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No Raining on Corvette Racing’s Parade as Taylor, Garcia
Win Team’s Third Straight in GTLM
No. 12 AVS Vasser Sullivan Lexus Slips and Slides to GTD Win at Road America

 
August 2, 2020
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Even the drenching wrath of Mother Nature couldn’t prevent the hottest team in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) competition from continuing its winning ways.

 
In Sunday’s headlining event at the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America that finished in a drenching downpour, Corvette Racing collected a 1-2 finish. Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia drove to victory in the No. 3 Corvette Racing Chevrolet Corvette C8.R, with Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner bringing the sister No. 4 Corvette home in second place.

 
 It marked the third straight Corvette win in 2020 competition and second straight 1-2 finish, though the positions were reversed two weeks ago at Sebring International Raceway.

 
Taylor and Garcia started strong and finished smart, earning the 102nd Corvette win in IMSA history. Taylor got the jump at the green flag on GTLM polesitter Laurens Vanthoor in the No. 912 Porsche GT Team Porsche 911 RSR-19 to grab the lead and hold it for the first 30 minutes on the high-speed road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 
Vanthoor passed Taylor for the lead on Lap 15 and it looked like the Porsche’s day. That changed as quickly as the Wisconsin weather, however. Rain began falling around the 4.048-mile circuit with 55 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race. Soon after, GTLM competitors Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche and Connor De Phillippi in the No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE were among cars spinning off course to bring out a full-course caution.

 
Heavy rain, hail and lightning then arrived, forcing all cars to pit lane under red-flag conditions. Following a 21-minute hold, the race resumed under a full-course caution to allow a cycle of pit stops. When the green flag waved with 7:35 on the clock, John Edwards led GTLM in the No. 24 BMW, with Garcia in the No. 3 and Nick Tandy in the No. 911 Porsche on his heels.

 
Amid the skirmish in the wet with limited visibility on the white-flag lap, both Edwards and Tandy went off course and Garcia snuck through to take the checkered flag. It marked IMSA win No. 18 for the Spaniard.
“It was a very, very intense (last) three laps,” admitted Garcia, who notched his first Road America triumph. “I knew from Sebring practice that the C8.R was really, really good in the wet, even if today was more than wet. I had Tandy all over me; we had many, many times where we were alongside and kind of sailing together instead of racing together.

 
“I knew the Carousel and the Kink was really bad, like going into a swimming pool. I took the line I took on the previous lap and it seemed to work while defending from Tandy. … At some point while I was full off to the left, I saw the 24 (Edwards) spinning by himself very, very slowly.

 
“I was probably one of the few cars that made it through and luckily enough Tommy did the same, so another 1-2 for Corvette Racing, which is amazing. My first victory at Road America, finally!”

 
Taylor picked up his 22nd career win and added a first by winning on the same day in a different car as his brother Ricky, who took the overall and Daytona Prototype international (DPi) win with Helio Castroneves in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05.

 
“It was a wild day, very unexpected,” Jordan Taylor said. “The race started out strong. We took a different strategy with the three stops at the beginning and thankfully that turned out to work well in timing with the rain, and track-position-wise.

 
“Antonio never gave up. It was a tough fight in the tough conditions, but he survived when he needed to survive and he pressured the 24 when he needed to.”

 
GTLM is in action again Saturday, August 22 in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. The race streams live at 1:35 p.m. ET on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA.tv.
No. 12 AVS Vasser Sullivan Lexus Slips and Slides to GTD Win at Road America

 
You know it’s a strange day when the winning car in a race limps home with damage sustained after the checkered flag.

 
That’s the kind of race it was for the GT Daytona class (GTD) in the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America on Sunday. Frankie Montecalvo and Townsend Bell delivered AIM Vasser Sullivan its third win in as many IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races, coming after teammates Aaron Telitz and Jack Hawksworth captured the previous two events.

 
Telitz started on the GTD pole in the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, with Montecalvo alongside in the No. 12 Lexus. Bell was able to overtake Hawksworth following the first round of pit stops and the No. 12 remained out front until the skies opened up with less than an hour remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race on the popular 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

 
Heavy rain, hail and lightning forced a 21-minute red flag. When green-flag racing resumed with the rain still coming down, Bell and Hawksworth were still running 1-2. That’s when the real fun began.

 
Mario Farnbacher made his way from fifth to second on the final restart in the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing with Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3. A lap later, Farnbacher completed a brilliant outside pass on Bell in Turn 12 to take the lead. It was short-lived, however, with the No. 86 going off track on the white-flag lap, opening the path for Bell to retake the lead and hold on for the win.

 
It was the fourth IMSA win for Bell and maiden victory for Montecalvo. Farnbacher and Matt McMurry finished second in the No. 86, with Telitz and Hawksworth rounding out the podium in the No. 14.

 
“Farnbacher, he was going big around the outside and got by us kind of easily,” Bell said of the penultimate lap. “We kind of hung in there and I was coming out of the Carousel looking up the road (on the last lap), and there he was sliding out in the grass near the wall. I hit that standing water and thought I was going to lose it.

 
“I just put my foot down and just started grabbing gears. The Lexus just barely hooked up and I got by him. That’s all it took and then the yellow came out.”

 
Farnbacher said he battled brake issues in the No. 86 Acura, which didn’t help his effort in the wet.

 
“I just tried to survive,” he said. “We came in early for rain tires and I think that was the key point, so thanks to Mike (Shank, team co-owner and strategist) and the guys for putting me into the right strategy. That was the reason we finished on the podium. We should have won it, but that’s racing sometimes.”

 
Bell’s excitement wasn’t complete once the checkered flag waved. As he nursed around the circuit on the cooldown lap, the No. 12 skittered off track and bounced off a concrete barrier.

 
“If that had happened a lap earlier, we would have lost the race under caution at 20 mph,” Bell said. “That’s how bad the conditions were. It’s kind of embarrassing, but I’m not sure I could do much else. I was just driving in a straight line as slow as I could go, and it just floated off the track.”

 
Montecalvo didn’t care how the car looked after the race. He was just happy to get his first win.

 
“Thanks to Townsend and the crew today to get this win for the 12 car,” he said. “We feel great for the guys. So, for everything to work out for us this race, it feels amazing. Everyone made a phenomenal call in the pits, throwing on the wets at the perfect time, it really worked out for us. It was a great race for us.”

 
GTD races again on Saturday, August 22 in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. The race streams live at 1:35 p.m. ET on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold and IMSA.tv.

 

Wet and Wild Win for Taylor, Castroneves and Acura Team Penske
at Road America
Turnabout Is Fair Play as DragonSpeed USA Wins LMP2 Race

 
August 2, 2020
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Helio Castroneves had no idea where he was going, but he knew he was fast.

 
Castroneves passed Renger van der Zande in the pouring rain with 5 minutes, 15 seconds left Sunday to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) class of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

 
Castroneves trailed van der Zande when the race in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, restarted with under eight minutes left following a 21-minute red flag and 22-minute full-course caution, as leader Oliver Jarvis went to the pits for rain tires. Covered by plumes of water from van der Zande’s car and slower traffic in front, Castroneves chased down the leader and eventually passed him when his car bobbled on the exit of Turn 14.

 
“I couldn’t see a thing,” Castroneves said. “I noticed a little gap, and every time you have a little gap when there’s a few laps to go, you go for it.”

 
The victory with teammate Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi was the team’s first this season in its first race after Acura announced that it would part ways with Penske’s WeatherTech Championship effort at the end of the 2020 season. Acura Team Penske first competed in the DPi class in 2018 and won the driver, team and manufacturer championships in 2019.

 
The team had been off to a rough start to the 2020 season, not finishing better than fourth in the first three races. Taylor and Castroneves hadn’t won since 2018.

 
“We don’t even know where we are in points because it’s pointless to look at them when we finish last every weekend,” Taylor said. “There’s always some bad luck or something going on, but this win definitely gives us some momentum. We’ll keep fighting.”

 
Castroneves said the team isn’t focused on the decision, but instead intent on turning the season around.

 
“Everybody knows the program is going to be forced to an end,” Castroneves said. “We don’t think about that. We want to finish on a high note. That’s our goal.”

 
Van der Zande, who teamed with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R, held on to finish second. The No. 31 Action Express Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R shared by Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani finished third.

 
Taylor, who started from pole alongside the Acura Team Penske No. 6 entry driven by Dane Cameron, led from the drop of the green until the first round of pit stops. He reassumed the lead shortly after Cameron tangled with Harry Tincknell’s No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda DPi 35 minutes into the 2-hour, 40-minute race.

 
After the No. 7 Penske car changed drivers, Castroneves held spirited battles for the lead with Jarvis, van der Zande and Tincknell before Jarvis assumed the lead shortly before rain began to fall, bringing out the red flag.  

 
Once the race restarted and Jarvis pitted for rain tires, Castroneves set his sights on van der Zande.

 
“Our goal is just to go quick,” Castroneves said. “We created some momentum, and we want to keep it going. Every time we’re on the racetrack, that’s what we want to do. Hopefully, this helps.”

