Race Weekend Central

Pace Laps: Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s Return, Sebring Testing, Austin Theriault Wins and Florida Speedweeks

The Busch Clash at Daytona 2017 Photo: Nigel Kiinrade/Nigel Kinrade Photography

(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Welcome back, Junior – Dale Earnhardt Jr. is officially back. The weekend at Daytona International Speedway saw the two-time Daytona 500 champion have some fun again – so much, in fact, that he looked to actually be enjoying a rain delay for once on Saturday night. While trading stories with Jeff …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Justin Marks on Mid-Ohio Triumph, Turner Return

2017 Daytona Iwsc Justin Marks Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Justin Marks has had an up-and-down career in motorsports.  In NASCAR, Marks has two career Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series starts, 30 in the XFINITY Series and 37 in the Camping World Truck Series.  Success has been fleeting.  He has two poles and four top-10 finishes in the trucks.  In the XFINITY Series, Marks has …

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Cadillac Racing Announces Lineup, Taylor Brothers in for Sprint-X Races

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Johnny O'connell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Monday, Cadillac Racing announced their 2017 Pirelli World Challenge driver lineup.  Their full-time drivers will be unchanged.  Four-time GT class champion Johnny O’Connell will return to the No. 3 Cadillac ATS-VR for his seventh year with the team.  Meanwhile, Michael Cooper will return for his second year in the No. 8.  Cooper’s No. 8 will carry …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Announces Alex Lynn as TPNAEC Third Driver

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday morning, Wayne Taylor Racing announced that Alex Lynn will join the team as the third driver for the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races at Sebring and Road Atlanta.  Lynn will replace Max Angelelli, who retired from driving after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January.  Regular drivers Jordan and Ricky …

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Wayne Taylor Racing Earns Rolex 24 Victory Despite Late Contact

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In recent years, 24 hour endurance races have turned into sprint races.  Much of the 55th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona was not a sprint, but a test of endurance and traction.  Over half of the race was run in the rain.  However, once the track finally dried out, the action came to …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: The Rain Reigns Supreme

2017 Daytona Iwsc Jeff Segal Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, the rains arrived at Daytona International Speedway during the sixth hour of the race.  It has not stopped raining ever since.  At first, it was a light rain that gave teams the choice as to what to do.  Then, the precipitation kicked it up a notch. During the overnight hours, the rain came …

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2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona 6 Hour Update

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Through one-quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it has been all Cadillac, all the time.  The three Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been fast all weekend, but they appear to have kicked it up a notch for the race. All three of the Cadillacs have turned laps faster than Joao Barbosa‘s overall pole-winning time from Thursday …

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Bodymotion Racing Wins BMW Endurance Challenge at Daytona

2017 Daytona Ctsc Trent Hindman Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Friday afternoon saw the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge begin their season with the first of two four-hour races on the schedule.  Dean Martin was the surprise pole sitter for KohR Motorsports, but it was one of the strongest teams from 2016 that took home the spoils. Despite qualifying 15th in class and dropping to …

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Dean Martin Scores Surprise Overall CTSC Pole Position

2017 Daytona Ctsc Dean Martin Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Coming into the Rolex 24 weekend, all eyes were on the new Ford Mustang GT4, unveiled late last year and making its race debut.  In the hands of Multimatic Motorsports’ Jade Buford and Scott Maxwell, the combination was likely to dominate in qualifying.  However, a second horse in the battle appeared just a week before load …

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Max Angelelli Fastest in Night Practice, Jeff Gordon Goes Off-Course

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

After qualifying on Thursday in Daytona, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams took to the 3.56-mile road course for 90 minutes of practice in the dark.  It is the only time that drivers get on the course in the dark prior to the race.  Wayne Taylor Racing ended up with an up-and-down session. Max Angelelli, …

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Action Express Racing Goes 1-2 in Rolex 24 Qualifying

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship held qualifying for this weekend’s Rolex 24 at Daytona.  With teams not necessarily showing their full hand during the Roar Before the 24, it was unclear what everyone truly had.  However, when it was time for brass tacks, Action Express Racing came to play. Joao Barbosa won …

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Beyond the Cockpit: James Vance on MINI, the Detroit Adventure & Formula E

2016 Ctsc Lime Rock James Vance Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Normally, we would have a nice, blushing introduction to pieces where we interview racers.  It would usually talk about current accomplishments, stats and so on.  But this is a rather unusual circumstance.   At Lime Rock Park in July, we had the pleasure of sitting down with James Vance, driver of the No. 37 MINI John …

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