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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"
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 30 - Doran Racing's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias came within 0.169 of a second of winning Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race Saturday at Watkins Glen International. The second-place finish was the team's best result of the season to date and it will go down in the record books as another thriller for the Lebanon, Ohio-based team at this storied road course.
With 40 minutes to go and 40 laps down in the 2-hour-and-30-minute race, Zacharias was in fifth place, but he was a whopping 12.008 seconds behind the fourth-place car at the time, a Porsche driven by Matt Plumb. The top four cars, which consisted of three Camaros and that Porsche, were fairly close together on the 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course, but that was a big gap to overcome to reach them.
Zacharias had his head down and the bit in his teeth, however. The Cincinnati-based driver set the car's fastest lap of the race on lap 42 with a time of 2:02.684."Read more"
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 27 - The Doran Racing-prepared Nissan 370Zs qualified just 0.050 of a second apart in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action Friday at Watkins Glen International. They'll accelerate from the eighth and ninth starting positions when the green flag waves on the 2-hour-and-30-minute race Saturday at 11:35 a.m. Eastern time.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., qualified the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC in eighth place with a time of 2:02.376 for the prestigious 3.4-mile, 11-turn road course. Jaeger, who will drive the first portion of the race and then be relieved by his co-driver, B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, turned his fastest qualifying lap on his sixth and final lap of the session.
John Farano of Toronto will start from the inside of Row 5 after he set the ninth-fastest time in qualifications with the #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z. His fastest lap of the session came on his fourth of seven laps. The qualifying time for Farano, who shares the driving duties for the #41 with another Toronto-based driver, David Empringham, was 2:02.426."Read more"
DALLAS, June 24 - M1 Racing will give Brazil's Felipe Donato the opportunity to experience driving in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires when it fields a car for him in Rounds 8 and 9 of that series this weekend on the Houston street course.
Donato, 19, of Guarani das Missões, Brazil, will drive the Dallas-based team's #9 car, which will carry sponsorship from Top House Design and Inova Marketing. The team operates in conjunction with its corporate partner, Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery.
Donato started driving go-karts in 2007 as a hobby but soon became very serious about it, competing in the PJK, PK and PGK divisions in his native Brazil. He moved into formula cars in 2011. He was slated to compete in USF2000 this year, but so far he hasn't made a start in that series this season after flipping during a practice session at the opener in St. Petersburg, Fla. He made 10 USF2000 starts in 2013 though, with his best finish being fifth at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, June 23 - This weekend Doran Racing returns to the site of many of its most thrilling victories — Watkins Glen International —with two potent Nissan 370Zs.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team will be among the favorites in Saturday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race at the prestigious track at the southern tip of New York's Lake Seneca.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. is sixth in the current Grand Sport point standings while his co-driver, B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, is seventh with five events down and seven remaining in the 2014 season. They drive the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC."Read more"
HOCKENHEIM, Germany, June 16 - American Ryan Tveter finished all three Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup races last weekend at the Hockenheimring and he was extremely consistent in doing so, placing 12th in the first 25-minute race on Saturday and 11th in both Race 2 and Race 3 on Sunday.
There were no full-course caution flags in any of the races, and as the events progressed the fields got spread out over the 4.574-kilometer (2.842-mile), 17-turn, very flat road course. Tveter also had to deal with front-wing damage in two of the races, which compromised his car's aerodynamics.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., started 14th in the first 25-minute race on Saturday with the Game Ready Injury Treatment System #16, which is also supported by Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum. The car is fielded by Josef Kaufmann Racing, which ironically was the only German team in the paddock. The very tough, 25-car field consisted of drivers from 16 countries. "Read more"
JACKSON, Minn., June 13 - As the nation celebrates Father's Day on Sunday, one of the most unique family teams in motorsports is Shark Racing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
The team owner is Bobby Allen, one of the original outlaws and a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame. He fields two sprint cars driven by his grandson, Logan Schuchart, and his son, Jacob Allen.
Schuchart, 21, is the son of one of Bobby's daughters with Doris Allen, Dana Allen, and Craig Schuchart. Jacob Allen, 19, is Bobby's son with Lisa Ralston Shelton."Read more"
KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 8 - Doran Racing finished eighth in Saturday night's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Kansas Speedway, but that doesn't begin to tell the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's story of perseverance, determination and just plain heart.
An honest mistake early in the race caused a penalty that helped put the team a lap down with its #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC. That threw team owner Kevin Doran's race strategy out the window, but his team regrouped, put their heads down and just kept trying. Anyone watching closely had to smile and give them a tip of the old fedora when they had to pit in the last two minutes of the race for more fuel, but then set the fastest lap anyone turned during the two-hour-and-30-minute race on their very last lap.
It was definitely a statement, even if they were still a lap down when they did it. "Read more"
KANSAS CITY, Kan., June 6 - Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., posted Doran Racing's best qualifying result so far this year when he placed sixth Friday night in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge qualifications at Kansas Speedway.
