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ANDERSON, Ind., May 27 - Saturday night's Pay Less Little 500 presented by UAW-GM at Anderson Speedway lived up to its reputation as a race that's very hard to win. Nolen Racing entered three asphalt sprint cars in the 67th annual edition of the race, and all three of them were involved in a crash with 82 laps down. Two restarted, and in the end the one driven by Shane Hollingsworth of Lafayette, Ind. took the checkered flag in fifth place in front of a large crowd.
Ironically Hollingsworth started further back in the 33-car field than either of the other two drivers of cars fielded by the Whiteland, Ind.-based team. He started 15th in the yellow #20, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO, and finished fifth by completing 497 of the required 500 laps around the quarter-mile bullring.
One of his teammates, Jerry Coons Jr. of Plainfield, Ind., set the fastest lap on one of the practice days and qualified sixth, but he was involved in a multi-car accident working lap 83 while running comfortably in fourth place. He ended up 26th. "Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., May 26 - M1 Racing and its rookie driver, Victor Franzoni, continued to impress the railbirds as Franzoni came from the ninth starting position to finish sixth Saturday afternoon in the "Day Before the 500," the first oval race of the year in the Pro Mazda Championship Presented by Cooper Tires.
It was only the second Pro Mazda event ever for the young driver from Sao Paulo, Brazil, and he and his Dallas-based team consistently improved throughout the event despite the fact that the team didn't test here and Franzoni's tire budget is much smaller than his rivals'. That wasn't lost on the officials, who presented Franzoni with the Staubli award for his performance.
It was also a great showing for the sponsors of the white #21, which include Auto Enginuity, Novac Sports and Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 22 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. ran in the top five for more than half the race and was as high as fourth, but he finished 14th in the 62nd annual Hoosier Hundred USAC Silver Crown race at the Indiana State Fairgrounds Thursday night after he was forced to pit just 13 laps from the end to allow his Whiteland, Ind.-based team to replace the yellow #20's right-rear tire.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., now living in Plainfield, Ind., started fifth in the 27-car field in the Eagle Chevy sponsored in part by KECO and Columbus Container. His qualifying time was a 34.260 for the 1-mile dirt oval, which was substantially better than the 36.081 he ran to rank ninth in practice.
Shane Cockrum got around him on the first lap of the 100-lapper, but Coons ran in sixth place for the first 10 laps. He moved into fifth working lap 11 after the driver who started third, Tracy Hines, stopped on the backstretch. Coons remained in fifth place through lap 45, and set his fastest lap of the race on lap 35 with a 33.445."Read more"
PAU, France, May 20 - Ryan Tveter began the third round of the 2015 FIA Formula 3 European Championship by setting the fifth-fastest time in practice in Pau. At one point he was running third in the qualifying session, but two incidents on a treacherous, wet circuit denied the young American of a good starting spot in all three races last weekend. After that Tveter focused on just finishing all three races on the tight street circuit where passing is extremely difficult. He did just that, avoiding multiple incidents and steadily advancing in each race. He bettered his starting position by six spots in the first race and four positions in the second race, both held on Saturday, and eight positions in Sunday's finale.
Tveter's time of 1:24.020 during practice in extremely tricky, wet conditions on his first visit to the challenging circuit comfortably put him in the top five ahead of Carlin teammate and Silverstone Race 2 winner George Russell, and only a few tenths of a second from P2 and the fastest time set by Prema Powerteam's Jake Dennis. Dennis went on to collect three pole positions and win Races 1 and 2 of the weekend.
Going into qualifying later on Friday, conditions were again wet and constantly changing. Tveter was battling at the front in P3 just a couple tenths between his teammate Gustavo Menezes and Dennis, who was fastest at the time in the closing few minutes of the session. After finding a gap behind Dennis, Tveter was in a good rhythm before the Mücke Motorsport car of Michele Beretta went spinning across the track at the Foch Chicane in front of Tveter and Dennis."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 10 - Victor Franzoni's debut in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires was a resounding success. Over the course of the series' tripleheader on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, M1 Racing's newest rookie topped the charts in a practice session, posted a top-five finish, won a Quartermaster Hard-Charger Award, won a RePlay XD Move of the Race Award, and set the fastest lap of the final race with his AutoEnginuity/Novac Sports #21.
