Race Weekend Central

Beyond the Cockpit: Scott Pruett Reflects on His Career & Winemaking

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Sage Karam Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For race fans, Scott Pruett needs no introduction. He has competed at the upper reaches of motorsports for over 30 years. He’s one of only two drivers to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona overall five times. He’s a three-time Trans-Am champion, two-time IMSA GTO champion, and a five-time Rolex Sports Car Series champion. He …

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Pace Laps: A Night to Remember at Daytona and William Byron’s Major Victory

2017 Nascar Monster Energy Cup Series, Daytona

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: A Night to Remember – On nearly any metric, the opening night for NASCAR on NBC in 2017 seemed to be a success. Big crowds, new camera angles, wrecks, three-wide racing, underdog teams racing for the win, an emotional evening for Dale Earnhardt Jr. and NASCAR’s dedication to service men …

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Action Express Snaps WTR Streak, Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday afternoon, the Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen broke Wayne Taylor Racing’s stranglehold on Victory Lane.  Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa took the lead away from JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson in lapped traffic with 10 minutes remaining.  The South African racer continued to haunt Barbosa in the closing laps, but simply could not get …

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KohR Motorsports Wins Watkins Glen CTSC With Last-Lap Pass

2017 Daytona Ctsc Dean Martin Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday’s Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Continental Tire 120 at the Glen was very unusual by anyone’s standards.  Due to three full course yellows and a red flag due to lightning, only 43 laps (146.2 miles) were complete. KohR Motorsports’ Dean Martin had contact in the Esses on the final lap with Automatic Racing’s Al Carter.  Carter …

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Pipo Derani Wins Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen Overall Pole

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

For most of this season, the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been the class of the field.  So far this weekend at Watkins Glen International, that has not been the case.  Tequila Patron ESM’s Pipo Derani claimed the overall pole for Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours at the Glen with a lap of 94.405 seconds (129.654 mph).  The …

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Olivier Pla Quickest in Watkins Glen WeatherTech Rain Practice

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Olivier Pla Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the third practice for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen International, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ Olivier Pla was quickest with a lap of 108.566 seconds (112.742 mph). His lap was nearly 20 seconds slower than the fastest lap of the weekend that Pipo Derani set on Friday. There was a very good reason why the …

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Pipo Derani Leads Tequila Patron ESM 1-2 in 2nd Glen Practice

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Ryan Dalziel Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the second practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen, the black and neon green of Tequila Patron ESM reigned supreme.  Pipo Derani turned in a lap of 94.696 seconds (129.256 mph) to top the charts.  It is the fastest lap of the entire weekend to this point. Afterwards, Derani stated that …

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Stephen Simpson Fastest in Opening Watkins Glen WeatherTech Practice

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Chris Miller Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday morning, JDC/Miller MotorSports’ Stephen Simpson was fastest overall in opening IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice at Watkins Glen International.  Simpson’s ORECA 07-Gibson toured the 3.4-mile long course in 95.491 seconds (128.180 mph).  The lap was just four-hundredths of a second quicker than Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel. Action Express Racing’s Joao Barbosa was third …

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Paul Holton Wins Pole for Continental Tire 120 at the Glen

2017 Daytona Ctsc Matt Plumb Car Credit Sideline Sports Photography

(Photo: Sideline Sports Photography)

On Friday afternoon, C360R’s Paul Holton got only one hot lap in a shortened qualifying session.  That was all that was necessary. Holton’s one-lap at speed turned out to be the fastest CTSC lap of the whole weekend, at 117.578 seconds (104.101 mph), more than enough for the overall pole.  Afterwards, Holton downplayed his advantage …

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Guy Cosmo Fastest in Watkins Glen CTSC Practice No. 2

2017 Daytona Ctsc Ted Giovanis Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams ventured onto the 3.4-mile circuit for 45 minutes of practice.  Once the session ended, it was TeamTGM’s Guy Cosmo that was on top. Afterwards, Cosmo talked about the overall performance of his Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. “Everything’s going really good so far,” Cosmo told Frontstretch in …

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Matt Plumb Fastest in Opening Watkins Glen CTSC Practice

2017 Daytona Ctsc Matt Plumb Car Credit Sideline Sports Photography

(Photo: Sideline Sports Photography)

On Thursday afternoon, IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams took to Watkins Glen International’s 3.4-mile long course for opening practice.  C360R’s Matt Plumb was fastest overall in his McLaren 570S GT4 with a lap of 118.139 seconds (103.607 mph). Plumb credits his pace out of the box to testing.  However, he’s not resting on any …

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Entry List: Continental Tire 120 at the Glen

2016 Watkins Glen Ctsc Owen Trinkler Car Credit Phil Allaway

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For the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, there are 36 cars entered in Saturday’s Continental Tire 120 at the Glen.  The Grand Sport class is flat with the entry at Circuit of the Americas in early May.  A couple of teams took some hard hits (most notably CJ Wilson Racing’s No. 35 Porsche), but everyone …

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