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VISIT FLORIDA Racing Ready for Road America

EVENT: Round 8 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 2 hours & 40 minutes TRACK: At 4-miles long with 14 corners, Road America is one of the most popular on the IMSA calendar with high speed and flowing corners with many featuring elevation changes. BROADCAST INFORMATION: Television: LIVE on FS1 at 2:30 PM ET Radio: DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens…

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Faces Frustration at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Bowmanville, Ontario (9 July 2017) – Following a fifth place finish at Watkins Glen last weekend, VISIT FLORIDA Racing was hoping to see an uptick in performance as the Florida-based team entered Round 7 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on Sunday. And after leading the time charts during the morning…

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Heads North to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

EVENT: Round 7 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 2 hours & 40 minutes

TRACK: At 2.459-miles long, the Canadian Tire Motorsport Park circuit is a challenging one – well known for its high speed segments.

LIVE on FS1 Sunday, July 9 at 12:00 PM ET
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DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens (Belgium), Renger van der Zande (Netherlands)

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Takes Top-Five in Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

Watkins Glen, N.Y. (2 July 2017) – Carrying the colors of the United States’ military forces as well as signatures of active and former servicemen on the fin of the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Gibson-Riley, VISIT FLORIDA Racing took a hard fought fifth place result on Sunday in the Sahlens Six Hours of the Glen.

The race marked Round 6 of the 2017 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and VISIT FLORIDA Racing was looking to make the most out of the six-hour endurance event. Not having been able to unlock the pace in the LMP2 machine to take the fight to the other prototypes based on speed, the team was hoping that the weather conditions would play to their favor as the No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Gibson-Riley was likely to shine in the rain.

Unfortunately, despite a brief rain shower, the race ran under dry conditions with drivers Renger van der Zande and Marc Goossens hanging on to run in the top-five for much of the race.

The team’s hard work was rewarded with brief runs at the front of the pack as the Florida-based team ultimately took fifth at the checkered flag.

“We had a decent day today,” said Team Owner Troy Flis. “Our goal was to finish, but that’s not why we’re here, we should be able to finish every race. We are expected to win every race not just finish. It’s been a tough year and we are going to have to keep working at it and see where we end up on the overall picture. I’m happy the VISIT FLORIDA guys did a good job. We had an upright that gave us some trouble on the pit stops which hurt us a little. In the middle of the race we tried a different strategy to see if we could play with the rain and get on a different sequence. But ultimately the rain never came. But we’re happy to finish fifth today. This team never gives up and we are going to keep going.”

The race day opened in a special way as VISIT FLORIDA Racing and the SunEnergy1 GTD team came together to present a check to Homes For Our Troops and Mazda Motorsport driver Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer.

Dwyer was recognized for his sacrifices for our country during pre-race ceremonies in front of the large crowd of fans on hand at Watkins Glen. He was also interviewed during the FS1 LIVE television broadcast.

VISIT FLORIDA Racing will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition next weekend when the series travels to Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.

Renger van der Zande: “We were lucky. On the first lap, the No. 10 car was having some steering issues and he touched me on the left rear. At that moment I thought ‘oh no, not again’ but I got away nicely. After that, we had a pretty good pace for 75% of the race and were able to challenge some of the cars. Later on, we  lost a bit of momentum. It’s a finish, it’s a top five which I think is okay. We were aiming to finish at least, which we did. But we would also like to fight against the other Prototypes which we’re not able to do right now.”

Marc Goossens: “It looked promising at the beginning of the race, with the speed Renger (van der Zande) was doing. But the others kept on doing that speed and we went backwards. We have to go back now, look at data and see what we got but obviously not enough speed yet. But a good solid finish for the team. There is still room for improvement but we did a complete race and the VISIT FLORIDA guys have a little bit more confidence now heading into Canadian Tire Motorsport Park.”

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Set for Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen

Watkins Glen, N.Y. (1 July 2017) – VISIT FLORIDA Racing continues to make progress with its No. 90 VISIT FLORIDA Racing Gibson-Riley in its first year with the new platform as the Florida-based team enters the second half of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season at Watkins Glen International. That forward progression showed when Renger…

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Proud to Partner with Homes For Our Troops at Watkins Glen

Daytona Beach, Fla. (29 June 2017) – When VISIT FLORIDA Racing arrives for the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen, the team will be racing for more than just a victory. The organization has teamed with Homes for our Troops for the six-hour endurance event as part of a tribute for our Veterans in celebration of the upcoming Homes for Our Troops 02Independence Day holiday.

With a new camo-blue paint scheme for the event, the No. 90 Gibson-powered Riley will also feature branding from each military branch.

The partnership brings together three different IMSA teams as SunEnergy1 Racing and its CEO Kenny Habul are donating to the cause. Retired Marine Staff Sgt. Liam Dwyer, who races for Mazda with Freedom Autosport in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge will benefit. Dwyer is an Afghanistan combat veteran who lost his leg to an improvised explosive device and is receiving a house from the Homes For Our Troops organization.

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Looks to Rebound in Sahlen’s 6 Hours of the Glen

EVENT: Round 6 of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, 6 Hour Race

TRACK: 3.4 miles long, 11 turns located in the Finger Lakes region of New York at the southern tip of Seneca Lake

LIVE on FS1 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM ET
LIVE on FS2 1:00 PM – 4:30 PM ET
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DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens (Belgium), Renger van der Zande (Netherlands)

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Has Early End to Detroit GP

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.

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Nearly Snags Pole in Wild Qualifying at Detroit

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.

VISIT FLORIDA Racing Bound for Belle Isle

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: DRIVER LINE-UP: Marc Goossens (Belgium), Renger van der Zande…