Road Atlanta (2017)
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Bruno Senna has struck out at IMSA officialdom after the #22 ESM Nissan was penalized in the closing laps of yesterday’s Petit Le Mans while team partner Pipo Derani was leading at Road Atlanta.
Brendon Hartley, Ryan Dalziel and Scott Sharp won the 20th Petit Le Mans, but only after their ESM Nissan teammates and an Action Express Racing Cadillac were served penalties in the final half hour.
A strong stint from polesitter Helio Castroneves has catapulted Penske back into the fight for Petit Le Mans victory, after pressuring Bruno Senna into a spin.
The finale of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road Atlanta, the 10-hour Petit Le Mans, was under its 10th full-course caution at the 6-hour mark and Brendon Hartley led after a strong recovery drive.
Not even halfway through the 2017 edition of Petit Le Mans, and the Prototype fight is getting intense and claiming high-profile casualties, while the GT classes remain fraught as they have been all season...
The ESM Racing Nissans ran 1-2 after the opening couple hours of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar finale at Road Atlanta, as Penske’s Petit Le Mans challenge came unstuck thanks to an errant backmarker.
Helio Castroneves took six laps to nail a Petit Le Mans pole time that remained tantalizingly out of reach for ESM Nissan, which threw everything it had into displacing the #6 Penske-run Oreca-Gibson.
Helio Castroneves took Penske’s Oreca-Gibson under the 72sec barrier around Road Atlanta to claim fastest time in the fourth and final practice before this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Brendon Hartley turned 49 laps in the 90-minute evening practice at Road Atlanta but it was his 23rd that put the #2 Nissan DPi machine on top of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship field by three-tenths of a second.
Team Penske took just two sessions to make its return to sportscar racing felt as Juan Pablo Montoya put the squad’s Oreca-Gibson at the top of the times in second practice at Road Atlanta.
Renger van der Zande, who won the previous round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Laguna Seca, continued his momentum at Road Atlanta this morning with fastest time around the 2.54-mile roadcourse.
The 2012 IndyCar champion and 2014 Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay says his main aim at Petit Le Mans is to support Ricky and Jordan Taylor’s bid to clinch the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Prototype title.
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Team Penske has entered an Oreca 07-Gibson in next month’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale with an all-star driver lineup in preparation for next year’s full-season return to sportscar competition.
Rebellion Racing has added Mathias Beche and Gustavo Menezes to its line-up for next month's Petit Le Mans IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship finale.
Jonathan Bomarito will join last week’s IMSA Laguna Seca winners Marc Goossens and Renger van der Zande in the Visit Florida Racing Ligier-Gibson for the 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta.