Race Weekend Central

Corvette Racing Benefits from BMW Cut Tires to Win at VIR

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For the vast majority of Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, BMW Team RLL’s No. 25 of Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims dominated the proceedings.  However, a cut tire with 13 minutes to go allowed Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia through to the lead.  Garcia held on to take his and co-driver Jan Magnussen‘s third victory …

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Joey Hand Wins Pole for Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

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On Saturday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams brought out their Saturday best in qualifying for Sunday’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  When the dust cleared, it was Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Joey Hand who walked away with the overall pole. The session was a close one as the times whittled away.  Risi Competizione’s …

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Toni Vilander Fastest in VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 3

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In Saturday morning’s third practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIR, teams turned in the fastest laps of the weekend.  Risi Competizione’s Toni Vilander ended up fastest in the session with a lap of 100.855 seconds (116.722 mph). Vilander was one-sixth of a second faster than Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Dirk Müller …

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Antonio Garcia Tops Wild VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 2

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On Friday afternoon, Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia was fastest overall in the second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session at VIRginia International Raceway.  Garcia’s lap of 101.323 seconds (116.183 mph) was a full second faster than what Tommy Milner turned during the first session. Garcia’s lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than BMW Team RLL’s …

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Tommy Milner Tops Opening VIR WeatherTech Practice

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Corvette Racing’s Tommy Milner was fastest overall in opening practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIRginia International Raceway on Friday.  Milner’s lap of 102.341 seconds (115.027 mph) was a tenth of a second faster than Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s Richard Westbrook. Milner was quite satisfied with his early pace. “It’s certainly a good …

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Entry List: Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

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While Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series teams are relaxing before the 12 week grind to Homestead, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to VIRginia International Raceway for the final GT-only round of the season.  25 cars between the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes. In GT Le Mans, the biggest change of note is …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch Takes the Broom at Bristol & Bad News for Brad Keselowski Racing

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Bristol Win Slips Through Fingers of Erik Jones, Matt Kenseth – As American screenwriter Eric Roth once said: “Our lives are defined by opportunities… even the ones we miss.” Following a blinding qualifying lap Friday afternoon, rookie Erik Jones was in prime position to grab his first career Cup win …

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Team Penske, Acura Unveil New 2018 Acura ARX-05

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On Friday afternoon, Acura Motorsports and Team Penske unveiled the new Acura ARX-05, which will compete full-time in the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  The ORECA 07-based challenger will debut in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. Dave Marek, Acura’s Global Creative Director, is very impressed with how the Acura ARX-05 has come out. “We created a …

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Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron To Drive for Acura Team Penske

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On Tuesday afternoon, Team Penske announced the first of their two full-time driver lineups for 2018.  Former Verizon IndyCar Series, NASCAR and Formula One racer Juan Pablo Montoya will drive the as of yet unnumbered Acura ARX-05.  He will be joined by Dane Cameron, who will make the move to Penske from Action Express Racing. …

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Pipo Derani to Remain at Tequila Patron ESM in 2018

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On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM announced that they have re-signed Pipo Derani to a new contract that will see him stay with Tequila Patron ESM.  The Brazilian racer will compete full-time for the team in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in 2018.  The move wards off what could have been a bidding war for the …

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Ricky Taylor Wins Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Pole

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Phil Allaway

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On Saturday, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Ricky Taylor won the overall pole for Sunday afternoon’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.  It is the fourth pole for the season for the older of the Taylor brothers. Afterwards, Taylor didn’t really talk about his lap all that much.  Instead, he talked a little about his …

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Stephen Simpson Quickest in WeatherTech Road America Practice No. 2

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On Friday afternoon, track conditions continued to improve, allowing teams to run on slicks.  In the second practice session, JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was fastest overall with a lap of 115.057 seconds (126.657 mph).  The lap is approximately a half-second off of last year’s pole time. Simpson’s lap was one tenth of a second faster …

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