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SHELBYVILLE, Ind., Oct. 28 - The Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) invites the public to attend the dedication of a historical marker commemorating the life of Shelbyville native and three-time Indy 500 winner Wilbur Shaw Saturday at 10 a.m. near the grandstands of the Shelby County Fairgrounds, 500 Frank Street in Shelbyville.
The famous Shaw Maserati from the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum will be on display at the marker's unveiling, which is free of charge.
Following the unveiling, the Shelby County Tourism and Visitors' Bureau will host a function in the Women's Building at the Fairgrounds that includes a luncheon for the nominal charge of $10. Films about Wilbur Shaw and IRMA will be available for viewing at 11 a.m., followed by the lunch at 11:30 a.m. That program also includes a talk about Shaw by Donald Davidson, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's historian. Tickets to the luncheon can be reserved by calling the Visitors' Bureau at (317) 398-9623. All proceeds will support IRMA's mission of erecting historical markers to memorialize the people, places, and events that made Indiana the racing capital of the world.."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 21 - The Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA) and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Museum have collected some exciting items for a silent auction that will be part of IRMA's first fundraiser ever this Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the museum on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The event, called "A Night to Remember," is open to the public. Tickets can be obtained for a $100 donation to IRMA via credit cards or PayPal on the group's Web site at IndianaRacing.org, or by visiting the museum's ticket counter. Tickets will also be available at the door the night of the event.
IRMA is a not-for-profit association organized last December to place markers throughout the state in recognition of the significant role Indiana citizens, tracks, businesses and events have played in motorsports history."Read more"
JEREZ, Spain, Oct. 16 - Ryan Tveter will be in attendance at the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup season finale this weekend at Jerez, Spain, but unfortunately the young American will not be competing due to an injury suffered in the most recent event Sept. 28 at Paul Ricard, France.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is expected to be out of action for four or five weeks while a small hairline fracture in one of his vertebrae heals. Doctors expect a full recovery.
The injury occurred shortly after the start of the second race at Paul Ricard. Two drivers who were behind Tveter's Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #16 cut a chicane and rejoined the field in front of his Josef Kaufmann Racing car, which is also sponsored by the Autobau conference center and museum. Those two cars then crashed, forcing Tveter onto a curb as he evaded them. Tveter's car became airborne, and the injury occurred when the car was launched from the curb. The race was red-flagged temporarily while emergency workers extricated Tveter from the car. Tveter was transported to a local hospital but he was released later that evening."Read more"
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BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 10 - Wright Motorsports placed fifth in the top class, Platinum Cup, in the team standings for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series this year. The eight-event/16-race series started in March at Sebring, Fla., and concluded last Friday at Road Atlanta as part of the Petit Le Mans weekend.
One of Wright Motorsports' drivers, Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati, finished fifth in the top class, Platinum Cup, for the year. Kuhlman clinched that class's Masters division for drivers over 45 before the team's transporter even left its home base of Batavia, Ohio to head to Atlanta. After finishing second in the Masters battle in 2013 by the slim margin of just two points, Kuhlman won the title this year with his Kuhlsport #15 by a whopping 65 points over David Calvert-Jones.
Two other Platinum-class drivers for Wright Motorsports, Michael Schein of New York City and Santiago Creel of Mexico City, Mexico, finished eighth and tenth in the top class of the championship, respectively."Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 4 - Although Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta did not go as well as Doran Racing had hoped, neither its drivers, the team nor Nissan lost any positions in the final point standings for the year despite the fierce competitiveness of the series.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team and Nissan remained fifth in the team and manufacturer point standings, respectively. Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., stayed in fifth place in the driver point standings while co-driver B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati rose one position to finish sixth for their work behind the wheel of Doran Racing's NISMO Nissan 370Z #14 this season.
Toronto-based John Farano and David Empringham made their first start since Road America in August in the Doran Racing-prepared Tower Events Nissan 370Z #41, and they ended up tied for 27th out of 87 drivers who scored points this year in the series' Grand Sport division."Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 2 - Doran Racing's Brad Jaeger will start fifth and John Farano will start 13th in Friday afternoon's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season finale at Road Atlanta.
Jaeger, Farano and most of their rivals only completed two laps in Thursday afternoon's 15-minute qualifying session before it was abruptly halted by a red flag brought out after Max Riddle's Aston Martin crashed in Turn 10.
Jaeger's qualifying time for the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course was 1:32.416, which was only 0.320 off third place and 0.769 off the pole. The Charlottesville, Va.-based driver was behind the wheel of the Doran Racing NISMO Nissan 370Z #14 that he shares with B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, Oct. 1 - The Indiana Racing Memorial Association (IRMA), a new not-for-profit group organized to place markers throughout the state to recognize Indiana's significant role in motorsports history, will hold its first fundraiser Saturday, Oct. 25 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Hall of Fame Museum located on the grounds of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The Indianapolis Motor Speedway had the only marker to commemorate Indiana's rich motorsports history when IMRA was formed last December. The group raised funds to install a marker at Winchester Speedway in Winchester, Ind., in honor of that track's 100th anniversary in July, and wants to install at least 18 more by the state's bicentennial in 2016 to recognize the significant contributions Indiana citizens, events, businesses and race tracks have played in the history of motorsports."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 29 - Doran Racing has been a strong contender throughout the 2014 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season, a series of 12 races that began in late January and will come to a close Friday at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga.
Doran Racing is fifth in the Grand Sport team standings heading into Friday's 2.5-hour race that starts at 1:15 p.m. It's just two points out of fourth place, and it could rise as high as third. The team fields a Nissan NISMO 370Z in the series, and Nissan is also fifth in the manufacturer standings.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's drivers, Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, are fifth and seventh, respectively, in the Grand Sport driver point standings.
Two of the three 25-minute NEC races scheduled for the Nürburgring over the weekend were completed. On Friday afternoon Tveter finished 15th in a race that had been postponed from the card at Most, Czech Republic in August. On Saturday morning he placed 13th in the first half of the Nürburgring doubleheader. The second half of the doubleheader was canceled on Sunday morning due to heavy fog. "Read more"
NÜRBURG, Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany, Sept. 24 - Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. finished ninth in the drivers' championship for 2014 in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup with his Game Ready Injury Treatment System #16. The 20-year-old driver, who is completing only his second full season of racing, had a highest finish of second at Assen, The Netherlands in August and contributed to Josef Kaufman Racing winning the 2014 team championship.
Tveter finished just two points away from the eighth-place finisher, Jake Hughes of Birmingham, England, 152 to 150.
The NEC series concluded Sunday at the Nürburgring, the famous 5.158-kilometer (3.199-mile), 16-turn road course that hosts the German Grand Prix.
Two of the three 25-minute NEC races scheduled for the Nürburgring over the weekend were completed. On Friday afternoon Tveter finished 15th in a race that had been postponed from the card at Most, Czech Republic in August. On Saturday morning he placed 13th in the first half of the Nürburgring doubleheader. The second half of the doubleheader was canceled on Sunday morning due to heavy fog. "Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 22 - Wright Motorsports' Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati achieved his goal and clinched the 2014 Masters championship in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama's Platinum class Friday morning at the Circuit of the Americas.
The Masters class consists of drivers over the age of 45, and it is hotly contested. Kuhlman finished second in the standings last year by just two points, but this time he sewed up the title in the first half of the doubleheader at the next-to-last event in the 16-race, international series contested on eight different road courses.
After winning the Masters class Friday morning, Kuhlman did it again in the second 45-minute race later that night at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course near Austin, Texas which hosts the United States Grand Prix. His twin victories at COTA were his 11th and 12th Masters class victories of the year.After winning the Masters class Friday morning, Kuhlman did it again in the second 45-minute race later that night at the 3.4-mile, 20-turn road course near Austin, Texas which hosts the United States Grand Prix. His twin victories at COTA were his 11th and 12th Masters class victories of the year."Read more"
SARVER, Pa., Sept. 21 - Logan Schuchart of Hanover, Pa. started 14th and finished ninth in the Commonwealth Clash presented by GottaRace.com, a World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series race held at Lernerville Speedway Saturday night.
The Shark Racing driver now has fivetop-five finishes and 15 top-10 finishes in WoO action so far in 2014, his rookie season as a WoO driver. He is currently 12th out of 380 drivers in the national point standings, while his Shark Racing teammate and fellow rookie, Jacob Allen, is 13th.
Schuchart passed Kerry Madsen and Cole Duncan at the initial start of the 35-lap A-main to vault into 12th place in the 24-car field. He got 11th on lap three by passing Tim Shaffer, and he remained in 11th place until he passed Kraig Kinser working lap nine to move into tenth place. The following lap Schuchart set his fastest lap of the race when his car tripped the electronic timers in 14.335 seconds."Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 20 - Doran Racing battled back to a ninth-place finish after its Nissan NISMO 370Z was hit by another car and plowed into a retaining wall rimming Turn 1 at the start of Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at the Circuit of the Americas.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's perseverance was rewarded with the solid top-10 finish in a rather bizarre race in which the weather and tire strategy were key components. It was the entry's seventh top-10 finish to date in a 14-race season that concludes Oct. 3-4 at Road Atlanta.
