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Aug 14

Popow And Dalziel Hold Slim Point Lead Entering Final Stretch

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Alex Popow and Ryan Dalziel, drivers of the No. 2 Soloson BMW/Riley, saw their lead in the Daytona Prototype championship trimmed to four points in last weekend’s VISITFLORIDA.com 250 at Road America. Now, it’s a first-time visit to for Saturday evening’s SFP Grand Prix, and the drivers are trying to hold on to the lead with only three races remaining in the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season.

Popow and Dalziel, who won the Brickyard Grand Prix, lead GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing drivers Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty for the championship lead, 246-242, while three other sets of drivers are within 14 points of the top spot.

Dalziel and Popow entered Road America leading by 10 points, but became the third points leader to experience misfortune when their BMW/Riley suffered mechanical problems exiting pit road. Dalziel shut off the car and pulled over rather than risk further damage, resulting in a 14th-place finish.

All was not lost for the team, though, as first-year driver and took a popular victory in the No. 8 Starworks BMW/Riley.

Both Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Wayne Taylor Racing won two races and led the standings earlier this year, before back-to-back problems sent both teams tumbling out of the lead.
Ganassi’s Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas won two races earlier this season at Daytona and Road Atlanta in quest of a fourth consecutive title, but incidents at Detroit and Mid-Ohio dropped them in the standings. They finished second at Indianapolis and fourth at Road America in the No. 01 Telcel/TELMEX BMW/Riley and are now sixth in the standings, 14 behind the leaders.

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Aug 12

Questions, Concerns Remain Over DP/P2 Integration

USCR- Questions, Concerns Remain Over DP:P2 Integration

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With less than six months to go until the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, and just 10 weeks before the final champions are crowned in and the , some key details surrounding next year’s United SportsCar Racing series have yet to be finalized.

Many prototype team owners in the paddock last weekend at Road America, site of the historic first, and only, combined event between both series, have voiced concerns over the timeframe for the release of the and technical regulations and the general lack of details surrounding likely changes to their equipment for next year.

“We have no idea. Nobody has any answers; nobody is asking [us] anything. So I don’t know how we will be going testing at all, at this point. We don’t know anything,” longtime Daytona Prototype team owner Wayne Taylor told SPEED.com.

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Aug 10

Starworks Takes Road America Win

Photo Credit: Brian Cleary

Photo Credit: Brian Cleary

scored back-to-back Rolex Sports Car Series victories, but this time it was the team’s No. 8 entry of and that claimed top honors in Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America.

A decision to leave the No. 8 Riley-BMW out during the second and final full course caution with just under 1 hour to go proved to be pivotal, as Hartley took over the lead and stretched his gap over the competition in the closing stages of the 2-hour and 45-minute contest.

From there, it was clear sailing for the open-wheel turned sports car racing standout, who crossed the line 4.290 seconds ahead of the No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette of Joao Barbosa for he and Wisconsin native Mayer’s first career victories.

It was a redeeming race for the 23-year-old New Zealander, competing in his first season of U.S. racing, after throwing away a likely win at Circuit of The Americas in March after colliding with a lapped car in the closing stages.

This time, Hartley got the job done, and in impressive fashion.

“This is a really emotional win for me,” Hartley said. “After COTA, there were tears of disappointment and today was tears of joy… I’m not going to lie; I had some flashbacks.

“There were a few moments where I thought about that and I just got my head down and did the job. I think we had the two cars covered on pace and just brought it home.”

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Aug 9

Team Sahlen On Road America Pole

GRAND-AM- Team Sahlen On Road America Pole

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scored its first-ever Daytona Prototype pole Friday, with Dane Cameron taking the team’s No. 42 Riley-BMW to the top spot in qualifying for Saturday’s VisitFlorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America.

Cameron reeled off a best lap of 2:00.028 in the 15-minute session, edging out the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette of Jordan Taylor by 0.547 seconds. The No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Riley-BMW of Memo Rojas qualified third overall and in class.

“It’s tough coming to these places and having no information,” said Cameron, who along with the team are in their first year of DP competition. “I never had been in a DP at Road America and neither had the team, so we didn’t really have any idea what to do.

“We had just been drawing what we’ve learned and what has been working so far. This weekend we showed up pretty good and we were kinda quickest out of the gate.”

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Aug 8

Angelelli Tops Thursday Practice At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

topped Thursday’s lone Rolex Series practice, kicking off an historic weekend which also includes the presented by Tequila Patrón. Angelelli wheeled his No. 10 Velocity Worldwide around Road America’s scenic 4.048-mile course in 2:02.130 (119.32 mph), just 0.036 seconds ahead of Dane Cameron in the No. 42 Sahlen’s BMW/Riley, 2:02.166 (119.29 mph).

Ricky Taylor rounded out the top three with a lap of 2:02.181 (119.27 mph) in the No. 90 VISITFLORIDA.com/Go-Pro Corvette .

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