SEBRING, Fla., March 20 - Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla., and McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah led the way for Wright Motorsports in the season-opening doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway.
Longe was just 0.059 of a second off a podium finish on Thursday with his Trianon #47, as he placed fourth in the first 45-minute contest on the bumpy, 17-turn, 3.74-mile road course. He started third on Friday, but vaulted into second position on the first lap. He remained in second for six laps, but then spun on the backstretch due to oil on the track and dropped to tenth. In the remaining 30 minutes of the race he was still able to battle back to sixth.
Snow was also able to move through the field with his UIS #63. He posted two solid fifth-place finishes after starting ninth on Thursday and 11th on Friday."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, March 15 - Continuity is very important in the world of professional sports. Wright Motorsports is pleased that four of its IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama drivers from 2016 will return to the team and the series in 2017 beginning with the season-opening doubleheader this Thursday and Friday at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. A fifth plans to return to the team later in the season, and a sixth driver is making his first start with the team in the 45-minute races at Sebring.
Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla., who finished third in the point standings of the top division, Platinum Cup, last year, is back with the Trianon Hotels #47. He had two fifth-place finishes at Sebring last year. He was just three points out of second place in the 2016 championship, and he's hungry for more.
So is young McKay Snow of Lehi, Utah, who placed sixth in the championship with his UIS #63 as he follows in the footsteps of his accomplished father, mother and older brother. He had one sixth at Sebring last year."Read more"
FORT WORTH, Feb. 10 — Lawson Nagel is just 15, but he's been racing karts with much success since he was 8. This year he'll make the transition to race cars, as Miller Vinatieri Leguizamón Motorsports (MVL Motorsports) has signed the Azle High School freshman to do a full season of the F4 United States Championship Powered by Honda.
The series, designed just for drivers like Nagel who are coming up from karting or quarter midgets, is sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing and certified by the FIA, which organizes the Formula 1 World Championship. It is scheduled to host six events this year from April through September at some of the best road courses in North America, including the venerable Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the state-of-the-art Circuit of the Americas in Austin. Three races are held at each event for an 18-race season. The cars are all built by the same chassis manufacturer, and use 2.0-liter Honda engines.
It's an exciting proposition for a teenager who can't legally drive on the streets until he turns 16 on Oct. 27. "Read more"
ROSSBURG, Ohio, Oct. 1 - Nolen Racing and driver Jerry Coons Jr. placed fourth in the entrant and driver point standings, respectively, in the 2016 USAC Silver Crown Series after finishing eighth in the series’ 50-lap season finale last Saturday night, Sept. 24, during the 35th annual Four-Crown Nationals at Eldora Speedway.
Coons won this event in 2007 and 2014, and he finished second in the overall point standings in both 2014 and 2015. He was the series champion in 2008.
He qualified ninth for last Saturday’s 25-mile season finale in the Whiteland, Ind.-based team’s No. 20, a Maxim with a Tranter-prepped Chevy engine that is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings. "Read more"
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia, Oct. 1 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. won the TCR International Series race Saturday at the Sepang International Circuit before a large crowd, as the race followed qualifying for Sunday's Malaysian Grand Prix Formula 1 race.
Marking the first time an American has won a race in this international touring car series this year, the "Star-Spangled Banner" was played during the victory lane ceremonies for the 23-car race that featured top drivers from around the world.
Driving a Honda Civic TCR for WestCoast Racing, Gleason started second and took the lead by passing polesitter Tin Sritrai of Thailand working lap four of the 10-lap race on the 5.543-kilometer, 15-turn road course. He was never again headed. He had a 1.735-second advantage over the points leader, Great Britain's James Nash, at the checkered. "Read more"
DU QUOIN, Ill., Sept. 5 - Sometimes a driver has to work harder for a top-10 finish than for a victory, when everything goes perfectly.
That was the case for Jerry Coons Jr. Saturday night at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. The Nolen Racing driver had to fight hard throughout the Ted Horn 100 presented by Casey's General Stores for a seventh-place finish in the 64th edition of the prestigious USAC Silver Crown race on the 1-mile dirt oval known as the Magic Mile.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who lives in Greencastle, Ind., topped the first practice session on Saturday with the Nolen Racing #20 Maxim Tranter Chevy, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings. Unfortunately the car experienced an issue with its engine during ProSource qualifications, so Coons was forced to start 16th in the 33-car field. "Read more"
TOOELE, Utah, Aug. 17 - Despite the heat, thin air, strong competition and challenging track, Wright Motorsports' Patrick Long, Michael Schein and McKay Snow all finished on the podium on both Saturday and Sunday in a Pirelli World Challenge doubleheader last weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus. The two 50-minute races were part of the Grand Prix at UMC presented by Energy Solutions.