Despite heavy rain on some parts of the course multiple times throughout the 2.5-hour contest, there was only one full-course caution flag. It was displayed for a Nissan but it didn't wave for the Doran one, as its driver, Brad Jaeger, safely got back to the pits for repairs. It took several stops but team owner Kevin Doran timed them so the car didn't go down a lap despite the setback. Although the passenger-side door was dented, the car's suspension was damaged and its alignment was compromised, it still made it to the finish.
AUSTIN, Texas, Sept. 19 - Doran Racing's Nissan NISMO 370Z was fifth and fourth in the first two practice sessions and it qualified 11th Thursday in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at the Circuit of the Americas.
"Our times were OK; we're in the hunt," said Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., who qualified the car with a lap in 2:23.894 on his third of five laps around the 3.427-mile, 20-turn road course during the 15-minute qualifying session. "I think the Nissan is better than 11th; we’ll have to just make it up in the race."
Friday's 2.5-hour race is scheduled to start at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 15 - Drivers Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias and the rest of the Doran Racing team head to Austin, Texas this week to compete in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge's next-to-last race of the year at the Circuit of the Americas on Friday at 1:20 p.m. Eastern time.
The 2-year-old, 3.427-mile, 20-turn road course also hosts the United States Grand Prix annually.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team is fifth in the Grand Sport team standings with its Nissan NISMO 370Z #14. Nissan is also fifth in the manufacturer standings going into this event. Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., is sixth in the GS driver point standings while Zacharias, of Cincinnati, is seventh. "Read more"
TOOELE, Utah, Sept. 15 - M1 Racing's Walt Bowlin of Tarpon Springs, Fla., used the 2014 season finale of the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge series on Friday and Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park as preparation for a full effort in that series in 2015. His main objective was simply to gain experience in this form of racing, and he came away with an eighth-place finish on Friday and a ninth on Saturday in the GT-A class with his Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers Audi R8 LMS ultra in twin 50-minute races.
Bowlin started 21st overall and eighth in class in Friday afternoon's race after he posted a lap in 1:55.948 (94.635 miles per hour) in qualifying Friday morning for the 3.048-mile outer course.
The race got off to a rocky start when some cars had mechanical difficulties and other just stalled during the always-chaotic standing start. Bowlin masterfully missed the carnage and was still ninth in class after the cars with problems were towed back to the garage area and the action resumed on lap five. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ore., Sept. 3 - It was another new track for World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series rookies Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen Tuesday night when the series visited Willamette Speedway, but both Shark Racing drivers qualified for the 30-lap A-main and were running at the finish. Schuchart held off a hard-charging Jonathan Allard at the checkered flag and finished tenth. Allen was a little further back in the pack in 19th place, but his fastest race lap was just 0.104 of a second slower than his teammate in the very competitive field that saw 17 drivers break the track record in time trials.
Schuchart started ninth and Allen started 22nd in the A-main, which was won by Shane Stewart over Daryn Pittman, Donny Schatz, Joey Saldana, Paul McMahan, David Gravel, Brad Sweet, Jason Sides and Jason Solwold. Schuchart was 0.654 seconds behind Solwold but he successfully defended his tenth-place position from Allard, who was just 0.005 of a second behind him at the checkered flag.
Schuchart's fastest lap of the race was lap 12 when he was timed in 14.514 seconds. Allen's fastest lap of the race was lap five, when he turned the three-eighths-mile oval in 14.618 seconds. "Read more"
MOST, Czech Republic, Sept. 2 - After a wild weekend of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup action at the MostAutodrom, Ryan Tveter maintained his eighth-place standing in the overall championship.
The young American finished 12th and 11th in 25-minute races there Saturday afternoon and Sunday afternoon, respectively. Sunday afternoon’s race was originally scheduled to be run on Sunday morning, but it was postponed a few hours due to heavy rain. A similar race that was to have been held Sunday afternoon was postponed even more, as it has been added to the card at the season finale Sept. 19-21 at Nurburgring, Germany.
Through it all Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., maintained eighth in the driver championship with the Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #16 prepared by the team that leads the team point standings, Josef Kaufmann Racing. Tveter’s car is also supported by Switzerland’s Autobau conference center and racing museum. He’s now 24 points behind one of his teammates, Sweden’s Gustav Malja, who is currently seventh, and 10 points ahead of the driver who is currently ninth, Great Britain’s Jake Hughes. "Read more"
ELMA, Wash., Sept. 2 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart finished sixth in the A-main and his teammate Jacob Allen won the B-main in their first appearances at Grays Harbor Raceway ever Monday night in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action.
Schuchart started fourth in the 30-lap, 24-car A-main and ran as high as third, as he passed Cody Darrah for that position about the same time as eventual winner Donny Schatz was taking the lead from Steve Kinser. Darrah passed Schuchart back on the following lap, however. Daryn Pittman also got around him working lap 17 to push him to fifth, and both Shane Stewart and Kerry Madsen got by shortly thereafter.
