SALINAS, Calif., May 3 - Wright Motorsports' Andrew Longe was never out of the top five while two more of the team's drivers, McKay Snow and Anthony Imperato, were never out of the top 10 during a doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series last Friday and Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In addition, two more of the Batavia, Ohio-based team's drivers were on the podium after the first 45-minute race on Friday, as Fred Poordad was second in the Platinum division's Masters classification for drivers over 45 and Philip Bloom finished second in the Gold Cup class.
Longe, of Naples, Fla., who was fifth in both halves of the season-opening doubleheader at Sebring, Fla., in March with his brand-new Trianon #47, was fifth on Friday afternoon and fourth on Saturday morning in California. "Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, April 28 - Powerhouse Wright Motorsports will field Porsches for five different drivers this week in Monterey, Calif., as the Batavia, Ohio-based team defends the team and driver championships it won last year in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series. Twin 45-minute races will be held tomorrow and Saturday as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Four drivers are carrying Wright Motorsports' colors this year in the top class, Platinum Cup.
Two of the four, Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla. and Fred Poordad of San Antonio, Texas, are beginning their second full year in the series.
Longe drives a 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup car, #47, which is sponsored by Trianon. The 21-year-old driver placed fourth in the championship last year with two podium finishes, and he's definitely viewed as a title contender this season. Longe has been racing on a national level since 2008. In addition to racing, he is a student at Penn State University and he works at the REVS Institute for Automotive Research. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 26 - Wright Motorsports' Michael Schein had two very different experiences but similar stellar results during the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. Once again the series rookie impressed the onlookers, as he recorded two podium finishes in the GTA class with his Porsche 911 GT3 R.
It was only the second event ever in this very competitive series for the driver from Glen Cove, N.Y., who now has three podium finishes in four starts.
In the first 50-minute race on Saturday Schein was never out of a podium position and he was hounding the winner at the checkered, finishing just 0.133 of a second behind."Read more"
MOGYOROD, Hungary, April 24 - Ryan Tveter, the only American competing in the FIA F3 series this year, was as high as eighth and came away with two 11th-place finishes on Saturday as the FIA Formula 3 series visited the Hungaroring over the weekend. Unfortunately the 21-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. was sidelined from Sunday's race due to an engine problem.
Tveter started 11th in Race 1 Saturday morning and he was still 11th when the checkered waved on lap 21 after 33 minutes and one lap of competition. In between those two occurrences he had a stirring race, however, as he was as high as eighth and as low as 14th.
The Hungaroring has a reputation as being a track where it's difficult to pass, but there was plenty of action in the first race. Speeds were also much higher than they've been here in the past thanks to a recent resurfacing of the 2.72-mile, 14-turn road course about 13 miles north of Budapest. "Read more"
LE CASTELLET, France, April 4 - Thanks to some incredible heads-up driving, America's Ryan Tveter posted his best finish to date in the tough FIA Formula 3 series when he came from 17th to finish seventh Saturday afternoon in Race 2 of the season-opening tripleheader at Paul Ricard.
Tveter displayed a fine combination of simultaneous offense and defense at the start. By the end of a tumultuous first lap he had bettered his starting position by an incredible 11 positions.
Five drivers (Ben Barnicoat, Lance Stroll, Joel Eriksson, Max Gunther and Harrison Newey) were all out due to contact in the first turn. In addition, another driver who started in the top five, Ralf Aron, dropped far back in the field trying to miss getting involved in the big crash. Tveter had his hands full trying to avoid the mess too, but he not only wasn't involved in the accident, but he passed Sergio Setta Camara, Nikita Mazepin, Alessio Lorandi, Raoul Hyman and Niko Kari in the process to take sixth position before the first full-course caution of the season waved. "Read more"
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., April 4 - Brand-new race cars are rarely good "right out of the box," but that wasn't the case for Nolen Racing's brand-new Maxim USAC Silver Crown car. With no shakedown event at all, the Whiteland, Ind.-based crew and driver Jerry Coons Jr. used their expertise to arrive at a set-up that allowed Coons to qualify third Sunday afternoon for the 16th annual Sumar Classic 100 at the Terre Haute Action Track.
Strong winds made track conditions changeable all day, and the top two finishers both brushed the wall during the course of the Sumar Classic 100 later that evening. Coons ran very high at times but he never hit the wall, and he brought the car home safely in ninth place in the season opener for the series, the track, and the team owned by Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind.
All in all it was a very solid outing for the new Chevrolet-powered car, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container Inc. and KECO Coatings. "Read more"
LE CASTELLET, France, April 1 - America's Ryan Tveter will be an ambassador for three not-for-profit organizations that improve the lives of children, adolescents and young adults as he competes in the FIA Formula 3 series this year. The series, a proven training ground for future Formula 1 stars, kicks off its 2016 season this weekend with a tripleheader at Paul Ricard.
