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Spengler Leads BMW Sweep of IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing

March 21, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – When BMW Motorsport unveiled its plans for IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on Friday morning, one point was crystal clear: the German manufacturer was taking the iRacing event seriously.

It came as no surprise, then, that three of the manufacturer’s entries swept the top three positions in the 90-minute race on the virtual, 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway, led by Canadian racer Bruno Spengler in the Motul-sponsored No. 25 BMW Team Red M8 GTE.

Spengler, who is embarking on his first full IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season this year in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class, took the lead from teammate Nicky Catsburg in the No. 26 BMW in Turn 7 five minutes into the race and stayed out front the rest of the way. He crossed the stripe 3.172 seconds ahead of Catsburg’s similarly liveried No. 26 machine to get the victory.

“It’s very special, because starting the race event, you feel the pressure building up,” Spengler said. “Between qualifying and the start, I was nervous! It’s definitely real racing. I was sweating a lot. Nicky was pushing a lot.

“We have to underline the fact IMSA organized this event with so many incredible cars and drivers at Sebring. It’s safer for everyone to stay home and do the best we can to entertain and still race. Thanks to all involved for setting this up. Passing start/finish, I had goosebumps. I was almost screaming on the radio!

“But I had my dog and wife sitting next to me as I was racing. Normally they are far away. Thanks to BMW and everyone involved.”

Catsburg claimed the lead on the opening lap from yet another BMW – the No. 96 Turner Motorsport machine qualified on pole by Robby Foley – and it became immediately clear that the pair of red BMWs were joining forces to pull away. And that they did, quickly building a healthy margin over the rest of the field.

Catsburg made a slight bobble going into Turn 7, which was all Spengler needed to grab the lead. But neither one of the BMW Team Red cars put a wheel wrong the rest of the way.

“I had a couple days of practice with Bruno and Jesse,” Catsburg said. “BMW has been upping its game when it comes to sim racing. It’s so cool to come back with a 1-2-3. To give you a sense how big this was, I just got a message from Jens Marquardt, who is the BMW motorsports director. He was watching. It shows the importance of this event. Maybe it is helping us – and I really enjoyed it.”

Third place went to the third factory BMW in the field, the No. 24 BMW Team Black M8 GTE driven by 2020 Rolex 24 At Daytona winner Jesse Krohn.

Krohn took third place from Sage Karam in the No. 8 Porsche 911 RSR with just over an hour remaining and preserved the BMW podium sweep, finishing 11.746 seconds behind the winner.

“Today I couldn’t match the pace of Bruno and Nicky,” Krohn said. “I pushed as hard as I could. By the time I found some pace it was too little, too late. It was a great experience. It was good to have this on the mind given what else is happening in the world. This has been good for IMSA fans; the feedback has been super good.”

Karam – a highly rated competitor on iRacing and former Lexus RC F GT3 driver in the WeatherTech Championship – wound up fourth in the No. 9, finishing 36.659 seconds behind the winner. Mirko Bortolotti, a 2019 GTD class winner at both the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, came home fifth in the No. 888 Porsche.

Foley was the only other driver to lead the race, which he did for the first three corners, but an opening-lap incident removed him from contention.
IMSA Drivers Join Exclusive Facebook Watch Party on Friday
to Look Back at 2019 Race at Sebring

March 26, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If you can’t wait for the next IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship event to get here sooner, worry not. We have a solution for you. IMSA fans can relive the thrilling 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts through a special 45-minute look back at the NBC Sports broadcast of the race.

The special Facebook Watch Party presentation of the race takes place Friday, March 27 at 12 p.m. EDT exclusively on IMSA’s Facebook page.

Overall-winning driver Eric Curran and others such as Ryan Briscoe, Jordan Taylor, Andy Lally, Renger van der Zande and more will join in on the excitement, interacting and answering fans’ questions in the Facebook Watch comments section.

To visit the IMSA Facebook page, please click here.
The 2020 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts has been postponed to November 11-14 and will now become the season-ending event of the WeatherTech Championship, IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge and IMSA Prototype Challenge. Previously purchased 2020 admissions tickets and parking will be honored at the rescheduled event.
IMSA Announces Updates to 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Schedules
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 24, 2020) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced schedule updates for three 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge events.

  • The Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio has been moved to the weekend of Sept. 25-27, 2020. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3.
  • The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca has been moved up one weekend to run on Sept. 4-6. It was originally scheduled for the weekend of Sept. 11-13. This date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA competitors planning to participate in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which now will run on Sept. 19-20.
  • The 23rd annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta has been moved back one week and now will run Oct. 14-17 to provide teams a more balanced schedule as the season comes to its conclusion. The original dates of the event were Oct. 7-10.

These three event date changes are in addition to the previously announced reschedule of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, which now is set for Nov. 11-14. Previously purchased tickets for all four events will be valid on the new dates.

IMSA will provide additional series updates, broadcast information and event schedules as they become available.



Huge, 50-Car Field for
IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing Features Stars Aplenty

March 20, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – IMSA champions? Check. Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts winners? Check. A vast field of talented racers? Check, check and check.

IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing at 2:30 p.m. ET Saturday, March 21 features a full 50-car field of real-life, professional racers on the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway iRacing circuit, “virtually” guaranteeing an afternoon of entertainment for IMSA fans.

All of the cars in the field will be recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race cars – the Porsche 911 RSR, BMW M8 GTE, Ford GT and Ferrari 488 GTE – and there will be no driver changes.

IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday Schedule/Platform (All Times ET)
1:30-2:30 p.m. – The Torque Show iRacing Pre-Race Show – Facebook Live
2:30-4 p.m. – IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing – iRacing eSports Network on YouTube, Twitch
4 p.m. – The Torque Show – iRacing Post-Race Show – Facebook Live
7:30 p.m. – The Torque Show – NBCSN Preview
8 p.m. – 2019 Twelve Hours of Sebring Highlight Show – NBCSN

Join the conversation before, during and after the event through the hashtag #IMSASuperSaturday.

Sebring Seven: Previous Twelve Hours Winners Ready for Battle

There are seven drivers on the entry list who have stood atop the podium at the end of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts. The list includes a pair of overall-winning drivers: Joao Barbosa, who won in 2015 and will drive the No. 5 Ferrari 488 GTE and Felipe Nasr, last year's overall winner who will drive the No. 31 BMW M8 GTE.

The field also features four drivers representing GT Daytona (GTD) class winners in each of the past four years at Sebring. Jeff Segal, the 2016 GTD winner, will drive the No. 69 Ferrari; 2017 winner Jeroen Bleekemolen is in a Porsche 911 RSR, 2018 winner Corey Lewis will drive the No. 39 BMW and 2019 winner Mirko Bortolotti will drive the No. 888 Porsche.

Richard Westbrook, the 2013 GT winner at Sebring, also will be in the race, running the familiar, Castrol-liveried Ford GT.

"I'm really, really looking forward to it," Westbrook said. "I've been racing in IMSA a long time, and when I saw the opportunity to get reunited in the Ford GT – at Sebring as well – it was too good of an opportunity to pass up. I can't wait to get out there racing against friends and old teammates and ex-competitors. It's going to be a lot of fun."

They Are The Champions: 11 IMSA Titlists In the Field

There's no shortage of championship-winning drivers on the entry list, including 11 with an IMSA championship. Barbosa is a two-time WeatherTech Championship Prototype champion and four-time IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup champion; Nasr won the 2018 WeatherTech Championship and the 2018 and 2019 Michelin Endurance Cup titles in the Prototype/DPi classes. Filipe Albuquerque, who co-drove to the 2017 Michelin Endurance Cup Prototype championship with Barbosa, is entered in a Porsche.

In the GT ranks, Segal is a four-time IMSA champion with the 2016 Michelin Endurance Cup in GTD; GRAND-AM GT championships in 2010 and 2012 and the 2007 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Grand Sport (GS) title. Westbrook won the 2019 Michelin Endurance Cup GTLM title. Bleekemolen has three consecutive Michelin Endurance Cup GTD titles as well as a pair of American Le Mans Series GTC championships.

Additional IMSA champions include Mark Wilkins and Michael Lewis, who co-drove to the 2019 Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR championship in the Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai Veloster N. Wilkins is driving a Porsche and Lewis will drive the No. 198 BMW. Another former Michelin Pilot Challenge champion – 2015 ST titlist Stevan McAleer, will drive the No. 43 BMW.

