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Lawson Aschenbach Wraps Up PWC GTS Sweep in St. Petersburg

2018 St. Petersburg Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Wc Vision

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Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach spent a second consecutive race dueling with Mühlner Motorsports America’s Gabriele Piana on Sunday.  This time, Aschenbach led flag-to-flag to take his second win of the weekend. “The [Chevrolet] Camaro GT4.R was on rails today,” Aschenbach said after the race.  “Fortunately, they were battling behind me, so I had a …

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Lawson Aschenbach Wins PWC GTS Season Opener at St. Petersburg

2018 St. Petersburg Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Wc Vision

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On Saturday (March 10), Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach passed pole sitter Gabriele Piana on lap 3 for the lead.  From there, Aschenbach was able to hold off Piana’s Porsche to win the first Pirelli World Challenge GTS race of 2018. Even though Aschenbach led nearly the entire race, the race was not easy by …

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Blackdog Speed Shop Taps Andy Pilgrim, Michael Cooper for GTS SprintX

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Thursday, Blackdog Speed Shop announced that in addition to their two full-time Pirelli World Challenge GTS sprint race entries, they’ll field their two Chevrolet Camaro GT4.Rs in the GTS SprintX races as well.  In order to do that, the team has tapped Andy Pilgrim and Michael Cooper to drive. Pilgrim, the 2005 SPEED World …

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Michael Shank Racing Announces 2018 Programs

2017 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr. Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, Michael Shank Racing announced two separate racing programs for the 2018 season at the PRI Trade Show in Indianapolis.  For the Verizon IndyCar Series, the team announced a part-time effort in partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports.  Meanwhile, the team’s two-car program in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship with Acura will continue as …

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Antonio Garcia Tops Wild VIR WeatherTech Practice No. 2

2017 Lime Rock Iwsc Jan Magnussen Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday afternoon, Corvette Racing’s Antonio Garcia was fastest overall in the second WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice session at VIRginia International Raceway.  Garcia’s lap of 101.323 seconds (116.183 mph) was a full second faster than what Tommy Milner turned during the first session. Garcia’s lap was eight-hundredths of a second faster than BMW Team RLL’s …

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Ryan Dalziel Fastest in Road America WeatherTech Practice No. 3

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Pipo Derani Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday morning, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams got a fully dry session in which to turn laps in.  Tequila Patron ESM’s Ryan Dalziel was fastest overall with a lap of 113.851 seconds (127.998 mph).  The lap is the fastest of the weekend and nearly two-thirds of a second faster than last year’s pole. Dalziel’s …

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Lawson Aschenbach Wins Caution-Strewn GTS Race No. 1 at Mid-Ohio

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Phil Allaway

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On Saturday morning, Blackdog Speed Shop’s Lawson Aschenbach was able to get the drop on PMG’s Harry Gottsacker on the start of the race to take the lead.  From there, no one could touch the veteran campaigner as Aschenbach took the first-ever win for the Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R in Pirelli World Challenge. Afterwards, Aschenbach was …

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Dane Cameron, Eric Curran Claim Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix Victory

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

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On Sunday afternoon, there were two dominant teams at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.  Tire strategy and a crash prevented them from winning.  Instead, it was Action Express Racing’s No. 31 Cadillac DPi-V.R. of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran who took the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix overall victory. To Curran, the overall victory came as …

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Pipo Derani Leads Tequila Patron ESM 1-2 in 2nd Glen Practice

2017 Long Beach Iwsc Ryan Dalziel Car Phil Allaway

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In the second practice session for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Watkins Glen, the black and neon green of Tequila Patron ESM reigned supreme.  Pipo Derani turned in a lap of 94.696 seconds (129.256 mph) to top the charts.  It is the fastest lap of the entire weekend to this point. Afterwards, Derani stated that …

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Lawson Aschenbach in New Era with GTS Class Camaro GT4.R

2017 Lime Rock Pwc Lawson Aschenbach Car Phil Allaway

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Last year, Lawson Aschenbach finished third in points in Pirelli World Challenge’s GTS Class with an older-spec Chevrolet Camaro Z/28.R.  While he did take home four victories, the races were quite difficult for the heavy Camaro. “Last year, we had no straight line speed,” Aschenbach told Frontstretch in Lime Rock Park’s paddock.  “We were not …

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Ricky Taylor Crashes, “Other Means” Gives Action Express Front Row

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the field is broken down by class for qualifying.  Each class gets 15 minutes for the competitors to turn in their best lap.  However, for the session to count, there is a “Guaranteed Minimum Green Flag Time” of 10 minutes.  When that isn’t reached, rules can come into play …

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Dane Cameron Leads Action Express 1-2 in Final Belle Isle Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Dane Cameron Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

In the afternoon session, the speed shown by Action Express Racing continued to be shown to the masses.  This time, it was Dane Cameron, fresh off of two victories last weekend at Lime Rock Park, who was fastest overall. Cameron turned in a lap of 83.058 seconds (101.567 mph) to top the charts.  Cameron’s lap …

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