IMSA: WeatherTech practice, CTSC qualifying in books at Road America

Photo courtesy of IMSA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – With schedule activity and IMSA’s future platform plans outlined on Friday, track activity at Road America took a backseat at the 4.014-mile permanent road course.

Ozz Negri in the No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda set the fastest lap time of the day in the two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship practice sessions, with a best time of 1:55.747.

“We tried a couple of big changes. It just shows the strength of the Michael Shank Racing team,” Negri said. “We went on the right path and made the right changes. We just keep getting better and better. We’re fighters. I think the car is pretty good and has good potential. It’s only practice but it builds the confidence of the team and that’s what we need. I’m happy with the way it’s going.”

The No. 55 Mazda Prototype led the morning practice.

The No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Joey Hand and Dirk Mueller was fastest on the day in GTLM.

Times are below:


Meanwhile, Scott Maxwell took another Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge pole in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C (GS), while Andy Lee won the ST class pole in the No. 22 Kris Wright Racing with Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche Cayman.

“It feels really good today, because I didn’t expect it. We struggled the last few days, but we made some changes late, late before qualifying and the car was quite good. I drove a good lap. Some of my poles this year, I haven’t been overly pleased with my lap, but today I really, I think, maxed out the car and the car was really strong. It bodes well for tomorrow,” Maxwell said.

“The race isn’t over, obviously. Qualifying is just the first step, but it feels good. It puts us in a good place psychologically, but we know what we’re up against tomorrow and it’ll be a long 2 ½ hours for sure.”

Qualifying times are below:


Seattle Supercross by the numbers: Three riders separated by 17 points


Three riders remain locked in a tight battle with 17 points separating the leader Cooper Webb from third-place Chase Sexton and these are only a few Supercross numbers to consider entering Seattle.

Seattle Supercross numbers
Chase Sexton made a statement in Detroit with his second win of 2023. – Feld Motor Sports

For the fifth time in 10 rounds. Sexton, Webb, and Eli Tomac shared the podium in Detroit. Between them, the trio has taken 23 podiums, leaving only seven for the remainder of the field. Jason Anderson, Ken Roczen and Justin Barcia have two each with Aaron Plessinger scoring the other.

Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.

Tomac has won two of the last three Seattle races and those two wins in this stadium are topped only by James Stewart. Fittingly, if Tomac gets a third win this week, he will tie Stewart for second on the all-time wins’ list. Tomac tied Ricky Carmichael for third with 48 wins at Oakland and took sole possession of that spot with his Daytona win.

Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.

The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.

In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.

Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.

Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.

Last Five Seattle Winners

2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto

2022: Hunter Lawrence
2019: Dylan Ferrandis
2018: Aaron Plessinger
2017: Aaron Plessinger
2014: Cole Seely

By the Numbers

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