Good … Early On

2017 Texas I Cup Dale Earnhardt Jr Racing Matthew T Thacker Nkp

(Photo: Matthew T. Thacker/NKP)

Prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series tackled the revamped Texas Motor Speedway.  The race itself turned out to be a little better than everyone thought it would be. Prior to the race starting, Jamie Little conducted a one-on-one interview in the coach lot with Jimmie Johnson. …

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Alvaro Parente Wins Fire Hydrant-Plagued PWC Feature

2017 Long Beach Pwc Alvaro Parente Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

K-PAX Racing’s Alvaro Parente led flag-to-flag Sunday to claim victory in the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA race in Long Beach.  It is the second win of the season for the Portuguese McLaren factory racer and the second in a row for him at Long Beach.  Last year, Cadillac’s Johnny O’Connell actually won the race on-track, but …

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