James Vance returns to FastMD for the 2020 IMSA Season  @James_Vance

James Vance returns to FastMD for the 2020 IMSA Season @James_Vance

Canadian driver James Vance has been confirmed to remain with the FastMD Racing/Speed Syndicate Motorsports team for the 2020 IMSA season. In addition the team also announced that they will be fielding a second Audi RS3 in the TCR class of the Michelin Pilot Challenge series for 2020. The remainder of the driver lineup awaits confirmation.
Last year James and his driving partner Nick Galante finished in 6th place in the driver point standings in the TCR class.

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

FIA Canadian driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

 

FIA driver ratings list for the 2020 sports car racing season

Platinum

Spengler Bruno
Stroll Lance
Wickens Robert

 

Gold

Hargrove Scott
Hinchcliffe James
Marcelli Kyle
Wilkins Mark
Wittmer Kuno

 

Silver

Burkett Daniel
Bédard Olivier
Cho Steven
Claman Zachary
Daniel Jerimy
De Angelis Roman
Defrancesco Devlin
Di leo Marco
Di Meo Michael
Dumoulin Louis-Philippe
Ebenal Maxx
Fellows Samuel
Fidani Orey
Grenier Mikael
Grist Garett
Hurst Benjamin
Isman Adam
Kellett Dalton
Lazare Jesse
Mason Nelson
Maxwell Scott
Montour Louis-Philippe
Morad Daniel
Povoledo Aaron
Raimondo Gianmarco
Richard Robichon Zacharie
Ruscitti Remo
Rzadzinski Stefan
Simone Anthony
Strachan Malcolm
Tan Samantha
White Matthew
Wittmer Nick
Wittmer Kurt
Wittmer Karl

 

Bronze

Ali Fareed
Anassis Emmanuel
Baker Dean
Baker Bradley
Bentley Ross
Brown Noël
Cassels Cameron
Chi Charles
Chlumecky Michal
Cloutier Jerome
Clunie Jayson
Collingwood Thomas
Dalla lana Paul
Dayson James
Graham John
Kok Danny
Laberge Jean-Frederic
Lauziere Alain
Lovat Rick
Lu Wei
Mantella Anthony
McKaigue Kendrick Shaun
Nierop Kees
Ockey Damon
Pavan Mark
Roberts Fred
Shen John
Shen Wayne Wei
Signoretti Marco
Staikos George
Thomson Karl
Wilden Kenny
Wright Jeffrey
GT World Challenge America Confirms 2020 Schedule

GT World Challenge America Confirms 2020 Schedule

GT World Challenge Release:

Austin, TX – After an exciting finale race weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway and a fantastic night of celebration at the 2019 SRO Motorsports Awards Gala last Sunday night at The Bellagio, the GT World Challenge America series shifts gears and announces its 2020 schedule. The season will see the prestigious sports car series compete across a six-race-weekend schedule at North America’s top road courses.

The GT season opener shifts to the venerable Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP), for the Victoria Day weekend, May 16-17. A driver favorite, the 3.957-km (2.459-mi.) Grand Prix track is a high-speed circuit comprised of 10 turns and several dramatic elevation changes.

From Canada the series heads south to historic Virginia International Raceway, one of America’s first permanent road racing tracks. As Paul Newman once said, “If there is a heaven on earth, it is VIR.” Series drivers will take to the 17-turn, 6.76-km (4.20-mi.) course June 6-7.

California’s wine country is the next stop on the calendar with a visit to Sonoma Raceway on August 8-9. The 4.06-km (2.52-mi.), 12-turn road circuit has been a staple on the series’ calendar year since the track hosted the first ever World Challenge race over 30 years ago.

August 29-30 marks the return of the series to another challenging and historic American road course, Road America. Aptly named America’s National Park of Speed, the 6.515-km (4.048-mi.), 14-turn circuit is another driver favorite.

The penultimate round of the 2020 championship will take place at the historic Watkins Glen International, September 19-20. The Glen returned to the GT World Challenge America calendar in 2018 featuring a 5.435-km (3.377-mi.), 11 turn road course set in Upstate New York.

The 2020 GT World Challenge America series ends its season at the Racing Capital of the World and the iconic Brickyard, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, October 3-4. Running on the 3.925-km (2.439-mi.) 13-turn road course, the event will also feature the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli.