 
The WeatherTech Championship resumes Aug. 21-23 with the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway for the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes. The DPi and LMP2 classes return to competition in a six-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Sept. 6.
Turnabout Is Fair Play as DragonSpeed USA Wins LMP2 Race

 
Sometimes, it’s all about timing and great decisions.

 
Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman, who were at one point more than 45 seconds behind the leaders in the Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2) class during Sunday’s main event of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America, caught a break when Simon Trummer went off course under yellow with 46 minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race.

 
Hanley, piloting the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 07, made a timely change from slick tires to wets and pulled off a surprising victory with help from Hedman’s opening effort.

 
“I can’t speak much about the rain,” said Hedman, who started the car second in class and 10th overall before rain changed the race. “I just thought the team made a crucial call and got Ben in early and got the wets on. That’s what won us the race today.”

 
The No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA led almost the entire first two hours of the race after Patrick Kelly’s sizzling opening effort and Trummer’s strong second half. But with 46 minutes remaining and the field struggling to get around the wet track under caution, Trummer found himself in a tangle, went off course and picked up an advertising sign on the car’s nose.

 
The No. 52 eventually finished fourth in class, while Hanley brought the No. 81 car home with the LMP2 lead. Cameron Cassels and James French finished second in class in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports ORECA, while Dwight Merriman and Kyle Tilley finished third in the No. 18 Era Motorsport ORECA.

 
The unusual circumstances of Sunday’s race extended the strange back-and-forth between the Nos. 52 and 81 teams to a second successive race. The No. 81 entry shared by Hedman and Gustavo Menezes was stripped of its victory July 18 at Sebring International Raceway because of disqualification over minimum driving time, giving the win to the No. 52 entry shared by Kelly and Spencer Pigot. 

 
“We should have won the race in Sebring, but we didn’t,” Hedman said. “The 52 car probably should have won this race, but they didn’t. We’re happy. We’ll take it. This was a team victory for us today.”
McLaren Magic at Road America for Lewis, Monk

 
August 1, 2020
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Corey Lewis knew his shot to win had everything to do with staying ahead of Kyle Marcelli when he left the pits with little more than 35 minutes left in Saturday’s IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race at Road America.

 
Lewis made it back on the track just ahead of Marcelli and held him off on cold tires while Marcelli moved within feet of Lewis’ rear bumper. Lewis later pulled away to win the GS class and overall race as it finished under caution.

 
“That final pit stop was perfect,” Lewis said. “That was probably the longest 20 minutes or so at the end, but the guys were talking me through it. It was an amazing two days.”

 
Teammate Sheena Monk started third in the No. 3 Motorsports In Action McLaren 570 GT4, and Lewis finished off the victory over Marcelli and teammate Nate Stacy in the No. 60 KohR Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4.

 
Monk recorded her first victory in her first race in the series and became the first woman to win overall in Michelin Pilot Challenge since 2015, when Ashley Freiberg won at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

 
“Fortunately, I know Road America pretty well,” Monk said. “The first practice out was a little awkward for me, because I had to retrain my brain about where I was going to brake and learn the behavior of the car. With a condensed schedule, you just have to make the most out of every minute.” 

 
While Monk and Lewis were winning the GS class, Gabby Chaves was saving enough fuel to help Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb Agajanian sweep the podium in the TCR class. Chaves and Ryan Norman teamed for victory in the No. 33 BHA Hyundai Veloster N, followed by the team’s No. 29 Hyundai shared by Parker Chase and Spencer Brockman and the No. 21 driven by Mark Wilkins and Harry Gottsacker.

 
Chaves took over the car after Norman put it comfortably in front. After that, it was his job to keep it there while saving fuel.

 
“Ryan handed the car off to me with the lead,” Chaves said. “My job was to keep it from there. I had to do a little fuel saving, but Ryan helped me out with a gap. It’s a much easier job to be able to manage your tire life and your fuel from the front rather than trying to chase someone down.”  

 
Following the Monk/Lewis McLaren and the Stacy/Marcelli Aston Martin to the finish line in the GS class was the No. 39 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi R8 GT4 shared by Tyler McQuarrie and Jeff Westphal.

 
The race finished under yellow after Billy Johnson crashed in the No. 4 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT GT4. He was not injured.

 
The Michelin Pilot Challenge season resumes Sunday, Aug. 23 with the Virginia is for Racing Lovers Grand Prix at VIRginia International Raceway. The race streams live on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold at 2:50 p.m. ET.
 

Kingsley Becomes First Winner of 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Season


 
August 1, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – It was a race for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama history books and Jeff Kingsley claimed the victory.

In the first race of the season for the Porsche one-make series – which initially was scheduled to begin in March at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg – Kingsley started from the pole position and led every lap of the 45-minute race to earn his first career Platinum Class victory in GT3 Cup Challenge USA. It was also Kingsley’s debut race with Kelly Moss Road and Race in the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

 
However, the victory didn’t come without some tests. Kingsley had to defend against an eager Riley Dickinson in the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche twice after on-track incidents resulted in full-course yellow flags. The second caution was lifted with just one lap remaining in the race, setting the stage for a possible last-lap battle between the two drivers. However, Kingsley’s jump at the restart was enough to pull away and win by .857 seconds.

 
“Riley gave it his all today, he was tough to keep back there,” said the Ontario native. “We had a really good start and I think that was the key to our success for the first little bit. It was about making laps and staying out front, staying clean and keeping the tires safe.

 
“I’m super happy, super proud and ready to do it again tomorrow.”

 
Finishing third was Kingsley’s teammate Alan Metni in the No. 99 Porsche for Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports. Also a contender in the Platinum Masters category for drivers 45 years and older, Metni took home the first-place trophy for that class as well.

 
“It’s great to be back, it’s wonderful to be racing again and I want to thank all the people who made that possible in really challenging times,” said Metni. “To put it together, to do it well and to do it safely is really spectacular so hats off to them.

 
“I got a little bit behind at the beginning and just put my head down and stayed focus and actually as closing the gap I thought, pretty well. I was happy with my race pace. The car was great. It got better and better throughout the race.”

 
In the Gold Class, Efrin Castro dominated in similar fashion to Kingsley, leading flag-to-flag in the No. 65 TPC Racing Porsche for his first career GT3 Cup Challenge USA victory. The driver from the Dominican Republic collected three podium finishes in 2019 but had yet to stand on the top step until Saturday.

 
“I’m glad to be back, it’s great they’re letting us race,” said Castro. “I kept my focus (during the) off time and I kept practicing. I knew the day would come that we would race so I wanted to be ready and I came ready to this weekend. I want to thank my team TPC and my sponsors… We were able to pull it off and it was a team effort.

 
“It’s just a dream goal to achieve. God gave me the opportunity to be here and do it and it just feels fabulous.”

 
Receiving the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions throughout the race was Castro’s TPC Racing teammate in the Platinum Class, Dan Hardee driving the No. 69 Porsche. Hardee finished 11th in class after starting 16th.

 
“It’s so nice to be back since we got to start the season a little bit in St. Pete and didn’t get to finish the event,” said Hardee. “To come back here and to finally get back to racing and it’s nice to have some of the fans here today and get to finally start a sport that we love. Thanks again to Mike Skeen as well for helping me coach and TPC Racing.”

 
The second and final GT3 Cup Challenge USA race of the weekend will go green on Sunday, August 2 at 10 a.m. ET. The race can be streamed live on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.

 
Ricky Rocket: Taylor Leads 1-2 Acura Team Penske Qualifying Sweep
at Road America
Kelly Scores Back-to-Back Motul Pole Awards in LMP2

 
August 1, 2020
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Ricky Taylor slipped past Acura Team Penske teammate Dane Cameron late in Saturday’s qualifying session to lead a Penske sweep of the front row for Sunday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America.
 
Taylor’s lap of 1 minute, 49.061 seconds (133.620 mph) in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura ARX-05 DPi was just 0.318 seconds faster than Cameron’s fastest lap in the team’s No. 6 Acura around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. But it was fast enough to give him the Motul Pole Award.
 
Taylor and Helio Castroneves will share the driving duties for Sunday’s 2-hour, 40-minute race. Cameron shares the team’s No. 6 car with Juan Pablo Montoya.
 
Taylor credited Cameron for showing him the line and pressing him to improve.
 
“Dane kind of showed me how it’s done,” Taylor said. “I tried to apply what I learned from him. That’s the power of having good teammates and a great team. There’s no reason to be behind when somebody is always pushing you and helping you to run faster.”
 
It was the second pole position this season for the No. 7 team – Castroneves took pole for last month’s IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona – and was the 20th IMSA pole for Taylor, who last claimed a Motul Pole Award last September at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. After a difficult start to the season for the No. 7 squad – which hasn't finished better than seventh in the first three races of 2020 – the pole was a welcome relief.
 
“We’ve had a tough season this year with little things going on here and there,” Taylor said. “Even though it’s not a race win, it’s really nice to keep all the guys motivated. I’m excited to go out tomorrow. We’ve shown great pace all weekend. To convert it to a race win would be really, really amazing.” 
 