The 19-year-old driver from Sao Paulo, Brazil was moving up to Pro Mazda from the USF2000 series, and he was making his first start with Dallas-based M1 Racing. Technically the race reports will show that he finished tenth, fifth and 19th in the three races on IMS's 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course, but the race results don't even begin to tell the whole story.
"It was a good learning experience," Franzoni said after Saturday's race. "We had a problem with the brakes right away today. I could tell when I left pit lane. But we came in and fixed it and then I was able to set the fastest lap of the race later. Without that problem, we could have been in the top three for sure. But it's OK. I'm happy that we got a top-five yesterday. Remi [Lanteigne, the team's lead engineer] and I came up with a good set-up and everyone on the team worked very hard. We were very competitive right away, so it was good.""Read more"
HOCKENHEIM, Germany, May 4 - A rookie's main objective is to gain experience and to learn, and that's just what Ryan Tveter did in the FIA Formula 3 European tripleheader last weekend at Hockenheim, Germany.
The young American's challenges at a mostly wet Hockenheim began in Thursday’s collective test, when a technical glitch again severely limited the speed of his #26 fielded by Jagonya Ayam with Carlin. More challenges came for the 20-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. throughout the weekend, with issues ranging from "lap-murdering" red flags during qualifying to blinding spray followed by contact in Race 1, as well as an engine misfire that sent him to pit lane for virtually all of Race 2. Early progress with a very strong start in Race 3 was short-lived when a brush with the curb during a fight for 12th place sent him back to 28th, although he ultimately fought his way back to finish 20th.
Despite the repeated setbacks, Tveter and his team considered it a productive weekend.
For every driver, but especially for rookies, what happens behind the scenes between the drivers, engineers and team managers is very important as they work together towards future on-track success. Many performance goals are set independent of race results, and then evaluated by the team in the massive on-board data collected. Tveter continues to exceed his team's expectations on the steep learning curve in formula racing, and Hockenheim gave him another opportunity to add to his skills."Read more"
SALINAS, Calif., May 4 - Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca had a little bit of everything that makes road racing great. When the checkered fell after two and a half hours of competition around the challenging, 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course, only 0.836 of a second separated the top three cars. Nissan fans were happy because that third car was Doran Racing's #14 Nissan 370Z co-driven by Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias and advertising Nissan's popular GT Academy. Zacharias was only 0.284 of a second behind the Mustang that finished second.
The timing of pit stops to generate good track position, management of tire wear, fuel consumption, avoiding accidents, the timing of full-course cautions, the nimbleness and light weight of the Nissan 370Z and plain old hard driving all played a role in the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's first podium finish of the year. It duplicated Jaeger and Zacharias' third-place finish here in 2013, but it was even harder fought.
Jaeger qualified seventh but he was already fifth by the end of the first lap of the race, partly due to an incident involving the team's #41 shared by Nissan GT Academy winners Nick McMillen and Steven Doherty. Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., was still firmly in fifth place when team owner Kevin Doran brought the car in for its first pit stop on lap 14 under the race's second full-course caution."Read more"
DALLAS, May 1 - M1 Racing is pleased to announce that Victor Franzoni and Carlos Conde have joined its team in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires, effective immediately.
They will join Expert class driver Jay Horak of Mesa, Ariz., in the series' tripleheader on the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway May 7-9.
Franzoni, 19, is stepping up from the USF2000 series, where he is currently fifth in the point standings. The native of Sao Paulo, Brazil won the USF2000 race April 12 at NOLA Motorsports Park, and he finished second in a similar event April 24 at Barber Motorsports Park. He also finished second in the pre-season Cooper Tires Winterfest with two victories and a second, missing the title by a mere five points.
