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IMSA’s balancing act
Jul05

IMSA’s balancing act

The toughest job in motorsports isn’t making the call on whether to pit or stay out, or fending off a quicker rival late in a race. It is making the technical rules and establishing what competitors grumblingly refer to as “Balance of Performance” (BoP). It is certainly a thankless job and, as Geoff Carter, IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Senior Series and Technical Manager, explains – this is not your father’s “BoP.”...

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Ford takes first 1-2 finish
Jul03

Ford takes first 1-2 finish

The Chip Ganassi Ford GT squad is on a roll. They won at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, won at Le Mans and now have taken their first 1-2 finish at Watkins Glen today. Richard Westbook and Ryan Briscoe took the victory over Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller – the team’s first 1-2 finish in either the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship or the FIA World Endurance Championship. Pole winner Westbrook was dominant from start and...

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Action Express go 1-2 at the Glen
Jul03

Action Express go 1-2 at the Glen

Action Express Racing has scored a 1-2 finish a classic six hour battle at Watkins Glen as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship resumed after the Le Mans break. Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa took their first victory since last year’s Petit Le Mans, leading home teammates Eric Curran and Dane Cameron At various stages during the race other leading contenders looked in contention to take the victory including three...

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Westbrooks storms to Ford GTLM pole
Jul02

Westbrooks storms to Ford GTLM pole

They won at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, scored victory at Le Mans and now Ford has taken the GTLM pole for this weekends 6 Hours of Watkins Glen with British ace Richard Westbook. The Laguna Seca winner set a time of 1:41.301 to beat the pair of BMW entries of Dirk Werner and John Edwards. Westbrook’s Le Mans-winning teammate Joey Hand was fourth fastest. The time smashed the existing track record of 1:44.797  set last year with...

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JVO and ESM are back and fast
Jul02

JVO and ESM are back and fast

They won the Rolex 24 at Daytona, triumphed in the 12 Hours of Sebring and now Patrón ESM want to add a third major North American endurance race win to their record. They kicked off in the best possible way today at Watkins Glen when Johannes van Overbeek scored the pole aboard the team’s Honda-powered Ligier. While the team have been using the Ligier chassis in the FIA World Endurance Championship, very little of the package...

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