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Ford on top in final practice
Sep23

Ford on top in final practice

Dirk Mueller and Joey Hand set the fastest time of the final practice session at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 66 Ford GT. Mueller’s time of 1:22.678 was just 0.093 of a second ahead of the second place runner, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE driven by Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella. Third place in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM class went to Bill Auberlen and Alexander Sims in the...

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Top teams put faith in Michelin at Monterey
Sep21

Top teams put faith in Michelin at Monterey

Located 180 feet above the paddock, the famed Corkscrew section at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca provides a grand view of the downhill run and perhaps to the final stages of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship battle. The Michelin GT Le Mans class technical partner factory teams from BMW, Corvette, Ford and Porsche and independent Risi Competizione Ferrari won’t have time to enjoy the view. Pointed at the sky “Drivers arrive...

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Corvette leads the way at VIR
Aug27

Corvette leads the way at VIR

The pressure was on at the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR, as the GT-only field headed out on the challenging 3.27-mile circuit for the third to last race of the 2017 season. But rather than crack under pressure, Corvette Racing’s Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia used that pressure to their advantage. The defending VIR race champions, and 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GT Le Mans (GTLM) points leaders, moved up from their...

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Hand, Ford take Michelin GT Challenge Pole
Aug26

Hand, Ford take Michelin GT Challenge Pole

  After lingering at the top, but not leading each of the three practice sessions, the Ford team showed their speed taking pole position in the Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. Joey Hand turned an emphatic 1:40.211, the fastest time of the weekend to put his No. 66 Ford GT on pole. “I had a good one going on the second to last lap,” Hand said. “I come across the line and (Team Manager, Mike) O’Gara said...

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Risi rules Saturday practice at VIR
Aug26

Risi rules Saturday practice at VIR

They may have just returned to IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car competition, but Risi Competizione is flexing their muscle at this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge at VIR. Toni Vilander powered the Ferrari 488 GTE to a time of 1:40.855, making Risi Ferrari the only car to dip into the 1:40s around VIRginia International Raceway’s 3.27-mile course. Second place in the session went to Dirk Mueller in the No. 66 Ford GT. Despite...

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