Race Weekend Central

Acura Team Penske Sweeps Mid-Ohio Practices on Tricky Friday

2018 Daytona Iwsc Helio Castroneves Car Phil Allaway

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IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams had to deal with wild weather on Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.  Before the rains descended on the 2.258-mile road course, Team Penske’s Ricky Taylor turned in the fastest lap of the day. Practice No. 1 Taylor’s quick time was a lap of 73.601 seconds (110.444 mph) in …

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Toyota No. 7 Claims Spa Pole, Pietro Fittipaldi Crashes

2017 Monza Wec Mike Conway Car Credit Marcel Langer Adrenalmedia.com

(Photo: © Marcel Langer - AdrenalMedia.com)

Toyota GAZOO Racing’s No. 7 claimed the overall pole Friday (May 4) for Saturday’s 6 Hours of Spa-Francochamps with an average lap time of 114.582 seconds (136.732 mph).  However, the session was overshadowed by a huge crash at the Eau Rouge-Radillion complex involving DragonSpeed’s Pietro Fittipaldi. Replays showed that Fittipaldi bottomed out in Eau Rouge …

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Toyota’s Mike Conway, Fernando Alonso Top Thursday Free Practice at Spa

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Toyota GAZOO Racing’s Mike Conway was fastest overall in FIA World Endurance Championship practice Friday at the Circuit de Spa-Francochamps in Belgium.  Despite the rule changes made to slow the Toyotas, Conway’s quick time of 116.172 seconds (134.862 mph) was two-tenths of a second faster than the best Friday practice lap at Spa last year. …

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Entry List: Mid-Ohio 120

2018 Daytona Ctsc Mark Siegel Car Phil Allaway

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The IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge returns to action this weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after being off for six weeks after Sebring.  36 teams in three classes will take on the 2.25-mile road course, a reduction of one entry from Sebring. The Grand Sport class has 24 entries, down two from Sebring.  At …

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Entry List: Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

2018 Daytona Iwsc Jonathan Bomarito Car Phil Allaway

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This weekend, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship travels to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the first sports car race featuring prototypes at Mid-Ohio since 2013.  34 teams are entered amongst the three classes. In the Prototype class, 14 cars are entered.  Spirit of Daytona Racing, which missed Long Beach due to crash damage at Sebring, …

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Couch Potato Tuesday: NASCAR Drivers Only Broadcast Shines

#22: Joey Logano, Team Penske, Ford Fusion Shell Pennzoil And #21: Paul Menard, Wood Brothers Racing, Ford Fusion Motorcraft / Quick Lane Tire & Auto Center Monster Energy Nascar Cup Series

Joey Logano leading a quiet race (Photo: Nigel Kinrade Photography)

Talladega brings all kinds of unusual instances.  This year, we got drivers in the booth, Darrell Waltrip apparently not being in on a joke and wheelies.  By Talladega standards, it was quirky, but not insane. Before we get into the Alabama adventure, there’s some TV news of note.  On Monday, IMSA and NBC Sports jointly …

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Pace Laps: Busy But Sad Week for Racing

Nascar Nextel Cup Series, Daytona 500.

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Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series: Joey Logano Finds Way Back to Victory Lane – It’s hard to believe that it took Joey Logano over one calendar year to earn another win … yet here we are. Caught in the middle between the young guns and veterans categories used to label drivers, especially this season, Logano …

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GMG Racing’s Alex Welch, James Sofronas Claim VIR GTS SprintX Race No. 2 Win

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GMG Racing’s Alex Welch benefited from penalties to two of the top teams for pit time violations.  He snatched the lead away from Samantha Tan on lap 17 and held on to take his and James Sofronas‘ second SprintX win of the season. “James [Sofronas] obviously started on pole [and] did a fantastic job,” Welch …

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Lone Star Racing’s Mike Skeen, Scott Heckert Snatch VIR SprintX Victory

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Lone Star Racing’s Mike Skeen was able to take the overall lead away from K-PAX Racing’s Rodrigo Baptista with less than two laps to go on Sunday (April 29).  From there, Skeen was able to pull away to give himself and teammate Scott Heckert a well-deserved victory. “For me, it was just trying to hunt …

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Alan Brynjolfsson, Trent Hindman Claim Maiden PWC GTS Victory

Pitelli World Challenge @ Vir

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VOLT Racing’s Alan Brynjolfsson and Trent Hindman took advantage of superior pit strategy to take their first career victories in GTS SprintX competition Saturday (April 28) at VIR.  For Brynjolfsson, it is his first career victory in any type of motorsport. “All of this is new to me,” Brynjolfsson said after the race.  “I didn’t …

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Rodrigo Baptista, Maxime Soulet Claim VIR SprintX Race No. 1 Victory

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In a rare instance, the Pro-Am pairing of Rodrigo Baptista and Maxime Soulet claimed overall victory in GT SprintX Race No. 1 at VIRginia International Raceway on Saturday.  Baptista was able to get past pole sitter Daniel Morad on lap 9 and pulled away from the pack.  From there, Baptista and Soulet spanked the field, …

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74 Ranch Racing’s Shane Lewis Wins VIR GTS SprintX Race No. 1 Pole

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74 Ranch Racing’s Shane Lewis claimed pole Saturday morning (April 28) for Race No. 1 of Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS SprintX weekend at VIR in his Mercedes-AMG GT4.  Lewis’ lap of 113.396 seconds (103.813 mph) is 1.75 seconds faster than the pole time last year. Lewis’ lap was nearly four-tenths of a second faster than …

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