American Le Mans Series
Next race: Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach – April 13-14
First race of the season: Commericalbank Grand Prix of Qatar – April 8
AMA Pro Racing
Next race: Triumph Big Kahuna Atlanta – Road Atlanta
GRAND-AM Road Racing Porsche 250 – Barber Motorsports Park
It was a day of firsts in the Porsche 250: the first victory for the Corvette DP, the first DP triumph for Spirit of Daytona and Richard Westbrook followed up his first pole on Friday with his first DP victory. Antonio Garcia, who gave Spirit of Daytona its first DP pole at Barber last year, got his second career Rolex Series victory. The team led 84 laps, with Garcia prevailing in a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag after a late-race caution.
Sylvain Tremblay and Jonathan Bomarito lapped the GT field in the No.70 SpeedSource Mazda RX-8, denying the No. 69 AIM Autosport Team FXDD drivers Emil Assentato and Jeff Segal from giving the new Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am its first victory.
Barber 200 – Barber Motorsports Park
Rum Bum Racing rolled out a new Porsche Carrera painted in its familiar No. 13 blue and yellow – and drivers Matt Plumb and Nick Longhi won in the car’s maiden voyage. Plumb held off the Aston Martin Vantage of Scott Maxwell by .618 seconds to take the checkered flag.
Gregory Liefooghe and David Levine won in ST in the No. 81 BMW 328i, giving BimmerWorld Racing its first victory since Mid-Ohio in 2010.
Next race: UBS Chinese Grand Prix – April 15
Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama – Barber Motorsports Park
The lap that Will Power lost in Round 2 of qualifications – the one that ended his streak of 20 appearances in the Firestone Fast Six – is but a distant memory for the driver of the No. 12 Verizon Team Penske car.
For Power, who started ninth in the third Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, got that lap back and more over the course of 90 laps on the 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course he drove on multiple times in the past two months in developing the Chevrolet engine and new Dallara chassis.
Power, who inherited the point when Team Penske teammate Helio Castroneves pulled off for this final service stop on Lap 68, held off Scott Dixon for the remaining laps that included a Lap 74 restart and won for the second year in a row at the picturesque venue.
Goody’s Fast Relief 500 – Martinsville Speedway
In the wake of a controversial late-race caution, Ryan Newman spoiled an afternoon of Hendrick hegemony with an opportunistic victory. Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson had dominated the action for 497 laps; an untimely caution flag flew on Lap 498 and sent the race to overtime.
Gordon and Johnson stayed out on old tires as the lead-lap cars behind them came to the pits for tires and fuel. On the restart on Lap 504, Clint Bowyer took Johnson and Gordon three-wide into the first corner, and all three cars spun, ruining a potential 200th victory party for Hendrick Motorsports.
After the dust settled, Newman cleared runner-up AJ Allmendinger on the second lap of a green-white-checkered restart and held on to win by .342 seconds. Dale Earnhardt Jr. ran third.
NHRA SummitRacing.com NHRA Nationals – Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Robert Hight raced to his third consecutive Funny Car victory of the season Sunday. Spencer Massey (Top Fuel) and Allen Johnson (Pro Stock) also were winners at the NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series event.
World Superbike Imola
Carlos Checa (Althea Racing Ducati) waited until half race distance to put a move on early leader Tom Sykes (Kawasaki Racing Team) but when he did he rode at lap record pace and took his second win of the year in some style. Sykes had his best every dry race performance on the Kawasaki in second place, with Leon Haslam (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Max Biaggi (Aprilia Racing) disputing the final podium place. It went to Haslam, by a second from his Italian rival.
Fifth was Eugene Laverty (Aprilia Racing) but just behind Marco Melandri (BMW Motorrad Motorsport) and Joan Lascorz (Kawasaki Racing Team) finally passed long-time fifth place runner, Lorenzo Zanetti (Pata Racing Team Ducati). Zanetti was a still-impressive eighth.
Sources: series websites, press releases and various independent motorsports websites
Join us in starting the race weekend as the riders from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix will be taking to the track early on bicycles to kick-start the race weekend. The Twilight Ride will take place on Wednesday, July 21st from 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The new Ferrari Corse Clienti racing season will get under way on 18 March at the Japanese circuit of Suzuka with the year’s first Ferrari Racing Days. This special event will not only host the inaugural round of the Ferrari Challenge Asia Pacific, but offer the Asian public the chance to see together on track the main non-competitive activities offered by the Maranello company, among them the exclusive XX and F1 Clienti programmes.
Dempsey Racing principals and co-drivers Patrick Dempsey and Joe Foster confirmed today the team’s entry into the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) P2 division with a partial schedule of races this year, fulltime competition in future seasons, and a return to the 24 Hours of Le Mans, possibly as soon as 2013.
Two-time sports car racing champion and experienced Ferrari driver Jeff Segal has joined the Tequila Patrón-sponsored Extreme Speed Motorsports (ESM) team for this weekend’s 60th Anniversary Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 23, 2012 – Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca kicks off its 55th season with the American Le Mans Monterey, presented by Patrón, an exhilarating six hour endurance race, May 11-12.
Featuring multiple classes of high-tech sports cars competing together, the American Le Mans Series sees constant passing and on-track battles throughout each race. The six hour endurance race takes competitors from daylight, to dusk and into the darkness, pushing drivers’ and crews’ mental and physical abilities.
The 2011 American Le Mans Series Championship was secured, with one race to go, at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last fall by Dyson Racing who won the LMP1 Drivers and Team Championships. At that same race Mazda won the Engine Manufacturer title and Dunlop the Tire Championship. Dyson Racing wrapped up the Michelin Green X Challenge championship for the year at the season-ending Petit Le Mans.
A notable new entry to the 2012 American Le Mans Series is Lotus Alex Job Racing. This is the first time a factory backed Lotus has participated in the Series and they couldn’t have chosen a better partner; Alex Job Racing is the longest competing and most successful team in the American Le Mans Series. IndyCar veteran Townsend Bell and ALMS Founders Cup winner Bill Sweedler are the team’s drivers.
The Mazda MX-5 Cup, Unlimited Racing Championship, Cooper Tires Prototype Lites powered by Mazda, Cadillac Pirelli World Challenge and IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama support races provide on-track activity throughout the weekend. Off-track offerings include driver autograph sessions, grid walk, race simulators, tech talks, and of course, plenty of food, beer, wine and Patrón.
Advance purchase general admission is $60 for a two day pass. Children 12 and under are free with a paying adult. There is free parking and VIP parking available for $30. Hospitality options start at $250 per person.
MONTEREY, Calif., February 27, 2012 – With a unique sound all their own, historic Ferraris and their modern-day relatives will take to the race track May 18-20 for Ferrari Racing Days.
“We had a tremendous response to this event last year,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Ferrari’s have such a loyal following and we had participants and spectators from around the world turn out to see these cars in their natural environment – the race track.”
At its 49th annual Awards Dinner March 7 at the Blackhawk Auto Museum in Danville, Ca. the Motor Sports Press Association honored Mike and Kathy Hayworth with the Outstanding Contribution to Motorsports Award.