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DragonSpeed Racing and Paul Miller Racing Take Class Wins At Rolex 24 At Daytona

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – DragonSpeed Racing made it back-to-back wins in the Le Mans Prototype 2 Class at the Rolex 24 At Daytona.

The No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 driven by Ben Hanley, Henrik Hedman, Colin Braun and Harrison Newey finished ahead of the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA LMP2 07 driven by Ben Keating, Simon Trummer, Nick Boulle and Gabriel Aubry, which started on the pole position.

DragonSpeed and Mathiasen battled it out as the only two cars to lead laps in the class.  Mathiasen took off from the pole and led the opening 104-laps.  The teams traded spots out-front throughout the middle parts of the race with Braun passing Keating Sunday morning at the 17.5-hour mark to take the lead for good, leading the final 212-laps.

“Ben drove the wheels off the thing,” Braun said.  “The guys had great pit stops and great strategies all day.  When you execute like that and make no mistakes, you’re usually rewarded with a victory”.

PAUL MILLER LAMBORGHINI TEAM WINS FIRST ROLEX 24 AT DAYTONA

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The GT Daytona (GTD) came down to a battle of Lamborghini’s as Paul Miller Racing’s No. 48 Lamborghini beat the No 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini to the checkered flag by 21-seconds.  The victory was the first for Miller, the long-time team owner and former IMSA driver.  It was also the first victory for his drivers, Andrea Caldarelli, Madison Snow, Corey Lewis and Bryan Sellars.

Paul Miller Racing Celebrates In Gatorade Victory Lane After Scoring The GTD Class Win At The Rolex 24 At Daytona.

“A lot of years trying, a lot of years of pain and watching other people walk by you with the watch you want so bad,” said Sellars.  “It feels so good to have it all finally come together.”

“The last eight hours were like a sprint race.” said Calderelli, who passed his former teammate Marco Mapelli in the pits.  “I used to race with Marco in the same car, so we never really fought one-on-one.  I know him.  It was a very fair fight and we both represent Lamborghini as well.  So we didn’t do any stupid things.”

The No. 44 GRT Magnus Lamborghini, driven by Mapelli, John Potter, Andy Lally and Spencer Pumpelly, finished second followed by the No. 88 WRT Speedstar Audi Sport R8 LMS GT3.

The next race on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts is Saturday, March 21st.  The race starts at 10:40 am ET and will be televised by CNBC.  It will also be streamed on the NBC Sports App with authentication and TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold.  IMSA Radio will have coverage available on IMSARadio.com, RadioLeMans.com and Sirius XM.

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Chip Ganassi Racing Begins “Best Paint Scheme” Contest

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CONCORD, NC (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – Chip Ganassi Racing is starting a cool contest where fans can pick the “Best Paint Scheme” that has appeared on one of the CGR cars over the 30-year history of the organization.

The contest started Wednesday on Twitter and features 32-paint schemes that have appeared on the teams NASCAR, INDYCAR and IMSA race cars.

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Fans can vote on their favorites in a bracket style elimination tournament where one paint scheme will be crowned the winner.

Cars involved include some favorites driven by Scott Dixon, Alex Zanardi, Juan Pablo Montoya, Sterling Marlin, Kyle Larson, Kurt Busch, Scott Pruitt, Felix Rosenqvist, Memo Rojas, Steve Arpin, Jamie McMurray, Joey Hand, Richard Westbrook, Ryan Briscoe and Dirk Mueller.

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IMSA Reschedules Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio

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DAYTONA BEACH, FL (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is moving the Acura Sports Car Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio to the weekend of September 25-27, 2020.

The race was originally scheduled for the weekend of May 1-3 but was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic that is affecting the World.  Ohio has been particularly hard hit by COVID-19.

The Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course released the following statement in regards to the announcement:

The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course announced today that the 2020 Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio originally set for May 1-3, 2020, has been rescheduled to Sept. 25-27, 2020.