Long, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., unofficially retook the point lead in the GT class with two third-place finishes in Wright Motorsports' No. 58 Porsche 911 GT3 R, which is sponsored in part by Porsche Consulting. Although the official point standings haven't been released yet by the Sports Car Club of America, unofficially he is in the lead with 1,393 points to his closest rival's 1,372 with three races remaining in the 20-round championship.
"It was just a phenomenal weekend towards the championship," Long said. "In the end we knew the long straights at Salt Lake weren't going to favor our car, so to finish with two podiums feels almost as sweet as a victory. We were able to battle back after a tough weekend at Mid-Ohio, and that's the best way to put those emotions behind you. It's exactly the momentum we need heading into the last two race weekends at Sonoma and Laguna." "Read more"
SALEM, Ind., Aug. 16 - Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. posted his second straight podium finish in USAC Silver Crown action Saturday night at Salem Speedway in the 57th running of the Joe James/Pat O’Connor Memorial. It was the series’ first race at that 0.555-mile, high-banked asphalt oval in 28 years.
Driving the Nolen Racing #20 Beast powered by a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine and sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings, Coons ran in third or fourth place throughout the 75-lap race.
After starting fourth, Coons took third for the first time on lap 13 when Jacob Wilson retired with a broken weight jacker."Read more"
LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 2 - The complexion of the two Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup races held at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course last weekend was decidedly different, but the outcome was the same for Wright Motorsports' Michael Schein. The rookie from Glen Cove, N.Y. who competes in the GTA class won both poles, led every lap of both races, set the fastest lap in Saturday's race, and posted his fifth and sixth victories of the season.
Saturday afternoon's race had three full-course caution flags for nine of its 30 laps, but Schein had more than a 12.723-second lead over his nearest class rival at the checkered flag with his Porsche 911 GT3 R. He had a 1.237-second margin of victory in Sunday morning's race, which went nonstop and totaled 38 laps of the 13-turn, 2.258-mile road course.
Patrick Long, who drives the Porsche Consulting Porsche 911 GT3 R No. 58 for Wright Motorsports in the GT class, had a challenging weekend. The Manhattan Beach, Calif.-based driver ended up 12th in class on Saturday, but he finished ninth in Sunday's race."Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., July 25 - No one could touch the Swanson brothers Thursday night in the 100-lap Rich Vogler/USAC Hall of Fame Classic USAC Silver Crown race at Lucas Oil Raceway, but Jerry Coons Jr. of Greencastle, Ind. turned in a stellar performance to finish third in the Nolen Racing No. 20 sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings.
Despite not running a full schedule, Joe Axsom of Franklin, Ind. put in a solid run to place ninth in the Nolen Racing No. 120. Both cars are Beast chassis with Tranter-prepared Chevy engines fielded from team owner Gene Nolen’s shop in Whiteland, Ind.
Coons qualified third but passed Ryan Newman for second at the start of the 100-lapper on the 0.686-mile asphalt oval, as the whole field chased polesitter and eventual winner Kody Swanson."Read more"
ZANDVOORT, North Holland, The Netherlands, July 18 - Ryan Tveter has had good results when racing in The Netherlands, and last weekend was no exception as the only American competing in the FIA Formula 3 series this year took home eighth-place points in the first race of the series' tripleheader at Zandvoort.
The 2.676-mile, 13-turn road course, which features elevation changes of about 26 feet, is a notoriously hard place to pass. With a field as tight as the FIA F3 series produces, that means qualifying well is paramount. Tveter was extremely consistent in qualifying, posting times of 1:29.295, 1:29.336 and 1:29.396.
The Oyster Bay, N.Y.-based driver started ninth in the first race on Saturday with his Carlin Racing Dallara VW No. 3. He passed Anthoine Hubert, the 2013 French F4 champion and Norisring F3 race winner, at the start for eighth place and stayed in that position for the remainder of the non-stop, 23-lap race."Read more"
NUREMBERG, Germany, June 27 - Ryan Tveter didn’t have the results he hoped for in the FIA Formula 3 tripleheader last weekend at the Norisring, but neither did many of the other top runners. When looking at the big picture the young American still has plenty to be thankful for, starting with the fact that he was even able to race this weekend at all after being involved in a horrific accident at the last race last month in Austria.
