IMSA: Team Sahlen, Stevenson confirm Continental Tire series programs

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Team Sahlen may not be racing in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, but will stick around the IMSA paddock as members of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge series.

The Sahlen camp, a former member of GRAND-AM’s Rolex Series, will field the No. 42 and No. 43 Porsche Caymans in the CTSCC’s Sport Tuner class for drivers Joe Nonnamaker, Will Nonnamaker, Wayne Nonnamaker and Joe Sahlen. The team actually got its start in the ST class all the way back in 1984 when it fielded a Volkswagen Golf.

Through its history, Team Sahlen has fielded Porsches on numerous occasions but in the CTSCC’s Grand Sport class and the Rolex Series’ GT class, not in ST.

“Having been away from racing Porsches for so long and the Cayman being so different from a 911, I didn’t think much of our knowledge base would transfer to these new cars,” Wayne Nonnamaker said. “But I have been pleasantly surprised at what pieces of past information has been useful in the build process.

“I can’t wait to drive the Cayman. With its mid-engine layout vs. the rear engine of the 911, the racer should be a pure joy to drive.”

Last year, Team Sahlen competed in the Rolex Series’ Daytona Prototype class (pictured) and had initially announced that it would do so again in the 2014 inaugural season of the TUSC. However, those plans were cancelled last month.

Also confirming plans to race in the CTSCC is Stevenson Motorsports, who won GRAND-AM’s North American Endurance Championship in the GT class last year.

Andrew Davis and Robin Liddell will drive the No. 6 Stevenson Camaro, while Andy Lally and Matt Bell take over the sister car, the No. 9.

“This is an outstanding driver line up, really one of the best groups I’ve ever had the chance to work with,” team manager Mike Johnson said in a team release. “These four guys not only have great speed and smarts in the car, but they also have a long history with Stevenson.

“The Continental Tire championship is one of the toughest categories in racing and we know how important it is to have a strong group of guys, all working in the same direction. Hopefully with this line-up, we can deliver results and come out on top at the end of the year.”

Todd LeDuc advances two positions in Monster Jam Power Rankings

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Neil Elliott held onto the top spot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings, but he has a new driver sniffing his exhaust as Todd Leduc advanced two positions to second this week.

The Stadium Series Green continues to hold the advantage in the Power Rankings with Elliott topping the chart, Morgan Kane in fourth, and Ryan Anderson eighth, but there is an equitable distribution among the other series throughout the field.

Notably, Leduc and his Monster Energy truck in the Stadium Series Red closed the gap with a 38-point overall victory at US Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN. Leduc achieved his win through consistency, pocketing the overall without winning a single individual event. Leduc’s best session was a second-place finish to Mike Vaters II in Overkill Evolution by .001 points.

Meanwhile on the West Coast, Elliott rambled on. Elliott won his sixth skills challenge in seven contests so far. That contributed to his 35 points for the event at PETCO Park in San Diego and allowed him to hold onto the No. 1 slot in the Monster Jam Power Rankings.

Colton Eichelberger also held station. Third last week, he entered the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on a mission in the Triple Threat Series Central. He topped the event points in all four events with timed race wins in each session, ATV race wins in three of the four, three wins in the speedster obstacle course, two freestyle wins and one win in the donut competitions.

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Morgan Kane and Grave Digger had a rough night. He was ousted from the racing event in Round 2 by Max-D and Elliott. He failed to win either of the other two competitions of the night and ended with 29 points, which was a distant third to Ryan Anderson’s Son-Uva Digger (37) and Max-D (35).

Brandon Vinson moved up to the fifth position with three wins in the Triple Threat Series West. During the weekend he earned seven session wins, including a sweep of the speedster obstacle course and two victories in the two-wheel skills challenge.

Tom Meents debuted on the Monster Jam Power Rankings in 10th by winning the overall in back to back nights of the Stadium Series Yellow. The Saturday show can be seen Feb. 22 at 11:30 p.m. on NBCSN (click here for streaming). The highlight of Meents’ weekend were race wins on Saturday and Sunday, defeating Coty Saucier in a Monster Energy truck on Night 1 and Eric Swanson in Obsessed on Night 2.

Power Rankings

1. Neil Elliott–same
2. Todd LeDuc–up 2
3. Colton Eichelberger-same
4. Morgan Kane–down 2
5. Brandon Vinson–up 1
6. Tyler Menninga–up 1
7. Coty Saucier–down 2
8. Ryan Anderson–same
9. Linsey Read–up 1
10. Tom Meents-new for 2020

Upcoming TV Schedule (All showings on Eastern time on NBCSN)

Oakland: February 22 (Saturday); 11:30 p.m.
Miami: March 1 (Sunday); 12 a.m.
Jacksonville: March 9 (Monday); 6 p.m.
Detroit: March 21 (Saturday); 11 p.m.
Las Vegas: March 28 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Santa Clara: April 11 (Saturday); 7 p.m.
Philadelphia: April 17 (Friday); 2:30 p.m.
Denver: April 25 (Saturday); 6:30 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals Racing: May 9 (Saturday); 5 p.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: May 19 (Tuesday); 4 p.m.
Monster Jam World Freestyle: May 20 (Wednesday); 12 a.m.
Monster Jam World Finals: June 20 (Saturday); 2:30 p.m.