Tveter, 21, the only American competing in the series in 2016, developed the three "community partnerships" for Right To Play, MTV Staying Alive, and the Lessons for Life Foundation. The program will raise awareness and money for all three charities.
As part of his role as an ambassador for the organizations, logos for each charity will be embroidered onto his driving uniform, and decals for all three will be applied to the sides of his black and blue Carlin Racing #3 VW-powered Dallara. The car will be seen by some 650,000 fans at 10 tripleheaders on some of Europe's greatest road courses from April through October. Live, taped-delayed, and online broadcasts reach some 188 million more people annually, according to the FIA. Tveter's and the organizations’ press outreach, Web sites, and social media programs will provide additional exposure and engagement. "Read more"
WHITELAND, Ind., March 31 - Nolen Racing has a new car among its arsenal as it approaches the 2016 USAC Silver Crown season opener Sunday at the Terre Haute Action Track. Its driver, Jerry Coons Jr., the series’ champion in 2008, hopes that the team’s new Maxim chassis will be just what he needs to advance one more position in the driver point standings after he finished second in the championship in both 2014 and 2015.
Nolen Racing, based in Whiteland, Ind., is always a top contender. Team owner Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind., begins his 27th season as a USAC Silver Crown car owner on Sunday.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz. who moved from Plainfield, Ind. to Greencastle, Ind. in the off-season, finished third in this race last year. He is one of only six drivers ever to win all three of USAC’s national divisions (Silver Crown, sprint and midget), which is called its Triple Crown.
“I’m looking forward to getting the season kicked off,” Coons said. “We never seemed to be where we wanted to be on the dirt last year, so Gene has given us a new Maxim dirt car which seems to be the car to beat. There will be some learning to do, but we expect to be good right out of the box.” "Read more"
Lausanne, Switzerland, March 31, 2016 – After having successfully achieved his crowd funding-campaign in 2015, the Swiss-French NASCAR driver Yann Zimmer is offering shares of his company, YZ Racing Ltd., to investors. His ultimate goal is to become the first European driver to compete full-time in NASCAR's top series.
Zimmer and his management team, Racemax, have developed a private equity arrangement to allow investors to share in the future, long-term earnings obtained from both race purses and sponsorship revenues.
With a minimum investment of CHF 10’000 (about $10,379.80), private or institutional investors become shareholders of YZ Racing Ltd. and are eligible for a return on investment.
Zimmer is also soliciting sponsorships from companies in search of increased exposure in the United States through the exceptionally high audience attracted to NASCAR."Read more"
TAMPA, Fla., March 22 — Of the many stories that developed during Saturday's Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway, Alegra Motorsports' tale was one of the most compelling.
The privateer (non-factory) team based in Tampa, Fla. was in line for a podium finish both overall and in the top class, Prototype, at the race's halfway point.
That was remarkable for at least four reasons.
The first was simply the level of competition it faced in the second round of the 2016 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
The second was that the team members only had one test late last month before they debuted their new-to-them Riley BMW at Sebring with support from sponsors InSync Healthcare Solutions and Poker Stars.
The third was that three of the car's four drivers had never driven a Prototype before they got the chance to drive this one."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 16 - Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway has gotten even more exciting with the addition of Alegra Motorsports' entry in the top class, Prototype. InSync Healthcare Solutions, a leading provider of integrated EMR and practice management software, revenue cycle management services, and medical transcription services to thousands of healthcare professionals throughout the United States, will share in that excitement as the primary sponsor of the Tampa, Fla.-based team's Riley BMW #24.
Team owner and veteran driver Carlos de Quesada, also of Tampa, will share the driving duties with three young stars: Daniel Morad, 25, of Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Cameron Lawrence, 23, of Windermere, Fla., and Dominik Farnbacher, 31, of Ansbach, Germany.
The team acquired its Prototype recently from Starworks Motorsports, and the car wasn't ready for the season opener at Daytona. Beginning with Saturday's race at Sebring, Alegra Motorsports plans to compete in the other three races that make up the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), a series within the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In addition to the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Sebring, that series includes the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 30-July 3 and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., Sept. 28-Oct. 1. "Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, March 11 - Although he's a rookie in the Pirelli World Challenge series and its GTA class, Wright Motorsports' Michael Schein made the railbirds sit up and take notice last weekend at the season opener at Circuit of the Americas. Driving the #16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R, he was second or third in all the practice sessions, qualified second, and finished on the podium by placing third in his first race ever in the series on Saturday.
Anthony Imperato was a late addition to the Wright Motorsports squad at COTA but the driver from Bayonne, N.J. took home a fifth and a sixth-place finish in the GT Cup class for a solid first effort too with his Henry Rifles #91. The doubleheader on the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course was part of the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas presented by VP Racing Fuels.