Last year he placed fifth in the USF2000 championship as a rookie, winning at St. Petersburg, Fla. He also posted podium finishes at Barber, Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, on the road course at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
He competed in Formula Renault 2.0 Eurocup in 2013, and he had great success in karting before he advanced to formula car racing. He started karting at the age of 4. He speaks four languages."Read more"
TOLEDO, Ohio, April 29 - As the winner of two of only three USAC Silver Crown races ever held at Toledo Speedway, Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. has to be considered to be one of the favorites to win Friday night's USAC Silver Crown season opener there.
The USAC Triple Crown winner from Plainfield, Ind., won the series' initial race at the half-mile asphalt oval in 2010. Kody Swanson won in 2011, but Coons was victorious at Toledo again in 2012.
On Friday night he'll drive Gene Nolen's yellow #20 in the 100-lapper, called the Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness "Rollie Beale Classic."
"Winning at Toledo requires a fast race car and staying out of trouble," Coons said while helping the Nolen Racing crew prepare his car Tuesday night at the team's headquarters in Whiteland, Ind. "Your car has to be right to pass there because it's a tough place to pass. It helps if you can qualify well."Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 27 - M1 Racing's Walt Bowlin persevered to finish 14th in the GTA class Sunday in the second half of a Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader at Barber Motorsports Park with his Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers Audi R8 LMS ultra.
Bowlin, from Tarpon Springs, Fla., started the 29-lap race in 15th position in class, survived several incidents, had good battles with two drivers of Porsche 911s, and set his fastest lap of the race on his final trip around the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course near Birmingham, Ala., with a time of 1:28.841.
Bowlin rose two positions at the start of the race when a car ahead of him stalled during the standing start and the driver who started second, Nick Catsburg, got pushed off the track and into a gravel trap. Unfortunately Bowlin got hit in Turn 1 on the same lap, and a little later more contact sent him off the track and pushed a fender into one of his tires."Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 27 -The battle for the championship in the Expert class of the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires was a draw at Barber Motorsports Park last weekend, as M1 Racing's Jay Horak took the class victory on Saturday with his AutoEnginuity #37 but finished second to his primary rival on Sunday.
Horak, from Mesa, Ariz., won the Expert class championship in 2013 driving for Dallas-based M1 Racing. The class is for drivers over the age of 30.
Saturday's timed race of 40 minutes lost 10 minutes due to a schedule change and another 10 minutes due to false starts by some over-excited drivers. Horak moved up one spot right away when Kyle Connery's car rolled to a stop between Turns 4 and 5 before one lap was in the books. The first four laps were run under yellow, and when the action finally started on lap five there was a tussle between Jose Gutiérrez and Dalton Kellert that gave Horak two more spots. In the meantime he was able to pass the Expert class leader, Bobby Eberle, when he finally got the chance and Horak moved into 13th place overall and first in the Expert division on that lap. "Read more"
SALINAS, Calif., April 27 - Doran Racing has high hopes for Saturday's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca because its Nissan 370Zs are well suited to the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course near Monterey, Calif. The team has done very well there in the past with it cars, which advertise Nissan's popular GT Academy program where gamers are groomed to race professionally.
Last year the Lebanon, Ohio-based team finished fifth and sixth with its pair of Nissan 370Zs at Laguna. The year before that the team's Brad Jaeger and B.J. Zacharias finished third after 75 laps of competition. They return with the #14 this weekend, and they hope there will be no substitute for experience. They both have many years of experience at Laguna Seca in a wide variety of cars, and their compatibility, teamwork and work ethic makes them a potent combination.
