Ford, Honda Lead Point Races Entering Continental Tire 150 At Watkins Glen International
Ford and Honda lead the standings in their respective classes as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge returns to action with Saturday’s Continental Tire 150 at Watkins Glen International.
Scott Maxwell and Billy Johnson lead the Grand Sport (GS) standings by nine points entering the two-hour, 30-minute race on the historic 3.4-mile circuit. The drivers of the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C opened the season with a victory at Daytona, and then finished second at Sebring.
"We’re always good at Watkins Glen, and it’s one of my favorite tracks," Maxwell said. "I like the fast tracks, and the old tracks - like The Glen. Last year we were strong there with the debut of the new Shelby, and we won the pole. I think we should have a strong car when we return there this year."
Scott Mclaughlin To Race For DJR Team Penske Beginning In 2017
DJR Team Penske today announced that one of the top rising stars in the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship, Scott McLaughlin, will join the team beginning in 2017 to drive the No. 17 DJR Team Penske Ford.
Corvette Daytona Prototype Seeks Third Straight Victory For Visit Florida Racing In Sahlens Six Hours Of The Glen
Visit Florida Racing is going for a third consecutive victory at Watkins Glen International for the No. 90 Corvette Daytona Prototype in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen (live, FS1, Sunday, July 3 at 10 a.m. ET), Round 6 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the third-round for the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
The team returns to The Glen with a new set of drivers, with Ryan Dalziel and Marc Goossens piloting the No. 90 Corvette DP.
"It's time to go back Stateside to be back with Visit Florida Racing and Ryan Dalziel," said Goossens, who competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France and visited the Goodwood Festival of Speed in England the past two weekends. "This is one of the races in the Patrón Endurance Cup, and Watkins Glen is a fairly demanding track. But I strongly believe that our Visit Florida drivers and team are ready for the challenge."
Brett Sandberg Wins Pirelli World Challenge Gts Round 12 At Road America, Local Driver Jeff Courtney Takes 2nd
Brett Sandberg won in GTS Round 12 at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America presented by Cadillac. Milwaukee’s Jeff Courtney finished second, while Scott Heckert finished third. Weather conditions for the 50-minute race saw temperatures in the mid 80s and a few clouds on a beautiful day in Wisconsin.
Ryan Eversley Goes 2 For 2 For Acura With Pirelli World Challenge GT Win Sunday At Road America; Montecalvo, Udell Claim Gta, GT Cup Victories
Ryan Eversley, Frankie Montecalvo and Alec Udell won in Sunday's GT/GTA Round 13 and GT Cup Round 12, respectively, at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America presented by Cadillac. Weather conditions for the 50-minute race saw overcast skies following early morning rain with a relatively dry track and temperatures in the low 70s and climbing quickly.
Acura Duo Eversley, Cunningham Score 1-2 Saturday in Pirelli World Challenge GT Race at Road America; Schein, Udell Take GTA and GT Cup Wins
Ryan Eversley, Michael Schein and Alec Udell won GT, GTA Round 12 and GT Cup Round 11, respectively, at the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Road America presented by Cadillac. Weather conditions for the 50-minute race were 81 degrees with sunny skies.
2016 Le Mans 24: Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Talks About Victory
Last weekend, the Ford Chip Ganassi Racing team made history by taking the Ford GT to victory in the GTE Pro Class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The win marked Ford’s return to Le Mans and came 50 years to the day after its first victory in the event. Owner Chip Ganassi visited the media center at Sonoma Raceway to talk about the win and what it means to him.
CHIP GANASSI - Owner, Ford Chip Ganassi Racing - HAVE YOU HAD TIME TO LET LAST WEEK SINK IN? "I have to say when I accepted with Ford to undertake this program, I probably didn’t realize the amount of passion that that program carried with it throughout the many different levels of motorsport, whether it was with the fans or within the industry. They said, ‘Have you ever raced at Le Mans before?’ And I said, ‘No. I drove there in 1987.’ I didn’t really remember the amount of nationalism over there and a lot of pretty astute fans that understand the sport. I would also add that in Europe - when we come to a Cup race here we have Chevy, Ford and Toyota and that’s pretty good. When you come to an IndyCar race they have Chevy and Honda. When you go to an IMSA race they have four or five manufacturers. I tell you, when you go to Le Mans you have about 17 manufacturers. Everybody that’s in the automotive racing world is represented there, and a lot of these people make a huge effort in that event in the different categories. It starts to dawn on you a little bit and even on the off day there, which was Friday, no one on track, they had well over 100,000 people there just milling about. The questions you get and, like I said, about the fans, they’re so engaged. I didn’t realize what I was up for when they said, ‘Are you ready to race at Le Mans? Are you ready to take this on?’ I said, ‘Yeah, I think so.’ I didn’t realize what a big thing that was. It’s a big thing, to be quite honest. I will point out too that, yes, we won and we finished first, third and fourth. The top three cars were all IMSA cars. I was pretty proud of that. Even that Ferrari that was second was a U.S.-based car. Even with their three Italian drivers, it was a U.S.-based car, so I think that says a lot about the IMSA Series and the level of competition those guys bring week in and week out. I thought that was interesting. The fourth-place car was our other car from the UK and that car is actually leading the points now in the WEC, so that’s pretty exciting."
2016 Le Mans 24: Brilliant Beechdean AMR Finish Le Mans 24 Hour Debut
Beechdean Aston Martin Racing (AMR) successfully managed to complete the 24 hours of Le Mans. The #99 Aston Martin Vantage V8 GTE did a total of 4,324.8 km and 318 laps on Circuit De La Sarthe. After running a near faultless race, driving trio Andrew Howard, Liam Griffin and Gary Hirsch finished a creditable 7th in the competitive GTE Am class.
Rebellion Racing Wins LMP1 Privateer At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
REBELLION Racing’s drivers Nick Heidfeld, Nico Prost and Nelson Piquet Jr secured the LMP1 Privateer win in the 84th edition of Le Mans 24 Hours.
The race was not a trouble free one though for the #12 crew, they had to pit to replace a malfunctioning engine air intake temperature sensor in the early laps of the race, they were forced to stop twice for clutch changes and the fuel injectors were replaced as a precaution on Sunday morning. Once again the team’s mechanics and engineers showed their skills and team spirit with efficient interventions to get the car #12 back out on track to take the chequered flag.
2016 Le Mans 24: Krohn Racing Powers To The Finish At 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours
Krohn Racing and its drivers, Tracy W. Krohn, Nic Jönsson and João Barbosa, finished a fighting 13th in the 2016 Le Mans 24 Hours, the 11th straight participation of the team in the world’s greatest endurance race. The contest was full of action right from the start, with the weather causing a safety-car start for most of the first hour, but then clearing for the duration.
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