Behind the wheel of the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC that he co-drives with B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati, Jaeger was only 0.403 of a second off the pole. His qualifying time was 1:22.356 for the six-turn, 2.37-mile road course, for an average speed of 103.599 miles per hour.
"We definitely have a good car for the race," Jaeger said Friday night. "Everyone on Doran Racing worked hard to improve the car throughout the day. We should have a good, balanced car for the race. We'll do our best to run a methodical race and pick people off. It's been a clean weekend for us so far, and we hope to keep it that way.""Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, June 3 - Doran Racing hopes to take care of some unfinished business this Saturday night at Kansas Speedway as the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series stages its second race ever on the six-turn, 2.37-mile road course that twists through the infield of the 1.5-mile tri-oval in Kansas City, Kan.
Doran Racing will be duking it out in the Grand Sport class with a beautiful Nissan NISMO 370Z RC, #14, driven by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati.
The road course was added to the facility during the summer of 2012, and held its first CTSCC race last August. Unfortunately the team dropped out of last year's race after only 23 laps, but it led for 16 of those laps and it set the fifth-fastest lap of the race in the process. It was one of only nine cars that posted a lap in excess of 104 miles per hour during the race."Read more"
LAKE ODESSA, Mich., June 1 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart posted another top-10 finish in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series when he finished tenth in the 35-lap NAPA Rumble at I-96 Speedway Saturday night before a large crowd.
Schuchart, of Hanover, Pa., started tenth in the 23-car field but dropped to 15th at the start and had to work his way back up through the field on the recently reconfigured three-eighths-mile oval.
"At the beginning the track was so dusty that I had trouble seeing, and I backed off so I wouldn't crash," he said later. "About five or 10 laps in it cleared up and got a lot better, and I had a good race car," he added. "It felt really good." "Read more"
SILVERSTONE, Northamptonshire, England, May 29 - Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. finished sixth in Sunday's Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup race at Silverstone to cap an action-packed doubleheader.
Tveter was part of a 26-driver field that battled for position in ever-changing weather and extraordinary track conditions which included standing water, wind and even a tow truck on the track at the start of Saturday's race, in which he finished 15th.
The points Tveter earned on Sunday were crucial, as neither of his teammates finished that race. Tveter drives for Josef Kaufmann Racing, which is currently leading the team point standings."Read more"
LAKEVILLE, Conn., May 27 - Wright Motorsports' Kasey Kuhlman backed up his two Masters class victories at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca earlier this month with another one Saturday afternoon in IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge competition at Lime Rock Park.
The 45-minute race was supposed to be the first half of a doubleheader, but a similar race scheduled for later Saturday afternoon was "abandoned" before the start due to heavy rain and a local curfew. IMSA will decide if that race will be rescheduled, and is so, when and where it will be held. Another Wright Motorsports driver, Michael Schein, had the pole for the nightcap."Read more"
LAKEVILLE, Conn., May 27 - Both of Doran Racing's Nissans finished the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) Grand Sport race at Lime Rock Park on Saturday, but neither finished as high up on the scoreboard as the team had hoped. Both cars rolled back into the transporter in one piece, however, and the team will take the points it earned in the Berkshires and look forward to the next event at Kansas Speedway June 7.
The team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC driven by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati started seventh and finished 11th, one lap down, in Saturday's Northeast Grand Prix. "Read more"
CONCORD, N.C., May 24 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart finished third right behind winner Joey Saldana and runner-up Donny Schatz Friday night in the Circle K/NOS Energy Drink Outlaw Showdown in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action at the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Schuchart, of Hanover, Pa., started third in the 21-car field and was able to pass Schatz at the start of the 30-lap feature to vault into second place. He ran in second place behind Saldana, the polesitter, for three laps before Schatz got him back working lap four."Read more"
LAKEVILLE, Conn., May 23 - The starting grid for Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) Grand Sports race at Lime Rock Park will be set by the current point standings. IMSA officials turned Friday afternoon's scheduled qualifying session into a third practice session instead due to rain.
Doran Racing's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC driven by Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati is currently ninth in the point standings, while the #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z co-driven by John Farano and David Empringham of Toronto is 15th. One car that is ahead of the #41 isn't on the entry list for Lime Rock, so the #41 may be 14th when the official starting grid is posted. "Read more"
NEW EGYPT, N.J., May 21 - Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart turned an 18th-place starting position into an eighth-place finish Tuesday night at New Egypt Speedway in World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series action to earn the KSE Hard-Charger Award for the most positions advanced by any driver in the 24-car field.
It was the second such award for the Hanover, Pa.-based team so far this year, as his teammate, Jacob Allen, earned the same distinction last month at a race in Pevely, Mo. Allen started 23rd and finished 18th in Tuesday night's 30-lap feature, which was called the NAPA Outlaws Classic.