The Indianapolis 8 Hours event will combine the two series for the first time in an epic endurance classic. The best International GT teams will battle GT World Challenge America teams to enhance the exciting #IntGTC schedule that also features the Liqui-Moly Bathurst 12 Hour, Total 24 Hours of Spa, Suzuka 10 Hours, and Kyalami 9 Hour.

With the Indianapolis 8 Hours included in the 2020 GT World Challenge America schedule, this will be the series’ first long-distance endurance race that will count toward the Championship in recent decades.

For more information, visit GT-World-Challenge-America.com

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2020 GT World Challenge America Schedule

DATE TRACK LOCATION EVENT
MAY 16-17 Canadian Tire Motorsports Park Toronto, Ont. CAN GT Rds. 1-2
JUN 06-07 VIRginia International Raceway Alton, Virginia USA GT Rds. 3-4
AUG 08-09 Sonoma Raceway Sonoma, Calif. USA GT Rds. 5-6
AUG 29-30 Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisc. USA GT Rds. 7-8
SEP 19-20 Watkins Glen International Watkins Glen, NY USA GT Rds. 9-10
OCT 03-04 Indianapolis Motor Speedway Indianapolis, Ind. USA GT / IGTC Indianapolis 8 Hours

 

 

Exclusive Autosport Expands to Indy Lights in 2020

Exclusive Autosport Expands to Indy Lights in 2020

For Immediate Release: September 21, 2019:

SASKATOON, SK (September 21, 2019) – As the only open-wheel racing team in North America with an internal development ladder system bridging from F1600 racing into the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires, Exclusive Autosport is thrilled to announce it will expand once again in 2020 by making its debut in the top-level Indy Lights program. The growing operation has acquired a Dallara IL-15 chassis and currently plans to field at least one entry next season. The team plans to debut its new acquisition, dressed in new Exclusive Autosport red and white livery, alongside its USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars at the Chris Griffis Memorial Test on the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 19-20.

 

“This is truly a dream come true,” enthused Michael Duncalfe, Team Principal. “When I started Exclusive Autosport in 2013, competing in the Road to Indy was always the goal, however it seemed like a distant reality. To be sitting here, announcing that we are expanding to Indy Lights and have a four-tiered ladder system after seven years of competition, is one of the proudest moments of my career. This transition is a natural fit for the Exclusive Autosport program. Dan Andersen and the entire Road to Indy organization have been incredible to work with from day one. They have been very supportive of our efforts. We are thrilled to be a part of it. I want to thank my wife and children for all of their support and my incredible crew led by Mirl Swan. We are looking forward to what 2020 will bring.”  

 

Exclusive Autosport is the winningest team in Canadian Formula 1600 competition over the last six years, having won the last eight titles in the Toyo Tires F1600 Championship (Ontario) and the Formula Tour (Quebec) programs. They have also earned the championship in the last four seasons in the combined F1600 Super Series. The team has expanded steadily over the last three years, making its debut in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship in 2017 and the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires in 2018. In both of its debut seasons, the team scored victories, racking up 11 wins since adding the RTI component to their schedule. The team also has two wins this season in Indy Pro 2000, with series rookie Danial Frost topping the competition on the oval at Lucas Oil Raceway and on the street circuit in Toronto.

 

In 2020, Exclusive Autosport will become the only Road to Indy team with its own driver development ladder reaching from F1600 up to Indy Lights. In fact, the team’s reach delves even deeper, as they are the title sponsor of the Western Canada Karting Championship. For the last two years, they have awarded WCKC champions with valuable F1600 test and evaluation days in their title-winning Spectrum F1600s.

 

“We are excited to welcome Exclusive Autosport into the Indy Lights family,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Michael Duncalfe parallels our goals in the Road to Indy of providing a complete ladder system for drivers to advance, and his expansion into Indy Lights now completes this platform for his well-established and highly regarded team. His passion for helping tomorrow’s talent was evident from Day One, and we look forward to seeing him and his drivers on our Indy Lights grids next season.”

IMSA VIR  Saturday Race Results

IMSA VIR Saturday Race Results

Congratulations to the following drivers who made the podium today at Virginia International Racetrack:

Roman DeAngelis 2nd in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA
Kyle Marcelli 1st in Michelin Pilot Challenge GS class
James Vance 1st in Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR class

The rest of the Canadian field finished as follows:

Kuno Wittmer 9th GS
Jesse Lazare 10th GS
Mark Wilkins 4th TCR
Orey Fidani/Chris Green 25th GS ( Car retired due to crash on Lap 4 )
Jeff Kingsley 17th Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA ( Platinum Class )