IMSA – WeatherTech Sebring Race Results/ Pfaff Motorsports 1st in GTD

IMSA – WeatherTech Sebring Race Results/ Pfaff Motorsports 1st in GTD

All Images Courtesy of IMSA ©2021

Congratulations to the Canadian team of Pfaff Motorsports on their victory in the GTD class at the Twelve Hours at Sebring race tonight. The #9 Porsche 911 GT3R was driven by Canadian Zach Robichon, Laurens Vanthoor and Lars Kern.

Also reaching the podium were Canadians Bruno Spengler ( 2nd in GTLM ) and Roman De Angelis ( 3rd in GTD )

Finish Position

In Class

LMP2

4th

#8 John Farano Tower Motorsport/Tower Events
GTLM

2nd

#25 Bruno Spengler BMW Team RLL
GTD

FIRST

#9 Zacharie Robichon Pfaff Motorsports

3rd

#23 Roman De Angelis Heart of Racing Team

9th

#75 Mikael Grenier Sun Energy 1

12th

#28 Daniel Morad Alegra Motorsports
IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race Results From Sebring 2021

IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge Race Results From Sebring 2021

All Images Copyright © 2021 Jake Galstad/LAT Images

 

Here are the results from today’s Alan Jay Automotive Network 120 race at Sebring International Raceway.

GS
8th #3 Motorsports In Action
9th #13 Orey Fidani/Kuno Wittmer AWA Race Team
15th #83 James Vance FASTMD Racing
TC
8th #33 Mark Wilkins Bryan Herta Autosport

The race winners were Robin Liddell and Frank DePew in the #71 Rebel Rock Racing Chevrolet Camaro GT4.R

 

Alex Tagliani Announces his 2021 Race Season Plans

Alex Tagliani Announces his 2021 Race Season Plans

For Immediate Release

Montréal, March 3, 2021 – Racecar driver Alex Tagliani will be very busy this spring with a business and two racing programs in action in early May. With all this in mind, it does not stop the prominent Quebec driver to spend a lot of his time thinking of driving his Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert in the opening rounds of the NASCAR Pinty’s Series. Last year at the Salon International de l’Auto in Québec City, car #18 was unveiled with VIAGRA as its new co-primary sponsor next to RONA and St-Hubert. With this sponsorship, the iconic VIAGRA brand was celebrating its 20th anniversary in Canada. The Team 22 Racing number 18 car will also be sporting secondary sponsors colours such as CanTorque, Fast Wheels and 440 Laval Chevrolet amongst others on tracks in Ontario and Quebec.

During the shortened 2020 non-championship season, Team 22 Racing used the oval races to test numerous set ups in order to validate what worked best or what made the car unstable and difficult to drive on this type of track. On road courses, car #18 has always performed well if we look at past results with a couple of wins at the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, Toronto Indy and a win at the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. We realise that it’s not the performances on road courses that stopped the team on its way to a championship title but performances on ovals.

Back in 2018, Alex was runner-up in the final standings a few points back from the champion. Everything was played out in the final race of the season at Jukasa Motor Speedway oval track. This winter, it was Team 22 Racing’s mission to go back to where they were in 2018 to make 2021 a very competitive season for car #18. It is for this reason that Tag’s mechanics worked so hard over the wintertime to get the RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert car in top shape for the upcoming season.

“Despite the pandemic that keeps spreading its attacks on people, my 2021 racing seasons will be very busy,” confirmed Alex Tagliani. “The 12 NASCAR Pinty’s races will be held at eight tracks with five in Ontario and three in Quebec. Three of events will be twin feature races.

“I am really looking forward to get back on track, as are the race fans eager to see us compete door-to-door for the win at every corner of the track.

“NASCAR did amazing job behind the scene and worked closely with the promoters to have an early schedule and to ensure a race season for the drivers the crew and the all the Fans In Canada. We all learned the hard way, with the pandemic, I think now we are all going to appreciate racing even more”, concluded Tagliani.

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series 2021 season

The NASCAR Pinty’s Series returns with a full racing season for 2021 with 12 races on its schedule and Alex Tagliani is ready to go. On May 23, he will be at the wheel of his Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert for the opening round at Sunset Speedway in Innisfil, Ontario were he won in 2015 and in 2016. A month later on Saturday June 19, NASCAR drivers will head to the 0,625-mile oval track at Jukasa Motor Speedway located near Hamilton for the first of their two races there, the other being the season finale on September 25.

Then, Team 22 Racing will be competing on July 18 at Flamboro Speedway in Millgrove, Ontario for their first of three twin races of the season. A month later, it’s the beginning of the busy part of the schedule for Alex with the Pinty’s Series in Quebec for the first time. On Sunday August 15, it’s the annual Grand Prix de Trois-Rivières, always filled with door-to-door and bumper-to-bumper restart thrillers. Two days later, the series is back in Ontario for its first-ever dirt track race at the Ohsweken Speedway. Tag’s Chevrolet Camaro RONA – VIAGRA – St-Hubert will return in Quebec at the end of August for three races at two tracks in two days. Saturday, August 28, round 7 of 12 of the 2021 schedule will be held at Circuit ICAR in Mirabel and the next day, Autodrome Chaudière in Junction Vallée south of Québec City will host the second twin race of the schedule. The season ends in September with tree races in Ontario. The last twin race date awaits Tag and Team 22 Racing at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park road course on Sunday September 5 and 20 days later Jukasa Speedway host the season finale to crown the 2021 season champion.

