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IMSA Announces 2019 Series Configuration Changes, Schedules

2018 Watkins Glen Iwsc Stephen Simpson Car Phil Allaway

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At Road America Friday (Aug. 3), IMSA held their annual State of the Series press conference.  As usual, there were a flurry of announcements made. The biggest of those moves is the decision to split the Prototype class starting in 2019.  Starting with January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona, the DPis and Global LMP2 cars will …

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Entry List: Continental Tire Road Race Showcase

2018 Watkins Glen Iwsc Filipe Albuquerque Car Phil Allaway

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This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is back in action with all three of their classes for the first time in nearly a month.  35 teams are entered in Sunday’s sprint race at Road America in Wisconsin. In the Prototype class, there are a couple of changes.  Most notably, Jõao Barbosa is back in …

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Dirk Müller, Joey Hand Win Northeast Grand Prix after Corvette Miscue

2018 Lime Rock Iwsc Joey Hand Car Phil Allaway

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Corvette Racing’s No. 3 team dominated Saturday’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.  However, Jan Magnussen mistimed a pass on Scuderia Corsa’s Gunnar Jeannette in the Diving Turn with 13 minutes to go and slid off-course.  That allowed Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Joey Hand to slip past and pull away to take the …

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Antonio Garcia Shatters Class Record to Win Northeast Grand Prix Pole

2018 Lime Rock Iwsc Antonio Garcia Phil Allaway

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Cool morning temperatures allowed records to fall Saturday (July 21) at Lime Rock Park.  Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia set a record lap of 106.653 mph to claim the overall pole for the Northeast Grand Prix. “It was really, really good,” Garcia told Frontstretch after the session.  “In [the warm-up], I did a low 50[-second lap], …

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Patrick Pilet Fastest Overall in Northeast Grand Prix Practice

2018 Lime Rock Iwsc Nick Tandy Car Phil Allaway

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Porsche GT Team’s Patrick Pilet was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Friday (July 20) at Lime Rock Park.  Pilet’s lap of 105.256 mph is not a class record, but it was significantly quicker than the pack. Practice No. 1 In the morning session, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing IMSA’s Dirk Müller was fastest …

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Entry List: Northeast Grand Prix

2017 Lime Rock Iwsc Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

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This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship travels to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for the first of two GT-only races on the schedule.  As a result, the entry is only 19 cars for this weekend.  It was originally only 18. In the GT Le Mans class, there are no real changes.  The factory programs …

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Tequila Patrón to Leave IMSA at End of 2018

2018 Watkins Glen Iwsc Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

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On Tuesday (July 17), Tequila Patrón announced their brand of tequila will leave sports car racing at the end of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.  The move ends a 13-year relationship with Extreme Speed Motorsports and a 14-year run in motorsports for Patrón Tequila. Patron Tequila first dipped their toes into racing with …

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Meyer Shank Racing Commits No. 86 Acura to Full Season

2018 Watkins Glen Ctsc Katherine Legge Car Phil Allaway

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On Thursday (July 12), Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian officially announced that the team’s second car, the No. 86 Acura NSX GT3, will compete in the remaining five races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar.  Originally, the team was only scheduled to compete in the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races (Daytona, Sebring, …

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Pace Laps: Destruction & Heartbreak in Daytona

#2: Brad Keselowski, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Stars, Stripes, And Lites #22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Team Penske’s Poor Performance Daytona’s Coke Zero Sugar 400 didn’t move the needle on restrictor plate racing. But for those who love it? The race got your heart pumping for the better part of four hours. There was a first-time winner, Erik Jones, who made a thrilling green-white-checkered pass on …

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CORE autosport Claims 1st Overall Prototype Victory at CTMP

2018 Daytona Iwsc Loic Duval Car Phil Allaway

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CORE autosport’s Colin Braun passed Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor for the lead with 12 minutes to go just as Mazda Team Joest’s Harry Tincknell spun into the gravel at Moss Corner.  At first, Braun gave the spot back thinking that he had passed under yellow.  A review indicated that Braun made the pass prior …

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Colin Braun Wins Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix Pole

2018 Watkins Glen Iwsc Colin Braun Phil Allaway

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The speed chart dominance of CORE autosport’s Colin Braun continued on Saturday afternoon.  Braun turned in a lap at 133.490 mph to win the overall pole for Sunday’s Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.  It is the second pole in a row for the racer from Ovalo, Tex. “This car is …

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CORE autosport’s Colin Braun Tops Friday WeatherTech Practice at CTMP

2018 Watkins Glen Iwsc Romain Dumas Car Phil Allaway

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CORE autosport brings lots of momentum to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park this weekend.  After finishing second at Watkins Glen, Colin Braun was fastest overall in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice Friday with a lap of 132.318 mph. Practice No. 1 In the first session, Braun was once again fastest, this time with a lap at …

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