No. 3 Corvette wins shortened race at Lime Rock Park; IMSA results, points

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IMSA points, results Lime Rock: The No. 3 Corvette of Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor took the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship victory Saturday in the Northeast Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park, where the two-hour, 40-minute race was shortened by lightning.

Just past halfway with 72 minutes remaining, Garcia had a 9-second lead over the No. 4 C8.R Corvette of teammate Nick Tandy when lightning halted the race, which wasn’t restarted.

“It is what it is,” Garcia said. “We had a ton of fans out here today, and safety comes first. This time we were lucky in that we were leading when the red flag came. For sure, you need to be up there in that position to benefit from the conditions.”

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order at Lime Rock l Results by class

Tandy and Tommy Milner finished second in the No. 4.

It was the fourth GTLM victory this season for the No. 3 of Garcia and Taylor, who opened 2021 by winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona. It’s the sixth victory at Lime Rock for Corvette Racing’s No. 3 but the first of 26 career IMSA victories for Garica at the storied road course (the only active track where the Spaniard had yet to win).

It was the 30th career victory and second at Lime Rock for Jordan, who now has 22 overall wins.

In the GTD category, Roman De Angelis and Ross Gunn won from the pole position in the No. 23 Heart of Racing Team Aston Martin Vantage GT3. It’s the team’s second career win and the first at Lime Rock for De Angelis and Gunn.

POINTS

In the GTLM division, Garcia and Taylor hold a 191-point lead in the standings over Tandy and Milner.

De Angelis and Gunn are first in the GTD class, leading by 28 points over the BMW team of Bill Auberlen and Robby Foley.

Click here for the unofficial standings after Lime Rock Park l Sprint Cup standings


STATS PACKAGE FOR THE NORTHEAST GRAND PRIX AT LIME ROCK PARK:

Fastest laps by driver

Fastest laps by driver after race (over the weekend)

Fastest laps by driver and class after race

Fastest lap sequence

Leader sequence

Lap chart

Race analysis by lap

Stint analysis

Best sector times

Race distance and speed average

Time cards

Pit stop time cards


ROUND 1Points and results from the Rolex 24 at Daytona

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

ROUND 3Points and results from Mid-Ohio

ROUND 4Points and results from Detroit

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

ROUND 6: Points and results from Watkins Glen WeatherTech 240

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will head to Road America for a two-hour, 40-minute race on Aug. 8 (2:40 p.m. ET, TrackPass on NBC Sports Gold; replay 8 p.m. ET, NBCSN).

SuperMotocross set to introduce Leader Lights beginning with the World Championship finals

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In a continuing effort to help fans keep track of the on track action, SuperMotocross is in the process of developing and implementing leader lights for the unified series.

Currently Supercross (SMX) utilizes stanchions in the infield that are triggered manually by a race official. At least two stanchions are used in each race as a way to draw the eye to the leader, which is especially useful in the tight confines of the stadium series when lapping often begins before the halfway mark in the 22-bike field. This system has been in place for the past two decades.

Later this year, a fully automated system will move to the bike itself to replace the old system. At that point, fans will be able to identify the leader regardless of where he is on track.

The leader lights were tested in the second Anaheim round this year. An example can be seen at the 1:45 mark in the video above on the No. 69 bike.

“What we don’t want to do is move too fast, where it’s confusing to people,” said Mike Muye, senior director of operations for Supercross and SMX in a press release. “We’ve really just focused on the leader at this point with the thought that maybe down the road we’ll introduce others.”

Scheduled to debut with the first SuperMotocross World Championship race at zMax Dragway, located just outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway, a 3D carbon fiber-printed LED light will be affixed to each motorcycle. Ten timing loops positioned around the track will trigger the lights of the leader, which will turn green.

SMX’s partner LiveTime Scoring helped develop and implement the system that has been tested in some form or fashion since 2019.

When the leader lights are successfully deployed, SuperMotocross will explore expanding the system to identify the second- and third-place riders. Depending on need and fan acceptance, more positions could be added.

SuperMotocross is exploring future enhancements, including allowing for live fan interaction with the lights and ways to use the lighting system during the race’s opening ceremony.