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Adam Sinclair

Adam Sinclair

Adam has been a race fan since the first time he went through the tunnel under the Daytona International Speedway more than 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.

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Formula E has completed two full event simulations as the world’s first all-electric single-seater championship gears up for its first race in Beijing on September 13.

Both events took place at Leicestershire’s Donington Park, where a temporary pitlane and pitboxes were assembled to mimic those that will be in place at the street circuits the series will visit. Accreditation procedures, operational and IT infrastructures and even television broadcasts were also meticulously tested.

During the second simulation, for the first time the 10 teams ran all four of their cars as the two non-qualifying sessions, qualifying and an endurance test were completed to the schedule that will take place at the races.

This meant that all of the teams and drivers had the opportunity to simulate the unique car change pitstops – and at the second simulation – a full standing start.

While a number of issues were encountered, which was the reason for running the simulation, overall the events were considered to be a success.

Alejandro Agag, CEO of Formula E, said: “Putting on a major sporting event in the heart of cities around the world is a massive undertaking and requires careful preparation. We want the Formula E Beijing ePrix to a fantastic spectacle, which is why we’re leaving nothing to chance by rigorously testing all the systems beforehand. Overall we’re very pleased with how things went.”

Organisers have also revealed the raceday timetable for each Formula E event, which takes place all in one day. The 10 teams and 20 drivers will have two non-qualifying sessions in the morning – lasting 45 minutes and 30 minutes - followed by a qualifying session split into four groups of five cars with the order selected at random beforehand. The race itself will last approximately 60 minutes with the race distance (exact number of laps) determined on the day. 

The final Formula E pre-season test takes place at Donington Park on August 19 with free admission to the public. Some 4000 fans have already pre-registered their interest for the last opportunity to see the cars and drivers before the season opener.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com. To register for the final Formula E test click here: http://www.donington-park.co.uk/events/formula-e-testing/2014/08/19/fia-formula-e-official-test/ 

FIA Formula E Championship – Raceday timetable:

08:15 - 09:00                 Non qualifying practice 1
10:30 – 11:00                Non qualifying practice 2

12:00 - 12:10                 Qualifying group 1
12:15 – 12:25                Qualifying group 2
12:30 – 12:40                Qualifying group 3
12:45 – 12:55                Qualifying group 4

16:00                            Race (laps depended on circuit)

ENDS

 The Sportscar Vintage Racing Association (SVRA) returns to Circuit of The Americas (COTA) for the annual U.S. Vintage Racing National Championship, Oct. 10-12. Vintage cars from the early 20th century will hit the pavement for three days of exciting on-track racing, live music and fireworks. Tickets go on sale Friday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. CDT, with discounts available for students, military members and large groups. 

 

 

General Admission

Students/Military

3-Day Ticket Packages

$59

$39

The U.S. Vintage National Championship will feature approximately 600 vintage race cars from around the globe, some dating back to as early as 1931. Each of the 12 classes will race for the coveted Vintage Racing National Championship title on the full 3.4-mile Grand Prix circuit, and 35 different class winners will be awarded. Qualifying sessions will take place on Friday (Oct. 10) and Saturday (Oct. 11), with racing set for both Saturday and Sunday (Oct. 12).

Fans will get to see over 30 historic Trans-Am cars competing at COTA for the first time, like the original Boss 302 Mustangs, Camaro Z-28s, Plymouth Barracudas, Dodge Challengers and AMC Javelins. American racing legends Dan Gurney, Sam Posey, Mark Donohue, Peter Revson, and Parnelli Jones, drove these during what was known as the “factory wars” in the late 1960s and early 70s.

“We offer some of the most unique, world-class motorsports events at Circuit of The Americas, and we want to make it easy and convenient for fans to attend,” said Circuit Chief Marketing Officer Dominic Iacono. “By offering discounts for students, military and large groups, we hope to give everyone a chance to experience our incredible venue.”

Tickets, premium packages, parking, and RV spots for the U.S. Vintage Racing National Championships will be available for purchase athttp://circuitoftheamericas.com/vintageFriday, Aug. 15 at 10 a.m. Three-day passes are first come first served for general admission areas. For information about purchasing for large groups please contact our sales team at 512.301.6600. Tickets for the Lone Star Le Mans and the 2014 FORMULA 1 UNITED STATES GRAND PRIX can also be purchased online at http://www.circuitoftheamericas.com

 Andrew Novich clinched his first career Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda victory in Round 10 at Road America in Sunday morning's in a 45-minute sprint. 

Novich, driving the No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports car, started on pole in both Saturday and Sunday's races, but the California native fell back to finish seventh in Round 9. Novich's previous best finish was second in Round 6 in June at Watkins Glen International. 

"Today went more according to plan," Novich said. "Starting on pole for the second time allowed us a chance to hit the restart button from yesterday. I got passed at the start by Hayden (Duerson) and Christian (Potolicchio), but Christian fell back as we settled into the race. Hayden and I dueled for about half an hour, and it was a tight battle. His car started to fall off later in the race just as my car was really coming into its own. I was able to pass him, which was great.

