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IMSA: Mazda Team Joest collects first victory in Six Hours of the Glen

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Mazda Team Joest finally broke through and won their first race in IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition Sunday afternoon, as their 55 Mazda RT24-P took the checkered first in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen with Henry Tincknell behind the wheel.

Tincknell, who shared the driver’s seat with co-drivers Jonathan Bomarito and Oliver Pla, won the race with a 0.353-second margin of victory over teammate in Timo Bernhard in the No. 77 entry.

Ticknell experienced bodywork issues late in the race which saw both Joest entries slow in pace and remain 1-2 through the finish due to team orders.

The No. 6 Acura Team Penske ARX-05 of Juan Pablo Montoya and Dane Cameron finished the race in the third position. Montoya and Cameron now lead by one point over Whelen Engineering Racing’s Pipo Derani and Felipe Nasr in the points standings.

Porsche wins in GT Le Mans

The Porsche GT team claimed their fourth consecutive GT Le Mans class win with Nick Tandy and Patrick Pilet behind the wheel of the No. 911 RSR, as Tandy held off the No. 3 Chevrolet Corvette C7.R of Antonio Garcia in the closing laps to win by 0.452 seconds.

The No. 67 Chip Ganassi Racing Ford GT of Richard Westbrook and Ryan Briscoe completed the class podium, finishing third.

Farnbacher hold off Auberlen to take GTD honors for Acura

Mario Farnbacher held off Bill Auberlen to claim the GTD class victory for Meyer Shank Racing.

Farnbacher passed the No. 8 Starworks Motorsport Audi of Ryan Dalziel for the class lead with less than 16 minutes remaining in the race. Dalziel’s car was low on fuel and had to pit a few laps later.

With their class victory, Farnbacher and co-driver Trent Hindman extended their lead in the standings. The duo now has a 16-point margin over Jack Hawksworth and Richard Heistand.

The No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari of Cooper MacNeil, Toni Vilander, and Jeff Westphal finished third.

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The next race of the 2019 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is the Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park on July 7. Live coverage begins at 1:00 p.m. ET on NBC.

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Karam, Daly get IndyCar rides with Carlin for Iowa

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NEWTON, Iowa – Sage Karam returns for the second-straight race and Conor Daly is back for another race with Carlin Racing at this weekend’s Iowa 300 NTT IndyCar Series race at Iowa Speedway.

For Karam, it’s his third start of the 2019 season and his second straight with Carlin. In his five starts at Iowa Speedway dating back to 2010, Karam has never finished outside of the top three, recording four wins (USF2000 – 2010, Indy Pro 2000 – 2011 and 2012, Indy Lights – 2013) and scoring his first NTT IndyCar Series podium in 2015 with a third-place finish.

“I’m really excited to be back again this weekend with Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for the Iowa 300. Iowa Speedway has always been a good track for me in the past, so I’m really looking forward to getting back to work there,” Karam said. “Coming off of a very productive weekend in Toronto, I’m looking forward to applying everything I’ve learned and continuing to work with the team to get the best results possible. A huge thank you to everyone at Carlin and SmartStop Self Storage for a great opportunity to race at one of my favorite tracks.”

Daly is back in a second Carlin entry. Earlier this year, the popular driver finished 11th for Carlin in the DXC Technology 600 at Texas Motor Speedway on June 8. At Iowa, he will drive the team’s No. 23 Gallagher Chevrolet.

Daly finished 10th in the Indianapolis 500 presented by Gainbridge for Andretti Autosport.

Daly raced at Iowa in 2016 for Dale Coyne Racing (finishing 21st) and in 2017 for A.J. Foyt Racing (finishing 19th).

The combination gives Carlin two more drivers to gather additional feedback on the car. Max Chilton remains the team’s primary driver but announced recently that he will forego all oval races to concentrate on street and road courses.

That created opportunities for Karam and Daly.

“We were very impressed with Sage’s steady progression throughout the Toronto race weekend and his willingness to learn and adapt,” said Carlin Team Principal Trevor Carlin. “The fact that he hadn’t been on a street course since 2015 and was still able to come right out of the gate confident and constantly improving every session was extremely impressive.

“The SmartStop Self Storage Chevrolet looked great out on track and their group has been a pleasure to work with, so we couldn’t be more pleased to have them back this weekend in Iowa. Sage has done really well in Iowa in the past, so hopefully we can use his experience and our past success at Iowa Speedway to come away with a good result for the team and our partners at SmartStop Self Storage.”

The Iowa 300 at Iowa Speedway will take place on Saturday, July 20th at 7:15 pm ET and will be televised on NBCSN.