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Mercedes-AMG Rides Hot Hand to Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown

Just three races into its first season of IMSA competition, Mercedes-AMG is already making its mark on the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

In November 2016, the German manufacturer announced its intention to enter IMSA’s GT Daytona (GTD) class with a three-car campaign featuring the Mercedes-AMG GT3. The daring move meant Mercedes was joining the ranks of one of the most diverse classes of North American sports car racing, with no less than seven other manufacturers competing on a full-time basis.

IMSA Race Weekend Preview - Circuit of The Americas

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IMSA Race Weekend Preview - Circuit of The Americas

The 2017 Advance Auto Parts Sportscar Showdown from Circuit of The Americas will be broadcast Saturday, May 6 beginning at 7 p.m. ET on FS1.
 

Pressure Still on Taylor Brothers Heading to Circuit of The Americas

You have to go back to 2011 to find a team and driver pairing at the Prototype level of U.S. sports car racing that had as hot a start to the season as Jordan and Ricky Taylor have in their No. 10 Konica Minolta Cadillac DPi-V.R in the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Performance Tech Riding Young Talents to Perfect Start in Prototype Challenge Class

Performance Tech Motorsports team principal Brent O’Neill entered the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with a renewed optimism. After three years of being tantalizingly close to a win in WeatherTech Championship competition, recording four runner-up finishes and 13 podiums in the Prototype Challenge (PC) class in that span, O’Neill spent the second half of 2016 putting pieces in place to not only contend for wins, but the PC-class championship as well.

Two races and two wins later, O’Neill is in position to do just that.

IMSA Community Mourns Loss of Holly C. Job

Holly C. Job, 66, passed away today, April 29, 2017 after a 19-month battle with cancer. She was born June 13, 1950 in Pittsfield, Mass.  Holly is survived by her husband Alex Job, sister Karen Dunlap, and brother Eugene Hord.

IMSA Expands International Television Reach Through New Partnerships

Since the formation of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) in 1969, the sanctioning body has taken great pride in its relevance to international audiences and the large number of fans from around the world.

Rebuilding From Scratch

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].”

40-Car IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Field Set For Circuit of The Americas Next Week

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.

A Closer Look: Martin Tomczyk

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.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Team Owner Bobby Oergel doesn’t mince his words when talking about PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports’ start to the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season.

“We’re definitely not happy with the results, no,” he said. “What we’re doing is looking forward to better days to come.”

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