Race Weekend Central

CJ Wilson Racing Doubles Up in Opening Daytona Practice

In Daytona, Wednesday dawned ugly.  Heavy recent rains turned much of the infield into a mud waller.  Getting even one wheel off the track could spell trouble.  In the first practice, team owner/driver Kris Wright found that out the hard way when he slid his Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman off course …

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IMSA Holds Annual Roar Before the 24 Open Test

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(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Sunday, IMSA wrapped up the Roar Before the 24, a three-day open test at Daytona International Speedway for teams in both the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.  While 54 cars were officially entered in the session, Risi Competizione chose not to compete due to their brand-new Ferrari 488 GTE not …

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New Year’s Resolutions: The Top Improvements Needed for 2016

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(Photo: NASCAR via Getty Images)

After what could be best described as an eventful 2015, a new year is finally upon us. Gone are season reviews and days spent dwelling on the previous season. It’s time to move on, put in the work and prepare for the events to come in 2016. According to The Huffington Post, 45% of Americans …

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Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates Announces Two DPs for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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Credit: IMSA via TUDOR Championship Twitter page

On Tuesday morning, Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates announced that they will field two Ford EcoBoost-powered Riley DPG3s in the Prototype January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona. The Ganassi organization is running the factory Ford GT program that will also field two cars in the GT-Le Mans class. As a result, the team will run under …

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Force India’s Sergio Perez Joins TRG-Aston Martin Racing for 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona

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(Photo: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Thursday morning, TRG-Aston Martin Racing announced that Mexican Formula 1 racer Sergio Perez, currently of Force India, will lead a second Aston Martin V12 Vantage in the GT-Daytona class in January’s Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway. The team is the first entry from TRG to be announced for Daytona and if the rendering on the …

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PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Announces 2016 Lineup

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(Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

On Wednesday, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports announced their driver lineup for the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. It is a mix of returning talent and newcomers to the Prototype Challenge team. Tom Kimber-Smith is the sole returning driver from the 2015 team that won three of the four races run as part of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup. Kimber-Smith will …

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Pace Laps: Kyle Busch, Chris Buescher Best and a Fitting Farewell

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Sprint Cup Series: Kyle Busch Claims the Sprint Cup – On Sunday evening, a sellout crowd watched the final race of the Chase for the Sprint Cup, the Ford EcoBoost 400. The thought going in was that you probably would have to win the race to take the title. For most of the race, that did …

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Ford, Chip Ganassi Racing Announce Full-Time IMSA Factory Drivers for 2016

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On Saturday morning, Ford Performance and Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates unveiled their new two-car factory Ford GT effort at Homestead-Miami Speedway that will compete full-time in IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT-Le Mans class in 2016. The organization had a rather difficult choice as over 40 professional sports car racers with very strong resumes …

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Pace Laps: Matt Crafton Crumbles, Champions Are Crowned And NASCAR Rained On

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(Photo: Beth Lunkenheimer, Frontstretch)

Sprint Cup Series: Mother Nature Makes Mockery Of Chase – NASCAR hoped to fill Phoenix with compelling storylines. Instead? Mother Nature filled it with water. Rain in the desert was honestly the perfect way to push a bumbling, stumbling Chase toward its conclusion. The Eliminator Round wound up with a whimper in a race dominated …

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Pace Laps: Penske Problems, Xfinity Interesting and More

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Sprint Cup Series: Is Team Penske Locked Out of the Final Four? – Fresh off of a controversial finish at Martinsville Speedway, teammates Joey Logano and Brad Keselowski found themselves in a must-win situation at either Texas or Phoenix to make the final four in the Chase. With Keselowski on the pole after leading practice …

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ISC Will Not Take Over Laguna Seca

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International Speedway Corp. will not take over Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the Monterey Herald reported Wednesday. According to Monterey County Supervisor Dave Potter, ISC declined to make a proposal on the track, a 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course located in south central California. The announcement came during a 90-day due diligence phase undertaken by ISC and …

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Beyond the Cockpit: Austin Cindric, a Young Jack of Trades

2015 Lime Rock Ctsc Austin Cindric Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo Credit: Phil Allaway, Frontstretch)

When you were 17 years old, what were you doing? For most people, they would have been going to school, trying to get good grades. Maybe thinking about college in the near future. Oh yes, and getting a driver’s license so that you can drive yourself around town. They might also have a part-time job …

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