The two Mazda Motorsports entries will start on the second row. Harry Tincknell, who shares the team’s No. 55 Mazda DPi with Jonathan Bomarito, secured the third starting position at 1:49.607 (132.954 mph). Tristan Nunez, who shares the team’s No. 77 entry with Oliver Jarvis, locked down the fourth position with a lap of 1:50.120 (132.335 mph).
 
For Taylor, Road America provides a difficult challenge through traffic.
 
“Road America is always difficult,” he said. “There are a lot of places where you can create gaps and lose lots of time in traffic. … It’s really an interesting track, one where you can lose lots of ground and momentum.

 
“It’s going to be a handful. It’s going to really demand a lot of the teams and the drivers to put together a perfect race. I think for us in the (No.) 7 car, we are just trying to get through the race unscathed without any issues and let the pace hopefully dictate our outcome. And we’ve had a lot of pace so we’re happy with that.”
 
NBC’s live coverage of the race begins at noon ET Sunday. The race is timed for two hours, 45 minutes, with the green flag expected at 12:05 p.m.
Kelly Scores Back-to-Back Motul Pole Awards in LMP2

 
Patrick Kelly only wanted to be consistent during his qualifying laps. And consistent he was.

 
Kelly won the Motul Pole Award in the LMP2 class Saturday with a fast lap of 1:54.472 (127.301 mph) in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America layout.

 
Kelly, who is sharing the car with Simon Trummer, will start ninth overall and first among the LMP2 drivers for Sunday’s main event of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

 
Afterward, Kelly credited consistency for his pole-winning performance.

 
“You know what it was? It was consistent,” he said. “It was hitting your marks and keeping everything clean, I think, more than anything. I didn’t think traffic would be such an issue as it is here with the other cars, with both the DPi and the GT cars.”

 
Kelly’s lap topped Henrik Hedman’s best lap of 1:55.427 (126.250 mph) in the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA LMP2 07.

 
Kelly, a native of Minnetrista, Minnesota, reiterated his appreciation and respect for a track he calls home. 

 
“It’s a little scary in some spots,” he said. “... Man, oh man, does it get your attention. Boy, it didn’t disappoint for today and the event. I love this event and track so much. And I love being here as a fan as much as I love being a driver.” 

 
Kelly admitted that he’d been struggling during practice sessions Friday and earlier Saturday but put it together in the qualifying session.  

 
“I know the things I have to do.… Just put a lap together that’s clean and then push for another one, and that’s what I did and it was enough to put it on the pole.”
Vanthoor Puts Porsche on Road America GTLM Pole
for First Time in Five Years
There’s No Place Like Home: Telitz Collects First IMSA Pole Position at Home Track

 
August 1, 2020
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – For all its IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship success, the Porsche GT Team hasn’t encountered much recently in GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying at historic Road America.

 
Laurens Vanthoor put an end to that drought Saturday, taking the class pole position with an on-the-edge lap of 2 minutes, 0.590 seconds (120.845 mph) in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR-19. It’s the first time a Porsche has qualified atop the chart in hotly contested GTLM in five years. That came compliments of Vanthoor’s teammate, Earl Bamber, in 2015.

 
“I think qualifying here is always joyful for the drivers,” said Vanthoor, who racked up his third career IMSA pole. “Everyone knows the track and it's always challenging.

 
“We weren’t really happy with how things were going with FP2 and the qualifying sims, so we did a little bit of brainstorming after that. Obviously, it shows our engineering did the right decisions. The car was good. We were struggling a little bit in the first couple of laps with the brake bias that I had to adjust with the track conditions. Luckily, I was able to get it sorted and managed to pull a good lap, and was able to get on pole.”

 
The GTLM field is tightly packed again, with the six entries separated by just over seven-tenths of a second. Corvette Racing’s C8.Rs qualified second and third, with Jordan Taylor in the No. 3 (2:00.854, 120.581 mph) a tick of the watch quicker than Oliver Gavin in the No. 4 (2:00.904, 120.531 mph).

 
The BMW Team RLL duo came next. Bruno Spengler qualified fourth in the No. 25 BMW M8 GTE at 2:01.155 (120.281 mph) and Jesse Krohn was fifth in the No. 24 BMW at 2:01.202 (120.235 mph). Fred Makowiecki put the No. 911 Porsche in sixth with a best lap of 2:01.305 (120.133 mph).

 
GTLM polesitter Vanthoor now turns his sights to ending another five-year drought for Porsche at Road America – getting to victory lane. With the new Porsche 911 RSR-19 under them, Vanthoor believes he and Bamber can make it happen.

 
“This car is a new car compared to the old one,” Vanthoor said. “It asks as well for a slightly different driving style. Earl and myself thought it would suit this track; apparently it does. We know that Road America is hard on the tires, so that will be another crucial part that, honestly, I think we’ll be good (at managing).

 
“The race seems to be a lot more in the ballpark than we have in the last couple of years.”
There’s No Place Like Home: Telitz Collects First IMSA Pole Position at Home Track

 
Maybe you can go home again after all. Aaron Telitz is sure showing it thus far during the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

 
The native of Rice Lake, Wisconsin, has come back to his home track in style, qualifying fastest in GT Daytona (GTD) on Saturday to collect his first IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship pole position. Driving the No. 14 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus RC F GT3, Telitz toured the Road America circuit in two minutes, 6.251 seconds (115.426 mph) and lead a 1-2 qualifying effort for the team. Frankie Montecalvo was second in class in the No. 12 AIM Vasser Sullivan Lexus with a lap of 2:07.038 (114.711 mph).

 
“It feels great to be home, guys!” the 28-year-old Telitz said. “It’s my home track, my home state. All my home fans are here cheering me on. I can feel that energy, it’s just awesome. I love Road America, everything about it. I’m glad to get this pole, first pole position for me and another pole for Lexus and AVS.”

 
Telitz and Jack Hawksworth have won the last two GTD events, the IMSA WeatherTech At Daytona 240 on July 4 and the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring on July 18, since they were first paired in the No. 14 Lexus last month. They’ll look to keep the momentum rolling in Sunday’s two-hour, 40-minute event, but as Telitz said, “Everybody knows that qualifying and a race are two different animals.

 
“It’s going to be pretty interesting tomorrow,” he added. “Looking at the weather, there is a possibility of thunderstorms rolling in near the end of the race. We don’t know what's going to happen tomorrow, we’re just going to take it one lap at a time like we’ve been doing it this entire season and it’s seemed to work out for us well so far.”

 
Corey Fergus qualified third in GTD with a lap of 2:07.265 (114.507 mph) in the No. 76 Compass Racing McLaren 720S GT3. Robby Foley recovered from a crash in morning practice due to a severed brake line, and Turner Motorsport performed a stellar repair job to the No. 96 BMW M6 GT3 that allowed Foley to qualify fourth at 2:07.361 (114.420 mph).

 
Hawksworth is the GTD points leader heading into the race, with a three-point advantage over Telitz and No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini Huracan GT3 drivers Andy Lally and John Potter.
JDC Motorsports Claims Second Straight IMSA Prototype Challenge Win Despite Odd Finish

 
August 1, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Gerry Kraut and Scott Andrews picked up their second consecutive IMSA Prototype Challenge win on Saturday, but not without some drama, confusion, momentary deflation and eventual elation.

 
Andrews was behind the wheel of the No. 9 JDC MotorSports Norma M30 for the final stint at Road America, nursing his fuel to the finish 1.837 seconds ahead of the No. 74 Forty7 Motorsports Norma driven by Wyatt Schwab and Jon Brownson.

 
The drama and confusion erupted when the field was shown the white flag instead of the checkered as Andrews crossed the finish line. Based on IMSA’s lap-time average predictor, the race leader was expected to cross the line before the one-hour, 45-minute time limit ran out, necessitating one more lap. But since Andrews’ pace had slowed dramatically in fuel-saving mode, he crossed start-finish a few seconds after time had expired.

 
The extra lap that wound up not counting saw a five-car thrash around the 4.048-mile road course for what they thought would be the win. Dakota Dickerson maneuvered from fifth place to first in the No. 54 MLT Motorsports Ligier JS P3, but he was returned to fifth in the official result.

 
The victory for Kraut and Andrews comes two weeks after they won at Sebring International Raceway, though neither was sure initially if they had won Saturday.

 
“I was on the timing stand and the clock had run out,” said Kraut, who drove the opening stint but was among the first to pit 45 minutes into the race. “(Andrews) was coming out of (Turn) 14, we assumed they were going to throw the checker and they threw the white. We went like, ‘What?!’ Obviously, they did the right thing to reverse that.”

 
Andrews said he would’ve been delighted with third place, where he was when the extra lap was completed. Then he received the good news over the team radio on the cool-down lap.

 
“They said, ‘Hang tight, we may have won this thing,’” Andrews said. “So, I was super happy and celebrating the whole time. It was good.

 
“We came into the race probably knowing we didn’t have the pace, so we had to do a risky and aggressive strategy on fuel if we had any chance to win. As far as strategy and teamwork and just the driving for both of us, I think we did a really awesome job collectively.

 
“I’m stoked. Two in a row is awesome. It’s not something we expected but we’re very grateful we have the opportunity to do it.”

