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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"