The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge series are confirmed to run on the new September weekend.  Additional series updates, broadcast information and event schedules will be announced as they become available.

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The rescheduled date is subject to the ongoing guidance and mandates of national, state and local authorities regarding public gatherings.  The health and safety of all associated with this event remain our priority.

Previously purchased tickets will be honored on the rescheduled Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course dates of Sept. 25-27, 2020.  Email for additional information at info@midohio.com for questions on ticket purchases, or visit midohio.com/imsafaq for further details.

The rescheduled race at Mid-Ohio is one of three rescheduled events announced on Tuesday by IMSA. Also moving is The IMSA Monterey SportsCar Championship at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, which has been moved up one weekend and is now scheduled to run on September 4-6, 2020.  It was originally scheduled to run the weekend of September 11-13.  The date adjustment was made to accommodate IMSA teams planning to run in the 24-Hours of Le Mans, which Pittsburgh Racing Now reported was moving to the weekend of September 19-20.

The other race that is moving is The 23rd annual Motul Petit Le Mans at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.  Originally scheduled to run October 7-10, that race is moving back one weekend and is now scheduled to run October 14-17, 2020.

IMSA will provide additional series updates, broadcast information and event schedules as they become available.  For more information fans should visit www.imsa.com.

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Racing Notebook – Friday, March 20: IndyCar going iRacing; NASCAR eRacing on Sunday

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PITTSBURGH, PA (Pittsburgh Racing Now) – The NTT INDYCAR SERIES is going iRacing and NASCAR is getting ready for their first round of eRacing on Sunday plus no racing in Central Pennsylvania this weekend.

INDYCAR Going iRacing:

  • The NTT INDYCAR SERIES and iRacing, the world’s premier motorsports racing simulation, are partnering to currently stage six virtual race events.  The events will feature a stellar lineup of current NTT INDYCAR SERIES drivers and possibly some special guests.  The events begin ing on  beginning Saturday, March 28. Fans will have an opportunity to choose the inaugural INDYCAR iRacing Challenge race venue through bracket voting starting today through Thursday.  Fans can vote daily on the track match-up in the bracket to determine which venue will advance to the next round.  The voting, which has a 12-hour window beginning 10 a.m. daily after today, is available through the @INDYCAR Instagram or Twitter handle and online at indycar.com/iracing.

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Drivers Getting Ready For First eNASCAR Race:

  • Drivers from all three NASCAR touring series: Cup, Xfinity and Gander Outdoors & RV Truck Series are preparing for this Sunday’s eNASCAR race, which is going to be televised by FS1.  The full 35-car field will be announced on Sunday.  NASCAR Cup Series drivers have been allotted spots, and qualifiers across a group of Xfinity and Gander Trucks drivers will set the final grid. Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin, current NASCAR Cup Series points leader Joey Logano, reigning NASCAR Cup Series champion Kyle Busch and fan favorites such as Dale Earnhardt Jr., Chase Elliott, Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell are participating along with NASCAR Hall of Famer Bobby Labonte.  Driver and NBC Sports analyst Parker Klingerman is also scheduled to compete.  The virtual race will take place at Homestead Miami Speedway and starts at 1:30 ET.

IMSA Holding Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing:

  • The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) is holding Sebring SuperSaturday on iRacing.  A huge, 50-car field made up of real-life, professional drivers will take to the 3.74-mile Sebring International Raceway iRacing circuit at 2:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, March 21.  All of the cars in the field will be recent IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race cars – the Porsche 911 RSR, BMW M8 GTE, Ford GT and Ferrari 488 GTE.  There will be no driver changes.  The race will be available on the iRacing eSports Network on YouTube and Twitch.

Central PA Tracks Cancel Weekend Races:

  • If you were planning on getting out of the house this weekend to take in some dirt track racing in Central Pennsylvania, Williams Grove, Lincoln and Port Royal have cancelled their races.  Read our full report here.
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