Race Weekend Central

James Hinchcliffe Uses Pit Strategy to Claim Comeback Win

2017 Long Beach Indycar James Hinchcliffe Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

James Hinchcliffe took the lead when Scott Dixon pitted under green on lap 54. Shortly afterwards, a full course yellow came out for Alexander Rossi’s blown engine.  From there, Hinchcliffe held on through a late restart to take his first win since his near-fatal injuries at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 2015. Hinchcliffe seemed relieved …

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Simon Pagenaud Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Warm-up

2017 Long Beach Indycar Simon Pagenaud Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Sunday is destined to be a tough day for defending Verizon IndyCar Series champion Simon Pagenaud.  A penalty for impeding traffic in qualifying means that he has to start last.  Luckily, Pagenaud has a fast car.  In the morning warm-up in Long Beach, Pagenaud was quickest with a lap of 66.6497 seconds (106.299 mph). Pagenaud’s …

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Helio Castroneves Wins Long Beach Pole with Track Record

2017 Long Beach Indycar Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Team Penske’s Helio Castroneves won the pole for Sunday’s 43rd Annual Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Castroneves’ lap of 66.2254 seconds (106.980 mph) is a brand-new track record. Afterwards, Castroneves was very pleased with his performance. “[The] car felt pretty good,” Castroneves said during the Firestone Fast Six press conference.  “Especially …

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Taylor Brothers Win Destructive BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Jordan Taylor Victory Lap Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor passed Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel with ten minutes to go.  From there, the Altamonte Springs, Fla. native pulled away to take the overall victory in the BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach.  For the Taylor brothers (Jordan and Ricky), it is their third consecutive …

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Scott Dixon Fastest in INDYCAR Long Beach Final Practice

2017 Long Beach Indycar Scott Dixon Car Phil Allaway

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Scott Dixon continued his great form on Saturday, turning in the best lap of the 45-minute final practice session of the weekend.  However, Dixon topped the charts by the smallest of margins. Dixon’s lap of 67.1348 seconds (105.531 mph) on his final lap of the session was only two-ten thousandths (you read that right) quicker …

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Ricky Taylor Blasts Track Record, Claims Long Beach Overall Pole

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Ricky Taylor Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Despite everything that IMSA officials have done over the past couple of months to slow the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s, the Cadillacs just keep charging.  Friday in Long Beach was just one more example of that as Ricky Taylor blitzed the field to claim the overall pole for Sunday’s BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long …

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Ryan Dalziel Fastest in PWC Long Beach Practice

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Long Beach is the only place on the Pirelli World Challenge schedule where the teams can actually put themselves directly up against the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class and see where they stand.  Both classes race GT3 cars.  The main difference here is the tires.  GT Daytona cars run on Continentals while Pirelli …

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Will Power Fastest in Friday Long Beach INDYCAR Practice

2016 Pocono Indycar Will Power Zach Catanzareti

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On Friday afternoon, Team Penske’s Will Power was fastest overall in the two practice sessions for the Verizon IndyCar Series on the streets of Long Beach.  Power’s best lap of 67.0800 seconds (105.617 mph) in the afternoon session was less than a tenth of a second faster than Helio Castroneves‘ pole time from last year. …

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Jordan Taylor Fastest in Crash-Filled IMSA Long Beach Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach for two hours of practice.  Despite being slowed by Balance of Performance once again, it was one of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s on top of the timesheets.  In the closing seconds of practice, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor turned …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Townsend Bell on a Storied Career

2017 Daytona Iwsc Townsend Bell Car Phil Allaway

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41-year old Townsend Bell has had a varied career in motorsports.  In his mid-20s, Bell was considered an up and coming open-wheel talent, winning the Dayton Indy Lights championship in 2001. That resulted in a multi-race deal with Patrick Racing in CART. Unfortunately, it was a turbulent year for Bell, who showed speed, but tore …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darrell Waltrip Violates Scout Law at Martinsville

2016 Martinsville I Cup Overhead View Nigel Kinrade Nkp

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Martinsville Speedway, oldest track in NASCAR and the one of the slowest.  This weekend, we got a different type of action at Martinsville.  Goodyear, with some help from warmer temperatures, finally came up with something that would lay down rubber on the concrete for what seems like the first time in ever.  As a result, …

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Toyota’s Nicolas Lapierre Fastest Overall in WEC Prologue

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On Sunday, the annual Prologue for the FIA World Endurance Championship wrapped up at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza in Italy.  When the dust settled, it was Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Nicolas Lapierre that was fastest overall.  Lapierre turned in a lap at 90.547 seconds (143.114 mph) in the final session. Saturday night was supposed to see …

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