 

 

"I was having an issue with the brake pads falling away from the brake disc, which meant I had a long pedal when I went to the brakes. After Hayden crashed out, I was alone at the front for a while. There was a caution near the end of the race, which bunched everyone up, but I was lucky to get a great restart.

 

"We've been chasing a win all year, and we've been so close before. To finally get one is so exciting. I can't thank Comprent Motor Sports enough for giving me a fast car today that was capable of winning."

 

Following Novich to the checkered flag were Matt McMurry of JDC Motorsports, who started 10th, and Christian Potolicchio of 8Star Motorsports, who started and finished third.

 

The race was McMurry's career best finish in the series and the 16-year-old's first podium. It was Potolicchio's first double podium this year.

 

Championship points leader Mikhail Goikhberg spun in the first part of the race and fell to finish 19th and one lap down. Championship contender Robert Alon was running up front until he was involved in an incident in Turn 1 that caused a  caution flag to fly. Alon ultimately finished15th in class.

 

LITES 1 MASTERS

 

John Falb, driving for ONE Motorsports, collected his second L1 Masters win in only his first season of Prototype Lites competition. Falb started fifth in the class.

 

"The car was tough to handle at the beginning of the race, but it really came to me as the race progressed," Falb said. "We ran a clean race, which was the biggest factor in taking home the win."

  

Jon Brownson started 13th in class, and drove all the way to third for his third podium of 2014 for Performance Tech Motorsports. He was later credited with second place after JDC Motorsports driver Gerry Kraut received a timed penalty for a restart infraction.

 

Kraut's penalty moved Don Yount of Yount Motorsports up to third place, giving him his fourth Masters podium of the 2014 season.

 

8Star Motorsports' driver Enzo Potolicchio started 10th in L1 Masters, and drove all the way to the lead before he was involved in the final incident, which ended his day, relegating him to a ninth-place finish.  

 

LITES 2

 

Lites 2 podium finishers (from left): Todd Slusher, Brian Alder, Jerome Mee

Brian Alder captured his seventh win in the Lites 2 category Sunday morning, after starting behind pole sitter Todd Slusher. Alder, driving for BAR1 Motorsports used caution flags to his advantage.

 

"Todd (Slusher) and I had a good battle on the first lap," Alder said. "We were side by side for half the lap and then he took the lead and held it until we had that first caution, which helped me catch up. On the restart I was able to get a good run. I followed an L1 car alongside the right and then coming into Turn 1 there was an incident and I ended up in front when we made it through the incident."

 

Slusher of ONE Motorsports finished second and Alta Velocita Racing's Jerome Mee took the checkered in third.

 

UP NEXT

 

The Cooper Tires Prototype Lites field will race in Rounds 11 and 12 at Virginia International Raceway, Aug. 22-24, sharing the asphalt with the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship's Prototype Challenge Class, before driving in the season finale at Road Atlanta, Oct. 1-3.

 

For more information about Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, visitwww.imsa.com, follow hashtag #CTPL @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

 

QUOTEBOOK:

 

ANDREW NOVICH (No. 61 Comprent Motor Sports, winner):

"Today went more according to plan. Starting on pole for the second time, we got to hit the restart button from yesterday. I got passed at the start by Hayden (Duerson) and Christian (Potolicchio), but Christian fell back as we settled into the race. Hayden and I dueled for about half an hour, and it was a tight battle. His car started to fall off later in the race just as my car was really coming into its own. I was able to pass him, which was great. I was having an issue the brake pads falling away from the brake disc, which meant I had a long pedal when I went to the brakes. After Hayden crashed out, I was alone at the front for awhile. There was a caution near the end of the race, which bunched everyone up, but I was lucky to get a great restart. We've been chasing a win all year, and we've been so close before. To finally get one is so exciting. I can't thank Comprent Motor Sports enough for giving a fast car today that was capable of winning."

 

MATT MCMURRY (No. 20 JDC Motorsports, second):
"We had an awesome race. We've had a horrible season with mechanicals and DNFs everywhere so it was awesome to finally have the car work the whole time and come from where we were. We had a mechanical in qualifying and were way in the back and went from 10th to second which was great."

 

CHRISTIAN POTOLICCHIO (No. 2 8Star Motorsports, third):

"It was an amazing race, just super competitive. I spent almost the entire race fighting for position with Robert Alon for a spot on the podium, which was great racing. I caught up to Matt McMurry in P2 on the restart, but didn't have enough to get around him. I'm really happy with third though, overall it was a great weekend for me with 8Star Motorsports."

 

JOHN FALB (No. 77 ONE Motorsports, fourth; first, Masters):

"We started about mid-pack today after having an incident yesterday. The guys got the car put back together today and had to go with a different setup. The car was tough to handle at the beginning of the race, but it really came to me as the race progressed. We ran a clean race and stayed out of trouble, which was the biggest factor in taking home this win."

 

JON BROWNSON (No. 34 Performance Tech Motorsports, sixth; second, Masters):

"It was a thrilling race. Thanks to the Performance Tech Motorsports crew, I had a beautiful car. I was able to work my way through the field. I was hoping to move further up than I did, but we'll take this for sure. I'd like to think it was my cat-like reflexes and a lot of good luck that kept me out of trouble out there today."

 

BRIAN ALDER (No. 22 BAR1 Motorsports, winner, Lites 2):

"The race was good. Todd (Slusher) and I had a good battle on the first lap. We were side by side for half the lap and then he took the lead and held it until we had that first caution, which was good it helped me catch up. I think he had a little bit better car today. On the restart I was able to get a good run. I followed an L1 car alongside the right and then coming into Turn 1 there was an incident and I ended up in front when we made it through the incident. Big thanks to the crew guys at Bar1 Motorsports."

 

TODD SLUSHER (No. 62 ONE Motorsports, second, Lites 2):

"I managed to stay out of trouble, and it was a lot of fun. I was battling with a lot of different cars, and I feel good about turning my fastest lap of the entire weekend during that race. I held first for a longtime, and at the restart there was a little bit of controversy. No matter how it ends up, that was very exciting. Road America is an amazing track. We have a great team with ONE Motorsports, and they've worked so hard to make sure we have a great season."

 

JEROME MEE (No. 95 Alta Velocita Racing, third, Lites 2):

"Sometimes victory is just in finishing. My crew was up the entire night and the guys from Performance Tech came over and helped us. I can't thank them enough and can't thank my crew enough. The car just never felt right. I kept a pace and every time I tried to push it something felt a little bit different. I didn't want to have any more incidents so I just decided to finish the race."

 

Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda

 

The two classes of competition in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda series take drivers and teams down unique, exciting roads of prototype sports car racing. Nimble, high-tech, purpose-built Lites 1 machines pack in the power with a 230-horsepower, 2-liter Mazda engine designed to prepare aspiring professionals for prototype competition in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship. Equally capable and affordable Lites 2 machines offer world-class competition for semi-professional drivers. Both formulas take competition to the next level, producing thrilling, high-speed action at premier venues across North America.

 

IMSA

 

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin, Ferrari Challenge North America and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO), which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

(IMSA PR)

Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Maryland, doubled down at Road America by winning Round 10 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, part of the Road Race Showcase. Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, and Nathanial Sparks, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, completed the podium.
 
Copeland followed his win from Saturday with another, in his No. 7 Copeland Motorsports/Sync Speed Inc. MX-5. This race, which averaged 64.768 mph at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile permanent road course, was slowed by one full-course caution period that lasted one lap. The flag was flown after Ara Malkhassian collided with a track barrier between Turns One and Two. The driver was unhurt in the incident.
 
The battle at the front of the field was another close affair, like Saturday’s race. For much of the time, Copeland was part of a five-car scrum for the lead that included Koch, Sparks, John Dean and Sebastian Landy. On Lap 8, Landy ran off course on the outside of Turn Six, but was able to get back underway after going a couple laps down to the leaders. Dean then dropped from the lead battle after his car suffered a broken suspension component, forcing an early retirement from the race on Lap 10.
 
“I’m on top of the world,” Copeland said. “It’s almost like it was meant to be. We didn’t make the previous rounds this year because we had some other things going on at home. For me, it can’t get any better. This is my favorite track and I won both races. I don’t even know what to say, it’s awesome.
 
“The race actually got a little hairy. Going through Canada Corner, I went over the curb and bent something. My steering wheel was off about 70 degrees. I radioed my dad and told him that something was wrong. He told me that it didn’t matter, to just go and win.”
 
The opening laps of Koch’s race closely mirrored that of his run on Saturday. In the No. 12 ALRARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5, he was quick off the start. Koch was the leader at the strip for the first eight laps of the race. Unlike Saturday’s race, Koch was able to keep himself in contention for the win until the checkered flag flew.
 
“I’m feeling really good, that’s for sure,” Koch said. “Dean Copeland was able to work with me the entire time, and we were able to make our way up to the front. I’m happy with how we finished. It was a really good points day.
 
“Yesterday, I didn’t have anyone to work with. I was trying to work with Dean Copeland, but with the way things worked out, it was hard for us to work together.
 
Until Dean’s mechanical failure, Sparks worked closely with his teammate. Racing with help from the draft, Sparks was able to get his No. 8 OOTSK Performance/Bimmerworld MX-5 to the front of the line and was scored as the leader on laps nine and 10. Following Dean’s retirement, it was an everyone-for-themselves battle for the win.
 
“Unfortunately, Dean had a ball joint failure and lost a tow link,” Sparks said. “But I managed to keep a good pace going. I had a great setup. My car was turning really well through Turn One, The Carousel and The Kink. Those are three of the most important places to keep your momentum going at this track.
 
“The two guys up front, Dean and Koch, were working well together and I needed to play a smart game to keep up with those guys. I’m feeling lucky to have finished where we did, but it would have been a bonus if the team had been able to finish with one more car since we had such good pace this weekend. To be honest I’m not used to being the guy standing on the podium twice in one weekend. We usually run strong and finish fifth, but it’s a great feeling to finish where we did.”
 
Lucas Catania brought his No. 17 Atlanta Motorsports Group/NY Spine & Wellness/SOS MX-5 home in fourth. Starting in eighth, Catania methodically worked his way forward and took the lead of the second drafting pack on the last lap.
 