Brad Sweet spun low in Turn 2 with 22 laps down to bring out the race's only yellow flag. Schuchart was seventh for the restart, but it only took him a few minutes to pass Madsen back. That pair battled to the checkered, with Schuchart finishing in sixth place, 1.210 seconds behind Stewart and 0.572 of a second ahead of Madsen. "Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 26 - A collaborative effort between Wright Motorsports, Snow Racing and Dempsey Racing produced the Porsche 911 GT America that led the most laps and set a new track record with the fastest lap of the race for the GT Daytona class in Sunday's IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship race at VIRginia International Raceway.
The only thing that kept its drivers, Jan Heylen and rising star Madison Snow, out of victory lane was unfortunate timing during their second pit stop, as the green flag waved just as the car was entering pit lane. Track position is vitally important at VIR, and the pair's #58 sponsored by Discount Tire and Universal Industrial Sales ended up a solid ninth at the checkered after being the star of the show at the beginning and the middle of the 2-hour-and-45-minute race that was televised live on Fox Sports 1.
Heylen, of Tampa, Fla., posted the entry's best qualifying result so far this season here and started fifth, but he blasted into the lead by Turn 2 of the very first lap and kept the car in first place throughout his first stint. He had a 5.259-second lead by lap seven, and he increased his advantage to an incredible 19.634 seconds before he pitted under green on lap 22 with 42 minutes gone to allow Snow to take the wheel. "Read more"
SONOMA, Calif., Aug. 26 - M1 Racing's Felipe Donato won the Quarter Master Hard-Charger Award after he advanced seven positions in the season finale of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires Saturday at Sonoma Raceway. His teammate, Carlos Conde, finished second in the Expert class for drivers over 35 as the pair laid the groundwork for even better finishes in 2015.
Donato, of Guarani das Missoes, Brazil, seemed destined for a top-10 finish on Saturday. Even though he started 20th in a field of 21, the rookie was already in 12th place by the end of lap one despite being involved in a multi-car accident in Turn 2 on the first lap.
He was given a drive-through penalty for his role in the opening-lap tussle, although the team argued that he was simply taking evasive action and did not deserve to be penalized. The officials did not agree and Donato served the penalty on lap six, dropping from 12th to 19th and last position, almost 4 seconds behind the next-to-last driver. "Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 26 - Brad Jaeger had Doran Racing's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z up to fifth place on lap 20 in Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway when a failing alternator caused him to lose control on the backstretch. The car went into a series of spins, careening sideways on the track at about 155 miles per hour right in front of traffic and then onto the grass trackside.
Somehow Jaeger's fellow competitors didn't T-bone him. Even more amazingly, he didn't land in a gravel trap or a tire wall. He proceeded back to the pits with aplomb, and didn't even bring out a full-course caution flag.
Unfortunately he didn't get off scot-free, however. Although the crew did an amazing job, it took 10 laps to make repairs and/or replace the necessary parts, spoiling the top-running Nissan's chances for a podium finish. "Read more"
NISKU, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 24 - Although it was their first visit ever to Castrol Raceway, Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen of Hanover, Pa. each won KSE Hard-Charger Awards in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action at the three-eighths-mile dirt oval Friday and Saturday night.
Schuchart posted a sixth-place finish in Friday night's 30-lap A-main and then improved upon that by two positions when he finished fourth in a similar feature on Saturday night. He started 14th on Saturday, and the 10 spots he improved earned him his third KSE Hard-Charger Award of the season. The fourth-place finish was also the fifth top-five finish so far this year for Schuchart, who like his teammate is a contender for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award.
Twenty-four hours earlier Allen won his second KSE Hard-Charger Award of 2014 for advancing the most positions in Friday's A-main. He started 19th and finished 14th in his #1A on the first night of the two-night show, called the Oil City Cup. He started 17th and finished 13th in Saturday night's feature."Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 22 - Brad Jaeger of nearby Charlottesville, Va., who is studying for his Masters degree at the University of Virginia, will start ninth in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at VIRginia International Raceway tomorrow in the Doran Racing Nissan NISMO 370Z #14 that he shares with co-driver B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati.
Jaeger took just 1:59.311 to travel over the 3.27-mile, 18-turn road course while recording the car's fastest lap during the 15-minute Grand Sport qualifying session Friday afternoon at 5:10 p.m. His best lap was the third of seven he turned, and it puts him in the middle of the 21-car Grand Sport class. An additional 27 Street Tuner cars will also be in the 2.5-hour race, which begins at 2:05 p.m. Eastern time Saturday.
