Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway almost 30 years ago. He has had the privilege of traveling to races all across the state of Florida (as well as one race in Ohio), watching nearly everything with a motor compete for fame and glory, as well as participating in various racing schools to get the feel of what racecar drivers go through every week.  

Adam spent several years covering motorsports for Examiner.com., where he had the opportunity to see the racing world from behind the scenes as well as the grandstands. He invites everyone to follow him on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus, and looks forward to sharing his enthusiasm for all things racing with the readers of SpeedwayDigest.com.

Be sure to tune in for his sports talk program, Thursday Night Thunder, where he discusses the latest in motorsports news with drivers, crew members, and fans. The show takes place (almost) every Thursday at 8:00 pm EST on the Speedway Digest Radio Network. 

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NHRA and Virginia Motorsports Park have teamed up to announce May 13-15, 2022, as the triumphant return of the Virginia NHRA Nationals to Richmond. Furthermore, due to a full second-half schedule and travel logistics, the 2021 Virginia NHRA Nationals have been canceled.
 
“Virginia Motorsports Park is saddened to miss the NHRA Camping World Drag Racing Series for the second year in a row,” said Tommy Franklin, VMP President and owner.
“Since our last national event in 2019, the facility has seen numerous upgrades, and we will continue to improve and expand to give our guests the best experience possible when the world’s quickest and fastest motorsport returns to Virginia Motorsports Park in May.” 
 
“The NHRA is disappointed to miss our stop at Virginia Motorsports Park in 2021,” said Glen Cromwell, NHRA President. “We look forward to 2022 when we can again return to Virginia and greet our unbelievable fans with the racing action they expect. NHRA and Virginia Motorsports Park will continue to work together to provide the fans a much-needed 2022 event.” 
 
NHRA looks forward to the remainder of the 2021 season, with the next stop on tour at the Dodge//SRT Mile-High NHRA Nationals Presented By Pennzoil at Bandimere Speedway. Television coverage will be featured on FS1 Saturday, July 17 for qualifying and Sunday, July 18 for eliminations.
 
For more information about Virginia Motorsports Park, the remainder of its 2021 season, and to follow along for everything Virginia NHRA Nationals, visit RaceVMP.com.
 
Additionally, for more information about the 2021 NHRA schedule, visit NHRA.com.  
 

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

Professional off-road racer Keegan Kincaid managed to extend his Championship Off-Road Pro 2 points lead by two after Friday and Saturday’s action at ERX Motor Park. After an up-and-down weekend for many of the sport’s top drivers, Kincaid salvaged a fifth place finish in the Saturday round to extend his advantage to 12 heading into the second half of the schedule.
 
“It wasn’t the weekend we drew up by any stretch of the imagination, but I’m really proud of how the team handled adversity at ERX this weekend,” said Kincaid. “They really worked hard to make sure we were in a position to run up front. Luckily for us in the standings, the weekend kind of ended up a wash for everybody, and we actually padded the lead by a couple of points. But we can take some positives out of a top five and make sure we’re ready to strike back at Dirt City in a few weeks.”
 
Despite showing plenty of the speed that has taken him to three wins already this season and earned him a checkered flag at the track last year, Friday simply wasn’t Kincaid’s day. He qualified first, and started fourth with a four-truck invert before the green flag, but would end up falling back to a disappointing 12th place on the day. Fortunately, both of Kincaid’s strongest rivals in the standings would finish behind him regardless, effectively rendering the race a wash in the championship.
 
Saturday was a new day, and with a re-prepped truck, things went a little more smoothly the second time around. Kincaid would start sixth and maintain position in the upper half of the field throughout the race. In the end, he’d settle into a respectable fifth place, once again beating most of his top challengers in the standings to keep the points lead in hand.
 
The Championship Off-Road season takes a two-week break before returning July 31 and August 1 at Dirt City Motorplex, one of the newest national event hosts on the calendar. The Lena, Wisconsin track was also kind to Kincaid last year, as he posted back-to-back second place finishes on its pair of race days.
 
Keegan Kincaid is supported by Lucas Oil, Cooper Tire, Vision Wheel, Discount Tire, Fox Shocks, Langlade Ford, Impact, Traxxas, Champion Power Equipment, Roush Competition Engines, FK Rod Ends, Truck Country, NTN, and VP Racing Fuels. For more information and to stay in the loop, follow Keegan on Facebook and Instagram.
 
Images via Noggs Photo

The AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey will invade WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca July 16-18, making it the place to be for fans of vintage motorcycles.
 
