IMSA: Team Penske wins Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio

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Acura Team Penske fittingly took the overall victory in Sunday’s Acura Sports Car Challenge at Mid-Ohio, with Juan Pablo Montoya leading Tristan Nunez and Mazda Team Joest to the checkered flag.

The victory was the second for Team Penske in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, with the team’s first victory also coming at Mid-Ohio last year with Helio Castroneves and Ricky Taylor behind the wheel of the No. 7 machine.

This time, the other Penske Acura DPi was victorious, with co-driver Dane Cameron starting the race and keeping the No. 6 entry up front before handing the wheel over to Montoya to race to the finish.

“Dane did an an amazing job in qualifying and at the beginning of the race,” Montoya told NBCSN. “We had a great strategy, saved a bit of fuel, and had good stop[s] and good in and out laps.”

Jonathan Bomarito and NTT IndyCar Series regular Ryan-Hunter-Reay finished third in the No. 55 Mazda DPi, behind teammates Nunez and Oliver Jarvis in the No. 77. Mazda is still looking for its first Prototype win in the current WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, and hasn’t earned a major Prototype class win since 2010 at Mid-Ohio in the old American Le Mans Series.

Vanthoor, Bamber win for Porsche in GTLM

Porsche took their third consecutive victory in the GT Le Mans class, with Laurens Vanthoor and Earl Bamber putting the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR in Victory Lane for the second consecutive race, having won the previous round at Long Beach. The No. 3 Corvette C7.R of Jan Magnussen and Antonio Garcia finished second and Sebring winners Patrick Pilet and Nick Tandy finished third in the No. 911 Porsche after serving a drive-through penalty for Pilet jumping the race start.

Hawksworth gives Vasser Sullivan the win in exciting GTD finish

In GT Daytona, Jack Hawksworth gave AIM Vasser Sullivan their first class victory after passing Meyer Shank Racing’s Mario Farnbacher on the restart with less than half an hour to go. Hawksworth, driving the No. 14 Lexus RC F GT3, held on through the checkered flag despite constant pressure from Farnbacher, including a bold attempt to reclaim the lead on the final lap. Paul Miller Racing’s No. 48 Lamborghini Huracan GT3 Evo, driven by Ryan Hardwick and Bryan Sellers, rounded out the GTD podium.

McMurry, Lux easily take LMP2 win

The No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports entry of Matt McMurry and Eric Lux claimed the win in LMP2. Their only other competitors from Performance Tech Motorsports were involved in a Lap 1 crash with a GTD competitor, and ended up finishing 34 laps behind the LMP2 winners.

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The next race of the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season is the Chevrolet Sports Car Classic on Saturday, June 1. The 1 hour, 40 minute event on the streets of Detroit’s Belle Isle Park will feature both Daytona Prototype and GT Daytona entries. NBCSN will have live flag-to-flag coverage of the race, beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET.

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Supercross 2023: Results and points after Houston


Eli Tomac led all 23 laps of the Monster Energy Supercross race at NRG Stadium in Houston, Texas and the results show he now has three wins in the season and is one shy of tying Ricky Carmichael’s 48 for third on the all-time list. With this win, he takes a seven point lead in the standings with 12 rounds remaining.

For Tomac at Houston, it was literally a tale of two races. Both his heat and the main started the same with Tomac grabbing the holeshot, but he was passed quickly by Chase Sexton in the heat. Tomac faded quickly after getting passed and was trailing by almost eight seconds at the checkered flag, which caused him to retreat to the hauler and reassess his lines. Without making any adjustments to the bike, Tomac entered the Main with a new attitude, and simply rode better.

Supercross Results Houston
Chase Sexton played it safe in the sand, but he was aggressive in every other turn. – Feld Motor Sports

Sexton had so great a lead in his heat that one could not even use the cliche that he left Tomac in his dust. By the time the rider with the No. 1 plate crossed the same real estate as the No. 23, the dust was well settled. Sexton had a modest start on the initial gate drop and ended Lap 1 in fourth. He worked his way past Aaron Plessinger on Lap 3 and got around Jason Anderson three laps later. Sexton was able to catch Tomac and pressure him, but he picked a safe, i.e. slow line through the sand section and could never get alongside his rival.

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After starting the season with back-to-back seventh-place finishes, Anderson now has a pair of podiums. He won his heat and was easily one of the top three riders in the field, ultimately finishing behind the riders who finished 1-2 in the other preliminary. Anderson was subdued on the podium – happy he was there, but disappointed he has not yet found a way around the riders he is chasing in the points.

In the early stages of the race, Plessinger appeared to have a bike capable of winning. He pressured Tomac on the first two laps and was setting up the pass just as a red flag waved for an injury to Dylan Ferrandis that brought out a red flag. He lost second to Anderson on the restart and eventually slipped to fourth to score his first top-five of the season.

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Cooper Webb rounded out the top five. Along with Sexton, he is now one of just two riders with a sweep of that mark in 2023, but with Tomac’s three wins, he is beginning to slip in the points. Webb sits third in the standings, 12 points behind the leader.

Ken Roczen entered the race as the third rider with a sweep of the top five and progressively better results in the first three races of 2023. Had the pattern held, he would have finished at least second, but he struggled for most of the night, finishing fifth in his heat and eighth in the Main. There may have been extenuating circumstances, however. Ferrandis’ injury was suffered when he landed on the back of Roczen’s bike and potentially damaged the No. 94 Suzuki.

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The 250 East division made their 2023 debut in Houston, but the name atop the board was familiar. Hunter Lawrence joined his brother Jett Lawrence as the early points’ leader in their respective divisions, but it didn’t come without a little anxiety.

Riding behind Supercross newbie Tom Vialle on the second lap, Lawrence was forced to take evasive action when the leader pitched his bike sideways to scrub speed over a jump. Lawrence veered left and landed off course, but he cleared the Tuff Blox and kept his bike straight. Lawrence made the pass for the lead on Lap 18 and never relinquished it.

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In his first attempt on a 250, Max Anstie ascended to the podium. – Feld Motor Sports

England’s Max Anstie made the move from 450s to 250s this year after scoring a best result of 11th on the big bike at Anaheim 2 last year. It didn’t take anytime at all to find the front for Anstie, who finished second in both his heat and main.

It has been a while since Jordon Smith stood on the podium: February 23, 2019 to be exact when he finished that well in Detroit. A series of injuries kept him off the bike for much of 2020 and 2021, but he’s proving to be a factor when he’s healthy.

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There was a lot of hype surrounding the debut of Haiden Deegan in the 250 class and he proved it was merited. He finished fourth in his heat and main. He was as far down as ninth at one point in the feature before slowly picking off riders on his way to the front.

Jeremy Martin finished fifth and now has a streak of three consecutive top-fives to his credit stretching back to last year. Unfortunately, his pair of strong runs in 2022 were interrupted by injury.

Making impressive debuts in the 250 division, Vialle recovered from a fall to finish seventh, Chance Hymas finished eighth, and Talon Hawkins just missed the top 10 with an 11th.

2023 Results

Race 3: Chase Sexton, Levi Kitchen win
Race 2: Eli Tomac, Jett Lawrence win
Round 1: Tomac, Lawrence win

2023 SuperMotocross Power Rankings

Week 3: Ken Roczen takes the top spot
Week 2: Roczen moves up; Chase Sexton falls
Week 1: Eli Tomac tops 450s; Jett Lawrence 250s