Jaeger, who is fourth in the driver point standings going into this race, will start the race on the inside of Row 5 beside Tom Kimber-Smith's BMW M3. His qualifying time was just 1.107 seconds off the pole, which was won by Jordan Taylor in a Camaro. Jaeger's time was just 0.222 off fifth place and 0.337 of a second off third place in this very competitive series."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 20 - This weekend Doran Racing and other IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams return to VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), a 3.27-mile, 18-turn road course and resort in Alton, Va. that "Car and Driver" magazine named as one of the top six road courses in North America.
The series hasn't raced at VIR since 2011, although for several years the facility was the site of its season finale. VIR was on the schedule in the series' inaugural season in 2001, and it's on the 2015 schedule too.
The track's famous oak tree died due to natural causes last summer, but the track has been repaved and widened a bit since the series' last visit here and Saturday afternoon's race is sure to be fast and furious."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, Aug. 18 - Four Wright Motorsports drivers were key contenders as the land of beer, brats, cheese and cows hosted a rare tripleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Yokohama Aug. 9-10 at the longest track on the schedule, Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
The series staged one race that Saturday evening and two on Sunday - one in the morning and one in the late afternoon. The third race replaced one that was rained out at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut on May 24.
Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati recorded two Masters class victories in Saturday's race and in the nightcap on Sunday with his Kuhlsport #15. He was on the overall podium when he finished third in the first race, and he had a top-five finish on Sunday afternoon too. He was as high as seventh in the middle race but ended up 28th overall in that one."Read more"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 11 - In an exciting race that saw a top-running Porsche and a top-running Subaru suffer mechanical issues with less than 5 minutes remaining and two top Camaros slapped with penalties for pit-lane violations, the two Doran Racing Nissans 370Zs persevered and both achieved top-10 finishes in Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America.
The Tower Events #41 Nissan 370Z of Toronto-based drivers John Farano and David Empringham was a big mover in the race, as it bettered its starting spot by 11 positions. It started 18th and finished seventh after two hours and 30 minutes of competition on the challenging 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 Nissan 370Z driven by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati started 11th and finished tenth. It was a great achievement for the entire team, since the crew had to burn the midnight oil to prepare another car for them to drive here after the #14 Nissan 370Z RC they normally drive was badly damaged in a World Challenge race at Mid-Ohio the previous Saturday morning."Read more"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 8 - Doran Racing's Brad Jaeger will be on the inside of row six and John Farano will start on the outside of row nine at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time Saturday when a 53-car field takes the green flag to begin a 2.5-hour IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Road America.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., unofficially qualified 11th with a time of 2:23.910 and an average speed of 101.263 miles per hour Friday afternoon with the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's Nissan 370Z #14. He'll start the race and then hand the car off to his co-driver, B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati. The field is so close that if Jaeger had been just eight-tenths of a second faster over this very long course he would be starting fifth.
Farano, of Toronto, unofficially qualified 18th with a time of 2:25.414 and an average speed of 100.216 mph for the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course with his Tower Events Nissan 370Z #41. His teammate, David Empringham, also of Toronto, said Farano battled an understeer condition during qualifying but he feels they have a very good car for the race itself."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 8 - Three of Doran Racing's four drivers finished on the podium in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races at Road America in 2012 or 2013, and the Lebanon, Ohio-based team hopes they can do it again on Saturday when the series makes its annual visit to the beautiful 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. hasn't competed at Road American since 2006, but his co-driver, B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, and Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, Calif. finished third at Road America last August in the Doran Racing Nissan NISMO 370Z #14. The entry led almost half of last year's race, as it was in first place 23 laps out of 53. Both Heitkotter and Zacharias were among the six drivers who led.
Last year the Doran Racing Nissan was clearly the fastest car in the race too. Heitkotter won the pole in the car with a time of 2:22.295 (102.413 miles per hour), and he also set the fastest lap of the race with an even faster 2:21.641 (102.885 mph) on lap six."Read more"
DALLAS, Aug. 6 - All three of M1 Racing's drivers honed their skills and gained valuable experience in the doubleheader for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires last weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Although he was competing in only his second Pro Mazda event, rookie Felipe Donato of Guarani das Missoes, Brazil came away with a tenth-place finish in Sunday's race with his #9, which is sponsored by Top House Design and Inova Marketing. He almost had a top-10 finish in Saturday's race too, but he ended up 16th after another driver hit him in the rear and spun him out on the last lap.
The Dallas-based team's two drivers in the Expert class, Jay Horak and Carlos Conde, each came away with a second and a third in that division for drivers over 35. Horak, of Mesa, Ariz., drives the AutoEnginuity #37 while Conde was in the #23 carrying the colors of the Monticello Motor Club. He's based in Scarsdale, N.Y. "Read more"
ASSEN, The Netherlands, Aug. 4 - Old Glory waved on the podium at Assen, the Netherlands on Sunday after America’s Ryan Tveter came from eighth place to finish second in a 25-minute Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup race attended by some 80,000 fans.