Schein, of Glen Cove, N.Y., started second in the GTA class in the first 50-minute race on Saturday thanks to a qualifying time of 2:08.698 on Friday. Another driver got the jump at the start and pushed Schein back to third before a full-course caution waved on lap two."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, March 8 - Due to unforeseen circumstances, the "Pyramid of Grip" chassis set-up seminars slated for March 20 and March 26 in Arizona and California will be rescheduled for a later date."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 24 - ProVim, a company based just north of Indianapolis in Fishers, Indiana, has developed new software specifically to help motorsports companies manage their databases, build their customer/fan bases, and engage with them better.
ProVim's ProQueue motorsports event software, called ProQ for short, brings several different applications under the umbrella of each client's central database. Contacts don't have to be imported or exported from one software program to another one to perform many common tasks, and lists can be generated easily from the business's database. Event management, newsletters, invoicing, estimates, pledges, donations, to-do lists and calendars can all be utilized within the software."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, Feb. 23 - Renowned racing engineer and builder Danny Drinan will conduct two of his popular "Pyramid of Grip" chassis set-up seminars in March in Phoenix and Los Angeles.
The day-long events provide something that is virtually impossible to obtain anywhere else — concentrated racing technology education in layman's terms.
The first seminar will be held on Sunday, March 20 at the Arizona Open-Wheel Racing Museum, 3534 East Broadway Road in Phoenix, Ariz."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 27 - Wright Motorsports is pleased to announce that it will field a brand-new Porsche 911 GT3R for Michael Schein to drive in the GTA class this year in Pirelli World Challenge.
Schein (pronounced Shine), of New York City, recorded three podium finishes in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series in 2015 for Wright Motorsports. The Batavia, Ohio-based team has won the team championship in that series' top class in three of the last four seasons, including last year.The 2016 season marks Schein's third year with Wright Motorsports and his rookie season in Pirelli World Challenge. "Read more"
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Jan. 14 - Kevin Gleason has been named to TouringCarTimes.com's list of the top 30 international touring car drivers of 2015.
The 28-year-old driver from Johnstown, Pa. is the only American to be included on this prestigious list.
TouringCarTimes.com is one of the oldest and largest news resources on touring car racing in the world. The original Web site was founded in 1995. In the last 20 years it has grown to a staff of 11 plus a large number of contributors around the world."Read more"
OYSTER BAY, N.Y., Dec. 16 - Ryan Tveter, one of only a handful of Americans competing in the FIA’s junior series designed to produce future Formula 1 drivers, will return to British-based Carlin for the 2016 Formula 3 European Championship.
A third of the current F1 field is Carlin alumni. It is one of the most successful single-seater teams in the world outside of F1.
Only the top 10 drivers in each FIA Formula 3 event earn points. As a rookie this year Tveter’s highest finish was a ninth. He also had numerous finishes in the top 11, just outside of the points. He qualified in the top 10 multiple times, and he never received a penalty in a season fraught with other drivers exceeding the track limits, displaying poor judgment, and causing accidents."Read more"
Yann Zimmer completes his first test in NASCAR Late Model in the United States. During the test at South Boston Speedway, he clocks a time that was as fast as the pole-winning time at a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race there this summer.
Lausanne, Switzerland/Charlotte, N.C., Dec. 16, 2015 – Yann Zimmer, the Franco-Swiss driver who is trying to become the first NASCAR Whelen Euro Series driver to reach NASCAR Sprint Cup, successfully completed a test last week in a Nelson Motorsports-prepared NASCAR late model at South Boston Speedway in South Boston, Va.
Zimmer, 25, quickly got up to speed and before the test was over he had equalled the time Matt Bowling set of 15.8 seconds (90.7 miles per hour) to win the pole position for a 200-lap NASCAR Whelen All-American Series Late Model race at the four-tenths-mile paved oval in August."Read more"
LONDON, Oct. 25 - Ryan Tveter's pace and technical skills during his rookie season in the ultra-competitive FIA F3 European Championship have earned him a coveted invitation to race at the 62nd annual Macau Grand Prix in China on Nov. 19-22, the FIA's highest-ranked single-seater event outside Formula 1.
While the young American's best finish as a rookie within the FIA F3 championship this year was ninth, he had numerous finishes in the top 11, just outside of the points. He also qualified in the top 10 multiple times, and in other qualifying sessions just missed out by a couple tenths or hundredths of seconds in the incredibly close and competitive field.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., also finished seventh in the intensely competitive Zandvoort Masters of Formula 3 invitational in September. "Read more"
CARLSBAD, Calif., Oct. 14 - Young Elliott Skeer is both humbled and proud, but most of all he's excited about the possibility of having his dream of becoming a Porsche junior factory driver come true.
Skeer, 21, recently returned to his home in Carlsbad, Calif. from his first trip to Europe, where he represented the United States at a private, two-day test Porsche conduced at the Eurospeedway Lausitz in Germany to select the next up-and-coming junior driver the prestigious factory will nurture.