There also are a pair of IMSA single-make series champions on the entry list. Roman De Angelis, winner of both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada by Yokohama titles in 2019 and the current driver of the No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin in the WeatherTech Championship will pilot the No. 79 Porsche in Saturday's iRacing event.

Ryan Hardwick, the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Am champion and Am World Champion is driving the No. 16 Porsche RSR.

Can Vautier Turn Real-Life Speed into iRacing Success?

One of the intriguing storylines going into Saturday's race will be to see how the real world translates to iRacing. Does speed on the actual racetrack lead to iRacing success?

If it does, Frenchman Tristan Vautier must rate among the favorites. He scored back-to-back pole positions for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, taking Mercedes-AMG's first-ever GTD pole in 2017 and a year later, taking the overall and Prototype class pole with Spirit of Daytona Racing. Saturday, he'll be driving the No. 85 BMW.

"It's very cool that IMSA and iRacing have come together to organize this SuperSaturday race," said Vautier, who drives the No. 85 JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi in the WeatherTech Championship. "It's one of those things that helps keep everyone's spirits up during these times, and I have to say the racing community is lucky to have esports while we can't race real cars. I look forward to having some fun with fellow IMSA drivers on Saturday."

BMW Going Big for SuperSaturday

BMW is going all-in to win the IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing, complete with WeatherTech Championship GTLM factory aces on the entry list.

Rolex 24 At Daytona GTLM class winners Jesse Krohn (2020) and Colton Herta (2019) will pilot a pair of BMW Team Black, MOTUL-sponsored machines. Herta will drive No. 23, and Krohn is in No. 24.
"I am very excited to race against my IMSA competitors and be a part of something new," Krohn said. "I'm not sure something like this has been put together by a major championship."

BMW Team Red, meanwhile, puts Canadian Bruno Spengler in the No. 25 BMW and Nicky Catsburg in the No. 26. Spengler, a past DTM champion, is in his first WeatherTech Championship GTLM season, while Catsburg also races in Michelin Endurance Cup events with Corvette Racing.

"Sim racing is an important tool that allows a driver to stay fit," Spengler said. "And now, while we are all staying safe, we can keep on doing our job. I am pleased to be a part of this event and look to put on a good show along with my BMW colleagues."

IndyCar Stars Join in the Fun

Just as they would in real life, some IndyCar stars also have signed up to compete in IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing. Santino Ferrucci, who usually drives the No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda IndyCar, will drive the No. 18 BMW on Saturday.

The aforementioned Herta – who won two IndyCar races last year in addition to the Rolex 24 and usually drives the No. 88 Andretti Harding Steinbrenner Autosport Honda IndyCar – is ready to take on the field in the BMW.

"I'm looking forward to racing this weekend," Herta said. "It's always exciting to go up against everyone, no matter the circumstances. Like many things right now, racing is coming to a stop at the minute. So, I think this will help propel interest and hopefully give people an outlet to watch some form of motorsport."


Get Your Racing Fix on Saturday, March 21 with IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday 
"Drivers... start your computers!"

March 18, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
IMSA fans, this Saturday, March 21, many of your favorite drivers are going virtual racing with IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing 90-minute online event. While the real Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts has been rescheduled to the weekend of Nov. 11-14, we couldn’t let the originally scheduled date pass without some IMSA action from Sebring International Raceway.

So, along with our partners at iRacing, IMSA is hosting a 90-minute, single-class shootout at Sebring. The race begins at 2:30 p.m. ET with a 15-minute warm-up session from 2 to 2:15 p.m. and single-car qualifying from 2:15 to 2:25 p.m.

“IMSA is committed to delivering a realistic racing experience to our fans, competitors and partners this weekend,” said IMSA President John Doonan. “Most IMSA drivers use iRacing or other simulators on a regular basis to sharpen their skills and prepare for upcoming races. This weekend, they will do it in front of an audience. We are grateful to iRacing and many of our other partners for creating this opportunity to entertain our loyal IMSA fans.”

Starting at 2:30 p.m. ET, the race will be streamed live on iRacing’s Twitch channel and the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube. The commentary team will include the voice of IMSA Radio’s John Hindhaugh.

The field will be comprised of IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge drivers, who will choose from one of four recent WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) class race cars: the BMW M8 GTE, Ferrari 488 GTE, Porsche 911 RSR and Ford GT.
Several IMSA stars already have committed to participate in the IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday. The entry list will be released shortly.
NBCSN Re-Lives Thrilling 2019 Sebring Race in Primetime Saturday Night

In addition to the iRacing event, IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday rolls on into the NBCSN network Saturday night. The network will air a one-hour highlight show of the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts in primetime on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
This race was one for the ages – delivering the closest overall finish in the 67-year history of the Twelve Hours of Sebring and thrilling battles for the overall class victory that all came down to the final minutes.
All-Day Coverage on The Torque Show

Since the start of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, The Torque Show, hosted by Justin Bell and Tommy Kendall has been entertaining IMSA fans with Facebook Live broadcasts throughout each race weekend.
On Saturday, The Torque Show will have a one-hour pre-race show on Facebook Live starting at 1:30 p.m. ET, with live driver interviews and running commentary of practice and qualifying until the start of the race on the iRacing streaming platforms.

After the checkered flag at 4 p.m. ET, The Torque Show returns with complete post-race coverage on Facebook Live. A third Torque Show Facebook Live broadcast will air at 7:30 p.m. ET to preview the NBCSN telecast. 
IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday Schedule/Platform (All Times ET)
1:30-2:30 p.m. – The Torque Show iRacing Pre-Race Show – Facebook Live
2:30-4 p.m. – IMSA Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing – iRacing eSports Network on YouTube, Twitch
4 p.m. – The Torque Show – iRacing Post-Race Show – Facebook Live
7:30 p.m. – The Torque Show – NBCSN Preview
8 p.m. – 2019 Twelve Hours of Sebring Highlight Show – NBCSN
Join the conversation before, during and after the event through the hashtag #IMSASuperSaturday.


IMSA Coronavirus Update
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 11, 2020) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) has been closely monitoring all available information related to the spread of the Novel Coronavirus COVID-19. IMSA’s priority is the health and safety of our fans, drivers, partners, employees, volunteers and everyone involved with our races.

Upon guidance and counsel from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) plus federal, state and local health agencies and our medical experts, there are no planned schedule changes for next week’s SuperSebring event. IMSA, along with Sebring International Raceway, will continue to analyze and implement recommendations from these agencies and take precautionary operational steps to protect the health of all involved during the event.

We are asking fans, employees, competitors and partners to continue to follow best practice precautions as recommended by the CDC, such as frequent handwashing, use of hand sanitizer and covering coughs and sneezes appropriately.

We understand this situation is of great concern to everyone involved and we will communicate updates as necessary. We encourage you to keep informed of developments through official CDC (www.cdc.gov) and WHO (www.who.int) updates.  
68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts Entry List Notebook

March 11, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service

68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts
Sebring International Raceway – Sebring, Florida
March 18-21, 2020
Fast Facts
Race Day/Time: Saturday, March 21 – 10:30 a.m. ET
U.S. Television Coverage (All Times ET): LIVE – CNBC (10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.), NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com (1-3:30 p.m.), NBCSN (3:30-5 p.m.), NBC Sports App/NBCSports.com (5-9 p.m.), NBCSN (9-11 p.m.)
TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage: LIVE – Flag-to-flag, 10:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. ET
IMSA.com Live Qualifying Stream: Friday, March 20 – 9:45 a.m. ET
IMSA Radio: All sessions live on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com; SiriusXM live race coverage begins Saturday at 10:30 a.m. ET (Sirius channel 216, XM 210, Internet 970)
Tickets: SebringRaceway.com
Circuit Type: 3,74-mile, 17-turn road course
Race Length: 12 hours
Track Social Media: Twitter/Instagram: @SebringRaceway; Facebook: SebringInternationalRaceway
Event Hashtags: #IMSA, #Sebring12, #SuperSebring