Tveter, the only American competing in the series, uses his racing program to promote three charities, and he was more than happy when he raised $4,200 for one of them, the Lessons for Life Foundation, earlier in the week. As part of the organization’s Big Ride for Africa fundraiser, Tveter raised money while bicycling from Cologne, Germany to Eindhoven, Holland before he headed to the Norisring. The funds raised by riders like Tveter will help improve the lives of disadvantaged young people living in Subsaharan Africa. Donations are still being accepted at this link: .
Another bright spot just on the horizon for Tveter is that the next tripleheader will be held at Zandvoort July 15-17. Tveter has traditionally done very well when he competes in the Netherlands. It was the circuit where he earned his first FIA F3 points last July, and he finished seventh in the 25th Masters of Formula Three race there last September. He also earned his first podium finish in the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup at another track in the Netherlands, Assen, two years ago before advancing to F3. "Read more"
MADISON, Ill., June 27 - Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. has qualified in the top three for all but one of the USAC Silver Crown races held so far this year, and Saturday was no exception as the series returned to the lightning-fast 1.25-mile paved oval at Gateway Motorsports Park near St. Louis. Coons, of Greencastle, Ind., qualified third in a new-to-the-team black Beast Chevy sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings. Despite a problem with the car’s ignition system he finished ninth in the 60-lap Vatterott College Silver Crown Showdown, duplicating his results at the season opener at Terre Haute, Ind., in April.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., remains fifth in the point standings at the season’s halfway point.
Hunter Schuerenberg of Sikeston, Mo. competed in the Whiteland, Ind.-based team’s yellow #120 Beast Chevy and also recorded a top-10 finish of eighth after qualifying 12th."Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, June 16 - The USAC Silver Crown division’s return to Williams Grove Speedway in Mechanicsburg, Pa. last Friday was deemed a great success, as a healthy crowd turned out to see the series compete on the Grove’s famous half-mile dirt track for the first time in 35 years. The 100-lap race generated some great action, and Nolen Racing’s Jerry Coons Jr. was in the thick of one of the best battles of the night as he diced with Steve Buckwalter for position. Coons crossed the line before Buckwalter did at the end, but both he and the team had hoped for a higher finish than the eighth place they recorded in the Horn/Schindler Memorial.
Neither team owner Gene Nolen nor Coons had competed at the Grove in the past, but they arrived at a very consistent set-up. Besides finishing eighth in the main event, Coons also qualified eighth in the #20 Maxim, which is sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings.
None of the drivers could develop a good rhythm in the first half of the race because it was slowed by seven yellow flags in the first 43 laps, primarily for minor spins. Coons kept the #20 pointed in the right direction throughout, and ran in seventh, eighth, ninth and tenth place during different stages of the first half of the race. He, Buckwalter and Casey Shuman were already dicing for position by lap 40. At lap 50 Buckwalter was seventh, Shuman was eighth, Coons was ninth and Shane Cottle was tenth in cars that were very evenly matched."Read more"
ANDERSON, Ind., June 1 - Gene Nolen, owner of Whiteland, Ind.-based Nolen Racing, knows how hard it is to win pavement sprint car racing's biggest race.
He's been very close many times, including last Saturday night when his primary driver, Jerry Coons Jr., finished third in the 68th annual Pay Less Supermarkets Little 500 presented by UAW-GM at Anderson Speedway.
Even the premise of the event is daunting. Take 33 sprint cars, put them on a quarter-mile, asphalt track, and see which one can do 500 laps first. They'll need to make at least one pit stop (most make two), even though sprint cars don't normally make pit stops, and they'll need a push truck to restart since they don't have on-board starters.(John Lehmann photo) "Read more"
BROWNSBURG, Ind., May 28 - Joe Axsom put a tentative foot in the water and drove one of Nolen Racing's USAC Silver Crown cars in the Rich Vogler Classic last July at Lucas Oil Raceway in Indianapolis. All went well, and he finished 12th.
On Friday the driver from Franklin, Ind. tackled his second USAC Silver Crown event at the same track and did even better, as he qualified 11th in the Nolen Racing #120 and finished eighth in the Carb Night Classic.
