Motorsports Update #5

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Miss Geico Wins Inaugural Pensacola Grand Prix

 

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Miss Geico won the Pensacola Grand Prix in the Superboat Class.

The Miss Geico Offshore Racing Team of Driver Marc Granet and Throttleman Scotty Begovich showed off their superboat racing skills at the inaugural Pensacola Grand Prix as part of the Superboat International (SBI) 2014 race season on Sunday afternoon. Crane issues kept the team from racing at the Orange Beach Thunder on the Gulf event the day before.The team will compete in the SBI Florida Championship at Clearwater, Sept. 27-28 and then wrap up the season at Key West World Championships, Nov. 4-9.

 

TRG-AMR wins second CTSC race of the season

 

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TRG-AMR drivers Max Riddle (center) and Kris Wilson (right) won the GS Class in the Continental Tire SportsCar Championship.

The Racer’s Group Aston Martin Racing (TRG-AMR) duo of Kris Wilson and Max Riddle brought home their second win of the season and fourth podium finish at the Virginia International Raceway on Friday during Continental Tire SportsCar Championship in the GS class. Riddle started the race and then turned the car over to Wilson who managed to outlast and outdrive Robin Liddell in the Stevenson Motorsports Camaro by only three tenths of a second, making it one of the closest finishes this year in CTSC racing.

In TUDOR United SportsCar Championship racing, the TRG-AMR team overcame the odds by rebounding from a practice crash at Road America Aug. 9, that took away a hard fought pole position in an instant. Following a complete rebuild of the 007 car, drivers Al Carter and James Davison won the Pole at Virginia International Speedway for the series’ Oak Tree Grand Prix.The 007 car finished the race in P12.

On the West Coast, an Aston Martin armada of six cars were in the field at the Pirelli World Challenge at Sonoma Raceway where driver Christina Nielsen earned a place on the AM podium in her debut at the series.

 

Christina Nielsen earned a place on the AM podium in her debut at the World Pirelli Championship race held at Sonoma Raceway.
Christina Nielsen earned a place on the AM podium in her debut at the Pirelli World Challenge race held at Sonoma Raceway.

Aim Autosport – The team of Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell ran as high as P3 during the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway but a couple of penalties set them back and they finished the race P8. They are now tied for points lead in the GT-Daytona class with three other drivers for the championship.

The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Continental Tire Sportscar Challenge will run at the Circuit of the Americas Sept. 19 – 20 for the Lone Star Grand Prix then head to Road Atlanta for the Petit Le Mans season finale Oct. 1-4.

 

Red Bull Global Rallycross holds first event at a hot Daytona International track

 

Vermont SportCar and Subaru Rally Team USA driver Bucky Lasek drove to a third place finish at the Red Bull GRC race in Daytona.
Vermont SportCar and Subaru Rally Team USA driver Bucky Lasek drove to a third place finish at the Red Bull GRC race in Daytona.

 

Despite scorching temperatures in the stands and on the Red Bull Global Rallycross track, the debut of the series at Daytona International Speedway did not disappoint fans. The course featured 13 turns and the longest RBGRC track layout to date including a crazy hairpin turn. After some wild semi-final heats and LCQ racing, the final had Rhys Millen earning his first Supercar and series win in his Hyundai Veloster. Ken Block finished second and Subaru Rally Team USA/Vermont SportsCar driver Bucky Lasek came in third.

The next Red Bull GRC race is a double header at the Port of Los Angeles Sept. 20-21. Tickets can be purchased by visiting the LA event site.