WHITELAND, Ind., Nov. 23 - Nolen Racing is pleased to announce it has re-signed USAC Triple Crown champion Jerry Coons Jr. and added 2016 series champion Chris Windom as its drivers for the complete 2018 USAC Silver Crown series presented by TRAXXAS.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who now lives in Greencastle, Ind., is one of only six USAC Triple Crown champions. He won the Silver Crown championship in 2008 and he finished second in the series in three of the last four years, including this year. He has seven USAC Silver Crown victories, including the Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds twice and the Silver Crown race at Eldora (Ohio) Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals twice.
Windom, 26, of Canton, Ill., finished right behind Coons in third place in the final point standings for 2017 in USAC’s top division. His victory in the 2017 season opener at the Terre Haute Action Track in Terre Haute, Ind., was his sixth career USAC Silver Crown victory. In 2016 he won at Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa.; at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Ill., and at Eldora Speedway’s Four-Crown Nationals, when he put all but the podium finishers a lap down enroute to victory."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 13 — The famous Doran-Lista Dallara Judd was an exciting addition to Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR)’s Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA on Saturday and Sunday at Daytona International Raceway both artistically and competitively. The beautiful red and white 2000-model Prototype No. 271 driven by Didier Theys and the father and son duo of Fredy Lienhard and Fredy Alexander Lienhard Jr. ended up fourth overall in the D class and second in the D-1 subcategory after four 45-minute races on Daytona’s 3.56-mile road course.
Their total time was 2:50.05.187, just 1.83.398 off the winning time set by Florent Moulin’s ’01 Oreca-Dallara SP1, which completed 89 laps to their 86 in the 19-car field.
In the process the No. 271 led 16 laps, was never off the podium in the D-1 subclass, and unofficially set the fastest lap of any car in several races.
The Dallara Judd is the sister car to the one that Fredy Lienhard, Theys, Mauro Baldi and Max Papis drove to the overall victory in the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, and helped the team win the championship that season."Read more"
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 4 - One of the most popular and successful liveries in sports car racing will be seen again on the road course at Daytona International Speedway next week, as the Doran-Lista Dallara Judd No. 27 has been entered in the Historic Sportscar Racing (HSR) Classic 24 Hour at Daytona presented by IMSA Nov. 8-12.
The beautiful red and white, 2000-model Prototype will be co-driven by Fredy Lienhard, Didier Theys and Fredy Alexander Lienhard Jr.
It’s the sister car to the one that Fredy Lienhard, Theys, Mauro Baldi and Max Papis drove to the overall victory in the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona at the beginning of that season.
The car they’ll use for the Classic 24 Hour made its debut in the middle of the 2002 season at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., powered by a five-liter Judd engine. The team went on to finish the season with the car, winning the overall championship. Another one of their impressive victories that year was a victory by the Lienhard father-son duo and Theys at the Six Hours of Mont-Tremblant in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec that September in the car they’ll drive at Daytona next week."Read more"
BRASELTON, Ga., Oct. 10 - With a second and a fourth-place finish in the season-ending doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Series Presented by Yokohama last week at Road Atlanta, young McKay Snow earned a fifth-place finish in the series’ Platinum championship in his rookie season. Another Wright Motorsports rookie, Charlie Luck, posted his first podium finish of the year on Thursday in the Gold Cup class and came in fourth on Friday to finish fourth in that class championship for the Batavia, Ohio-based team.
Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla. had two top-10 finishes in the Platinum class at Road Atlanta with his Trianon Hotels No. 47 to finish seventh for the season, which saw him place in the top five four times, including one podium. Anthony Imperato of Brooklyn, N.Y. was unable to compete in the season finale with his Henry Repeating Arms No. 91, but he placed eighth in the final Platinum point standings with eight top fives and two podiums. Another New Yorker, Phil Bloom, was 13th overall for 2017 after a partial season of competition.