Schuchart was able to use restarts to his advantage Tuesday night. He got a good start initially, advancing from 19th to 14th by the end of lap two. He moved up another position following a restart with three laps down after Dave Blaney spun in Turn 4 to bring out the first caution flag. He got one more spot on lap five to move into 12th place. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, May 20 - Doran Racing has a long history of spending Memorial Day weekend as star players in a high-speed test of machinery, driver skills and race strategy at Lime Rock Park, and this year is no exception.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team will send two Nissan 370Zs into battle in a Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race that headlines the holiday weekend schedule at the picturesque track in the foothills of Connecticut's Berkshire Mountains on Saturday. Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati will drive the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC. The team's #41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z is co-driven by two former series champions from Toronto: John Farano and David Empringham.
Unlike most of the series' other events, the Grand Sport (GS) and Street Tuner (ST) classes will run two separate races at Lime Rock due to the short length and narrowness of the 1.5-mile, seven-turn road course. Doran Racing competes in the GS division, and its race is scheduled to get the green flag at 2:15 p.m. Saturday. Its two Nissans will be part of a 26-car field in the two-hour-and-30-minute race at the iconic track, which is listed on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 10 - M1 Racing's Nicolas Costa made another stirring charge during Pro Mazda competition Saturday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Coming from the 15th starting position, he had just taken second following a restart with six laps to go in the 20-lap race when there was contact with the driver he'd just passed. Costa ended up backwards in the wall entering Turn 1 for a 16th-place finish in round six of the series, which is presented by Cooper Tires.
Costa was unhurt but he was left shaking his head when considering his racing luck, as he was a solid contender to win both Pro Mazda races at IMS until he was the victim of accidents in the late stages of each race with his #99. The Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo.
Another M1 Racing driver who was shaking his head was Jason Rabe, but unlike Costa he was shaking his head in amazement. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 9 - M1 Racing's Nicolas Costa had the drive of the day Friday afternoon in the first race of the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires ever held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
The rising star from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil came from the 11th starting position to fourth, only to be hit in the rear with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 35-minute event on IMS's newly redesigned 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course.
Although the driver who hit Costa received a 40-second penalty, Costa ended up 15th in the final rundown instead of somewhere in the top five with his neon-yellow-and-white #99. His car is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 5 - They've been dreaming about it all their lives, but they really don't know what to expect.
That's the situation facing M1 Racing's three drivers and their fellow competitors this week prior to the first Pro Mazda races ever on the redesigned road course at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway at 4:30 p.m. Friday and 12:10 p.m. Saturday.
The Dallas-based team has entered cars for the defending Expert class champion, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz.; rising star Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Jason Rabe of Millville, N.J., who has one of the most interesting stories of anyone competing.
MONTEREY, Calif., May 5 - Saturday was a good points-earning day for Doran Racing at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, as its cars finished fifth and sixth in the third round of IMSA's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.
After two hours and 30 minutes of competition, the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC co-driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias was only 1.769 of a second behind the winner. The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's other Nissan 370Z, the Tower Events #41 of Toronto-based drivers John Farano and David Empringham, took the checkered flag just 0.529 of a second after the #14 did following 75 laps of competition on the challenging, 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.
The race had seven full-course cautions. Luckily all the Doran Racing drivers were able to escape all the accidents."Read more"
MONTEREY, Calif., May 2 - Doran Racing's No. 14 Nissan NISMO 370Z will start tenth and its No. 41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z will start 14th, unofficially, in tomorrow afternoon's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., who shares the No. 14 with Cincinnati's B.J. Zacharias, turned his fastest lap during qualifying Friday on lap four of five with a time of 1:36.612. That was an average speed of 83.393 miles per hour for the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course. The top-10 cars were within six-tenths of a second of the pole, which was won by Trent Hindman in a BMW in 1:35.948 (83.970 mph).
John Farano of Toronto, Ontario put the No. 41 firmly in the field with a time of 1:37.079 (82.992 mph). His fastest lap was lap four of seven. His co-driver is David Empringham, also of Toronto."Read more"
MONTEREY, Calif., May 1 - There are 61 entries in a very competitive field, but Doran Racing has to be considered a top contender in the IMSA Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team finished on the podium at this event last year, and it was also on the podium at the most recent race March 14 in Sebring, Fla.
Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias, drivers of the team's No. 14 Nissan NISMO 370Z, will try to keep that momentum going. Meanwhile, John Farano and David Empringham, who co-drive the team's No. 41 Tower Events Nissan 370Z, will try to get the great results they deserve. Although they finished a solid ninth at Sebring, they also experienced some bad luck in the very early stages of the season. "Read more"
ARAGON, Spain, April 28 - Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y., advanced seven positions to finish 12th after starting 19th in Sunday's ultra-competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup race at Motorland Aragon.
The season-opening doubleheader for this series, considered by many to be the most competitive junior open-wheel series in the world, attracted 31 entrants from 17 countries. Tveter is the sole American competing.
A great start was one of the keys to the 19-year-old rookie's impressive performance in the #16 prepared by Josef Kaufmann Racing and sponsored by the Game Ready Injury Treatment System and Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 28 - M1 Racing's Nicolas Costa withstood unrelenting pressure from Garett Grist for most of Sunday's Pro Mazda race at Barber Motorsports Park, providing fans with the best battle of Round 4 of the Mazda Road to Indy series, which is presented by Cooper Tires. After 20 laps of torrid competition Costa crossed the finish line in eighth place.