 
An additional post-race reshuffling occurred in technical inspection where a fuel capacity infraction was revealed on the No. 74 of Schwab and Brownson. The car was moved to the bottom of the finishing order as a result.

 
The penalty moved Dan Goldburg and Blake Mount into second in the No. 6 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier. David Grant and Keith Grant, who started on pole in the No. 40 Forty7 Motorsports Norma, wound up third overall but claimed victory in the Bronze Cup class.

 
“It was great,” Keith Grant said. “David put down some good qualifying laps and was able to start from the pole for us. He led the whole first stint and did a good job of getting us a gap. We had a good pit stop this time; we had troubles last time at Sebring. I just had to put my head down.”

 
IMSA Prototype Challenge returns to action Sunday, Aug. 23 at VIRginia International Raceway. The race streams live at 9:35 a.m. ET on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.
IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America - Friday Notebook

 
July 31, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
Team Penske Acuras Get Early Jump in Opening IMSA WeatherTech Practice at Road America

 
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – In their drive to win for the first time in 2020 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition, the Acuras of Team Penske set the pace in Friday’s opening practice session of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

 
Ricky Taylor posted the fastest lap of the one-hour session on the historic 4.048-mile permanent road course, one minute, 50.654 seconds (131.696 mph), in the No. 7 Acura Team Penske Acura DPi. Following closely behind was the No. 6 Acura, with Dane Cameron clocking a lap of 1:50.929 (131.370 mph).

 
Cameron and co-driver Juan Pablo Montoya are the reigning WeatherTech Championship Daytona Prototype international (DPi) champions, but a Team Penske Acura hasn’t visited victory lane since last September at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, when Cameron and Montoya led a 1-2 finish ahead of Taylor and Helio Castroneves.

 
Taylor felt confident that Friday’s session at Road America shows promise for the weekend, but he also knows there’s a long way to go with the Cadillacs and Mazdas nipping at their heels in DPi. The No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R. was third in practice at 1:50.939 (131.358 mph), with Renger van der Zande at the wheel.

 
“The car feels really good,” Taylor said. “Hopefully as the track starts to rubber up, those little balance issues will come to us. But so far, we’re pretty happy.

 
“It’s nice to get a result in practice. We always seem to show good speed here at Road America. We just need to translate it to a race win, hopefully. … The (No.) 7 car really needs to get back to winning. I think all the pieces are in place. We just need to do it on track. I think it’s one of those cases where once we get that breakthrough and get the monkey off our back and we’ll be in a good place.”

 
Meanwhile, in the Le Mans Prototype 2 class (LMP2), Simon Trummer was quick with a lap of 1:53.381 (128.529 mph) in the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07. Ben Hanley put the No. 81 DragonSpeed USA ORECA in second, at 1:53.515 (128.377 mph).

 
In GT Le Mans (GTLM) practice, the Porsche GT Team tossed down the early gauntlet, collecting the top two positions. Nick Tandy, co-driving the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR-19 with Frederic Makowiecki, led the class with a lap of 2:01.492 (119.948 mph). Laurens Vanthoor, driving the sister No. 912 Porsche with Earl Bamber, was second at 2:01.583 (119.858 mph).

 
Veteran favorite Bill Auberlen led the GT Daytona (GTD) practice session with a lap of 2:06.822 (114.907 mph) in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. Teaming with Robby Foley, Auberlen is still chasing his next win that would give him 61 and break a tie with Scott Pruett for the most in IMSA history.

 
Patrick Long ran second in GTD practice at 2:07.642 (114.169 mph) in the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R that he shares with Ryan Hardwick.

 
A final WeatherTech Championship practice begins at 9:55 a.m. ET Saturday, followed by qualifying to decide the starting grid for the fourth race of the season at 2:50 p.m. ET Saturday. Qualifying streams live on IMSA.TV beginning at 2:45 p.m. ET.

 
The two-hour, 40-minute race airs live at noon ET Sunday on NBC.
Archangel Porsche Soars to Top of IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Leaderboard at Road America

 
Day One is in the books for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Road America and it was the bright, neon yellow No. 7 Archangel Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport that turned the quickest lap of the day.

 
Trent Hindman – who with co-driver Alan Brynjolfsson is coming off a third-place finish at Sebring International Raceway two weeks ago – posted the quickest lap of Grand Sport (GS) race cars around the 4.048-mile circuit at two minutes, 17.090 seconds (106.300 mph) during the first of two practice sessions on the day.

 
Hindman’s flyer was just 0.068 seconds quicker than that of defending race winner Robin Liddell in the No. 71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R. Liddell’s time came during Practice 2 and the Scot will share driving duties with Frank DePew.

 
In the Touring Car (TCR) class, the margin was slightly larger between the top-performing cars. Mat Pombo in the No. 73 L.A. Honda World Honda Civic TCR brought his car to life with a fastest lap time of 2:21.029 (103.331 mph).

 
Pombo’s Honda, which he co-drives with Mike LaMarra, was 0.452 seconds ahead of the second-fastest time of the day claimed by the No. 98 Bryan Herta Autosport Hyundai TCR of Michael Lewis and co-driver Mason Filippi. Both flying laps were posted during the second session of the day.

 
Stephen Simpson led the way in TCR during the first practice in the No. 54 JDC-Miller MotorSports Audi RS3 LMS that he shares with Michael Johnson, posting a time of 2:21.715.

 
The two-hour Road America 120 goes green at 4:45 p.m. ET Saturday, and can be streamed live, flag-to-flag, on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. The field will qualify at 9 a.m. ET Saturday before Round 3 of the season gets underway.
Grant Storms to Pole Position for IMSA Prototype Challenge race at Road America

 
David Grant saved his best effort for when it counted on Friday, snatching the pole position in qualifications for Saturday’s IMSA Prototype Challenge race at Road America with a lap nearly two seconds better than he or teammate Keith Grant achieved in two earlier practices.

 
David Grant turned a best lap of 2:02.930 in the No. 40 Forty7 Motorsports Norma M30 to take qualifying honors by more than eight-tenths of a second over the competition.

 
“The car was fantastic all weekend, and we just finally got a clear lap,” David Grant said. “That’s what it really came down to. We’ve had a lot of time on the car and the Forty7 Motorsports team did a great job getting it together.”

 
The best lap during the two practice sessions for the No. 40 was 2:04.911, good only for 10th among the 13 entries in the Prototype Challenge field. That, though, was by design, according to the polesitter.

 
“We worked in practice a lot on setup,” David Grant said. “We weren’t trying to put a good lap together earlier. We were kind of just trying to make sure where we knew we had to get better, we worked on the car today and we got it there. It was easy to do once we got it there.”

 
And, Grant warned, there may be more to come.

 
“The car, I think, has more in it,” he said. “I don’t think I got fast enough in the car.”

 
Naveen Rao qualified second in the No. 64 K2R Motorsports Norma with a lap of 2:03.750 around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course. He and teammate Matthew Bell lead the Prototype Challenge standings after two races in which they’ve finished on the podium.

 
Saturday’s one-hour, 45-minute race starts at 11:35 a.m. ET and streams live on Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold.
Kingsley Earns First Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Pole

 
In qualifying for the 2020 season-opening weekend for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Jeff Kingsley earned his first pole position in the series while making his debut with Kelly-Moss Road and Race in the No. 16 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

 
“It was a hot session out there, for sure, but we got it up front which I’m very thankful for,” said Kingsley. “It was a bit difficult, but we made it in the end. The car felt great, the guys did a really good job here at Kelly-Moss Road and Race, so I’m very happy with that. Obviously, it’s going to be a tough race. I haven’t seen the times myself, but I heard it’s pretty close. It’s definitely going to be a good race (Saturday). We’ll see what happens in the day.”

 
The times were pretty close indeed. Kingsley’s qualifying time of two minutes, 10.920 seconds (111.310 mph) barely nipped the time posted by Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship recipient Riley Dickinson by a scant 0.087 seconds. Dickinson will start alongside Kingsley in the No. 53 Porsche for Moorespeed.
 
Starting third and topping the Platinum Masters Class will be Alan Metni in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche. Metni’s best career finish in the series was an overall runner-up result at Road America last year.

 
Leading the Gold class to green will be Efrin Castro in the No. 65 TPC Racing Porsche with a qualifying lap of 2:14.273. Castro’s time was 0.67 seconds quicker than Curt Swearingin in the No. 17 Porsche for ACI Motorsports.

 
The first 45-minute race of the season is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET Saturday, with Race 2 set for Sunday at 10 a.m. Both races can be streamed live, flag-to-flag on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary.
 
Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Charges Toward
2020 Season Opener at Road America

 
August 5, 2020
By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – It took four months longer than planned due to the global pandemic, but the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America series is finally ready to wave the green flag on its season. And the field of drivers and teams that will take to Road America this weekend is ripe with talent and promise.

 
Twelve cars are entered, with four entries in each of the three classes – Pro, ProAm and LB Cup. The schedule calls for a pair of races to be contested on the historic road course in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, at 5:15 p.m. ET Friday and 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Both races will stream live on IMSA.tv.

