Race Weekend Central

Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Confirms 3 Entries for Sebring

2017 Daytona Iwsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing announced that they will be fielding three Ford GT’s in the GTLM class in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on Mar. 18.  Joining the two full-time entries will be the No. 68, which will again be piloted by Billy Johnson, Stefan Mücke and Olivier Pla. Team …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Deals with New Rules, Constant Wrecking

2017 Daytona I Nxs Airplane Russell Labounty Nkp

Photo: Russell LaBounty/NKP

Finally, the season is underway.  Sadly, the three races last weekend ended up being the wreckfests that I feared.  The damaged vehicle policy created a real mess as teams weren’t allowed to fully fix their cars.  As far as I’m concerned, having that policy goes against the whole idea of getting drivers to race harder.  …

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WTR, Corvette Racing, CORE autosport Top Sebring Charts

2017 Daytona Iwsc Colin Braun Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Thursday and Friday, teams from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway for 15 hours of testing ahead of next month’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. For most of the teams, it was their first chance to test out new Balance of Performance guidelines that were designed to bring the …

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James Davison Returns to TRG in Pirelli World Challenge

2015 Lime Rock Tusc Christina Nielsen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Tuesday, The Racers Group (TRG) announced that they will be returning to Pirelli World Challenge’s GT class on a race-to-race basis.  The team has tapped James Davison to drive a Aston Martin Vantage GT3 starting at the season opener next month in St. Petersburg.  The effort will not affect TRG’s existing Porsche effort in …

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Talking NASCAR TV: Dale Earnhardt, Jr. Takes Center Stage For FOX

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Welcome back to Couch Potato Tuesday (also known as Talking NASCAR TV).  I’m back for my ninth year of TV commentary, suggestions, complaints and more.  It should be a fairly interesting year, although there will be several changes in the personalities that you’ll see.  This week already showed off plenty of them. First off, reporter and NASCAR …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Marks on Mid-Ohio Triumph, Turner Return

2017 Daytona Iwsc Justin Marks Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Justin Marks has had an up-and-down career in motorsports.  In NASCAR, Marks has two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, 30 in the XFINITY Series and 37 in the Camping World Truck Series.  Success has been fleeting.  He has two poles and four top-10 finishes in the trucks.  In the XFINITY Series, Marks has …

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Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

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

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced their 2017 Pirelli World Challenge driver lineup.  Their full-time drivers will be unchanged.  Four-time GT class champion Johnny O’Connell will return to the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-VR for his seventh year with the team.  Meanwhile, Michael Cooper will return for his second year in the No. 8.  Cooper’s No. 8 will carry …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Announces Alex Lynn as TPNAEC Third Driver

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday morning, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Alex Lynn will join the team as the third driver for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races at Sebring and Road Atlanta.  Lynn will replace Max Angelelli, who retired from driving after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  Regular drivers Jordan and Ricky …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Rolex 24 Victory Despite Late Contact

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In recent years, 24 hour endurance races have turned into sprint races.  Much of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not a sprint, but a test of endurance and traction.  Over half of the race was run in the rain.  However, once the track finally dried out, the action came to …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: The Rain Reigns Supreme

2017 Daytona Iwsc Jeff Segal Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, the rains arrived at Daytona International Speedway during the sixth hour of the race.  It has not stopped raining ever since.  At first, it was a light rain that gave teams the choice as to what to do.  Then, the precipitation kicked it up a notch. During the overnight hours, the rain came …

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2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona 6 Hour Update

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Through one-quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it has been all Cadillac, all the time.  The three Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been fast all weekend, but they appear to have kicked it up a notch for the race. All three of the Cadillacs have turned laps faster than Joao Barbosa‘s overall pole-winning time from Thursday …

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