AHRMA creates a distinctive retro flair with its event, which features road racing, vintage motocross, observed trials, cross country, dirt track racing and even sidecars. The event will include a swap meet, bike show, cycle corral (which includes a track walk and parade lap) and much more.
 
The AHRMA Classic MotoFest of Monterey includes classes for motorcycles spanning pre-World War II up to modern single, twin and triple-cylinder and electric-powered racers. It’s more common to see some of these bikes in museums, but AHRMA events are a unique opportunity for moto lovers of all ages to watch and enjoy.
 
“We are looking forward to welcoming AHRMA to our wonderful venue,” said John Narigi, president and general manager of WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. “This event creates a family-friendly atmosphere at both our race track and camping sites, and is something everyone can enjoy.”
 
In addition to all the great activities an AHRMA event is known for, this year’s event will feature something special. On both Saturday and Sunday, there will be a classic motorcycle display in honor of the late Dick Mann.
 
Mann was a two-time winner of the American Motorcyclist Association Grand National Championship. He was inducted into the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 1993, and the Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 1998. He was one of the few riders to ride motocross as well as dirt flat tracks, TT (tourist trophy) and road racing.
 
The display will be in garages 23 and 24 of the Paddock and will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. At 11 a.m. on Saturday, there will be Laps of Honor taken to celebrate the life of Mann.
 
On Saturday night at 7 p.m., entrants and fans can sit back, relax and enjoy the movie “On Any Sunday” that will be shown in the Paddock, accompanied by a food truck dinner.
 
Gates open at 7 a.m. all three days, with various practice sessions, races and autograph sessions taking place throughout the day. A full schedule of events, along with a helpful map for fans, can be found here. Families are encouraged to come out and enjoy all the festivities and get some fresh air and sunshine.
 
A full array of affordable tickets that start as low as $20 for Friday are on sale and can be found here. Children 15 and under are admitted free when accompanied by an adult.
 
For information on camping at the beautiful Laguna Seca Recreation Area, call the Tickets and Accommodations Office at (831) 242-8200 from Monday - Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT.

 

 

(Courtesy of WeatherTech Raceway)

Kyle LeDuc and Toyo Tires® continued an impressive winning streak, picking up another victory over the weekend in the Championship Off-Road (COR) series. The third weekend of racing in the COR series took place at Minnesota’s ERX Motor Park where LeDuc relied on Toyo® Open Country® C/T tires to pick up his third victory of the season.

Held in Elk River, MN, the race presented a fast pace track for the Pro 4 Trucks. LeDuc and his #99 Monster Energy / Toyo Tires / WD-40 / Ford Raptor Pro 4 Truck started from the back of the grid but, with a strong strategy, he managed to pull off an impressive victory. LeDuc is no stranger to success in Minnesota, previously achieving his 100th short-course win at ERX Motor Park last year.

“This weekend’s event at ERX in Minnesota was tough. It was a challenge to connect the truck to the track that is half sand and half hard packed blue groove dirt, but we were equipped with Toyo Open Country tires with the perfect pattern to dominate,” said Kyle LeDuc. “It was a success with one victory and one second place finish over the weekend as well as the fastest lap time from each race. We were flying.”

LeDuc is a seven-time Pro 4 champion in the Lucas Oil® Off-Road Racing Series with over 100 short-course wins in his career. He previously swept both races at Crandon International Raceway in June.

“This was an incredible come from behind win for Kyle and Toyo Tires,” said Stan Chen, senior manager, sponsorships and events, Toyo Tire U.S.A. Corp. “Coming off back-to-back wins at Crandon, Kyle adds yet another win to his short-course career total. He is on the hunt for yet another championship.”

To learn more about the Open Country line of tires visit https://www.toyotires.com/product/open-country.

The Trans Am Series presented by Pirelli returns to historic Brainerd International Raceway for the 30th time in the Ryan Companies US presents the Jed Copham Tribute Weekend on July 16-18.
 
Last year, Brainerd hosted the Trans Am for the first time since 2017. Two-time TA champ Amy Ruman ran her best race of the season, battling Tomy Drissi for second place behind Ernie Francis Jr., who pulled out nearly a 20-second lead. For lap after lap, Drissi challenged Ruman for the runner-up position before slipping by in the Cloverleaf Corner on the 19th lap. Moments later, Francis went off course twice in three corners and pitted the One South Florida Ford Mustang for the day with a mechanical problem. 
 
