IMSA starting lineup for GT Challenge at VIR

IMSA VIR starting lineup
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IMSA starting lineup VIR: The No. 4 Corvette driven by Tommy Milner claimed the pole position Friday for the Michelin GT Challenge at Virginia International Raceway, turning a lap of 1 minute, 40.263 seconds around the 17-turn, 3.27-mile road course in Alton, Virginia.

Milner, who co-drives the No. 4 C8.R with Nick Tandy, nipped No. 3 Corvette teammate Jordan Taylor by 0.003 seconds. It ended a streak of five consecutive poles for Taylor (and six for he and co-driver Antonio Garcia).

“It’s relieving in some sense,” Milner said in an IMSA release. “Obviously, the race is the most important part of the weekend, but it’s good to get these little victories like qualifying. It doesn’t mean anything, but it means something, for sure. Happy with our Corvette, the balance has been really good all weekend so far. Happy to kind of put it all together in qualifying and get a pole.”

STARTING LINEUPS: By position l By number

Saturday’s race will air live at noon ET on NBC. Milner and Tandy are trying to capture their third consecutive GTLM victory.

In the GTD class, Robby Foley won the pole position with a lap of 1:43.809 (113.400 mph) in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3.

“It was a great effort by the whole team to get us back out after the second practice,” Foley said in an IMSA relesae. “We had a little water leak that we obviously had to address quickly. We didn’t have a lot of laps this morning, but – luckily – we know the M6 well around here. The balance was good, and I was able to put together a good lap for pole.”

Points leader Zacharie Robichon slid off course in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3R and qualified seventh but will start from the rear of the 15-car field after its 9 crew was penalized for touching the car between the qualifying sessions for starting position and points.

Click here for the starting grid in the IMSA Michelin GT Challenge at VIR and here for the starting lineup by number.

QUALIFYING

Click here for GTLM results/GTD points

Click here for the GTD results

PRACTICE

Click here for Session I l Session II

NEOM McLaren Formula E announces Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast for 2023 season

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Doubling down on their commitment to electric auto sports, McLaren Racing announced Jake Hughes will join Rene Rast to compete in the 2023 Formula E Series (FE), which completes their driver lineup.

The NEOM McLaren FE team was formed by the acquisition of the Mercedes-EQ Formula E team that won the 2021 and 2022 championships with Stoffel Vandoorne and Nyck de Vries behind the wheel.

“Today’s announcement feels like a long time coming,” said Ian James, managing director of NEOM McLaren Electric Racing in a release. “Since May this year, when we first announced McLaren Racing’s entry into Formula E, we have been working tirelessly to get in place the best possible team and structure for sustainable success.

“On the one hand, we have been working on the retention of the amazing talent that already was in place before going into the transitional phase. I’m proud to say I think we’ve done a great job on that front.

“On the other hand, we have been focusing on putting in place new processes and new talent – and the latter includes the drivers.”

The driver lineup clasps the two hands together.

Hughes brings 10 years racing experience in single seater cars, including a role with the acquired Mercedes-EQ team as a reserve and development driver for the past two seasons. He is the 2013 BRDC Formula 4 champion and has multiple wins in Formula 2, including two in 2020.

Announced in August, Rast joins the team after earning two podium finishes and six top-fives in 22 career Formula E starts for Audi Sport ABT before returning to the DTM Series last year. Rast’s best finish in Formula E came in the Puebla E Prix when he finished second to teammate Lucas di Grassi by less than a half second.

McLaren’s commitment to Formula E comes one year after they entered the Extreme E rally series in 2022 with Tanner Foust and Emma Gilmour in the driver lineup. After a modest start to the season, the McLaren XE drivers crossed the finish line first in Round 4 in Chile, but were assessed a time penalty that dropped them to fifth. Last week in the season finale in Uruguay, they held onto a hard-earned second place finish.