That overall development is the true prize, but the more concrete award is 200,000 euros to compete in the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup series in 2016.
"It was all humbling, because a year earlier I was just trying to figure out a way to race a Porsche anywhere," said Skeer.
But that was before he earned a wildcard entry in the Porsche Young Driver's Academy in 2014, was awarded an IMSA scholarship supported by Porsche and Yokohama in early 2015, joined Wright Motorsports, and earned the 2015 drivers' championship in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in September after a 16-race season that began in March. "Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 2 - The Doran Racing Nissan 370Z #41 of Nissan GT Academy champions Nic Hammann and Steven Doherty posted the second-fastest lap of the race and battled back from early challenges to finish seventh in a very wet Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale Friday afternoon at Road Atlanta.
Unfortunately the team's #14 Nissan 370Z driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias didn't finish. It ended up 13th in the Grand Sport class after it sustained damage to its right rear, its suspension and its exhaust system in an accident with 41 laps complete in what turned out to be a 77-lap race.
The accident occurred when Jaeger got a "wave-around" lap that would have given him much better track position, but he hit some standing water in Turns 10A and 10B while catching the field at speed, hydroplaned and crashed into a concrete barrier. He was able to get back to the pits without the use of a tow truck. The team made some repairs on pit lane and Zacharias got in. The Cincinnati-based driver completed a couple more laps before the entry was retired with 45 laps completed."Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 1 - The Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifying session slated for Thursday afternoon at Road Atlanta was canceled due to heavy rain, and the starting line-up for Friday's season finale will be set by the current point standings. That will put the #14 Doran Racing Nissan 370Z in the third starting position and its sister car, the similar #41, in ninth when the green flag drops Friday at 12:15 p.m. Eastern time for the 2.5-hour race.
The time allotted for qualifying was turned into a third practice session, but neither of the Doran Racing cars participated in order to eliminate any chance of damage due to the slippery conditions on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., will drive the opening stint in the #14 and then turn it over to B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati."Read more"
SALINAS, Calif., Sept. 28 - Wright Motorsports has produced yet another champion and won yet another team title.
On Saturday afternoon, six months after the Batavia, Ohio-based team announced that it would field a Porsche for 21-year-old rookie Elliott Skeer of Carlsbad, Calif. in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Skeer earned the series' top driver championship with a flag-to-flag victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca during Porsche Rennsport Reunion V. That clinched the drivers' championship in the top class, Platinum Cup, for Skeer, who was a wildcard entry in the Porsche Young Driver Academy last October.
With Kasey Kuhlman's fifth-place finish in the second half of the doubleheader on Sunday, Wright Motorsports earned yet another series team championship. It also won the team title in 2012 and 2013. A total of 16 teams participated in 2015."Read more"
NÜRBURG, Germany, Sept. 28 - Ryan Tveter completed all the laps possible in the three FIA Formula 3 European races at the Nürburgring last weekend despite a host of challenges that generated finishing positions that didn't reflect the American rookie's effort.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., started 20th in the first race Saturday morning on the famous 3.629-kilometer road course about 70 kilometers south of Cologne. With a starting position so far back in the field his primary goal was simply to finish the race with his #26 fielded by Jagonya Ayam with Carlin. He did that, although he was pushed wide in Turn 1 on the first lap by two rivals, had to avoid some debris, and dropped back to 28th position.
He regained two positions working lap two by passing Michele Beretta and Wing Chung Chang. He got another spot on lap three when Nicolas Pohler fell back. Tveter then passed Zhi Cong Li on lap four to rise to 24th, which is where he finished. He set his fastest lap of the race on lap eight. The field got spread out with no full-course cautions, and Felix Rosenqvist led all 25 laps under overcast skies."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 27 - After nine races from coast to coast, Doran Racing heads to the tenth and final race of 2015 on Friday, Oct. 2 at Road Atlanta in an even stronger position than it was in IMSA's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series last year. The team finished fifth in the point standings last season, but if things go well in Braselton, Ga., on Friday the Lebanon, Ohio-based team and its drivers could finish 2015 in fourth, third or even second position in the championship with their Nissan 370Zs.
Drivers Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati have one second and four third-place finishes with the #14 Doran Racing Nissan 370Z, and they're currently in third place in the driver point standings with 240 points. A total of 35 points will be awarded at Road Atlanta, and mathematically they could end up anywhere between second and sixth place in the final point standings. The two drivers who are in second place have 258 points, and the four drivers tied for fourth place have 237 points, so it's all very close.