Nissan GT Academy champions Nick McMillen and Steven Doherty will be paired together for the first time to drive the #41. David Empringham and John Farano drove that car last year, and McMillen and Bryan Heitkotter drove it in the first two races of the year. Doherty, who was born in nearby San Jose, is stepping in for Heitkotter, who is now racing a Nissan GT-R GT3 in the Pirelli World Challenge's GTA class. Doherty competed in seven CTSCC races last year in the Street Tuner class, including the one at Laguna, but this weekend's event will mark his debut in the faster Grand Sport division"Read more"
WHITELAND, Ind., April 24 - As he begins his 26th season as a USAC Silver Crown car owner, Greenwood, Ind.'s Gene Nolen has set two high goals for his Whiteland, Ind.-based racing team: win the USAC Silver Crown national championship and the Pay Less Little 500 pavement sprint car race May 23 at Anderson Speedway in Anderson, Ind.
To do either is hard. To do both will be even harder, especially considering that racing in the Little 500 will force Nolen Racing's lead driver, Jerry Coons Jr. of Plainfield, Ind., to compete in two premier races in one day.
The USAC Silver Crown division's third race of an 11-event season is part of the 70th annual "Night Before the 500" slated for Saturday afternoon, May 23, at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis, while the 67th annual Pay Less Little 500 pavement sprint car race will be held later the same night in Anderson, Ind., some 54 miles northeast. "Read more"
AVONDALE, La., April 14 - New Orleans is known for partying, and Wright Motorsports had plenty to celebrate after Saturday's IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup race at NOLA Motorsports Park. The Batavia, Ohio-based team made it look easy at the 2.75-mile, 13-turn road course about 20 miles outside of "The Big Easy."
Two of the team's five drivers finished on the podium, as one won and another was third. Another Wright Motorsports driver was fourth overall and a fourth driver finished seventh in the top class. Two finished first and second in the Platinum class's Masters division, and one of them won the Yokohama Hard-Charger award too. A fifth one was involved in an incident during the race but qualified second and was very competitive.
The team's youngest driver won the race outright. He also set two new track records at the event and is now leading the driver point standings, while Wright Motorsports is leading the team point standings."Read more"
SILVERSTONE, England, April 13 - Last weekend's FIA Formula 3 Europe tripleheader at Silverstone was all about the starts and restarts for America's Ryan Tveter.
His standing start in Race 3 on Sunday morning was a thing of beauty, as he blasted from 13th on the 35-car grid to ninth on the first lap. He held off all challengers and ran in ninth place for the next 15 laps of the 18-lap race, as the rookie driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. sought his first point in this very competitive series. Only the top 10 drivers earn points.
He almost got it, as he finished 11th. A spin by Emerson Fittipaldi's grandson, Pietro Fittipaldi, in the Village Corner forced a full-course yellow on lap 15. On the ensuing restart Tveter passed Brandon Maisano to vault into eighth, but Maisano was able to get the cut back on Tveter out of the final chicane and the pair ran side by side down the start-finish straight. Tveter was then on the outside for the first corner, and had to cede the position back to Maisano while coming quickly under attack by Mikkel Jensen and Callum Ilott. Tveter went on the defensive into Village Corner, but Jensen was able to sneak by into the Loop, forcing Tveter slightly wide and allowing Ilott to slip through as well. Still, it was a great start for the young driver and the yellow #26, which is sponsored by Jagonya Ayam! KFC Indonesia, Sparco, Brett King Design and Switzerland's Autobau conference center and racing museum. "Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 30 - M1 Racing's Jay Horak got his 2015 season in the Pro Mazda Championship presented by Cooper Tires off to a great start over the weekend on the street course in St. Petersburg with a second on Saturday and a victory on Sunday in the series' Expert class.
Horak, from Mesa, Ariz., won the Expert class championship in 2013 driving for Dallas-based M1 Racing. The class is for drivers over the age of 30.
