NASCAR: David Gilliland, Love’s Travel Stops officially back at Front Row

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As expected, David Gilliland is set for a sixth Sprint Cup season with Front Row Motorsports. Even better for him and the team, one of their key sponsors will have a bigger effort with them in 2015 as well.

Love’s Travel Stops has expanded their program with Front Row and Gilliland’s No. 38 Ford Fusion to an 18-race schedule that includes the Daytona 500, both events at Texas Motor Speedway (“home track” for the Oklahoma City-based company), and the summer road races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.

The official confirmation of Gilliand and Love’s return comes on the heels of news that long-time Cup crew chief Donnie Wingo will be atop the No. 38’s pit box in 2015.

“I am beyond excited about Love’s commitment to our program and to growing it each year,” Gilliland said in a release. “What I’m most proud of is the simple fact that it’s working.

“Our program does exactly what a NASCAR partnership is supposed to do. It’s been hugely successful, for us and for them. I can’t wait to see what we can do as a team this year.”

He hopes it’ll be better than what they did in 2014. Gilliland earned the pole for the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona, but only had a top finish of 17th in the second Pocono race and led just 14 laps all year en route to finishing 30th in the Sprint Cup points standings.

IMSA results, points, stats package after Sunday at Road America

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Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor delivered Team Penske’s first victory this season in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, winning at Road America from the pole position Sunday and moving up to sixth in points after finishing no better than seventh in the first three races this season.

The Team Penske No. 7 Acura DPi led a race-high 48  of 63 laps, including the final four after Castroneves seized a restart to take first from Renger van der Zande, who finished second with Ryan Briscoe in the No. 10 Cadillac DPi.

Other class winners at the Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, road course were the No. 81 ORECA LMP2 07 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley in LMP2, the No. 3 Corvette C8.R of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor in GTLM and the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 of Townsend Bell and Frankie Montecalvo in GTD.

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Here are the race stats, points and results from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Road America:


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown.

POINTS: In the DPi standings, the No. 10 Cadillac of Briscoe and van der Zande leads by six points (124-118) over the No. 5 Cadillac of Joao Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor leads the GTLM standings with 130 points, 10 more than the No. 912 Porsche of Earl Bamber and Laurens Vanthoor.

In GTD, the No. 12 Lexus of Bell and Montecalvo moved into the lead by four points (121-117) over AIM Vasser Sullivan teammates Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz in the No. 14 Lexus.

The No. 38 of Performance Tech Motorsport leads in LMP2.

Click here for the points standings for drivers and teams after Road America.

STATS PACKAGE FOR ROAD AMERICA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s GT classes will race Aug. 21-22 at Virginia International Raceway.