Race Weekend Central

Action Express Racing Fastest on Opening Day at Sebring

2016 Daytona Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, fairly hot weather greeted the 49 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams entered in Saturday’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring as practice got underway.  Temperatures nearly 90 degrees curbed lap times to a certain extent.  In the morning and at night, it was possible to put down some good times, though. In the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Shows Slight Improvement, While ESPN Tries to De-emphasize St. Pete

2016 Phoenix I Cup Denny Hamlin Pack Racing Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Greetings, everyone.  Did you like Sunday’s finish in Phoenix?  It was a good one.  I thought Kevin Harvick was a sitting duck, but he managed to pull it out just in time. Last weekend saw two races in Phoenix, plus the season opener in St. Petersburg for the Verizon IndyCar Series. Good Sam 500k On …

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Will Power Out of INDYCAR Season Opener, Oriol Servia to Sub

2014 Indycar Auto Club Will Power Relieved Credit Huston Ladner

(Credit: Huston Ladner)

On Sunday morning, Team Penske announced that Will Power will sit out today’s Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the season opener for the Verizon IndyCar Series.  According to a previous press release, Power has been suffering from nausea.  In addition, the Associated Press’ Jenna Fryer tweeted that Power came to St. Petersburg already feeling under the weather. …

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Change Racing Expands to Two Cars at Sebring

2016 Daytona Iwsc Townsend Bell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Recently, O’Gara Motorsport closed their doors after the Rolex 24.  The team explained at the time that external business issues for team owner Tom O’Gara, who owns high end car dealerships in Southern California, led to the decision.  That put full-season drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler out on their butts, searching for a new team to …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Spencer Pumpelly a Strong 2016 Ahead

2016 Daytona Iwsc Spencer Pumpelly Car Credit Austin Gager

(Photo: Austin Gager)

Spencer Pumpelly, has had a pretty steady career in sports cars over the past decade and a half.  He’s been very competitive in nearly everything that he’s driven and claimed multiple class victories in major events.  That includes two class victories in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, most recently in 2011 for TRG. Pumpelly usually does …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Coverage Clouds Impact of New Package

2016 Las Vegas Cup Brad Keselowski Big Wrench John Harrelaon Nkp

(Photo: John Harrelson/NKP)

Last weekend in Las Vegas was not necessarily the best, weather-wise;  Michael Waltrip found that out the hard way.  It’s not quite Gene Shalit having a bad hair day on The Critic, but it was pretty bad.  Regardless, we had 700 miles of racing in Las Vegas to cover this week.  Sunday was a big …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: McReynolds Hits the Spot in Atlanta

Welcome back to another edition of Couch Potato Tuesday.  This past weekend, we had some interesting action in Atlanta.  We also, for some reason, had a guy in a bear suit make FOX NASCAR Sunday.  More on that later. Folds of Honor QuikTrip 500 Sunday brought the Sprint Cup Series back to Atlanta Motor Speedway …

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Off the Wall With: Ashley Freiberg

On the spot this week: IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship rookie Ashley Freiberg, who will be splitting her time in 2016 between Turner Motorsport’s No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 in the GT-Daytona class and Starworks Motorsport’s No. 88 in the Prototype Challenge class. What’s fun for you besides [car] racing? Cyclocross racing. It’s an off-road race …

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Lamborghini Teams Hit With Post-Rolex 24 Penalties

A couple of hours after the finish of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, IMSA announced that the engines from all five Lamborghini Huracan GT3’s in the field would be taken back for testing.  The inspection came after the Huracans consistently posted faster lap times than any of the other GT3 cars in the …

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FOX Shows Surprises, Deficiencies as Speedweeks Wraps Up

Speedweeks is now complete.  The stomach churning can cease for a couple of months until Talladega.  Regardless, we now have three season openers to look back at.  The goal is simple. Daytona 500 Sunday brought the pomp and circumstance directly to FOX.  500 miles of action with a bunch of celebrities.  Wyclef Jean was in …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Ashley Freiberg on Moving Up & a Split Schedule

24-year old Ashley Freiberg has only been racing in sports cars for a little over two years. However, in that time, she’s impressed a lot of people. In her first career start in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge at Daytona in 2014, she shared the overall victory with Shelby Blackstock after the winning entry …

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