Nissan GT Academy champions Nic Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wis., and Steven Doherty of Plainfield, Ill., will drive the #14's sister car, the Doran Racing Nissan GT Academy #41 Nissan 370Z. Although that entry isn't running for the championship it has also been strong throughout the season. Its best finishes are two fourths, one of which occurred at the most recent race at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sept. 18, where the #14 posted its fifth podium finish of the season."Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 21 - Wright Motorsports' Elliott Skeer celebrated his 21st birthday and moved ever closer to his goal of earning the Platinum drivers' championship in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series with a second-place finish on Thursday and a third-place finish on Friday at Circuit of the Americas.
Meanwhile, one of his teammates, Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati, clinched another Masters' championship in the Platinum class with two Masters class victories and two fifth-place finishes overall with his Kuhlsport #15. His Masters class triumphs were his ninth and tenth of the season so far. He earned the same title at this event last year.
Another Wright Motorsports driver, Michael Schein of New York City, was on the podium on Thursday when he finished third. He followed that up with a strong fourth-place finish on Friday on a very hot weekend that produced a greasy track. Thursday's third-place finish was Schein's third podium of the season."Read more"
ZANDVOORT, North Holland, The Netherlands, Sept. 21 - American Ryan Tveter placed seventh in the 25th annual Kumho Tires Masters of Formula Three race Sunday at Circuit Park Zandvoort. It was his first appearance in this prestigious international event that has featured many future Formula One stars since David Coulthard won the inaugural edition in 1991.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., was the only American invited to compete in this year's race.
Driving his yellow #11 fielded by Jagonya Ayam with Carlin, Tveter got a great start from the ninth position on the grid, and he was immediately embroiled in a battle with Arjun Maini for sixth place. Shortly thereafter he had to go on the defensive, as one of his teammates, Callum Ilott, was right on his car's rear wing as they entered Turn 1, but Tveter held him off."Read more"
SINGAPORE, Sept. 20 - There was only one American entered in the TCR International Series race Saturday night at the Singapore Grand Prix, but when it was over rookie Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., was on the top step of the podium with his second victory in this high-profile, international touring car series that supports Formula 1 events, and "The Star-Spangled Banner" was playing in America's honor.
Gleason started third in the 22-car field in this race at the 3.147-mile Marina Bay street circuit, which was the series' first street race and also its first race at night. It supported the Singapore Grand Prix Formula 1 race, which is one of Asia's largest sporting events. It is held along a harbor similar to the Monaco Grand Prix.
Driving the #24 Honda Civic TCR fielded by WestCoast Racing, Gleason moved into second at the start, but then had to fight off the advances of Pepe Oriola of Spain and Gianni Morbidelli of Italy on lap two. Their battle allowed the polesitter, Stefano Comini of Switzerland, to get a healthy lead in the 10-lap/25-minute race."Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 19 - Doran Racing's two Nissan 370Zs started third and fourth in Friday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race and they finished in those same spots, although they did switch places before they took the checkered flag after 57 laps of competition under the hot Texas sun at Circuit of the Americas.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias posted its fifth podium finish in the last seven races with a third-place finish. The excellent showing also unofficially vaulted the entry, its drivers and Nissan to third place in the Grand Sport team, driver and manufacturer point standings, respectively.
Meanwhile, the team's #41 driven by Nic Hammann and Nick McMillen led a lap, set the third-fastest lap of the race, and duplicated its best finish of the season with a fourth-place finish."Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 17 - When the grid forms for the start of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Circuit of the Americas Friday at 1:40 p.m. Eastern time, Row 2 will be filled with Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs.
Nic Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wis., qualified third in the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's Nissan GT Academy #41 Thursday afternoon while Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., qualified fourth in the team's #14.
Hammann's qualifying time was a 2:23.742 (85.153 miles per hour) on his fourth and final lap in the 15-minute qualifying session. Jaeger's was a 2:24.144 (84.915 mph) on lap two of three. The top four cars all set fast laps on lap two; Hammann was the only one of the quartet to better that later in the session when his last lap was 0.055 faster."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 14 - Sometimes the fastest car doesn't win the race.
The Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs were the fastest cars in the most recent Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway on Aug. 22, but circumstances kept them off the podium. The final two events of the season will be held at venues that might not be as advantageous to the 370Z as VIR is, but whether they're fastest or not the Doran Nissans will be in the hunt and going full-bore towards victories. If they can stay clean until the end, all they'll need is a little bit of the good racing luck they didn't get at VIR.
The team's next challenge is a 2.5-hour race at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas this Friday, Sept. 18. The season finale is Oct. 2-3 at Road Atlanta."Read more"
DuQUOIN, Ill., Sept. 7 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. was forced to play defense during Sunday's "Ted Horn 100" USAC Silver Crown race at the DuQuoin State Fairgrounds, but he withstood the pressure and recorded his eighth top-10 finish in nine races when he took the checkered flag in eighth place. He remains second in the overall point standings with two races remaining in 2015.