Russell Walker completed the top five positions for Round 10. At the wheel of his No. 40 ExpoSystems MX-5, Walker quickly got embroiled in the position swapping going on in the second drafting pack. As the lead group created separation between themselves and the rest of the field, it became a fight to finish at the front of the particular pack in which each driver found them self.
 
In the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Drake Kemper, of Toluca Lake, California, came out on top in a very close race to the line with Ben Albano. After spitting the classes for the initial rolling start and the lap six restart, the leaders quickly caught up to the end of the Cup field and interspersed themselves in the traffic. When it came to the final lap, Kemper was able to use traffic in his No. 99 Royal Rugby SBMX-5 to his advantage and win the drag race, up the hill, from Turn 14 to the line.
 
“It was absolutely insane,” Kemper said. “That had to be the closest finish in Skip Barber Racing class history. We literally connected mirrors at the end. The side draft from the CJ Wilson car is what allowed me to win.
 
“The second we got out there, the track was really loose. On lap five, I had major contact with Bryan Hixon, which really messed up my car. I dropped back to fifth for about five laps, but somehow made it back up to the front. I couldn’t be more thrilled by coming to a track where I’ve never been and completing a clean sweep of the weekend.”
 
Albano, of Greenwich, Connecticut, finished just 0.007-second behind Kemper in his No. 61 Project Yellow Light SBMX-5. Lucas Bize, of New York, finished in third.
 
Koch held onto the Mazda MX-5 Cup Championship Point lead having amassed 609 points. Dean leaves Road America in the second position, 90 markers out of the lead. Landy also keeps station in the standings with 478 points, in third.
 
In the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge season-long standings, Kemper retains the lead with 580 points. Albano sits 26 markers behind, while Robby Foley is third, with 526 points.
 
The final event for the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires will be part of the Petit LeMans Powered by Mazda, at Road Atlanta, Oct. 1-3.

Spencer Pigot stayed clean from green to checkered to win Round 8 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin on Sunday during the Grand Prix of Trois-Rivières (GP3R). 

"It was a great race," Pigot said. "We've been working hard all weekend, so I have to thank the Alegra guys for continuing to improve the car. Today was really good.

Pigot, from Orlando, Florida, beat championship leader Scott Hargrove to the finish by 8.499 seconds in the No. 21 Alegra Motorsports Porsche for his second victory of the season. The smooth, composed drive despite close battles with Hargrove and fellow title contender Chris Green earlier in the race was a successful contrast from Round 7 on Saturday, in which Pigot was penalized for bumping Hargrove into a spin early in the race. 

"I knew I had the pace," continued Pigot. "I just had to take advantage when I could but not take too many risks and end up in the wall, which is easy to do here. Just worked my way past Chris and Scott. It was good battling with them, as always. Really hard racing, but it was all clean today. Happy to get the win." 

Round 7 winner Green, from Montreal, finished third Sunday in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. He ended up .778 of a second behind Hargrove after stalking Hargrove's No. 69 OpenRoad Porsche for the second half of the 45-minute race.

  "We tried something new today because we knew it was going to be a little bit cooler on the track," added Green. "It probably didn't play out to our advantage. The car started coming in a little bit at the end, but at that point, it was tough. After contact with Scott (Hargrove) in the opening laps, I had a puncture in the rad (radiator), so I was kind of maintaining the temperatures and I was up to 160 degrees. It was pretty hot. Came in (after the race), and the thing was spitting fluid out of the car. They drove really well today. Congrats to Alegra. They did fantastic. I'm proud of my whole team. The Pfaff Motorsports car will be back at Mosport to take the two wins back."

Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, extended his Platinum Cup (2014 car models) championship lead to 16 points, 152-136, over Green with just two rounds remaining Aug. 30-31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario. Forty points will be on the line at the finale, as the winning driver in each round earns 20 points.

 "Good for the championship," stated Hargrove. "I'm thrilled with that going into the last two races with a healthy lead. Definitely looking good there." 

Etienne Borgeat, from Montreal, finished fourth Sunday on the street circuit at Trois-Rivières in the No. 2 entry fielded by Quebec-based GT Racing.

Carlos de Quesada, from Odessa, Florida, rounded out the top five in the No. 22 Alegra Motorsports Porsche after snaking through the 11-turn, 1.53-mile (2.46 km) Circuit Trois-Rivières in lockstep with Borgeat and fellow Platinum Masters competitors Marco Cirone and Perry Bortolotti for position over the last 25 minutes of the race.

"My goal was to stay right behind Etienne (Borgeat)," de Quesada added. "I knew Etienne was running a good pace from the start, so I just stuck with him. I just kept on putting pressure toward the end. He was really starting to fall back. He was allowing Perry (Bortolotti) and Marco (Cirone) to catch back up with me. But I never really had a good window to make a good, clean pass, so just strategically I just decided to stay behind Etienne and defend my position for first in Masters." (Can you catch Cirone for the Platinum Masters title?): "I can. It's always a lot of luck with this. The two incidents I've had unfortunately have been with Marco and Perry, and it's unfortunate that the one I'm fighting for the championship with is Marco. I'm just hoping that something happens to them at Mosport, and I can take that lead. I'll just fight for first there and try to come out on top." 

