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Frikadella Takes Checkered at Nurburgring

July 9, 2018 -- Two weeks after the victory in the third round of this year's Endurance Championship Nürburgring (VLN), the #31 Frikadelli Porsche again took the chequered flag in first place. Norbert Siedler (A) and Lance David Arnold (Duisburg), the winner of VLN leg 3, started from pole position, took the lead and brought their Porsche 911 GT3 R home in front after the four-hour race. In the #30 sister car, Sabine Schmitz, Klaus Abbelen (both from Barweiler) and Felipe Laser (Leipzig) experienced some very intense fighting for positions and ended the race in fifth place, equalling the car’s finishing position from two weeks before. Both Frikadelli Porsche laid the foundation for this success in qualifying. Norbert Siedler opened the 90-minute session with a 7:56.644 m lap in the #31 car, thus posting the current season’s fastest VLN qualifying lap time overall. Felipe Laser in the #31 car had [...]

Truex, Jr. Second at Daytona

July 7, 2018 – Martin Truex Jr. broke his curse at the summer race at Daytona International Speedway with a powerful runner-up finish in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. Truex lost to last year’s Furniture Row Racing teammate Erik Jones in the overtime shootout by 0.125 seconds. But before the final caution came out Truex had the lead and was approximately 100 yards short of the white flag, which would have officially ended the race and sent the reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion to Victory Lane. When the race was restarted for the final time, Truex initially maintained his lead in his No. 78 Bass Pro Shops/5-hour ENERGY Toyota. But as the race was approaching the checkered flag he was left alone without any drafting help that allowed Jones to pass him for the win. The second-place result was Truex’s best career finish at the summer Daytona race, which [...]

Corvette Racing Achieves Podium Finishes in Sportscar Grand Prix

July 8, 2018 – Corvette Racing’s pair of Chevrolet Corvettes both finished on the class podium Sunday at the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. It marked the team’s first double podium of the season and allowed both Corvette C7.Rs to gain positions in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) points standings of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen placed second in the No. 3 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Chevrolet Corvette C7.R, just ahead of Oliver Gavin and Tommy Milner in the No. 4 Mobil 1/SiriusXM Corvette. The results vaulted Garcia and Magnussen to second place in the GTLM Driver’s Championship while Gavin and Milner are now tied for fourth.  “Being by myself for a little bit there in that first stint, it was hard to know kind of what is going on with the pace and things like that," said Milner.  "I had good [...]

Mercedes Excels at IMSA Championship Run

July 7, 2018 -- Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams turned in a trio of season-best performances in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series competition Saturday at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The competitive showing included the first pole and podium finish for the Mercedes-AMG GT4 in IMSA Continental Tire series competition and a season-best fourth-place Mercedes-AMG GT3 qualifying effort for Ben Keating and Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports in the IMSA WeatherTech Championship GT Daytona (GTD) class. Alexandre Premat and the No. 92 Ramsey Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 team set the day’s first milestone Saturday morning by winning the pole in qualifying for that afternoon’s IMSA Continental Tire series two-hour race. Premat then led the majority of the race’s opening hour before handing off to teammate Mark Ramsey at the halfway point. Ramsey ran competitively in only his fifth race start in the IMSA Continental Tire series and [...]

Hagan Tops in Funny Car

July 6, 2018 -- Matt Hagan continued his recent hot stretch in the Funny Car class by earning the preliminary No. 1 qualifier at the sixth annual NHRA New England Nationals at New England Dragway. Leah Pritchett (Top Fuel) and Greg Anderson (Pro Stock) are also preliminary No. 1 qualifiers in their respective categories at the 13th of 24 events on the 2018 NHRA Mello Yello Drag Racing Series schedule. Hagan jumped atop the category lead with a pass of 3.932-seconds at 322.04 mph in his Sandvik Coromant Dodge Charger R/T recorded during his second qualifying run of the day. He entered the weekend tied for second in the Funny Car points standings following his victory in Norwalk, Ohio as he also chases his second consecutive win in Epping. “Coming off the race win in Ohio gives us confidence heading into this event, and so far we have continued to [...]

Steve Waid Honored With Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence

July 6, 2018 – NASCAR and the NASCAR Hall of Fame today announced legendary motorsports reporter Steve Waid as the eighth recipient of the Squier-Hall Award for NASCAR Media Excellence. A familiar face in the NASCAR garage for nearly 50 years, Waid began covering motorsports in 1972 for the Martinsville Bulletin before a 10-year stint at the Roanoke Times & World News. In 1981, Waid moved to Grand National Scene, a weekly NASCAR publication – and the spot where Waid cemented his legacy as a NASCAR media giant. Waid would later become publisher of what became known as NASCAR Scene and the monthly magazine NASCAR Illustrated, remaining with the publications until his retirement from full-time reporting in 2010. “For decades, Steve Waid tirelessly worked the NASCAR garage, becoming a familiar, trusted and beloved voice to both competitors and the passionate fans alike,” said Brian France, NASCAR chairman and CEO. “Waid’s [...]

Truex Jr. Looks for Daytona Luck

July 3, 2018 – No matter how many ways you analyze Martin Truex Jr.’s results in recent superspeedway races, the facts don’t change. Simply put, the big restrictor-plate tracks – Daytona and Talladega – have not been kind to the Furniture Row Racing driver. In his last eight superspeedway races – four at Daytona and four at Talladega – Truex suffered one engine failure and was collected in five accidents. His average finish in the last four races at Daytona International Speedway is 23.5, including an 18th-place result in February’s Daytona 500. Truex will be looking for a Daytona reversal of fortune in Saturday night’s Coke Zero Sugar 400. “It (bad luck) has to change eventually,” Truex said. “We tried some different strategies in the past but we still found trouble. Our mindset is to try and run up front, collect some stage points and hopefully end the race with [...]

Diversity Women on NASCAR Pit Crews at Daytona

July 3, 2018 – Less than two years after relocating to North Carolina to pursue careers as professional tire-changers, NASCAR Drive for Diversity pit crew members Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary will go over the wall together in Saturday’s Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series™ race at Daytona International Speedway. The crew members will both pit for Rick Ware Racing and Ray Black Jr., driver of the No. 51 Chevrolet Camaro ZL1, in the Coke Zero Sugar 400 (7 p.m. ET on NBC, MRN and SiriusXM NASCAR Radio). Daniels will be making her debut in the sport’s top series at the World Center of Racing on Saturday. Since early 2017, she has pitted in more than 25 NASCAR Xfinity Series™, NASCAR Camping World Truck Series™ and ARCA Series races. The former Norfolk State University women’s basketball player is believed to be the first female African-American crew member to compete in a [...]

Four US Racetronics Drivers Post Podium Finishes at The Glen

 June 29, 2018 -- For the second time this season all four of US RaceTronics' entries finished on the podium and all in the top 10. The No. 50 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills driven by Edoardo Piscopo and Taylor Proto finished second overall while taking the win in the PRO class. Parris Mullins and Mark Proto drove the No. 88 Lamborghini of La Jolla to the win in LB Cup. This was their third win of the season. Brian Thienes led the AM class for the entire race in the No. 17 Lamborghini of Beverly Hills but dropped to second in class as the result of time added for a pit-stop violation. Damien Ockey was holding onto second-place in the No. 09 Lamborghini of Calgary until the closing laps of the race before falling back a spot to finish P3 in the AM class. Edoardo Piscopo started the race fourth overall [...]

Hot Action at Six Hours at the Glen

June 28,  2018 -- Victory in America’s premier six-hour endurance race and points in a pair of IMSA Championships will be on the line for Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams this weekend at Watkins Glen International raceway. Three Mercedes-AMG GT3 teams will compete in Sunday’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, which is the 5th round of Eleven GT Daytona (GTD) class races on the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule and Round three of this year’s Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup (NAEC), a four-race championship centered on the season’s long-distance races. \Mercedes-AMG Motorsport Customer Racing teams and drivers are a factor in both championships heading into the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, which can be seen live in its entirety this Sunday, July 1, on FOX Sports 1 (FS1) at 9:30 a.m. EDT. Mercedes-AMG Team Riley and full-season No. 33 Mercedes-AMG GT3 co-drivers Ben Keating and Jeroen [...]