Race Weekend Central

Tequila Patrón ESM Claims Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring Victory

2018 Daytona Iwsc Johannes Van Overbeek Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday (March 17), Tequila Patrón ESM’s Pipo Derani, Nicolas Lapierre and Johannes van Overbeek claimed overall victory in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts.  For all three drivers, it is their second overall wins at Sebring.  Derani and van Overbeek won in 2016 with Tequila Patrón ESM, while …

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WeatherTech Rolex 24 Thursday: Renger van der Zande Snatches Pole

2018 Daytona Iwsc Renger Van Der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Thursday at Daytona International Speedway is a very busy day for teams in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.  There are three practice sessions totaling 3.5 hours of track time, in addition to qualifying.  Here, we’ll recap all of the Thursday sessions. Qualifying Entering the weekend, qualifying seemed to be a near open and shut case …

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Porsche Details 2018 Factory GTE Plans for WEC and IMSA

2017 Lime Rock Iwsc Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday night, Porsche unveiled their 2018 GTE plans at their annual Night of Champions gala in Weissach, Germany.  With the 919 Hybrid no longer racing, the company has recommitted itself to their GT roots. The “forward-engined” Porsche 911 RSR that debuted in 2017 will continue to compete full-time in the FIA World Endurance Championship …

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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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Marc Goossens Quickest in Road America Practice No. 1

2017 Watkins Glen Iwsc Renger Van Der Zande Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams had to deal with changeable conditions Friday afternoon during the first practice session at Road America.  The session started off in full wet conditions, but times dropped by more than 20 seconds. In the closing minutes, Visit Florida Racing’s Marc Goossens turned in a lap of 119.977 seconds (121.463 mph) that …

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Patrick Pilet, Dirk Werner Claim First Win for New Porsche 911 RSR

2017 Lime Rock Iwsc Patrick Pilet Car Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday afternoon, pit strategy was the name of the game in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park.  Porsche GT Team’s two 911 RSRs stopped with 62 minutes to go for their final stops of the race.  That is approximately 12 minutes more than what a usual stint is …

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Jordan Taylor Fastest in Crash-Filled IMSA Long Beach Practice

2017 Daytona Iwsc Ricky Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Friday morning, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship took to the 1.968-mile street course in Long Beach for two hours of practice.  Despite being slowed by Balance of Performance once again, it was one of the Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s on top of the timesheets.  In the closing seconds of practice, Wayne Taylor Racing’s Jordan Taylor turned …

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Rolex 24 Hour 18 Update: The Rain Reigns Supreme

2017 Daytona Iwsc Jeff Segal Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday, the rains arrived at Daytona International Speedway during the sixth hour of the race.  It has not stopped raining ever since.  At first, it was a light rain that gave teams the choice as to what to do.  Then, the precipitation kicked it up a notch. During the overnight hours, the rain came …

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2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona 6 Hour Update

2017 Daytona Iwsc Joao Barbosa Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Photo: Phil Allaway)

Through one-quarter of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, it has been all Cadillac, all the time.  The three Cadillac DPi-V.R.’s have been fast all weekend, but they appear to have kicked it up a notch for the race. All three of the Cadillacs have turned laps faster than Joao Barbosa‘s overall pole-winning time from Thursday …

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Michael Shank Racing Takes First 2 Road Atlanta IWSC Sessions

2016 Road Atlanta Iwsc Oswaldo Negri Jr Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

At Road Atlanta, there are three practice sessions for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship scheduled for Thursday.  The third of those sessions is a night practice scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m.  The first two are during the day.  One team managed to top the charts in both daytime sessions. That team was Michael Shank …

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Starworks Motorsport wins Northeast Grand Prix

2016 Lime Rock Iwsc Renger Van Der Zande Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

Saturday afternoon saw the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship take on Lime Rock Park in Connecticut.  With the Prototype class not on-site, it was the Prototype Challenge class that were the headliners, despite GT Le Mans getting the majority of the attention (see: The fact that the GT Le Mans class got the anchor spot in …

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Taylor Brothers Defend IMSA Long Beach Victory

2016 Daytona Iwsc Jordan Taylor Car Credit Phil Allaway

(Credit: Phil Allaway)

On Saturday evening, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Prototype, Prototype Challenge and GT-Le Mans classes took to Long Beach’s 1.968 mile street course for a 100-minute duel on the streets.  While Ricky Taylor was extremely disappointed on missing out on pole Friday, he more than made up for it on the start. As soon as …

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