Hargrove started from pole and drove away from Green and Pigot early in the race, buidling a lead of 2.485 seconds after eight minutes. But Pigot's Porsche started to find its groove. Pigot dove under Green with a clean pass for second with 35 minutes remaining and zeroed in on Hargrove.

 Seven minutes later, Pigot's Porsche nosed to within a few meters of Hargrove's car. Pigot then sliced under Hargrove, locking his wheels in a puff of white tire smoke into a corner, but hanging on for the pass for the lead. But one corner later, Pigot locked up again, letting Hargrove through for the lead.

 But less than two minutes later, Pigot's speed was too much for Hargrove to parry one more time. Pigot used another low pass at the apex of a corner for the lead with 25 minutes remaining, and he cruised away over the remaining laps for an easy victory.

 Hargrove continued his streak of finishing first or second at all eight rounds this season.

 "This race was pretty wild," Hargrove said. "I got a great start, got away, and then started to lose the rear brakes a little bit. From then on, I was under pressure from both Spencer and Chris. Me and Spencer went back and forth a couple of times, and then he finally got me. And then Chris was pressuring me for the last 20 minutes of the race, and I was just able to hold on.

 "Still a great result for the OpenRoad Porsche. Good for the championship. I'm thrilled with that going into the last two races with a healthy lead."

 

Platinum Masters

 

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Marco Cirone, Carlos de Quesada, Perry Bortolotti

De Quesada earned his second Platinum Masters (age 45 and older) victory of the season - both this weekend - after a perhaps the best battle on the track for the entire 45-minute race. 

He had one eye out his windshield while chasing Platinum Cup driver Borgeat and another on his rear-view mirror, keeping tabs of Platinum Masters rivals Cirone and Bortolotti. 

All four drivers were within two seconds of each other - often closer - throughout the final 30 minutes. The only change in position came when Cirone, from Toronto, snuck past Mark Motors Racing teammate Bortolotti, from Kanata, Ontario, for second in Platinum Masters with 13 minutes remaining. 

But de Quesada, Cirone and Bortolotti continued to probe for openings for a pass until the checkered flag, without a whisper of the melees that filled Round 7 Saturday. 

"I think it was one of our best races because the four of us had so much respect for each other out there, and no one wanted to hit anybody else even though we had opportunities to try to make a desperate attempt at a pass," Cirone said. "But we all behaved." 

2013 Gold Cup champion de Quesada cut reigning Platinum Masters champion Cirone's lead in the championship to eight points, 148-140, with two rounds remaining. 

 

Gold Cup

 

Gold Cup podium finishers (from left): Tim Sanderson, Jerimy Daniel, Shaun McKaigue

Quebec resident Jerimy Daniel overcame a disappointing result Saturday to deliver himself the best 21st birthday present possible - a Gold Cup victory in the No. 75 TRC Porsche. 

Daniel, from Candiac, Quebec, didn't finish Round 7 Saturday due to a punctured radiator in his car. But he led nearly the whole way Sunday for his fifth Gold Cup victory of the season. 

Series rookie Daniel pulled to within two points of Gold Cup championship leader Tim Sanderson, 140-138, with just two rounds remaining in the tightest points race in the series. It was an ideal present for his 21st birthday Sunday. 

"It was a crazy race," Daniel said. "It was really hot in the car, and I just tried to manage my race to stay in front and not do any mistakes like Tim did. He spun, so I just tried to stay in front and manage my race so I can keep my first place and give me this birthday present." 

Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, finished second Sunday in the No. 07 Alegra Motorsports/Northwest Atlantic Motorsports after winning Round 7 Saturday. He spun early in the race while hustling to chase Daniel and ended up 21.303 seconds behind Daniel. 

"We didn't quite have the start we had yesterday, so we were playing a little bit of catch-up. We were running strong with Jerimy, and I thought we were reeling him in a few times, getting a little bit closer. I know he was trying to conserve his brakes, I think. 

"I just overcooked it in corner 2, and the car looped around on me a little quicker than I thought it would have, and I couldn't grab it back. So happy birthday to Jerimy today."

 Shaun McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, finished third in Gold Cup in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche. It was his second Gold Cup podium of the weekend, as he finished second Saturday in Round 7. 

Just 24 points separate Sanderson from fifth-place Ilker Starck in the tight championship chase in Gold Cup.

 

Silver Cup

 

Silver Cup podium finishers (from left): Keith Bass and Chuck Harris, with Porsche Cars Canada President and CEO Alexander Pollich

Chuck Harris returned to his winning ways in Silver Cup (2005½-2009 car models) with his seventh victory in eight rounds in the No. 50 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. 

Harris, from Tampa, Florida, was eliminated from Round 7 on Saturday after hitting the wall. But the skill of the Alegra Motorsports team helped Harris return to the top step of the podium. 

"I have to thank the Alegra guys for working all night to get the car back on track," Harris said. "The car was perfect; it ran great. It was nice driving with a little cooler temperatures this morning, and I just tried to be a little more patient today. I had a good drive." 