Costa's teammate, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., the defending Expert class champion, finished second in that class for drivers over the age of 30 in both halves of the weekend doubleheader with his AutoEnginuity No. 37.
Costa, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, was supposed to start ninth on Sunday with the Dallas-based team's #99, which is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo. He actually started tenth after another driver passed him on the pace lap and didn't give the position back. Costa said there was some confusion back in the back when the green flag flew, but despite that he was still able to quickly move into seventh place during the opening laps. "Read more"
PEVELY, Mo., April 27 - Shark Racing's Jacob Allen earned the KSE Hard Charger Award and got a big dose of confidence after he came from the 22nd starting position to finish tenth in the 40-lap World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series feature Saturday night at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55
Allen, of Hanover, Pa., was as high as fourth at one point in the wild race, the headline event in the Spring Classic Presented by GM Sapaugh Country.
It was the best finish in WoO competition ever for Allen, who like his teammate, Logan Schuchart, also of Hanover, Pa., is a contender for the series' Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by ButlerBuilt. Allen was 0.757 of a second behind the driver who finished ninth, 20-time World of Outlaws champion Steve Kinser, at the checkered flag. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 23 - Two M1 Racing drivers head to Barber Motorsports Park this weekend with two different frames of mind but a common goal - podium finishes in Rounds 3 and 4 of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires.
One of them, Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., wants to duplicate his results in the first two races of the year when he won the series' Expert class in St. Petersburg, Fla., last month with his AutoEnginuity No. 37. Horak brought Dallas-based M1 Racing its first championship last year when he won the title for that class, which is for drivers over the age of 30.
The other M1 Racing driver, Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, wants better luck than he had in Florida. "Read more"
HANOVER, Pa., April 16 - A great deal has changed and a great deal hasn't changed since 1978 when the first World of Outlaws sprint car show ever was staged at Devil's Bowl Speedway in Mesquite, Texas. Bobby Allen of Hanover, Pa., finished third in the series' points that inaugural year, and he'll be on hand at Devil's Bowl for a two-night show this Friday and Saturday to field two Shark Racing sprint cars for Logan Schuchart (#1s) and Jacob Allen (#1a).
Schuchart, Bobby's grandson, and Jacob Allen, Bobby's son, are both rookies in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series this year, contending for the Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award presented by ButlerBuilt. In February the trio left their home base in Hanover, Pa. to embark on a challenging, 10-month schedule of 93 different WoO races at 53 tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces.
Bobby Allen, who turned 70 in December, noted that the whole sport has gotten much more professional since Ted Johnson organized the top outlaw (unsanctioned) drivers into a series. Allen said that in the seventies as the drivers traveled from track to track in search of the biggest purses offered that particular weekend, there was a lot more camaraderie among the competitors than what he notices now. "Read more"
Rotek Racing celebrated a double class victory in the ADAC Nürburgring Six Hours with the increasingly notable Audi TTRS SP4T car and the debuting Audi RS4 SP8 machine at the legendary German track on Sunday (April 6).
After the TTRS stormed to class pole in the hands of 2012 FIA World Touring Car Champion Rob Huff in Saturday’s qualifying session – only to be hit by a grid penalty – gentleman racer Richard Meins spun under yellow-flag conditions during the mandatory night practice, which serves as part of the qualification process for the headlining ADAC Zurich Nürburgring 24 Hours (June 19-22).
The start of the race from 21st on the grid was entrusted to an emerging talent from the United States, Kevin Gleason, who previously celebrated victory in the 2013 25 Hours of Thunderhill alongside Huff in Rotek's Audi TTRS last December."Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 30 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., had a whopping 4.7258 seconds advantage over Bobby Eberle when he posted his second Expert class victory in less than 24 hours Sunday morning in Pro Mazda action at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Horak was never out of first place in the class for drivers over the age of 30 in either of the races, which were presented by Cooper Tires and sponsored by Allied Building Products. He started 18th overall in Sunday's 23-lap race and finished 14th with his black AutoEnginuity No. 37. Horak is the defending Expert class champion.
Unlike Saturday's race here, Sunday's featured a standing start. Both Horak and his teammate, Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, had fabulous starts. Horak advanced three positions on the first lap and Costa vaulted from tenth to sixth with his No. 99, which is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo."Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 29 - M1 Racing's drivers showed a great deal of heart in Round 1 of the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires Saturday at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg.
Making his first start ever with the Dallas-based team, Nicolas Costa of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil battled back from the rear of the field after an early incident to finish eighth in the #99, which is sponsored by IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo.
Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., earned the Expert class victory with his AutoEnginuity No. 37. He started 18th and finished 13th, holding off Bobby Eberle by 0.2888 of a second for the class victory. He's the defending Expert class champion, a title he won while driving for M1 Racing last year."Read more"
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., March 28 - Kevin Gleason is heading to Germany to tackle one of the most challenging road courses in the world - the Nürburgring - April 5-6.
The Johnstown, Pa.-based driver will compete in the ADAC six-hour qualifying race there that Sunday, April 6, in preparation for the 24 Hours of Nürburgring June 21-22.
He'll drive the same car with which he won the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill Dec. 9 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif. by a whopping 28 laps — the Rotek Racing Audi TT RS.
His co-drivers will be Rob Huff and Richard Meins. Huff, the 2012 FIA World Touring Car champion, was part of the winning driver line-up at the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. Gleason drove with Meins, a class winner at the 24 Hours of Spa, at the Bathurst 12-Hour race in Australia in February."Read more"
DALLAS, March 23 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak has a brand-new AutoEnginuity car for the 2014 edition of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, and he hopes it will take him to a second consecutive Expert class championship.
The Expert class is for drivers over the age of 30.
Horak, of Mesa, Ariz., plans to compete in all of the road and street course events on the series' schedule, including the season-opening doubleheader at the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg in St. Petersburg, Fla. March 29-30.
Although he has never competed in that particular event, Horak said "I feel very confident I can win the Expert class, and hopefully move up the pack. Getting the new car and having it fitted has made a huge difference in my comfort level. That has translated into much faster lap times. The last Barber race, I could start pushing into the pack time." "Read more"
DALLAS, March 20 - M1 Racing surprised the junior formula car ranks today by announcing that it will field a car for rising starNicolas Costa in the season-opening doubleheader for the Pro Mazda Championshippresented by Cooper Tires March 29-30 on the street circuit at St. Petersburg, Fla.
Costa, 22, of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, just may be a spoiler at the opener for the teams and drivers who took the headlines in pre-season testing.
He certainly did just that during the 2013 season when he was on the podium in half of the eight Pro Mazda races in which he competed. Besides the four podium finishes he had a fifth and a sixth to boot.
The podiums came on the street course at Toronto, the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and in both halves of the season finale at Reliant Park Houston. He was just 0.669 of a second behind the champion, Matthew Brabham, at the checkered in the last race of the year.
Costa will drive M1 Racing's #99 car at St. Petersburg with sponsorship from IMM (Impermeabilizacões), Alufama, Oakley and Inova Marketing Esportivo."Read more"
DALLAS, March 20 - The national motto of Jason Bedasse's native Jamaica — "Out of many, one people" - speaks of the diversity of the population of that Caribbean nation.
Bedasse has a new twist to that phrase as his personal motto: "Out of many, one driver." .
With the announcement today that he's joined M1 Racing for selected events in the 2014 Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, he'll be the first driver from Jamaica to compete in that Mazda Road to Indy series."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 17 - Three of the five Wright Motorsports drivers entered in the season-opening doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Series earned podium finishes.
The twin 45-minute races presented by Yokohama were held Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway as part of the 62nd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team won both the driver and team championships in the series the last two years."Read more"
TULARE, Calif., March 16 - After dazzling the veterans on Friday by winning the dash and leading most of the feature, Shark Racing's Logan Schuchart posted his best finish ever in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series on Saturday night at Thunderbowl Raceway. The rookie from Hanover, Pa., passed veteran Terry McCarl with just three laps to go and went on to finish second to Rico Abreu in the 35-lap feature.
Schuchart, a contender for the prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award Presented by ButlerBuilt, started sixth in the 24-car field with his #1s, which is sponsored in part by Your Auto Source NAPA Autocare Center, Pell's Tire Service and Marty Thompson. The 21-year-old driver got fifth at the start by passing David Gravel, and moved into fourth with an inside pass of veteran Sammy Swindell working lap three.
Cody Darrah flipped in Turn 2 with 11 laps down to bring out the first of two red flags in an accident in which Mike Faria was also involved. At that point the top five drivers were Abreu, McCarl, Joey Saldana, Schuchart and Swindell."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 15 - It was a podium finish for Doran Racing in Friday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway. Brad Jaeger and BJ Zacharias brought the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC home in third place after two and a half hours of torrid competition and an amazing pass on the last green-flag lap before the race ended under yellow.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's other Nissan NISMO 370Z RC had a top-10 finish too, as the Tower Events #41 driven by John Farano and David Empringham finished ninth in the 59-car field despite being hit and spun by a BMW on lap 19 of the 55-lap race.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., qualified ninth but actually got to start eighth when another competitor's car failed the post-qualifying technical inspection. Although many full-course cautions were predicted the event only had two of them and both occurred in the second half of the race, so Jaeger had no time outs for the 52 minutes he was in the cockpit."Read more"
TULARE, Calif., March 15 - Rookie Logan Schuchart (pronounced SHU-hart) had an excellent showing in the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series Friday night in his first visit ever to Thunderbowl Raceway. Driving the Shark Racing #1S, the 21-year-old driver from Hanover, Pa. qualified eighth, finished second in his heat, led all six laps enroute to winning the dash, and then led the first 22 laps of the 35-lap A main, eventually finishing eighth.
He set the fastest lap of the feature too, taking only 13.640 seconds to cover the one-third-mile, high-banked clay oval that he said reminded him of a "skinny Lincoln," referring to his home track in New Oxford, Pa.
