Tagliani Suspended for Practice Accident at Watkins Glen

Posted by John Dagys on Foxsports.com at 7:43 pm

Alex Tagliani has been suspended for one race and placed on probation for an additional TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round following an accident in practice for last weekend’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.

The veteran open-wheel and sports car driver spun his No. 08 RSR Racing Oreca FLM09 in Saturday’s second practice session and re-entered the track in Turn 10 in front of an oncoming Chris Miller in the No. 85 JDC-Miller Motorsports car.

Both Prototype Challenge entries were severely damaged in the incident but managed to start Sunday’s race.

Tagliani has been determined by IMSA to have violated Rule 48.4 (unjustifiable risk).

Ironically, the ruling comes after the Quebec driver was collected in a similar incident at Sebring, which resulted in a one-race suspension for Gaston Kearby, due to an improper re-entry to the track.

With PC cars not in action next weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Tagliani will be forced to miss the Brickyard Grand Prix.

No word has been given on his replacement for the Indianapolis round.

CTMP- Mobil 1 Sportscar Grand Prix July 10-13


“I’m five for five there,” said Pruett, whose last race at the Canadian circuit was an SCCA Trans-Am event in 2003. “I definitely want to keep that ball rolling.”

Pruett raced in the GRAND-AM Rolex Series since 2004, and did not have an opportunity to race at the circuit once known as Mosport International Raceway since then. This weekend, he’ll be joining a number of his former Rolex Series competitors with little or no experience at the circuit.

“It’s funny that the races at Watkins Glen and Canadian Tire Motorsport Park are back to back on the schedule,” Pruett said. “I think that’s good. It really demonstrates how the unification is bringing together some of the best race tracks in North America.”

Pruett and co-driver Memo Rojas tested the No. 01 Telcel Ford EcoBoost/Riley on the 10-turn, 2.459-mile circuit in May.

“We gathered important information that will help us when we go back,” said Rojas, who last raced at CTMP in 2001 in Formula Ford. “We were satisfied with the results, although it didn’t mean anything because it was only a test.”

Prototype class points leader Action Express Racing has no prior experience at CTMP entering the event.

“I don’t even know where it is on the map,” Christian Fittipaldi said.

Other Prototype teams yet to race at the circuit include Wayne Taylor Racing, Michael Shank Racing with Curb/Agajanian, Marsh Racing, Spirit of Daytona and OAK Racing.

Team owner Wayne Taylor isn’t worried about the lack of experience, though, when his team unloads the No. 10 Konica Minolta Corvette DP at CTMP for the first time.

“Our drivers are professionals, and normally it doesn’t take them long to figure out a new track. The toughest part is finding the right setup. It gets interesting when the drivers are learning the track and engineers are learning the setup at the same time. We’ll figure it out, though.

“It’s fast and certainly like one of the old race tracks that I like,” added Taylor, who last raced a Ferrari World Sports Car there in the late 1990s. “It’s a famous track, and they really kept the history without making too many changes while they were modernizing the facility. I really look forward to going back.”

Montreal native and SpeedSource owner Sylvain Tremblay has plenty of experience at CTMP, racing in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge. Will any of that experience carry over to his team’s Mazda Prototypes?

“No doubt, any time you have any track experience it always seems to help,” said Tremblay, who won at CTMP in a SpeedSource Porsche 911 in 2001 and was second in ST in a Mazda RX-8 in his most recent race in 2005. “This car is completely different from the other cars that I drove there, but the basic track layout has stayed the same. I know that Ron Fellows and his group have done a lot of updates, and I’m looking forward to going there. Hopefully, it hasn’t lost any of its character, which is why we truly love that particular race track. I’m looking forward to going back to my homeland and running at the really fun Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.”

RaceFest Roars Into Downtown Toronto On July 9

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park July 03:

Canadian Tire Motorsport Park’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix, presented by Hawk Performance, comes to downtown Toronto with RaceFest, to showcase the excitement of Canada’s biggest sports car race of the year. This is a dynamic public and media event, with great on-site visuals, sounds and personalities. The fun begins on Wednesday, July 9 from 11 am until 2 pm at Yonge-Dundas Square.

RaceFest Highlights Include:

Live Pit Stop demonstrations by the TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Corvette Racing team with Ron Fellows back behind the wheel for this special event.
An appearance by Montreal’s Kuno Wittmer, factory driver for the SRT Motorsport Viper team, and one of Canada’s top sports car race drivers.
The Canadian debut of a TUDOR United Sports Car Championship Daytona Prototype with the series-leading Wayne Taylor Racing Corvette.
The Mobil 1 Racing Simulators and draws to win event tickets.

L.P Dumoulin is ready for the second road course race of the season.

By: Dumoulin Competition
July 1, 2014

Second in NCATS points
Trois-Rivières, Québec – Strongly positioned in second place in the general rankings and having secured a podium in 2013, Louis-Philippe Dumoulin is intent on repeating his successful experience this year behind the wheel of the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada / Bellemare Group on the ICAR circuit of Mirabel this upcoming July 6 for the “Jiffy Lube 100” event, presented by La Petite Bretonne. In synergy with the Quebecer, crew chief Mario Gosselin and the King Autosport team members only have one objective in mind: accumulating points in light of the championship.
Louis-Philippe Dumoulin has proven his tenacity and expertise time and time again on road circuit, this weekend will not be the exception and the driver of the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada / Bellemare Group convincingly claims that the primary goal to reach the championship is consistency in performance throughout the season.
“Excitement is there, we are here to win in every race. We are in a good spot in the championship, and this weekend, more than ever, we’ll have to be smart with the challenges ahead. There are still many races to go and the competition will be increasingly tough. The team is ready to face the challenge.”
Series after series, at the wheel of exceedingly powerful vehicles since the beginning of their career, the Dumoulin brothers have performed relentlessly. It is always with pleasure and passion that Jean-François and Louis-Philippe Dumoulin find themselves together on the track. “It’s always an honor to race in front of partners, families, friends, and fans that have been supporting us forever,” concludes the driver of the #47 Dodge WeatherTech Canada / Bellemare Group.
*The race will be broadcasted on TSN – July 13 at 11:00 a.m. ET; RDS – July 17

Canadians place 3 on the podium at the Sahlen’s 6hrs of The Glen

Today at Watkins Glen International two Canadian drivers and one Canadian team were on the podium after the Sahlen’s 6hrs of The Glen race.

Michael Valianti and Richard Westbrook placed 1st in the DP class in the #90 Spirit of Daytona Racing Corvette Prototype.

In the GTLM category the #93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer placed 3rd.

In GTD the AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia placed 2nd.ImageImageImage

No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer finished third – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/corvette-racing-stays-hot-summer-stretch?invalidate-cache=1400478973#sthash.YH3GqCNH.dpuf
No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer finished third – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/corvette-racing-stays-hot-summer-stretch?invalidate-cache=1400478973#sthash.YH3GqCNH.dpuf
No. 93 Dodge Viper SRT GTS-R driven by Jonathan Bomarito and Kuno Wittmer finished third – See more at: http://www.imsa.com/articles/corvette-racing-stays-hot-summer-stretch?invalidate-cache=1400478973#sthash.YH3GqCNH.dpuf