Porsche’s No. 1 trio wins third straight FIA WEC race at Austin

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The trio of Timo Bernhard, Mark Webber and Brendon Hartley have secured their third straight win in the FIA World Endurance Championship’s Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas, in their No. 1 Porsche 919 Hybrid while Audi’s hopes of victory were dashed in the final couple hours.

Consistent pace coupled with the Audis falling back into the rest of the field was enough to secure Porsche its fifth win in six FIA WEC races this season.

A crash for the No. 7 Audi R18 – then driven by the returning Benoit Treluyer in the fifth hour of the six-hour race – with the No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Olivier Pla took that car out of the running.

Meanwhile the No. 8 Audi, which led early, fell back in the later stages even behind the No. 6 Toyota TS050 Hybrid, which ended ahead of both cars with the four rings.

Up front, Bernhard, Webber and Hartley added the COTA win to their past wins at the Nürburgring and Mexico City, the two most recent rounds, while the No. 6 Toyota of Mike Conway, Stephane Sarrazin and Kamui Kobayashi ended ahead of the Loic Duval/Lucas di Grassi/Oliver Jarvis No. 8 Audi.

The second of each of these cars – the No. 2 Porsche, No. 5 Toyota and No. 7 Audi – took positions four through to six.

In LMP2, the No. 36 Signatech Alpine A460 Nissan of Gustavo Menezes, Stephane Richelmi and Nicolas Lapierre took their fourth win in six races this year. Menezes, the young American rising star, now has an FIA WEC win on home soil in his cap to go along with his class win at the 24 Hours of Le Mans earlier this year.

RGR Sport completed its North American bow with a second place finish to come after its win at Mexico City, with the trio of Ricardo Gonzalez, Bruno Senna and Filipe Albuquerque in the No. 43 Ligier JS P2 Nissan. The JOTA Sport-run G-Drive No. 26 Oreca 05 Nissan of Rene Rast, Roman Rusinov and Alex Brundle, the latter of whom turned in an early storming stint, completed the podium.

As in qualifying, Aston Martin Racing dominated the proceedings in the GTE classes.

The No. 95 “Dane Train” Vantage V8 took the GTE-Pro win with Nicki Thiim and Marco Sorensen, while in GTE-Am the No. 98 of Paul Dalla Lana, Mathias Lauda and Pedro Lamy won in GTE-Am.

The No. 97 Aston of Darren Turner and Richie Stanaway won in GTE-Pro at Mexico City but this marks the first win of the year for the No. 95 car. The No. 98 car, meanwhile, wins its third race of the season, having also won Round 2 in Spa and Round 4 at the Nürburgring.

AF Corse’s pair of Ferrari 488 GTEs, the No. 51 clear of the No. 71 car, were second and third in GTE-Pro while the No. 78 KCMG Porsche 911 RSR and No. 50 Larbre Competiton Corvette C7.R, which featured American Ricky Taylor in its lineup, completed the podium in GTE-Am.

Following this two-race in three-week stretch, the FIA World Endurance Championship has a month break until the next round, the Six Hours of Fuji on Oct. 16.

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)