IMSA results, points, stats package after return to racing at Daytona

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The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship returned to action Saturday at Daytona International Speedway with some dominant and historic team performances.

Mazda Motorsports (DPi) and AIM Vasser Sullivan (GTD) swept the top two spots in their divisions in the two-hour, 40-minute event.

In GTLM, Corvette Racing scored its 100th IMSA victory and its first with the mid-engine C8.R (which was making it second start. Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor brought Corvette to victory lane for the first time since Long Beach in April 2018.

In the fastest class, Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomario won Saturday for their third time as a duo, a little more than a year after they delivered Mazada’s first victory. Teammates Tristan Nunez and Oliver Jarvis finished second by more than 10 seconds in the 95-lap race for Mazda’s third 1-2 sweep since last season.

There were no caution flags in the first IMSA race since the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January after a five-month hiatus for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.


RESULTS: Click here for the overall finishing order and here for the class breakdown

POINTS: Click here for the championship standings through two races.

STATS PACKAGE FOR DAYTONA:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver and class

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Race analysis by lap

NEXT: The WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will race July 18 at Sebring International Raceway

Sergio Perez still has coronavirus; will miss second consecutive F1 race

F1 Sergio Perez out
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SILVERSTONE, England — Sergio Perez will be out for a second F1 race at Silverstone this week after again testing positive for the coronavirus.

The Mexican driver had hoped to return to Formula One after spending seven days in quarantine, but his Racing Point team said this morning he had tested positive.

“He is physically well and recovering,” the team said. “The whole team wishes Sergio and his family well and we look forward to his return.”

That means German veteran Nico Hulkenberg again fills in for Sunday’s 70th Anniversary Grand Prix after having also replaced Sergio Perez when he was out for the F1 British Grand Prix at the same venue last week. Hulkenberg did not start that race because of an engine problem.

There are two consecutive weekends of racing at Silverstone as Formula One tries to pack in races following the pandemic-delayed start to the season.

Perez became the first Formula One driver to test positive for coronavirus, and it had been unclear whether he would be available to drive after the period of quarantine was extended to 10 days.

Racing Point also was in the news Friday after being hit with a 15-point penalty in the Formula One constructors’ championship and fined 400,000 euros ($470,000) Friday for using brake ducts based on those from last year’s Mercedes cars.

The stewards ruled that Mercedes was the “principal designer” of the parts, and that Racing Point made only minor changes to computer design data it received from Mercedes.

Rival team Renault filed protests about the legality of the brake ducts, which were added to the “listed parts” under F1 rules for 2020. That means teams must design their own. Racing Point argued it was merely using information about the Mercedes parts to inform its own design.

Racing Point uses customer engines from Mercedes and has admitted basing its 2020 car design on photographs of last year’s Mercedes car. The similarities led to the Racing Point being nicknamed the “pink Mercedes” when it was first seen in testing ahead of the season.

Racing Point can appeal the ruling. The points deduction drops the team from fifth to sixth in the standings, below Renault. The ruling doesn’t affect the points totals for Racing Point’s drivers.