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Corvette Racing Faces Challenge At Laguna Seca

September 23, 2017) -- Corvette Racing is confidently looking ahead to raceday following GT Le Mans (GTLM) qualifying for the America’s Tire 250 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Following seventh- and ninth-place efforts Saturday in time trials, the championship-winning team will bank on strategy and its experience at the circuit to move up through the field Sunday. Jan Magnussen led Corvette Racing’s qualifying effort with a 1:22.789 (97.317 mph) lap in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R. He and Antonio Garcia led the GTLM Driver’s Championship – as does Chevrolet in the Manufacturer’s standings – on the strength of three victories this year. “The balance of the car was quite similar to what we had in practice the last two days," he said. "The new tire and the low fuel was masking a little bit of that. We’re disappointed to be this far back, but the group right [...]

Gallagher Triumphant At Laguna Seca

 September 22, 2017 – After falling back in the pack at the start of the race, 2017 Battery Tender Global Mazda MX-5 Cup presented by BFGoodrich Tires champion Patrick Gallagher (No. 29 McCumbee McAleer Racing) edged his friend and former roommate Robby Foley (No. 54 Hooverspeed) for the victory by all of .510-seconds on Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The race is part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar event weekend as Global Mazda MX-5 Cup stages the final race of the 2017 season at the spiritual home of Mazda Motorsports. Even at just half of a second, the winning margin is large compared to most of the Mazda MX-5 Cup finishes so far this year. The win marked Gallagher’s seventh victory of the 2017 season. “I just didn’t get the start that I wanted - it was my fault - we were loose on the first lap and I went backwards [...]

Hight Sets Record At Maple Grove

September 22, 2017 -- Robert Hight powered to the provisional qualifying lead Friday evening at the 33rd annual Dodge NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway in Reading, Pa. behind a record-breaking run. Clay Millican (Top Fuel), Bo Butner (Pro Stock) and Hector Arana Jr. (Pro Stock Motorcycle) are also top qualifiers in their respective categories at the second of six playoff events during the NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series Countdown to the Championship. Hight broke both ends of the track record with a 3.844-second pass at 339.02 mph in his Auto Club of Southern California Chevrolet Camaro, the second-fastest speed in NHRA history. The previous Maple Grove Raceway elapsed time record was a 3.850-second pass, while the previous speed record was 333.99, both from last season. “I’m pretty excited that we’re having these conditions in Reading, because it’s very similar to what we had last week in Charlotte where [...]

Knox, Skeen Head Into Laguna Seca Skirmish

September 22, 2017 – Lone Star Racing and team co-drivers Dan Knox and Mike Skeen return to Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend where the team will compete in its No. 80 ACS Manufacturing Mercedes-AMG GT3 in Sunday’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race. Lone Star Racing competes in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT Daytona (GTD) class in the featured two-hour and 40-minute Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix race that starts at 2:05 p.m. PDT, this Sunday, September 24. Laguna Seca marks the final round of Lone Star Racing’s select schedule of four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship races this season. Lone Star turned the fastest race lap of the three Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams competing in the most recent round of the IMSA WeatherTech Championship last month at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR). Despite the competitive pace, the No. 80 team was unable to finish any higher than 11th [...]

Truex Jr. Races To Chicagoland Victory

Sept. 17, 2017 – Martin Truex Jr. would not be denied victory for the third week in a row. After losing heartbreakers the past two weekends in the closing laps in Darlington, S.C. and Richmond, Va., the Furniture Row Racing driver roared back Sunday in NASCAR’s playoff opener with a dominating victory in the Tales of the Turtles 400 at Chicagoland Speedway. He drove his No. 78 Furniture Row/Denver Mattress Toyota Camry to a 7.179 second margin of victory over second-place Chase Elliott. Truex led the second most laps (77) and led all but one lap in the final 78 laps of the race. Erik Jones, driving the No. 77 5-hour ENERGY Toyota for Furniture Row Racing, had a number of issues, finishing 33rd and eight laps down. Truex’s victory, his second straight at Chicagoland, had both personal and professional significance for the Mayetta, N.J. native. The win automatically transfers [...]