WeatherTech Championship Track Records
DPi: Dane Cameron, Acura ARX-05 DPi, 1:45.865/125.837 mph, March 2019
LMP2: Matt McMurry, ORECA LMP2, 1:49.729/121.407 mph, March 2019
GTLM: Connor De Phillippi, BMW M8 GTE, 1:55.839/116.231 mph, March 2018
GTD: Daniel Serra, Ferrari 488 GT3, 1:58.710/113.420 mph, March 2018
Race Distance:
348 laps (1301.52 miles) – Jordan Taylor/Ricky Taylor/Alex Lynn, Cadillac DPi-V.R, March 2017 and Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani/Eric Curran, Cadillac DPi-V.R, March 2019

2019 Race Winners:
DPi: Felipe Nasr/Pipo Derani/Eric Curran, No. 31 Whelen Engineering Racing Cadillac DPi-V.R
LMP2: Kyle Masson/Cameron Cassels/Andrew Evans, No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA
GTLM: Patrick Pilet/Nick Tandy/Frederic Makowiecki, No. 911 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR
GTD: Rolf Ineichen/Mirko Bortolotti/Rik Breukers, No. 11 GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3
  • IMSA and WEC share racetrack after LMDh news – Following the announcement of technical convergence between IMSA and WEC in the formation of a new LMDh prototype class that will be shared by the two top categories of endurance racing. SuperSebring weekend will be a highlight event that will bring the two endurance racing bodies together and will be the closest to a preview of the new partnership.
  • Double-Duty Drivers – A few drivers this weekend will be racing far longer than 12 hours, as they’ll be competing in both Saturday’s IMSA Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring and Friday’s WEC 1000 Miles of Sebring. Those drivers include Ben Hanley, Filipe Albuquerque, Daniel Serra, Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Matt Campbell and Nicklas Nielsen.
  • Double-Duty Team – Corvette Racing will be fielding C8.R race cars in both the Twelve Hours and the 1000 Miles at Sebring. The team – still chasing its 100th IMSA win – will have the No. 3 Corvette for co-drivers Antonio Garcia, Jordan Taylor and Nicky Catsburg and the No. 4 entry for Oliver Gavin, Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler in the GTLM class for the Twelve Hours. In Friday’s 1000-mile WEC race, Jan Magnussen and Mike Rockenfeller will share the No. 64 C8.R in the GTE Pro class.
  • First-Timers – Two drivers will be making their maiden IMSA appearances in the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. Danish driver Nicklas Nielsen is entered in the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in the GTLM class and Dutch racer Larry ten Voorde will make his debut in the No. 54 Black Swan Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R.
  • Special Guests – The 2020 IndyCar season opens Sunday with the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. But for eight drivers, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring will mark their third major race in Florida since January after opening the year in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Those drivers include Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Racing/JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi, Simon Pagenaud in the No. 6 Acura Team Penske DPi, Alexander Rossi in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske DPi, Scott Dixon in the No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi, Felipe Nasr in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi, Ryan Hunter-Reay in the No. 55 Mazda Team Joest DPi, Ben Hanley in the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 and Colton Herta in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL M8 GTE.

Off-Track Storylines
  • Green Park – The party continues all weekend at Sebring. Race fans from all over the world will be gathered in the infield to celebrate one of the most historic weekends in all of racing.
  • Sebring Hall of Fame Inductees – Another illustrious group of Sebring Hall of Fame inductees will join the long list of prestigious names already enshrined. This year, Lyn St. James and Janet Guthrie lead a class of four inducted into the Sebring Hall of Fame. Dick Barbour Racing—the winner of three-consecutive 12 Hours of Sebring races—and the late Bruce McLaren round out the inductees who will be honored the night before the 68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts on Friday, March 20.
  • IMSA Twelve Hour Fan Fest – For the third year in a row, Sebring International Raceway will host its annual IMSA Twelve Hour Fan Fest in Historic Downtown Sebring which will feature a transporter parade of 30 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams, a pinewood derby, a powerwheels race, driver appearances and a live band. The festivities will begin on March 17 at 5:30 p.m.

Who’s Hot?
  • No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R – The overall-winning team in January’s Rolex 24 At Daytona heads to Sebring riding a two-race podium streak after finishing second in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta in October. Co-drivers Renger van der Zande, Ryan Briscoe and Scott Dixon will be looking to make it three straight.
  • BMW Team RLL – The two-car GTLM team has had one of its cars on the podium for three straight races. The No. 24 M8 GT3 won the Rolex 24 At Daytona and finished third in the 2019 penultimate round at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, while the No. 25 BMW finished third at Motul Petit Le Mans. Co-driving the No. 24 at Sebring will be John Edwards, Jesse Krohn and Chaz Mostert, with Connor De Phillippi, Bruno Spengler and Colton Herta sharing the No. 25 BMW.
  • No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 – The team opened the year with a second-place result in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, marking the team’s eighth consecutive LMP2 class podium result dating back to the 2019 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. The driving trio of Simon Trummer, Patrick Kelly and Will Owen will look to continue the team’s streak at Sebring.
  • Audi – The German manufacturer – which has 12 Sebring race victories – heads for the Twelve Hours on the strength of back-to-back podium results in GTD. Mirko Bortolotti, Rolf Ineichen, Daniel Morad and Dries Vanthoor finished third at Daytona in the No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport R8 LMS GT3 after the No. 20 Montaplast by Land Motorsport Audi took second in GTD at Motul Petit Le Mans last October in the hands of Morad, Christopher Mies and Ricky Feller. The lone Audi in the Twelve Hours field will again be the No. 88 shared by Bortolotti, Ineichen and Morad. Bortolotti and Ineichen won the GTD class in last year’s Twelve Hours in a Lamborghini.
Who’s Good Here?
  • Pipo Derani – The Brazilian driver of the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R has won the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring overall in three of the last four years. Last year, he became the first driver to win three times in four years at Sebring since Phil Hill did it in 1958, ’59 and ‘61.
  • Nick Tandy, Frederic Makowiecki and the No. 911 Porsche GT Team – Tandy and Fred Mako are looking for their third consecutive GTLM Sebring victories in the No. 911 RSR-19 after winning in both 2018 and 2019 alongside co-driver Patrick Pilet. This year, they will be joined in the car by Aussie racer Matt Campbell.
  • Kyle Masson and Performance Tech Motorsports – The Central Florida driver and the South Florida team have earned class victories at Sebring twice in the last three years, claiming a Prototype Challenge (PC) class win in 2017 and the LMP2 class win last year. They’ll look to continue that success with the No. 38 ORECA LMP2 machine, which Masson will share with Cameron Cassels and Don Yount.
  • Lamborghini – The Italian manufacturer has been quite successful in the 36 Hours of Florida as of late. In January, Lamborghini won the GTD class for the third straight year in the Rolex 24 At Daytona with the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Huracán GT3 squad of Bryan Sellers, Madison Snow, Corey Lewis and Andrea Caldarelli. Next weekend, the manufacturer goes for its third consecutive GTD win at Sebring after triumphs in 2018 and 2019. There are five Huracán GT3s in the GTD field, the most entries from any manufacturer in the class.
  • Oliver Gavin – The No. 4 Corvette C8.R driver has the most Sebring victories of anybody in the field with six. His most recent win came in the GTLM class in 2016 aboard the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. He will have the same co-drivers this year – Tommy Milner and Marcel Fassler – that he had for that victory in 2016. There are 39 drivers in this year’s field with at least one Twelve Hours of Sebring race victory.
  • Bill Auberlen – The co-winningest driver in IMSA history has the most Sebring pole positions of any active driver with four, the most recent coming in the GTLM class in 2016. He also has three Twelve Hours of Sebring class victories and will go for a fourth in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 alongside Robby Foley and Dillon Machavern.
  • Porsche – The German manufacturer has the most wins of any at Sebring with 94 class victories. It is also the winningest entrant in the Twelve Hours with 16 total victories dating back to its first win at the Central Florida circuit in 1956. It has won each of the past two years in the GTLM class.