Fans can still Alex Tagliani during the off season by visiting www.tagliani.com, or by following him on Twitter at @TAGLIANI, or @TAGLIANI18 on Instagram and like him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Tagliani.

Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

Exclusive Autosport Signs Artem Petrov For INDY PRO 2000 Return

SASKATOON, SK (March 1, 2021) – Exclusive Autosport is extremely excited to announce Russian open-wheel star Artem Petrov as their second Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires driver for the 2021 season. Petrov will pilot the team’s #42 red and white Tatuus PM-18 for his second full year of competition on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires. Petrov won two races last season, taking victories at Road America and Mid-Ohio en route to fourth in the overall championship standings.

 

“I’m glad to announce that this season I’ll be doing my job with Exclusive Autosport,” said Petrov. “I’m really looking forward to meeting every person inside of the team and to start working with them. Hopefully, many good moments are coming soon!”

Artem, like most drivers, got his start in karting at the young age of seven in St. Petersburg, Russia. He won the Russian Karting Championship (KF-J category) and Russian Cup in 2014 and finished sixth in the FIA World Karting Championship in 2015 with some wins and podiums in the WSK series and the Vega Trophy. In 2016, he made the move to cars competing in the Italian F4 championship, where he would finish fifth overall in the championship in 2017, securing two wins, nine podiums, and multiple pole and fast lap awards. In 2019, Artem came stateside to join the Road to Indy in Indy Pro 2000 with a limited program of three races to finish the season. This effort was highlighted by a seventh-place finish in his oval debut at World Wide Technology Raceway, and then a pair of top-fives at Portland and Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca. Having made an impact in his debut run, Petrov returned to the Indy Pro 2000 series in 2020, scoring his first win at Road America in July, following up with a second victory at Mid-Ohio late in the month. Since coming to the Road to Indy, Petrov has complied a strong result featuring 19 top-10s, 13 top-fives, seven podiums, one pole and two wins.

“It’s very exciting to have Artem join the team for the 2021 Indy Pro 2000 season,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Exclusive Autosport Team Principal. “Artem has great work ethic and is a proven winner. The EA team strives for wins and championships, and I feel with Petrov and Eves leading the charge this year, we have a very good chance at our first championship. I’m looking forward to getting this season started and seeing how we stack up when we unload at Barber for the season opener.”

EA is working hard in preparation for the 2021 Road to Indy season opener at Barber Motorsports Park on April 15-18. The team will continue testing with their four confirmed drivers: Braden Eves, Christian Brooks, Billy Frazer, and now, Artem Petrov.

 

Raphael Lessard dominates the early part of the race at Daytona before being pushed against the wall four laps from the finish, dropping him to 23rd at the end

Raphael Lessard dominates the early part of the race at Daytona before being pushed against the wall four laps from the finish, dropping him to 23rd at the end

Daytona (Florida, United States) – February 13, 2021. Raphael Lessard and GMS Racing showed how competitive the #24 Silverado Canac is at the Daytona International Speedway (Florida, United States), when the young driver won the first stage and finished second in the second stage of the race on Friday night, and gained 19 important bonus points towards the Championship. An incident while he was running 6th with four laps to go pushed him into the wall, dropping the damaged #24 Canac truck to 23rd at the finish.

 

The Race From the Driver’s Point of View

The race was a typical super oval event, with trucks running in two tight files that made it difficult to pass. Drivers needed to work as a team to gain ground, which the GMS Racing drivers did well throughout the event.

“After a good start, I kept my position for a few laps and then moved into first place on lap 13. We won the first 20-lap stage with the help of Sheldon Creed, my teammate and the reigning series champion. We worked well in the outside lane. The bonus points for such wins are important, and this is my first stage win ever,” explained Raphael Lessard.

“We almost won the second stage by being aggressive and with the help of my new observer, Tyler Monn, who is very good, as he helped me move up to second place at the end of the 20-lap stint. Everything was looking good for the rest of the race,” added Raphael Lessard.

“The last 60-lap stage forced everyone to make important decisions on when to make the one fuel stop that was needed to get to the finish. The team decided on a common strategy for all the GMS Racing drivers to ensure that we would continue to work effectively as a team as we made our way through the pack. We all made an early stop and were all together on the track for a final comeback. However, multiple caution periods late in the race allowed the other drivers to save fuel and make it to the end without stopping for fuel. We were now stuck behind the leaders and had to work very hard to get back to the front, even trying to start a third row on the outside with the help of my teammates, but that did not work. We did make up to the leaders with a handful of laps left in the race, but it was impossible to avoid the accident I was involved in. We all deserved better than that! “concluded a driver who was nevertheless very satisfied with his performance and that of the team.