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Pirelli World Challenge: Round 6 – O’Connell, Wilkins win from Belle Isle poles

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Off and on rain was part of testing and remained a possibility at race time. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V) took his third straight pole of the season, with Randy Pobst (K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 T6) starting P2. Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia Racing Optima) was out front in GTS.   O’Connell was still in front after the first caution, brought out by Wilkins’ Kia teammate Nic Jonsson, with Pobst in P2 and James Sofronas (Global Mo...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Race 5 – Sofronas wins GT, Lee GTS; Audi, Camaro

Photo: Chris Smith/GonzoGeek Media Inc. Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS V.R), the Race 4 winner, started from the pole. O’Connell’s teammate Andy Pilgrim took P2 at the start, with the Global Motor Sports Group Audi R8s of James Sofronas and Duncan Ende running third and fourth. The GTS field at the end of Lap 1 was Nic Jonsson, Mark Wilkins (both Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optimas), and Jack Baldwin in his GTSport Racing with Goldcrest Porsche Cayman S. O&rsquo...

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Pirelli World Challenge Race 4: COTA – Pole-sitters O’Connell, Aschenbach win

  Photo: General Motors Pole-sitter Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) led 13 laps in followed by James Sofronas (Global Motorsports Group Audi R8), Randy Pobst (K-Pax Racing Volvo S60), Andy Pilgrim (Cadillac Racing), and Alex Figge (K-Pax Volvo). GTS leaders after 14 were Nic Jonsson (Kinetic Kia Racing Russell Smith Optima), Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Racing Camaro), and Mark Wilkins (Kinetic Kia). Aschenbach took the GTS lead from Jonsson during Lap 16, with O’C...

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Pirelli World Challenge: Circuit of the Americas – O'Connell tops GT qualifying

    Photo: SCCA Pro Racing Inc. Qualifying for Pirelli World Challenge Series Rounds 4 and 5 at Circuit of the Americas saw Johnny O’Connell (Cadillac Racing CTS-V.R) take the GT pole and Lawson Aschenbach (Black Dog Speed Shop Camaro) at the front of the field for GTS. Qualifying sets the grid for Round 5, with the starting order for Round 6 set by each car’s fastest lap turned during the previous race. O'Connell took the top spot for Saturday's race with a 1:33.539. G...

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GRAND-AM 2013: Road Atlanta - Pruett wins once, Liddell twice

  Qualifying for the Rolex Series race was rained out, with the field set by team points. Memo Rojas and Scott Pruett started at the front of the grid in the Chip Ganassi with Felix Sabates No. 01 BMW/Riley, with Jon Fogarty and Alex Gurney in the No. 99 Gainsco Corvette DP starting P2. The GT field was led by John Potter and Andy Lally in the No. 44 Magnus Racing Porsche, followed by Jeff Westphal and Alessandro Balzan in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 and Emil Assantato with Antho...

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GRAND-AM 2013: Rum Bum's Plumb wins CTSCC, Mazda tops ST again

Matt Plumb won Saturday’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race, giving the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche Carrera (co-driven by Nick Longhi) its second consecutive victory at Barber Motorsports Park. Plumb passed John Edwards, who was seeking his second victory of the day, when he missed a shift in the No. 9 Stevenson Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro with 24 min. remaining. Edwards and co-driver Robin Liddell had won the GT class in the Rolex Series race for Stevenson earlier in the after...

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GRAND-AM 2013: Angelelli, Liddell win at Barber Motorsports Park

Max Angelelli (Wayne Taylor Racing – Corvette DP) took the lead with 45 minutes remaining in the race and was still there with 7:30 min left, over the Gainsco Corvette DP driven by Alex Gurney. Alessandro Balzan’s Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 chasing Robin Liddell’s Stevenson Motorsport Camaro for the lead in GT. When the white flag waved Angelelli led by 1.3 sec and was pulling away. Angelelli (with Wayne’s son Jordan Taylor as co-driver) won by 4 sec. The victory was Ta...

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United SportsCar Racing unveiled; DTM affiliations explored

On March 14, 2013, United SportsCar Racing was introduced as the new premier North American sports car racing series beginning in 2014, combining the current GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patron.  The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) will be the sole sanctioning body moving into 2014. Originally created in 1969 by John Bishop and NASCAR’s Bill France Sr., to produce high-level, professional sports car racing in Nort...

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Grand-Am of the Americas 2013: Video Special

Photo: Chris Smith/Gonzogeek Media Inc. With the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., now less than 2 weeks away it seemed a good time to share some the sights and sounds of Grand-Am’s first visit to Circuit of the Americas earlier this month. First up is a clip from Rolex Series practice on Friday, Mar. 1     Here are the cars returning to the paddock post-practice     Next out are the Continental Tire Challenge participants, again obs...

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Grand-Am of the Americas Wrap-Up - Pt 2: Rolex Series

Paul Dalla Lana: “Turn 1’s pretty iconic as you’re going down the front straight, staring up into the sky and wondering what’s going to happen once you go off the ramp.” Bill Auberlen: “There’re 20 turns that have to be done perfect. And it allows a chance for someone who’s very precise and very accurate to excel lap after lap. Somebody that makes a mistake, usually going into the esses, they mess one turn up and it screws up five. A guy who&rsquo...

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