Race Weekend Central

Entry List: Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

2019 Long Beach IWSC Filipe Albuquerque Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action this weekend at Belle Isle Park for the first time in nearly a month.  However, only 20 teams are entered in the 100-minute sprint race. Why such a short field?  A number of factors.  One, this race was originally a week earlier.  Moving it back to the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Sonoma Brings Increased Action, Good and Bad Times

Joey Logano leads a pack of NASCAR Cup Series cars at Sonoma Raceway, June 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Back in the mid-1990s, I really looked forward to NASCAR making the yearly haul out to Sonoma Raceway for 300 kilometers around the 2.52-mile road course. I thought that the race was too short at the time. So did Papyrus. When then-Sears Point Raceway was included in the NASCAR Racing Track Pack in 1995 (note: …

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HTP Winward Motorsport Snaps K-PAX’s Streak, Wins At VIR

Russell Ward driving at VIR during the SRO America weekend, 6/6/2021 (Photo: MBUSA/Brian Cleary)

(Photo: MBUSA/Brian Cleary)

HTP Winward Motorsport’s Mikael Grenier and Russell Ward claimed victory Sunday (June 6) in Race No. 2 for Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS at Virginia International Raceway.  It is the first time this year that K-PAX Racing has failed to win. “Just a flawless race from all of us.  I’m super proud …

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Andrea Caldarelli, Jordan Pepper Continue Domination With 4th Win of 2021 at VIR

Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper hold up their trophies after winning Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS Race No. 1 at VIR, 6/5/2021 (Photo: K-PAX Racing)

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

K-PAX Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper led all but five laps to win the first race of the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway Saturday (June 5).  It is their fourth win of the Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS season in five races. “We knew we’d struggle a little bit in the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Memorial Day Spectacular Brings Lukewarm Action, Questionable Decisions

NASCAR Coca-Cola 600 green flag 2021 Charlotte Motor Speedway NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Memorial Day Weekend is a busy time for race teams and for many people. Typical years have big Memorial Day celebrations. A lot of those events have been wiped out because of either the COVID-19 pandemic, or by weather (nothing quite like 48 degrees for a high the day of the Indianapolis 500). For race …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: FOX Sports 1 Handles the Texas Rain While Andy Lally Shines

Kyle Larson leads a pack of cars in the Echopark Texas Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas, May 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

I’ll fully admit that when NASCAR announced that there was going to be a race weekend at Circuit of the Americas this year, I was very intrigued. I wanted to get some kind of a comparison of speed between NASCAR Cup cars and some of the other series that race there.  If you’re wondering, Tyler …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Dover Brings Hendrick Domination That FOX Didn’t Make Better

2021 Cup Dover Aerial Shot (Credit: NKP)

Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography

This year, Dover only gets one crack at NASCAR. When the circus visits the high-banked concrete oval with the oldest racing surface in Cup (the concrete, originally nicknamed “White Lightning,” has been in use since 1995), you never really know what’s going to happen. With the lower downforce package in play, it means that the …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Wins 1st WeatherTech Sprint Race of 2021

Ricky Taylor and Filipe Albuquerque in victory lane after winning the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, 5/16/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Wayne Taylor Racing’s Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor held off a late charge from Action Express Racing Sunday (May 16) to win the Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Presented by the Acura TLX Type S.  It is the team’s second win of the 2021 season. “First of all, I’m extremely happy for Acura and …

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AWA Claims 2nd Victory of 2021 in Mid-Ohio 120

Chris Green and Kuno Wittmer celebrate their victory in the Mid-Ohio 120, 5/15/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Andrew Wojteczko Autosport’s Kuno Wittmer took the lead away from TeamTGM’s Matt Plumb with 15 minutes to go.  From there, he held off a charging Jan Heylen to earn his second win of the year in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Mid-Ohio 120 Saturday (May 15).  Wittmer was teamed with Chris Green for Saturday’s race …

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Harry Tincknell Wins Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Pole

2021 Mid-Ohio IWSC Oliver Jarvis Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Mazda Motorsports’ Harry Tincknell set an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship track record at Mid-Ohio Saturday (May 15) en route to winning the pole for Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio Presented by the Acura TLX Type S.  Tincknell’s lap at 116.081 mph was nearly seven-tenths of a second faster than the previous track record, …

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Dane Cameron, Pipo Derani Top Mid-Ohio WeatherTech Practices

2021 Mid-Ohio IWSC Dane Cameron Car Courtesy of IMSA

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

For the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the two pre-qualifying practice sessions were split into separate days.  Session No. 1 was held Friday afternoon (May 14), while Session No. 2 was early Saturday morning (May 15).  Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Dane Cameron ultimately was fastest with a lap at 114.869 mph. Practice No. 1 In …

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