It was the first podium finish ever in this international series for the 20-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. who is sponsored by the Game Ready Injury Treatment System and Switzerland’s Autobau conference center and racing museum. The race was part of Gamma Racing Day, Europe’s premier combined car-, motorcycle- and superbike-racing event.
Coupled with a sixth-place finish in the first half of the doubleheader on Saturday, Tveter rose two positions in the driver point standings and is now in eighth place in the championship with two events remaining. It also helped support first place in the team standings for his team, Josef Kaufmann Racing. "Read more" (M1 Racing photo by Melissa K. Smith)
LEXINGTON, Ohio, July 31 - Carlos Conde, the 2010 Star Mazda Masters-class champion, will drive a M1 Racing-prepared #23 in this weekend's doubleheader for the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Conde, an investment banker from Scarsdale, N.Y. whose passion is motorsports, will be sponsored by the Monticello Motor Club. He is a founding member of that facility, which is an automotive resort and private racetrack located in Monticello, N.Y.
M1 Racing, which is based in Dallas, will field Pro Mazda cars for the reigning Pro Mazda Expert-class champion, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., and promising rookie Felipe Donato of Guarani das Missoes, Brazil as well. AutoEnginuity sponsors Horak's #37, while Donato's #9 carries the colors of Top House Design and Inova Marketing. Donato made his series debut at the series' most-recent doubleheader June 28-29 in Houston. "Read more" (M1 Racing photo by Melissa K. Smith)
FRANCORCHAMPS, Stavelot, Belgium, July 28 - After topping the charts for a good portion of the first qualifying session, America’s Ryan Tveter finished fifth in Friday’s 25-minute Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup race at Spa-Francorchamps with his Game Ready Injury Treatment System #16, which is also supported by Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum.
The young driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. qualified just 1.277 seconds off the pole at an average speed of 179.6 kilometers per hour (111.6 miles per hour) for the 20-turn, 7.004-kilometer (4.352-mile) road course that hosts the Belgium Grand Prix. That gave him the sixth starting spot in the 25-car field for the standing start for the first half of a doubleheader that supported the 24 Hours of Spa.
The driver who started third, Callan O’Keeffe, dropped to 13th on the first lap and that’s the only circuit he completed, so Tveter was scored in fifth place at the completion of the first of 11 laps turned in the event’s 25-minute time limit."Read more"
CORNWALL, Ontario, Canada, July 28 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart used a late restart to his advantage and finished third in the 40-lap World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature Sunday night at Cornwall Motor Speedway during his first visit ever to the quarter-mile, high-banked clay oval.
Schuchart, of Hanover, Pa., was running fourth when Kyle Fraser spun in Turn 2 to bring out a yellow flag with 39 laps down. World of Outlaws rules stipulate green-white-checkered finishes. Schuchart passed David Gravel, the driver who was third at the drop of the green for the restart, at the exit of Turn 4 working lap 39 for the second time to secure the podium finish with his #1s. His Shark chassis with a Don Ott-prepped engine is sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell's Tire Service and Marty Thompson.
Schuchart won the KSE Hard-Charger Award for improving his starting position more than any other driver. He started eighth in the 20-car field after finishing eighth in the dash and leading all 10 laps of the first heat from the pole. It was his second KSE award of the season."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, July 28 - The Doran Racing #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias started sixth, set the second-fastest lap of the race and finished a hard-fought fourth Friday afternoon in Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway's road course.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z of Toronto-based drivers John Farano and David Empringham was the second-best mover in the Grand Sport class, as it started 17th and improved nine positions to take the checkered flag in eighth place. It had great pace too, as it recorded the fourth-fastest lap of the event.
It was the fourth top-five finish for the #14 in the first eight races of the season, and it was the third top-10 finish for the #41 in seven events in this very competitive series."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, July 24 - The Indianapolis Motor Speedway's brand-new scoring pylon saw its first day of official duty on Thursday, and at the end of the Grand Sport qualifying session for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series that afternoon its LED lights showed the Doran Racing #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC solidly in sixth place, just 0.292 of a second off the pole.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., was at the wheel of the car and he duplicated his best qualifying result so far this year when he posted a lap in 1:35.113 on lap four of the seven laps he made of the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course during the qualifying session. That translates to an average speed of 92.315 miles per hour.
Jaeger will start the 2.5-hour race at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow, and then be relieved by his co-driver, B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, July 23 - This Thursday and Friday Doran Racing and other IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge teams will tackle the tabernacle of speed, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, culminating in a 2.5-hour race at 2:30 p.m. Friday on the track's recently tweaked 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's Nissans are two of 24 entries in the Grand Sport class, which will join 31 cars in the Street Tuner division for a rollicking onslaught of the 105-year-old facility which is also the world's largest seating facility with over 250,000 permanent seats. Some fans will bring their own blankets or folding chairs, however, and watch from several viewing mounds strategically situated adjacent to the infield road course that also uses part of the track's historic 2.5-mile oval.