 
Among the returning stars to the series in 2020 are three reigning Lamborghini Super Trofeo champions and two runners-up, not to mention a pair of past champions in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

 
Corey Lewis shared last year’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America drivers’ championship in the Pro class and returns this season in ProAm behind the wheel of the No. 29 Change Racing, (Lamborghini Charlotte) Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO. Lewis – who opened 2020 with a Rolex 24 At Daytona victory in the GTD class – will carry in the momentum of winning a race this past weekend at Road America in the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge.

 
Jacob Eidson returns to defend his title in the ProAm class when he won 11 of 12 races, this year teaming with 17-year-old sensation Steven Aghakhani in the No. 6 US RaceTronics, Lamborghini Beverly Hills entry.

 
“Our most straightforward goal at Road America is to keep the car clean all weekend, bring it home with a podium finish and just have fun,” Aghakhani said. “That’s the biggest thing. We have waited a long time for this season to start, and I think Super Trofeo is getting back to racing later than any major series in the U.S. The wait has been so long, but we have to remember to enjoy it now that it is finally here.”

 
McKay Snow edged Aghakhani by a single point in the 2019 Am standings. Snow is back in ProAm, driving the No. 63 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte machine. Snow’s older brother Madison will compete in the Pro class and team with Bryan Sellers in the No. 16 Change Racing, Lamborghini Charlotte Lamborghini. Sellers and Madison Snow shared the 2018 WeatherTech Championship crown in GT Daytona competition, and were Lewis’ 2020 Rolex 24-winning co-drivers.

 
Then there’s Stevan McAleer, the reigning IMSA Prototype Challenge runner-up, who’ll pair with British standout Stuart Middleton in the No. 1 Prestige Performance WTR, Lamborghini Paramus in the Pro class. The “WTR” stands for Wayne Taylor Racing, which has totaled seven Lamborghini Super Trofeo championships.

 
Ashton Harrison impressed many with her runner-up finish last year in the LB Cup standings. She moves into ProAm this season, where she will team with Andrea Amici in the No. 25 Prestige Performance WTR, Lamborghini Paramus Huracán.

 
“Andrea and I are looking forward to starting the season off at Road America and being back with Wayne Taylor Racing for another season,” Harrison said.

 
“I’m also excited to be starting off at a challenging track like Road America where both Andrea and I had great success last year. Our goal is to win ProAm races as often as possible and take the ProAm championship. My personal goal Is to become one of the first female Lamborghini champions in the United States."

 
The Road America calls for practice sessions at 4:55 p.m. ET Thursday and 9 a.m. Friday, ahead of a pair of qualifying sessions at 1:35 and 1:55 p.m. Saturday. The Road America round is the first of five doubleheader weekends on the Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America schedule. Other weekends are set for VIRginia International Raceway (August 21-23), Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (Sept. 4-6), WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (Oct. 30-Nov. 1) and Sebring International Raceway (Nov. 11-13).
Castroneves Still Has Plenty of Fuel to Burn, Roads to Drive

 
August 4, 2020
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – If you studied Helio Castroneves’ race Sunday at Road America, with its daring passes, surgical precision and timely adustments to changing weather conditions, you probably came to the same conclusion reached throughout the pits:

 
Helio’s not going anywhere -- except fast -- anytime soon.

 
At 45 years old, Castroneves laid down one of the best performances of his career, teaming with Ricky Taylor to win the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race for Acura Team Penske. He did it with a nearly blind pass in pouring rain, a move Taylor called “magic.”

 
The questions afterward, as usual, revolved around Castroneves’ future. As he turns from the win in Wisconsin toward his quest for a record-tying fourth victory in the Indianapolis 500 later this month, Castroneves recalls a conversation with Mario Andretti during last year’s 500.  

 
“I said, ‘Mario, why did you stop racing?’” Castroneves said. “I could see in his eyes that he never wanted to retire. He was 54 when he stopped. Age is just a number. He still had that sentimental feeling. If guys as incredible as Mario can do it, why can’t I? As long as you have the desire, the work ethic and the love for the sport, you can keep racing.”

 
After a show like Sunday’s, why not? After replacing Taylor for the second half of the 2-hour, 40-minute trek around Road America’s 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit, Castroneves dived past Oliver Jarvis for the lead heading into Turn 5. He then battled spiritedly with Jarvis and Harry Tincknell for the lead until a downpour forced a red flag. 

 
Of all his race wins, Castroneves called Sunday’s victory his most unique.

 
“There hasn’t been one like this,” Castroneves said. “It was managing traffic, managing attacks from other competitors, and then dealing with such difficult conditions. All of this was in one race. In IndyCar, you have one or the other. You don’t have all three at once. For me, it ranks right up there, no question.”

 
Once the race resumed, Castroneves found himself chasing Renger van der Zande’s Cadillac. With 5:15 left and visibility gone, Castroneves shot his No. 7 Acura ARX-05 DPi past Van der Zande’s Cadillac DPi-V.R for the lead as Taylor watched on monitors in the pits.

 
“This drive was really something special,” Taylor said. “He dug down pretty deep for that one. He wanted it really badly. You could really see it just by how he was driving. I was thinking he was going to have to pull out some magic, and that was really some magic. That was a special performance, for sure.”

 
It happened under the most unusual of circumstances, too. Twelve days before the race, Acura and the team announced they would part ways at the end of the 2020 season. The team’s future is uncertain, and Taylor said its drivers have been allowed to pursue other rides for 2021.

 
Castroneves has said he expects this Indy 500 to be his last with Team Penske and that he’s seeking other opportunities for next season.

 
“Hopefully with the experience I have -- not only in IndyCar, but in sports cars -- I’ll be able to find myself in a good position and will be able to help a team, whether it’s an experienced team or a young team,” he said. “I’m open to a conversation. I’m ready to keep it going.” 

 
For now, at least, he’s keeping it going at Indy. He won the race in 2001, 2002 and 2009. In 19 Indy 500s, he’s finished on the podium seven times, won four poles, led 305 laps and completed 96 percent of the laps. He’ll prepare to add to that résumé when practice for the 104th running of the race begins Aug. 11.

 
The transition from sports cars to open-wheel racing is familiar to Castroneves, who moved from a fulltime IndyCar ride with Team Penske to its sports car team in 2018 while continuing to compete at Indy.

 
“You’ve got to reset the whole thing and start all over again,” he said. “When you have a group as good as we have, that’s a good thing. I’m excited. I can’t wait to be back.” 

 
He paused and began to laugh. “My bus is already there,” he said. “I’ll be there very soon.”

 
When he arrives, he’ll be the center of attention, as always. Castroneves relishes the spotlight at Indianapolis. Or any racetrack, for that matter.

 
“He’s a huge personality, but you can’t let that fool you into thinking he isn’t a fierce competitor and extremely focused,” Taylor explained. “At the same time, he’s always happy. There are times when we’ll go through a rough session and everybody is frustrated and down, but he’s always an optimistic and happy person. It’s always nice to be around someone who’s that positive.”

 
And so it continues. Twenty-three years and 422 races into a noteworthy career, a racer rediscovered his motivation in the rain. He’s still got it, still on top of things, still capable of triumph, still hoping to continue.

 
“This is exactly why I love racing so much,” Castroneves said. “You reinvent yourself. You learn. You prove to yourself that you’re still capable of doing things. I still have a lot of fire in me. There’s a lot of fuel to burn. It was great to be able to show what this group of people can do. There was a lot of risk, but with risk comes great reward.”

 
And a great career. One that, if he has his wish, won’t be ending anytime soon.
Road America Takeaways: Mother Nature Shuffles the Deck

 
August 3, 2020
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – While it’s inconvenient, even downright uncomfortable, for fans in attendance, there’s nothing like a rain shower (mixed with thunder, lightning and a dash of hail!) to liven-up a road race.

 
A mid-race downpour is Mother Nature’s joker; reshuffling the proverbial deck, forcing drivers to instantaneously adapt to treacherous conditions, teams to swap calculated strategies for split second decisions based on instincts rather than spread sheets, and race officials to find that delicate balance between safety and the suddenly added entertainment factor. Inevitably there are winners and losers - often not the ones who appeared destined to win or lose before the advent of precipitation.

 
Winners
It goes without saying that Acura and Team Penske, DragonSpeed USA, Corvette Racing and AIM Vasser Sullivan and Lexus were winners at Road America. But the DPi win was particularly satisfying for Acura and Penske, given the announcement last month that their partnership would conclude at the end of the season. Apart from reinforcing Team Penske’s consummate professionalism, the victory (coupled with the front row “lock-out” in qualifying) can only strengthen Acura’s bargaining position when courting potential partners for 2021 and beyond. And speaking of bargaining positions, Team Penske drivers Helio Castroneves, Ricky Taylor, Dane Cameron and Juan Pablo Montoya all made strong statements about their future “employability.” 

