World Challenge: Make-up race to be run at season-ending weekend in Utah

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Pirelli World Challenge officials have announced that the rained-out GT/GTS/GT-A race during the season-opening Grand Prix of St. Petersburg weekend will be made up during the 2014 season finale weekend in September at Miller Motorsports Park outside Salt Lake City.

The move will make the Utah Grand Prix weekend on Sept. 12-13 a double-race weekend for the GT-based classes in the series.

“We look forward to putting on an even bigger show for fans in the Salt Lake City area,” WC Vision president/CEO Scott Bove said in a statement. “The finale race weekend for our 25th anniversary season will be that much more exciting.”

“We are very happy to add an additional race for the Pirelli World Challenge during the Utah Grand Prix weekend,” said John Larson, GM of MMP’s parent company, Miller Performance USA. “We were looking forward to having them back for the first time in two years, and now we have even more to look forward to.

St. Pete was to be a two-race weekend for the GT-based classes, but a heavy storm that Saturday caused the cancellation of what was to be the first round. The “second” round of the year took place the following day with no interruptions.

The GT-based classes competed this past weekend in a single-race show at Long Beach. If you don’t want to wait until the NBCSN broadcast this Sunday afternoon to see who won, CLICK HERE for a recap.

Power, Newgarden, Dixon fastest in first of 2 IndyCar practices today at Barber Motorsports Park

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Will Power was fastest in Friday’s first of two IndyCar practice sessions at Barber Motorsports Park.

Power covered the 2.3-mile permanent road course in 1:07.5987 minutes at 122.488 mph in the 45-minute practice session.

Even though he spun off the course during his session, Phoenix winner Josef Newgarden still managed to be second-fastest (121.919 mph at 1:07.9141 minutes), followed by Scott Dixon (121.296 mph/1:082627), Max Chilton (121.251 mph/1:08.2882) and Ed Jones (121.215 mph/1:09.5692).

 

Sixth through 10th were Simon Pagenaud (121.208 mph/1:08.3122), Jordan King (121.113 mph/1:083661), Graham Rahal (121.059 mph/1:08.3964), St. Petersburg winner Sebastien Bourdais (121.029 mph/1:08.4131) and rookie Zach Veach (121.014 mph/1:08.4216).

Here’s the full speed chart:

Incidents:

* Early in the session, Long Beach winner Alexander Rossi ran off the track and into the grass, striking a small sign, but was able to get back on-track. However, Rossi was only able to complete 10 laps, relegating him to 20th-fastest in the 23-car field.

* Moments later, it appeared the rear brakes locked up on Newgarden heading into Turn 5, spinning him into the gravel trap. He was able to get going and returned to the pits for service and was back on-track with less than four minutes remaining in the session.

ALSO OF NOTE:

* The second practice session of the day will begin at 3:50 p.m. ET. A third practice will take part Saturday morning at 10:50 a.m. ET, followed by qualifying beginning at 4:05 p.m. ET. The race, to be televised live Sunday on NBCSN, is slated to start at 3:30 p.m. ET.

* However, weather forecast does not look promising for Sunday’s race. As of 1 p.m. ET today, the forecast calls for 100 percent rain throughout the day.

* Dixon has had an incredible record at Barber Motorsports Park, with seven podium finishes in eight starts there. Except for one thing: he has yet to win a race there. But he does have five runner-up and two other third-place showings on the permanent road course.

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