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After a two-week break, IMSA’s WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returns to action this weekend at historic Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix.

With DPi and LMP2 entries not entered in today’s 2 hour, 40 minute event, the cars and stars of the GTLM and GTD classes will battle not only for their respective class victories, but also the overall race victory.

Laurens Vanthoor collected his first career pole position, and set a new class track record during qualifying earlier this morning, with a 49.133 second lap around the 1.5-mile, 7 Turn road course in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR.

Vanthoor’s teammate Nick Tandy qualified second in the No. 911 Porsche.

The 21-car starting grid features 8 GTLM entries and 13 GTD entries.

 

Live, flag-to-flag streaming coverage of the Northeast Grand Prix begins at 3 p.m. ET this afternoon on NBCsports.com and the NBC Sports app.

An encore presentation of the race will air later this evening at 9:30 p.m. ET on NBCSN.

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Kyle Busch happy with first stint: ‘Put me in the car, there’s excitement!’

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Rolex 24 at Daytona debut of the “KB Show” was cut short by a strategy maneuver but still delivered drama and a positive result.

Kyle Busch got the No. 14 RCF GT3 Lexus back on the lead lap and back in contention for a GTD victory at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was good,” Kyle Busch said with a broad smile after a 42-minute stint. “Just, uh, shit, put me in the car, and there’s excitement around! Drove all my way back to the lead lap and everything.

“Overall, we’ve had a good experience and hell I only got one stint in, so I’m ready for more. Sign me up, coach!”

The two-time Cup champion was expected to drive for at least 90 minutes, but the first full-course caution of the race (with 19 hours and 16 minutes remaining) caused AIM Vasser Sullivan to change up its drive plan. Busch was called to the pits in favor of Parker Chase.

“With all the strategy and the way the wave-bys work here, it’s quite different than what we’re accustomed to (in NASCAR),” said Busch, who likely will drive longer now later in the race. “That wasn’t bad. To get ourselves back on the lead lap and back to a position where we can start scrapping again hopefully is what we needed.

“So I got one stint in, but I’m trying to save myself and (teammate) Jack (Hawksworth) for a little later.”

Busch climbed into the car shortly after 6 p.m. as the last of the No. 14’s four drivers. He complained a few times on his radio about traffic, which he said was his biggest challenge.

“There were a couple of instances we ran down a smaller car, and (it was) just mirror driving in front of us,” he said. “That was pretty bad. We lost probably 2 seconds on that. Overall, I guess that’s road racing.

The yellow flag was exactly what Busch’s team needed after being forced to start from the rear of the field when it missed qualifying because of an engine change. Hawksworth, who started the race, said the car was “quick in the wrong places and slow in the right places” after struggling with handling and speed in the first stint.

“I don’t feel we’re out of it,” Hawksworth said. “It’s a very long race. Still early days. We need to work on having speed for the end of the race. The position right now doesn’t really make any difference. We’ll need to find some performance at the end of the race to fight for the win.”