Race Weekend Central

Couch Potato Tuesday: Daniel Suarez Debuts in the Booth, FOX Overhypes 2012 Fracas

Erik Jones, Christopher Bell and Kyle Larson compete in the NASCAR Cup Series race at Phoenix Raceway March 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Phoenix is an interesting place. NASCAR seems to be placing outsized importance on the tri-oval these days, knowing that the track will host the season finale in November. It just doesn’t make sense to have it there, especially since the banquet is no longer in Las Vegas. The past couple of weeks have seen a …

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Team Hardpoint/EBM Expands To 2 Full-Time Entries

Katherine Legge racing in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, 1/31/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Team Hardpoint/EBM announced Monday (March 8) that they will be expanding their operation to two Porsche 911 GT3 Rs, effective immediately.  Katherine Legge and Christina Nielsen will now be full-time in the No. 88 Porsche in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona class.  Sponsorship will be provided by Richard Mille, a Swiss manufacturer of …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Las Vegas Had Good Racing, Chaotic Commentary at Times

Brad Keselowski, Kyle Larson and Joey Logano race 3-wide at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, March 2021 Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Las Vegas Motor Speedway marked the first 1.5-mile tri-oval of the season. I was concerned that we wouldn’t get a good race on Sunday. That fear was unfounded. The race was very competitive and interesting to watch. Before we get going, FOX Sports officially revealed their analyst schedule for their Xfinity and Camping World Truck …

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NOLAsport Scores Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Weekend Sweep In Sonoma

Jason Hart testing at Daytona in January, 2019. (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Ever since the current generation of the Porsche Cayman GT4 MR was released at the beginning of 2019, NOLAsport has effectively been the team to beat in Pirelli GT4 America SprintX competition.  Sonoma was more of the same as Matt Travis and Jason Hart won both races over the weekend at Sonoma Raceway. In addition, …

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George Kurtz Claims Inaugural GT America Weekend Sweep

George Kurtz practicing at Sonoma Raceway, 3/5/2021 (Photo: DXDT Racing/Jamey Price Photo)

(Photo: DXDT Racing/Jamey Price Photo)

Sonoma Raceway hosted the first-ever GT America powered by AWS race weekend this past weekend.  The series, which is a merger of the former Pirelli GT4 America Sprint and GT Sports Club America series, has GT2, GT3 and GT4 cars racing in 40-minute sprint races with amateur drivers only.  DXDT Racing’s George Kurtz walked away …

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Andrea Caldarelli, Jordan Pepper Dominate Fanatec GT World Challenge America Season Opener

Andrea Caladarelli and Jordan Pepper in Victory Lane at Sonoma Raceway after Round 1 of Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS at Sonoma Raceway (Photo: K-PAX Racing)

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

K-PAX Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper were never seriously challenged Saturday afternoon (March 6) at Sonoma Raceway.  The duo effectively led flag-to-flag, only giving up the lead briefly to make their mandatory pit stop en route to victory in the first round of Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS at Sonoma Raceway. …

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IMSA Postpones VIR, Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Weekends to Avoid Le Mans Clash

2020 Road Atlanta Iwsc Pipo Derani Car Courtesy Of Imsa

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Earlier on Thursday (March 4), the Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) postponed the 24 Hours of Le Mans from June 12-13 to Aug. 21-22 in order to increase the possibility of having fans at the race.  Naturally, such a big move results in a series of changes outside of the World Endurance Championship. The ACO’s move …

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24 Hours of Le Mans Postponed To August

2020 Le Mans Wec Kazuki Nakajima Car Harry Parvin Adrenal Media

(Photo: Harry Parvin@AdrenalMedia.com)

The Automobile Club d’Ouest (ACO) announced Thursday (March 4) that the 24 Hours of Le Mans, originally scheduled for June 12-13, has been postponed to the weekend of Aug. 21-22.  The move has been made in part because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The FIA World Endurance Championship (WEC)’s press release indicates that they could have …

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SRO America Calls Off CTMP Round Due to COVID-19

2019 Ctmp Bgtwca Alvaro Parente Maxime Soulet Racing K Pax Racing

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

SRO America announced Tuesday (March 2) that the Fanatec GT World Challenge America powered by AWS races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, scheduled for May 22-23, have been scrubbed for 2021.  This move is due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ongoing restrictions on movement. “We are extremely disappointed that we aren’t able to share our …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Aric Almirola, Kurt Busch Work Well Together for FOX Sports at Homestead

NASCAR Cup Series action in the 2021 Dixie Vodka 400 at Homestead-Miami Speedway Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Homestead is a very interesting place. For many years, it served as NASCAR’s season finale weekend. It’s an intriguing venue with many different lines for drivers. However, NASCAR decided to go in a different direction and move the season finale to Phoenix. For 2021, Homestead was supposed to be the second week of the season, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: I Missed So Much in Daytona

Denny Hamlin leads the pack during the 2021 O'Reilly Auto Parts 253 at Daytona Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

A second straight weekend in Daytona Beach was not originally on the schedule, but the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic necessitated it. With that, you ended up with a tripleheader weekend on Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Compared to last year, these races were ridiculous. The most looney of all was Friday night’s Truck race. I’ll be …

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