Horak, who drives the AutoEnginuity No. 37, also won the Quartermaster Hard-Charger Award on Sunday. He gained eight spots by starting 17th and finishing ninth overall. "Read more"
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., March 30 - M1 Racing's Walt Bowlin rose five positions to finish 11th in class with his Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Centers Audi R8 LMS ultra in Saturday's Pirelli World Challenge race on the street circuit in St. Petersburg.
Bowlin, of nearby Tarpon Springs, Fla., was as high as seventh in the GTA class at one point. He'd hoped for a top-10 finish, but the 50-minute race ended under caution so he didn't get one last attempt to pass the Lamborghini that finished tenth.
Bowlin qualified 32nd overall and 16th in GTA, but he was able to avoid a big, chain-reaction crash at the standing start that was triggered when a car stalled. The Lamborghini that started right beside Bowlin's Audi was involved in the accident, as were three cars that started behind him, but Bowlin was able to find a way through and moved into 25th overall and eighth in class."Read more"
ERIE, Colo., March 28 - They're grateful it wasn't worse.
Fifty Plus Racing and Doran Racing, which prepares Fifty Plus Racing's Prototype that competes in the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, are grateful that crewmember Kevin Fox is still around and will be able to change tires on their #50 Riley BMW another day."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 24 - All three drivers of the Dempsey/Wright Motorsports #58 Porsche 911 GT America were scored as high as second in class at some point during Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway. After 12 hours of competition under brutally hot conditions the team finished sixth in class with its Porsche, which carried the livery of Brumos Racing.
The team's drivers were Jan Heylen, who lives in nearby Tampa, Fla.; the youngest driver in the race, 19-year-old Madison Snow of Lehi, Utah, and Milo Valverde of San Jose, Costa Rica. The latter was substituting for Patrick Dempsey of Malibu, Calif., who was a late withdrawal due to work commitments. The 34-year-old Valverde was making his first Sebring start.
All three drivers were proud to represent Brumos Racing, an iconic team that is enshrined in the track's Hall of Fame. In addition to Brumos Racing, the team enjoyed support from Porsche, Beautyrest mattresses, Bilstein shocks, Spyder active sportswear and Universal Industrial Sales."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 24 - Wright Motorsports' 2015 campaign in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama got off to an extremely successful start at Sebring International Raceway during twin 45-minute races last Thursday and Friday, with three of its five drivers getting overall podium finishes, a rookie posting a new track record when he topped the charts in qualifications, and another driver earning the Yokohama Hard-Charger Award.
Elliott Skeer of Carlsbad, Calif., had a truly impressive series debut, as he recorded two second-place finishes in his first appearance ever with the Batavia, Ohio-based team. He also stunned the series regulars by winning the pole during qualifications on Thursday with a new track qualifying record of 2:05.849 (106.985 miles per hour) for the 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course in Central Florida."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 24 - Showing the same sort of perseverance that those dealing with Alzheimer's disease display daily, the Fifty Plus Racing team finished a solid seventh in Saturday's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway.
Like the scientists who are working to find a cure for Alzheimer's, Fifty Plus Racing continues to make strides on and off the track. Off the track, the Fifty Plus Racing Foundation is raising funds for Alzheimer's research through its Web site at FiftyPlusRacing.com. And on the track, the Fifty Plus Racing Riley BMW prepared by Doran Racing not only finished Saturday's race, it finished one spot higher on the scoreboard than it did in the season opener at Daytona.
It wasn't easy. Besides the 12 other cars in the top class, Prototype, there were 30 cars in other classes battling for position during the 12-hour race that was run under brutally hot conditions. Fourteen of the 43 starters didn't finish. The #50 not only finished the race, it had improved on its starting position by six positions in class when the checkered waved Saturday night and the fireworks were launched."Read more"
March 23 - Kevin Gleason will contest the new global TCR International Series with WestCoast Racing in one of the Swedish team’s three Honda Civic TCRs.
With a career founded on touring cars in the United States, Gleason spent his childhood watching his father race in GRAND-AM and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) and straight away became an avid motorsport fan.