Drissi made the most of Francis’ retirement to take his fifth career victory in the No. 8 Lucas Oil Chevrolet Camaro. Ruman held on for second despite losing the power steering in her McNichols Company Corvette in the closing laps, with Simon Gregg rounding out the podium.
 
Originally known as the Donnybrooke Road Course when it opened in 1968, the very wide 10-turn, 3.1-mile circuit first hosted Trans Am at the height of its Golden Years (1966-1972). Parnelli Jones won the opener in 1969 in Bud Moore’s Mustang. Privateer Milt Minter scored a major upset in 1970, winning in a Camaro, while Roger Penske Javelins won in 1971 (Mark Donohue) and 1972 (George Follmer). (Video: Trans Am Flashback to 1969 Donnybrook)
 
After a two-year break, Trans Am returned to the rechristened Brainerd International Raceway in 1975, with Peter Gregg, Bob Tullius and Jerry Hansen among the winners over the next four years.
 
The circuit hosted Trans Am throughout the 1980s. Paul Newman scored his first professional triumph in 1982, winning from the pole and leading every lap in Bob Sharp’s Datsun 280ZX. Willy T. Ribbs won the following three years for Neil DeAtley and Jack Roush. Other winners included Greg Pickett (1986), Elliott Forbes-Robinson (1987) and Hans Stuck (1988). Irv Hoerr drove his Oldsmobile to victory in 1989, in what proved to be the final Trans Am event at Brainerd for 21 seasons. (Video: Trans Am at Brainerd Full Race from 1987 Season)
 
Copham – a three-time Trans Am competitor at Brainerd – purchased the complex in 2008. A hands-on owner, he made improvements to both the facility and the racing program. Copham was instrumental in the return of Trans Am, which came back to Minnesota in 2010 and ran two events in both 2011 and 2012. Tony Ave won the 2010 race on the refurbished 2.5-mile, 13-turn layout, and followed by winning both 2011 races and the 2012 opener.
 
Ruman went on to win the second race in 2012, and also triumphed in 2015. Doug Peterson won in both 2013 and 2014, while Cameron Lawrence won the TA2® race in 2013 and scored his lone TA victory in 2017.
 
Mike Skeen was the TA2® winner last year, followed by Thomas Merrill, Rafa Matos and Scott Lagasse Jr. Ken Thwaits won in XGT and Lee Saunders in SGT. All three winners went on to win their respective titles. 
 
Trans Am drivers will compete in a full test day on Friday (July 16) with practices filling Saturday (July 17) morning before the Trans Am qualifying block starting at 3:15 p.m. Central. Sunday (July 18) closes the three-day event with two 100-mile sprints from Trans Am drivers, the first from TA2® at 11:25 a.m. Central, TA/XGT/SGT/GT goes green at 2:55 p.m. Central.
 
The weekend will be live streamed on the Trans Am by Pirelli Racing App starting on Saturday. Download and subscribe: https://bit.ly/34qQfCG
 

By Mark Robinson
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
AutoTechnic Racing is looking for a little home cookin’ when the team makes its IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge debut this weekend at Lime Rock Park. Based in New Milford, Connecticut and boasting a pair of Connecticut drivers, the team has entered the No. 52 AutoTechnic Racing BMW M4 GT4 to race in Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120 on the road course in Lakeville, Connecticut.
 
Attilio Albani and Elivan Goulart will co-drive the No. 52 BMW in the Grand Sport (GS) class. Each has one previous Michelin Pilot Challenge start, Albani in 2011 and Goulart in 2012. While AutoTechnic is making its Michelin Pilot Challenge debut, the team has extensive experience racing BMWs in other series.
 
“I’m very excited to have this opportunity to drive alongside my co-driver and friend Attilio with AutoTechnic Racing in the highly competitive GS class,” said Goulart, who also made a single start in IMSA’s top-tier series – the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship – in 2012. “We both are looking forward to being in a familiar paddock with a competitive and local team for our race at Lime Rock Park.”
 
Albani is just as excited as his teammate for the opportunity.
 
“Expanding my driving into GT4 with the BMW M4 is exciting, and along with my long-trusted co-driver Elivan makes it easy.” Albani said. “We’re both looking forward to a great weekend at Lime Rock Park.”
 
The Michelin Pilot Challenge schedule for Lime Rock includes two Friday practice sessions ahead of qualifying at 4:20 p.m. ET that same day. The two-hour race starts at 11:05 a.m. Saturday, with live coverage on NBC Sports Gold’s TrackPass and IMSA Radio. The NBCSN race telecast airs at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 10.
When the final pair of Top Fuel dragsters roar down Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil at the conclusion of the 2022 NHRA national event, the echoing thunder of their combined 22,000-plus horsepower will signal the end of an era in Texas motorsports history. 
 
Immediately following the event, the new property owners will repurpose the drag racing complex into an industrial business park. 
 
"Our family is extremely proud to have showcased the top level of professional drag racing for 35 wonderful years," track operator Seth Angel said. "It's been a dream come true to meet and work with all the incredible drivers, team owners and NHRA executives who come together each year to entertain the millions of racing fans in our area.
 
"From preseason tests, to years where we had two national events, to the scores of legends who have raced here, on to the championships decided on our grounds, it's been an incredible high-speed ride. Our family is forever indebted to the sport of NHRA drag racing and will cherish the amazing memories we've made when this chapter closes next spring."
 
The Gay and Angel families on opening day in 1988
 
Renowned for its sea-level location at the top of Trinity Bay, which creates a race-perfect, oxygen-rich environment, Houston Raceway Park Powered by Pennzoil hosted its first national event in 1988. At the time, the 500-acre facility was co-owned by the Gay family of Dickenson, Texas, longtime friends of brothers Greg, Gary and Glen Angel (deceased). The Angel brothers then bought out the Gay family's interest in 2004.
 
Houston Raceway Park has been the site of many special moments, none more so than the NHRA's first four-second run, a 4.99 set by Texan Gene Snow at the 1988 race. Fellow Texan Eddie Hill quickly topped Snow by running a staggering 4.93 in the final round of Top Fuel to win the race, sending off a worldwide frenzy of interest in the sport.
 
Other memorable moments at HRP include "The Burndown," when bitter rivals Warren Johnson and Scott Geoffrion sat in the pre-stage beams for more than a minute trying to unnerve one another; first-time victories for a pair of future multi-time world champions, Scott Kalitta and Jeg Coughlin Jr.; Larry Dixon running the first quarter-mile pass under 4.5 seconds when he posted a 4.48 in 1999; Michael Phillips becoming the first African-American to win in a pro category in 1997; and three inclusions into both the Pro Stock 200 mph Club and the Top Fuel 300 mph Club.
 
"Drag racing has given us so many wonderful memories and created scores of friends for our family," said Seth Angel, Glen's son. "It really is a close-knit group of people and you definitely connect with them on a personal level. The same could be said of tens of thousands of faithful fans who have spent time with us through the years.
 
"We're forever grateful to the City of Baytown, Chambers County and the State of Texas for all the assistance they've provided. There is also an impressive list of corporate sponsors that were all instrumental in making this race possible each season. We feel very honored to have held this event for 35 years. Thank you all."
 
The final running of 35th annual Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil will be held April 22-24 at Houston Raceway Park. 
The initial supply of 40 upgrade kits slated for shipping in August and September have sold out as teams on the Road to Indy Presented by Cooper Tires prepare for significant chassis enhancements in 2022. The Tatuus IP-22 in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship Presented by Cooper Tires and the USF-22 in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship will feature new advancements to extend competition life to at least 2026.
 
Leading race car manufacturer Tatuus in conjunction with Andersen Promotions designed the original USF-17 as a base car to help control operational costs for teams who wish to move up to Indy Pro 2000. The current PM-18 features more sophisticated aerodynamics, larger Motegi Racing forged Technomesh monoblock alloy wheels with Cooper tires and more horsepower (250 HP versus 175 HP) via a 2.0-liter powerplant prepared by Elite Engines over the USF-17.
 
The 2022 upgrades include a new, wider monocoque with the addition of a Halo as well as new sidepods, underfloor, engine cover, air ducts, damper covers and fuel cell.
 
“With our current monocoque and fuel cell approaching their useful life expectancy, the timing was right to introduce an upgrade to ensure our cars will be set for the next five-plus seasons,” said Dan Andersen, Owner and CEO of Andersen Promotions. “Extending the competition life of our race cars is important to enable teams to amortize their investment over many seasons.
 
“Tatuus has yet again come up with a well-thought-out plan and design, and I’m very pleased with how beautiful these cars will look with the enhancements. As more orders continue to be placed, we look forward to seeing the newly improved USF-22 and IP-22 cars on track at our annual Chris Griffis Memorial Test the end of October.”
 
