Pirelli World Challenge primer: Mid-Ohio


The Pirelli World Challenge Championships heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for a pivotal round in its 2013 season.

Rounds 11 and 12 for GT and GTS, and Rounds 9 and 10 for Touring Car and Touring Car B-Spec, will likely play a major role in the championship chases.

As it has on four other weekends this year, Pirelli World Challenge will run on the same weekend as the IZOD IndyCar Series.

Johnny O’Connell, in the No. 3 Cadillac CTS-V.R, took the GT class points lead over James Sofronas in the No. 14 GMG Audi R8 LMS at Toronto, with his fourth win of the season. O’Connell leads Sofronas by 36 points. Battles are also tight for third (Andy Pilgrim’s No. 8 Cadillac CTS-V.R and Randy Pobst’s No. 6 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60) and sixth (Alex Figge’s No. 9 K-PAX Racing Volvo S60 and Duncan Ende’s No. 24 GMG Audi R8 LMS). Those six, Lime Rock race winner Mike Skeen (No. 2 CRP Corvette) and eight others comprise a 15-car GT class at Mid-Ohio.

The GTS ranks sees a surge from 16 cars at Toronto to 29 at Mid-Ohio. Jack Baldwin (No. 73 GTSport with Goldcrest Porsche Cayman S) has more than 100 points in hand over second-placed Mark Wilkins (No. 38 Kinetic Kia Optima turbo). Sustained challenges will likely come from Acura (RealTime Racing, Peter Cunningham and Nick Esayian) and Camaro (Lawson Aschenbach and Andy Lee). The class also includes entries from Ford, Aston Martin, Lotus, Nissan, Audi and Scion.

TC is top-heavy with Honda Civics, particularly from the Compass360 Racing team. Ryan Winchester (No. 72 C360R Honda Civic Si) has more than a 200-point lead in class, and three other teammates (Brett Sandberg, Remo Ruscitti, Ray Mason) to provide support. Michael Cooper, defending class champion in the No. 1 Atlanta Motorsports Group Mazda 3, won both races at Toronto and is providing an ample threat. Jon Miller of Shea Racing, the No. 68 Honda Civic Si, should also contend in the 12-car class.

The 21-car TCB field makes its first appearance at Mid-Ohio although several in the class have prior track experience. Joel Lipperini (No. 81 RaceLabz Honda Fit) is surging to close on erstwhile dominant points leaders Ernie Francis Jr. (No. 98 Breathless Performance Mazda 2) and Robbie Davis (No. 37 MINI of Charleston Racing MINI Cooper). Additional cars entered include Ford Fiestas, Chevy Sonics, and Fiat 500s.

Races air live on the www.world-challengetv.com at 11:10 a.m. ET (GT/GTS) and 5:10 p.m. ET (TC/TCB) on Saturday, with Sunday’s GT/GTS race live at 1:05 p.m. Broadcast coverage on the NBC Sports Network will air Sunday, August 18, at 2 p.m. ET.

Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle: How to watch, start times, schedules, streams


With three multiple winners now vying for the championship, the Monster Energy AMA Supercross Series heads to Round 11 at Lumen Field in Seattle, Washington.

Chase Sexton earned his second victory of the season in Detroit when Aaron Plessinger fell on the final lap. Though he was penalized seven points for disobeying a flag, Sexton is third in the championship race. The Honda rider trails leader Cooper Webb (two victories) by 17 points, and defending series champion Eli Tomac (five wins) is three points behind Webb in second with seven races remaining.

Tomac won last year in Seattle on the way to his second season title.

Honda riders have a Supercross-leading 20 victories in the Seattle event but none at Lumen Field since Justin Barcia in 2013. Tomac and Barcia are the only past 450 Seattke winners entered in Saturday’s event.

Here are the pertinent details for watching Round 11 of the 2023 Supercross season in Seattle:

(All times are ET)

BROADCAST/STREAMING SCHEDULE: TV coverage of Round 11 will begin Saturday at 10 p.m. ET streaming on Peacock with a re-air Monday at 1 a.m. ET on CNBC. The Race Day Live show (including qualifying) will begin on Peacock at 4:30 p.m. ET Saturday.

NBC Sports will have exclusive live coverage of races, qualifiers and heats for the record 31 events in SuperMotocross. The main events will be presented on Peacock, NBC, USA Network, CNBC, and NBC Sports digital platforms.

Peacock will become the home of the SuperMotocross World Championship series in 2023 with live coverage of all races, qualifying, and heats from January to October. There will be 23 races livestreamed exclusively on Peacock, including a SuperMotocross World Championship Playoff event. The platform also will provide on-demand replays of every race. Click here for the full schedule.

POINTS STANDINGS: 450 division l 250 division

ENTRY LISTS450 division l 250 division

EVENT SCHEDULE (all times ET): 

Here are the start times for Saturday’s Supercross Round 11 in Seattle, according to the Monster Energy Supercross schedule from the AMA:

4:50 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 1
5:05 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:20 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 1
5:35 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 1
6:25 p.m.: 250SX Group B Qualifying 2
6:40 p.m.: 250SX Group A Qualifying 2
7:55 p.m.: 450SX Group A Qualifying 2
8:10 p.m.: 450SX Group B Qualifying 2
10:06 p.m.: 250SX Heat 1
10:20 p.m.: 250SX Heat 2
10:34 p.m.: 450SX Heat 1
10:48 p.m.: 450SX Heat 2
11:22 p.m.: 250SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:34 p.m.: 450SX Last Chance Qualifier
11:54 p.m.: 250SX Main Event
12:28 a.m.: 450SX Main Event

TRACK LAYOUTClick here to view the track map


FINAL 2022 STANDINGS: 450 points standings | 250 East points standings250 West points standings


ROUND 1: Eli Tomac opens title defense with victory

ROUND 2: Tomac ties Ricky Carmichael on Supercross wins list

ROUND 3: Tomac holds off Cooper Webb again

ROUND 4: Chase Sexton wins Anaheim Triple Crown

ROUND 5: Eli Tomac leads wire to wire in Houston

ROUND 6: Cooper Webb breaks through in Tampa

ROUND 7: Webb wins again in Arlington

ROUND 8: Tomac wins Daytona for the seventh time

ROUND 9: Ken Roczen scores first victory since 2022

ROUND 10: Chase Sexton inherits Detroit victory but docked points


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