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Red Bull GRC: Saturday at New River before Supercars, Lites finals

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JACKSONVILLE, N.C. – Part of the joy and challenge in Red Bull Global Rallycross races is that there is simply so much action over the course of the day to keep up with, and trying to recap it all isn’t easy.

Here’s an attempt to do so thus far, as we get into the Last Chance Qualifiers (LCQs):

The track changed slightly this morning, with the chicane before the jump opened up a bit. Steve Arpin of Chip Ganassi Rallycross explained that you can enter the corner one gear higher than previously.

The Chip Ganassi Rallycross team had quite a whale of a time to even get Arpin’s No. 00 Jacob Companies Ford Fiesta ST back going on Saturday, as his engine broke on Friday. The crew performed repairs until 2 a.m. to install the new engine on Arpin’s car. Arpin repaid them with a semifinal race win later in the day.

Tough day thus far for Patrik Sandell in the No. 18 Kobalt Tools Ford Fiesta ST for Bryan Herta Rallysport. An accident in one of his heat races took the car behind the wall and missed its semifinal; the team was scrambling to fix the car ahead of the LCQ. If Sandell’s team doesn’t make it, he’d miss the final.

Sandell was still being awesome and signing autographs, though:

Colton Herta is here, as is dad Bryan this weekend. Bryan Herta missed the Phoenix and Dallas weekends because of IndyCar commitments. The younger version of “Hertamania” – the 16-year-old Colton – balances his time between California and London.

Scott Speed’s Volkswagen Andretti Rallycross team needed to perform another engine change this morning. It’s perhaps unfortunate to have to say the VARX team is getting good at it – this is the team’s third engine change in the last two race weekends. Speed is in the No. 41 Special Operations Warrior Foundation Beetle.

A couple contact moments occurred between Jeff Ward of SH Rallycross/DRR and Brian Deegan in a heat race, although Deegan, in the No. 38 NOS Energy Drink Ford Fiesta ST did well in his semifinal to make a late race pass of Joni Wiman’s No. 31 Honda Red Bull Olsbergs MSE Civic Coupe for second.

Honda has its first heat race win, in Heat 2A, courtesy of Sebastian Eriksson in the No. 93 Honda.

The crowd is off the hook. And this is only a Saturday, before the event opens to the public fully on Sunday.

Cabot Bigham of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing took his No. 2 entry to his first GRC Lites heat race win earlier today.

More to come after the LCQs and the finals later today.

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.

RAIN-SOAKED RELIEF: Castroneves delivers Penske’s first win with late pass

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.