At the most recent rounds for the Road to Indy at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, USF2000 saw its largest grid size since 2013 with 28 entries. Field sizes for both junior levels are expected to expand considerably in 2022 as drivers move up the ladder system and new faces make the move to the leading driver development platform.
 
“I’m thrilled that the initial 40 upgrade kits were quickly secured, although I’m not surprised considering the significant momentum that the Road to Indy is enjoying here in 2021,” offered Rob Howden, RTI Series Development Director. “The addition of the halo-type device to our Indy Lights car this year has fueled extremely positive interest for 2022 and beyond, and taking the USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000 cars to the next level is sure to provide a similar response. We’re fortunate to have forward-thinking, business-savvy team owners in our program, and their pro-active steps to get their deposits in on the available upgrade kits is proof-positive that we’re moving in the right direction for the future.”
 
Indy Pro 2000 will be back on track August 19-21 at World Wide Technology Raceway for its second oval event of the season alongside Indy Lights Presented by Cooper Tires and the NTT INDYCAR SERIES. USF2000 will next head to New Jersey Motorsports Park on August 27-29 where triple-header rounds are in store for both USF2000 and Indy Pro 2000.
 
Edge-of-your-seat competition throughout the Road to Indy currently sees Kiko Porto (DEForce Racing) leading by 19 points over Michael d’Orlando (Cape Motorsports) in USF2000; Christian Rasmussen (Jay Howard Driver Development) ahead of Braden Eves (Exclusive Autosport) by 39 points in Indy Pro 2000; and Kyle Kirkwood (Andretti Autosport) 11 points in front of David Malukas (HMD Motorsports) in Indy Lights. Kirkwood is seeking to become the first driver to record three successive championships on the Road to Indy.
JEGS Speedweek hosts a doubleheader weekend with the JEGS SPORTSnationals specialty event followed by a Division 3 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series event, giving the country's best Sportsman racers twice as many chances to win and earn points.
 
Wednesday saw a track-operated open test-n-tune and shootouts for Super Comp, Super Gas, and Super Street as well as a Stock/Super Stock Combo Gamblers. The schedule will shift to the annual JEGS SPORTSnationals on Thursday and Friday, closing with the North Central Division Lucas Oil event Saturday and Sunday.
 
“All of us at JEGS are excited for JEGS Speedweek at historic National Trail Raceway,” said Scott Woodruff, JEGS Director of Media and Motorsports. “Track owner Jay Livingston and team have continued to make more improvements to the facility since last year and we know the racers and their families will be excited when they come through the gate and see just some of the enhancement and improvements that have been made for the racers and fans. It really shows the dedication the track and the staff have made.”
 
All Sportsman categories will be contested, including Stock and Super Stock class eliminations beginning on Thursday, then Top Alcohol Dragster and Top Alcohol Funny Car will also run a regional event during the JEGS SPORTSnationals, with qualifying beginning at 6 p.m., Friday, under the lights.
 
Each of the eight champions crowned on Friday night at the JEGS SPORTSnationals will receive a special-edition copper NHRA Wally trophy. If one of the previous season’s event winners successfully defend their 2020 titles, they will also claim the coveted JEGS Crown trophy. The JEGS Crown is a unique handcrafted trophy created by Dan Dreisbach of Naked Sculpture. Since 2005, the trophy has been claimed just once, by Pro Mod racer Mike Ashley.
 
2020 JEGS SPORTSnationals event winners in the hunt for the JEGS Crown trophy at National Trail Raceway: Chad Voges (Comp), Jeff Dona (Super Stock), Eric Campolito (Stock), Phillip Oakley (Super Comp), Dwight Nuest (Super Gas), Mark Smith (Super Street), John Benoit (Top Sportsman), Anthony Bertozzi (Top Dragster).
 
“Once again, the schedule will be packed with racing over the five-day event,” said Woodruff. “The racing community wanted more racing, so that’s exactly what we gave them. It’s going to be a great event.”

 

(Courtesy of NHRA Communications)

By David Phillips
IMSA Wire Service
 
 
A unique dimension to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship is its “shape-shifting” events featuring mix ’n’ match combinations of the Daytona Prototype international (DPi), GT Le Mans (GTLM), GT Daytona (GTD) and Le Mans Prototype 2 and 3 (LMP2 and LMP3) classes. All five classes are not on the card in all 12 events on the 2021 WeatherTech Championship calendar. Thus, every class has – if not a weekend in the sun – a chance to shine when one or more of the other classes enjoys an “off” weekend.
 
