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  • David Phillips
    Editor And Chief
    David Phillips is a long-time contributor to print and electronic publications in the U.S. and abroad, including Racer, Autosport, AutoWeek, Motor Sport and SPEEDtv.com, oversees the daily updating of news stories and assigns, edits and contributes feature material for inRacingNews.com.
  • David Judson
    Contributor

    29 years old, Dave Judson lives in Mentor, Ohio. Dave has grown up with racing, watching his father win races and championships at the local go-kart track as a youngster and continuing his love of racing while watching NASCAR, Indycar, Formula 1 and sports cars.
    Judson has enjoyed a successful sim-racing career of his own in the IZOD Indycar iRacing Open and Fixed Setup Series. He has race wins to his credits as well as the Division 1 Championship of the Open Series in Season 1 of 2013 and the Overall Championship of the Fixed Series in Season 3 of 2013.
    Dave has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Cleveland State University and is looking to expand his horizons by writing for inRacingNews.

  • Matt A Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Kingsbury lives in Fairfield, Connecticut where he currently attends Sacred Heart University. He is a fan of any form of racing, from NASCAR to IndyCar, Formula 1, and especially endurance racing. The summer of 2013 saw Kingsbury attend IndyCar's return to Pocono Raceway as well as the ARCA race at Pocono which Corey Lajoie won and got some pictures (including the accompanying mug shot) in Victory Lane thanks to his aunt!

  • Raymond Kingsbury
    Contributor

    Ray Kingsbury is a motorsport enthusiast and full-time university student, born and raised in Connecticut. He started his own racing career in BMX, riding bicycles competitively on the state level. In eight years he claimed the state championship and was ranked nationally before moving away from the sport. This void of activities led him to rediscover sim-racing in the form of NASCAR Heat. After a championship in the game's most competitive league Kingsbury started focusing full-time on his involvement in Live for Speed. There he founded Last Lap Motorsports which today has more than 20 members worldwide.

    When a few Last Lap Motorsports members decided to give iRacing.com a chance to feed their desire for more oval racing, Ray teamed with his brother Matt, Nathan Lamothe and newcomer Jimmie Jones to enter the ETV! Live Team Series and claimed the title after a dominating performance at Watkins Glen. To this day the team continues in both Live for Speed and iRacing.com and Ray still takes much delight in his own sim-racing career. A reporter for his high school newspaper before moving to university, Kingsbury keeps-up his writing activities by contributing to iRacing News.

  • Jeff Jacobs
    Contributor

    Jeff Jacobs started autocrossing with the SCCA in 1990 while a student at the University of Florida. He has competed in the SCCA's National Tour and ProSolo series since 1995, winning a ProSolo National Championship in H-Stock in 2011 driving a 2010 MINI Cooper. Jeff completed his SCCA Club Racing drivers' school in 2012 at Roebling Road in a Spec Miata. He currently writes a column for the SCCA's Northeast Division in SportsCar Magazine and is the Region Executive of the Philadelphia Region SCCA.

    Jeff joined iRacing in October 2012. After starting with the MX-5 and SRF cars, he has been concentrating on the Ford Mustang FR500S, competing in the iRacing.com Mustang Cup series and the Continental Endurance Sports Car Series.

  • Jordan Hightower
    Contributor

    Jordan began sim-racing in 2005 with the NASCAR Racing 2003 Season sim and then joined the iRacing community in June of 2008. He hails from Fort Smith, Arkansas where he is currently enrolled at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, after which he plans to attend the University of Arkansas to earn his MBA. Although he enjoys watching and playing basketball, most of Jordan's focus is on motorsports, particularly NASCAR: "Anything that burns gas and goes fast, I like."

