Michelin Pilot Challenge Fox Factory 120 race results from Road Atlanta

Michelin Pilot Challenge Fox Factory 120 race results from Road Atlanta

Class winners from today’s race from Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta were the #96 of Turner Motorsports driven by Robby Foley/Vincent Barlette in the GS class, and in the TCR class it was the #98 of Bryan Herta Autosport w/Curb Agajanian driven by Michael Lewis/Mason Filippi.

The Canadians in the race finished as follows:

GS

6th #60 Kyle Marcelli/Nate Stacy

7th Team Motorsports In Action

18th #22 Scott Maxwell/Seb Priaulx

TCR

4th #21 Mark Wilkins/Harry Gottsacker

10th #23 James Vance/Max Faulkner

Double Podium day for Jeff Kingsley at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Double Podium day for Jeff Kingsley at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

Friday was a two race day for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA series at Road Atlanta. In race #1 of the day Jeff Kingsley finished in second place behind race winner Riley Dickinson, in the second race of the day Jeff reversed the finishing order by passing pole sitter Riley between turns 1 and 2 and held on for a 5.0 second lead at the finish line.

The victory was Jeff’s 7th of the season and now leads Riley by 22 points in the driver championship heading into Saturday mornings race 3 of the weekend.

Raphael Lessard Wins at Talladega for First Career Victory

Raphael Lessard Wins at Talladega for First Career Victory

Press Release prepared by Kyle Busch Motorsports:

Raphael Lessard, a 19-year-old Canadian driver, captured his first career NGROTS victory in Saturday’s race at Talladega Superspeedway narrowly edging former Daytona 500 winner Trevor Bayne when the caution flew after a truck accident occurred on the final lap of the event. Raphael Lessard became the fifth foreign-born driver to win a NGROTS race.

This was Raphael Lessard’s first victory and fifth top-10 finish of the 2020 season. The rookie driver currently sits 12th in points.

Stage One Recap: 

  • Raphael Lessard started in the 15th position after a performance matrix based off finishing position from the previous race, ranking in owner points standings and the fastest lap from the previous race at Las Vegas (Nev.) Motor Speedway.
  • When the first caution flew on Lap 14, Raphael Lessard was in the 11th position. Veteran crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. called his rookie driver down pit road for a fuel-only stop. The rookie driver would restart in the 23rd position.
  • Raphael Lessard would finish the stage in the 14th position.

Stage Two Recap:

  • At the stage break, Raphael Lessard radioed to his crew he was ready to make some moves on the racetrack. Hillman kept the CANAC Tundra on the racetrack. Raphael Lessard would restart from the second position.
  • The second stage would finish under the caution, and Raphael Lessard was scored in the 12th position.

Final Stage:

  • During the stage caution, Raphael Lessard radioed to his crew that his CANAC Tundra needed more stability in the rear. As the leaders pitted, Hillman kept his driver on the racetrack to pit on the next lap to avoid possibly getting wrecked on pit road. The over-the-wall crew performed a four-tire and fuel stop. The rookie driver came back down pit road with one lap remaining under the caution to top off with fuel. Lessard would restart in the 25th position.
  • With the fourth caution falling on Lap 49, Raphael Lessard was scored in the 22nd position. Raphael Lessard came down under the caution for fuel but was caught speeding on pit road. Like the last caution, Raphael Lessard came back down pit road with one lap remaining until the green to top off with fuel. The CANAC driver would restart at the tail of the field.
  • On Lap 66, Raphael Lessard was summoned to pit road under green-flag conditions for a fuel-only stop.
  • At the fifth and final caution on Lap 90, Raphael Lessard was scored in the third position and was told to stay out.
  • As the field began wrecking down the backstretch, Raphael Lessard was running in the second position. By the time NASCAR threw the caution for the accident, Raphael Lessard had maneuvered the CANAC Tundra one-half a truck ahead of Trevor Bayne to earn his first career victory in the Gander Trucks.

 

Raphael Raphael Lessard , driver of the No. 4 CANAC Tundra for Kyle Busch Motorsports

How does it feel to get your first Truck Series win?

“That was awesome. First of all, I want to thank everyone back home, my team at Kyle Busch Motorsports. CANAC came on board with us this year. Also, Mobil 1, Toyota, TRD – this is amazing, I can’t believe it. It’s my second superspeedway race and to get my first truck series win here is amazing.”

What was the final lap like, and did you think you had won the race?

“I don’t know who was behind me, but he gave me a heck of a push and I can’t thank him enough because he’s part of that win too. He pushed me as hard as he could, and I was just holding on for the ride. Then the caution came out at the right time. I’m so happy. This was my first time doing a burnout from a race win and I loved it. Hopefully, we can do it some more.”