Coons, of Plainfield, Ind., and the current point leader, Kody Swanson, have more top-10 finishes than any other driver in the series. Swanson finished third on Sunday and now leads Coons by 100 points, 500 to 400. A.J. Fike, who finished seventh on Sunday, is third with 355 points. He is 45 points behind Coons heading into the next-to-the-last race of the season Sept. 26 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio. Coons is the defending winner of that race, which he also won in 2007.
Coons qualified 12th at DuQuoin with a time of 31.801 seconds for the one-mile dirt oval, but he actually got to start 11th in the 100-lapper after the driver who qualified fourth, Jacob Wilson, withdrew from the race due to engine problems."Read more"
PORTIMAO, Portugal, Sept. 7 - Rookie Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. recorded a 12th-place finish Sunday morning at the Autodromo Internacional do Algarve to highlight his first visit to that 4.653-kilometer, 18-turn road course near the southern coast of Portugal.
It was the first time this track has hosted a FIA Formula 3 European Championship tripleheader and the course ended up being slightly longer, as a chicane was added near Turn 1 to help slow down some over-eager young racers. With very little or no previous experience here, quickly rising track temperatures and shifting winds, it was challenging for teams to arrive at an ideal set-up. The series features very close competition and the track is very technical, so even the smallest advantage or disadvantage was reflected in the results.
Tveter started 13th on Sunday but he was as high as 11th in the early going due to attrition ahead of him. He lost two spots following a restart on lap four of what turned out to be a 20-lap race run in the allotted 35 minutes when Nick Cassidy and Santino Ferrucci got around him. He zeroed in on repassing Cassidy after that restart, but two laps later Cassidy moved ahead and Tveter spent the rest of the race behind Callum Ilott. "Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 24 - Wright Motorsports' Elliott Skeer entered last weekend's tripleheader in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama series at VIRginia International Raceway just three points out of the lead in the overall point standings. After a victory on Saturday and two second-place finishes on Sunday, he left the 3.27-mile road course not only back in the point lead, but now he has a 19-point advantage.
Wright Motorsports leads the team standings by eight points, 214 to 206.
Skeer, of Carlsbad, Calif., also set a new track record in qualifying with his #14 Porsche 991 that is sponsored in part by an IMSA scholarship supported by Porsche and Yokohama. Pelican Replacement Windows and Town Porsche of Englewood, N.J. also provide support for his effort. The new mark is 1:51.044 for an average speed of 106.012 miles per hour."Read more"
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 23 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. posted another top-five finish in USAC Silver Crown competition Saturday afternoon at the mile dirt track at the Illinois State Fairgrounds and remains second in the series' point standings with three races remaining in 2015.
Saturday's Tony Bettenhausen 100 attracted the biggest Silver Crown field in eight years, as USAC included 37 cars on the event's roster. The day didn't get off to a rousing start for the Whiteland, Ind.-based team when Coons qualified ninth in what turned out to be a 32-car field. That was 0.927 of a second slower than Kody Swanson ran to top qualifying, although Swanson was relegated back to 16th for the start for needing the use of a push truck during time trials.
Swanson, the defending champion and current point leader, came on like a freight train to win the 100-lap race, while Coons' rise to fourth at the checkered was more like a Stealth bomber. Although he was always in the top 10, he didn't crack the top five until the last lap, as he vaulted from sixth to fourth working lap 99 by passing Steve Buckwalter and a fading Chris Windom, who had led from laps 41 through 57."Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 22 - The Doran Racing Nissan 370Z #14 of Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias led half of Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway, but the team didn't get the results they wanted when the two-and-a-half-hour race was decided by fuel mileage. There were no full-course cautions for 30 laps when the team needed one to save fuel, and although it had the two fastest cars in the 66-lap race it ended up just 2 minutes/two laps short of a victory.
Earlier this month the Lebanon, Ohio-based team recorded its best finishes of the season so far with a second and fourth at Road America, but its Nissan 370Zs were even more impressive Saturday at VIR. The team's finishing positions of eighth and tenth in class at VIR certainly don't reflect how dominant the team was here.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., set a new track record in winning the pole on Friday, with the team's sister car driven by Nic Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wis., only 0.297 of a second behind to earn the second starting spot. Jaeger set the fastest lap of Saturday's race too, with Hammann second-fastest again in the race."Read more"
Photo credit: Doran Racing photos by Rick Dole.
ALTON, Va., Aug. 21 - The two Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs will be at the head of the field for the start of the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway tomorrow afternoon, as the Lebanon, Ohio-based team nailed down the top two spots in qualifying Friday night.
Brad Jaeger of nearby Charlottesville, Va., won the TOTAL pole award with the team's #14 that he shares with B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, setting a new track record in the process. Rookie Nic Hammann of Elkhart Lake, Wis., will start second in the team's similar #41 that he shares with fellow rookie Nick McMillen of Salem, Ore.