Snow, of Lehi, Utah, qualified third with his UIS No. 63 to earn the inside starting spot in Row 2 for Thursday’s 45-minute contest on the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course near Atlanta. He used that inside line to blast past the driver who started second before Turn 2 on the first lap, and then stayed in that position until he took the checkered just 0.512 after the winner did to post his third podium finish of the season. "Read more"
CADIZ, Spain, Oct. 9 - The penultimate round of the 2017 GP3 championship did not unfold as Ryan Tveter anticipated when heading to his first race at one of his favorite test tracks, the Circuito de Jerez in Southern Spain. Difficulties in practice followed the young American and his Trident team into qualifying, where extreme heat and adjustments to his car’s setup that did not work out as they hoped put Tveter just below mid-pack on a track where passing is very difficult. The result was no points for Tveter either Saturday or Sunday in the GP3 doubleheader that shared the card with the FIA Formula 2 championship.
Having achieved five top-five finishes, including two podiums, in the last five GP3 events, Tveter and his team had good reasons for high hopes at Jerez.
But the only American in the field of future F1 hopefuls started 13th and finished 12th in Saturday’s 23-lap race on the 2.751-mile, 13-turn road course. He started 12th and finished 15th in Sunday’s 17-lap race in Trident’s No. 11 Dallara, which carries the colors of Jagonya Ayam!/KFC Indonesia and Pertamina. "Read more"
WHITELAND, Ind., Oct. 1 - With a tenth-place finish in the USAC Silver Crown season finale Sept. 23 at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio, Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. secured second place in the 2017 championship for USAC's premier series, which is presented by TRAXXAS.
The Whiteland, Ind.-based team owned by Gene Nolen of Greenwood, Ind., is always a top contender. It finished fourth in the series in 2016 and second in 2015.
Coons had six top-five finishes in the 10-race series this year, including one podium, and he was never out of the top 10. He also won two pole positions. He finished with 562 points to the 650 earned by the champion, Kody Swanson. Chris Windom, Justin Grant and David Byrne rounded out the top five.
The No. 20 that Coons drives was second in the entrant standings, while the team's No. 120 was seventh. "Read more"
SONOMA, Calif., Sept. 19 - Wright Motorsports' Anthony Imperato of Brooklyn, N.Y. recorded his best finish of the year to date when he placed second in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup race at Sonoma Raceway last Saturday with his Henry Repeating Arms No. 91. He also earned the Yokohama Hard-Charger award for his efforts.
Two other Wright Motorsports drivers posted top-five finishes as the series made its debut at this 2.385-mile, 12-turn road course in California's wine country. Young McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah, finished fourth in Saturday's race with his UIS No. 63, while Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla., was fifth in the second half of the doubleheader on Sunday with his Trianon Hotels No. 47.
The Batavia, Ohio-based team's representative in the Gold Cup division, rookie Charlie Luck of Richmond, Va., finished sixth in class in both 45-minute races staged by the series, which is presented by Yokohama. "Read more"
DU QUOIN, Ill., Sept. 5 - Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. earned his second ProSource Pole Award of the year and then finished fifth in the Ted Horn 100 USAC Silver Crown race Sunday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. It was the sixth top-five finish in the series this year out of nine races for Coons, who drives the No. 20 Maxim/Tranter Chevy sponsored by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts.
The Whiteland, Ind.-based team's other two dirt-track drivers in the series, which is presented by Traxxas, also had good finishes in the 100-lap race on the 1-mile dirt oval even though they're both series rookies. Hunter Schuerenberg, a native of Sikeston, Mo., finished 11th in the No. 120 Maxim/Tranter Chevy sponsored by Roof Bolt Xpress and Wesco Trailers. Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown, Ind., finished 13th in the No. 201 Twister/Tranter Chevy that advertises The Cure Starts Now Foundation and KECO Coatings. By finishing in the lucky 13th position, Jackson earned a contingency award from Wilwood Brakes.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who lives in Greencastle, Ind., backed up his pole at the Aug. 19 race in Springfield, Ill., by topping the charts in qualifying in the field of 35 with a time of 31.216 seconds. Schuerenberg qualified ninth with a time of 32.024 and Jackson qualified 18th via a 32.511. "Read more"
MONZA, Italy, Sept. 3 - America’s Ryan Tveter tied for the unofficial “Hard Charger” distinction in Sunday’s GP3 Series race at Monza when he started 17th and finished fifth in the Trident No. 11 sponsored by Jagonya Ayam!/KFC Indonesia and Pertamina.