The team's primary driver, Jerry Coons Jr., qualified third. Coons was running fourth on lap 19 of the 100-lap race on the 0.686-mile asphalt oval when his car's throttle stuck, sending him into the wall in Turn 3. Luckily the Greencastle, Ind.-based driver escaped injury. The car, a Beast with a Tranter-prepared Chevy engine and support from Columbus Container and KECO Coatings just like Axsom's car, suffered extensive right-side damage. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 27 - In only its second race ever, Nolen Racing's new Maxim USAC Silver Crown car driven by Jerry Coons Jr. qualified second, led 32 laps, and finished third Thursday night in the 62nd annual Hoosier Hundred on the one-mile dirt oval at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
Coons, a native of Tucson, Ariz., who resides in Greencastle, Ind., got the best of polesitter Brady Bacon at the start to lead the first lap, but Bacon led laps two through 26. Coons retook the lead with an outside pass of Bacon on the frontstretch and continuing into Turn 1 on lap 27 shortly after a restart on lap 25. That was necessary after Joe Liguori brought out the first caution when he stopped in Turn 4.
Coons showed the way for the next 30 laps in Gene Nolen's yellow #20 that is based in Whiteland, Ind., and sponsored in part by Columbus Container and KECO Coatings. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 24 - Lazier Burns Racing is one of the smallest teams entered in the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but it's made up of experienced racers — including one former winner — who share a common passion for the world's most famous auto race.
Lazier Burns Racing doesn't have a primary sponsor. Its participation in the race this year is made possible in large part by Thom Burns, an Indianapolis-based contractor. Other support has come from OnLine Transport, Daniel's Family Winery, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, the Harding Group, Brewer Custom Floors and More, Fatheadz, KECO Coatings, BCB Beverage, Ambassador Healthcare and two restaurants near the track — Dawson's on Main and Barbecue and Bourbon.
These companies understand how special it is to be involved in the Indianapolis 500. It's a memory-maker every year, and since it's the 100th anniversary of the race it's especially memorable this time. . "Read more"
BOWMANVILLE, Ontario, Canada, May 23 - Less than 10 days after Wright Motorsports announced it would field a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Patrick Long to drive in the GT class of the Pirelli World Challenge series, he led every lap of both doubleheaders from the pole and set the fastest lap of each race last weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.
His Wright Motorsports teammate, rookie Michael Schein, did exactly the same thing in the GTA class with his Porsche 911 GT3 R for his first two series victories ever.
Long, of Manhattan Beach, Calif., blasted off at the start of Saturday's 50-minute race and had a 1.769-second lead at the checkered. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap seven with a 1:16.787, which was a new track record for the 2.459-mile road course. "Read more"
SPIELBERG, Austria, May 23 - Ryan Tveter, the only American competing in the international FIA Formula 3 series this year, turned 22 on Friday. In Saturday morning's F3 race at the Red Bull Ring, the Oyster Bay, N.Y.-based driver almost saw all those years pass before his eyes when he was involved in a horrific accident that garnered a great deal of attention worldwide.
It started with a simple spin, which happens all the time in racing. His black and blue Dallara #3 waltzed into a gravel trap and slowed dramatically, which is exactly what a gravel trap is meant to do to a race car.
This time, though, when Tveter's car stopped it did so right on the racing line, instead of in the gravel trap itself. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 23 - The Lazier Burns Racing #4 Chevrolet driven by Buddy Lazier will start the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 in 32nd place on Sunday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Lazier’s average qualifying speed in time trials yesterday at IMS was 222.154 miles per hour. His first lap was run at 224.956 mph, while the next three laps were done at 222.380 mph, 221.851 mph and 219.496 mph.
“As a driver, you want to get the most out of your stuff. We're a small team and we've been getting better all the time. We just missed it a little there,” Lazier said. “We'll get it right; we're here to race on Sunday, that's the main thing.” "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 21 - Lazier Burns Racing is pleased to announce that KECO Coatings has joined the team and driver Buddy Lazier for the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 May 29 at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Both KECO Coatings and the Lazier family are long-time supporters of the Racing for Corey charity founded by KECO Coatings President Mike Klinge, and its decal will join KECO’s on Lazier’s #4 Dallara Chevrolet.
