Race Weekend Central

Park Place Motorsports Loses 2nd in GTD Due to Drive-Time Violation

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Jörg Bergmeister Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, IMSA held the WeatherTech Night of Champions at the Georgia Aquarium, where the champions were crowned.  However, before trophies could be award, champions feted and even before Vanessa Carlton could perform, IMSA released revised results for Saturday’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort.  Normally, this is just a formality, but …

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Michael Shank Racing Dominates to Win Petit Le Mans

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Olivier Pla Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All week, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s No. 60 had been the class of the field.  Olivier Pla topped three of the four practice sessions.  Teammate Oswaldo Negri, Jr. topped the other one.  Pla put the car on pole a half-second clear of the field. Once the green fell, Pla ran away from the field, …

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Olivier Pla Puts Michael Shank Racing on Petit Le Mans Pole

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

All weekend long, Michael Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian‘s Ligier JS P2-HPD has been the class of the field.  The No. 60 had been on the top of the timesheets for all four practice sessions.  Qualifying changed absolutely nothing. Prototype: Ricky Taylor set the early pace while trying to get the tires up to temperature, but …

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IMSA Points Breakdown

This week, ten IMSA championships will be decided at Road Atlanta.  We’re going to break down what the scenarios are.  Some are easier said than done.  Of note, IMSA drivers can earn a maximum of 36 points in a race for a victory.  Second is worth 33 points, then 31 for third.  Fourth gets 29, …

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Michael Shank Racing Completes Practice Sweep at Road Atlanta

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Once the sun set at Road Atlanta on Thursday evening, it was time for the lights to come on and for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams to press their luck on the 2.54-mile road course in the dark.  Ok, it wasn’t completely dark as some of the corners have floodlights, but it was still pretty …

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Michael Shank Racing Takes First 2 Road Atlanta IWSC Sessions

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At Road Atlanta, there are three practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship scheduled for Thursday.  The third of those sessions is a night practice scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  The first two are during the day.  One team managed to top the charts in both daytime sessions. That team was Michael Shank …

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Entry List: 2016 Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort

Recently, IMSA released the official entry list for Saturday’s 19th Annual Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort (Note: This resort/presenting sponsor is located in Cherokee, N.C., approximately 119 miles away from the track).  Officially, 41 cars are listed.  However, 37 will show up. With Saturday’s race being ten hours in length, the …

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JDC/Miller MotorSports to Field ORECA 07 Full-Time in 2017

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Misha Goikhberg Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, JDC/Miller MotorSports, which currently fields the No. 85 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge’s Prototype Challenge class, announced that they are moving up to the new Daytona Prototype International (DPi) class full-time in 2017.  The mount of choice for the team is the ORECA 07 chassis, paired up with the Gibson engine.  The …

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Tequila Patron ESM to Race 2 DPi Nissans in 2017

On Tuesday, Tequila Patron ESM (also known as Extreme Speed Motorsports) announced that they will be returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship on a full-time basis in the 2017 season.  They will be competing in the new DPi (Daytona Prototype International) class with two Ligier JS P217 chassis with special bodywork and Nissan engines.  …

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Joel Miller Shows Strength, Tops Practice No. 3 at COTA

2016 Watkins Glen Iwsc Joel Miller Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

For Mazda Motorsports, Friday was a day that they’d rather forget.  The No. 55 lost the entire first practice session when the brakes locked up on the pit straight.  Meanwhile, the No. 70 was not all that great during the first session, lapping over two seconds off the pace of the leading Daytona Prototypes. The …

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Action Express Racing Sweeps Thursday COTA Practices

2016 Watkins Glen Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.4-mile course at Circuit of the Americas for what was originally scheduled as two one-hour sessions.  The first session ultimately ended up being extended, though. Session No. 1 No one was able to set a lap in the first session before trouble stuck the No. …

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IMSA Gives the Porsche 911 GT3 R Help with BoP

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Jörg Bergmeister Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, IMSA released two more technical bulletins for the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  These bulletins concern rule changes ahead of the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas.  Unlike the last round at VIRginia International Raceway, there are some substantial changes. As you’ve seen here at Frontstretch, one of the biggest stories in IMSA …

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