Detroit Mich. (3 June 2017) – A race that seemed to set the stage for a strong VISIT FLORIDA Racing outing unfortunately ended early on Saturday in Round 5 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
After setting the fastest lap in qualifying but having the grid set by points following a shortened session, the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson-powered Riley/Multimatic was started by Renger van der Zande, who was set to share the car with Marc Goossens.
Starting from seventh, the VISIT FLORIDA machine emerged unscathed from a hectic start to the 100-minute race.
Detroit, Mich. (2 June 2017) – As the checkered flag flew in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship qualifying session on Friday, VISIT FLORIDA Racing found themselves celebrating as the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson-Riley sat atop the timing charts with a fast time of 1:24.693-seconds set by Renger van der Zande during the 15-minute run.
But with the session cut short by a red flag, IMSA deemed that the minimum green-flag time had not been reached and the grid would instead be set by championship points.
Unfortunately, that saw Renger van der Zande and his co-driver Marc Goossens lose out on what would have been a debut pole position for the Riley/Multimatic combination, though the team was still thrilled with the lap van der Zande was able to put in.
EVENT: Round 5 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 100-minute race TRACK: Located on Belle Isle in Detroit, Michigan, the temporary street circuit winds through Belle Isle Park and has 13 corners at 2.34-miles in length. BROADCAST INFORMATION: LIVE on FS2 Saturday at 12:30 PM ET LIVE Radio Coverage: www.radiolemans.com DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens (Belgium), Renger van der Zande…
Austin, Texas (6 Mary 2017) – After a massive team effort to build a brand new car to be prepared for Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, a promising outing for VISIT FLORIDA Racing ended early at the Circuit of the Americas on Saturday. Sharing the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson-powered Riley/Multimatic,…
Austin, Texas (5 May 2017) – Following a crash in the previous IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship round of Long Beach, VISIT FLORIDA Racing arrived to Circuit of the Americas on Friday with a brand new racecar.
In the short break between races, the VISIT FLORIDA Racing team members worked long hours to build a new No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Gibson-powered Riley in time for the COTA event. A shakedown test scheduled ahead of the race weekend was rained out so the first practice session saw the car take to a racetrack for the very first time.
“I have to thank the VISIT FLORIDA guys,” said VISIT FLORIDA Racing team owner Troy Flis. “Our test got rained out so we came here with a brand new car that had never been on a racetrack before and started testing with the first session. Our guys did a great job on that – building a new car, getting it out here and having no issues and getting it on track. We just have to keep working on it. We’re still struggling for a bunch of speed. And that’s just where we’re at right now. We’ll keep pushing hard and see if we can make it better.”
EVENT: Round 4 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 2 hour & 40 minute race TRACK: Home of Formula 1’s United States Grand Prix, Circuit of the Americas is a grade 1 FIA specification 3.427-mile race track just outside of Austin, Texas. BROADCAST INFORMATION: FS1 – Same-day delay television coverage at 7:00 PM ET. LIVE Radio Coverage: www.radiolemans.com…
Long Beach, Calif. (7 April 2017) – VISIT FLORIDA Racing made the trek West this week in pursuit of the team’s second IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship podium of the season with drivers Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens as the duo were set to share the Gibson-powered No. 90 VISITFLORIDA Racing Riley/Multimatic in Round 3 of the championship.
Both drivers showed speed on the legendary street circuit, and were taking turns working through the VISIT FLORIDA Racing test plan in the opening practice session of the weekend on Friday. Unfortunately, van der Zande suffered a brake issue heading into the braking zone for Turn 1.
EVENT: BUBBA Burger Sports Car Grand Prix, Round 3 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 100 minute race
TRACK: Located in the streets of downtown Long Beach, California, the circuit has 11 corners and is 1.986 miles in length.
LIVE ON FOX – Saturday, April 8 at 4:00 PM ET
Radio Coverage: www.radiolemans.com
DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens (Belgium), Renger van der Zande (Netherlands)
TEAM HISTORY AT LONG BEACH: In three starts at Long Beach, VISIT FLORIDA Racing’s best finish came in the form of a podium in 2015 when drivers Richard Westbrook and Michael Valiante combined for a third place finish. Having campaigned the No. 90 Corvette DP in the three previous races, the 2017 event marks the first for the team with the LMP2.
2014: Started 6th & Finished 5th (Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante)
2015: Started 4th & Finished 3rd (Richard Westbrook, Michael Valiante)
2016: Started 7th & Finished 6th (Marc Goossens, Ryan Hunter-Reay)
Sebring, Fla. (18 March 2017) – Following an impressive debut in Daytona that produced a podium result with the team’s brand new No. 90 Gibson-powered Riley LMP2 machine, VISIT FLORIDA Racing faced disappointment in Sebring for Round 2 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Electrical issues forced the Daytona Beach-based team behind the wall…
Sebring, Fla. (17 March 2017) – With two famous Florida circuits on the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule, Daytona-based VISIT FLORIDA Racing always aims to capitalize on its “home field” advantage. Following a podium in the team’s season debut at Daytona International Speedway, Renger van der Zande drove the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing…