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IMSA: 24 Hours of Daytona – Preview 2016

From the title sponsor, to the driver lineups and cars being run, change marks the beginning of the 2016 season for IMSA’s top series: theWeatherTech SportsCar Championship. One thing that’s remained the same, however, is opening the season with the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, this year running Jan. 30-31. The 2016 lineup has an even more international flavor than usual, with drivers from the WEC, DTM, IndyCar, Pirelli World Challenge, and V8 Supercar series joining the fray. Followi...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Pruett, Hand repeat; CORE, BMW, Viper also win

Photo: Chris Smith Last year’s Lone Star Le Mans race winners the #01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-Ford (Scott Pruett, Joey Hand) started on the pole this year, the #60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda (Oz Negri, John Pew) on the outside of Row 1. The Shank entry was carrying special Justin Wilson livery, in honor of his life and time spent with the team, including an overall  victory at the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona. Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa (#5 Action Express Corvet...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas (Qualifying) – Ganassi, Porsche, Audi, RSR take poles

GT Daytona: 1. Dion Von Moltke (#48 Paul Miller Racing Audi R8 LMS) 2:11.097 2. Ben Keating (#33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper SRT) +0.176 3. Bill Sweedler (#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia) +0.247 4. Christina Nielsen (#007 TRG-AMR Aston Martin V12 Vantage) +0.673 5. Patrick Lindsey (#73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America) +0.731   GT Le Mans: 1. Patrick Pilet (#911 Porsche North America 911 RSR) 2:04.396 2. Dirk Werner (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) +0.141 3. Earl Ba...

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USCC: Road America – Action Express and Porsche both take 1-2s

Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook (#90 VisitFlorida.com Racing Corvette DP) led defending series champs Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi (#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP) by 7 points coming into Road America, the first of four remaining races. Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia (#3 Corvette Racing C7.R) led Dirk Werner and Bill Auberlen (#25 BMW Team RLL Z4 GTE) by just 2 points in GT Le Mans. Joey Hand (#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley) won overall pole with Earl Bamber (#912 Po...

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USCC: Long Beach – Taylors take first 2015 win, BMW tops GTLM

Tudor United SportsCar Championship competition at Long Beach was limited to prototype and GT Le Mans classes. Ricky Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) captured pole with a time of 1 min 14.790 sec. Scott Pruett (#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley) secured second with a best lap of 1:15.048. Christian Fittipaldi (#5 Action Express Racing) lined up third (1:15.274). “It’s really cool to fight with someone like Scott,” Taylor said. “It’s been a long time si...

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USCC: Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona – 12 hrs in, Wayne Taylor Racing in the lead

Ligier picked up the 2015 season where it left off the previous  year, the #60 Michael Shank Racing Honda HPD-Ligier JS P2 taking overall pole position, Oswaldo Negri earning his second career Daytona pole along the way. MSR won the Rolex 24 in 2012. Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates held down the next two spots on the grid, three-time IndyCar champion Scott Dixon driving the #02 Ford-Riley onto the front row with five-time Rolex winner Scott Pruett starting the #01 sister car from thi...

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USCC: Circuit of the Americas – Pruett, Rojas take win with 2-stop strategy

Alex Brundle put the #42 OAK Racing Ligier JS P2-Honda on the pole in its USCC debut, beating out Jordan Taylor in the #10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP by 0.834 sec. The pole is a great start for the chassis, the Nissan powered variant of which also took the top spot in its FIA World Endurance Championship debut yesterday, piloted by Roman Rusinov and Olivier Pla. And though power is as necessary at COTA as any circuit, the track has also put a premium on maneuverability, both Mazda MX-5s an...

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USCC: IndyCar rookie Hawksworth takes PC-class victory at Brickyard

Photo: jackhawksworth.co.uk   IndyCar Rookie of the Year candidate Jack Hawksworth teamed with Chris Cumming to win the Prototype Challenge class at the Tudor United SportsCar Championship’s Brickyard Grand Prix on July 25 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.   "It feels pretty awesome," Hawksworth said. "It was a lot of fun. We had a great battle with Bruno (Junqueira) and ended up with an RSR [Racing] 1-2. We were both slicing through the traffic. I just got my chance and I ...

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USCC: Brickyard – Barbosa, Fittipaldi win; Viper takes GT victory

Entering Indy, Wayne Taylor Racing (Jordan and Ricky Taylor) had a 5-point lead in the standings over Action Express (Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi), both using Corvette DPs. Gustavo Yacaman was 10 points back in the OAK Racing Morgan-Nissan, followed by Michael Valiante and Richard Westbrook driving the Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP. A race win is worth 35 points. Indy 500 rookie 19-year old Sage Karam replaced Memo Rojas as Scott Pruett’s co-driver in the Chip Ganassi Racing #01 Fo...

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USCC: Laguna Seca – Ex-ALMS P2 takes first victory, Corvette tops GT

Prototype standings entering Round 4 of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca had Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa (#5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP), leading Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett (#01 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford-Riley) by 5 points and Ricky and Jordan Taylor (#10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP) by 7. Laguna Seca, however, saw a former American Le Mans Series competitor take pole for the first time in the unified series, Johannes van Overbeek putting...

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