Keith Bass, from Tampa, Florida, finished second in the No. 49 Alegra Motorsports Porsche after earning his first victory of the season in Round 7 on Saturday. 

Harris leads the Silver Cup championship standings by 12 points with two rounds remaining.

 

Rounds 9 and 10 of the 2014 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin - both 45-minute races - are scheduled for Aug. 30-31 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park at Bowmanville, Ontario. They are the final two races of the season.

After a successful inaugural season the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship announced today that it will return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca next year for a May 1-3, 2015 race weekend.
 
“Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca is one of the finest road tracks in the world,” says Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager. “A perfect venue for the return of the TUDOR Championship. Credit is truly due to the hard working volunteers who put on our events and the loyal fans who continue to support sports car racing in America.”
 
With a race at Road America last weekend and then just three weekends left in the TUDOR Championship season, the following are the points leaders in the four classes competing:
 
Prototype: 1) Action Express, 2) Wayne Taylor Racing, 3) VisitFlorida.com Racing
Prototype Challenge: 1) CORE Autosport, 2) 8StarMotorsports, 3) Starworks Motorsport
GT Le Mans: 1) Corvette Racing,2) SRT Motorsports, 3) BMW Team RLL
GT Daytona: 1) AIM Autosport, 2) Alex Job Racing, 3) Paul Miller Racing
 
One of the unique aspects of a TUDOR Championship race weekend is the unparalleled spectator access to the cars and drivers. Within the open paddock fans can watch crews prepare their cars, take photos and interact with drivers. In fact, all drivers participate in an organized autograph session at each event.
 
Additionally, prior to the race fans are invited to participate in a free fan walk on pit lane prior to the green flag. There they can get a close-up look at all the teams just moments before they go racing.
 
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will announce its full 2015 race season schedule in the fall, with tickets going on sale in December.

 Performance Tech Motorsports will start fifth in the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase tomorrow at Road America after a gritty qualifying effort from David Ostella.  In what is becoming a trademark for Ostella, the 22-year old Canadian driver pulled last-lap heroics to get his fast lap in the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge car under the checkered flag.

 Ostella's qualifying time of 2 minutes, .144 seconds was more than two seconds faster than his previous practice laps and less than six-tenths behind the pole sitter. The team struggled throughout the practice sessions to find a good baseline setup for both Ostella and his co-driver James French.

 The long track combined with complex corners makes for exciting racing, but also makes it difficult to find the perfect setup. Performance Tech Lead Engineer Ty Sayman said the team has been looking for a balance that could work for both drivers.

 "Just like any track you have to find a good balance," Sayman said. "There are three different spots that we're reaching speeds above 165 mph and there are some fast corners. So you want to try and trim the car as much as you can, but we also have to be prepared for the slow corners, it really is just all a balance."

 Team Principal Brent O'Neill was pleased with Ostella's qualifying effort. He has seen the growth of both drivers and feels like they have found that balance for the two.

 "It was a great effort by David," O'Neill said. "We made a couple of little mistakes on setup today and took some confidence away from him and James and it took him until the last couple of laps to get going. But it's okay, we're sixth-tenths from the pole and we have a good car for the race. The confidence is back 100 percent."

 Ostella, while pleased with the qualifying results, wants to see continued improvement for the race tomorrow.

 "We really focus on race setup and so qualifying isn't always our strongest session," Ostella said. The guys set the car up pretty good and it was consistent. One thing this weekend we didn't get a lot of time on is new tires so we struggled a little bit to get up to speed. And it being such a long track, you don't get many laps out there and that was a little unfortunate.

 "But fifth is great for us. Now we're just going to put our heads together and see what we can put together for the race. After that qualifying run and James having a good practice session before that, I think we can do really well tomorrow."

 Ostella and French will take to the track for the two-hour, 45-minute race, at 1:15 p.m. (CT) Sunday, Aug. 10. Live streaming and timing will be available at imsa.com, and the race will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 10 on FOX Sports 1.

 David Ostella qualified fifth Saturday in his No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge car at historic Road America for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase on Sunday. Echoing his qualifying drama at the last race, at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway,Ostella set his fastest time of 2 minutes, .144 of a second on the last lap of the 15-minute session.

"The car did really well," Ostella said. "The guys set it up pretty good and it was consistent. One thing for this weekend we didn't get a lot of time on new tires so we struggled a little bit to get up to speed. But we still pulled out a great qualifying, fifth is great for us. Our philosophy all weekend and all year has been race setup and that's what we've been doing. So now we're just going to put our heads together and see what we can put together for the race."

 The 14-turn, 4.048-mile Road America circuit is the longest on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule and produces some of the most exciting racing in North America. It's also one of the fastest. Though Ostella has not raced on the course since 2010, he hopes to visit the podium there Sunday.

 "The goal is to get back on the podium again, for sure," Ostella said. "We should have had a podium at Indy but had to settle for fourth. James (French, Ostella's teammate) and I have been butting heads a little bit setup-wise, but I think we've got a good one now. We had a good qualifying run today and James had a good run in practice, so I think we can do really well tomorrow."

