Race Weekend Central

VisitFlorida.com Racing Announces 2017 Driver Lineup

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Marc Goossens Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Last week, VisitFlorida.com Racing announced their intentions to field the new Riley Mk. XXX chassis with the Gibson V8 engine in next year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship (last year’s Chevrolet Corvette DP is pictured above).  That cleared up just one aspect of the team’s direction.  Monday shored up part of the driving lineup. VisitFlorida.com Racing …

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Riley Motorsports Switches to Mercedes, SunEnergy1 Racing Reforms

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Ben Keating Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Wednesday, Mercedes officially announced their entry into the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with the new V8-powered Mercedes AMG GT3.  Riley Motorsports will serve as the primary team for the manufacturer, which will not field a factory squad in the GT Daytona class.  Ben Keating and Jeroen Bleekemolen will return to the team for their …

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WeatherTech Racing Switches to Mercedes for 2017

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(Credit: WeatherTech Racing photo)

On Wednesday morning, WeatherTech Racing made two announcements for the upcoming 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  First off, the team itself has moved away from Alex Job Racing.  It will now compete as the second team affiliated with Riley Motorsports, using the No. 50.  Cooper MacNeil, son of WeatherTech CEO David MacNeil, will drive with …

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Acura Announces 2017 NSX GT3 Driver Lineup

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(Credit: Acura)

On Tuesday, Acura unveiled their full-time driver lineup for the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and Pirelli World Challenge factory efforts at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas.  The lineup consists of solid, veteran talent.  Note that the car pictured above is the Acura TLX-GT, raced in Pirelli World Challenge by RealTime Racing.  It will be …

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Audi Pulling Out of WEC at End of 2016

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(Credit: © Gabi Tomescu - AdrenalMedia.com)

On Wednesday, Audi Sport announced that they are “realigning our motorsport strategy.”  As a result, Audi will be pulling out of the FIA World Endurance Championship at the end of the 2016 season and shutting down their prototype program after 18 years.  In its place, Audi Sport will launch a new factory-supported program for the budget-capped FIA …

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Pirelli World Challenge Championship Scenarios

2016 Lime Rock Pwc Alvaro Parente Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

This weekend, Pirelli World Challenge holds their final races of the season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.  More than half a dozen championships are on the line in California.  This piece will show you what to look for.  All races this weekend can be watched live on Pirelli World Challenge’s live stream at world-challenge.com. Grand …

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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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Pace Laps: Truex’s Triumph and Jones’ Rough Luck

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(Photo: Nigel Kinrade/NKP)

Sprint Cup: Truex’s Pace was the biggest Monster of all in Dover As Chris Buescher studied the finishing order of Sunday’s Citizen Soldier 400, a face of disbelief joined many others. “Man, that was a wild pace,” he said. For sure, Dover International Speedway saw one of the quickest paces in recent memory, as race …

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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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Multimatic Motorsports, Rennsport One Win Road Atlanta 150, Titles

2016 Road Atlanta Ctsc Billy Johnson Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Friday saw the IMSA Continental SportsCar Challenge hold their season finale at Road Atlanta.  The Grand Sport championship was effectively a foregone conclusion as all Multimatic Motorsports teammates Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson had to do was complete the minimum drive time.  Once that was done, it was well and truly on. Grand Sport Maxwell …

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IMSA Points Breakdown

2016 Daytona Iwsc Pack Racing Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

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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