TUSC: Westbrook, Bird, Gavin, Winkelhock top final day of Roar test

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Richard Westbrook took the No. 90 Spirit of Daytona Corvette DP to P1 overall and among the Prototype class in Sunday’s final run of testing in the Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

Westbrook logged a lap of 1 minute, 39.748 seconds (128.484 mph) in the No. 90, which he’ll share with full-time teammate Michael Valiante and Mike Rockenfeller for the Rolex on Jan. 25.

Altogether, it was a much better time at Daytona for SDR, which avoided disaster in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship tire test this past November at the track. During that session, Westbrook got airborne after suffering a tire failure at high speed but, thankfully, walked away from the incident.

“That was the worst possible start for our 2014 campaign,” Westbrook said in a statement. “Ironically, it’s helped turn everything around. Now, we’ve got a brand new car, the guys are on top of it, and I’ve got two great teammates.

“It’s still early, but we had a fantastic, trouble-free test and a nice car. Daytona is a fantastic place to drive when you have a nice car.”

Sam Bird continued to set the pace in the Prototype Challenge category. After topping the PC charts on Saturday, he did it again Sunday with a lap of 1 minute, 42.704 seconds (124.786 mph) in the No. 8 Starworks Motorsports ORECA FLM09.

In GT Le Mans, Corvette Racing’s Oliver Gavin was fastest on Sunday with a time of 1 minute, 45.915 seconds (121.003 mph) in the No. 4 Corvette C7.R. However, in regard to the entire weekend, that wasn’t enough to supplant Nick Tandy of Porsche North America, whose lap of 1 minute, 45.564 seconds on Friday was the fastest GTLM lap throughout the Roar.

Marcus Winkelhock and the No. 45 Flying Lizard Motorsports Audi R8 LMS was today’s fastest in GT Daytona, posting a lap of 1 minute, 48.462 seconds (118.161 mph). Another of the No. 45’s co-drivers, Spencer Pumpelly, had logged what would be the best GTD time all weekend on Friday (1:47.981/118.688 mph).



Get your motor running: American Flat Track’s new season premieres Sunday on NBCSN

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If you like racing two-wheel style, make sure you catch the debut of a new multi-year TV broadcast deal featuring the American Flat Track motorcycle racing series on NBCSN.

The 18-round series debuts this Sunday at 2 p.m. ET on NBCSN with the season-opening race that was held at Daytona International Speedway on March 15.

Going forward, all 18 rounds of the series will be televised on NBCSN in highly-coveted weekend afternoon programming slots without two weeks of each event.

Last season, AFT drew nearly two million viewers on NBCSN with regular primetime coverage on Thursday nights.

This season, the one-hour, tape-delayed telecasts will be part of NBCSN’s regular weekend programing, following or preceding coverage of NASCAR, INDYCAR and Pro Motocross.

AFT is now in its 65th season, with two distinct classes: powerful, twin-cylinder rides in the AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines division, and the competition in the 450cc AFT Singles division.

“We are very excited to kick-off our second season of AFT on NBCSN,” NBC Sports Group Senior Director of Programming Jeff Macaluso. “The 2017 season provided us with some incredible racing and showed us how passionate the riders and fans are of this historic sport.

“The move to weekends this year, around other marquis motorsports properties, is sure to raise the level even higher.”

Here’s the 2018 AFT schedule on NBCSN:

Round Track, Location Track Type Premiere Time (ET) Time (PT)
1 Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL TT Sun, 3/25 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
2 Dixie Speedway, Woodstock, GA Short Track Sat, 4/14 5:30 PM 2:30 PM
3 Texas Motor Speedway, Fort Worth, TX Half-Mile Sun, 5/06 4:00 PM 1:00 PM
4 Calistoga Speedway, Calistoga, CA Half-Mile Sun, 5/20 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
5 Turf Paradise, Phoenix, AZ Mile Sat, 5/26 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
6 Cal Expo, Sacramento, CA Mile Sun, 6/03 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
7 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 6/09 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
8 Red Mile, Lexington, KY Mile Sat, 6/16 12:00 PM 9:00 AM
9 Remington Park, Oklahoma City, OK Mile Sat, 6/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
10 Allen County Fairgrounds, Lima, OH Half-Mile Sat, 7/07 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
11 Weedsport Speedway, Weedsport, NY Short Track Sun, 7/15 6:00 PM 3:00 PM
12 Buffalo Chip Campgrounds, Sturgis, SD TT Sat, 8/11 12:30 PM 9:30 AM
13 Black Hills Speedway, Rapid City, SD Half-Mile Sat, 8/18 2:00 PM 11:00 AM
14 Peoria Motorcycle Club, Peoria, IL TT Sat, 9/01 3:00 PM 12:00 PM
15 Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL Mile Sat, 9/22 2:30 PM 11:30 AM
16 Williams Grove Speedway, Mechanicsburg, PA Half-Mile Sun, 9/23 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
17 Canterbury Park, Shakopee, MN Mile Sun, 10/14 5:00 PM 2:00 PM
18 Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, NJ Mile Sun, 10/21 2:00 PM 11:00 AM


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