Sebring Notes: Gue in at Rolex winners CORE, Cosmo in at Whelen

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After winning in the Prototype Challenge category at the season-opening Rolex 24 at Daytona, CORE Autosport will have three-fourths of its Daytona lineup intact for this weekend’s Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.

The team has announced that James Gue will return as co-driver alongside CORE regular Colin Braun and team owner Jon Bennett in their No. 54 ORECA FLM09. Bennett and Braun collaborated with Mark Wilkins (the fourth driver in its 2014 Rolex lineup) to finish fifth last year at Sebring.

“I think having one race under your belt heading into Sebring helps, especially for someone like myself who is new to the team,” Gue said in a release. “Spending more time with the team allows you develop better working relationships with the co-drivers, mechanics and engineers, which only helps the team chemistry.

“I think everyone on the team is a little more settled and prepared coming off the longest race of the year. I am really excited to get back to the track and try and pick up where we left off at Daytona.”

After making its Prototype debut at the Rolex, Whelen Motorsports is heading on to Sebring with a solid veteran fill-in to its lineup in Guy Cosmo. The American driver is subbing for Max Papis, who will not be racing this weekend due to a scheduling conflict.

At the Rolex, Cosmo finished sixth in the GTD category for Level 5 Motorsports, which will not be present for Sebring. As a result, he’s aligned himself with the Whelen stable and regulars Eric Curran and Boris Said for the famed 12-hour event.

“[Team owner] Ted [Marsh] has always put a great effort behind anything he races and I think the team did a great job to keep fighting to the finish at Daytona,” Cosmo said, referencing the team’s 10th place finish in P class. “Eric and Boris are great guys and I’m happy to be part of such a strong line up.

“Sebring is a tough track and with nearly 70 cars, this is going to be a very tough race. But the team learned a lot at the test and hopefully we can be there for the finish.”

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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