Sebring Race Winners in 2020 Field (39):
Oliver Gavin (6) – GTS – 2001, 2002; GT1 – 2006, 2007; GT – 2013; GTLM – 2016
Bill Auberlen (3) – GTS-2 – 1995, GTS-3 – 1997, GT3 – 1998
Ian James (3) – P2 – 2004, 2005; GTD – 2015
Antonio Garcia (3) – GT1 – 2009, GTLM – 2015, 2017
Pipo Derani (3) – P/Overall – 2016, 2018; DPi/Overall – 2019
Patrick Long (2) – GT2 – 2005, GTLM – 2014
Sebastien Bourdais (2) – GT2 – 2006, P/Overall – 2015
Joao Barbosa (2) – ALMS P2 – 2012, P/Overall – 2015
Marcel Fassler (2) – P1/Overall – 2013, GTLM – 2016
Ryan Briscoe (2) – P2 – 2013, GTLM -2015
Tommy Milner (2) – GT – 2013, GTLM – 2016
Jeroen Bleekemolen (2) – GTC – 2013, GTD – 2017
Colin Braun (2) – PC – 2014, 2016
Mario Farnbacher (2) – GTD – 2015, 2017
Kyle Masson (2) – PC – 2017, LMP2 – 2019
Nick Tandy (2) – GTLM – 2018, 2019
Frederic Makowiecki (2) – GTLM – 2018, 2019
Loic Duval (1) – WEC P1/Overall – 2011
Ryan Hunter-Reay (1) – P2 – 2011
Dane Cameron (1) – LMPC – 2011
Tim Pappas (1) – GTC – 2011
Ryan Dalziel (1) – WEC P2 – 2012
Townsend Bell (1) – GTC – 2012  
Oliver Jarvis (1) – P1/Overall – 2013
Cooper MacNeil (1) – GTC – 2013
John Potter (1) – GTD – 2014
Andy Lally (1) – GTD – 2014
Alex Riberas (1) – GTD – 2015
Christina Nielsen (1) – GTD – 2016
Ricky Taylor (1) – P/Overall – 2017
Jordan Taylor (1) – P/Overall – 2017
Ben Keating (1) – GTD – 2017
Madison Snow (1) – GTD – 2018
Bryan Sellers (1) – GTD – 2018
Corey Lewis (1) – GTD – 2018
Felipe Nasr (1) – DPi/Overall – 2019
Cameron Cassels (1) – LMP2 – 2019
Mirko Bortolotti (1) – GTD – 2019
Rolf Ineichen (1) – GTD – 2019

Sebring Pole Winners in 2020 Field (16):
Bill Auberlen (4) – GTU – 1994, GTS-3 – 1997, GT3 – 1998, GTLM – 2016
Oliver Gavin (3) – GTS – 2001, 2003; GT1 – 2009
Dane Cameron (3) – LMPC – 2011, GTD – 2014, DPi – 2019
Olivier Pla (3) – WEC P2 – 2012; P/Overall – 2015, 2016
Ryan Briscoe (2) – P2 – 2013, GTLM – 2017
Colin Braun (2) – PC – 2013, 2016
Tristan Vautier (2) – GTD – 2017, P/Overall – 2018
Scott Dixon (1) – P1/Overall – 2009
Marcel Fassler (1) – P1/Overall – 2013
Andy Lally (1) – GTC – 2013
Jeroen Bleekemolen (1) – GTD – 2015
Connor De Phillippi (1) – GTLM – 2018
Daniel Serra (1) – GTD – 2018
Matt McMurry (1) – LMP2 – 2019
Trent Hindman (1) – GTD – 2019
Sebring Race-Winning Entrants in 2020 Field:
Porsche (17) – F – 1956; E – 1958, 1959; 6 – 1958, GT6 – 1959; GT9 – 1962; 10 – 1963; GT10 – 1964, 1965; Proto 7/10 – 1965; SP9 – 1966; S9 – 1966; P9 – 1967; P10/Overall – 1968; GTLM – 2014; 2018, 2019
Corvette Racing (10) – GTS – 2002, 2004; GT1 – 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009; GT – 2013; GTLM – 2015, 2016, 2017
Penske (4) – Proto 15 – 1964, GT13 – 1966, Trans-Am – 1968, LMP2 – 2008
BMW (4) – GTU/Overall – 1975; GTP/Overall – 1999; GT – 2011, 2012
Joest (4) – LMP900/Overall – 2003; P1/Overall – 2009, 2012, 2013
Risi Competizione (3) – GT2 – 2007, 2009, 2010
CORE autosport (3) – PC – 2012, 2014, 2016
BMW Team RLL (2) – ALMS GT - 2011, 2012
PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports (2) - PC – 2013, 2016
Action Express Racing (2) – P/Overall – 2015; DPi/Overall – 2019
Black Swan Racing (1) – GTC – 2011
Starworks (1) – WEC P2 – 2012
Magnus (1) – GTD – 2014
Heart of Racing (1) – GTD – 2015
Scuderia Corsa (1) – GTD – 2016
Wayne Taylor Racing (1) – P/Overall – 2017
Riley (1) – GTD – 2017
Paul Miller Racing (1) – GTD – 2018
GRT (1) – GTD – 2019

Sebring Race-Winning Manufacturers in 2020 Field:
Porsche – 94
Chevrolet – 40
Ferrari – 37
Mazda – 13
Audi – 12
BMW – 7
Acura – 3
Cadillac – 2
Lamborghini – 2
Mercedes – 2 
iRacing to host the IMSA 90 Minutes of Sebring
Drivers, start your virtual engines on March 15

March 11, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Sim racers, it is time to get behind your wheel and start your engine as the first-ever IMSA 90 Minutes of Sebring, via iRacing, is scheduled for Sunday, March 15 at 1:30 p.m. ET/18:30 p.m. GMT.

The popular sim-racing platform with hundreds of thousands of users from around the world will host the event on the virtual Sebring International Raceway. Players will get behind the wheel of two cars currently competing in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Series - the all-new Porsche Cayman GT4 in the Grand Sport (GS) class or the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR in the Touring Car (TCR) class.

"We can't wait for the inaugural IMSA 90 Minutes of Sebring," said Kevin Bobbitt, iRacing Director of Marketing. "iRacers have been waiting to get a taste of the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport for quite a while, and we're excited to have the support of IMSA as we debut it in multi-class action with the Audi RS 3 LMS TCR. Just like the real-world IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, we're expecting some great racing at Sebring, and many more great events to come."

Several races will be going on at the same time, split up by each driver’s skill rating. The highest-rated drivers will be competing in the “Top Split” feature which will be broadcasted live on iRacing channels available on iracing.com/live/.

Prizes for the top finishers in each race include:

  • First Place: Two VIP credentials to any 2020 IMSA event weekend
  • Recipients must be 19 years of age or older
  • Valid for U.S. based events
  • Can be exchanged for a 50th Anniversary book if winner is not able to attend/not of age
  • Second Place: IMSA 50th Anniversary Hardcover Book
  • Third Place: IMSA 50th Anniversary Hardcover Book

In addition, one randomly drawn participant in each split will earn two VIP credentials to any 2020 IMSA event weekend.

Practice for the iRacing IMSA 90 Minutes of Sebring will begin at 1 p.m. ET/18:00 p.m. GMT on Sunday, March 15. Qualifying begins at 1:20 p.m. ET/18:20 GMT. For more information, visit iracing.com/imsa90. To sign up for an iRacing membership, go to https://www.iracing.com/membership/.
Third Annual Sebring FanFest Awaits on March 17



March 10, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – All roads will truly lead to the Sebring Circle Tuesday, March 17 when the third annual IMSA Twelve Hour Fan Fest at Historic Downtown Sebring gets underway with a Transporter Parade featuring 30 IMSA WeatherTech Championship teams.

The free community event will allow fans to See the Cars and Meet the Stars as the elaborately designed transporters enter Circle Park Drive from Sebring Parkway and North Ridgewood Drive at 5:30 p.m. Music and entertainment at the circle will start at 5 p.m. Drivers such as Ricky Taylor, Pipo Derani, Felipe Nasr, Filipe Albuquerque and others competing in the 68th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts will be taking part in autograph sessions, fan forums and meet and greets. The fan forum will begin at 6 p.m. and the autograph session will begin at 6:30 p.m. Food trucks, Sebring International Raceway displays, photo opportunities with the Corvette pace car and several of the world’s fastest and most technologically advanced race cars, such as the Mazda and Cadillac prototypes, from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will be on display.

Other highlights will include a pinewood derby, power wheels race, live bands, opportunities to win race tickets and other giveaways. IMSA and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring merchandise, race posters and programs will be available for purchase.

The event will celebrate the significance of the historic race for residents of Highlands County and be a way for the city of Sebring, IMSA and Sebring International Raceway to say thank you to residents and fans who make the 12-Hour Classic what it is today. For more information regarding the pinewood derby, please visit www.eventbrite.com. The Power Wheels race will begin at 6:45 p.m. Pinewood Derby Heats will begin at 7 p.m. and will include sessions for junior, intermediate, and seniors.

