First practice for this weekend’s Michelin GT Challenge, a GT Le Mans and GT Daytona-only round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at VIRginia International Raceway is in the books. Fastest times were set by Earl Bamber in the No. 912 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR (1:43.232, GTLM and overall) and Madison Snow in the No. 48 Paul Miller Racing Lamborghini Huracán GT3 (1:45.722, GTD). Bamber told IMSA Radio’s Shea Adam, “It’s a good way to start the weekend. It’s a new surface; it already seems quicker than last year. The guys at VIR have done a great job to repave it. It’s been pretty difficult the last couple races for us.” But the session was more notable because it featured
Michael McDowell, driving for Richard Childress Racing, posted the fastest lap in Friday’s opening Xfinity Series practice at Road America. McDowell toured the road course at 108.847 mph. He was followed by Owen Kelly (108.839 mph), who is driving for Joe Gibbs Racing. Next was Alex Tagliani (108.687 mph) for Team Penske. He was followed by Justin Marks (108.279), who won at Mid-Ohio two weeks ago, and Brendan Gaughan (107.780).
Formula 1 race stewards at Spa have confirmed that Fernando Alonso and Marcus Ericsson will join Lewis Hamilton in taking a grid drop for this weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix. Following the conclusion of the summer break, teams are now beginning to get tight on their power unit component allocations for the remainder of the season. Each car is limited to just five of each power unit component for the season, with penalties being awarded for exceeding this limit. After being forced to make unplanned changes earlier in the season, Hamilton took two complete new power units on Friday at Spa, meaning he will almost certainly start the Belgian Grand Prix from the back of the grid with a 30-place drop.