Having originally started out racing motocross in his early years, it was in 2008 that the Business Management graduate began racing in Spec Miatas, earning one win, two pole positions and averaging a top-four finish in his debut season"Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 21 - Doran Racing came to Sebring International Raceway looking for points in the Continental Tire SportsCar Series, and the Lebanon, Ohio-based team left with a lot of them after its two Nissan 370Zs finished fifth and sixth Friday afternoon in the Microsoft Visual Studio 150.
Nick McMillen of Salem, Ore., and Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, Calif. improved on their finishing position in the season opener by one spot when their #41 took the checkered flag in fifth position after 2.5 hours of competition on a bumpy and greasy track under very hot and humid conditions.
Taking the checkered flag only 3.782 seconds behind the #41 in sixth place was the #14 of Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - With four solid practice sessions under their belts, Fifty Plus Racing's four drivers are ready for the start of the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida Saturday at 10:40 a.m. In addition to being a jewel of the Tudor United SportsCar Championship, the race is the second event in the four-race Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup.
"Things are going great!" said Jim Pace of Ridgeland, Miss., who set the entry's fastest lap so far here in the very first practice session on Thursday with a time of 1:59.127 for the 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course.
"We didn't go out for qualifying because we changed our practice engine for our race engine today, and we didn't get the change completed and the car through tech before qualifying," Pace said Friday evening. The team will run a systems check and make its final adjustments during a 20-minute warm-up session Saturday morning."Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 19 - The Doran Racing Nissan 370Zs will start in the fourth and sixth positions in Friday afternoon's Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway.
Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., qualified fourth in the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's #14 with a time of 2:17.029 for the 3.74-mile, 17-turn road course during a 15-minute qualifying session Thursday afternoon. That was only 0.487 of a second off third place and 1.183 off the pole. His fastest lap came on lap four of six laps he turned during the session in the red-and-white Nissan he shares with co-driver B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati.
Rookie Nick McMillan of Salem, Ore., qualified sixth in the team's #41 that he shares with fellow Nissan GT Academy champion Bryan Heitkotter of Fresno, Calif. McMillan, who has never raced at Sebring before and is competing in only his second race on American soil, turned a 2:17.289 on his fourth of five laps in the qualifying session. He was only 1.443 seconds off the pole, and just 0.045 of a second behind the Porsche that qualified fifth."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 13 - Dempsey/Wright Motorsports hopes to add a brand new chapter to Brumos Racing's winning tradition on Saturday, March 21 in the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.
It will be the 21st time that a car in Brumos Racing livery has competed in the iconic race, and the second time that the popular Jacksonville, Fla.-based company's colors have been carried by a Porsche 911 GT America car prepared by Batavia, Ohio-based Wright Motorsports. The effort certainly has momentum, as the #58 finished on the podium in the season opener in January at the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Drivers Madison Snow of Lehi, Utah; Jan Heylen of Tampa, Fla. and Patrick Dempsey of Malibu, Calif. will try to build on Brumos Racing's success at Sebring. The late Peter Gregg posted two class victories for Brumos before his overall Sebring 12-Hour victory in 1973 driving with Hurley Haywood and Dr. Dave Helmick. Haywood still holds the record as the driver who has made the most starts at Sebring with 28."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, March 13 - After a stellar eighth-place finish in the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, Fifty Plus Racing is hoping for another top-10 run with its Riley BMW Prototype prepared by Doran Racing in the 63rd annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida Saturday, March 21 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.
It is the second race of the year in both the Tudor United SportsCar Championship and the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. Fifty Plus Racing is focusing on the latter, a four-race series that also includes the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 28 and the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 3.
Jim Pace of Ridgeland, Miss., Byron DeFoor of Ooltewah, Tenn., and two Floridians — David Hinton of Clearwater and Dorsey Schroeder of Little Torch Key — are set to handle the controls of the #50, which strives to raise both awareness and funds for the fight against Alzheimer's disease via its Fifty Plus Racing Foundation and its Web site at FiftyPlusRacing.com. Donations for Alzheimer's research can be easily made to the foundation by PayPal through that Web site."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 13 - All drivers want to be on the podium, but achieving that in a series as competitive as IMSA's Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama can be a tall order.
