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IMSA: Action Express Corvettes, Ford CGR each bank 1-2s at Watkins Glen

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Action Express Racing took a 1-2 finish in today’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race at Watkins Glen International, the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, also the third round of the Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup season.

The No. 5 Corvette DP driven by Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi beat the sister car, the No. 31 entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran.

The No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda of Ozz Negri, John Pew and Olivier Pla had pace throughout the weekend but not quite the luck, and ended third.

Ford followed up its 1-3 finish at the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a 1-2 in GT Le Mans, the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe leading teammates Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller in the sister No. 66 car.

It’s Westbrook’s third straight win at Watkins Glen, having won overall in 2014 and 2015, while Briscoe wins only two days after he became a father for the second time.

Additionally, it’s the second straight GTLM win for the No. 67 Ford.

Other class winners were the Starworks Motorsport No. 8 Oreca FLM09 (Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow) in Prototype Challenge and the No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 in GT Daytona (Christina Nielsen, Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Segal).

Scuderia Corsa now adds the Watkins Glen to its class wins at Sebring (GTD) and Le Mans (GTE-Am), with Segal having been a part of all three and Nielsen and Balzan winning on North American soil.

More to follow…

IndyCar entry lists for Harvest GP at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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There are 25 drivers on the NTT IndyCar Series entry lists at Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course with a few new yet familiar faces for the Oct. 2-3 race weekend.

Four-time champion Sebastien Bourdais will make his season debut in the No. 14 Dallara-Chevrolet (shifting Dalton Kellett to the No. 41) with AJ Foyt Racing, which he is joining full time next season. James Hinchcliffe, who had run three races with Andretti Autosport, will return in place of Zach Veach in the No. 26 Dallara-Honda. Helio Castroneves will drive Arrow McLaren SP’s No. 7 Dallara-Chevy for Oliver Askew, who is out with concussion-like symptoms.

Sage Karam, who has two IndyCar starts this year at IMS (the road course on July 4 and the Indy 500 on Aug. 23), also will return to the series in Dreyer & Reinbold’s No. 24 Dallara-Chevrolet.

HARVEST GP ENTRY LISTS: Friday l Saturday

Friday and Saturday of the Harvest GP presented by GMR will mark the second and third races this season on Indianapolis Motor Speedway’s 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. While the July 4 race on the circuit was 80 laps, Friday’s distance is 85 laps, and Saturday will be a 75-lap event.

Championship leader Scott Dixon led 26 of 80 laps to win the July 4 race at the IMS road course. With three races remaining in the series, the five-time series champion enters with a 72-point lead on Josef Newgarden.

Click here to see who’s on the IndyCar entry lists in Race 1 and in Race 2 for the Harvest GP presented by GMR at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course.


START TIMES AND TV INFO FOR INDYCAR AT INDIANAPOLIS MOTOR SPEEDWAY ROAD COURSE (all times ET):

Thursday

IndyCar NTT Series practice: 2:25-3:40 p.m., NBC Sports Gold

IndyCar qualifying, Race 1: 6:20 p.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

Friday

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 1: 3:30 p.m. (green flag, 5 p.m.), USA Network, NBC Sports Gold

Saturday

—IndyCar qualifying: 10:20 a.m. (two groups/12 minutes apiece), NBC Sports Gold

—IndyCar Harvest Grand Prix, Race 2: 2:30 p.m (green flag, 2:31 p.m.)., NBC, NBC Sports Gold