With the prototype competitors taking a well-deserved summer vacation from this weekend’s Northeast Grand Prix, the spotlight falls on the GTLM and GTD classes at historic Lime Rock Park. It’s both a chance for the GT classes to shine and an eminently practical decision, given that when IMSA last mixed the top-level prototypes and GT cars at Lime Rock Park, the prototypes were 10 seconds quicker per lap than the GT3 cars. With the prototypes turning sub-45-second laps on the 1.474-mile circuit, it made for a “busy” race day for all concerned.
 
That said, here’s what to keep an eye on for what will be an exciting weekend of racing in Connecticut.
 
Flip a Coin
 
Per usual, it’s anyone’s guess which marques and teams will figure most prominently in GTD this weekend. Oddsmakers have two barometers by which to pick a favorite: Take the short view and base your pick on the 2021 season to date; or take the long view and base your pick on past GTD results at Lime Rock Park.
 
Based on the short view, the GTD championship-leading No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M6 GT3 is the nominal favorite, having won two of the past four events. On the other hand, Vasser Sullivan Racing is coming off a convincing 1-2 finish with their Lexus RC F GT3s in the IMSA WeatherTech 240 at Watkins Glen, while The Heart of Racing Team’s Aston Martin Vantage GT3 and Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 have been fixtures on the podium throughout the season and could be due for a win.
 
Then there’s Porsche, which figures in both the short view, having scored a 1-2 of its own at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts this year courtesy of the Pfaff Motorsports and Wright Motorsports 911 GT3Rs, and the long view given that Porsches have won two of the past three Northeast Grands Prix. On the other hand, Lamborghini won at Lime Rock in 2018 and, for good measure, Audi won in 2016.
 
All of which favors a third means of setting the odds for the 2021 Northeast Grand Prix: flip a coin.
 
The Short and Long of GTLM
 
By a similar token, if you rely on the long view for GTLM, you’ll roll snake eyes given Ford ruled the Lime Rock roost in 2018 and ’19 before exiting the series. In the short view, Corvette Racing’s twin C8.Rs are prohibitive favorites given that they’ve finished 1-2 in half of the four points-paying races this season.
 
But, given the fact that last year’s Northeast GP was canceled owing to the pandemic, the C8.R is new to the close confines of the closest thing sports car racing has to a bull ring. What’s more, Porsche enthusiasts will be buoyed by the knowledge that Porsche finished best of the rest behind the victorious Ford GT in 2019 and third in 2018 after a dominant 1-2 finish in 2017. So, it would seem the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Porsche 911 RSR-19 may have its best chance so far of repeating its upset win at this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts.
 
Lest We Forget
 
The celebration of sports cars that is the Northeast Grand Prix includes Saturday’s Lime Rock Park 120, Round 6 of the IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge. Sticking with the short view/long view perspective, the Grand Sport (GS) class figures to feature the Turner Motorsport BMW M4 GT4s and the No. 13 AWA McLaren 570S GT4, winners of three of five events so far. In the case of the No. 95 Turner BMW, it is the current championship leader ahead of the ultra-consistent (but so far winless) No. 3 Motorsports In Action McLaren.
 
Speaking of consistency, the No. 16 Wright Motorsports Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 Clubsport has finished second in three of the last four races not to mention – in the long view – that Porsche finished on the podium in two of the most recent Lime Rock races.
 
As for the Touring Car (TCR) class, Honda is on a roll, given the Nos. 94 and 84 Atlanta Speedwerks Civic FK7 TCRs scored back-to-back wins at Watkins Glen. In contrast, Audi’s RS3 LMS SEQs started off strong with wins at Daytona and Sebring by Unitronic JDC-Miller MotorSports and Road Shagger Racing and will be looking to return to the top step of the podium at Lime Rock.
 
That’s all well and good, but it will be impossible to ignore the flotilla of Hyundai Veloster and Elantra Ns from Bryan Herta Autosport with Curb-Agajanian, Michael Johnson Racing, CB Motorsports, Copeland Motorsports and van der Steur Racing at Lime Rock. Hyundai has “just” a single win (at Mid-Ohio) this season – so far. But Michael Lewis and Taylor Hagler enjoy a 130-point lead in TCR thanks to a consistent run of podium finishes. And, not to forget the long view, Hyundai won the most recent Michelin Pilot Challenge TCR race at Lime Rock in 2019. Where better to return to those winning ways than at the bucolic Connecticut circuit?