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"