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Scott Speed to run Luna-C Lamborghini this weekend at Watkins Glen

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Luna-C Clothing, makers of automobile influenced, technology infused and racing inspired clothing, will make a return to the racetrack this weekend as Scott Speed and Lee Davis will team up in the No. 03 Luna-C Clothing / Lamborghini Dallas Gallardo LP 570-4 this weekend at Watkins Glen International.

Speed and Luna-C Clothing will be promoting #SpeedToNYC during the weekend, highlighting the Volkswagen Rallycross NY event in New York at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on July 20th.  As part of the promotion, a Grand Prize Winner – selected from someone following @LunaCClothing and using the hashtag #SpeedToNYC between June 27 at 12:00am and July 3 at 11:59pm – will receive a trip for two to Volkswagen Rallycross NY.

For Speed, the former Formula 1 and NASCAR Sprint Cup driver, this weekend’s Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America race will mark his first experience in a sports car – not to mention a vastly different experience than his regular ride for Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross in Global Rallycross. Speed currently leads the Global Rallycross Championship after winning the first two races of the year in Barbados and Austin.

“I am really excited to drive the Lamborghini,” said Speed. “I have run a number of times in a Cup car at the Glen, but I have never run the full circuit so I am definitely looking forward to that! It’s very cool to drive for a company like Volkswagen Group who has such great brands as Lamborghini that give me the opportunity to do this race. It will be a lot of fun to race with my man Lee and to see what he’s got. I’m sure we will have a lot of fun! Either way, we’ll be the best-dressed guys out there!”

Davis is no stranger to racing or the Lamborghini Super Trofeo series. Partnered with Ryan Eversley, Davis was victorious in the first Super Trofeo race at Lime Rock and also earned a podium finish at the 2013 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

“This came together very quickly, and if not for the efforts of multiple parties, it would never have happened!” said Davis. “I can’t wait to get back in that Lamborghini! It’s such an awesome car, and it will be a lot of fun to drive at the Glen. And I’m excited to drive with Scott – not many folks have the opportunity to drive with someone with Formula One credentials, so it’s a special opportunity. I’d like to thank Tristan Herbert and Lamborghini, Volkswagen of America, Lamborghini of Dallas, Andretti Autosport, and the whole Luna-C team which includes Ryan Eversley who will be working with me this weekend, as usual. Luna-C is the official ‘After Hours Clothing Provider’ for Andretti Autosport, and we’re proud to support them, Scott and Tanner Foust in their Global Rallycross Volkswagens this season.”

Luna-C Clothing apparel will be on site during the weekend at Watkins Glen International, allowing spectators the opportunity to see the technologies and fabrics used in the clothing worn by Speed, Davis & Eversley – including coldblack® and energear™.

The first Lamborghini Super Trofeo race will be held on Friday, June 27 at 4:10 PM ET, with the second on Saturday, June 28 at 5:30 PM ET.

Porsche wins, champs crowned in rain-shortened Petit Le Mans

Photo: IMSA
Photo: IMSA

BRASELTON, Ga. – One of the more bizarre races in recent sports car history was called just prior to the eight-hour mark, as IMSA Race Director Beaux Barfield made the decision to end the 2015 edition of the Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda early.

It produced a surprise winner, as the GT Le Mans class No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR secured an overall victory courtesy of a storming drive from Nick Tandy and co-driver Patrick Pilet. Third driver Richard Lietz did not get to drive in the race.

Pilet has now secured the GTLM class championship, too, as a result.

Meanwhile Action Express Racing stormed from behind to win its second consecutive Prototype class championship.

The No. 5 Corvette DP of Joao Barbosa, Christian Fittipaldi and Sebastien Bourdais finished third overall – behind both the No. 911 car and No. 24 BMW Z4 GTE – but the result was enough to give it a class win and the class championship.