Schuchart ran a lap in 13.005 seconds in time trials to qualify eighth in the 31-car field, only 0.205 of a second off the time recorded by the fastest qualifier, Joey Saldana."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 13- Doran Racing's Brad Jaeger earned the ninth starting position for tomorrow's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway during qualifications at that 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course Thursday afternoon with the team's #14 Nissan NISMO 370Z RC.
Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., was only 0.067 of a second off fourth place in the qualifying session, which saw a BMW take the pole and three Camaros qualify in the top five. Trying to save his tires on the bumpy track because each car must start the race on the tires with which it qualified, Jaeger only ran three laps in the 15-minute session. His fastest lap was the last one, when he was timed in 2:16.683 for an average speed of 98.505 miles per hour.
Jaeger shares that Nissan with Cincinnati's BJ Zacharias."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, March 7 - Buoyed by strong performances at a test Feb. 20-21 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., Doran Racing hopes for some excellent results in the second IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) race of the year at the same track at 1 p.m. Friday, March 14.
The Lebanon, Ohio-based team is campaigning two Nissan 370Z NISMO RCs in the Grand Sport class for the 12-event series this year instead of just one car. Although it's double the work, running two cars also provides double the data, which helps the team fine-tune the cars' set-ups in less time. This is especially important on race weekends, when practice time is usually short.
The No. 14 is driven by Brad Jaeger, formerly of Cincinnati but now of Charlottesville, Va., and Cincinnati's BJ Zacharias."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 7 - Wright Motorsports will go for its third straight driver and team championship in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in 2014.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team won the series' top class, called the Platinum Cup, in 2012 and 2013 with Sean Johnston and Madison Snow, respectively.
Kasey Kuhlman of Cincinnati, who finished seventh overall in the Platinum point standings last year and second in that division's Masters class, returns to the team with a brand-new Kuhlsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, #15. The Masters class is for drivers 45 and over."Read more"
MANFEILD, Feilding, New Zealand, Feb. 11 - Ryan Tveter finished third in the Dan Higgins Trophy race Saturday at Manfeild Park during a final weekend of Toyota Racing Series action that saw plenty of drama for the 19-year-old from Oyster Bay, N.Y.
Driving the Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4 which is also sponsored by the Autobau Museum in Switzerland, Tveter and the Giles Motorsport team were forced to battle back after a rare electrical problem caused a crash in the third practice session on Friday at the 3.03-kilometer road course’s Pepsi Corner. The crew worked hard to quickly make repairs, and Tveter rewarded them by placing fourth in both qualifying sessions on a wet track Saturday morning. He was just 0.546 of a second off the fastest qualifier in the first qualifying session and 0.665 of a second off the top time in the second qualifying session. He would have qualified second in the second session had a red flag not come out during his last flying lap. He was also one of 11 drivers who broke the track record during practice on a dry track on Thursday and Friday.
That gave Tveter the fourth starting spot for Saturday afternoon’s race. In a bizarre turn of events Nick Cassidy, the polesitter and defending champion, and the third-place starter, Jann Mardenborough, were sent to the rear due to mechanical difficulties on the grid. This series does not bunch up the field under these circumstances so that left the driver who qualified second, Andrew Tang, all by himself in Row 1 and Tveter all alone in Row 2 for the start of the race."Read more"
BATHURST, NSW, Australia, Feb. 7 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. is halfway around the world this weekend and set to tackle one of the most difficult sports car endurance races in the world - the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour at the very challenging Mount Panorama Circuit.
Gleason is looking for his third straight endurance sports car victory, as he was also part of the winning team at the NASA 25 Hours of Thunderhill in Willows, Calif. in December and a 13-hour enduro at VIRginia International Raceway in Alton, Va., last October.
This weekend's race has attracted an international field of drivers who will pilot 44 cars around the newly-resurfaced, 6.23-kilometer circuit about 120 miles west of Sydney."Read more"
HANOVER, Pa., Feb. 3 - After a rousing send-off from 300 attendees of Shark Racing's Fan and Sponsor Appreciation Night in New Oxford, Pa. on Jan. 25, Logan Schuchart and Jacob Allen are on their way to Florida for the season opener of the World of Outlaws STP Sprint Car Series.
The series kicks off with three nights of racing Feb 14-16 at Volusia Speedway Park in Barberville, Fla. The program is part of the track's 43rd DIRTcar Nationals presented by Summit Racing Equipment.
The two rookies from Hanover, Pa. both intend to run for the WoO's prestigious Kevin Gobrecht Rookie of the Year Award presented by ButlerBuilt in 2014."Read more"
OYSTER BAY, N.Y., Jan. 29 - Impressed by Ryan Tveter's performance during his rookie season of Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup (NEC) competition last year, Josef Kaufmann Racing has signed the young American to join its team for that series and the series one step above it, Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup, in 2014.
