No. 968
October 17, 2018

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AUGUST 8, 2018


(CORE autosport)
Jon Bennett and Colin Braun (No. 54 CORE autosport ORECA LMP2) scored their second consecutive WeatherTech Championship Prototype race victory in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on Sunday. As usual, succeeding at the challenging 4.048-mile natural-terrain circuit - "America's National Park of Speed" - came down to fuel strategy, and Braun finished 2.389 seconds ahead of Stephen Simpson in the No. 99 JDC Miller Motorsports ORECA LMP2 after Jonathan Bomarito brought the No. 55 Mazda DPi on to pit road for fuel from the lead. “It’s a great result for all the CORE autosport guys,” Braun said. “I’m super proud, it was quite a team effort. Jon did a great job at the start of the stint. We have some amazing calls on the pit box as far as what our strategy was going to be. We had a great call that got me to second. I kind of faded toward the end with a bit of tire wear so we started to change our strategy to look at a fuel savings/fuel mileage race so we started down that path right away." It was the third consecutive WeatherTech Championship Prototype victory for the Gibson-powered ORECA LMP2 cars. Simpson and co-driver Misha Goikhberg delivered their second podium result of the season. Eric Curran and Felipe Nasr finished third in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering GM Racing "Cadillac" branded DPi-V.R. The Prototype class returns to action next month in the two-hour, 40-minute America’s Tire 250, part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Sept. 6-9.


(Michelin Motorsport)
Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook (No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT/Michelin) gave Ford its fourth consecutive IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship win Sunday in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, going back on top in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class standings in the process. The winning pass came with two minutes remaining in the two-hour, 40-minute race when the race-leading No. 25 BMW M8 GTE of Connor De Phillippi ran out of fuel just short of the finish. Westbrook managed to stretch his fuel over the race’s final 63 minutes to secure the win, beating the No. 4 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of Tommy Milner and Oliver Gavin to the checkered flag by 7.938 seconds. “It’s just an incredible run we’re having right now,” said Westbrook. “The wins aren’t coming easy by any stretch of the imagination, we’re having to work for them. It’s a track that really suits our car. BMW was fast, but I guess they short filled by too much. It’s just a great win by the whole program. It’s a hell of a ride right now. I’m just enjoying every moment of it.” While Ford has four consecutive victories, Corvette Racing has four consecutive runner-up finishes. This time it was Milner and Gavin in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. The the No. 3 Corvette C7.R driven by Antonio Garcia and Jan Magnussen finished third. With three races remaining on the WeatherTech Championship schedule, the No. 67 Ford GT leads the No. 3 Corvette Racing Corvette C7.R of  Garcia and Magnussen by four points, 241-237, while the No. 66 Ford GT driven by Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller sits another five points back in third. Next up for the WeatherTech Championship is the Michelin GT Challenge at VIRginia International Raceway, featuring the GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes, on Sunday, Aug. 19. The two-hour, 40-minute race will be televised live on FS1 from 1 to 2 p.m. ET before switching to FS2 for the conclusion from 2-4 p.m. ET.

Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen (No. 58 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R) captured the GT Daytona (GTD) victory in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America on Sunday. Co-driving in their first season together, Patrick Long and Christina Nielsen had yet to land on the podium in the season’s prior seven races. “Long time coming,” said Nielsen, the two-time defending GTD champion. “We’ve really been wanting to put together the perfect execution for the weekend. Wright Motorsports did an amazing job with our Porsche Consulting car. To end up in first place with our first podium of the season was absolutely amazing. Patrick did a great job yesterday with the pole and a perfect stint. It feels so rewarding, we didn’t have a perfect race until now. There were highlights, things that were improving, Things getting better, but it wasn’t all together. And this was finally the weekend where it all came together.” The No. 58 Porsche was the only team in the eleven-car field to perform two driver changes during the two-hour, 40-minute race. After taking the reins from Long about a third through the race, Nielsen dove into the pits ahead of a full-course caution for tires, fuel, and another driver swap to allow Long to finish the race. Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow (No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3) finished second, and the Cooper MacNeil/Alessandro Pier Guidi No. 63 WeatherTech Racing Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 charged from ninth in the final 20 minutes to finish third. 

