IMSA: Taylor brothers lead COTA winners

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The second-to-last IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race for 2016 is in the books, the Lone Star Le Mans, from a hot Circuit of The Americas for the last sprint race of the year of two hours, 40 minutes.

The No. 10 Konica Minolta Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP was back on top for its third win of the year, Jordan Taylor surviving both the heat and a late spin with about 40 minutes to go to take the car’s first win since the streets of Detroit at Belle Isle Park back in June. Jordan Taylor shared the car with brother Ricky Taylor.

Per Ricky Taylor to IMSA Radio, the spin was down to a “little bobble with traction control,” but Jordan Taylor completed a “Danny Sullivan spin-and-win” for the victory.

This win ends the run of wins for Action Express Racing, which had won the last three races overall at Watkins Glen International, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park and Road America – all of which were 1-2 finishes.

Still, the pair of cars finished second and third with the No. 31 Whelen Engineering-backed entry of Dane Cameron and Eric Curran ahead of the No. 5 Mustang Sampling-backed entry of Joao Barbosa and Christian Fittipaldi.

Unofficially, the No. 31 car went from one point down to one point up over the No. 5 car, and the No. 10 car has closed to within seven points, per IMSA Radio.

Other class winners included Renger van der Zande and Alex Popow (No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09, PC), Earl Bamber and Fred Makowiecki (No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR, GTLM) and Jens Klingmann and Bret Curtis (No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3, GTD).

Contact between a couple of leading contenders in the championships, in both the Prototype and GT Le Mans classes, made for big story lines in the race.

Early on, just 13 minutes into the event, the pair of Action Express Racing Corvette DPs collided. Curran’s No. 31 Corvette collided with Fittipaldi’s No. 5 car. For that contact, the No. 31 car – which entered just one point down to the No. 5 – was assessed a drive-through penalty.

Meanwhile in GT Le Mans, the polesitting No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook reporting a broken steering arm from contact with their title rivals, the No. 4 Corvette C7.R, and lost time and positions as a result. Unofficially, the No. 4 car finished fifth in class and the No. 67 car was ninth and last in class.

A late pass occurred in Prototype Challenge as van der Zande in the No. 8 car got by James French in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 for the lead and win. French, co-driving with Nick Boulle, was in a rare position to close the race with Kyle Marcelli on Pirelli World Challenge duty at Sonoma Raceway in a CRP Racing Audi R8 LMS ultra.

Tom Kimber-Smith got by French for second in the No. 52 PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports car, which kept the distance relatively close to the No. 8 car from a points standpoint.

There was also a dramatic finish in GTD behind the class-winning No. 96 Turner BMW. The No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R slowed on the final lap with a potential fuel shortage, which promoted the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (Bryan Sellers and Madison Snow) and No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 (Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan) higher up on the podium.

More to follow.

World of Outlaws release 2023 Sprint Car Series schedule

2023 Outlaws Sprint schedule
World of Outlaws

The 2023 World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series schedule features 87 races, almost identical to the last year’s number, to be contested at 36 venues across 19 states. With cancelations for mostly weather, they closed out this year’s calendar on November 5 with 69 events in the books. Carson Macedo won a series high 11 races.

In 2022, David Gravel chased Brad Sweet into the three-race finale on the Dirt Track at Charlotte Motor Speedway in one of the most hotly contested championships in Outlaws history. Sweet emerged victorious for the fourth straight year.

For the 19th consecutive season, the Outlaws Sprints will begin their season at Volusia Speedway Park for the DIRTcar Nationals from Feb. 9-11 and will return March 5-6 for another two-day show before hitting the road with a three-track swing into Pennsylvania to take on the Posse.

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“Every year we continue to build the best schedule we can for drivers and fans across the country,” said World of Outlaws CEO Brian Carter is a series release. “I’m excited for the journey we’ve put together, which includes the biggest races in Sprint Car racing, our new Spring Swing through Pennsylvania, the thrill of combining the World of Outlaws and ‘Bike Week’ and so much more.”

Some tracks returning from hiatus and one brand new course include 81 Speedway in Park City, Kans. in April and again in October, Tri-City Speedway in Pontoon City, Ill. in April, Ogilvie (Minn.) Raceway in June and BAPS Motor Speedway in York Haven, Penn.

BAPS hosts its first race in more than 30 years when the track was known as Susquehanna Speedway. This midweek show will give the local Pennsylvania Posse 14 attempts to beat the traveling Outlaws.

Ogilvie Speedway is completely new to the series and makes it the 224th different venue they will have challenged.