The week leading up to the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts will have no shortage of events.

An IMSA Prototype Challenge race beginning at 11:55 a.m., practice for the WeatherTech Championship, and qualifying for the FIA World Endurance Championship activities on Thursday March 19. The following day, qualifying for the WeatherTech Championship begins at 9:45 a.m., followed by the FIA World Endurance Championship 1000 Miles of Sebring race Friday from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advanced Auto Parts starts Saturday, March 21 at 10:40 a.m.

Spectator gates open March 18 at 6 a.m. and tickets are available at sebringraceway.com or by calling 800-626-RACE.



Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Invading
St. Pete for First Time

March 9, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – What do you get when you mix iconic, Porsche 911 race cars, legendary racing circuits, up-and-coming racing stars and accomplished sportsman race car drivers?

You get the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Sanctioned by the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the series opens its 16th season this weekend, March 13-15, with its inaugural visit to the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. As is the case at all eight stops on the 2020 GT3 Cup Challenge USA schedule, the series will contest a pair of frantic, 45-minute, single-driver sprint races on the weekend.

After practice and qualifying sessions Thursday and Friday, the first race of the weekend – and the season – rolls off the grid at 9:45 a.m. ET Saturday. The second half of the weekend doubleheader starts at 11:10 a.m. ET Sunday.

Each race will be streamed live on IMSA.tv, with television coverage airing on NBCSN at 1 p.m. ET on Thursday, March 26 as part of a four-hour block of IMSA coverage.

The series consists of two classes of Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars – Platinum Cup, for current-generation models, and Gold Cup, which are race cars built between 2014 and 2016. All cars ride on Yokohama racing slicks.

Within Platinum Cup is a subclass for drivers 45 years of age and older called “Platinum Masters.” The class uses the same 911 GT3 Cup machinery as standard Platinum class, but all Masters cars are required to use an Antilock Braking System (ABS).

Piloting these cars is a terrific mix of next-generation sports car driving stars and sportsman drivers who have enjoyed success in other walks of life and are following their passion for motorsport. For some, the GT3 Cup Challenge USA is a destination series.

For others – like recent series graduates-turned-IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors Roman De Angelis, Zacharie Robichon, Trenton Estep, Daniel Morad, Michael De Quesada and Christina Nielsen – the GT3 Cup Challenge USA is something of a “finishing school” before the big show.

So… who should be among the top contenders on the season-opening weekend and the 2020 season?

Seventeen-year-old Riley Dickinson certainly fits the profile. The teenager from New Braunfels, Texas is returning to the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche after a scintillating rookie season in the Platinum Cup class in 2019.

Dickinson finished third in the season championship standings, buoyed by seven podium results in the 16-race season, including his first career victory in the penultimate round of the season at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. In January, Dickinson was awarded the prestigious IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship after coming out on top in a four-driver shootout last November at Barber Motorsports Park as part of the North American Porsche Young Driver Academy.

However, Dickinson undoubtedly will have his hands full this weekend and throughout the season with some stiff competition. For that, one needs to look no further than Kelly-Moss Road and Race, which fielded champions in both Platinum Cup and Platinum Masters and has four cars on this weekend’s entry list.

Alan Metni scored his second consecutive Platinum Masters championship in the No. 99 AM Motorsports/Kelly-Moss Porsche with eight class victories. He also scored a career-best second-place overall result at Road America and finished fifth in the 2019 Platinum Cup standings. He could be tough to beat in his fourth season of GT3 Cup Challenge competition.

In addition to Metni, the team’s Platinum Cup lineup includes the No. 48 Porsche for David Brule and an as-yet-unnamed driver in the No. 26 entry. Kelly-Moss also will run perennial Gold Cup front-runner Kurt Fazekas in the No. 52 Porsche.

There also is the four-car armada from JDX Racing, which won the 2018 Platinum Cup title. Shaun McAlister, the 2019 IMSA Hurley Haywood Scholarship recipient, is back for his second season with the JDX team in the No. 11 Porsche. He finished sixth in the 2019 season standings.

The Colorado-based team also will field the No. 3 entry for Canadian Ethan Simioni, who won the 2018 Canadian Touring Car Championship GT class and finished on the podium five times in 2019 during his rookie season in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

JDX also is running the No. 33 Porsche for Irishman Reece Barr and the No. 77 for Preston Calvert. Barr is moving over to GT3 Cup Challenge USA competition from the uber-competitive German Porsche Carrera Cup series, while Calvert won the 2019 Pirelli GT4 America SprintX Am championship.

Another one to watch in Platinum Cup will be Puerto Rico’s Sebastian Carazo, who is moving up after dominating the 2019 Gold Cup class to the tune of 12 victories and podiums in all 16 races. He’s driving the No. 27 NGT Motorsport entry.

In the Platinum Masters class, look for Metni to be challenged by the likes of Calvert and Brule, Charlie Luck in the No. 45 Wright Motorsports Porsche, Danny Hardee, Vernon McClure Jr. and Tampa’s own Tom Kerr with TPC Racing, Bart Collins with MCR Racing and Jeff Mosing, David Baker and Bill Smith with Topp Racing.

The Gold Cup class will be up for grabs with Carazo out of the picture. Top competitors in that class include Fazekas, ACI Motorsports drivers Curt Swearingin and Richard Edge, TPC’s Efrin Castro and MCR’s Michael Mennella.

For more on GT3 Cup Challenge USA and all things IMSA, please visit IMSA.com or download the IMSA Mobile App.


International Women’s Day: IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Sees Spike
in Female Drivers for 2020 Season

March 8, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service

The world-recognized International Women’s Day is Sunday, March 8.

“Drivers, start your engines.”
At the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season opener in January, five women heard their call to action to battle on the banks of Daytona International Speedway.

While many female racers have competed in IMSA over the years, it was last season’s opener at Daytona that Pilot Challenge last had multiple women – two at the time – compete in the same race, let alone five.

On the grid this year were rising stock car star Hailie Deegan; equestrian-turned-racer Taylor Hagler; former Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America driver Sheena Monk; IMSA-experienced Aurora Straus; and BMW Motorsport Junior and W Series competitor Beitske Visser.

“I can recall many times and situations in which women were competitive with other women because of the perception there was a limited number of spots for us in the space,” said Sarah Robinson, motorsports marketing manager, Michelin North America.

“Now, I’m seeing a shift in this behavior, particularly in the IMSA and sports car paddock. I’m now seeing women supporting women in these roles and lifting each other up as a whole. There are not only more of us, but more of us in so many different arenas within this paddock.

“I have so many genuine and collaborative relationships with both men and women here in the paddock, and not a single one of them feels any differently towards me or the job I’m doing because I’m a woman. And that’s great progress.”

While their backgrounds are different, their goals are the same.

For Sheena Monk in the No. 3 McLaren GT4, not even a harrowing incident at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in 2018 could keep her down.

“I pride myself on my willingness to persevere through difficult times, so it would go against my grain if I turned my back that easily on something I love,” said Monk, who scored her first Super Trofeo victory at VIR the race before her incident. “The accident at Laguna Seca was a moment in time, so it was merely a choice that I wouldn't allow it to define me. 

“I learned a lot about my mental strength and developed a much deeper sense of gratitude for the small things as a result of the injuries. What kept me motivated was an unwavering focus to return, figuring out how to be better, and continuing the journey towards where I want to be.”

While Monk is well on her way to her goal of competing in the WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class, Taylor Hagler is just getting started in IMSA after progressing through NASA Texas, SCCA and TC America.

“I love racing because of the calming effect it has on me,” said the Texan. “Instead of a huge adrenaline rush, I get calm and focused when I’m behind the wheel. The competition is thrilling, and the technical aspects of racing keep me on my toes every time I’m behind the wheel.”

While the other four women ran in the Grand Sport (GS) class at Daytona, Hagler was the lone female in the TCR class co-driving the No. 77 L.A. Honda World Racing Honda Civic TCR.

“The move up to IMSA has been a big one. It is tougher competition with higher caliber vehicles from my past experience,” said Hagler. “I come from a sprint racing background, so I am learning patience in longer races to save the tires and equipment. Sharing a car and pit stops are firsts for me this season as well. Even with all the firsts this season, I am excited and ready for the challenge.”