Andrea Dovizioso (No. 4 Ducati Team) won a riveting Czech Republic MotoGP battle at Brno over teammate Jorge Lorenzo (No. 99 Ducati Team) and championship leader Marc Marquez (No. 93 Repsol Honda Team). After a tactical race in the early stages, the top three broke clear and pushed flat out, with Dovizioso setting the fastest lap of the race on his final lap. Valentino Rossi (No. 46 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP) finished fourth.

(Sarah Crabill/Getty Images)
Chase Elliott (No. 9 Hendrick Motorsports SUNENERGY1 Chevrolet) scored a magnificent first 
Monster Energy NASCAR Cup win in his 99th start in Sunday’s Go Bowling at The Glen. Elliott Drove to a hugely popular victory under intense pressure from Martin Truex Jr. (No. 78 Furniture Row Racing 5-Hour Energy/Bass Pro Shops Toyota) over the final 32 laps, right up to the point that Truex Jr. ran out of fuel right at the end of the final lap. Elliott ending up winning by 7.560 seconds before running out of gas himself on the cool-off lap. “Holy cow, I don’t know what to say — just so thrilled, so emotional, so much relief,” said Elliott, who had recorded eight second-place finishes before his first win. “Working on three years, I hadn’t won one. I came here with a great opportunity today, and I was able to get it done.” Elliott’s victory, with his father, NASCAR Hall of Famer Bill Elliott, spotting for him on the backstretch, was the 250th for Hendrick Motorsports and the first since Kasey Kahne won at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on July 23 of last year. Elliott got a push to Victory Lane from teammate Jimmie Johnson, and he got a loud standing ovation from the fans in the front-stretch grandstand. Kyle Busch (No. 18 Joe Gibbs Racing M&Ms Toyota) charged from the back of the pack to finish third.

(Brabham Automotive)
Brabham Automotive is teaming up with Michelin to debut the Brabham BT62 in the United States at this year’s Monterey Car Week, with a fitting tribute to American hero and ex-Brabham Formula 1 winner, Dan Gurney. In an exclusive for its U.S. introduction, the BT62 will be proudly sporting a new tribute livery, in honor of Dan Gurney, the first ever driver to win a Formula 1 Grand Prix in a Brabham racing car. Finished in Brabham’s distinctive Green and Gold colors, it’s an homage to the Brabham BT7 that Gurney steered to victory at the French Grand Prix in 1964. Gurney was the racer Sir Jack Brabham chose as his first teammate for his fledgling Brabham racing team back in 1963. The BT62 has been designed from the ground up to feature a host of unique engineering details and draws on the project team’s vast experience. Crafted from lightweight carbon fiber, the BT62’s exterior surface and aggressive aerodynamic package combine to strike the optimal balance between function and form. Pure-bred for the track, the car is powered by a Brabham naturally-aspirated 5.4 liter V8, with a power-to-weight ratio of 730ps per ton and a dry weight of just 972kg.

Championship leader Scott Speed (No. 41 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Oberto Circle K Beetle Rallycross) scored a clean sweep, leading every session on the way to the second back-to-back Americas Rallycross Championship (ARX) victory in the series' first visit to Canada and the Trois-Rivières circuit last weekend. Tanner Foust (No. 34 Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross Rockstar Energy Drink Beetle Rallycross) bounced back from a big accident on Saturday afternoon to claim a third consecutive podium finish. “I’m really proud to get the win this weekend, particularly on a track like this,” said Speed after the checkered flag. “This type of rally-style racing on thick gravel and with constantly changing conditions was totally foreign to me a few years ago, so I’m happy to see the results of my study and the team’s hard work pay off with a dialed-in Beetle and a great result in the race.” With their 1-2 sweep at Trois-Rivières, the Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross drivers extended their lead in the championship table, making it a virtual certainty that the inaugural ARX title will go to one of the two Beetle Rallycross drivers. Before the final round of the inaugural running of the Americas Rallycross Championship at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) at the end of September, Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross will make an exhibition appearance at the Nitro World Games at the Utah Motorsports Campus, September 22-23. The ARX highlight broadcast show of the Trois-Rivières round will air on CBS Sports Wednesday, August 8th, at 7:00 PM (ET).

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