The rookie from Oyster Bay, N.Y. also vaulted from ninth to seventh in the driver point standings, just one point out of sixth place. It was his fifth top-five finish so far this year.
Rain played havoc with the schedule at Monza. Race 1, which was supposed to be held on Saturday afternoon, was postponed until Sunday morning. Race 2 was canceled entirely, leaving just four races remaining this season in two doubleheaders.
Qualifications were canceled due to rain too, so the starting grid for Sunday’s 21-lap race was established by the times set in Friday’s practice session. That put Tveter 17th in the 20-car field for the start. "Read more"
ALTON, Va., Aug. 28 - Young McKay Snow posted his best results to date in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup series presented by Yokohama last weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. The Wright Motorsports rookie from Lehi, Utah earned two pole positions and recorded a second and a fifth-place finish in twin 45-minute races Saturday and Sunday with his 2017 UIS Porsche 991.
Snow and one of his teammates, Anthony Imperato of Brooklyn, N.Y., were the stars of the qualifying session on Saturday morning. Snow topped the charts with a time of 1:48.136 (108.862 miles per hour) for the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course near the border of Virginia and North Carolina. Imperato's time with his Henry Repeating Arms No. 91 was just 0.124 slower, earning him the second spot on the front row for Saturday's race, and the pair duplicated that result for the grid of Race 2 on Sunday.
Snow fought off his teammate's challenge into the first turn at the start of Saturday afternoon's race and then checked out. He was over 2 seconds ahead by lap three, nearly 4 seconds ahead by lap five, over 5 seconds ahead by lap eight, and over 8 seconds ahead by lap 11. He set the fastest lap of anyone in the race on lap 15 with a time of 1:49.515 while leading by 8.286 seconds. Five laps later, however, the event's only full-course caution waved, which set up a green-white-checkered finish. That erased Snow's huge lead, and allowed the driver who had been second to sneak ahead on lap 23 in the track's Rollercoaster section and relegate Snow to second at the checkered, just 0.273 behind. It was Snow's best finish in the series to date, as his previous best result was a third in May at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, for the 19-year-old driver's first GT3 Cup podium finish. "Read more"
STAVELOT, Belgium, Aug. 27 - For the second GP3 Series event in a row, the flag of the United States of America was displayed on the podium Sunday at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps thanks to the accomplishments of Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y.
The rookie finished sixth in Saturday’s GP3 race and then earned more points on Sunday morning by placing third prior to the Belgium Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
Tveter, who drives the Trident No. 11 sponsored by Jagonya Ayam!/KFC Indonesia and Pertamina, remains ninth in the series’ driver point standings with three events remaining, including another doubleheader next weekend in Monza, Italy.Tveter started third in Sunday’s 13-lap race on the famous 4.352-mile, 19-turn road course. One of his teammates, Giuliano Alesi, started second, got by the polesitter, Julien Falchero, on the first lap, and led the whole way in the non-stop race. "Read more"
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Aug. 21 - Just a week after mentioning he wanted to qualify better, Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. topped 32 other competitors to earn his first ProSource Pole Award of the year Saturday in USAC Silver Crown action on the 1-mile dirt oval at the Illinois State Fairgrounds. A little later that afternoon the USAC Triple Crown winner finished a hard-fought fourth in the Bettenhausen 100 for USAC's top series, which is presented by Traxxas.
With the excellent showing Coons moved from third to second in the series' point standings with just two races remaining.
Justin Grant started beside Coons' No. 20 Maxim Tranter Chevy sponsored by KECO Coating and Indy Race Parts, and he won the 100-lap race. Coons almost finished third, but a late-race caution allowed Jeff Swindell to steal the spot on a lap 99 restart, and he was just 0.161 seconds ahead of Coons at the checkered.
