It’s all hands on deck right now at VISIT FLORIDA Racing.
At the team’s shop in Daytona Beach, Florida on Wednesday, Team Owner Troy Flis described the timeline faced by the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Multimatic/Riley crew.
“Our engineer flew in today and the guys are making good progress on the car,” Flis said. “Our electrical guy will be here tomorrow to finish up a couple odds and ends but I believe by Friday, the car will be done. We’ll load up Friday night and we’re hoping to test on Monday to shakedown the car on the way to [Circuit of The Americas].”
All four IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship classes – totaling 40 cars – have been entered for next week’s fourth round of the 12-race season, the Advance Auto Parts SportsCar Showdown at Circuit of The Americas on Saturday, May 6.
Just prior to the one-hour mark in the April 8 BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix at Long Beach, Martin Tomczyk steered the No. 24 BMW M6 GTLM into the race lead.
While the first two races of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season had been a struggle for the two-car BMW Team RLL team, it was no surprise to see an M6 at the front of the field. After all, the BMW team earned its second consecutive Long Beach pole last year, and Bill Auberlen and Dirk Werner won in 2015 driving a BMW.
Lone Star Racing team principal and driver Dan Knox will debut the new No. 80 ACS Manufacturing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with co-driver Mike Skeen in the team’s home-race next week at Circuit of The Americas (COTA).
The IMSA WeatherTech Championship Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown at COTA, May 4 – 6, will be the first of four IMSA GT Daytona (GTD) races that Lone Star Racing, Knox and Skeen will contest this year in the team’s new Mercedes-AMG GT3.
After a grand close to the 2016 season, International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) officials today confirmed that the WeatherTech Night of Champions will return to the Chateau Élan Winery & Resort in Braselton, Georgia on Monday, Oct. 9.
Mike Johnson is a name some racing fans will recognize, but many may not. Either way, Johnson has been heavily involved at the highest levels of North American sports car racing for well over a decade.
Johnson currently serves as team manager for Stevenson Motorsports, calling strategy for the No. 57 Audi R8 LMS GT3 in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. However, winding back the clock to the year 2000, Johnson was one of the first team owners in the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series.
IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitor Michael Shank Racing will team with Andretti Autosport to campaign the No. 50 Michael Shank Racing with Andretti Autosport Honda/Dallara with driver Jack Harvey for the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500.
The collaboration marks the newest chapter for Columbus, Ohio-based Mike Shank, who competed as a driver in the open wheel ranks and made one IndyCar start in 1997 before moving to focus on team ownership.