August 5, 2020

Bell relieved by Road America win after “crazy” final lap

The AIM Vasser Sullivan #12 pilot, whose co-driver Frankie Montecalvo had trailed polesitting teammate Aaron Telitz through the first stint, turned the tables following the team’s second scheduled stop. Montecalvo pitted to hand off to Bell one lap before Telitz did the same to Jack Hawksworth, and although the latter emerged ahead, Bell now had warm tires and used them to full advantage to gain …Keep reading …

Helio Castroneves aims for full-time IndyCar return in 2021

With Acura and Team Penske having announced that their partnership will dissolve following November’s final round of the 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and with Penske having no replacement sportscar program imminent for 2021, drivers Castroneves, Juan Pablo Montoya, Dane Cameron and Ricky Taylor have been informed they’re free to chase rides elsewhere.On the back of an …Keep reading …

Corvette stars thrilled with first wins at Road America

The #3 Corvette C8.R was running second during the dry portion of the fourth round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship albeit 15sec behind the leader Earl Bamber in the #912 Porsche. However, the Garcia made it into pitlane in time to change from slick tires to wets before the rain became a torrential downpour.By contrast, Bamber in the #912 Porsche 911 RSR stayed out for another …Keep reading …

IMSA Road America: Castroneves, Taylor win in torrential rain

PrototypeRicky Taylor burst away from pole at the start while Harry Tincknell’s Mazda RT24-P got the jump on the second Acura of Dane Cameron but had to concede the spot when the #6 ARX-05 passed him around the outside of Turn 5.Behind them Tristan Nunez in the #77 Mazda held fourth ahead of the four Cadillacs – Ryan Briscoe (Wayne Taylor Racing), Felipe Nasr (Action Express …Keep reading …

IMSA replaces WGI, Lime Rock with Road Atlanta, Charlotte

As per the latest revisions, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen – which had already been shifted from its early July slot to Labor Day Weekend – has now been canned altogether. In its place comes a six-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, barely five weeks before the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at the same venue.Meanwhile the GT Le Mans and GT Daytona classes have lost their September …Keep reading …

IMSA Road America: Acura, Porsche, Lexus grab poles

PrototypeTaylor’s lap of 1min49.061sec in the #7 Acura gave him his tenth pole position in IMSA competition, and was 0.318sec clear of Dane Cameron’s best effort in the #6 sister Acura ARX-05.However, the battle wasn’t completely satisfactorily resolved in that the Prototypes lost the last four minutes of their session when Felipe Nasr spun the Action Express Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R …Keep reading …

IMSA Road America: Cameron leads Acura 1-2 in second practice

Cameron’s ARX-05 lapped the course in 1min49.280sec, Taylor in 1min49.445sec, and Tristan Nunez in the faster of the two Mazda RT24-Ps was a further 0.44sec down.The Sebring-winning Cadillac DPi-V.R of Action Express Racing was fourth in the hands of Pipo Derani, fractionally faster than Harry Tincknell in the second Mazda of Harry Tincknell, while Renger van der Zande put Wayne Taylor …Keep reading …

IMSA Road America: Acura Team Penske back on top in FP1

Cameron held top spot until the final four minutes when Taylor sprung from worst to first in class with a 1min50.654sec lap of the 4.048-mile course, to go fastest by 0.275sec.Wayne Taylor Racing’s Renger van der Zande set a time just 0.010sec shy of Cameron to be fastest of the Cadillac DPi-V.Rs, albeit just 0.033sec ahead of the Sebring-winning machine of Action Express Racing, in which …Keep reading …

Earl Bamber to make NASCAR Xfinity Series debut at Daytona RC

Bamber, a native of Wanganui, New Zealand, is an accomplished sports car racer with experience on the Daytona road course, having scored four podiums in the Rolex 24 there.NASCAR will run nearly the same course, but with an additional chicane added exiting oval Turn 4.Read Also:NASCAR adds new chicane to Daytona road courseAndy Lally to run Xfinity Series road course races …Keep reading …

Hawksworth, Telitz on why the Lexus RC F is an IMSA winner

The driversOne obvious reason is that both drivers possess talent that they proved time after time in U.S. open-wheel junior formulas, but also blend it with a determination borne of frustration that their open-wheel careers were stymied too early.Twenty-nine-year-old Hawksworth, from Bradford, Yorkshire, UK, won the 2012 edition of what was then called the Star Mazda (now Indy Pro 2000) …Keep reading …