Race Weekend Central

Olivier Pla Puts Michael Shank Racing on Petit Le Mans Pole

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All weekend long, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Ligier JS P2-HPD has been the class of the field.  The No. 60 had been on the top of the timesheets for all four practice sessions.  Qualifying changed absolutely nothing. Prototype: Ricky Taylor set the early pace while trying to get the tires up to temperature, but …

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Multimatic Motorsports, Rennsport One Win Road Atlanta 150, Titles

2016 Road Atlanta Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Friday saw the IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge hold their season finale at Road Atlanta.  The Grand Sport championship was effectively a foregone conclusion as all Multimatic Motorsports teammates Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson had to do was complete the minimum drive time.  Once that was done, it was well and truly on. Grand Sport Maxwell …

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IMSA Points Breakdown

This week, ten IMSA championships will be decided at Road Atlanta.  We’re going to break down what the scenarios are.  Some are easier said than done.  Of note, IMSA drivers can earn a maximum of 36 points in a race for a victory.  Second is worth 33 points, then 31 for third.  Fourth gets 29, …

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Michael Shank Racing Completes Practice Sweep at Road Atlanta

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Once the sun set at Road Atlanta on Thursday evening, it was time for the lights to come on and for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to press their luck on the 2.54-mile road course in the dark.  Ok, it wasn’t completely dark as some of the corners have floodlights, but it was still pretty …

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Scott Maxwell Wins Road Atlanta 150 Pole in Wild Session

2016 Lime Rock Ctsc Scott Maxwell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams took to the track for two 15-minute qualifying sessions to set the field for Friday’s Road Atlanta 150.  However, the sessions ended up being a free-for-all. In Grand Sport, teams have to contend with tires that drop fairly quickly.  As a result, drivers nominated to …

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Michael Shank Racing Takes First 2 Road Atlanta IWSC Sessions

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At Road Atlanta, there are three practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship scheduled for Thursday.  The third of those sessions is a night practice scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  The first two are during the day.  One team managed to top the charts in both daytime sessions. That team was Michael Shank …

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Hindman, Foss Continue Dominance in CTSC Road Atlanta Happy Hour

2016 Road Atlanta Ctsc Eric Foss Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday morning brought cooler temperatures and lower humidity to Road Atlanta as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge held their final practice session of the weekend.  However, the change in climatic conditions did not change the overall scope of things. Once again, everyone went out as soon as the green flag flew to try to …

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Trent Hindman Fastest in Opening Road Atlanta CTSC Practice

2016 Road Atlanta Ctsc Trent Hindman Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday afternoon, the 36 teams entered in Friday’s IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Road Atlanta 150 took to the 2.54-mile road course known as Road Atlanta for their opening practice session.  Temperatures were in the mid-80’s and the humidity was a bit up there.  As a result, teams had to deal with a somewhat …

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Entry List: 2016 Road Atlanta 150

2016 Lime Rock Ctsc Chad Mccumbee Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Recently, IMSA released the entry for Friday’s Road Atlanta 150, the season finale for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  36 cars are currently entered (ten in Grand Sport, 26 in Street Tuner). In Grand Sport, Automatic Racing has only entered their No. 09 entry.  This is a change since the team’s No. 99 Aston …

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Entry List: 2016 Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Recently, IMSA released the official entry list for Saturday’s 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Note: This resort/presenting sponsor is located in Cherokee, N.C., approximately 119 miles away from the track).  Officially, 41 cars are listed.  However, 37 will show up. With Saturday’s race being ten hours in length, the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Round of 16 Can Hurt Race Broadcasts

2016 Chicago Cwts John Hunter Nemechek Matt Crafton Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade / NKP)

Last weekend in NASCAR was fairly interesting out on New Hampshire Motor Speedway.  For the most part, the Room of Doom didn’t play that much of a role (unless your name was John Hunter Nemechek). The Sprint Cup and Camping World Truck series were both in action at New Hampshire, and we saw two different …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Field ORECA 07 Full-Time in 2017

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Misha Goikhberg Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, JDC/Miller MotorSports, which currently fields the No. 85 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge’s Prototype Challenge class, announced that they are moving up to the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class full-time in 2017.  The mount of choice for the team is the ORECA 07 chassis, paired up with the Gibson engine.  The …

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