 Ostella and French will take to the track for the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America, a two-hour, 45-minute race, at 1:15 p.m. (CT) Sunday, Aug. 10. Live streaming and timing will be available at imsa.com, and the race will be broadcast at 6:30 p.m. (ET) Sunday, Aug. 10 on FOX Sports 1.

 

Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Maryland, finished in the top position for Round Nine of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich tires at Road America, part of the Road Race Showcase. Nathanial Sparks, of Spanish Fort, Alabama, and Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the podium. For the second time in his career, Copeland scored a series win at Road America. This time, Copeland did it as part of a race that average 91.386 mph around the 14-turn, 4.048-mile permanent road course. For 16 laps, Copeland kept his No. 7 Copeland Motorsports/Sync Speed Inc. MX-5 in contention for the lead. On the final lap, he started his move in the Carousel to get around Sparks. While Copeland started the pass it turn 10, it wasn’t complete until the exit of Turn 12.
 
“We had a long time to think about this race since it was so late,” Copeland said. “Before the race, I played every scenario through my head that I could think of. But, when it came to the start of the race, all that planning goes out the window. It was pretty clear the Sick Sideways guys, of Sparks and Dean, were working together very closely. I tried to get between them early on, but they weren’t having any of that. So, I just decided to sit behind them until the closing laps, and I was hoping someone would come to help.
 
“Once we got the white flag, Sebastian [Landy] was there to help. We had a shot, and we took it. Landy have me enough of a draft to get around the two Sick Sideways guys.
 
“This type of racing suits my driving style. I like race on the edge, and you can’t be scared around this place. Going flat out through ‘The Kink’ isn’t easy, but it’s something you have to do.”
 
Like Copeland, Sparks was part of the five-car group that continually swapped the lead amongst themselves for the second half of the race. The lead officially changed hands nine times among three drivers, while many other unofficial passes for the race lead took place elsewhere on the circuit.
 
“Crazy is an understatement for what happened out on the track,” Sparks said. “You come here knowing it’s going to be close, but you never can fully expect what is going to happen. I can’t wait to go back and watch the in-car footage.
 
“At most places it comes down to who can physically drive better, but here it’s all about the mental battle and finding who can help keep you out front. If it weren’t for my teammate, John Dean, I wouldn’t be here right now. I’m really glad we’re here and competitive, as a team, for tomorrow.”
 
In his No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy spent most of the race at the tail end of the lead draft. While not continually dicing for the lead, Landy was able to sit back and size up his competition.
 
“There were six of seven cars that could have walked away with the win,” Landy said. “The Sick Sideways guys and Dean Copeland were strong. For the most part it was tough to hang with the leaders, and I wasn’t sure I had anything for them. As the race went on, things came to me a little more. I tried to take advantage of the opportunities and came home third. It was great.
 
“On the last lap, it came down to me working with Dean [Copeland] since he was the only guy with whom I could work. I just tried to see if we could both get by the Sick Sideways guys. I got him to the lead and I was able to get in front of John [Dean]. It was great racing with Sparks through Canada Corner. It was just a great race, the whole way around.”
 
John Dean finished fourth in his No. 16 Projections Research/PPG MX-5. As the laps wound down, Dean was in the mix for the race lead. He just didn’t have the placement to get to the point position.
 
Championship Leader Kenton Koch brought his No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5 home in fifth. Koch hung with the leaders early on, but had lost close contact with the front-running group by lap 14. He spent the remaining three laps fighting to hold the fifth position.
 
In the Skip Barber MAZDASPEED Pro Challenge, Drake Kemper, of Toluca Lake, California, took a hard-fought win. Kemper, Ben Albano and Lucas Bize were all scored as lap leaders during the race, but Kemper was able to put his No. 99 Royal Rugby SBMX-5 in the right place when it counted.
 
“That was the most insane 45 minutes of my entire life,” Kemper said. “We probably switched positions 30 different times since there were four official leaders in our class. There wasn’t a lap where the drivers in the lead group didn’t change positions at least once.
 
“Coming into this weekend, I was worried about this track. On TV, it looks much wider than it is and with more grip. When I figured that it was none of those things, I got even more worried. I’m happy though. We qualified with a double pole, and we’re looking to get a double win.”
 
Lucas Bize, of New York, finished second followed by Robby Foley, of Randolph, New Jersey, who completed the podium.
 
Round 10 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires is scheduled for Sunday, at 10:50 a.m. (CDT).

Sloan Urry passed pole-sitter Michael Lewis for the lead on Lap 1 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race Saturday at Road America to earn his second victory this season for JDX Racing. The 45-minute timed race on the 4.048-mile road course was slowed by three caution periods. That never gave Urry, from Park City, Utah, enough green flag running to pull away from the field.

After a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag, Urry took the checkered flag .293 of a second ahead of Lewis in his No. 20 JDX Racing Porsche.

"We didn't get the pole in qualifying, but we were able to get the pass over Lewis pretty quickly after the green flag flew," Urry said. "After that, it was a little bit of a nightmare inside the car because there were so many yellows. I wanted to go, go, go, but we kept getting bunched up at the restarts.

"JDX Racing gave me an incredible car today. Porsche is always supplying the best stuff and making sure we're running right, and the Yokohama tires were there the whole time. This is probably the best car I've had all year. It was amazing."

Lewis, from Laguna Beach, Calif., was happy to collect his fourth Platinum Cup (2014 car models) podium finish of the 2014 season in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche.

"I made a small mistake on the first lap in the Turn 5 area and lost the lead, but that's racing," Lewis said. "That was a pretty intense race, but I ended up second and got good points. I feel like we have a really good car, and we have two more races tomorrow to try and get a win."

Kasey Kuhlman started 10th and kept the nose of his No. 15 Wright Motorsports Porsche out of trouble to climb all the way to third overall. Cincinnati resident Kuhlman earned his third Platinum Cup podium of the year and was also the highest finisher in the Platinum Cup Masters (drivers age 45 and older) class.

"I just kept my head down, hit my marks and took the opportunities that were in front of me," Kuhlman said. "I tried not to make any mistakes, and at the same time take advantage of others' mistakes. It was a good race."

Platinum Cup championship leader Colin Thompson finished fourth for Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County, just missing the podium. Championship contender Angel Benitez Jr. lost four positions on the last lap of the race to finish sixth.

 

Platinum Masters

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): David Calvert-Jones, Kasey Kuhlman, Charlie Putman

 

Kuhlman took the top spot on the Platinum Cup Masters podium for the ninth time in 10 rounds this season. He has won the class in the last nine consecutive races since finishing fourth in the season-opening round in March at Sebring International Raceway.

"I just kept my head down, hit my marks and took the opportunities that were in front of me," added Kuhlman. "I tried not to make any mistakes and take advantage of others' mistakes. It was a good race."

David Calvert-Jones finished second after starting fifth overall. It was the Australian's sixth appearance on the Platinum Masters podium this season.

 "I started in a good position. I had a good qualifying, and then I had a terrible race," stated Calvert-Jones. "There were a couple issues with some cars around me that I didn't think was all that favorable, but hey, that's racing, I guess, and I got passed by a couple of cars that shouldn't have passed me on a few restarts. Tomorrow will be a better day."
 

Dempsey Racing driver Charlie Putman made up three positions on the 14-turn circuit at Road America to finish third. Putman has finished on the Platinum Masters podium four times this season in a limited schedule.

"We started out with quite a bit of action there at Turn 5 and in a few other places, but it's just a result of hard racing and guys running as hard as they can," Putman interjected. "We sort of settled down in the middle, but in those last few laps it was really hard again. There was a lot of rubbing and a lot of dirt and smoke. It was really exciting from the car; I hope it was as exciting for the spectators." 


 Gold Cup/Gold Masters

Gold Cup/Gold Masters podium finishers (from left): Jeff Mosing, David Ducote, Michael Levitas

Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County driver David Ducote made a successful first Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) start this season after racing six rounds in the Platinum Cup class. Houston resident Ducote was the top Gold Cup qualifier, and he never relinquished the lead in the 45-minute timed race.

 "It was fast and furious and very chaotic," added Ducote. "There was a lot going on all the time. I was fighting with a couple of Platinum cars, and I had a couple of battles here and there. I was just trying to stay focused and avoid the carnage, which was hard, but I made it through." 

Jeff Mosing of Topp Racingand Michael Levitas of TPC Racing joined Ducote on the podium in second and third, respectively. Ducote, Mosing and Levitas also comprised the Gold Masters podium.


 "As kind of predicted, we did have a little bit of melee at the exit of Turn 5," stated Mosing. "I had my good friend and coach Eric Foss eyes and ears for me, and he told us head's up, and we were able to avoid the wreck between 5 and 6. That was a big help. Hats off to Todd Opperman for giving me a great car. We weren't the fastest car out there, but we were strong enough to be competitive. Everyone behind me was so busy scruffing with each other that I just had to put my head down and get some decent laps in."

Ducote, Mosing and Levitas finished just .920 of a second apart. Patrick-Otto Madsenwas fourth in Gold despite a spirited charge from second to fourth before dropping back to fourth in an ANSA Motorsports Porsche. Madsen finished 1.013 seconds off the podium.


 

Yokohama Hard Charger

Yokohama Hard Charger Winner David Baker

David Baker of Topp Racing took home the Yokohama Hard Charger award for Round 11. Baker started the 45-minute sprint 17th and gained nine positions to finish eighth overall and fourth in the Platinum Masters division.

 "It was a survival kind of a race," stated Baker. "There was a lot of mayhem out there. But I do want to thank my sponsor Apex Capital and Topp Racing for giving me a great car today."

Two more 45-minute races will take place Sunday as part of a triple-header for the series this weekend at Road America. 

Round 12 will start at 9:50 a.m. (CT). Round 6 will begin at 5 p.m. That race was rescheduled for this weekend after being rained out in late May at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. 

Follow the action live through streaming video at fanschoice.tv, live timing at scoring.imsa.com/gt3-challenge-usa and live race details on Twitter @IMSALive.

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