Other class champions include Jon Bennett and Colin Braun in Prototype Challenge in the No. 54 CORE autosport Oreca FLM09 and NBCSN IndyCar analyst Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler in the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia in GT Daytona. Like the Action Express pairing, Bell and Sweedler came from behind to win the title.

Other race winners were the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports Oreca FLM09 of Tom Kimber-Smith, Mike Guasch and Andrew Palmer in PC and the No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT America of Spencer Pumpelly, Patrick Lindsey and Madison Snow in GTD.

The race was slowed by 10 full-course cautions and a number of accidents, spins, and other off-course excursions.

It also featured a red flag of one hour and five minutes during the race, but the race was resumed.

Barfield explained the decision to call the race when he did in a post-race press conference with assembled reporters:

“So a big part of reconnecting with the drivers and competitors in this paddock has been really open communication,” Barfield said.

“For the basis of this decision, I go back to Watkins Glen. At Watkins Glen because of the imminent weather we had coming there and how it ended up being managed, we encouraged more open dialogue to gather as much information as possible for our decision process.

“As it turned out that was very successful how they communicated real time.

“So going into this event, with the weather being similarly predictably bad, we reestablished that. How we communicated and went about it the same way.

“Today was really similar to that with our attention to our attention to what was going on the track and on the TV screeens, and with looking at the radar. With my knowledge of this track having spent a lot of time here in the past. Having a quick car availbel for recon laps during the vents. All of our decisions were for gathering information from those different directions.

“Fast forward to the very end of the race, the last restart, I felt in my gut that with the visibility issues, you have to think about these issues that produce two problems.

“One is the grip, hydroplaning – whatever part of the world you’re from – where issues where drivers have less control. An often forgotten major issue is the visibility. Cars with downforce shoot up such a spray, it’s hard to see around.

“The grip issue was one and dealt with but we had some daylight. The visibility was a problem. But not as it great as it became in the last hour when we lost sunlight.

“The light with the track conditions gave me no comfort level to go back green that is. What I saw on track, the visibility issues I had with a Porsche on track, you had the speed they had, you’d have to drop into night with a sunset, I felt like I’d be putting driver out there completely blind.

“So this decision was made to pull the plug and do the checkered flag.”

Bottas: Williams turning focus to 2016 car

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas of Finland steers his car to set the third fastest time during the qualifying session at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit, Belgium, Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015. The Belgium Formula One Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Geert Vanden Wijngaert)
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Valtteri Bottas has explained how Williams is beginning to turn its attention to the development of its car for the 2016 Formula 1 season as the team settles into third place in the constructors’ championship.

Williams has struggled to put up much of a fight to Mercedes and Ferrari at the front of the field in 2015, picking up just three podium finishes.

With five races to go in the season, the team sits comfortably in third place in the constructors’ standings, knowing that neither the 129 point gap to Ferrari ahead or the 69 point difference to Red Bull behind are likely to be bridged.

As a result, the team is now turning attention to its 2016 car, the FW38, as explained by Bottas in his post-Japanese Grand Prix blog.

“As we get to this stage of the season some of the focus is switching to next year’s car and for sure we’ve been developing the FW38 for a long time,” Bottas said.

“That’s the target until the end of the season – to look ahead and put us in the best place for 2016. But if we can also find something that benefits this year’s car then we’ll use it as we would like to get more podiums before the season finishes. And if we can get closer to Ferrari then all the better.”

Williams has looked most comfortable at the high-speed tracks so far this season, and with the likes of the Circuit of The Americas, the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez and the Yas Marina Circuit all to come, the team should be in good stead for the final leg of the year.

“Most of the tracks we’re still going to this year should be good for us, so that’s very positive,” Bottas said. “I believe the upgrades we introduced for Singapore gave us more downforce and worked well, so they definitively worked here too.

“We ran the same bits on the car at Suzuka and were competitive but, obviously, Red Bull and Ferrari have made improvements too and they’ll be very difficult to beat in the coming races.”