The two red and white Nissan 370Zs, which advertise Nissan's popular GT Academy that turns gamers into real racers, were only 0.297 of a second apart in the 15-minute qualifying session over the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course near Danville, Va."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 17 - Energized by the best finishes so far this year in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series for both of its Nissan 370Zs just two weeks ago when they placed second and fourth, Doran Racing is looking for an outright victory in Saturday's 2.5-hour race at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.
Following their second-place finish at Road America, Brad Jaeger of nearby Charlottesville, Va., and co-driver B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati are now in a four-way tie for third place in the Grand Sport driver point standings with their Doran Racing Nissan 370Z #14. They're only 34 points out of first place, 187 to 221, with three of 10 events remaining this year.
They've also been on the podium in four of the last five races."Read more"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 10 - Wright Motorsports' Elliott Skeer marched from last place to a podium finish last Saturday to highlight the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama weekend at Road America.
The rookie from Carlsbad, Calif., started sixth in the second half of the doubleheader on Sunday and finished fourth. He's now second in the overall point standings with 151 points to the leader's 154 after nine of 16 events. He's been on the podium in every race but two so far this season.
Another Wright Motorsports driver, Kasey Kuhlman, continued to dominate the Masters class, scoring double victories on both Saturday and Sunday with his Kuhlsport Porsche. Kuhlman, of Cincinnati, finished fifth overall on Saturday and sixth overall on Sunday. He is the defending Platinum Masters champion, and he now has a 50-point lead over the driver who is second in those point standings."Read more"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 9 - The Doran Racing Nissan 370Z #14 of Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias posted its best result of the season Saturday afternoon when it finished second in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America, just 0.314 of a second behind the winning Porsche of brothers Hugh and Matt Plumb after 2.5 hours of competition. It was the #14's fourth podium finish in the seven races held so far this year.
A similar Nissan 370Z fielded by the Lebanon, Ohio-based team that was driven by Nissan GT Academy champions Nic Hammann and Steven Doherty finished a strong fourth in the thriller. That was also that entry's best finish of the season, and its second top-five finish so far this year.
Zacharias, of Cincinnati, set a new track record when he posted the fastest lap of the race with a 2:22.827 on lap 52 of the 57-lap race on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course. That was 0.550 of a second faster than the second-fastest lap of the race, which was posted by the winning Porsche on lap 40 while its driver, Matt Plumb, tried to hold Zacharias off. Lapped traffic on the last lap gave Zacharias one last chance, but he raced Plumb clean and lifted rather than cause a crash."Read more" Photo credit: Doran Racing photos by Rick Dole.
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 7 - The Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs were first and second in the first Grand Sport practice session for the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series Friday morning at Road America. Qualifying was rained out on Friday afternoon, so the field for Saturday 's 2.5-hour race will be set by the point standings. That puts the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 in the sixth starting spot and its #41 11th, unofficially, in the 42-car field for the drop of the green flag at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time, 12:20 p.m. local.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., will drive the #14 initially and then hand it off to B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati. Nic Hammann, a hometown boy who hails from Elkhart Lake, Wis., will start the #41 and then hand it off to Steven Doherty of Plainfield, Ill.
Doherty set the fastest time of the class overall on Friday when he was timed in 2:22.205 on his eighth lap of the nine the #41 turned in the first practice session for an average speed of 102.477 miles per hour. That was 0.399 of a second faster than the #14 ran to earn the second-fastest time of the session with a 2:22.604 and an average of 102.191 mph. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 3 - After achieving a podium finish on the shortest track on the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge circuit on July 25 at Lime Rock Park, Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias would like to duplicate those results with their Doran Racing Nissan 370Z #14 at the longest course on the circuit this Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., and Zacharias, of Cincinnati, have been on the podium in half of the series' races so far this year, and they'd like even more podiums in the four remaining events in 2015. They are currently fifth in the Grand Sport driver point standings.
A second or a victory at Road America would be especially nice for Zacharias, who celebrates a birthday on Thursday.
"Road America is one of the best tracks in the United States, not only from its heritage, but because of its combination of long straights with both fast and technical turns," Jaeger said. "I always look forward to heading to Elkhart Lake to race and enjoy a Johnsonville brat. We didn't have the best race there last year, but hopefully we'll be able to finish on the podium this year!" "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 3 - A fan who voluntarily wears a plastic wedge of cheese on his head can't be tabbed as someone who doesn't care about the home team.
Cheeseheads attending Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., who are looking for local drivers to cheer for need to look no further than the two rookies who co-drive the #41 Doran Racing Nissan 370Z. Nic Hammann is a hometown boy from Elkhart Lake, while his co-driver, Steven Doherty of Plainfield, Ill., also considers Road America to be his home track.