Tveter, 19, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, had two top-five finishes in NEC action last year, even though the series, the team he was running with and all the tracks were new to him. Josef Kaufmann, owner of Josef Kaufmann Racing, was watching and liked what he saw at those events and in post-season testing with his team, which is based in Wolsfeld, Germany.
Kaufmann is a self-made man who started as a racing mechanic in his teens, raced successfully himself in Formula V, Formula Super V and Formula 3, and then fulfilled another dream when he became a team owner in 1982. Since then Josef Kaufmann Racing has prepared cars for many young drivers who went on to become stars, including names like Gerhard Berger, Arie Luyendyk, Frank Biela, Wolf Henzler, Timo Scheider, Esteban Gutierrez, Sebastian Buemi and Nico Hulkenberg."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 29 - They not only survived North America's greatest test of endurance sports cars, they excelled in it.
Snow Racing's Universal Industrial Sales (UIS) Porsche 911 GT America #58 prepared and serviced by Wright Motorsports finished third in the GT Daytona class in the 52nd annual Rolex 24 Sunday at Daytona International Speedway.
The inaugural event in the IMSA Tudor United SportsCar Championship featured 29 entries in the GTD class among 67 total entries. Portions of the event were broadcast live on Fox, Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports 2."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 - Most of all, the four drivers representing Doran Racing wanted to finish Friday's IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Unfortunately they didn't get their wish, as the Tower Events Nissan 370Z No. 41 was knocked out early by contact and the team's similar No. 14 retired with clutch problems near the midway point while running tenth in the 68-car field.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., clawed his way up from 15th starting position with the No. 14 after a bizarre qualifying session Friday morning afforded him only one flying lap due to a lengthy red flag. He even had to slow down during that lap when an Aston Martin spun directly in front of him.
But when the green flag dropped for the 2-hour-and-30-minute race Friday afternoon Jaeger got a great start, as he was already 11th by the end of the field's first trip around the 3.56-mile road course."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 28 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa., and his co-driver, Corey Fergus of Powell, Ohio, finished eighth out of 39 entries in the Sport Touring (ST) class Friday in the season opener for IMSA's Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series at Daytona International Speedway.
The pair drove a BMW 328, No. 80, prepared by Bimmerworld and sponsored by Johnstone Supply, Powerflex and Red Line Oil.
Gleason, 26, qualified ninth with a time of 2:05.839 for an average speed of 101.844 miles per hour around the 3.56-mile road course. He drove the first half of a caution-filled race, kept the car in the top 10 and turned it over to his teammate unscathed."Read more"
CROMWELL, New Zealand, Jan. 26 - America’s Ryan Tveter recorded the first podium finish of his racing career Saturday in a tough international field of Toyota Racing Series competitors at the brand-new Highlands Motorsport Park near Queenstown, New Zealand.
Driving the Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4 which is also sponsored by the Autobau Museum in Switzerland, the 19-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. placed third in the first of three TRS races at Highlands this weekend.
Tveter was fast in all the practice sessions and he posted his best qualifying results to date when he was fourth in the first qualifying session on Saturday morning and third in the second qualifying session minutes later."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 24 - An early red flag spoiled the Grand Sport class's qualifying session Thursday afternoon in IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge action at Daytona International Speedway. After a lengthy delay to tow in the errant Porsche Boxster most of the cars only completed one flying lap after the restart before time ran out, and most teams' qualifying results were seriously hampered due to the lack of time and heavy traffic.
Brad Jaeger was still able to get off a lap in 1:58.261 in the Doran Racing Nissan 370Z No. 14 that he'll share with BJ Zacharias in the 2-hour-and-30-minute race that starts today at 1:45 p.m. It was his second of only two laps around the 3.56-mile road course, and it puts the driver from Charlottesville, Va., in the 15th starting position for the season opener. "Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, Jan. 21 - Batavia, Ohio-based Wright Motorsports is in the final stages of preparing a brand-new Porsche 911 GT America car, the Universal Industrial Sales #58, that is Snow Racing's entry in the 52nd annual Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., this weekend, Jan. 25-26.
The race is the inaugural event in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, sanctioned by IMSA. A total of 67 cars are entered among four classes. The Snow Racing Porsche that Wright Motorsports will service before, during and after the race is one of 29 cars in the biggest class, GT Daytona.
Snow Racing has elected to use three drivers: the reigning IMSA GT3 Cup champion, Madison Snow, of Lehi, Utah; Jan Heylen of Tampa, Fla., and Marco Seefried of Amerbach, Germany. "Read more"
TIMARU, New Zealand, Jan. 19 - The United States’ Ryan Tveter recorded his first top-five finish in Toyota Racing Series action Sunday in the featured race at Timaru International Raceway with his Game Ready Injury Treatment Systems #4.
The top-five finish was achieved despite the fact that it was just the second weekend of competition for Tveter in this series, and he started eighth in a field of 23 that included rising stars from 13 different nations.
Tveter got a great start with his Giles Motorsports-prepared car, as he rose to sixth place by the end of lap one in the 20-lap race that went non-stop. He got fifth working lap seven when Egor Orudzhev pitted, reportedly for a faulty camshaft sensor.