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Notably missing from the calendar are Vado (N.M.) Speedway Park, Cotton Bowl Speedway in Paige, Texas, Bakersfield (Calif.) Speedway and the Bristol Motor Speedway Dirt Track.

In addition to the new spring Pennsylvania Swing, the second date at Volusia Speedway will coincide with Daytona Beach’s Bike Week and bring new eyes to the sport.

Knoxville Raceway adds another multi-night show to the calendar in April, giving this track eight sanctioned events in 2023.

And of course, there are plenty of mainstays and high dollar events, such as the Memorial Day Spectacular at Lawrenceburg (Ind.) Speedway, the 35th running of the Brad Doty Classic in July and the Labor Day Spectacular at Gray’s Harbor in Elma, Wash.

Several big paydays are on the line in 2023 including the 40th annual Kings Royal at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio paying $175,000 to the winner, the Huset’s High Bank Nationals’ $250,000-to-win finale and the grandaddy of them all, the 62nd Knoxville Nationals with a total purse exceeding $1 million.

2023 Outlaws Sprint Schedule

Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 9-11 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)

Sunday-Monday, March 5-6 – Volusia Speedway Park (Barberville, FL)
Friday-Saturday, March 10-11 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, March 17 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday, March 18 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday, March 24 – Talladega Short Track (Eastaboga, AL)
Saturday, March 25 – Magnolia Motor Speedway (Columbus, MS)
Friday, March 31-Saturday, April 1 – Devil’s Bowl Speedway (Mesquite, TX)

Friday, April 7 – US-36 Raceway (Osborn, MO)
Saturday, April 8 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, April 14-15 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Friday-Saturday, April 21-22 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday, April 28 – Tri-City Speedway (Granite City, IL)
Saturday, April 29 – Tri-State Speedway (Haubstadt, IN)

Friday-Saturday, May 5-6 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, May 10 – Lincoln Speedway (Abbottstown, PA)
Friday-Saturday, May 12-13 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Friday, May 19 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Saturday, May 20 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, May 26-27 – Atomic Speedway (Chillicothe, OH)
Monday, May 29 – Lawrenceburg Speedway (Lawrenceburg, IN)

Friday, June 2 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, June 3 – Ogilvie Raceway (Ogilvie, MN)
Friday-Saturday, June 9-10 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Friday-Saturday, June 16-17 – Beaver Dam Raceway (Beaver Dam, WI)
Wednesday-Saturday, June 21-24 – Huset’s Speedway (Brandon, SD)
Friday, June 30-Saturday, July 1 – Cedar Lake Speedway (New Richmond, WI)

Friday, July 7 – 34 Raceway (West Burlington, IA)
Saturday, July 8 – Wilmot Raceway (Wilmot, WI)
Tuesday, July 11 – Attica Raceway Park (Attica, OH)
Friday-Saturday, July 14-15 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Wednesday, July 19 – BAPS Motor Speedway (York Haven, PA)
Friday-Saturday, July 21-22 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)
Saturday-Sunday, July 29-30 – Weedsport Speedway (Weedsport, NY)

Friday-Saturday, Aug. 4-5 – Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 (Pevely, MO)
Wednesday-Saturday, Aug. 9-12 – Knoxville Raceway (Knoxville, IA)
Thursday-Saturday, Aug. 17-19 – Jackson Motorplex (Jackson, MN)
Friday, Aug. 25 – River Cities Speedway (Grand Forks, ND)
Saturday, Aug. 26 – Red River Valley Speedway (West Fargo, ND)
Thursday, Aug. 31-Saturday, September 2 – Skagit Speedway (Alger, WA)

Monday, Sept. 4 – Grays Harbor Raceway (Elma, WA)
Thursday-Saturday, Sept. 7-9 – Silver Dollar Speedway (Chico, CA)
Friday, Sept. 15 – Keller Auto Speedway (Hanford, CA)
Saturday, Sept. 16 – Placerville Speedway (Placerville, CA)
Friday, Sept. 22 – Eldora Speedway (Rossburg, OH)
Saturday, Sept. 23 – Sharon Speedway (Hartford, OH)
Friday-Saturday, Sept. 29-30 – Williams Grove Speedway (Mechanicsburg, PA)

Friday-Saturday, Oct. 6-7 – Port Royal Speedway (Port Royal, PA)
Friday, Oct. 13 – 81 Speedway (Park City, KS)
Saturday, Oct. 14 – Lakeside Speedway (Kansas City, KS)
Friday-Saturday, Oct. 20-21 – TBA

Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 1-4 – The Dirt Track at Charlotte (Concord, NC)