Eighteen-year-old Hailie Deegan is also up for the challenge, never having any sports car experience before her debut at Daytona. Deegan became the first female to win an ARCA West race – collecting three victories total – recorded the best ARCA finish by a female last month at Daytona with a runner-up result, and is wildly popular across social media.

Her participation in IMSA stemmed from an offseason move to Ford Performance to be part of their driver development program. She’s slated for a partial Pilot Challenge season in 2020.

"It is cool to be able to do what I love to do and be an inspiration to other women,” said Deegan. “Seeing young girls at the racetracks that are paying attention to me and what I am doing because they can relate, is an awesome feeling.

“At the end of the day, I just want to race and be as successful as I can possibly be. I want to be in a race car, as much as possible. If that serves as motivation for others that want to do the same thing one day, that is awesome. Coming to Ford has allowed me the chance to get more experience in different forms of motorsports and I love that." 

IMSA fans can find these three women on the grid at Sebring International Raceway next week for the Alan Jay Automotive Network 120, which will be streamed live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold on Thursday, March 19 at 3:50 p.m. ET. IMSA Radio will have live coverage as well on IMSARadio.com and NBCSN will air the broadcast on Thursday, March 26 at 3 p.m. ET as part of a four-hour block of IMSA racing that begins at 1 p.m.

It’s also a race that can’t come soon enough for Deegan and her No. 22 Ford Mustang GT4.

"I had a blast testing at Sebring and can't wait to get back in the Mustang on the track for the IMSA race weekend,” said Deegan. “I actually learned the track a lot faster than I thought I would. I credit a lot of that to the amazing Ford Performance simulator and the work we put in there before getting on the actual track. My favorite part is Turn 17. That last bumpy turn is so much fun. I can't wait to get out there and race."

Want to see another strong showing of females on the grid at Sebring? Look no further than Saturday’s endurance classic, the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.

The Jackie Heinricher-led No. 57 Acura NSX GT3 with Meyer Shank Racing is back on the grid, in addition to the all-female lineup of two-time IMSA GTD champion Christina Nielsen, fellow IMSA race winner Katherine Legge and their endurance driver Rahel Frey in the No. 19 GEAR Racing Powered by GRT Lamborghini Huracán GT3.

The race goes green on Saturday, March 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET on CNBC. The race can be streamed live in its entirety also on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA Radio will have coverage available at IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and SiriusXM Radio.



Rebel Rock an Underdog No More

March 3, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Three races into the 2019 IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge season, not many eyes were on the 34th-place team in the point standings.

However, by year’s end, Rebel Rock Racing would go on to be the only Grand Sport (GS) team to score multiple victories throughout the year, ultimately leaping to ninth in the championship.

For the 2020 season, don’t expect Rebel Rock to slide under the radar as easily as one year ago.

“Really, with my general lack of experience and driving at this level, I think that we were hoping to get some top-five finishes if we were lucky or well prepared and made good decisions,” said Rebel Rock Team Owner Frank DePew. “I think the idea of winning a race, certainly winning two races, I mean we’re the only team to win two races last year, is pretty astonishing actually.”

DePew revived the team in Pilot Challenge for its first full-season effort since 2014 in the series. While his previous racing experience was in the likes of PCA, NASA and HSR, having veteran IMSA driver Robin Liddell by his side helped the team’s cause.

“I moved into the pro ranks, and working with someone like Robin Liddell shows you everything that you didn’t know that you should’ve known,” DePew joked.

It was Liddell’s connection with General Motors that led to the team fielding the No. 71 Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R, which drove into victory lane last year for the first time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and later at Road America in what was the fourth-closest finish in Pilot Challenge history. Meanwhile, DePew credits the CTMP win to an unconventional testing situation he and Liddell faced.

“Robin and I went to CTMP, and we rented a Kia Forte,” said DePew, as the racecar remained at the team’s shop in DeLand, Florida. “We were able to do a track day where we just sat in the car together. I drove the Kia Forte there. Pfaff had rented the track, so there were a bunch of GT2s and McLarens and everything else, and we’re tooting around in that little Kia Forte tearing the rear tires up.

“But at the end of the day, I learned enough that when I got there with the racecar, I was able to translate that and probably got quicker through the race than the beginning of the race.”

Fast forward to 2020, the team’s 13th-place finish at the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway means they’re off to an exponentially better start than 2019. Just half an hour down the road from Daytona and two-and-a-half hours from Sebring International Raceway – which the series visits for its second race of the year on March 18-21 – the team continues its home stretch of racing.

“We like being in Florida,” DePew said. “We like being down there in the offseason and having its first two races. We love Daytona, we’re close to Daytona, and we’re close to Sebring.”

And as for any expectations or pressure to repeat last year’s success, the team’s goal is clear.

“Maybe, maybe a little pressure, but I think what we want to accomplish this year is greater consistency in order to come out on top of the point standings,” DePew said. “We had some great successes last year, but also some amazing failures, mostly on my part, and those led us to being wherever we were in the championship. In the last seven races, we were actually tied for second in the points, so we blew it in the first three races.

“This year, if we can just be consistent and consistently finish well, I feel like we’ll end up higher in the standings, whether we have a race win or not. Really at the end of the day, we’re just trying to do a better job of trying to be consistent.”

The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge returns to action at Sebring International Raceway for its second race of the season, the two-hour Alan Jay Automotive Network 120. The race can be streamed live on Thursday, March 19, at 3:50 p.m. ET exclusively on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will also have live coverage throughout the weekend on RadioLeMans.com.

NBCSN will broadcast the race on Thursday, March 26 from 3-5 pm ET. That broadcast is part of tripleheader of IMSA races being shown in a four-hour block that afternoon that also includes the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race from St. Petersburg at 1 p.m. and the IMSA Prototype Challenge from Sebring at 2 p.m. ET.



IMSA Welcomes WhistlePig Rye Whiskey to its Corporate Partner Family
WhistlePig and The International Motor Sports Association
Establish Marketing Partnership
Daytona Beach, Fla. (March 2, 2020) – Following a record-breaking Rolex 24 At Daytona, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) today announced a new partnership with WhistlePig Rye Whiskey, the No. 1 distiller in the fast growing, ultra-premium and luxury rye whiskey category.

WhistlePig’s dedication to exploring whiskey and pushing the limits of excellence aligns closely with IMSA’s commitment to innovation. IMSA's technologically advanced race cars and visits to the most iconic race venues in North America parallels WhistlePig’s passion for crafting the finest and most interesting rye whiskey.

"We’re pleased to align WhistlePig with The International Motor Sports Association. Our partnership with IMSA offers WhistlePig entry to their organization’s loyal fanbase and we look forward to activating our brand across their series of events,” says Jason Newell, Chief Marketing Officer, WhistlePig Rye Whiskey. “The alignment with IMSA comes at an exciting time for all of us at WhistlePig as the company continues to rapidly expand across the United States and around the globe.”
From its 500-acre farm in Shoreham, Vermont, WhistlePig distills, finishes and blends the finest 10-year, 12-year, 15-year rye whiskey, as well as its Farmstock Rye Triple Terroir Whiskey – created with Vermont grown rye, distilled and proofed with local water and aged in custom Vermont white oak.

This integrated marketing partnership provides WhistlePig with the tools to drive further brand awareness, establishing a presence not only with IMSA’s affluent fan base, but also its stakeholders and paddock guests. 

Throughout the season, the IMSA WeatherTech Paddock Club - the exclusive hospitality destination within the IMSA paddock - will feature the WhistlePig promotional materials. Guests can expect a unique culinary experience showcasing WhistlePig. Their rye whiskey collateral  will also be featured at the WeatherTech Night of Champions season-ending awards event, providing IMSA competitors and stakeholders the chance to celebrate and imbibe in style.

“IMSA is known as the premier sports car racing platform in North America and WhistlePig has rapidly grown to similar stature in the luxury whiskey space,” said IMSA Senior Vice President, Marketing & Business Operations David Pettit. “We know our fans and guests appreciate premium products and we are thrilled to support WhistlePig’s continued growth.”



ACO Says “Oui” To IMSA Teams, Drivers for 88th Le Mans 24 Hours

Feb. 28, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Entries have been announced for the 88th 24 Hours of Le Mans, and as usual, there will be a strong contingent of full-time IMSA drivers and teams in the twice-around-the-clock race on June 13-14.