  • Scott Kelly
    Contributor

    Born and raised in the greater St. Louis, Missouri area, Scott Kelly has had a love for motorsports ever since his father did the right thing by introducing auto racing into his life. No longer able to quench his need for speed by spectating NASCAR races on TV and watching dirt track stars slide around local tracks, Kelly eventually picked-up sim racing in his teens, wheeling cars found in Ratbag Games' "Dirt Track Racing" and "World of Outlaws: Sprint Cars" while also becoming introduced into multiple Papyrus sim-racing series. Joining the iRacing ranks in late 2011, Kelly set his sights on the short track racing he was familiar with, focusing on the sprint car, while also driving the Legends and street stock in multiple iRacing.com leagues.

    Kelly brings not just his enthusiasm for racing to the highest-rated motorsports simulation, but also his B.A. degree in English; he covers the action seen in the iRacing.com Sprint Car Series, while also placing the spotlight on various leagues within the service. Enjoying his start to a career in motorsports journalism, Kelly also doesn't mind visiting victory lane from time-to-time.

  • George Wood
    Contributing Writer
    After beginning his racing career with go-karts at age seven, George then turned wrenches on street stocks until he could finally turn the wheel. Following the successes of his friends and family, George has since retired from real-world racing, where he is now a science and mathematics faculty member for several local community colleges. When George isn't grading laboratory reports or iRacing, he is performing at bluegrass festivals in the Northeast, making fishing lures, playing golf, and rooting for his beloved Baltimore Orioles.
  • Chris Hall
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Chris Hall has been writing since the nineties and moved into motorsports reporting in 2005, covering series such as ALMS, British GT, FIA GT, Le Mans and 2CV racing for Full Throttle magazine, Motorsport.com, The-Paddock.net, GTGateway.com, L' Endurance and, of course, inRacingNews. During 2008 and 2009, he worked with the RSS Performance Porsche Carrera Cup Team (and former British GT(C) champions) as a data engineer for a variety of drivers and models of 997s.
  • Jason Lofing
    iRacing.com Series Writer
    Jason is 21 years old and was born and raised in Elk Grove. California. A big time NASCAR fan, he hasn’t missed a race on Sunday in years. Lofing is also a huge San Fransisco Giants fan and tries to take in at least a couple games a year. Other than sim racing, his biggest (and far more expensive!) hobby is photography. Although he is rather new to sim racing, Lofing has already accomplished some pretty impressive results, qualifying for the 2011 iRacing Oval Pro Series in Season 1, 2011, winning the inaugural Landon Cassill Qualifying Challenge and finishing runner-up in the second one.
  • Dylan Sharman
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in Adelaide and we moved-out for Angle Vale for a few years until I was about 7 years old, when we moved to the Barossa Valley where I live now. I'm 19 years old and currently traveling back and forth weekly as I'm studying for a Diploma of Furniture Design and Technology.

    I've always had a love for racing as my close family did some racing and we were always out at the local dirt track. I joined iRacing back in 2010 and slowly but surely got the hang of it as this is my first experience with sim racing and am loving it each time I race. I've won two SK Modified titles (almost had three in a row but finished P2 in 2011 S4), an iRacingNews Challenge championship (2012 S1 Mazda) and was also an AustralAsian Intel GT Series Finalist.
  • Katier Scott
    Contributing Writer
    I am a veteran sim racer who first started racing way back in 1993 on the SPRTSIMS section of Compuserve with a league who can trace themselves all the way to the present. Within that league I act as Chief Steward and try to bring the unique viewpoint that this experience gives me into my articles.
    I have a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Editorial design and have been writing for seven years and currently cover the Lotus 79 CTC and Radical series alongside my freelance work. Living in the UK, as well as motorsports I love Photography, Arts and Crafts and reading.
  • David Ifeguni
    Contributing Writer
    I was born in New Haven, Connecticut in 1988 and moved to Midland, Michigan when I was two years old. I stayed there until third grade when I moved to Farmington Hills, Michigan and now I currently live in Naperville, IL where I'm attending Metea Valley High School as a 9th grader. In the past, I have participated in soccer and this year I plan on joining swimming or water polo. My family includes my 15 year old sister, a 7 year old sister and my mom and dad. I have been writing since 6th grade and have participated in many writing contests in my school and have received several awards for writing.
    My fascination for motorsports began when I was nine. The first NASCAR race I watched on TV was the 2009 Toyota/Save Mart 350 at Infineon Raceway, won by Kasey Kahne. My favorite NASCAR drivers are Kyle Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr, and Jimmie Johnson. I have watched all the races in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, Nationwide and Camping World Truck Series since 2010. I currently have three wins on iRacing, two of them in the Nationwide car at Daytona and one in the Street stocks at Charlotte. My favorite car and type of track on iRacing is the Nationwide Series (B Class) car and superspeedways.

Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

by Justin Sutton on April 18th, 2014

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Nothing Has Changed, and Nothing is the Same: F1 in 2014

The 2014 Formula 1 season has been steeped in drama since long before the cold, wet weekend in Australia ever began.  Pessimists and naysayers had been dismissing the radical changes and not one championship point had been given out (some such pessimists are from Italy and have red cars with horses on them).  F1 is known for pushing boundaries, but how exciting is it when the boundaries are fuel conservation and efficiency coupled with a safety standard unrivaled in the sport?  No longer is lap time the ultimate measure of a race winner, and gone are the days of racing dozens of qualifying laps in a row.  The whole thing has been turned upside down and yet the racing is as good, or better, than it has been in recent [...]

SuperGT Season 2 at BLMS Ends

by Thiago Izequiel on April 14th, 2014

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Versão em português abaixo The ride is over. After two months of championship sim-racing, five online races done bi-weekly, and hours of hosted sessions, we already knew the champion Renato Silva.  But there was still one race to go, on April 9. Only after Bathurst, Mt. Panorama,would we know the whole story of SuperGT. Renato Silva had dominated the series, winning the title one race before the end, with four victories, five pole-positions and three fastest laps. The only race that Renato would not make the pole position, would be this final one, achieved by Andrew Lauret who, in contrast, earned his first pole of the series. Andrew is also the only driver who had won a race besides Renato, and things would keep that way. Having the pole, Andrew [...]

Brasil Lemans: With Two to Go, Renato Silva Dominates SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on March 18th, 2014

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Leandro spins off after Andrew’s contact, at race start. The worst was avoided.

The 4th race of SuperGT, the multi-maker championship of Brazilian league “Brasil Lemans Series,” saw Renato Silva once again do the winning. With a hat trick at Daytona, Renato and his Ruf RT 12R number 10 are keeping the lead on the point standings, with a difference of 21 points to the 2nd place of Anderson Mota, who has been doing a great campaign, keeping himself on the top 5 of every race so far, including 2 podium finishes. Andrew Lauret, on the 3rd place, is having a bad time while he chases for the title. After two great performances at Montreal and Brands Hatch, where he became the only winner besides Renato, Andrew has battled some difficult situations: a DNF at Zolder and Daytona, results far from being satisfactory [...]

Cancer Research UK 2.4 Hours of Spa

by Darren Kirk on March 11th, 2014

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Apex Racing UK’s 2.4 Hour Spa Cancer Research UK Charity Race proved to be a great success. In total, the event raised £1358.25 for the charity which could not have been done without the generosity of iRacers on the service, not to mention the sponsors who very kindly donated around £1500 worth of prizes to be won throughout the race. The event itself started with three  hotlap sessions in the week running up to the main race and the main goal for the drivers here was to set as fast of a lap as they could around the challenging Spa-Francorchamps circuit. The top three times at the end of the three hotlap sessions would win cash prizes kindly donated by Kimmy’s Rural Fencing. Claiming the fastest time of a 2:17.823 [...]

Brasil Lemans Series SuperGT at Brands Hatch

by Thiago Izequiel on February 14th, 2014

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Ready to start, 28 cars were at the virtual track of Brands Hatch.