HANOVER, Pa., Jan. 15 - It's not every day that an athlete from York County reaches the international level of sports.
This year there are two.
Logan Schuchart, 21, and Jacob Allen, 19, of Hanover-based Shark Racing are poised to become regular drivers in the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series. With 92 nights of racing at 52 different tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces in a season that stretches from February to November, it's the premier sprint car sanctioning body in North America.
Area race fans can help support their effort and give them a "Pennsylvania Posse send-off" by attending the fifth annual Shark Racing Fan/Sponsor Appreciation Night on Saturday, Jan. 25 at the Cross Keys Inn Banquet Hall, 6110 York Road, New Oxford, Pa. The admission price is $25 and all proceeds go to Shark Racing."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Jan. 13 - Doran Racing will field not one but two Nissan 370Z NISMO RCs in the 12-event IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSCC) in 2014, starting with the season opener Friday afternoon, Jan. 24 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Both cars just returned to the team's headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio after participating in the series' official pre-season test Jan. 3-5 at Daytona. The Tower Events No. 41 piloted by Canadians David Empringham and John Farano posted the fifth-fastest time for the Grand Sport (GS) class during the test. The team's No. 14 car driven by BJ Zacharias of Cincinnati, Ohio and Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va. was 13th fastest out of 23 class entries after six practice sessions on the 3.56-mile road course, just 0.684 of a second off its team car.
Although the team is looking for two great finishes at Daytona, winning the CTSCC championship is it primary goal. Doran Racing has a rich history of winning championships and international races like the Rolex 24 that this race supports. It also has deep ties to Nissan Motorsports, dating back some 20 years. In addition, Zacharias drove the first Nissan 370Z in Grand-Am competition 11 years ago"."Read more"
OYSTER BAY, N.Y., Dec. 20 - Game Ready, a sports medicine and orthopedic medical device that helps athletes and other patients speed recovery from injury or orthopedic surgery, will join forces with American driver Ryan Tveter for the 2014 Toyota Racing Series (TRS)?in New Zealand in January and February.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y. and Zurich, Switzerland, will be a member of the multiple championship-winning team, Giles Motorsports.
A type of “Winter Training” for young formula car drivers from around the world, the TRS features five weekends of racing with three races each weekend."Read more"
HANOVER, Pa., Dec. 15 — Bobby Allen, one of the original outlaws, will bring two young guns on the World of Outlaws trail in 2014.
Allen, a member of the National Sprint Car Hall of Fame and the owner of Shark Racing, will field sprint cars for his grandson, Logan Schuchart, and his son, Jacob Allen, in the World of Outlaws (WoO) STP Sprint Car Series, which features 92 race nights at 52 different tracks in 24 states and three Canadian provinces. The premier traveling sprint car circuit in the nation, it sanctions the prestigious Knoxville Nationals in Knoxville, Iowa, which Bobby Allen won in 1990.
Shark Racing is based in Hanover, Pa. Schuchart (pronounced SHU-hart) was born in York, Pa. and he's a graduate of Spring Grove High School in Spring Grove, Pa. Jacob Allen was born in Indianapolis and he is a graduate of Brownsburg High School in Brownsburg, Ind., but he moved to Hanover, Pa. about three years ago and currently resides there too."Read more"
WILLOWS, Calif., Dec. 9 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. was at the controls when Rotek Racing's Audi TT RS took the lead for the first time around 5 a.m. Sunday in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the United States Air Force at Thunderhill Raceway Park. Once in front the #24 was never again headed, and Gleason and his four co-drivers went on to win the 11th annual edition of the longest sports car endurance race in the United States by a whopping 28 laps.
Gleason's team, which included co-drivers Rob Huff, the 2012 FIA World Touring Car champion; Robb Holland; Jeff Altenburg and Roland Pritzker, won both overall and in the ES class.
A total of 57 cars started and 40 finished. Gleason's Audi completed 705 laps of the 2.58-mile, 15-turn road course for a total of 1,819 miles. The event was held in cold temperatures, sometimes in the 30-degree area. "Read more"
JOHNSTOWN, Pa., Nov. 26 - Kevin Gleason, who plans to compete in all 12 IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge races in 2014, has also been chosen as one of four very strong drivers for Rotek Racing's Audi TT RS in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill presented by the United States Air Force Dec. 7-8 at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, Calif.
The event, which is sanctioned by the National Auto Sport Association (NASA), will be the longest race to date for the 26-year-old driver from Johnstown, Pa. One hour longer than either the 24 Hours of Le Mans or the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, this year's race has already attracted 63 entries and will feature many name drivers such as Al Unser Jr. and Davy Jones.
The Audi Gleason will drive is one of the cars that is attracting a great deal of attention, both for its European roots and its stellar driver line-up. The team is based in Meuspath, Germany. The car, VLN SP4T, is a factory-built Audi Sport Customer Racing car that has been running in the German VLN Endurance Championship this year. It will be going for both the class victory in ES and the overall victory in the 25 Hours of Thunderhill. "Read more"