Seven full-time IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship teams and 18 full-time drivers appeared on the initial list revealed by the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO), which organizes the race.

The list includes a pair of drivers who earned automatic entries via their performance in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship. Cameron Cassels won last year’s Jim Trueman Award as the top sportsman driver in the LMP2 class, and Richard Heistand took the Bob Akin Award as the top GT Daytona (GTD)-class sportsman driver, earning each of them a ticket to the Circuit de la Sarthe.

Cassels, who finished second in the 2019 WeatherTech Championship LMP2 standings and won his class in the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup, will be competing at Le Mans with the support of the same Performance Tech Motorsports team that fields him in IMSA competition. He will be driving the No. 48 Performance Tech ORECA in the LMP2 class with an as-yet-unnamed pair of co-drivers.

In addition to Cassels, other 2020 WeatherTech Championship full-timers in the LMP2 class include Pipo Derani in the No. 21 DragonSpeed USA ORECA, Simon Trummer in the No. 25 Algarve Pro Racing ORECA and Katherine Legge in the No. 50 Richard Mille Racing Team ORECA. As she’s done since the start of the 2019 season, Legge will be part of an all-female driver lineup at Le Mans with co-drivers Tatiana Calderon and Sophia Florsch.

Heistand, meanwhile, had a breakthrough year of sorts in 2019 in the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3. This year, he is competing in Michelin Endurance Cup rounds as part of the No. 11 GRT Grasser Racing Team Lamborghini Huracán GT3 squad and is entered at Le Mans to drive the No. 87 JMW Motorsport Ferrari 488 GTE machine in the GTE Am class. As is the case with Cassels, Heistand’s co-drivers for the race also have not yet been revealed.

Joining Heistand in the GTE Am ranks is the No. 65 WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GTE with Cooper MacNeil as the only listed driver currently, two-time WeatherTech Championship GTD champion Christina Nielsen in the No. 81 GEAR Racing Ferrari, Patrick Long in the No. 99 Dempsey-Proton Racing Porsche 911 RSR and the same trio that won the 2019 Michelin Endurance Cup in the GTD class – Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Felipe Fraga in the No. 57 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR.

The GTE Pro class once again features four entries from WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) teams.

The ballyhooed, midengined Corvette C8.R race car makes it Le Mans debut this year with a pair of entries from Corvette Racing. Co-driving the No. 63 Corvette will be WeatherTech Championship regulars Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor, with their endurance racing teammate, Nicky Catsburg. Longtime IMSA teammates Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin will share the No. 64 C8.R at Le Mans with Marcel Fassler.

The U.S.-based Porsche GT Team operated by CORE autosport is back for another Le Mans run as well with two new-for-2020 GTE Pro entries of its own. The team will field the No. 93 Porsche 911 RSR-19 for WeatherTech Championship regulars Nick Tandy and 2019 GTLM co-champion Earl Bamber, who will welcome Australia’s Matt Campbell to their Le Mans driver lineup.

Bamber and Tandy co-drove to an overall Le Mans victory in 2015 with Campbell taking a class victory in 2018. In the U.S. team’s No. 94 Porsche will be Patrick Pilet, Mathieu Jaminet and Julien Andlauer.

The GTE Pro class also sees 2019 WeatherTech Championship GTLM co-champion Laurens Vanthoor in the German Porsche GT team’s No. 92 entry and another 2020 GTLM full-timer, Frederic Makowiecki in the No. 91 Porsche.

Sebastien Bourdais is yet another full-time 2020 WeatherTech Championship driver with a Le Mans ride. The native of Le Mans will trade his regular No. 5 Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller MotorSports Cadillac DPi-V.R ride for the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE in the 24 Hours.

He’ll share that ride with countryman Olivier Pla – who is racing Michelin Endurance Cup rounds in the No. 77 Mazda Team Joest RT-24P DPi machine in 2020 – and a third driver yet to be named.

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 Leading Digital TV Provider NAGRA Delivers App For Streaming And Other Services

Southlake, TX (March 9, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) will deliver new value to sponsors and fans alike by extending its reach to a global scale through live video streaming. America’s premier vintage racing organization has rolled out a full-service digital media platform to feature races during nine SpeedTour weekends, including its popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am series. Fans around the globe can enjoy the competition through free streaming media to their phones, tablets, and computers. Free downloads are available for both Apple and Android

The new worldwide service is made possible through an agreement with NAGRA, a Kudelski Group (SIX:KUD.S) company and the world's leading independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions. SVRA launched a beta trial of the app at the Sebring International Raceway Vintage Festival during competition on Sunday, March 1. NAGRA brings experience spanning 70 years of working with Hollywood studios as well as 30 years of empowering the world’s leading service providers and content owners. The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli is a partner at the SpeedTour weekends and has also announced a live streaming video app developed by NAGRA.

“Our trial at Sebring was a tremendous success reaching twenty countries worldwide,” said Tony Parella, SVRA President, CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “We established a national platform for our sponsors several years ago and now we have extended the reach of our brand on a global level. This thrusts SVRA and our Vintage Race of Champions series into the mainstream motorsports conversation.”

“As the media landscape is more than ever polarized around the top 50 sporting events and leagues worldwide, NAGRA’s cloud-based video content management technologies and services, combined with appropriate business models will enable sport properties like SVRA to deliver a new level of engagement to their fans equal to those at the highest level,” said Jean-Luc Jezouin, SVP Sales Development, NAGRA. “We’re delighted to be part of this new journey with SVRA, whose famous drivers and awesome cars have created so much history in motorsports in the U.S. and around the world.”

The app allows fans access to a variety of content including:

·      Full live videos of all SVRA on-track sessions, including behind-the-scenes stories

·      Fully produced video stream with live commentary and scoring

·      Fans can watch the produced stream or switch to other cameras of their choice

·      Race highlights

·      Replays of 2020 full races, including Vintage Race of Champions Charity Pro-Ams

·      Race results

·      Event, team, and driver news

The app provides fans, officials, and sponsors with exciting new capabilities such as “Sporfie” which allows fans to instantly capture their preferred moments during the events and share them immediately via text or social media, thus curating their personal highlights of the event. Race stewards also have a new advanced capability, Video Assisted Referee (VAR), which enables them to review on-track actions instantaneously from all available cameras to help make accurate, well informed decisions, in the shortest amount of time. The app is customizable for sponsor logo placement on live video streams, replays, and even on the moments captured by fans. Additionally, banners can be placed within the app and allow for promotional clips prior to the live video stream.






Champion Drivers Join a Growing List of Legends

Southlake, TX (March 3, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) announced today that NASCAR champions Mike Skinner and Johnny Benson have filed entries for the popular Vintage Race of Champions (VROC) Charity Pro-Am at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta. The VROC competition is part of the March 26 – 29 SpeedTour Road Atlanta Grand Prix weekend.

“Mike and Johnny have become good friends to SVRA,” said SVRA President and CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Company, Tony Parella. “Mike has been a regular at our SpeedTour race meets the last two years, and I love how both he and Johnny have embraced our SVRA vintage racing code of camaraderie.”

Skinner is the defending champion of the Road Atlanta VROC Pro-Am, having scored the victory over Al Unser, Jr. there last year. He remained in the hunt for the VROC A-Production championship through the final race of the season at VIR in September.

Skinner has a career total of 28 race wins and 50 poles in NASCAR Truck competition. In 1995, he delivered the NASCAR Truck Series championship for legendary team owner Richard Childress, scoring 16 victories with the black No. 3 Goodwrench Truck across two seasons. By 1997, Childress promoted him to join the great Dale Earnhardt Sr. as his teammate in the NASCAR Cup series. He again delivered, winning the 1997 Rookie-of-the-Year title, as well as six pole positions and a pair of exhibition race wins in Japan in the following seasons. In 2013, he was recognized for his accomplishments when he was inducted into the West Coast Stock Car Hall of Fame. Skinner has continued his career competing on the world-famous hill climb at the Goodwood Festival of Speed where he holds the record for the NASCAR class and has been voted “Driver of the Event” by the Duke of Richmond on three occasions. Today, Skinner competes with SVRA and in other races as well as hosting the radio show, “Skinner Round-Up” with his wife Angie on SiriusXM NASCAR Radio.