Wright Motorsports, which won the series' top drivers' championship in both 2012 and 2013, will field Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars for five drivers in the series this year. Everyone on the Batavia, Ohio-based team intends to do their best to help all five of them pursue podium finishes and that elusive first overall victory starting with the season-opening doubleheader at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., March 18-20.
The doubleheader supports the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida on March 21. It is the first event in a 16-race, eight-event season that concludes in late September."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 12 - Wright Motorsports announced today that it will field a Porsche for 20-year-old Elliott Skeer of Carlsbad, Calif. to drive in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama beginning with the season opener March 18-20 at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla.
Skeer's ride comes in part through a scholarship from the series' sanctioning body, the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), supported by Porsche and Yokohama. It is awarded to a driver without prior Porsche GT3 Cup experience. It is designed to attract and recognize new talent that desires to race in this highly competitive championship, one of 20 similar Porsche single-make series worldwide.
Skeer was selected as a wildcard entry in the third annual Porsche Young Driver Academy last October, where five young guns were put through their paces in a two-day test at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala. His performance at the academy as well as his previous success in the sport generated his opportunity to join Wright Motorsports, one of the most successful Porsche teams ever in North America."Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, March 12 - Remembering its rousing third-place finish in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race at Sebring International Raceway last year, Doran Racing has high hopes as it prepares to travel to Sebring, Fla., for this year's race there on Friday, March 20.
Both of the Lebanon, Ohio-based team's cars finished in the top 10 in this event last year, as its #14 Nissan 370Z finished third and its #41 Nissan 370Z placed ninth.
The same duo that was on the podium here last year — Brad Jaeger of Charlottesville, Va., and B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati — will be in the #14 for the 2.5-hour race at Sebring, which is called the Microsoft Visual Studio 150. It supports the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida the following day."Read more"
DALLAS, March 3 - Guy Cosmo will exchange his headset for his helmet this weekend and drive M1 Racing's Tampa Bay Jaw Surgery Audi R8 LMS ultra in the season opener of the Pirelli World Challenge at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas.
M1 Racing's Walt Bowlin, who usually drives the car in the series' GT-A class, tabbed his coach to drive it in the GT class for the COTA doubleheader.
Both Bowlin and Cosmo's roots are in open-wheel racing, as are those of M1 Racing team owner Paul Mata and engineer Remi Lanteigne. The latter, who is well known for his accomplishments in open-wheel racing, will make his sports car engineering debut this weekend. "Read more"
DALLAS, March 3 - Although the weather was very cold, M1 Racing was all fired up after one of its rookies, Tristan DeGrand of Eureka, Mo., finished fourth in the finale of the Pro Mazda Series' Cooper Tires Winterfest Feb. 26 at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Ala.
In addition to almost making the podium in his first Pro Mazda event, DeGrand definitely was the hard-charger at Barber. He moved up six positions in both races held on the 2.3-mile road course that will host the third event of the 2015 Pro Mazda season.
DeGrand started 15th and finished ninth in the first 15-lap race that morning, and then took what he learned to go from tenth to fourth in the second 17-lap race that afternoon. "Read more"
LEBANON, Ohio, Feb. 2 - The Bengals didn't make it to the Super Bowl, but another Cincinnati-based team was featured on the telecast briefly during the second quarter of the game Sunday night.
A pair of Nissan 370Zs that Doran Racing fields in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series (CTSCC), #14 and #41, were prominent in Nissan's 90-second commercial that aired during the big game.
They were two of 11 race cars the Lebanon, Ohio-based team supplied for the secret taping of the commercial at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas in December."Read more" Watch the commercial, "#With Dad".