Race Weekend Central

Entry List: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120

Sebastian Priaulx racing during the WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca 120, 10/31/2020 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge teams will be back in action Saturday (Sept. 11) at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for two hours of action.  34 teams will do battle on the 2.238-mile road course. In Grand Sport, there are 21 teams entered, down from 24 at Road America.  The biggest change of the weekend is not …

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Entry List: Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship

2019 Laguna Seca Iwsc Jeroen Bleekemolen Earl Bamber Dalton Kellett Racing Courtesy Of Imsa

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action this weekend after a month off at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca for the Hyundai Monterey Sports Car Championship.  26 teams are entered in four classes. In the DPi class, there are the six full-time teams entered.  Cadillacs from Action Express Racing, JDC-Miller MotorSports and Chip Ganassi Racing, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Darlington Brings a Somewhat Normal Cup Broadcast With Extras

Denny Hamlin and Kyle Larson battle in the closing laps of the 2021 Southern 500. (Photo: NKP)

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Darlington Raceway is always an interesting place to watch a NASCAR Cup Series race. Yes, the 2021 Cook Out Southern 500 took over four hours to run, but that’s OK. Sit down and grab some popcorn for the Cup broadcast; the racing here takes a while. It also didn’t seem like there were 11 cautions …

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K-PAX Racing, Turner Motorsport Split Road America GT World Challenge America Victories

Andrea Caldarelli makes way for Jordan Pepper during the mandatory pit stop in Race No. 1 of Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS at Road America, 8/28/2021 (Photo: K-PAX Racing)

(Photo: K-PAX Racing)

Last weekend saw Fanatec GT World Challenge America Powered by AWS return to action at Road America for the first time in nearly three months.  K-PAX Racing’s Andrea Caldarelli and Jordan Pepper won Race No. 1 on Saturday (Aug. 28), while Turner Motorsport’s Michael Dinan and Robby Foley won on Sunday (Aug. 29) Race No. …

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Cadillac Officially Throws Its Hat Into LMDh

Felipe Nasr late in the WeatherTech 240 at the Glen, 7/2/2021 (Photo: Phil Allaway)

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

General Motors announced Tuesday (Aug. 25) that they will officially enter the new LMDh class.  They will continue their existing partnership with Dallara (the current DPi-V.R. is pictured above) to construct a new car that will debut in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2023.  Said car will be eligible to compete in both IMSA …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: Gateway a Nightmare for FS1, Michigan Skewed by Finish

Pack racing in the Firekeepers Casino 400 at Michigan International Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

This past weekend was the final split race weekend of the season. The NASCAR Cup and Xfinity Series teams were at Michigan International Speedway. Meanwhile, the Camping World Truck Series shared a bill at World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway with the NTT IndyCar Series. The two venues brought in completely different races. FireKeepers Casino …

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Kamui Kobayashi Wins 24 Hours of Le Mans Pole

Kamui Kobayashi on pit road at Watkins Glen International, 6/26/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi took very little time to assume control in Hyperpole qualifying Thursday (Aug. 19).  On his first lap at speed, Kobayashi set a lap at 149.526 mph to win the overall pole for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans. With everyone in the Hypercar class running on low fuel and …

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Kamui Kobayashi Quickest In Le Mans Early Qualifying

2021 Le Mans Wec Kamui Kobayashi Car Gabi Tomescu Adrenal Media

(Photo: Gabi Tomescu/AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Kamui Kobayashi was fastest overall in the opening round of qualifying Wednesday (Aug. 18) for this weekend’s 24 Hours of Le Mans.  Kobayashi’s lap of 147.801 mph was three seconds faster than any lap set in the opening practice session and more than a second faster than the quickest lap during the …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: The Curbs Ruin NBC’s Day In Indianapolis

Kyle Busch races in the NASCAR Cup Sereies at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, August 2021. Photo: NKP

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

In recent years, races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway have been a mixed affair. The Indianapolis 500 has generally been very competitive in recent years.  I’ve enjoyed the races, recent television coverage from NBC and I think most race fans would agree. For NASCAR, it’s been a downward trajectory since the repave in 2008. The 2008 …

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IMSA Launches Driver Diversity Initiative

2020 Daytona Iwsc Andy Lally Mark Kvamme Racing Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA announced Tuesday (Aug. 10) that they have created the IMSA Diverse Driver Development scholarship program.  The goal is “promote and empower drivers from a variety of backgrounds to participate in IMSA-sanctioned series.” On paper, the goals are similar to NASCAR’s own Drive for Diversity, but it is set up differently.  Candidates are required to …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: A Look at Bob Jenkins’ Legacy

2017 Richmond Ii Nxs Pack Racing Sunset Nigel Kinrade Nkp

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

The original plan for this week’s column was to talk about NBCSN’s broadcast of Sunday’s Go Bowling at the Glen, and reflect on how the MVP coverage worked. I would have talked about how Mike Bagley integrated himself into the telecast from his post in the Esses. Maybe I would have touched upon yesterday’s INDYCAR …

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Action Express Racing Wins At Road America, Claims 2nd Straight Victory

Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani celebrate their victory in the Road Race Showcase at Road America, 8/8/2021 (Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

(Photo: Courtesy of IMSA)

Action Express Racing’s Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr took the lead with a little more than three minutes to go Sunday (Aug. 8) when Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian’s Dane Cameron was forced to pit for a splash of fuel.  From there, Nasr held on to win the Road Race Showcase at Road America. “The …

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