Benson has a career total of 18 NASCAR race victories with one in Cup, three in Xfinity, and 14 in Trucks. He earned Xfinity and Truck championships in 1995 and 2008 respectively. Benson is one of only 37 drivers to have won a race in all three of NASCAR’s major series – Cup, Xfinity, and Trucks. Just three drivers have won championships in Xfinity and Trucks – Benson, Greg Biffle, and Austin Dillon. Early in his career, Benson also scored an American Speed Association (ASA) championship in 1993. As a result of his success, Benson represented the Xfinity series in the 1996 IROC invitational, finishing an impressive third in the season standings. Early in his career, he also scored an American Speed Association (ASA) championship in 1993. He was ASA rookie-of-the-year in 1990, and also won the same honor after stepping up to the Cup series in 1996.

Fans around the globe can enjoy the VROC competition through free streaming media to their phones, tablets, and computers. The free downloads are available for both Apple and Android.  This worldwide, free streaming service empowers fans to follow the legendary champion drivers of VROC and is a major milestone in SVRA’s drive to become a mainstream motorsports property.

The Road Atlanta Charity Pro-Am will support Hope For The Warriors, a national nonprofit organization that provides assistance to combat-wounded service members, their families, and families of those killed in action. The organization focuses on those involved in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and their families.

The VROC Charity Pro-Am cars are primarily 1963 to 1972 vintage Corvettes, Camaros, and Mustangs of SVRA “Group 6” A and B Production.  The professionals will be paired with amateur drivers. Amateurs will start the race and be required to drive a maximum of seven laps. In addition to the Pro-Am, the Speed Tour Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta weekend is a festival of other activities, including professional Trans Am by Pirelli series races on Saturday and Sunday. The weekend also presents the Hagerty Insurance “cars & caffeine” car corral, and 300+ vintage racers ranging over 100 years of automotive history racing in SVRA Groups 1 through 12.


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Jan. 23-26

Rolex 24 at Daytona

DPi, LMP2*,


Daytona International Speedway



Daytona Beach, Florida





March 18-21

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

DPi, LMP2,


Sebring, Florida








April 17-18

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach



Streets of Long Beach, California





May 1-3

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

DPi, LMP2, 


Lexington, Ohio





May 29-30

Chevrolet Sports Car Classic

DPi, GTD**


Detroit, Michigan





June 25-28

Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen

DPi, LMP2,


Watkins Glen International



Watkins Glen, New York





July 3-5

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park



Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada





July 17-18

Lime Rock Park



Lakeville, Connecticut





July 31 – Aug. 2

Road America

DPi, LMP2,


Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin





Aug. 21-23

Virginia International Raceway



Danville, Virginia





Sept. 11-13

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

DPi, LMP2, 


Monterey, California





Oct. 7-10

Motul Petit Le Mans

DPi, LMP2,


Braselton, Georgia



Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta




January 3-5: Homestead-Miami Speedway; Florida Region; Homestead Florida                               

January 10-12: Sebring International Raceway; Central Florida Region; Sebring, Florida 
Hoosier Super Tour 

March 20-22: Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta; Atlanta Region; Braselton, Georgia 
Hoosier Super Tour

April 10-12; VIRginia International Raceway; North Carolina Region; Alton, Virginia
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Southeast/Northeast Conference Event)

June 6-7: Charlotte Motor Speedway; Central Carolinas Region; Concord, NC

June 27-28: Roebling Road; Southeast Division; Bloomingdale, Georgia      



January 25-26: MSR Cresson; Texas Region; Cresson, Texas  RESULTS

February 8-9: Circuit of the Americas; Lone Star Region; Austin, Texas
Hoosier Super Tour

April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Ark Valley Race Group; Jennings, Oklahoma
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Mid-States/Southern Conference Event)

May 2-3: Eagles Canyon Raceway; Texas Region; Decatur, Texas

May 23-24: MSR Houston; Houston Region; Angleton, Texas

Sept 5-6: MSR Houston; Houston Region; Angleton, Texas


January 24-26: Auto Club Speedway; Cal Club Region; Fontana, California 

February 21-23: Buttonwillow Raceway Park; Cal Club Region; Buttonwillow, California
Hoosier Super Tour

March 21-22: Willow Springs Raceway; Cal Club Region; Rosamond, California

April 3-5: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca; San Francisco Region; Salinas, California

May 16-17: Portland International Raceway; Oregon Region; Portland, Oregon
Hoosier Super Tour

May 23-24: Pacific Raceways; Northwest Region; Kent, Washington


April 10-12; VIRginia International Raceway; North Carolina Region; Alton, Virginia                   
Hoosier Super Tour    (Dual Southeast/Northeast Conference Event)

April 25-26: Summit Point Motorsports Park; Washington DC Region; Summit Point WV      

May 9-10: Pittsburgh International Race Complex; Steel Cities Region; Wampum Pennsylvania

May 23-24: Pocono Raceway; Northern New Jersey Region; Long Pond, Pennsylvania

June 19-21: Watkins Glen International; Finger Lakes Region; Watkins Glen, New York
Hoosier Super Tour              

July 11-12: Thompson Speedway Motorsports Park; New England Region ;Thompson, Connecticut    

July 17-19: New Jersey Motorsports Park; South Jersey Region; Millville,New Jersey                                       


April 4-5: Hallett Motor Racing Circuit; Ark Valley Race Group; Jennings, Oklahoma
Hoosier Super Tour (Dual Mid-States/Southern Conference Event)

April 18-19: Heartland Motorsports Park; Kaw Valley Race Group; Topeka, Kansas

May 2-3: World Wide Technology Raceway at Gateway; St. Louis Region; Madison, Illinois

May 23-24: Pueblo Motorsports Park; Continental Divide Region; Pueblo, Colorado

July 4-5: High Plains Raceway; Colorado Region; Deer Trail, Colorado

August 22-23: High Plains Raceway; Colorado Region; Deer Trail, Colorado



May 2-3: Blackhawk Farms Raceway; Blackhawk Valley Region; S. Beloit, Illinois

May 16-17: Gingerman Raceway; South Bend & Detroit Regions; South Haven, Michigan

June 12-14: Road America; WeatherTech Chicago Region June Sprints; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
Hoosier Super Tour

July 11-12: Road America; Milwaukee Region; Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

July 17-19: Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course; Ohio Valley Region; Lexington, Ohio
Hoosier Super Tour       

August 22-23: Grattan Raceway; Western Michigan Region; Belding, Michigan

August 29-30: CANCELLED  Brainerd International Raceway; Land O'Lakes Region; Brainerd, Minnesota    


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 2020 SoCal Historic Sports Car Festival

February 7 - 9, 2020

Auto Club Speedway - Fontana, CA


2020 Bob Williams Heritage Cup

February 14 - 16, 2020

Roebling Road Raceway - Bloomingdale, GA


2020 SVRA Drivers School

February 14 - 16, 2020

Roebling Road Raceway - Bloomingdale, GA


2020 Sebring Vintage Classic

February 27, 2020 - March 1, 2020

Sebring International Raceway - Sebring, FL

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2020 Road Atlanta Grand Prix

March 26 - 29, 2020

Road Atlanta - Braselton, GA

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2020 Trans Am SpeedFest

April 30, 2020 - May 3, 2020

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca - Monterey, CA

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2020 Spring Vintage Festival

May 14 - 17, 2020

Road America - Elkhart Lake, WI

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2020 Lime Rock Festival

May 22 - 25, 2020

Lime Rock Park - Lakeville, CT

Details | Driver Registration


2020 Brickyard Vintage Racing Invitational

June 17 - 21, 2020

Indianapolis Motor Speedway - Indianapolis, IN

Details | Driver Registration | Car Show Registration


2020 Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio

June 25 - 28, 2020

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course - Lexington, OH

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2020 Portland Vintage Racing Festival

July 23 - 26, 2020

Portland International Raceway - Portland, OR

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2020 U.S. Vintage Grand Prix

September 9 - 13, 2020

Watkins Glen International - Watkins Glen, NY

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2020 Heacock Classic Gold Cup

September 24 - 27, 2020

Virginia International Raceway - Alton, VA

Details | Driver Registration | Car Show Registration


2020 Savannah Speed Classic

October 22 - 25, 2020

Grand Prize of America - Hutchinson Island, GA

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2020 U.S. Vintage National Championship

November 5 - 8, 2020

Circuit of The Americas - Austin, TX

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