Both young men feel lucky to be racing in the CTSCC series at the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course. They didn't get here by the traditional route. Instead, they're both champions of Nissan's popular GT Academy, which takes gamers and turns them into real-life race car drivers.
Hammann won the GT Academy last year. He's making only his second start in the CTSCC series and with Doran Racing, which is based in Lebanon, Ohio. He turned 22 on July 26."Read more"
SPIELBERG, Styria, Austria, Aug. 3 - Ryan Tveter's first FIA Formula 3 Europe event at the Red Bull Ring last weekend left him anxious to return to the 2.688-mile, nine-turn road course in the Alps to give it another go.
After earning his first points in the series at the most recent event July 10-12 in Zandvoort, the Netherlands, hopes were high for another great result at the Red Bull Ring. As it turned out the 21-year-old rookie from Oyster Bay, N.Y. was just glad to get some laps in, and he left Austria very thankful for the work of his team, Jagonya Ayam! with Carlin, and the sportsmanship of his fellow competitors.
Things started off well. Tveter was running seventh in the first practice session on Friday, but then he spun after accidentally running slightly wide over some wet AstroTurf that was laid on the exit of the high-speed Turn 8 to prevent drivers from intentionally running wide and gaining an advantage. His car went into and over the small sausage apex curb backwards at the next corner and became airborne. Tveter wasn't hurt, but the impact cracked both the engine and the tub of the yellow #26."Read more"
LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 2 - The 2.258-mile, 13-turn Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course has a way of generating memorable races. That was the case on Sunday morning when M1 Racing’s Victor Franzoni charged from ninth to finish fourth in the Pro Mazda race presented by Cooper Tires even though his car was damaged in an incident at the start.
Franzoni, a rookie from Sao Paulo, Brazil competing in only his fourth Pro Mazda event after joining the Dallas-based team in May, earned the Quartermaster Hard-Charger Award for being the driver who increased the most positions in the 30-minute race.
The fourth-place finish equaled the fourth he earned in the street course race in Toronto in June. The way he did it was most impressive due to conditions both on and off the track.
Franzoni’s #21, which is sponsored by Auto Enginuity, Novac Sports and Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers, was involved in an incident on the initial start and suffered damage to its rear wing and nose cone. The former was especially noticeable, but Franzoni persevered despite the compromised handling characteristics the damage caused.
BELLEVILLE, Kan., Aug. 1 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. posted his best USAC Silver Crown result of the year when he finished second Friday night in the third annual "Hustle on the High Banks" at the Belleville High Banks.
With the great finish, the Plainfield, Ind.-based driver rose from fourth to second place in the overall point standings with seven races complete and four remaining in 2015.
Driving Gene Nolen's famous yellow #20 Eagle Chevy sponsored in part by KECO Coatings and Columbus Container, Coons started fourth and had an incredible opening lap, blasting by both the third-place starter, Justin Grant, and Kody Swanson, who started second. Coons ran in second place behind polesitter Chris Windom for the entire 50-lap race on the half-mile, high-banked dirt oval. "Read more"
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 25 - Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias, drivers of Doran Racing's #14 Nissan 370Z, have now been on the podium in half of the six Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races held so far this year.
They're getting ever closer to a runner-up finish and a victory, as Zacharias was only 0.117 of a second behind the second-place car Saturday at Lime Rock Park after 2 hours of torrid competition.
The team's sister car, a similar Nissan 370Z that carries #41, was in fourth place with just 12 minutes remaining but ended up seventh. It was the fourth top-10 finish for the #41, which was driven here by two Nissan GT Academy champions, Nicolas Hammann and Steven Doherty.
Jaeger qualified seventh in the #14 and drove the first half of the race, setting the car's fastest lap of the race on lap 13 with a 57.952 while running sixth, right behind the #41. The #41's fastest race lap came one lap earlier when Hammann posted a 58.062 for the seven-turn, 1.53-mile road course. He qualified fifth on Friday with a 58.140 despite the fact that he was making his series debut and his first start at Lime Rock Park. "Read more"
Photo: Rick Dole Photography
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 24 - Doran Racing's Nicolas Hammann is scheduled to be on the inside of Row 3 in the #41 Nissan 370Z and Brad Jaeger will be right behind him on the inside of Row 4 in the team's #14 Nissan 370Z when the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series gets the green flag Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern time at Lime Rock Park for a 2-hour race.
Hammann, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., will make his series debut and then hand the #41 off to co-driver Steven Doherty of Plainfield, Ill. Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., will drive the first part of the race and then hand the #14 off to B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati.
Hammann, who is not only making his first series start but also his first start with the Lebanon, Ohio-based team and his first start at Lime Rock Park, qualified fifth on Friday afternoon with a time of 58.140 seconds (94.737 miles per hour) for the seven-turn, 1.53-mile road course. His fastest lap came on lap six of the nine he turned in the qualifying session, and was only 0.486 of a second off the pole."Read more"