IMSA’s Petit Le Mans entry list features usual bevy of guest stars

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Next week’s Petit Le Mans presented by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, on Saturday, Oct. 1, will again feature a number of usual guest stars among the 37 cars entered (9 P, 6 PC, 10 GTLM, 12 GTD).

There’s a number of IndyCar drivers making the trip to Petit Le Mans, including the following:

  • Simon Pagenaud, No. 31 Action Express Racing Corvette DP
  • Spencer Pigot, Nos. 55 and 70 Mazda
  • Ryan Hunter-Reay, No. 90 Visit Florida Racing Corvette DP
  • Sebastien Bourdais, No. 66 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT
  • Scott Dixon, No. 67 Ford Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT

Tequila Patron ESM is back with Pipo Derani, Scott Sharp and Johannes van Overbeek as that trio looks to win their third endurance race in four Tequila Patron North American Endurance Cup races in the No. 2 Ligier JS P2 Honda, the last race for that car combination before the team’s new DPi program in 2017.

Additionally, the Scuderia Corsa Ferrari F488 GTE is back with Daniel Serra, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Andrea Bertolini. James Calado is third driver with Risi, an interesting move there.

Some of the other notable third drivers include:

  • Andy Meyrick, No. 0 DeltaWing
  • Filipe Albuquerque, No. 5 Action Express Racing Corvette DP
  • Max Angelelli, No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette DP
  • Olivier Pla, No. 60 Michael Shank Racing Ligier JS P2 Honda
  • David Heinemeier Hansson, No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09
  • Kenton Koch, No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Oreca FLM09 (class points leader for TPNAEC)
  • Max Hanratty, No. 88 Starworks Motorsport Oreca FLM09 (series debut)
  • Mike Rockenfeller & Marcel Fassler, Nos. 3 and 4 Corvette C7.R
  • Augusto Farfus & Kuno Wittmer, Nos. 25 and 100 BMW Team RLL BMW M6 GTLM
  • James Calado, No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE
  • Mike Skeen & Dion von Moltke, Nos. 6 and 9 Stevenson Motorsports Audi R8 LMS
  • Richard Antinucci, No. 16 Change Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3
  • Ian James, No. 23 The Heart of Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Marc Miller, No. 33 Riley Motorsports Dodge Viper GT3-R
  • Marco Seefried, No. 44 Magnus Racing Audi R8 LMS
  • Bryce Miller, No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3
  • Jeff Segal, No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3
  • Matt McMurry, No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R
  • Ashley Freiberg, No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3

There’s still a handful of TBDs.

Track activity begins Thursday, Sept. 29, for the final IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race of the season.

A full entry list is linked here.

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)