“Long Beach is that iconic track for me personally,” said Pruett, who will drive a Lexus RC F GT3 in the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix on April 8. “For as many years as I’ve come here with sports cars and IndyCar, and the wins and the significance of them, I have so many great memories.”
One team to watch in a robust GT Le Mans (GTLM) field set to duel at Long Beach is the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE. Co-drivers Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and James Calado have finished on the GTLM podium in each of the past three races, dating back to a victory in the 2016 season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. erything in the right place to challenge for...
Largest IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Field Set For BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix of Long Beach
Transitioning from the two longest races of the season, the 100-minute sprint race is one of the shortest races on the WeatherTech Championship calendar and will be broadcast live on FOX, with coverage beginning at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT and continuing through the checkered flag and post-race interviews.
Rounds 5 and 6 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will take place May 5-6 during the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) in Austin, Texas. The addition of the COTA doubleheader officially completes the 2017 schedule for the IMSA-sanctioned Single-Make Series.
Tags: Lexus3GT Racing No. 143GT Racing No. 15Scott PruettSage KaramRobert AlonJack Hawksworth « » On Thursday, March 23, 3GT Racing drivers visited with Lexus and Toyota team members as part of the manufacturers’ annual Motorsports Day at its Torrance, California headquarters. Sage Karam and Scott Pruett, drivers of the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, and Robert Alon and Jack Hawksworth, who pilot the No. 15 Lexus sister entry for 3GT, signed autographs and posed for photos with team members as part of the day’s activities, which also included Toyota’s drivers from NASCAR, NHRA and off-road racing, among other disciplines. “We’re just down here at Lexus and Toyota for the annual Motorsports Day,” said Hawksworth, who drives the Lexus in IMSA’s GTD class. “It’s my first time here, so just meeting all the associates, signing a few pictures and catching up with the NASCAR team and all the other various motorsports that Toyota and Lexus are involved in. I get to check out the facility for the first time as well, so enjoying being here, it’s a great place.” The visit was the first appearance for Hawksworth and Alon, a native of nearby Santa Monica, California, at the annual event after they were announced by 3GT to drive the Lexus in November 2016. Karam and Pruett previously visited the Torrance headquarters for the 2016 event, which also includes Toyota Racing Development, U.S.A. (TRD) team members and family of Toyota, Lexus and TRD associates. “It’s a really cool event and we do this every year,” said Karam. “This is my second time...
Wright Motorsports’ Drivers are in the Thick of the Action In Porsche GT3 Cup Season Opener at Sebring
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.
JDX Racing Opens 2017 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Season at Sebring with Impressive Rookie Performances by Trenton Estep, Earning Two Podium Finishes
JDX Racing driver Trenton Estep qualifies fourth and finishes second in Race #2 while fighting for the race lead
Following a long winter of testing and preparation to enter the new IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series, Alain Nadal's ANSA Motorsports team came to Sebring International Raceway with great expectations, but did not really believe that they could do so well and achieve such a feat for a first-time-out with the Ligier JSP3 race car. ANSA Motorsports entered two LM P3 cars in the first IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series event, including the No. 4 Strategic Wealth Designers Ligier JSP3, for season racer, Matt Dicken, and a last-minute entry for a young, promising, open-wheel driver from Rouen, France: Nico Jamin.
This time, there was no controversy – just an old-fashioned butt-whipping by the winning Prototype team. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing/Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi V.R, with Ricky Taylor behind the wheel, won the 2017 Rolex 24 at Daytona, with the No. 5 Action Express Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi V.R finishing second. But it wasn’t pretty – with just seven minutes left, Taylor nudged the No. 5 out of the way in turn 1, causing the No. 5 to spin.
There’s something about the two-car Corvette Racing C7.R team – when one car has a big problem, the other car seems to step up and win the race. It happened last year at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida: The No. 3 Corvette crashed, ending up 41st overall in the 48-car field. But the No. 4 team car took the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class win.
This afternoon, Landy started seventh in the second Porsche GT3 Cup race. He got off to a good start and continued to put down consistent laps that put him in the top five about half way into the 45-minute race. From there, he put constant pressure on the cars in front of him as he was knocking on the door of his first GT3 Platinum cup podium finish of the season. Unfortunately, he simply ran out of time.
