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@WCRacing – Canadian Daniel Morad Signs with CRP Racing for SprintX Races

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HARRISBURG, N.C. (April 24, 2017) — In anticipation of the Pirelli World Challenge’s SprintX championship kicking off this weekend at Virginia International Raceway, CRP Racing has signed Canadian racer Daniel Morad to join Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Devilbiss Mercedes AMG GT3. As a five race championship within the existing 2017 calendar, the SprintX format will expand both races in the events from 50 minutes to 60 minutes, requiring each driver to complete no more than 35 minutes of racing.
While only 27 years old, Morad’s 10 year racing resume boats strong results. In 2007, the Toronto native won the Formula BMW USA Championship, setting a record of six race wins in one championship. In 2015, Morad’s career in sports car racing began to blossom when he finished second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with nine podiums in ten races. The following year, he returned to the series to clinch the championship, earning four wins and ten podiums in twelve races. Morad closed out the 2016 race season with another championship title, winning the inaugural season of the IMSA Porsche GT3 North American Cup. His 2017 race season got off to the best kind of start, with a GTD class win at the Rolex 24 Hours At Daytona with Alegra Motorsports.  Morad’s first laps in the No. 2 Mercedes AMG GT3 will occur on Wednesday at the promoter test day at Virginia International Raceway.

“I am really happy to join CRP for the 2017 SprintX Championship,” said Morad. “There were a lot of top drivers in the mix for the seat so it is a real honor to have been chosen to pursue this exciting challenge. The past 12 months have been career changing, and I really appreciate the opportunity from Nick Short and the whole team.”

Morad will join full time driver Ryan Dalziel in the No. 2 Mercedes AMG GT3, who has already completed three races with the team. Dalziel holds two second place finishes at the 3.27 mile, 17 turn road course in Alton, Virginia.

“I’m really looking forward to Virginia International Raceway,” said Dalziel. “I haven’t been there since the resurfacing, but we’ve heard it is perfect now. I am excited about the first SprintX race of this season, and hoping Daniel and I can get a win.”

The two will be up against strong competition in the already highly competitive series, as the SprintX events have attracted professional drivers from around the world.

Competitors will have just under four and a half hours of testing and practice before Saturday’s qualifying session. The current driver rankings hold Dalziel at a Gold, and Morad as a Silver, meaning their Pro/Pro lineup will not require a minimum amount of time spent in pit lane during the mandatory pit stop. Both drivers will have to complete a minimum of 25 minutes of racing, but no more than 35 minutes.

Race one of the Pirelli World Challenge SprintX Championship will begin Saturday, April 29 at 3:30PM ET, followed by Race 2 on Sunday the 30th at 1:15PM. The events of the weekend will air on CBS Sports Network, Sunday, May 7 at 6:00PM ET, but fans can find live timing and stream information at world-challenge.com/streamvideo.

@IndyCar – Driver Point Standings after #HIGPA

Rank Driver STP LB BAR PHX Total
1 Sebastien Bourdais 53 40 24 0 117
2 Scott Dixon 35 35 41 0 111
3 Josef Newgarden 24 35 51 0 110
4 Simon Pagenaud 41 30 35 0 106
5 James Hinchcliffe 23 51 28 0 102
6 Helio Castroneves 28 23 33 0 84
7 Ryan Hunter-Reay 32 14 19 0 65
8 Takuma Sato 31 12 22 0 65
9 Ed Jones 20 28 14 0 62
10 Alexander Rossi 19 11 30 0 60
11 Tony Kanaan 18 15 26 0 59
12 Mikhail Aleshin 16 18 20 0 54
13 Graham Rahal 13 20 17 0 50
14 Will Power 13 17 20 0 50
15 Carlos Munoz 9 26 13 0 48
16 Max Chilton 14 16 18 0 48
17 Marco Andretti 26 10 9 0 45
18 Spencer Pigot 10 24 10 0 44
19 Conor Daly 15 14 12 0 41
20 Charlie Kimball 12 9 16 0 37
21 JR Hildebrand 17 19 0 0 36
23 Zach Veach 0 0 11 0 11

@IndyCar – Honda Indy GP of Alabama Race Results

In today’s race from Barber Motorsport Park  James Hinchcliffe who started from 6th position ended the race in the same spot while @SPMIndycar teammate #7 Mikhail Aleshin who started in 8th finished in 10th.
The top 3 of the race were:
1st #2 Josef Newgarden
2nd #9 Scott Dixon
3rd #1 Simon Pagenaud

@IndyLights – Barber Motorsports Park Race 1

In today’s IndyLights series race #3 Canadians #13  Zach Claman De Melo and #28 Dalton Kellett finished in 5th and 6th .

the top 3 were:

1st #27 Nico Jamin

2nd #18 Kyle Kaiser

3rd #22 Neil Alberico

@USF2000 – Mazda USF2000 GP of Alabama Race #2 @parkertracing

In the USF2000 series race #4 of the season Canadian Parker Thompson from Red Deer Alberta started the race in 3rd place with his #90 Exclusive Autosport car and finished up on the podium in 3rd place. His Exclusive Autosport teammates #92 Luke Gabin and #92 Dev Gore finished in 13th and 17th.