Duo To Debut In Laguna Seca IMSA Races

September 20, 2017 - US RaceTronics arrived at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this morning happy to be back on the West Coast and ready for a big weekend both on and off the track. With the team's home-base just three hours south of Monterey, this weekend promises to be an exciting one for all the sponsors, friends and family in attendance. Pro-Am duo Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto still hold the points lead coming into this event and aim to leave with the lead as well. Neither driver has raced at the historic raceway and both are excited to have the opportunity to compete here with the No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills. Taylor Proto first experienced the track through a racing game as a youngster and has tested at the track with other cars, but can't wait to race his Lamborghini Huracan at the 2.238 mile, 11-turn road course. "I'm [...]

JFR Teams Looking For Wins

September. 20, 2017 – After vaulting to the top of the National Hot Rod Association (NHRA) Funny Car standings, Robert Hight is seeking to strengthen his 44-point advantage in the 33rd NHRA Nationals at Maple Grove Raceway. The event is the second of six rounds – and the middle leg in three consecutive weekends of racing -- in the NHRA Mello Yello Countdown to the Championship for 10 qualified drivers in each of the four professional categories. It’s important to retain momentum and stack points through every round of qualifying and eliminations. “We’ve had a great race car over the last 15 races – in hot or cold conditions,” said Hight, who won at the track in 2011. “We’ve been collecting a lot of those little bonus points along the way, and I think that’s what you’re going to have to do in this Countdown. It’s almost impossible to have [...]

Burkhart Jr. Ready to Tackle Maple Grove

September 19, 2017 - The Permatex/Follow A Dream Top Alcohol Funny Car team had a rough outing at this past weekend's NHRA Carolina Nationals in suburban Charlotte, N.C. The Jay Blake-owned team reached the quarterfinals but bowed out when the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro spun the tires at the starting line and was never able to recover. "The whole team did a great job, we just were fighting a little consistency," Blake said. "But it's coming around and we feel good about it. "We need some real good runs and that last run (at Charlotte), while we're not exactly positive of what the issue was, we live to fight another day." But there were good things that came out of the Charlotte race, among them a very uplifting speaking engagement for Blake at the headquarters of legendary NASCAR organization Hendrick Motorsports on Wednesday, Sept. 13. Blake imparted a prophetic and inspirational message [...]

Pagenaud Wins Sonoma, Newgarden Wins Championship

Sept. 17, 2017 - For Team Penske, it was the perfect day at the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma. Simon Pagenaud won the race to conclude the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series season. Teammate Josef Newgarden finished second to wrap up the championship. Pagenaud, the 2016 champion driving the No. 1 DXC Technology Team Penske Chevrolet, beat Newgarden to the finish line by 1.0986 seconds to win the 85-lap race at Sonoma Raceway. It was the Frenchman's 11th career victory and second straight on the 2.385-mile, 12-turn permanent road course. A year ago, Pagenaud won from the pole position at Sonoma to sew up his first championship. This year, it was Newgarden who clinched his first title and the $1 million champion's prize by finishing second in the race. The 26-year-old Tennessean held off Pagenaud by 13 points in the final standings to become the first American driver to win the [...]

Fergus Eager For IMSA GT-3 Victory

September 17, 2017 -- A third-place finish Saturday at Sonoma Raceway by Corey    Fergus in his No. 00 US LED/Byers/Moorespeed Porsche GT3 Cup was the 10th podium result of 2017 for Moorespeed and keeps intact the team’s record of earning at least one top-three race result at every IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race weekend this season. The third-place showing was also the fifth-straight IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup weekend that Fergus has posted at least one podium finish with Moorespeed. The run includes a victory and second-place finish at Circuit of The Americas in May, and a pair of wins at Road America and third-place showings at Watkins Glen and VIRginia International Raceway this summer. Fergus was poised to stand on an even higher step of the podium in yesterday’s race after qualifying second earlier on Saturday. He formed up alongside the polesitter as the field [...]