Final IMSA 2021 results, points standings after Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta

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IMSA points, results Petit Le Mans: The 2021 WeatherTech SportsCar Championship concluded at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, where there were two happy farewells.

Harry Tincknell won in Mazda’s last start in the DPi class, completing 410 laps on the road course over 10 hours and finishing 3.29 seconds ahead of Felipe Nasr.

Tincknell and co-drivers Oliver Jarvis and Jonathan Bomarito rebounded after the Mazda fell multiple laps down with early mechanical woes.

“At the start of the program, we were spraying fire extinguishers at it,” Tincknell said. “Now we’re spraying champagne at it after one of the biggest races in the world.”

RESULTS: Click here for the finishing order at Petit Le Mans l Results by class

Capturing the DPi championship in his final start for Action Express’ No. 31 Cadillac, Nasr survived a spirited charge and daring off-road excursion in the final turn by third-place finisher Ricky Taylor (whose No. 10 Wayne Taylor Racing Acura needed to finish ahead of Action Express to win the title).

“I knew he was going to try to make a last-minute move, but that was a little too wild,” Nasr said of Taylor. “All the way to the gravel and then coming across the track. If there was grass there, he could have just continued. He had to go through the gravel, and then I had to drive to take the position back.

“Maybe it was a little too much, but I get it. He’s a racer, too. He’s got to try something. It came down to the last corner after 10 hours of racing,” Nasr said. “I said to the team, ‘Why does it have to be so hard? What a day. What a day!’ ”

OTHER CLASS WINNERS:

LMP2: The No. 8 Tower Motorsport ORECA LMP2 07 of John Farano, Gabriel Aubry and James French was declared the winner when the No. 52 PR1 Mathiasen Motorsports ORECA received a postrace penalty for an unserved pit-lane drive-through — punishment for a late collision.

LMP3: The No. 74 Riley Motorsports Ligier JS P320 of Gar Robinson, Felipe Fraga and Scott Andrews finished a lap ahead of second in clinching the championship.

GTLM: The WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19s swept the top two spots in the final race for the division.

GTD: The No. 23 Heart of Racing Aston Martin outdueled the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche (which won the title).


POINTS

After the final round of the 2021 season, here are the champions in each division:

DPi:  Felipe Nasr and Pipo Derani

LMP2: Ben Keating and Mikkel Jensen

LMP3: Gar Robinson, Riley Motorsports

GTLM: Antonio Garcia and Jordan Taylor

GTD: Zacharie Robichon and Laurens Vanthoor

Click here for the unofficial standings after Motul Petit Le Mans.


STATS PACKAGE FOR THE MOTUL PETIT LE MANS AT ROAD ATLANTA:

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

ROUND 7: Points and results from Lime Rock Park

ROUND 8: Points and results from IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Road America

ROUND 9Points and results from IMSA SportsCar Weekend at Laguna Seca

ROUND 10Points and results from the IMSA Grand Prix of Long Beach

ROUND 11: Points and results from Virginia International Raceway

NEXT: The IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will begin the 2022 season Jan. 29-30 with the Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

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.