Versão em português abaixo The only Brazilian league to organize endurance and multi-makes championships made their 2nd race on February 12, taking 28 virtual drivers to Brands Hatch for a 43 lap race. Renato Silva was again at the pole position driving his nº 10 RUF alongside with Andrew Lauret on the nº 01 McLaren on the front-row. Andrew was a strong contender for the victory once again. The 1st lap of the race had also the 1st accident. Alex Belão and Wendel Parra were racing for the 4th position, which belonged to Belão before they had contact. Alex needed to go to the pitlane for damage repair a few laps later. Meanwhile, Renato had a good start and got some distance from Andrew, leaving behind the Mclaren driver with [...]

Brasil Lemans Series Starts the SuperGT

by Thiago Izequiel on February 7th, 2014

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Versão em português abaixo Brasil Lemans Series has started the 1st Brazilian iRacing.com multi-makes championship of the year. The league, which started its activities at the end of 2013, already had followed an original way on the last championships organized by them, making never seen before car combinations by the members of Club Brasil. SuperGT, who now follows the same car combination of GT3 Challenge official series of iRacing, had already innovated on their 1st season, combining the McLaren, Cadillac and the Ford GT40, running them together on the same class, equalizing them by weight penalty, proportionally distributed on the cars. Today, with the GT3 Challenge, the league decided to follow the same line to find a even more balanced competition between the cars, and keep their originality. Besides running [...]

Red Sox 24 Laps du Montreal

by James Prostell Jr. on December 30th, 2013

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MONTREAL, QUEBEC, CANADA – Well, ladies and gentlemen, this is it. After eleven weeks of intense racing, the Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge competitors now have the final checkered flag in their sights. Somehow, despite all the twists, turns, ups and downs the season has thrown at them, series leaders Brad Vincent and Troy Harder come into the final race with their points battle almost as tight now as when it started 0-0 at Daytona. Vincent does arrive in Montreal with a slight points advantage, but with Harder looking to take that away and speedster Dustin McGrew possibly playing spoiler, there’s little margin for error. Diminishing that margin even further is Circuit Gilles Villeneuve. Built on a man-made island that was once home to the World’s Fair, Ile [...]

Red Sox Canadian Tire 30 at Mosport

by James Prostell Jr. on December 21st, 2013

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BOWMANVILLE, ONTARIO, CANADA – Fair or not, race car drivers have always been known as a bit of a different breed. However, as the season draws to a close, very natural feelings of reflection to the past and hope for the future that everyone seems to have as December gives way to January. With only two rounds left for the Red Sox Racing League McLaren Turbo Challenge drivers, arriving in Canada for the final races has left some looking in the rear-view mirror, wondering what might have been had things been a little different. Others look ahead through the windshield, hoping to nail down sponsorship and form teams for the next season that’s just around the corner. Either way, champions will soon be crowned, and the whole process will begin [...]

Red Sox Dust In The Wind 30

by James Prostell Jr. on December 16th, 2013

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PIPER, KANSAS – Typically, when the sun sets on a racetrack, it’s time for the fans and teams to call it a night. This week in Kansas, however, the night lights coming on mean the party is just getting started. Better known for hosting NASCAR oval races since opening in 2001, Kansas speedway has added a few road course events to its repertoire this year, including races for the Grand-AM Rolex Series, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, and the McLaren Turbo Challenge among others. Joining the short lists of rovals (Daytona, Indianapolis, and Homestead) and night races (Daytona and Sebring), the 2.37-mile Kansas Speedway road course poses another unique challenge in the short history of the McLaren Turbo Challenge. Practically combining the tight hairpins of Sebring, the flat-out highbanks of [...]

Get to Know: Jeff Drake

by David Ifeguni on November 18th, 2013

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Much of Drake's iRacing success has come in the Dallara IndyCar.

Michigander Jeff Drake has been a part of the iRacing community since April of 2010. Since joining the service he has predominantly competed on the oval side of iRacing, scoring six wins in 46 starts and finishing in the top five in exactly half of those starts. His last seven starts on iRacing have been his first starts in the Skip Barber Race Series, where he has scored two victories, a second, third, fourth, sixth and twelfth place finishes. Jeff may still be new to road courses but he is already showing he knows how to turn left and right. Learn more about Jeff Drake in this week’s edition of Get to Know . . . Q:    How long have you been sim-racing? A:    I started sim-racing back in 2004 [...]

