2017 IMSA Continental Tire Road Race Showcase - Race Report
As the IMSA Weathertech Sports Car Championship enters its final leg, we were treated to an exciting race on Wisconsin’s Elkhart Lake road course where, finally, Cadillac’s stronghold was broken. Last weekend’s action at Road America got underway in difficult, mixed, weather conditions which meant not much valuable data could be gathered for what was forecast to be a dry race. That is, until the third and final free practice session but even that didn’t go all the way. Katherine Legge suffered a significant crash in the fast Canada Corner (anyone recalls her Champcar shunt there?) which almost ruled out the No. 93 Acura she shares with Andy Lally.
Michael Shank’s crew, though, decided to repair the damaged chassis – with help from the RealTime Racing Acura mechanics who campaign the same type of cars in Pirelli World Challenged and are based close to the track – and they managed to do just that, the blue NSX being ready for the pre-race warm up session. This meant, however, that Legge and Lally – who came to Road America sitting third in the standings – had to start from the back. This brings us to how the rest of the field was ordered by qualifying. First up was the GT-D which was an impressive showcase by Dutchman Jeroen Mul who, on his first visit to Elkhart Lake, took his first ever series pole in the No. 16 Change Racing Huracan. His time, a 2:06.649, was quicker by 0,174-seconds than the best that Jesse Krohn could do aboard the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3. It was the second pole in a row for a Lamborghini in GT-D while Porsche’s quickest car, that of Park Place Motorsport, was third fastest.
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The biggest challenge for the SRT Viper GTS-R this year was, of course, the 24 Hours of Le Mans race, where the two cars entering the race finished eighth and ninth. Those results weren’t quite what SRT and Chrysler were expecting and they knew that the GTS-R needed more practice, so the team entered it in this weekend’s Road America race where Dominik Farnbacher and Marc Goossens piloted the beast. We think this practice was a success, as it claimed first place in the GT Class.
From 1999 to 2000 the Viper scored a total of 16 victories in the ALMS competition, with the last one being on December 31st, 2000 in Adelaide, Australia. This weekend’s win is the 17th factory-backed victory for SRT Viper in the famed ALMS.
Goossens took the lead in the last 33 minutes of the race and held that position for the remainder of the race. He had to work pretty hard for the win though, the Viper was low on fuel in the final eight minutes of the race with the green flag flying. Fortunately, the race went into caution just before he hit the pits, causing the entire field to slow down. He skipped the pits, option to take advantage of the reduced speed to milk the last few drops of fuel from his tank.
The Viper not only took the GT Class, but it also totally dominated the entire weekend, as the No. 93 Pennzoil Ultra SRT Viper GTS-R claimed the pole, while the GT Class winner was fifth on the starting grid.
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The Suzuki Kizashi is a fantastic car from a company known for motorcycles rather than automobiles. It proved that the alternative Japanese automaker could produce cars just as good as its rivals; Honda and Toyota. Now, Suzuki wants to take the momentum earned with the Kizashi and create a sports sedan to rival the Honda Civic Si and the TRD division of Toyota.
Called the Kizashi Turbo, this new variant, built on the base sedan, has a turbocharged four-cylinder engine, a new catback exhaust system, and an upgraded suspension producing 290 horsepower. It also provides enough room in the back for two and plenty of luggage space for a road trip. All in all, the new Kizashi is a big stepping-stone for Suzuki.
Video game season is fast approaching and you can bet your bottom dollar that gamers of all shapes and sizes are lining up their pockets for a chance to get first dibs at the latest games to drop on shelves in the coming weeks.
One of the video game genres that is expected to receive a throng of new games is racing, thanks in large part to the eagerly-anticipated releases of Gran Turismo 5 for the Playstation 3 and Forza 3 for the Xbox 360. But if there’s one game that has gone under the radar because of, well, the overwhelming hype surrounding the GT5 and Forza 3, it’s Need for Speed SHIFT.
Arguably the most successful – and longest running – racing game franchise, Need for Speed gave us a taste of how real video game auto racing can get with its latest offering, Need for Speed SHIFT. Developed by one of the foremost authorities in video gaming, Electronic Arts, Need for Speed SHIFT produces an unparalleled glimpse of three of America’s most hallowed racing circuits namely, Laguna Seca, Road America, and Willow Springs. The game goes into full detail of each track and gives gamers an unprecedented – and realistic – racing experience.
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By setting the quickest qualifying time in the LMP2 class, the RS Spyder fielded by Penske Motorsports is in a good starting position for the eighth round of the American Le Mans Series. On the legendary Road America course in the US state of Wisconsin the Weissach-developed and built sports prototypes, which have excelled this season by securing five overall victories so far, take up the race on Saturday from the second row.
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