SEPTEMBER 12, 2018
Monday, September 10, 2018 at 09:18AM
Pipo Derani and Johannes van Overbeek (No. 22 Tequila Patrón ESM Nissan DPi) won the America's Tire 250 on Sunday, the penultimate round of the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca (WeatherTech Raceway). It was their second victory of the season. Van Overbeek started the car from the rear of the Prototype grid as he missed Saturday’s qualifying session due to illness, and he managed to avoid an opening-lap incident that removed the No. 5 Mustang Sampling Cadillac DPi-V.R driven by Joao Barbosa before the starting line and damaged several other cars. Van Overbeek pitted to turn the car over to Derani just 22 minutes into the race. After a spin in Turn 2, Derani moved into the top five for the first time an hour and eight minutes into the race and stayed there for most of the remainder of the race. He was running second with 35 minutes remaining when race leader Harry Tincknell spun the No. 55 Mazda DPi while attempting to pass the lapped car of Gustavo Yacaman. Derani inherited the lead as a result and never was challenged for the rest of the race en route to victory. He won by 10.9 seconds over Colin Braun in the No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2 machine. Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron (No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 DPi ) finished third for their fourth podium result of the season. “My team is amazing,” Derani said. “If it wasn’t for them, we wouldn’t have finished where we finished today. We had a tough race with and spin. They kept pushing me over the radio. Save fuel, save tires, but kept pushing me all the time.Braun and co-driver Jon Bennett made huge gains in the Prototype championship chase with their runner-up result, their fourth consecutive top-two performance. Braun and Bennett now trail leaders Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr by four points, 254-250. Curran and Nasr (No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac DPi-V.R.) finished fifth. Tincknell battled back to finish fourth following the spin to finish fourth in the No. 55 Mazda DPi with co-driver Jonathan Bomarito. Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 13. Live television coverage begins on FS1 at 10:30 a.m. ET. IMSA Radio also will provide live, flag-to-flag coverage on ,  and SiriusXM Radio (Sirius 119/XM 202/App 972).
Connor De Phillippi and Alexander Sims (No. 25 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE) co-drove to their second consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory in the GTLM class in Sunday's America’s Tire 250 at Laguna Seca (WeatherTech Raceway). De Phillippi managed to stretch his fuel over the race’s final 77 minutes, taking the lead with eight minutes remaining when teammate John Edwards – who was on a similar strategy in the No. 24 BMW Team RLL BMW M8 GTE – was forced to pit road for a splash to get to the finish. From there it was not only about conserving fuel, but also holding off Laurens Vanthoor (No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR, co-driven by Earl Bamber) who finished second, 2.488 seconds back.
 With a potential GTLM championship on the line, Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen (No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R) opted for a more conservative strategy, making an additional pit stop with 45 minutes to go and finishing third for their seventh consecutive podium finish. With only the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta remaining, the No. 3 Corvette Racing team and Garcia and Magnussen lead the No. 67 Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe by nine points, 299-290.
With a terrific performance on Sunday at Laguna Seca (WeatherTech Raceway), Alvaro Parente (No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing Acura NSX GT3) won the GTD class in the America's Tire 250 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, bringing co-driver Katherine Legge closer to a potential GTD championship. Following the team’s final pit stop with 30 minutes remaining, Parente charged from fourth to the lead during the final 10 minutes of the race. “When you’ve got a competitive car like that, such a competitive car, it makes it a lot easier,” said Parente. “I think we took the right risks on the setup. We were super quick. Kat putting it on pole and doing a perfect first stint. When I went out with the gap to the front guys and I was a bit worried, but I knew we could go faster… I managed to pass the guys in the front, they had their tires a little bit more used than mine. What a great weekend for everyone. I look forward to Petit.” Patrick Lindsey and Joerg Bergmeister (No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) finished second and Ben Keating/Jeroen Bleekemolen (No. 33 Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3) third. Legge entered the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix weekend second place in the standings, 13 points behind Madison Snow and Bryan Sellers. She now sits just six points back (303 – 297) heading into the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 13.
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Brad Keselowski (No. 2 Team Penske Discount Tire Ford) passed Denny Hamlin (No. 11 Joe Gibbs Racing FedEx Express Toyota) with less than two laps to go Monday to win the 25th Running of the "Big Machine Vodka 400 at the Brickyard Powered by Florida Georgia Line" at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the first NASCAR win at The Speedway for legendary team owner Roger Penske, who has won a record 17 Indianapolis 500s. The race was delayed a day due to rain, which prevented Penske from attending due to business commitments, according to Penske senior executive Walt Czarnecki. Thirty-four-year-old Keselowski, from Rochester Hills, Michigan, averaged 128.629 mph in the race, which was the final race of the Cup Series regular season for the first time and set the field for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs. Erik Jones (No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Buyatoyota,com) Toyota) finished second, with Hamlin third."Here we are in Victory Lane at the Brickyard," Keselowski said. "I wish RP (Penske) was here. I know he's watching at home. What a day. This is the Brickyard. This is awesome. Man, it's great."
Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) dominated at Misano to claim his third victory of the season ahead of MotoGP world championship leader Marc Marques (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team). Marquez watched as Jorge Lorenzo (No. 99 Ducati Team) crashed out ahead of him with one lap to go. Cal Crutchlow (No. 35 LCR Castrol Honda) finished third. Watch highlights .
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Tomy Drissi (No. 8 The Predator Chevrolet Camaro) won the TA class in the Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli at Watkins Glen International. Drissi started the 102-mile, 30-lap contest in sixth position and then used patience to climb through the field as other competitors dropped out. Pole sitter Boris Said (No. 21 Monster Energy/Weaver Concepts Dodge Challenger) would retire due to wheel bearing issues; Ernie Francis, Jr. (No. 98 Frameless Shower Doors Ford Mustang) lost an oil pump belt on the 11th lap while in the lead and Paul Fix (No. 4 StopFlex/Car Coach Ford Mustang) would suffer driveline issues after leading for 11 laps. Drissi would take over the lead on the 22nd lap and keep it through the checkered flag, holding off his hard-charging teammate Lawrence Loshak (No. 2 Pennzoil/ETE Reman Chevrolet Camaro) over the course of the final six laps. For Loshak the second place finish paired with the misfortune of the No. 98 boosts him to second place in the championship, 28 points behind Francis. Simon Gregg (No. 59 Derhaag Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette) finished third. 
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International ACU MADMAX Team Rider Zef Eisenberg has been invited to take part in a FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) world record attempt this weekend (September 15-16, 2018) at Elvington, North Yorkshire. It’s the first time in 20 years that a multiple FIM speed event will take place on UK soil, and there are several motorcycle world records up for grabs including the Flying kilometre, Kilo, and quarter mile. To successfully secure a new world record Eisenberg must achieve an average two-way speed in excess of 217mph. He will be racing his famous 350bhp super-charged Suzuki Hayabusa dubbed ‘The Green Machine’. Back in May he secured the outright sand record at Pendine Sands, Carmarthenshire, Wales, hitting 201.572mph at the Straightliners Top Speed event. During recent testing he achieved a speed of 224.8mph within a mile, so the records this weekend could well be within his grasp.
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