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Today’s IMSA iRacing at Laguna Seca: Start time, streaming, more

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The second round of the IMSA iRacing Pro Series will take place today at virtual WeatherTech Laguna Seca Raceway.

There are 50 drivers entered in the second round of the six-race series, which held its March 21 opener at Sebring International Raceway.

Bruno Spengler led a BMW sweep of the top three at Sebring and returns in the field for Laguna Seca.

ENTRY LISTClick here for the field of 50 drivers in Round 2

‘IT FELT LIKE REAL LIFE’: Drivers on how simulated Sebring went

Here’s all the pertinent information for today’s Round 2 in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series:

TIME: 6 p.m. ET

STREAMING COVERAGE:  The Torque Show – 5 p.m. on Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/TorqueShowLive/); iRacing Live Race Broadcast – YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yaQ1HEPmkYQ); Facebook Live (https://www.facebook.com/iracing/) Twitch (https://www.twitch.tv/iracing/).

TRACK: 2.238 miles, 12-turn road course

LENGTH: 90 minutes

COMPETITION CAUTION: Full-course yellow at halfway

FIELD:  50 cars

ELIGIBLE CARS:  BMW M8, Ferrari 488, Ford GT, Porsche 911 RSR. Drivers have their choice between one of the four. It is an open setup race.

LAGUNA SECA WINNERS IN THE FIELD: There are 10. Patrick Long, five wins (GT2, 2005, ’09; DP/Overall, ’07; ALMS GT, ’10, ’11); Richard Westbrook, three wins (DP/Overall, 2012; P/Overall, ’15; GTLM, ’16); Jeroen Bleekemolen, two wins (GTC, ’10, ’12); John Edwards, two wins (GTLM, ’15, ’17); Colin Braun (PC, ’12); Nick Tandy (GTC, ’13); Cameron Cassels (GS, ’16); Alessandro Balzan (GTD, ’17); Connor De Phillippi (GTLM, ’18); Corey Lewis (’19); Gavin Ernstone (’19).

NEXT RACE: April 30 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

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.

LOOKING AHEADTeam Penske drivers seeking new rides for 2021

“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.”