 
As well, DragonSpeed USA nailed the change to wet tires even as the LMP2 class leading PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA slithered off course to turn what had appeared a rout (they trailed the leaders by 3/4 of a minute at one stage) into a victory for Ben Hanley and Henrik Hedman. Meanwhile, in contrast to their GTLM rivals, Antonio Garcia and Tommy Milner managed to stay on the (slippery) road to score a one-two finish and a third straight win for the Corvette C8.R even as AIM Vasser Sullivan’s Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo secured Lexus’ fourth GTD win in as many tries in 2020. 

 
Losers
OK, losers is a harsh term but certainly Mazda’s decision to not call Oliver Jarvis in for rain tires before the red flag stoppage cost and the ensuing yellow cost them a legitimate chance at a second straight Mazda DPi win at Road America. And while no one can say what might have happened had they kept their noses clean under admittedly challenging conditions, Porsche’s Earl Bamber and Nick Tandy, John Edwards (BMW Team RLL), Simon Trummer (PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports) and Mario Farnbacher (Meyer Shank Racing Acura) are surely ruing their “offs” that may well have cost them class wins. 

 
More Winners

 
More Winners? The spectators on hand who checked the weather forecast and brought their rain gear and thus watched those final hectic laps in relative comfort; likewise the fans who watched from the dry comfort of home on NBC and were treated to a race that saw not one, not two, not three but four class winners decided in the final minutes of a thoroughly unpredictable 2 hour and 40 minute race. And for that they can thank Mother Nature, not to mention the IMSA competitors in DPi, LMP2, GTLM and GTD.
Venue Modifications Shift Upcoming Events to
Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Charlotte ROVAL
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (August 1, 2020) – IMSA today announced realignment to upcoming dates on its 2020 schedule, which includes shifting of the Labor Day Weekend six-hour race from Watkins Glen International to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, and the GT-only event from Lime Rock Park to the Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL.

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta will host the six-hour IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race on Sunday, Sept. 6, with three other IMSA-sanctioned series that all were previously scheduled to compete at Watkins Glen also moving to Michelin Raceway that weekend. A four-hour IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race will be held on Saturday, Sept. 5, with doubleheader races for both the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Lamborghini Super Trofeo races also planned for the weekend.

 
The Charlotte Motor Speedway ROVAL will host the WeatherTech Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes in a 100-minute race as part of the NASCAR event weekend, Oct. 9-10, at the facility. This event will replace the Lime Rock Park race previously scheduled for Sept. 11-12.

 
Michelin Pilot Challenge, which also was scheduled to race at Lime Rock Park, instead will have a doubleheader of two-hour races at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on the weekend of Sept. 25-27. The GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will have three events per weekend at Mid-Ohio and the Motul Petit Le Mans weekend at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Oct. 14-17.

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Entry List Notebook – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
at Road America

 
July 31, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season finally gets underway this weekend at Road America.

 
After a near season start at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, a weekend that was ultimately postponed to October, the Porsche one-make series will see its first two green flags of the year during the IMSA SportsCar Weekend on July 31-August 2.

 
Twenty-one Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are ready for a doubleheader weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The first race is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, with Race 2 set for Sunday at 10 a.m. Both races can be streamed live, flag-to-flag on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary covering each session throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com.

 
Without further ado, here is a look at the entry list of drivers itching to go racing.

 
  • The field’s car count remains steady despite the racing hiatus. The Platinum Cup class will have 16 cars of current-generation models, while the Gold Cup class maintains the same five cars built between 2014 and 2016 and the same drivers originally slated at St. Pete.

 
  • For Riley Dickinson, it’s finally time to put that IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship to use. It was announced the first weekend in January during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 that the Texan was the 2020 recipient of the annual scholarship. While Dickinson kept busy with iRacing events the last few months, he’ll be eager to get behind the real wheel of the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche.

 
  • Alan Metni is seeking his third consecutive Platinum Masters championship for drivers who are 45 years and older in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche. Road America is a great place for him to start that campaign, as he scored his best career finish of second overall at Elkhart Lake just last year.

 
  • Canadian Jeff Kingsley makes his debut with Kelly Moss Road and Race this weekend at Road America. A former competitor in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series, Kingsley made the switch from JDX Racing to Kelly Moss for the 2020 season in the No. 16 Porsche.

 
  • Sebastian Carazo finally gets his turn in the Platinum class after dominating the Gold class with 12 victories in 2019 en route to the championship. The Puerto Rican moves into to the top class in the No. 27 Kelly Moss Porsche in the same stable as Metni, Kingsley, Tom Balames and David Brule.

 
  • Speaking of Gold Cup, it’ll be a new champion for 2020 with Carazo’s departure. All five drivers competed in the class last year, with less than 45 points separating four of them in the final standings. Curt Swearingin led the pack, finishing third in the championship hunt behind Carazo and Rob Ferriol, who now runs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. 
Entry List Notebook – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
at Road America

 
July 31, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - There are no ifs, ands, or buts about it. The 2020 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season finally gets underway this weekend at Road America.

 
After a near season start at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in March, a weekend that was ultimately postponed to October, the Porsche one-make series will see its first two green flags of the year during the IMSA SportsCar Weekend on July 31-August 2.

 
Twenty-one Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars are ready for a doubleheader weekend in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The first race is scheduled for 1:45 p.m. ET on Saturday, with Race 2 set for Sunday at 10 a.m. Both races can be streamed live, flag-to-flag on IMSA.tv with IMSA Radio commentary covering each session throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com.

 
Without further ado, here is a look at the entry list of drivers itching to go racing.

 
  • The field’s car count remains steady despite the racing hiatus. The Platinum Cup class will have 16 cars of current-generation models, while the Gold Cup class maintains the same five cars built between 2014 and 2016 and the same drivers originally slated at St. Pete.

 
  • For Riley Dickinson, it’s finally time to put that IMSA Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship to use. It was announced the first weekend in January during the Roar Before the Rolex 24 that the Texan was the 2020 recipient of the annual scholarship. While Dickinson kept busy with iRacing events the last few months, he’ll be eager to get behind the real wheel of the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche.

 
  • Alan Metni is seeking his third consecutive Platinum Masters championship for drivers who are 45 years and older in the No. 99 Kelly-Moss/AM Motorsports Porsche. Road America is a great place for him to start that campaign, as he scored his best career finish of second overall at Elkhart Lake just last year.

 
  • Canadian Jeff Kingsley makes his debut with Kelly Moss Road and Race this weekend at Road America. A former competitor in the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada series, Kingsley made the switch from JDX Racing to Kelly Moss for the 2020 season in the No. 16 Porsche.

 
  • Sebastian Carazo finally gets his turn in the Platinum class after dominating the Gold class with 12 victories in 2019 en route to the championship. The Puerto Rican moves into to the top class in the No. 27 Kelly Moss Porsche in the same stable as Metni, Kingsley, Tom Balames and David Brule.

 
  • Speaking of Gold Cup, it’ll be a new champion for 2020 with Carazo’s departure. All five drivers competed in the class last year, with less than 45 points separating four of them in the final standings. Curt Swearingin led the pack, finishing third in the championship hunt behind Carazo and Rob Ferriol, who now runs in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. 

 

 

Entry List Notebook – IMSA Prototype Challenge at Road America

 
July 30, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service

 
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It may be hard to believe, but the upcoming IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America marks the halfway point of the 2020 IMSA Prototype Challenge season.

 
The series held its first of six races at the Roar Before the Rolex 24 At Daytona in early January and made its return two weeks ago at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring. Now, it’s time for the third IMSA Prototype Challenge race of the season, a one-hour, 45-minute sprint that is the first of five races across four IMSA-sanctioned series competing at Road America throughout the weekend.

 
A 13-car field featuring a mix of Ligier JS and Norma M30 LMP3 machines will take to the track beginning Friday at 9:45 a.m. ET with a first practice, followed by a second at 1:45 p.m. Qualifying will take place later that day at 4:30 p.m.

 
The green flag will fly for the IMSA Prototype Challenge race on Saturday at 11:35 a.m. ET and can be streamed live, commercial free on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. IMSA Radio will also have live coverage throughout the weekend on IMSARadio.com.

 
Here’s a closer look at the IMSA Prototype Challenge entry list for Road America:

 
  • This is the first time the series has visited Road America since 2015 and four drivers on this year’s entry list competed in that event. The highest-finishing driver was Jon Brownson in fifth, followed by Max Hanratty in sixth. Brownson switches from the absent Gilbert/Korthoff Motorsports team to the new No. 74 Forty7 Motorsports Norma entry with Wyatt Schwab, while Hanratty continues in the No. 75 Performance Tech Motorsports Ligier with Cameron Cassels.

 
  • Coincidentally, two winners already in 2020 also were in the 2015 field. Sebring winner Gerry Kraut returns with co-driver Scott Andrews in the No. 9 JDC Motorsports Norma, while Daytona victor Joel Janco is back with JJ Jorge in the No. 47 Forty7 Motorsports Norma.

 
  • The aforementioned Schwab is competing in his Prototype Challenge race of the season. Schwab competed in five of six rounds in 2019, with his best finish of ninth coming at Sebring in March.

 
  • A new entry to the grid is the No. 86 One Motorsports Ligier, which did not compete at Sebring. Currently the only listed driver is Paul LaHaye who finished ninth with the team and then-co-driver Dave House at Daytona.