The circuit was tweaked prior to the Verizon IndyCar Series race on the road course in May, so the track will be a bit different than what the teams encountered during the series' first two races here in 2012 and 2013. "Read more"
TORONTO, Ontario, July 22 - M1 Racing's Walt Bowlin of Tarpon Springs, Fla., posted a sixth- and a seventh-place finish in the GT-A class with the Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Audi R8 LMS ultra during his first doubleheader ever in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Championship last weekend at Toronto Exhibition Place.
Both races on the 1.755-mile, 11-turn temporary street course supported the Honda Indy Toronto Verizon IndyCar Series event.
Bowlin started seventh in class and 18th overall in Saturday's race after qualifying with a time of 1:12.960 on Friday afternoon. Several cars were involved in an accident in Turn 2 right after the standing start. Although Bowlin missed getting involved he did slip three spots overall while taking defensive action. That put him eighth in class and 21st overall for the restart on lap seven with the #23, which is also sponsored by Jet Concepts."Read more" (M1 Racing photo by Melissa K. Smith)
WEST LEBANON, N.Y., July 21 - After disappointing outings at his home tracks of Lincoln Speedway and Williams Grove Speedway Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Logan Schuchart got back into the top 10 Sunday night when he placed ninth in the 25-lap World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature at Lebanon Valley Speedway.
Driving the Shark Racing #1s sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell's Tire Service and Marty Thompson, the Hanover, Pa.-based grandson of National Sprint Car Hall of Famer Bobby Allen got by Justin Barger with an inside move working lap 21 on the half-mile dirt oval to secure ninth place in the A-main.
Schuchart started tenth in the 20-car field but dropped to 11th initially when Paul McMahan passed him working lap one. He moved into the top 10 with five laps down when the driver who had been second, Steve Kinser, slowed on the backstretch with ignition problems. He got one more spot before another lap was even in the books when the seventh-place driver, Cody Darrah, stopped with a flat right-rear tire while Kinser was still making repairs in the work area."Read more"
SARVER, Pa., July 16 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart of Hanover, Pa., finished fifth in the second half of the Don Martin Memorial Silver Cup Tuesday night at Lernerville Speedway, part of twin 30-lap features for the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
Driving the #1s Shark sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell's Tire Service and Marty Thompson, Schuchart placed 13th in the first half of the doubleheader and he won the 12-lap B-main by 0.070 of a second over Steve Kinser, the 20-time WoO champion
Schuchart, 21, a contender for the series' Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award, started fifth in the 25-car second feature but passed the current track point leader, Carl Bowser, and Ed Lynch Jr. to move into third almost immediately. He trailed only the leader, Danny Dietrich, and the eventual winner, Cody Darrah, for the first 10 laps. "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, July 15 - Wright Motorsports' Kasey Kuhlman posted his eighth-straight Platinum class Masters division victory and set a new track record, Kristin Treager was on the podium in Gold Cup and Michael Schein achieved his best finish to date with a fourth overall during the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge doubleheader last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. Two other drivers for the Batavia, Ohio-based team, Santiago Creel and Melanie Snow, recorded top-10 finishes in the Yokohama-supported series too, as Creel was tenth overall in the first race and Snow got a sixth and a seventh in Gold Cup action.
Schein, of New York City, had the best qualifying results for the team when he earned the sixth starting spot for the first 45-minute race, just 0.248 of a second off Jesse Lazare's pole and new track record. Point leader Colin Thompson passed Schein at the start of the race Friday afternoon to push him back to seventh, but Schein passed Michael Lewis for sixth on lap 15 and he moved into fifth on lap 19 when the second-place driver, Lazare, ended up in a tire barrier adjacent to Turn 3 with about 18 minutes remaining. Schein vaulted one more spot to fourth about 10 minutes later on lap 25 when Angel Benitez Jr. served a penalty for his part in Lazare's accident. Schein held on to finish fourth when the checkered waved with 33 laps complete. Only 2.789 seconds stood between Schein and a podium finish at the end. "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 14 - Although Doran Racing's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC led five laps of Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park and its fastest race lap was quicker than two of the three cars that made the podium, drivers Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias ended up 14th in the Grand Sport class after 2 hours and 30 minutes of competition Saturday afternoon.
The race was the series' only event in Canada this year and it was part of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., ran in seventh or eighth place throughout his stint after starting eighth. He set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap six with a time of 1:28.935 while he was embroiled in a torrid battle with Jade Buford in the Mustang that finished third and Ian James in another Mustang that finished second."Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 11 - Brad Jaeger earned the eighth starting spot for Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park during qualifications Friday afternoon in Doran Racing's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC..