 How were you able to get into position to win the race?

“All race long, my crew chief Mike Hillman Jr. gave me the best strategy ever. I was kind of getting tired riding out back. My teammates and I worked really well – Christian Eckes and Chandler Smith. I was just getting tired of it and I guess I listened to my crew chief, my team and I think we won it from listening to what my crew chief was telling me. At the end, we were in position to win it and all I was doing was trying to hold it straight and the guy behind me pushed me as much as he could.”

Did you feel you were ahead of Trevor Bayne when the caution came out?

“I thought I was close, but I was just focused in case we had another restart. In my head, it wasn’t done yet. We didn’t get to the start-finish line yet, so I thought it was going to be a green-white-checkered, but it didn’t happen, and we ended up winning.”

Pfaff Motorsports Returns to IMSA to Participate in the  MOTUL PETIT LE MANS

Pfaff Motorsports Returns to IMSA to Participate in the MOTUL PETIT LE MANS


Photo By: R.MacAloney/CDN-R.com

From Pfaff Motorsports:

After a prolonged absence from the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, caused by travel restrictions for team members and drivers, Pfaff Motorsports will return to the series for the signature 10-hour Motul Petit Le Mans.

The #9 Motul-sponsored “Plaid Porsche” 911 GT3 R will be driven by Canadian Zach Robichon, Porsche development driver and Nurburgring lap-record holder Lars Kern, and Intercontinental GT champion, Norwegian Dennis Olsen, the trio having previously contested the 24 Hours of Daytona with Patrick Pilet and Pfaff in January.

“It was very disappointing not to be racing in July when the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship made its return,” said team manager Steve Bortolotti. “We felt we had all the pieces in place to make a run at the championship in our sophomore season. Our team is made up predominantly of Pfaff employees who work in our dealerships when not racing; travel restrictions between the United States and Canada made a full-season return impossible in July when the series resumed. However, for Petit Le Mans, quarantining for two weeks upon returning to Canada for the series’ signature event made sense for all of us, especially as a way to thank our partners for sticking by our side during these challenging times.”

The Pfaff Motorsports team did not have an idle summer, reactivating its driver-development program in the Canadian Touring Car Championship with an Audi RS3 TCR and 17-year-old Zachary Vanier. Winning five of six races, and taking five of six pole positions, Vanier became the youngest champion in the CTCC series’ history.

Looking ahead to the race at Road Atlanta, Bortolotti said: “Motul Petit Le Mans is one of the most exciting events on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship calendar. Our partners at Motul and Porsche Motorsport North America have been incredibly supportive during this challenging season, and we couldn’t be more excited for our return to IWSC championship competition at Motul’s headline event.”

The 2020 Motul Petit Le Mans gets underway on Thursday, October 15. Qualifying kicks off with the GTD class and the Motul Pfaff Porsche 911 GT3 R on Friday, October 16 at 12:30 pm ET. The green flag drops for race day on Saturday, October 17, 2020 at 12:00 pm ET.

Viewers can watch qualifying live on Friday at www.IMSA.tv. Full coverage of the race will be broadcast live on IMSA Trackpass on NBC Sports Gold (US only), as well as during select periods on NBC SN in the USA, CNBC and NBC Sports Gold in both Canada and the USA, and Discovery Velocity in Canada (subscriptions may apply). Complete broadcast details can be found under the Motul Petit Le Mans schedule on www.IMSA.com.

Stay tuned for further announcements from Pfaff Motorsports regarding the 2020 IMSA racing season. For more news and behind-the-scenes content, follow @PfaffMotorsports, @Pfaff_Porsche, and @PfaffAuto on Instagram, and Pfaff Porsche on Facebook.

 

IMSA Announces the Provisional 2021 Schedule for their 3 Series

IMSA Announces the Provisional 2021 Schedule for their 3 Series

There will be even more action for WeatherTech Championship fans to follow in 2021 as the Daytona Prototype international (DPi), Le Mans Prototype 2 (LMP2), GT Le Mans (GTLM) and GT Daytona (GTD) classes will be joined by a new class – Le Mans Prototype 3 (LMP3) – at selected events.

A new generation of LMP3 models will be introduced to IMSA competition in 2021-2022 from four approved constructors – Ligier, Duqueine Engineering, Ginetta and Adess – using 455 horsepower, Nissan VK56 engines. New LMP3 cars or earlier models that have been updated to the new Evo will be eligible for WeatherTech Championship LMP3 competition.