The top 3 finishers were:

1st Oliver Askew #3

2nd Kaylen Frederick #81

3rd Parker Thompson #90

@Indycar – Honda Indy GP of Alabama Qualifying Results

 

In this afternoon’s qualifying session for tomorrow’s race at Barber Motorsports Park Canadian James Hinchcliffe qualified in 6th place with a time of 01:07.8710 while his SPM teammate Mikhail Aleshin came in 8th with a time of 01:07.9467 .

Top Three

1st #12 Will Power 01:06.9614

2nd #3 Helio Castroneves 01:07.1429

3rd #1 Simon Pagenaud 01:07.3817

@USF2000 – Barber Motorsports Park Race #1 Results @parkertracing

 

In the USF2000 series race #3 of the season Canadian Parker Thompson from Red Deer Alberta started the race in 6th place with his #90 Exclusive Autosport car and finished up in 5th.

The top 3 finishers were:

1st Oliver Askew #3

2nd Kaylen Frederick #81

3rd Rinus VeeKay #21

Race #4 of the season goes Saturday at 4:45pm CT

@WCRacing – Grand Prix of VIR Canadian Lineup

Here is the list of drivers and teams participating in next weekends Grand Prix of VIR:

Virginia International Raceway

April 27-30, 2017

Class Car # Driver Name Driver Hometown Team
SprintX – GT Pro/Pro 61 Alex Riberas/Kyle Marcelli Barcelona, Spain/Barrie, ON, CA R. Ferri Motorsport
SprintX – GT Pro/Pro 93 Peter Kox/ Mark Wilkins Eindhoven, Netherlands/Toronto, ON RealTime Racing
SprintX – GT Pro/Am 23 David Ostella/James Dayson Vancouver, BC/Toronto, ON M1GT Racing
SprintX – GT Pro/Am 63 Aaron Povoledo/David Askew Toronto, ON/Salt Lake City, UT DXDT Racing
SprintX – GTS Am/Am 018

Cameron Cassels/ Philip Bloom

Coldstream, BC/New York, NY

Case-it Racing@Ca

GTS 8 Anthony Mantella Toronto, ON Mantella Autosport
GTS 80 Martin Barkey Huntsville, ON Mantella Autosport
GTSA 89 Fred Roberts Toronto, ON JCR Motorsports
TC 38 Samantha Tan Gormley, ON ST Racing
TC 91 Nick Wittmer Montreal, Quebec, CA ST Racing
TC 99 Karl Wittmer Montreal, Quebec, CA Honda Ste-Rose Racing
TC 71 Paul Holton Orlando, FL C360R
TCB 25 P.J. Groenke Richmond Hill, ON Tech Sport Racing

 

 

@hinchtown wins the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach

 

Congratulations to James Hinchcliffe on winning today’s Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

@SPMIndycar Driver’s Comments on Today’s Qualifying

 

JAMES HINCHCLIFFE (No. 5 Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “Our weekend has been pretty solid. We rolled off the truck with a pretty decent car. In these weekends when it’s so tight, the track time is so limited, that’s huge. Yesterday afternoon, we had a little bit of problems. This morning we had a couple problems but we didn’t panic. Huge credit to Schmidt Peterson Motorsport. Two Firestone Fast Six appearances for two, which is great. It’s just so tight. I think that’s been the topic of the weekend, for sure, is how competitive it is. You got to be, I think, in the top six to have a shot at this thing. There’s a lot of great cars up there. Going to be perfect execution tomorrow, in the pits, on the racetrack. Hopefully, we can get the Arrow Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda to the front.”

MIKHAIL ALESHIN (No. 7 SMP Racing Schmidt Peterson Motorsports Honda): “Well obviously, qualifying ended early for us. Unfortunately, I think that’s all we had today. I hope that we are going to have a good car for tomorrow and a good warm up in the morning. The race is obviously the most im

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