 
  • Blake Mount returns to the No. 6 Performance Tech Ligier following a similar one-race absence. The Silver-rated driver was replaced by Swedish racer Rasmus Lindh at Sebring but returns to the cockpit alongside Dan Goldburg.

 
  • Taking a look at the point standings approaching the halfway mark of the season, Matthew Bell and Naveen Rao are currently leading the way, but not by much. They have a four-point advantage, 62-58, over Dakota Dickerson and a seven-point lead on third-place drivers Joel Janco and JJ Jorge.
What to Watch For: IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America

 
July 30, 2020
By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Everybody can agree it’s been a stressful summer. What better way to decompress than a weekend at Road America, either while scarfing down brats trackside or watching the live NBC network telecast from the comfort of your living room? 

 
No matter how and where you watch it, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at America’s National Park of Speed is just what the doctor ordered.

 
Here are three things to watch for:

 
Another Barn-Burner?
The DPi manufacturers, teams and drivers will have their work cut out if they intend to match the ferocity and excitement of last year’s Road America show. In particular, the Mazda and Acura teams engaged in a frantic scrap for much of the race before Harry Tincknell rebuffed Dane Cameron’s bid for the lead on the final lap to bring his Mazda home a scant .227s clear of the Acura. 

 
Although the closest Cadillac was over a minute behind the winners at the checkered flag, that was then and this is now. Anyone who witnessed Cadillac’s potent display at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring would be hard pressed to bet against them at Road America - particularly the No. 31 Action Express and No. 10 Konica Minolta entries. But one would do well to keep an eye on the giant killers in Camp Cadillac, the No. 5 Mustang Sampling/JDC-Miller MotorSports squad and its one-two punch of Sebastien Bourdais and Joao Barbosa. With three top threes in as many starts this year, they just might steal a win at Road America. 

 
No Lame Ducks 
You may have heard that Acura and Team Penske have announced that they will not renew their partnership in DPi at the conclusion of the season, bringing the curtain down on a relationship that has - so far - produced four race wins and 2019’s trifecta of team, drivers and manufacturers championships. 

 
Although Acura is committed to finding a new DPi partner for next season and beyond, Team Penske’s IMSA plans are uncertain. This makes the second, high-profile program to reveal it will not be carrying forward into the 2021 WeatherTech Championship. Earlier this year, Porsche announced that, owing to the worldwide recession caused by COVID-19, it will stand down from the GTLM category at the end of 2020. While neither of those developments is good news, rest assured proud organizations like Penske and Porsche have every intention of going out on a winning note. And where better to do that than at Road America?

 
New Winner for Sure
One thing is for certain: the GTLM category will not see a repeat of the past three years when the Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GTs took home the laurels at Road America. With the Ford GT put out to pasture, the Corvette C8.Rs, Porsche 911 RSRs and BMW M8 GTEs will have this weekend’s race to themselves. 

 
It promises to be a whale of an affair, given that Corvette will be gunning for a third consecutive GTLM win on the season while Porsche seeks reaffirmation following a disappointing Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring that saw both cars eliminated from contention following a pit lane altercation after taking it to the Corvettes in the early going. 

 
And don’t discount the BMW Team RLL M8s. Starting from the back of the GTLM grid after failing post-qualifying technical inspection, John Edwards led last year’s race at mid-distance before experiencing a mechanical issue. Since opening 2020 with a win in the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the RLL BMWs have been absent from the podium in the restarted season. They will be out to redress that situation this weekend.

 

IMSA Drivers’ Love for Road America Runs Deep

 
July 29, 2020
Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It’s among the oft-spoken truths of racing: Everybody loves racing at Road America.
 
Whether it’s the beauty of the timberland surroundings, the challenges of the 14-turn, 4.048-mile layout, the camping, the weather or the food, rare is a discouraging word spoken of Road America. That’s been the case in the days leading up to this weekend’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event. 
 
The famous road circuit near Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, features challenges of high speeds, heavy braking zones, elevation changes and difficult turns. That suits Jonathan Bomarito just fine.
 
“I love Road America,” said Bomarito, who will defend his 2019 win at Road America with Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports Mazda RT24-P DPi. “It’s one of my favorite tracks. I think it’s high on the list for every driver, especially in the IMSA series. These cars are just made for that track, pretty much.”
 
That goes for almost every driver in all four classes. 
 
“I don’t know any driver who doesn’t like Road America,” said Laurens Vanthoor, who shares the No. 912 Porsche Motorsport Porsche 911 RSR-9 with Earl Bamber in the GTLM class. “It’s difficult to say why. “It’s one of those pure, American tracks. There’s not much room for mistakes or run-offs. You have a little bit of everything -- good braking points, quick corners, good overtaking possibilities. It’s a bit of an all-arounder. I personally love to drive there.”
 
Last year, Vanthoor and Bamber finished on the podium in the No. 912 at Road America, a key moment in their run to the driver, team and manufacturer championships in the GTLM class. Now second in the class standings heading into Road America, they hope to improve this time.
 
“We probably had a seventh- or eighth-place car last year, to be honest,” Bamber said. “We needed the points to keep that gap. … Coming away with the podium was massive points for us. It changed the balance of the championship quite a lot. It’s such a critical weekend.”
 
The event starts Friday with practice for other IMSA-sanctioned series, with the first WeatherTech Championship practice set for 5:35 p.m. ET. The amount of track time is similar to recently heldo two-day events at Daytona and Sebring, meaning teams need to use practice sessions wisely.
 
“Even though it’s a three-day schedule, it’s still the same amount of track time,” Bomarito said. “With the long lap, it’s not many laps. In the first practice session, by the time you get six laps apiece with the driver change, the session is almost over. There’s not a lot of time to work on setup.”
 
That’s where having two cars comes in handy. With Bomarito and Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda Motorsports entry and Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez in the team’s No. 77 car, data and experimentation can be doubled. The key is in the organization of it.
 
“Having two cars is an advantage if it’s structured right,” Bomarito said. “If you’re using that and there’s proper communication and the engineers are talking about how they want to try this and another one wants to try that, which we do a good job of within the team. But to capitalize on two cars, it’s planning, communication, having structure and following that through the session.”
 
NBC’s live network coverage of Sunday’s 2-hour, 40-minute main event begins at noon ET.
The Setup: Corvette, WeatherTech Teams Gear Up for Road America

 
July 28, 2020
By Jeff Olson
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - Since the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumed racing earlier this month, Corvette Racing’s Jordan Taylor and Antonio Garcia have been on a roll. The trick now is to keep it going.
 
Taylor and Garcia teamed to win the GTLM class in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 At Daytona on July 4, then followed it with a runner-up finish July 18 in the Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring. As they approach this weekend’s main event for the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, their goal is to continue the positive results in the Corvette Racing No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C8.R.
 
The victory and runner-up finish came after a fourth-place finish in the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona in January. That was followed by a five-month hiatus because of the coronavirus pandemic.
 
"It’s amazing that we’ve come out so strong after the quarantine period,” Taylor said. “No one really knew what to expect after being off (for) months; it was longer than a normal offseason without any real testing or racing. Everyone went in with that unexpected feel. It shows a lot for what Corvette Racing is about and the preparation it does behind the scenes. Even though no one could go to the race shop, the engineers were working from home and made huge strides on the C8.R.”
 
Like Corvette Racing, Cooper MacNeil and teammate Toni Vilander have been making strides in the GTD class. After starting the season with seventh- and fifth-place class finishes, they drove the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa / WeatherTech Racing Ferrari 488 GT3 to a second-place finish at Sebring.

 
At Road America, they have added incentive. MacNeil, who grew up a few hours’ drive from the 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit, is a shareholder in the facility. 

 
“For me, the place is quite special,” MacNeil said. “I grew up watching my father race SCCA and vintage races there, as well. To say it’s grassroots for me is an understatement. I love Road America. I love the racetrack. I love the venue. … There are a lot of ties to it for me.”

 
Garcia has been doing his homework. On Monday, he watched videos of the team’s maiden testing laps with the Corvette C8.R at Road America in 2018.
 
“That makes you think about how much the car has developed in almost two years,” he said. “It already was really good back then so obviously now it should be even better. So, I’m really looking forward to Friday and the first practice to see what it feels like. I was at the Chevy simulator late last week, and it felt really good.”
 
Their effort at Sebring, where Taylor started on the GTLM pole, was encouraging for Garcia and Taylor, who share the class lead in the driver standings. 

 
“For us, (Sebring) was an unknown because it was the first non-Daytona track where we were competing against all the other teams,” Taylor said. “Daytona is so unique in that you can stack up well at that track and have that not be relevant anywhere else. So, it was promising that we were able to get the pole. The car was amazing all race weekend, and I think we’ve shown we can be competitive on all different kinds of tracks.”
 
NBC’s live network coverage of the main event begins Sunday at noon ET.

 
Entry List Notebook – IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge at Road America

 
July 28, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - It has been a quick turnaround for the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge, as the series’ 2020 season restarted two weekends ago at Sebring International Raceway and will be back in action in just five days at Road America.