Coons' race was hampered due to contact with a lapped car that caused damage, and was likely the cause of a vibration the car developed. "Read more"
SALEM, Ind., Aug. 16 — Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. started seventh and finished sixth in last Saturday’s Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial USAC Silver Crown race at Salem Speedway. He remains third in the series’ point standings heading into the next event, which is this coming Saturday afternoon, Aug. 19, at the Illinois State Fairgrounds in Springfield, Ill.
Davey Hamilton Jr. got around Coons on the first lap of Saturday night’s 75-lapper on Salem's half-mile asphalt oval to push him to eighth. Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz. now living in Greencastle, Ind., regained seventh when Justin Grant spun between Turns 3 and 4 as he was attempting to get fourth place from David Byrne, bringing out the race’s first yellow flag on lap 19. Byrne suffered a flat left-rear tire in the melee and pitted, which advanced Coons to sixth place.
For most of the rest of the race Coons was the meat in a Hamilton family sandwich, with Hamilton Jr. in fifth and his father in seventh. On the last lap Grant passed the elder Hamilton for seventh, but Coons remained in sixth place with the Whiteland, Ind.-based team’s No. 20. It’s a Beast chassis sponsored by KECO Coatings and powered by a Tranter-prepared Chevrolet engine. "Read more"
ELKHART LAKE, Wis., Aug. 10 — Wright Motorsports' Anthony Imperato has been very close to a podium finish many times in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup USA series presented by Yokohama. Last Friday at Road America the Brooklyn, N.Y.-based driver achieved his goal and finished third with his Henry Repeating Arms No. 91 in the continuation of a race that was postponed June 30 in Watkins Glen, N.Y. due to a multi-car accident
Imperato then went on to finish fifth in the two regularly scheduled 45-minute Porsche GT3 Cup races Saturday and Sunday at Road America to lead the way for the Batavia, Ohio-based team. He also earned the Yokohama Hard-Charger award for improving the most positions in Saturday's race, as he started eighth.
Imperato has finished in the top five in seven of the 10 races held so far this year in the 16-race season. He is unofficially fifth in the point standings with three events remaining, just one point out of fourth place. "Read more"
MOGYORÓD, Hungary, July 30 — The huge crowd attending Sunday afternoon’s Formula 1 race at the Hungaroring began their day by watching young American rookie Ryan Tveter earn his first podium finish in the GP3 series Sunday morning.
Tveter, 23, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., started on the pole for the first time in his racing career and then finished second in the 17-lap race for future F1 hopefuls. His first podium finish in this series came in only his fourth GP3 event.
It was also a banner day for his team, Trident, which fielded the Dallaras that finished first, second, third and fourth with drivers Giuliano Alesi, Tveter, Kevin Jörg and Dorian Boccolacci.
It was also excellent exposure for Jagonya Ayam!/KFC Indonesia and Pertamina, as their logos are displayed prominently on both Tveter and Alesi’s cars. "Read more"
TOLEDO, Ohio, July 29 - Friday night’s Hemelgarn Racing/Super Fitness “Rollie Beale Classic” USAC Silver Crown race at Toledo Speedway will be remembered for its torrid pace. After 96 laps without a caution flag and a green-white-checkered finish, Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. and Joe Axsom persevered to finish fourth and seventh, respectively.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., now residing in Greencastle, Ind., started sixth in the 15-car field while Axsom, of Franklin, Ind., started 11th. Axsom’s drive from 11th to seventh earned him the event’s KSE Racing Products Hard-Charger award.
Both men drove Beast chassis powered by Tranter-prepared Chevrolet engines and sponsored by KECO Coatings. "Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., July 25- Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons recorded another top-10 finish in USAC Silver Crown action last Thursday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. Another Nolen Racing driver, Joe Axsom, ran in the top 10 and had top-10 pace during the Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic too.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., now residing in Greencastle, Ind., ran as high as fourth and finished seventh in the 100-lap main event on the 0.686-mile, paved oval in a Beast powered by a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine and sponsored by KECO Coatings. He qualified in the same position that he finished, and he also set the seventh-fastest lap of the feature.
