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"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., July 24 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. of Plainfield, Ind., posted another solid finish in USAC Silver Crown action Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, finishing eighth in the non-stop, 100-lap "Rich Vogler Classic."
The Whiteland, Ind.-based team, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings, also fielded a similar yellow Beast/Tranter Chevy in the event in which Joe Axsom of Franklin, Ind., made his series debut. He never turned a wheel wrong either and finished 12th in a "one-off" appearance in a show reminiscent of the very popular "Thursday Night Thunder" programs. It also supported Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Coons remains fourth in the point standings heading into the next event, which is next Friday, July 31, at the Belleville High Banks in Belleville, Kan. He is the only three-time winner of that track's biggest race, the Belleville Midget Nationals. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, July 21 - Doran Racing will tackle the smallest track on the schedule and the shortest event of the season when the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series stages a 2-hour race at the 1.53-mile road course at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., Saturday at 10 a.m.
Most of the series' races are 30 minutes longer, but Saturday's race featuring the two Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs, 10 other Grand Sport cars and 28 cars in the Street Tuner class will be just 120 minutes long. The seven-turn road course in Northwestern Connecticut is the only track less than 2 miles in length on the series' schedule. Last year the two classes had separate races here but this year they're combined, as is the usual format. Forty cars on the track at once should make for a lot of action, and staying out of trouble and on the lead lap could be difficult. Last year when the classes were split there was only one caution flag in the GS race and three caution flags in the ST race.
Doran Racing's Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati were on the podium at the next-biggest track on the schedule, which is Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca at 2.238 "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 17 - Wright Motorsports' Elliott Skeer was the fastest qualifier and led every lap of twin 45-minute, non-stop races in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
With seven races complete and nine remaining, the rookie driver from Carlsbad, Calif. leads the series' point standings by seven points, 121 to 114. He has been on the podium in every race except one so far this year, and now has three victories, two second-place finishes and one third.
Driving the #14 sponsored in part by an IMSA scholarship supported by Porsche and Yokohama as well as backing from Pelican Replacement Windows and Town Porsche of Englewood, N.J., Skeer had a 1.286-second margin of victory on Saturday and a 0.886-second margin of victory on Sunday. His main rival waited for a mistake that Skeer never made, as he masterfully saved his Yokohama tires, never let his rivals get by, overtook lapped traffic efficiently, and hit his marks throughout both races. He set the second-fastest lap of Saturday's race and the fastest lap of Sunday's race. "Read more"
ZANDVOORT, The Netherlands, July 12 - For the second consecutive year, young Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. has had a breakout event at a track in the Netherlands.
Last August he posted his first podium finish in a Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup race at Assen. On Saturday afternoon the rookie earned his first points on the next step to Formula 1 when he finished ninth in the second race of a tripleheader for the FIA Formula 3 European Series at Zandvoort, on the coast about 132 miles southeast.
Tveter, who drives the #26 for Jagonya Ayam! with Carlin, started 13th in Race 2. Tveter has had some extremely good starts and Saturday's was no exception, as he passed Callum Ilott to get one position before the driver who started fifth, Lance Stroll, crashed a little later on the opening lap to give Tveter another spot. "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, July 12 - Despite some big challenges, both Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs finished in the top 10 in the top class, Grand Sport, in Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
The #14 driven by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati finished eighth both overall and in the GS class despite an issue that affected the car's power production for most of the 2.5-hour race.
Jaeger qualified fifth on Friday with a 1:27.797. He set the #14's best lap of the race on lap two with a 1:28.852, but then was passed by two competitors on lap three and three more on lap four to drop to tenth. The team immediately began trying to diagnose and solve the problem . . . "Read more"