Unofficially, the driver from Charlottesville, Va., took just 1:28.370 to travel over the 2.459-mile, 10-turn road course that he saw for the first time on Wednesday. His fastest lap was the third of six he turned in the qualifying session, and it was only 0.779 of a second off the Camaro that won the Total Pole Award. The Doran Racing #14, which Jaeger co-drives with B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, was the fastest-qualifying Nissan in the session.
"It was a good qualifying effort," Jaeger said afterwards. "Our car had a little too much oversteer and it's not where I wanted to be, but it's a top-10 starting spot and we were the highest-qualifying Nissan."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, July 8 - Similar to B.J. Zacharias's spirited charge from fifth to second place in the last 15 minutes of the most recent IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. just 10 days ago, the Doran Racing crew has been working hard to prepare its two Nissans for the next race, which will be held this Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team not only had its regular prep work to do on the #14 but it also had to get a new chassis ready for action after the #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z was badly damaged in a crash at the start of the race at Watkins Glen. The car can be repaired, but it will take longer than the time the team had between races.
Although the accident was very disappointing, the team members had a great deal to cheer about two hours and 30 minutes later when its #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC finished just one-tenth of a second behind the winner. They hope the momentum that Zacharias and his co-driver, Brad Jaeger, enjoy with the podium finish at the Glen will carry over to the #41 this weekend too, especially since both of its drivers, John Farano and David Empringham, are from Toronto and this weekend's race is at their home track. Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, formerly called Mosport International Raceway, is about 45 minutes from Toronto. The CTSCC race, part of the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Hawk Performance, is the series' only event outside of the United States this season."Read more"
DALLAS, July 7 - M1 Racing is pleased to announce a new corporate partnership with Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery that includes fielding Walt Bowlin's Audi R8 LMS ultra in the SCCA Pirelli World Challenge Championship's GT-A class.
Bowlin, of Tarpon Springs, Fla., is the 2012 Star Mazda expert class champion and a practicing oral and maxillofacial surgeon. The GT-A class, which debuted this year, recognizes gentlemen drivers that compete in the GT class.
Bowlin plans to make his World Challenge debut in the doubleheader that is part of Honda Indy Toronto July 18-20 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada."Read more"
MOSCOW, July 1 - It wasn’t the Winter Olympics, but Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. represented America while competing in Russia last weekend too. And while gold medals weren’t given out in the Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup doubleheader at Moscow Raceway, Tveter saw a marked improvement in his qualifying efforts and he earned his first Eurocup point in the ultra-competitive, international series designed to produce future Formula 1 drivers.
Driving the Game Ready Injury Treatment System #16 fielded by Josef Kaufmann Racing and also sponsored by Switzerland’s Autobau conference center and racing museum, Tveter took an immediate liking to the $150 million road course that opened in 2012. Although he'd never seen the course before, the rookie posted the third-fastest time in the first practice session, just .034 of a second off the fastest time set that session.
The field is divided into two groups for qualifying, and Tveter recorded the fifth-fastest time in his group on Saturday morning, just three-tenths of a second off the fastest time turned in the 15-minute session. His lap in 1:32.331 gave him the ninth starting spot in the 28-car field for the first race that afternoon on the 3.931-kilometer (2.44-mile), 14-turn road course. "Read more"
HOUSTON, June 30 - Dallas-based M1 Racing hoped for better results when the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires made its only visit this year to the Lone Star state, but it was an up-and-down weekend for the team and its rookie driver, Felipe Donato.
Donato, 19, of Guarani das Missões, Brazil, was making his first start ever in this Mazda Road to Indy series in the doubleheader on the 1.634-mile, 10-turn temporary street course around NRG Park Stadium.
He placed tenth in a crazy race on Saturday that started under hot and humid but dry conditions but ended up being a rainy race, which was an admirable result under adverse conditions. Only nine of the event's 22 laps were run under green."Read more"
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 30 - Wright Motorsports' Kasey Kuhlman posted his fifth- and sixth-straight Platinum class Masters division victories over the weekend at Watkins Glen International in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup action. The Cincinnati-based driver of the Kuhlsport #15 now has a 39-point lead in the division's point standings at the halfway point of the season, 134 to 95.
Kuhlman recorded a fourth- and a third-place finish overall at the Glen too, and he's now in fourth place in the Platinum class' overall point standings. The Platinum Cup is for 2014 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars and the Masters division is for drivers age 45 and older.
Another Wright Motorsports driver, Michael Schein of New York City, placed seventh in the first 45-minute race on Friday and ninth in the second half of the doubleheader on Saturday."Read more"