Axsom, a rookie in this series from Franklin, Ind., qualified 11th, set the tenth-fastest lap of the race, and was running ninth when his Beast Tranter Chevy was hit in the rear between Turns 1 and 2 on lap 38, bringing out the third of four yellow flags. After restarting at the rear of the field he rebounded to 13th, but retired with 56 laps complete due to fuel pick-up problems caused by his car's damaged tail. His official finishing position was 17th in the 21-car field for USAC's premier division. "Read more"
SILVERSTONE, England, July 17 - After the most successful event of his young GP3 Series career July 7-9 in Austria when he recorded two top-five finishes, rookie Ryan Tveter had a disappointing doubleheader at Silverstone last weekend despite showing excellent pace.
Tveter, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., started ninth and ran as high as seventh in the first race on Saturday before he rolled to a stop with mechanical difficulties short of the finish. That gave him the 17th starting position for Sunday's race, in which he finished 13th.
Driving a Dallara fielded by Trident and sponsored by Jagonya Ayam!/KFC Indonesia and Pertamina, Tveter qualified ninth with a time of 1:47.412 for the 5.891-kilometer road course. Arjun Maini set an identical qualifying time, but Tveter passed him at the start of Saturday afternoon's 20-lap race and the third-place driver, Nirei Fukuzumi, had a problem so Tveter rose to seventh almost immediately. "Read more"
SPIELBERG, Styria, Austria, July 9 - In only his second GP3 series event ever, American Ryan Tveter recorded a fifth- and a fourth-place finish Saturday and Sunday, respectively, in an international field of future F1 hopefuls at the Red Bull Ring. The GP3 doubleheader supported Sunday’s Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix.
Both races demanded the utmost concentration and control as the 23-year-old driver from Oyster Bay, N.Y. was forced to fight off constant challenges from the extremely competitive field.
He started fourth in Sunday’s 18-lap race around the 4.326-kilometer (2.688-mile), eight-turn road course. He advanced to third almost immediately when the driver who started second, Alessio Lorandi, dropped to seventh place.
The current point leader, Nirei Fukuzumi, moved into fourth place at that point and began a race-long attack on Tveter. "Read more"
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., July 5 — Wright Motorsports' Anthony Imperato and Andrew Longe finished fourth and fifth, respectively, in the USA Platinum division when the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA and Canada series combined forces for a 45-minute race Saturday morning at historic Watkins Glen International.
McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah finished 11th in the same division, while Charlie Luck placed tenth in Gold Cup for the Batavia, Ohio-based team.
Imperato, of Brooklyn, N.Y., started third in the USA Platinum division, while Snow and Longe started sixth and seventh and Luck started sixth in Gold Cup. "Read more"
MECHANICSBURG, Pa., June 17 — Nolen Racing's Jerry Coons Jr. recorded the Whiteland, Ind.-based team's best finish of the year so far in the USAC Silver Crown series by finishing third Friday night in the prestigious Horn-Schindler Memorial at Williams Grove Speedway.
The native of Tucson, Ariz., who now lives in Greencastle, Ind., had to battle both the competition on the half-mile dirt track and a mechanical issue in order to post the podium finish following his 340th USAC start. He remains in third place in the overall point standings heading into the next event July 20 at Lucas Oil Raceway in Brownsburg, Ind.
Coons recorded the sixth-fastest time among the 21 entries during ProSource Qualifying with his Maxim, which is sponsored by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts and has a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine. His qualifying time was 20.662 seconds, which was only 0.232 off Damion Gardner's pole. The team had to work fast to get Coons' car ready for qualifying, as it had to do some diagnostics and change the car's ignition box when the car was down on power during hot laps."Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., May 30 — Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. had to pit to replace a flat right-front tire on his Nolen Racing USAC Silver Crown car while running fifth in the Carb Night Classic Friday night at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis (LORI). The Whiteland, Ind.-based team got the tire change accomplished quickly and Coons went on to finish ninth in the race, earning enough points to be shown in third place in the point standings prior to the next event June 16 at Williams Grove (Pa.) Speedway. (Thursday’s Hoosier Hundred at the Indiana State Fairgrounds was rained out.)
