Felipe Nasr, Pipo Derani deliver first win of season at Glen; IMSA results, points

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IMSA points, results Watkins Glen WeatherTech 240: The No. 31 Whelen Engineering Action Express DPi Cadillac made its first visit to victory lane in 2021, winning Friday at Watkins Glen International as the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar championship wrapped up two races in six days at the road course.

Pipo Derani started fourth and took the lead on Lap 25 with an off-sequence strategy. He pitted eight laps later and handed over the wheel to fellow Brazilian Felipe Nasr on Lap 33.

Four laps later, the race was stopped for 46 minutes because of lightning in the area. After more pit stops, Nasr cycled into the lead for the restart and stayed ahead to win by 1.473 seconds over the No. 01 Chip Ganassi Racing Cadillac of Kevin Magnussen and Renger van der Zande. The No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura of Filipe Albuquerque and Ricky Taylor was third.

“We just didn’t have enough fuel capacity to make it if it went green all the way,” Nasr said. “So, we opted to do an alternative [strategy]. The crew did an amazing job to put the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Cadillac in victory lane. It was beautiful. It was a long time coming.”

With a victory, three podiums and two pole positions, Derani and Nasr rank third in the standins, 114 points behind Albuquerque and taylor.

“It’s a relief,” Derani said. “I think we’ve shown since the beginning of the year that we have the car and the team to win. But things didn’t go our way at Daytona and Sebring. We gambled a little bit on the strategy, and it paid off as we expected. What a drive in the end by Felipe.”


LMP2: With No. 52 drivers Mikkel Jensen and Ben Keating, PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports scored its 23rd career victory and second this season.

LMP3: The No. 74 completed a sweep of back-to-back races at Watkins Glen with Gar Robinson and Felipe Fraga.

GTLM: The No. 3 Corvette won its second consecutive at Watkins Glen with Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor.

GTD: With co-drivers Jack Hawksworth and Aaron Telitz, the No. 14 Lexus of Vasser-Sullivan broke through for its first victory this season and seventh overall.

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

POINTS: Click here for the unofficial standings after Watkins Glen l Sprint Cup standings


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ROUND 1: Points and results from the Rolex 24 at Daytona

ROUND 2: Points and results from the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring

ROUND 3: Points and results from Mid-Ohio

ROUND 4: Points and results from Detroit

ROUND 5: Points and results from the Sahlen’s Six Hours at The Glen

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will head to Lime Rock Park for the Northeast Grand Prix, a two-hour, 40-minute race for GT cars on July 17 (3 p.m. ET).

Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and Formula One embrace the United States

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Last week, Red Bull Racing revealed its new car, the RB19, and a new relationship with Ford Motor Co. in an event in New York City complete with drivers Max Verstappen, Sergio Perez and team principal Christian Horner.

It’s the first Formula 1 team to launch in the United States for 2023, but even that small move of the needle reflects a major shift in the attitude of both F1’s management and their teams – and the extent to which the American audience has fully embraced the sport.

“It’s something fantastic and unique, for the sport to be able to break it into the U.S,” Perez told NBC Sports. “The market is huge and it’s a huge opportunity for everyone involved, for the drivers, for the team. It’s always a huge market.”

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Sergio Perez finished fourth in the Unites States Grand Prix, but he was first with the fans.  – Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images

In 2023, Formula 1 will race three times in the United States and five times in North America. The Circuit of the Americas will host their 11th consecutive race in October before heading south to Mexico City. Miami returns for a second time in May on a temporary street course around the Hard Rock cafe and the third addition is in downtown Las Vegas in November.

With the Canadian Grand Prix on the schedule for June and the Brazilian Grand Prix in November, American fans are now in the ballpark of Europeans, who have eight events on the continent and one in England.

In 2022, Verstappen won every race in North America. He was kept from sweeping the hemisphere only by George Russell, who won in Brazil. That fact is less remarkable when one considers that Verstappen won 15 times in the season – nearly two-thirds of the races on the schedule.

By the time Formula arrived in Austin, Texas, for Round 20 of 23, Verstappen already had wrapped up his second consecutive championship.

“Sometimes it can be hard to replicate the season, but I think it’s the same as with the car, right? You always try to improve it,” Verstappen told NBC Sports. “And I always look at the little details that even when you have had a good race, you could have done better. And then of course you also learn from the bad races. So we always try to look for these little improvements and general experience you gain year after year.

“You try to do better, but of course it also depends a lot on the package you have.”

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Max Verstappen United States Grand Prix win was one of 15 for the drivers and 17 for Red Bull.
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Now Verstappen’s thoughts inevitably will turn to establishing a dynasty, and America will again play a pivotal role.

“I just enjoy what I’m doing,” Verstappen said.  “After the years in Formula One, when you have to be on top of your game and you gain a lot on your experience – in that sense nothing really can get to you anymore. Every year you just try to do the best you can. But a lot depends on the material around you. It’s always a bit of a guess. Start the season as fit as you can be and be well prepared. But if you don’t have the car, you’re not going to win the championship.”

Perez added two wins to Red Bull’s total, at Monaco and the Marina Bay Street course. With two of the US 2023 races on street courses, Perez hopes to close the gap on Verstappen and potentially be his chief rival for the championship.

“The strategy is clear; it is to maximize the potential of the car – and we believe we have a good car, but how good?,” Perez said “We don’t know what the competition is doing. We just give our best in building this car and we hope that it’s good enough to get us to win races.

“I think we have to work together as a team. At the same time. We both want to win the championship. It’s just having good compromise. The competition will be really strong out there, so we really need everything we possibly can get from each other.”

Formula One returns to the United States for Round 6 and the Miami Grand Prix on May 7.