Race Weekend Central

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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Taylor Brothers Win Lone Star Le Mans

2016 Daytona Iwsc Jordan Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship take on the 3.4-mile Circuit of the Americas for a 160-minute sprint race.  Attrition wasn’t too much of an issue, but contact was early. Ricky Taylor started the No. 10 Konica Minolta Chevrolet Corvette DP from pole and escaped the scrum that is turn 1 with the …

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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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Multimatic on Pole Once Again at COTA

2016 Lime Rock Ctsc Scott Maxwell Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

It seems to be a regular thing this year in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  Have a qualifying session and Multimatic Motorsports‘ Scott Maxwell plonks himself at the top of the sheets.  Thursday afternoon at Circuit of the Americas was no different. Maxwell won the overall (and Grand Sport) pole for the Circuit of …

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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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Magnus Racing Disputes VIR Exclusion

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc John Potter Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Last weekend, Magnus Racing‘s No. 44 Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Andy Lally and John Potter finished third in GT Daytona in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR.  However, in post-race inspection, the No. 44 was found to have violated IMSA’s ride height regulations and as a result, was excluded from the weekend. Naturally, that …

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WeatherTech Racing to Field PWC Entries in Final Two Events

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Leh Keen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

A little over two weeks ago, Alex Job Racing announced the withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Racing Porsche from the remainder of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, citing issues with Balance of Performance (BoP) that they believe renders the Porsche uncompetitive in the GT Daytona class.  At the time, RACER’s Marshall Pruett noted a …

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Corvette Racing Dominates Michelin GT Challenge at VIR

On Sunday afternoon, the sun was back out and the brand-new pavement was baking at Virginia International Raceway.  21 cars took the green flag for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, but one team was in control from the drop of the green flag. Corvette Racing swept the front row in Saturday’s …

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Park Place Motorsports Withdraws from VIR

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Jörg Bergmeister Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Alex Job Racing announced the complete withdrawal of the No. 22 WeatherTech Porsche team from the remainder of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  Thursday saw another Porsche team voluntarily withdraw, but only from one race. Park Place Motorsports, which fields the No. 73 Porsche 911 GT3-R in the GT Daytona class, has …

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WeatherTech Porsche Leaves WeatherTech SportsCar Championship

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Leh Keen Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

It seems really bizarre that a team sponsored by the series’ title sponsor could be pulling out of the series, but it is the case.  Alex Job Racing announced on Wednesday evening that their No. 22 Porsche 911 GT3-R will not compete in the last three races on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. Why would …

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James Davison Suspended for PWC GT Round 16

2016 Lime Rock Pwc James Davison Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday afternoon, WC Vision announced that Pirelli World Challenge GT-class driver and part-time INDYCAR driver James (JD) Davison has been suspended and will have to sit out Saturday’s GT Round 16 at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly Miller Motorsports Park) due to violating Section 1.11.3 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Sporting Regulations. This section …

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