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Las Vegas Season Opener Provides Action in Multiple Classes


Las Vegas, NV – The 2023 season opener race of the United States Touring Car Championship was held at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After a very wet off season, most competitors were excited to be able to open up their throttle plates on a dry circuit.

The Super Touring class was full of action with a variety of cars with a battle between Audi R8s of Viktor Czapla and Matthew Rivkin versus the Chevrolet Corvette of JC Meynet versus the Honda Civic Type R of Reza Arsham. Czapla jumped to the lead at the start in the CoolBoxx Audi but was soon passed by the Corvette of Meynet. Czapla was followed very closely by Rivkin who was quicker but could not get by. At the end, Meynet drove a flawless race and took the victory over Czapla and Rivkin.

Touring Car was also a great class to watch as Gary Sheehan was once again the driver to catch in the Wheels Hyundai Genesis. Sheehan was the quickest in every session and seemed determined to show off his speed once more. Driving a spectacular race and really showing off his new found speed was Seong Kim in the JB Autoworkz BMW M3 who got faster in each session and managed to finish second. Third place went to Tom Lepper driving the second Wheels Hyundai Genesis.

Sportsman is where the fun seems to be and once again in Las Vegas, it was a nail biter. Charlie Frank showed up with a new Speed Traveler Honda S2000 and was the car to beat in the class and would start from pole position. He did not get a great start however and soon found himself in third place behind the Wheels Honda Civic of Ben Penn and the Speed Traveler BMW 330i of Chris Evertsen. Evertsen would pass Penn and seemed to be on his way but Frank put his head down and first made a pass on Penn on lap 2. After that he set his sights on the BMW and would pass the BMW a few laps later to take the lead. Frank would take the win with Evertsen finishing second. Michael McColligan’s Idemitsu Mazda RX8 would take the last podium spot for third place.

Kevin Michael’s Killer Shrimp Chevrolet Corvette went on to win the GT class.

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