“KECO was very proud to be represented by Buddy Lazier and his team 20 years ago in the winner’s circle, and we’re still proud to be associated with Buddy and the fine people that make up his team in 2016,” said Klinge. "Read more"
INDIANAPOLIS, May 18 - This year’s Indianapolis 500 is the 20th anniversary of Buddy Lazier’s victory in the fabled race as well as the 100th running of open-wheel racing’s marque event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
It’s been a challenge to put all the pieces of a program together, but Lazier Burns Racing is proud of the #4 Chevrolet it is fielding for Lazier to drive in the 500 on Sunday, May 29. The entry made its shake-down run Monday in preparation for qualifications this weekend.
Lazier, 48, from Vail, Colo., the 2000 Indy Racing League champion, is going for his 19th start in the famous race and his sixth top-five finish, which includes two second-place finishes in 1998 and 2000. It will be the first time a car has been entered under the Lazier Burns Racing name, but the team is full of veterans who didn’t want to miss participating in the 100th running of the biggest race at the world’s most famous racetrack."Read more"
PAU, France, May 16 - The FIA Formula 3 tripleheader on the street course at Pau is one of the most prestigious events on the series’ calendar, and it was even more so this year since it was the 75th anniversary of the event. It turned out to be an excellent points-earning weekend for the only American in the field, as Ryan Tveter of Oyster Bay, N.Y. posted two seventh-place finishes on Saturday and Sunday.
Two races of 33 minutes plus one lap were held on Saturday. Tveter started tenth and finished seventh in the first one on Saturday morning even though the narrowness of the street circuit keeps passing to a minimum.
He was involved in an accident in the race on Saturday afternoon, but he got another seventh-place finish on Sunday afternoon after he started ninth and missed a big collision on the opening lap."Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, May 13 - Wright Motorsports will field a Porsche 911 GT3 R for Patrick Long to drive in the 13 remaining races on the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge schedule, putting the popular Porsche factory driver back in contention for the series' GT drivers championship.
Long was left without a ride last week when another team went on hiatus from competition.
Long has a long-time working relationship with Wright Motorsports and its owner, John Wright, as well as Michael Schein, a rookie who drives a Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R in the Pirelli World Challenge's GTA class and already has three podium finishes in just four starts.
"It's unfortunate how Patrick's program with us came together because we don't want to capitalize on another team's misfortunes, but we've worked with him many times in the past, we know he'll be a great benefit to our team, and we're excited to have him on board," Wright said. "Read more"
SALINAS, Calif., May 3 - Wright Motorsports' Andrew Longe was never out of the top five while two more of the team's drivers, McKay Snow and Anthony Imperato, were never out of the top 10 during a doubleheader for the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series last Friday and Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
In addition, two more of the Batavia, Ohio-based team's drivers were on the podium after the first 45-minute race on Friday, as Fred Poordad was second in the Platinum division's Masters classification for drivers over 45 and Philip Bloom finished second in the Gold Cup class.
Longe, of Naples, Fla., who was fifth in both halves of the season-opening doubleheader at Sebring, Fla., in March with his brand-new Trianon #47, was fifth on Friday afternoon and fourth on Saturday morning in California. "Read more"
BATAVIA, Ohio, April 28 - Powerhouse Wright Motorsports will field Porsches for five different drivers this week in Monterey, Calif., as the Batavia, Ohio-based team defends the team and driver championships it won last year in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series. Twin 45-minute races will be held tomorrow and Saturday as part of the Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Four drivers are carrying Wright Motorsports' colors this year in the top class, Platinum Cup.
Two of the four, Andrew Longe of Naples, Fla. and Fred Poordad of San Antonio, Texas, are beginning their second full year in the series.
Longe drives a 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup car, #47, which is sponsored by Trianon. The 21-year-old driver placed fourth in the championship last year with two podium finishes, and he's definitely viewed as a title contender this season. Longe has been racing on a national level since 2008. In addition to racing, he is a student at Penn State University and he works at the REVS Institute for Automotive Research. "Read more"
LEEDS, Ala., April 26 - Wright Motorsports' Michael Schein had two very different experiences but similar stellar results during the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA/GT Cup doubleheader Saturday and Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park. Once again the series rookie impressed the onlookers, as he recorded two podium finishes in the GTA class with his Porsche 911 GT3 R.
It was only the second event ever in this very competitive series for the driver from Glen Cove, N.Y., who now has three podium finishes in four starts.
In the first 50-minute race on Saturday Schein was never out of a podium position and he was hounding the winner at the checkered, finishing just 0.133 of a second behind."Read more"