Joe Axsom qualified tenth in another Nolen Racing entry at LORI Friday night, but the Franklin, Ind.-based driver was forced to retire early due to mechanical issues. A problem with the car’s ignition system was the likely reason, according to team owner Gene Nolen. Axsom was credited with an 18th-place finish.
Coons qualified fifth with a time of 21.358 seconds for the 0.686-mile asphalt oval, just 0.354 off the pole, with his #20 sponsored by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts."Read more"
BARCELONA, Spain, May 16 — As America eagerly anticipated a Spanish Formula 1 champion's introduction to the Indianapolis 500, a young American was in Spain competing in support series races at the Spanish Grand Prix F1 race, trying to reach racing's major leagues too.
Ryan Tveter, 22, of Oyster Bay, N.Y., is tackling the GP3 Series in Europe this season. If his experiences during his first GP3 weekend ever at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya are any indication, he's poised to have at least a top-10 season even though he's a rookie in this ultra-competitive, international series that develops future F1 stars.
Tveter started 15th but finished 12th in the first half of the doubleheader last Saturday. He was as high as eighth in the second half of the doubleheader on Sunday. He was in tenth when another driver hit him in the late stages of that race, spoiling his chances for a top-10 finish."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 11 - Schmidt Peterson Motorsports (SPM) has re-signed longtime sponsor KECO Coatings.
KECO Coatings, which supplies coating processes to high-performance industries, has sponsored SPM co-owner Sam Schmidt since he began his career as an IndyCar driver in 1997.
"KECO is an extremely important sponsor because its relationship with me goes all the way back to my first year driving an Indy car," Schmidt said. "It continually works to improve its coatings.""Read more"
AUSTIN, Texas, May 9 - For the second event in a row, a Wright Motorsports driver stepped onto the podium following an IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series race Friday at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). The last time it was Andrew Longe who took the accolades, but this time it was young McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah, who finished third in the UIS #63. He almost had two top-five finishes in Texas, as he placed sixth in the second 45-minute race on Saturday.
Another Wright Motorsports driver, Anthony Imperato of Brooklyn, N.Y., is getting closer to a podium finish all the time. He placed seventh on Friday and fifth on Saturday with his Henry Repeating Arms #91, but ran as high as second.
Longe, of Naples, Fla., was involved in an incident in Friday's twilight race and finished 11th in the Platinum class, but he placed eighth on Saturday morning with his Trianon Hotels #47. "Read more"
AVONDALE, Ariz., May 1 — Jerry Coons Jr., the only Arizona native entered in Saturday's 100-lap USAC Silver Crown race at Phoenix Raceway, advanced more positions than anyone else in the race when he blasted from the 15th starting position to finish fifth in the Nolen Racing #20 sponsored by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts. His performance earned him the event's KSE Racing Products Hard-Charger award.
The USAC Triple Crown champion is now second in the series' overall point standings with two fifth-place finishes in the first two events of the 11-race season.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., now living in Greencastle, Ind., had to start next to last in the 100-lap Phoenix Copper Cup when he was unable to record a qualifying lap on Friday due to a problem with his car's clutch. The Nolen Racing crew, based in Whiteland, Ind., fixed the problem and he rewarded them with an amazing start in the race, coming from 15th to ninth on the first lap around the 1-mile, semi-banked, paved tri-oval. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 25 — Despite poor visibility and slippery conditions due to rain, Wright Motorsports' Andrew Longe and Anthony Imperato finished third and fourth Sunday morning in the second half of a doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series, which was staging its first races ever at beautiful Barber Motorsports Park.
Longe, of Naples, Fla., started seventh in the 23-car field but he'd worked his way up to fourth with his Trianon Hotels #47 by lap 12 with 22 minutes remaining in the 45-minute/25-lap race. Longe and Imperato ran in fourth and fifth, respectively, for the next 10 laps until Longe passed the driver who was third following a restart on lap 22. Imperato, of Brooklyn, N.Y., got around the same driver for fourth on the following lap with his Henry Repeating Arms #91. They had no other opportunities to advance, however, because time ran out under another full-course caution for a multi-car accident in Turn 8.
Imperato recorded two top-five finishes at Barber, as he placed fifth in the first race on Saturday, which was run under dry conditions. He also had an excellent run in qualifying, as he qualified fourth, just 0.364 off the pole-winning time at the 2.30-mile, 17-turn road course. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, April 11 — Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón (MVL) Motorsports drivers topped the standings after practice, led several laps, and brought home one top-five and two other top-six finishes in the first event of the season for the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda last weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
Jack William Miller's move from karts to race cars was memorable, as the MVL rookie led two laps and went home to Westfield, Ind., on Monday with a fifth- and a sixth-place finish for his first weekend of competition ever in a formula car.
The way he got those two excellent finishes was perhaps most impressive. He started 18th before finishing fifth on Saturday, and he came up from 22nd place to finish sixth on Sunday afternoon. Although two of the three races ended under yellow, the sixth-place finish was hard-fought right to the finish line, as the seventh-place finisher was only 0.033 behind Miller's #40 sponsored by Indy Dental Group and Blue Marble Premium Cocktails. "Read more"
TERRE HAUTE, Ind., April 3 — The USAC Silver Crown series got its 2017 season off to a successful start Sunday during the 17th Sumar Classic at the Terre Haute Action Track. Nolen Racing did the same, as two of its three entries finished in the top five and a third came from the rear of the 24-car field to finish ninth.
Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, Mo., passed Jerry Coons Jr. of Greencastle, Ind., on the last lap of the 100-lap race on the half-mile dirt track to finish fourth, while Coons, a USAC Triple Crown champion, placed fifth, just 0.304 behind him. Dakota Jackson of Elizabethtown, Ind., who like Schuerenberg is a USAC Silver Crown rookie, was forced to start last when his car needed to be pushed off for the initial start, but he worked his way up to ninth at the checkered for the Whiteland, Ind.-based team.
It was the first race ever for Schuerenberg's mount, a brand-new Maxim with a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine sponsored by Eddie Gilstrap Motors, Roof Bolt Xpress and Wesco Trailer Manufacturing. Coons' Maxim Tranter Chevy, which is sponsored by KECO Coatings and Indy Race Parts, marked its one-year anniversary at this race. Jackson was behind the wheel of a F5 Tranter Chevy that advertised the Peyton's Angels Indiana chapter of The Cure Starts Now Foundation. "Read more"
SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla., and McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah led the way for Wright Motorsports in the season-opening doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway.
Longe was just 0.059 of a second off a podium finish on Thursday with his Trianon #47, as he placed fourth in the first 45-minute contest on the bumpy, 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course. He started third on Friday, but vaulted into second position on the first lap. He remained in second for six laps, but then spun on the backstretch due to oil on the track and dropped to tenth. In the remaining 30 minutes of the race he was still able to battle back to sixth.
Snow was also able to move through the field with his UIS #63. He posted two solid fifth-place finishes after starting ninth on Thursday and 11th on Friday."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 15 - Continuity is very important in the world of professional sports. Wright Motorsports is pleased that four of its IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama drivers from 2016 will return to the team and the series in 2017 beginning with the season-opening doubleheader this Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. A fifth plans to return to the team later in the season, and a sixth driver is making his first start with the team in the 45-minute races at Sebring.
Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla., who finished third in the point standings of the top division, Platinum Cup, last year, is back with the Trianon Hotels #47. He had two fifth-place finishes at Sebring last year. He was just three points out of second place in the 2016 championship, and he's hungry for more.
So is young McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah, who placed sixth in the championship with his UIS #63 as he follows in the footsteps of his accomplished father, mother and older brother. He had one sixth at Sebring last year."Read more"
FORT WORTH, Feb. 10 — Lawson Nagel is just 15, but he's been racing karts with much success since he was 8. This year he'll make the transition to race cars, as Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) has signed the Azle High School freshman to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and certified by the FIA, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship. It is scheduled to host six events this year from April through September at some of the best road courses in North America, including the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Three races are held at each event for an 18-race season. The cars are all built by the same chassis manufacturer, and use 2.0-liter Honda engines.
It's an exciting proposition for a teenager who can't legally drive on the streets until he turns 16 on Oct. 27. "Read more"