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IMSA: Action Express Corvette DP, Ford double up again at CTMP

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Just like a week ago at Watkins Glen International, an Action Express Racing Corvette DP 1-2 sweep and the No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT have won the latest round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season – this time at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

This time it was the No. 31 Whelen Engineering-backed entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran securing its first win of the season in a Corvette DP 1-4 sweep, the first for that car this year.

The No. 5 Action Express car (Christian Fittipaldi and Joao Barbosa) was second ahead of the No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing and No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DPs.

Ford, meanwhile, won its third straight race in GT Le Mans with the No. 67 car driven by Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe following up their past triumphs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and Watkins Glen.

The Ford win is perhaps somewhat surprising following a Balance of Performance change heading into the weekend, but the Corvette Racing pair of C7.Rs were back, close in second and third in class.

Other class winners were CORE autosport with Colin Braun and Jon Bennett (second win of the year, PC, Sebring) and Turner Motorsport with Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis in their BMW M6 GT3 (first win of the year, GTD).

More to follow…

April 5 in Motorsports History: Alex Zanardi’s amazing Long Beach rally

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Alex Zanardi entered the Long Beach Grand Prix on April 5, 1998 as the race’s defending champion and the series’ defending champion.

But the Italian didn’t seem a serious contender for much of the 105-lap event. Zanardi started 11th position and lost a lap early when he was involved in a multicar spin in the hairpin.

Alex Zanardi celebrates after winning the 1998 Grand Prix of Long Beach. Photo: Getty Images

But the race was still young, and despite emerging from the incident in 18th place, Zanardi slowly progressed through the field while battling radio problems that made communication difficult with his team.

With five laps remaining, Zanardi passed Dario Franchitti on the backstretch for second place and then focused in on leader Bryan Herta.

With two laps remaining, Zanardi made his move, making a daring pass on the inside of Herta in the Queen’s Hairpin (which no longer exists as the track layout was changed the following year).

The move was reminiscent of Zanardi’s famous last-lap move on the inside of Laguna Seca’s famed Corkscrew in 1996, which deprived Herta of his first CART victory.

Franchitti passed Herta as well, and Zanardi went on to clinch his first victory of the season.

“On a day when everything went wrong, we came back and won,” Zanardi said following the race. “I can’t explain it. It wasn’t until I saw Bryan ahead of me that I ever thought I had a shot at winning. It was amazing. I have no words to describe it.”

Following Long Beach, Zanadri won six more times in 1998 en route to his second and final CART championship.

Also on this date:

1992: Bobby Rahal led from start to finish to win the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. The win was the first of four victories for Rahal during his championship season.

2009: Ryan Briscoe won the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, the first of three victories for the Aussie in 2009. The race was also the first IndyCar Series on Versus, which was rebranded as NBC Sports Network in 2012.

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