Red Sox Hallows’ Eve at Okayama

by James Prostell Jr. on November 13th, 2013

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OKAYAMA PREFECTURE, JAPAN – Overshadowed by the legendary Japanese Formula One circuits of Fuji and Suzuka, it can be easy to forget that a few chapters of F1 racing history have taken place at Okayama International Circuit. Then known as TI Circuit Aida, the facility played host to the Pacific Grand Prix in 1994 and 1995, where Michael Schumacher won both races en route to his first two world championships. Though Formula 1 hasn’t returned since, Okayama International Circuit has seen many local and international series run on the track, creating memorable moments for drivers and fans alike. Perhaps a few more memorable moments are in store for Round Nine of Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge racers. Another new venue for the series, Okayama’s varied mix of corners run [...]

Red Sox Sao Paulo 30

by James Prostell Jr. on November 8th, 2013

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SAO PAULO, BRAZIL – After seven weeks of close racing, the championship race for Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge continues to be up for grabs. Leaving the season’s first night race in Sebring and heading south of the equator to Interlagos in Brazil, the series is bound to see some more dramatic action as the differences between the tracks are literally night and day. Founded in 1940, and part of Formula One since 1972, the hilly circuit mixes long straights and a twisty infield with its iconic elevation changes. Success on this circuit requires a high sense of rhythmical driving, maintaining high amounts of momentum to carry onto the long straights. Dustin McGrew proved his technical prowess during the qualification session, taking home the Wil-Trans Pole Position Award for [...]

Red Sox Fall Classic 30 at Sebring

by James Prostell Jr. on October 30th, 2013

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SEBRING, FLORIDA – From one classic American road racing venue to another, Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge finishes its mid-season stretch of races in the U.S. leaving New York’s Watkins Glen to race at Florida’s Sebring International Raceway. Once a WWII United States Air Force training ground, Sebring has served as a racing battleground since 1950, highlighted by the annual 12 hours of Sebring endurance race. The bumpy surface combined a lack of reference points has tested both the construction of the cars and the concentration of the drivers inside for over 60 years. Adding to the difficulty, for Round 7 of the McLaren Turbo Challenge, the Red Sox Racing League drivers take to the track after dark, for the Fall Classic 30 at Sebring, where the darkness [...]

Fritsche Champion After Stellar Season

October 23rd, 2013

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Fritsche was the undisputed CTC champion in 2013 Season 3.

Despite a quiet end to the season, Gernot Fritsche comfortably retook the Classic Teams Championship as the veteran sim-racer fully got to grips with the Lotus 79 on the NTMv5 (new tire model version 5) after two slightly off-colour seasons. Fritsche finished the season with a massive 134 point lead over second placed Tapani Linnaluoto, with Season 2 championship contender, Nuno Moreira, finishing another 44 points back after a strong late-season showing. Anthony Goodale bagged the Formula 2 championship and finished a highly impressive 19th overall, three places behind early leader Paul Hackett. Hackett, who was snapped up mid-season by Arrows, finished P16 — just one place behind his Arrows team-mate — after a superb season. In all 260 sim-racers took part in another excellent Lotus 79 season with 66 [...]

Red Sox 24 Laps of Watkins Glen

by James Prostell Jr. on October 18th, 2013

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WATKINS GLEN, NEW YORK – A former home to the Formula One United States Grand Prix, current home to one of NASCAR’s road events, and likely home to many more future motorsport events, Watkins Glen International has played a pivotal role in countless series over the years. Just before the leaves on the trees surrounding the classic track turn color and drop along with the temperature, “The Glen” is ready to heat up, and possibly shake up, yet another group of racers as Red Sox Racing League’s McLaren Turbo Challenge visits New York for Round 6, the 24 Laps of Watkins Glen. Any trip to the Finger Lakes is special, but for the competitors, not only does the season’s sixth race represent the halfway point, it is also the second [...]

