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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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Helio Castroneves ‘hustling’ for IndyCar, IMSA rides; talking with four to five teams

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As his season gathers steam, Helio Castroneves said his prospects for finding new rides for 2021 in IMSA and IndyCar also are gaining momentum.

The three-time Indianapolis 500 winner said Monday he is optimistic about landing in either or perhaps a combination of both series when Team Penske and Acura end their DPi partnership after this season.

“A lot of people I spoke with, four to five teams, are interested,” Castroneves said. “Whether it’s doing Indy 500 only, whether it’s pushing to do full time or do the sports cars as well. It’s been a very nice conversation.

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“I have a lot of respect for all the teams that have been talking, and I feel the same feedback. We just have to wait for their (sponsor) connections, and I’m also looking for some connections on my side as well, so hopefully we’ll be able to put this together and get something very soon.”

Given two decades of success with Penske in IndyCar and IMSA, Castroneves’ resume hardly needs burnishing. But the Brazilian has combined with co-driver Ricky Taylor in the No. 7 Acura DPi to win the past two overall victories at Road America and Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

But Castroneves, who doesn’t have a manager, said he has been working the phones hard rather than wait for the strong results to bring in the calls.

“At this point, I feel like I’m the one who needs to be talking to them because people need to know I want to continue racing and understand my desire,” Castroneves, 45, said. “There is opportunity, no question, in both (IndyCar and IMSA), which I’m really happy about it. However, because of the COVID-19, a lot of things sometimes have to be a little delayed. But I’m excited. Whatever the opportunity and whatever destiny guides me, whether IndyCar or sports cars, trust me I’ll be as happy as it could be and doing my 100 percent like I always did.

“It’s like politics, you need to be out there, good news or bad news. People have to make notice of your presence. I’m hustling. I want to continue to keep it going. Hopefully, we’ll have good news very soon.”

The news has been all good lately on track for Castroneves and Taylor, who hope to continue their run Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

The No. 6 duo has surged to sixth in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship standings, 10 points out of the lead with four races remaining. After thinking there was “no hope” to be competitive after opening the season with three consecutive poor finishes, Taylor now sees an opportunity for a happy ending.

“With the program going away, Helio has won all the big races and given so much back to the team and left such a mark, he’s really part of Penske history,” Taylor said. “For me, it’s been an opportunity of a lifetime to be a part of it. I’d like to leave my little mark as well. Helio has won everything except for a championship.

“Obviously, we’ve won races already together, but we can win a championship now. I think if both of us can do that together and both win our first championship for ‘The Captain,’ that would be an absolute dream come true, and we can tie a bow on it and be happy.”