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The Verizon IndyCar Series announced its testing schedules and restrictions for 2017. The series intends on staging four open tests across the 2017 calendar beginning February at Phoenix International Raceway, Barber Motorsports Park in March, Gateway in May, and culminating at Sonoma ahead of next year’s season finale. Teams are allowed three off-season testing days between October 3rd and April’s arrival which kicks the 2017 season into high gear. In season testing becomes reduced to a single day. However, teams competing in Indy Lights as well will receive an additional day. Teams running rookie drivers may run an additional four days of testing. Lastly, new teams entering the Verizon IndyCar Series see an additional four days of testing granted to them.
The growing squads of Juncos Racing and Carlin Racing made no secret their intentions to ultimately field competitive IndyCar entries. Carlin’s European pedigree allowed for an easy assumption as to their end goal. Juncos Racing’s expansion into a new shop in Indianapolis also gave insight into their ultimate aspirations. Long rumored for 2017 debuts for both teams, a 2018 appearance now seems more likely.
Both Magnus Racing’s Andy Lally and Shea Racing’s Shea Holbrook took part in attempts to break world records this past week in a variety of events. Lally attempted this week to break the Guinness World Record for highest top speed in a Street Luge. Lally reported on Twitter that his best attempt at 98.8 mph was third best among competitors for the day, but still exceeding the previous record. Holbrook will help Denise Mueller to break the record for fastest rider ever on a bicycle in an attempt scheduled September 10 – 13. Holdbrook will drive a Hoehn Motors Range Rover SUV, modified to lead the cyclist. The attempt is to beat the current record at 167.44 mph set by Fred Rompelberg in 1995.
Sportscar365 reports that current LMP Challenge team, PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports, will move to the top-tier Prototype class in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship next year. The team plans to field a WEC-spec LMP2 chassis from a yet to be announced manufacturer powered by the spec Gibson V8.
Johnny Mowlem Announces Retirement
British racing driver, Johnny Mowlem, has announced his retirement from the driver seat, covered by a variety of outlets. Mowlem has been a stalwart fixture in sports car racing, but his 26-year career started in Formula Ford 1600 in 1990. He participated in Jackie Stewart’s Staircase of Talent, eventually teaming up with Dario Franchitti before a sports car career in Grand Am, American Le Mans Series, and the IMSA SportsCar Championship. Mowlem will continue to support the industry with his sports mentoring and coaching program, Red River Sports.
TF Sport’s Derek Johnston and Jonny Adam have been crowned the 2016 GT3 British GT driver’s champions after the season finale at Donington Park. The championship was won after finishing second in their Aston Martin Vantage GT3 after the defending champions, Alasdair McCaig and Rob Bell took the checkers. In GT4, it was Graham Johnson and Mike Robinson winning the championship in their Ginetta fielded by PMW Expo Racing/Optimum Motorsport. They finished P3 while Sandy Mitchell and Ciaran Haggerty finished their season on a high note, winning the final round.
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