Linnaluoto Wins But Fails to Close Gap

by Katier Scott on October 15th, 2013

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Slim participation overall didn't detract from the CTC competition at Laguna Seca.

A quiet week for the Classsis Teams Championship saw just 54 sim-racers take their Lotus 79s to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. This challenging circuit surprisingly lacked popularity despite being one of the basic content tracks, but half a dozen online races that went official and produced good racing. In those six races, Tapani Linnaluoto and Nuno Moreira took a pair of wins each with Gernot Fritsche and Tony Lamberti taking the other wins. Fritsche now has pretty much guaranteed his latest title, while Anthony Goodale now leads the Formula 2 championship after the Arrows team snapped-up erstwhile leader Paul Hackett.  Goodale celebrated this with an impressive week, leaping seven places up to P22 overall and he has a respectable chance at top 20 by the season’s end. Both Frank Herfjord [...]

Red Sox Griebling 30 at Mid Ohio

by James Prostell Jr. on October 11th, 2013

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LEXINGTON, OHIO – After a another exciting race at Australia’s Phillip Island, the roller coaster known as Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge made a stop in central Ohio for the fifth round of the season. Located one and a half hours south of Ohio’s famed amusement park, Cedar Point, a lap at speed on Mid-Ohio rolling hills would fit right in with the collection of thrill rides, offering plenty of excitement itself since its opening in 1962. Lap after lap, thrillseekers have taken on the keyhole, the esses, madness, and thunder valley with the hopes of taming the 2.25 mile track, and twenty McLaren Turbo Challenge teams have arrived for Round 5, the Griebling Farms 30 at Mid-Ohio. It’s tough to call a sixth place start and a third [...]

Red Sox Stoner’s Corner 30 at PI

by James Prostell Jr. on October 7th, 2013

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PHILLIP ISLAND, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA – Three races into season three of Red Sox Racing’s McLaren Turbo Challenge, three different drivers have taken home checkered flags at three very different tracks. Considering the ups and downs the young season has already seen, it’s almost fitting that after week three’s race at Road America and its massive uphill climb to the finish line, Round Four is contested Down Under at Phillip Island Circuit, featuring a plunge from Lukey Heights. While much of the track’s nearly 60-year history is cemented in motorcycle racing – turns one and three are named after Australian moto greats Mick Doohan and Casey Stoner respectively – high powered touring cars have been known to ply their trade here too. That legacy continues with the Stoner’s Corner 30 at [...]

Stunning Watkins Glen

by Katier Scott on October 1st, 2013

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As always, The Glen proved to be a popular stop on the CTC calendar.

Nuno Moreira and Tapani Linnaluoto produced stunning performances at Watkins Glen in Round Nine of the Classic Teams Championship but still face a mountain of climbing if they are to overhaul championship leader Gernot Fritsche.  The champion-elect had a decidedly off-colour week at the popular US track, netting a comparatively meagre 146 points which, due to dropped scores, resulted in no change in the Ferrari driver’s net score. The McLaren and Williams drivers, however, both netted their eighth scores of the season allowing then to claw vital points back in the championship chase. With three weeks remaining, there is still a chance they will overhaul the Fritsche, but the 135 points Linnaluoto must gain will be very tough, while Moreira’s 250 point deficit is very unlikely to be un-closable . [...]

Red Sox Fleet Motorplex 30 at Road Am

by James Prostell Jr. on September 29th, 2013

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ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN – Just seven days ago, after Troy Harder’s Team THM McLaren MP4-12C GT3 was pushed out of Silverstone’s victory circle, crew members were trying to clean off the winning #13, attempting to pry off a mixture confetti, champagne, and who-knows-what else as a result of celebrating his first win of the season. Now, he and his team has arrived in Wisconsin after a long journey back across the Atlantic Ocean to get ready for Round 3 of the Red Sox Racing McLaren Turbo Challenge, the Motorplex 30 at Road America. With another win, Harder would not only replicate his back-to-back wins from last season, but build some much needed momentum to come back from a tough result at the season opening Gentleman Jim 24 Laps of Daytona. [...]