Sports Cars
Aug 9

Edwards Paces GT Practice At Road America

Photo Credit: John Dagys

Photo Credit: John Dagys

John Edwards saved his best for last in Friday’s second practice session for the Orion Energy Systems 245 at . Edwards lapped the 4.048-mile circuit in 2:04.711 (116.853 mph) in the No. 56 BMW North America, LLC/Crowne Plaza BMW Z4 GTE. His best lap came in the final minute of the session, knocking Marc Goossens – who led the day’s first session – out of the top spot in GT.

Lucas Luhr kept the No. 6 Muscle Milk HPD ARX-03c on top of the overall charts with a lap of 1:52.106 (129.991 mph), 5.467 seconds ahead of Chris McMurry in the No. 16 Mazda/Thetford/Norcold Lola B12/60 Mazda.

Quickest in the P2 class was Johannes van Overbeek in the No. 02 Tequila Patrón HPD ARX-03b at 1:57.573 (123.947 mph). Simon Pagenaud, 1:57.969 (123.531 mph), and Marino Franchitti, 1:58.407 (123.074 mph) rounded out the top three.

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Aug 9

IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

USCR- IMSA, FOX Sports Announce Long-Term TV Partnership

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FOX Sports and (International Motor Sports Association) announced today a five-year multi-media rights deal that solidifies United SportsCar Racing’s home on television through the 2018 season.

Today’s announcement, which comes on the heels of last week’s news that FOX Sports will broadcast NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series races through 2024, bolsters FOX’s expansive motorsports coverage. The agreement also includes coverage of IMSA’s Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for five years. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

For motorsports fans accustomed to FOX Sports’ broadcast presentation of various forms of racing, including NASCAR since 2001, today’s announcement signals another exciting development for sports car racing in America. In September of 2012, Rolex Sports Car Series and the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón announced the two entities were merging in one of the most significant developments in the history of sports car racing in North America. Later named United SportsCar Racing, sanctioned by IMSA, the premier new sports car racing series begins its next chapter with the Rolex 24 At Daytona in January of 2014.

“It’s hard to argue that there’s a global media company more equipped and better resourced to cover and broadcast sports car racing than FOX Sports,” said Ed Bennett, CEO of IMSA. “By partnering with FOX Sports for the next five years, United SportsCar Racing, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and their teams, tracks, drivers and sponsors are positioned for strong exposure while our existing fans can expect top-notch presentation, promotion and marketing.”

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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 .

Cameron reeled off a best lap of 2:00.028 in the 15-minute session, edging out the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP 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 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. Angelelli wheeled his No. 10 Velocity Worldwide around ’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 DP.

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