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IMSA Road America entry list features 31 cars across four divisions

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There are 31 cars on the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship entry list at Road America for the IMSA SportsCar Weekend.

The overall field for the Aug. 2 race (noon ET, NBC) in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, has increased by two cars from the July 18 race at Sebring International Raceway.

There are three additional entries in the GT Daytona class: The No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage GT3 of Roman De Angelis and Ian James; the No. 57 Heinricher Racing w/MSR Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 of Alvaro Parente and Misha Goikhberg; and the No. 86 Meyer Shank Racing w/Curb-Agajanian Acura NSX GT3 of Mario Farnbacher and Matt McMurry.

ENTRY LIST: Click here to see who’s entered in IMSA at Road America

The LMP2 class will have four cars (one fewer than Sebring) after the No. 8 entry of John Farano and Ryan Dalziel withdrew from the original entry list.

There are eight cars in the DPi class; six in GTLM and 13 in GTD. Jonathan Bomarito and Harry Tincknell in the No. 55 Mazda are the defending overall winners on the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course.

This will be the last race for DragonSpeed’s No. 81 ORECA LMP2 of Henrik Hedman and Ben Hanley until the Twelve Hours of Sebring season finale Nov. 12. The team announced Wednesday that it’s reducing its IMSA schedule because it will add a second entry for the rescheduled 24 Hours of Le Mans on Sept. 19-20.

The Aug. 2 event at Road America will mark the third race for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship since a five-month layoff because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The race will begin at 12:05 p.m. ET with coverage on NBC, the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com. TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold Coverage will have live flag-to-flag coverage starting at noon ET.

Fans will be allowed to attend Road America for the race weekend, though the garage will be restricted to essential team personnel.

Click here to view the 31 cars entered in the IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America.

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

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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.