Four-Way Tie Atop WeatherTech Championship Win Standings
Thursday, July 28, 2016

There’s a logjam atop the list of leading winners in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. While Dane Cameron entered the year atop the list of career victories with seven, he now has plenty of company at the top.

The Action Express driver scored his eighth career triumph in the most recent Prototype race at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in the No. 31 Whelen Engineering Corvette Daytona Prototype. That tied Cameron with Colin Braun and Jon Bennett, who took their second Prototype Challenge (PC) victory of the season at CTMP.

Now, there’s a fourth driver tied for the lead. Renger van der Zande joined Alex Popow in winning his third race of the year at Lime Rock Park for Starworks Motorsport, also giving him eight career victories. Van der Zande recorded the fastest PC lap for the fourth consecutive event at Lime Rock, a series record. He now has eight career fastest laps, tying him for the lead in that category with Cameron.

Additionally, Braun became the leading career TOTAL Pole Award winner in WeatherTech Championship competition at Lime Rock. The CORE autosport driver captured his third pole of the season at Lime Rock, giving him six career poles to break a tie with James Davison.

Legge Preps For First Triathlon

Katherine Legge will be busy during her off weekend between racing at Circuit of The Americas on Sept. 18 and the season-ending Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 1. She will step out of the No. 0 Panoz DeltaWing Racing Coupe she shares with Sean Rayhall to compete in her first triathlon.

A novice to competition at any of the three disciplines – swimming, biking or running – she takes a giant leap to compete at the half-Ironman distance in the Ironman 70.3 Augusta, an event consisting of a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike ride and half-marathon (13.1-mile) run.

“Last winter, I was with Cara Adams – who is a leading motorsport engineer – and she encouraged me to do a triathlon,” Legge said. “I had a glass of wine, and told her to pick one and we’d do it – and we decided to do the race at Augusta because I would be in Georgia for Petit Le Mans. She’s given me training plans. I’ve always rode and ran, but my swimming is not that strong. It’s a good challenge and it keeps me motivated in my training for racing, because it gives me another focus.”

The DeltaWing driver also has reached out to fellow Prototype competitor Ozz Negri – an avid triathlete – for advice on nutrition and training. She has a simple goal for the event.

“I don’t have a time goal; I want to complete it without stopping,” she said. “I’ve never even been to a triathlon, so everything – especially the transitions – will all be new to me. I’m really enjoying it; it’s given me a new level of fitness in different ways.”

Legge and Adams are doing the race for charity, raising funds for the Scott Rigsby foundation. Additional information is available at ironmancarakat.wordpress.com.

Trinkler, Johnson Rewriting Continental Tire Challenge Record Book

Owen Trinkler and Billy Johnson are both in the process of making their mark on the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge record book.

Trinkler will become the driver with most career races in the series when he joins Sarah Cattaneo in the No. 44 CRG-I Do Borrow Nissan Altima Coupe at Road America. It will be his 124th race dating back to 2002, breaking a tie with Andy Lally.

When Johnson joined Scott Maxwell in winning the GS class at Lime Rock in the No. 15 Multimatic Motorsports Ford Shelby GT350R-C, it was his series-record 45th career podium, breaking a tie for the lead with Matt Plumb. It was also Johnson’s 20th victory in the series. That ties him for second with Sylvain Tremblay on the all-time list, trailing only Plumb with 22 victories. Johnson is also third in career races with 119.

Third-Generation Hobbs To Make Continental Tire Challenge Debut On Home Turf

Third-generation driver Andrew Hobbs will make his Continental Tire Challenge debut at Road America, driving the No. 09 Automatic Racing Invisible Glass Aston Martin Vantage.

“I wanted to do a race at Road America because it’s my home track,” said Hobbs, a Milwaukee resident. “Both my mom and dad’s families have houses in Elkhart Lake, so I grew up there during the summers. I did my first race at Road America in karts when I was nine or 10, and that’s where I did my Skip Barber School. I decided that the Continental Tire Challenge was the best place for me to go. It’s got a lot to offer, has a high level of racing, and I have a few friends in the series that love racing in it.”

Hobbs’ driver-coach once worked with Automatic Racing owner David Russell at the Skip Barber School, and Hobbs reached out to the team in late spring.

“I reached out to David and it clicked well,” Hobbs said. “He has a really good team, I love the Aston Martin, and it seems like the type of outfit I want to start off with.”

Both his father, Greg, and grandfather, David, have experience in street stock racing. Both competed in the 1988 Firestone Firehawk Endurance Championship, sharing a BMW 3 Series with Leo Franchi. David’s best finish was fourth at Sebring, while Greg placed eighth in a 24-hour race at Watkins Glen. Of course, David is best remembered for a Hall of Fame career that included Formula 5000 and Can-Am championships, two class victories in the 24 Hours of Le Mans, four appearances in the Indianapolis 500 and seven Formula One Grands Prix starts, in addition to his years of expert television commentary.

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Justin Bellinzoni, owner of the Continental Tire Challenge ST championship-leading RS1 Porsche Cayman driven by Spencer Pumpelly and Nick Galante: “It’s definitely tough to get to the top of the standings, but easy to give it away. With nearly 30 cars in our class – 20 of which could win any given race – it would only take one bad race to give up our lead.”

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