When the Prototype cars arrived in Sebring, it appeared Cadillac would dominate again after posting the fastest lap in three of the four pre-qualifying practice sessions. However, Cadillac didn’t capture the pole for tomorrow’s 65th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The qualifying session on Friday afternoon saw record-breaking speeds in three of the four WeatherTech Championship classes, including Prototype, with the fastest lap of 1 minute, 48.178 seconds, set by Neel Jani, driving the No. 13 Rebellion Racing Gibson-powered ORECA P2.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing’s quest for the ultimate trifecta in sports car endurance racing – three straight victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida – looks entirely within reach after GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying Friday afternoon at Sebring International Raceway. One of Ganassi’s Ford GTs, won its class at the 2016 24 Hours of Le Mans on the 50th anniversary of the original Ford GT’s overall victory there. The same car, wearing its familiar No. 66 in WeatherTech Championship competition rather than the No. 68 it sported at Le Mans, also won the 2017 Rolex 24 At Daytona with the same driver lineup – regulars Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller, helped on the longer races by IndyCar driver Sebastien Bourdais.
As soon as IMSA announced the arrival of the new LM P3 prototypes in North America and in the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series, ANSA Motorsports' team owner, Alain Nadal, was one of the first to announce his desire to field an entry in that series. ANSA Motorsports has been working on its LM P3 program since November 2016, and after signing driver Matt Dicken, the team has been working on fielding a second car. After weeks of talks with drivers and evaluating and testing several P3 cars, ANSA Motorsports is coming to the 2017 season opener at Sebring International Raceway for rounds 1 and 2 of the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series with two brand new Ligier JS P3 race cars in the LM P3 class.
Performance Tech Motorsports will have a full weekend of racing at Sebring International Raceway as the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda Series begins its 2017 season. Performance Tech will field six cars in the newly renamed series. Returning in his No. 18 Èlan DP02 will be Kyle Masson fresh off his Rolex win. Joining in the chase is Masson’s father Dr. Robert Masson, Stephen Dawes and Howard Jacobs. Each of three will also compete in a Èlan DP02 as part of the Mazda Prototype Challenge class or MPC. This is Masson’s second season while it will be the first season for Dr. Masson and Jacobs. For Dawes, it will be his first season behind the wheel for Performance Tech, previously he worked behind the wall as part of the pit crew.
Lonnie Pechnick Set to Drive P1Motorsports Second Car for IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda Series
Monday, March 13, 2017P1 announces Lonnie Pechnick set to drive the No. 17 Ligier JS P3 entry in the LM P3 category for the IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda series along with owner and teammate JC Perez also piloting the No. 71. “After giving careful thought to our goals," said Perez, "I decided to get Lonnie behind the wheel of my second LM P3. This is going to be a very competitive series and I feel confident Lonnie can show everyone that we are all about having fun and testing the limits.”
Landy is a Porsche standout already, having placed second last year in the Gold category on the strength of running 16 races, where he amassed 10 wins, 14 podiums and five pole positions to finish the season second in the points standings. In 2017 Landy will be moving up to the ultra-competitive Platinum Class in his No. 49 Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car. “Moving up to the Platinum Championship this year was always a goal of mine and I know it is going to be a challenge,” Landy said. “With a brand new Porsche 997 GT3 Cup car for 2017, the most important part of the off-season for me has been getting as much time in the new car as possible so we can start the year off in the right way.
Ford Chip Ganassi Racing will send three Ford GTs to the 12 Hours of Sebring March 18, 2017 as the team attempts to sweep three of the most legendary endurance sports car races in the world within nine months.
Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled By Fresh From Florida To Feature 46-Car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Field
The 65th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida on Saturday, March 18 will feature a strong, 46-car entry list for the second round of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, as well as the Tequila Patrón North American Endurance Cup. The race will be streamed live in its entirety in the United States on the FOX Sports GO app with FS1 authentication beginning at 10:30 a.m. ET. Live FS1 television coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET and continues for 9 1/2 consecutive hours, through the checkered flag and post-race interviews.