 
The fan favorite, 4.048-mile circuit in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin is the destination for Pilot Challenge’s Round 3 of 10 this year and boasts a healthy grid of 33 sports cars split between the Grand Sport (GS) and TCR classes.

 
The two-hour Road America 120 is scheduled to go green Saturday at 4:45 p.m. ET and can be streamed live, flag-to-flag on TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold. NBCSN will televise the race on Saturday, August 15 at midnight ET.

 
Let’s take a closer look at key storylines in the Pilot Challenge entry list for Road America.

 
  • There’s a handful of drivers and teams returning to the grid this weekend in Pilot Challenge, starting with longtime IMSA racer, Billy Johnson. He will share the No. 4 Winward Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 – which has landed on the podium both times so far in 2020 – with Russell Ward after last competing at Watkins Glen International in June 2019. Johnson is currently tied with Hugh Plumb as the winningest driver in Pilot Challenge with 23 wins. In addition, he is seeking his milestone 50th Pilot Challenge podium result.

 
  • Also making its return to Pilot Challenge is rookie team McCann Racing. The No. 8 Audi R8 GT4 finished 10th at Daytona in its debut race but was not present for Round 2 at Sebring. Britt Casey Jr. and Michael McCann will be back behind the wheel at Road America.

 
  • Additional drivers reappearing on the entry list are Ford Development driver and NASCAR Xfinity Series title contender Chase Briscoe running with James Pesek in the No. 40 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4; and Taylor Hagler, who is back in L.A Honda World’s No. 77 Honda Civic TCR after being medically cleared from her coronavirus diagnosis just before Sebring.

 
  • Hagler’s L.A. Honda World teammate Chris Miller is no stranger to Road America. The Minnesotan’s only starts in Pilot Challenge prior to this year all came in Elkhart Lake in consecutive seasons since 2017. Competing in his first full-time season in the series, Miller is looking to top his top finish of eighth (2017 Street Tuner class, 2019 TCR class) in the No. 37 Honda with Shelby Blackstock.

 
  • It’ll be hard to beat the thrilling conclusion to the 2019 Road America 120.  Robin Liddell’s last-lap heroics saw the Scot jump from fourth to first in the final four miles, narrowly capturing the victory from Kuno Wittmer who pressed the pit speed limiter button, rather than the radio button to celebrate coming to the checkered flag. As Wittmer slowed, Liddell powered his No. 71 Rebel Rock Racing Camaro GT4.R past Wittmer by .07 seconds, the fourth closest finish in series history. Liddell returns to Road America with co-driver Frank DePew, with whom he won last year.
 
  • Road America was equally special last year for first-time TCR winners and Bryan Herta Autosport teammates Mason Filippi and Harry Gottsacker. The young duo was awarded the win despite crossing the finish line second after the leading car was found to be in violation of drive-time rules. Following a lineup switch for 2020, Gottsacker just scored his second Pilot Challenge victory two weeks ago at Sebring in the No. 21 Hyundai Veloster N TCR with Mark Wilkins and Filippi will be looking to do the same this weekend at Road America in the No. 98 Hyundai with Michael Lewis

 

IMSA Rides NBC Sports Momentum into August Network Telecast

 
July 27, 2020
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Cadillac Grand Prix of Sebring on July 18 delivered the largest audience to date for an NBCSN telecast of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, reaching nearly 360,000 viewers for the two-hour, 40-minute race.

 
Carrying that momentum, next up for the WeatherTech Championship is an opportunity to reach another large audience on NBC network television with the live broadcast of the two-hour, 40-minute headline event of the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America on Sunday, Aug. 2. The race will air at 12 p.m. ET.

 
In addition to NBC Sports’ coverage of the WeatherTech Championship, NBCSN will offer television coverage of four other IMSA-sanctioned series over the coming weeks. The IMSA Prototype Challenge race from Sebring International Raceway kicks off the coverage at 12 a.m. ET on Friday, July 31.

 
Immediately preceding NBC’s live WeatherTech Championship race at Road America, the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge race from Sebring will be televised on NBCSN beginning at 10 a.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 2. And NBCSN’s coverage from Road America continues well beyond the checkered flag of Sunday’s WeatherTech Championship race.

 
The season-opening Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama event kicks off a two-hour block of NBCSN coverage from Road America on Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 4 p.m. ET, followed by the IMSA Prototype Challenge race at 5 p.m. ET. The Michelin Pilot Challenge race from Road America airs Saturday, Aug. 15 at 12 a.m. ET with the Lamborghini Super Trofeo season-opening event airing at 3 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 17.

 
Additional IMSA coverage on NBC Sports will be announced soon.
 

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 First-Ever TV Show Featuring America’s Premier Vintage Racing Series

Southlake, TX (July 30, 2020) – Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) today announced that its first-ever TV show featuring America’s premiere vintage racing organization will premiere this Sunday, August 2, on MAVTV at 9:30 am.

In all, there will be eight airings of four episodes throughout August. In addition to the August 2 premiere the other episodes will be presented at 9:30 am and 12:30 pm on August 9, 16, 23, and 30.

“This is the culmination of a lot of work to build the SVRA and SpeedTour brands,” said Tony Parella, SVRA CEO and majority owner of the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli.  “Since I acquired SVRA in 2012 all of my team has worked diligently to build a special national platform that provides a unique and diverse auto racing option for fans, competitors, and sponsors alike. Trans Am has a strong history of television coverage and we are bringing SVRA and everything about SpeedTour weekends into the mainstream motorsports conversation.”

Each episode presents two-to-three storylines following drivers and teams throughout a SpeedTour weekend. Episodes focus on the Road Atlanta, Laguna Seca, and Indianapolis Motor Speedway weekends from 2019, as well as Sebring in 2020. While the focus is SVRA, all aspects of SpeedTour are incorporated into the presentations. The season promotional trailer can be obtained at this link.

The MAVTV series is a logical extension of bringing the best in vintage racing to fans through video. In March SVRA rolled out a full-service digital media platform to provide live SpeedTour coverage. Fans around the globe can enjoy live competition through free streaming media to their phones, and computers. Free downloads of the enabling apps are available for both Apple and Android.  Love coverage is also available through the SVRA YouTube channel.

 

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Date

 

 

Jan. 23-26

Rolex 24 at Daytona

DPi, LMP2*,

 

Daytona International Speedway

GTLM, GTD

 

Daytona Beach, Florida

 

 

 

 

March 18-21

Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

DPi, LMP2,

 

Sebring, Florida

GTLM, GTD

 

 

 

 

 

 

April 17-18

Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach

DPi, GTLM

 

Streets of Long Beach, California

 

 

 

 

May 1-3

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

DPi, LMP2, 

 

Lexington, Ohio

GTLM, GTD

 

 

 

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

GTLM, GTD

 

Watkins Glen, New York

 

 

 

 

July 3-5

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

DPi, GTLM,

 

Bowmanville, Ontario, Canada

GTD

 

 

 

July 17-18

Lime Rock Park

GTLM, GTD

 

Lakeville, Connecticut

 

 

 

 

July 31 – Aug. 2

Road America

DPi, LMP2,

 

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

GTLM, GTD

 

 

 

Aug. 21-23

Virginia International Raceway

GTLM, GTD

 

Danville, Virginia

 

 

 

 

Sept. 11-13

WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca

DPi, LMP2, 

 

Monterey, California

GTLM, GTD

 

 

 

Oct. 7-10

Motul Petit Le Mans

DPi, LMP2,

 

Braselton, Georgia

GTLM, GTD

 

Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

 

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Trans Am Championship by Pirelli 2020 Schedule
Feb. 29-Mar. 1   Sebring International Raceway (with SVRA)
March 28-29       Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta (with SVRA)
May 1-3               WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (with SVRA)
May 22-25           Lime Rock Park (TA2 is Saturday May 23) (with SVRA)
May 29-31           Detroit Grand Prix (TA2 only) (with Indy Car)
June 19-21           Indianapolis Motor Speedway (with SVRA)
June 26-28           Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course (with SVRA)
July 10-12            Brainerd International Raceway
Aug. 6-8               Road America (with NASCAR)
Sept. 11-13          Watkins Glen International (with SVRA)
Sept. 25-27          Virginia International Raceway (with SVRA)
Nov. 6-8               Circuit of The Americas (with SVRA)

SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE

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      

                                                    

SOUTHERN CONFERENCE

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


WESTERN CONFERENCE

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


NORTHEAST CONFERENCE

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                                       
 

MID-STATES CONFERENCE

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

 

NORTHERN CONFERENCE

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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      Indianapolis Motor Speedway Brickyard Invitational, June 17-21

·      Vintage Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio, June 25-28

·      Portland International Raceway Vintage Racing Festival, July 23-26

·      Watkins Glen International U.S. Vintage Grand Prix, September 9-13

·      Virginia International Raceway Heacock Classic Gold Cup, September 24–27

·      Lime Rock Park Festival, October 16–17

·      Savannah Speed Classic, October 24-25

·      COTA U.S. Vintage National Championship, November 5–8

·      Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta Grand Prix, November 19-22

·      WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Trans Am Speedfest, December 3-6

 

 

 

 

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