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Adam Sinclair

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 Michael Lewis led from flag to flag of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race Sunday morning to earn his third Platinum Cup victory this season for Competition Motorsports.   

Lewis started on pole in the No. 98 Competition/Curb-Agajanian Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, and never faced a real challenge from second-place finisher Sloan Urry in the caution free race. The 23-year-old from Laguna Beach, Calif. returned to the top step of the podium for the first time since his sweep of Rounds 3 and 4 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA competition at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in May.  

"Having pole position for both of the races so far at Road America was very exciting," Lewis said. "We finished second in Race 1, and we wanted redemption today. We got it, and we did it in style, checking out with a pretty big gap on the field." 

JDX Racing's Sloan Urry drove a clean race, but lacked the speed to challenge Lewis for the lead.  

"Race 2 at Road America went pretty well for us, but it definitely wasn't perfect like yesterday when we won," Urry said. "Michael Lewis ran a great race with the hammer down from the start. He got a good gap in the beginning, and then we were pretty much running identical lap times from there on out. Congrats to him on a great race." 

Door Doctor/Moorespeed driver Jesse Lazare started sixth in the Platinum class, and made several passes to finish third, collecting his third podium of the season. 

"We had a great start, and had a nice outside pass right into the first corner," Lazare said. "I saw my car was stable, and I was able to pick off one car at a time. I was really fast coming out of Turn 3 and getting great passes in Turn 5. Halfway through the race I had(Angel) Benitez, Jr. behind me, and I just didn't make mistakes. I kept looking forward, and before I knew it the race was over." 

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Platinum championship leader Colin Thompson started Round 12 at Road America third, but fell back to finish eighth after several on-track incidents that subsequently resulted in spins. Angel Benitez, Jr. started the race second in championship points, and climbed from his ninth-place starting position to fourth in class during the race.  

Platinum Masters

 

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Charlie Putman, David Calvert-Jones, David Baker

After a hairy start, David Calvert-Jones finished atop the Platinum Masters division podium in Road America. It was the Australian's seventh Platinum Masters class podium in 2014.  

"I really blew the start and got overtaken by three cars after Turn 3, which was frustrating," Calvert-Jones said. "I was on my own for most of the race, but I focused on turning the best lap times I possibly could." 

Dempsey Racing's Charlie Putman started sixth on the 4.048-mile track, and collected his second Platinum Masters podium of the weekend, finishing second. 

Topp Racing driver David Baker drove from eighth to third in the No. 56 Topp Racing Porsche.

"It was a war of attrition out there on the track," Baker said. "It was all about being consistent and staying out of trouble in Race 2."

 

Gold Cup/Gold Masters

 

Gold Cup/Gold Masters podium finishers (from left): Jeff Mosing, David Ducote, Mark Llano

Kelly-Moss Motorsports driver David Ducote is batting a thousand after two Gold Cup starts and wins in as many days at Road America.  

"We started out strong on the pole today," Ducote said. "I just tried to really push hard in the faster sections where I could keep up with the 991's, and stayed out of trouble," Ducote said. "Kelly-Moss gave me a really good car, and I kept my head down out there." 

Jeff Mosing of Topp Racing followed Ducote to the checkered flag in Gold Cup competition. 

Mark Llano, driver of the No. 24 SERKET Racing Porsche, completed the Gold Cup podium. Llano started fifth, and earned his third podium of the 2014 season on the 14-turn road course.  

Yokohama Hard Charger

 

Yokohama Hard Charger Winner Michael Zuieback

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama newcomer Michael Zuieback earned the Yokohama Hard Charger award for Round 12. He advanced his Gold class 911 GT3 Cup car 11 spots to finish 19th overall. 

"This is my first time running with the series, and I planned on just hanging in the back and staying out of trouble," Zuieback said. "I got in a nice groove in the race today though, and passed several cars. It was so much fun. It's great that Yokohama does this Hard Charger award." 

 

One more 45-minute timed race is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. (CT) Sunday for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series. The race will serve as a make-up event for Round 6 at Lime Rock Park, which was rained out in late May.


Follow the action through live through streaming video at fanschoice.tv, live timing at scoring.imsa.com/gt3-challenge-usa and live race details on Twitter @IMSALive.


 

ROUND 12 POST-RACE QUOTES:


 

MICHAEL LEWIS (No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, winner):"Having pole position for both of the races so far at Road America was very exciting. We finished second in Race 1, and we wanted redemption today. We got it, and we did it in style checking out with a pretty big gap on the field. I put my head down and tried to run every single lap like it was a qualifying lap. Nothing went wrong for our car in this race, and we'll knock on wood that it stays that way in Race 3 later tonight. The No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche was unreal today."


 

SLOAN URRY (No. 20 JDX Racing, second): "Race 2 at Road America went pretty well for us, but it definitely wasn't perfect like yesterday when we won. Michael Lewis ran a great race with the hammer down from the start. He got a good gap in the beginning, and then we were pretty much running identical lap times from there on out. Congrats to him on a great race. I'll go back with the JDX Racing team to analyze what happened here in Race 2 to see if we can come back in Race 3 with a better pace to give Lewis a run for his money." 


 

JESSE LAZARE (No. 31 Door Doctor/Moorespeed, third): "We had a great start, and had a nice outside pass right into the first corner. I saw my car was stable, and I was able to pick off one car at a time. I was really fast coming out of Turn 3 and getting great passes in Turn 5. Halfway through the race I had (Angel) Benitez, Jr. behind me, and I just didn't make mistakes. I kept looking forward, and before I knew it the race was over." 


 

DAVID CALVERT-JONES (No. 12 Competition Motorsports/Curb Agajanian, first, Platinum Masters): "I really blew the start and got overtaken by three cars after Turn 3, which was frustrating. I was on my own for most of the race, but I focused on turning the best lap times I possibly could. I managed to close the gap up to Christina Nielsen quite well. I think with a few more laps I could have gotten her. It was great racing, though." 


 

CHARLIE PUTMAN (No. 40 Dempsey Racing, second, Platinum Masters): "It was a pretty quiet race for me today in Road America. There were a few spins and incidents to avoid which always adds excitement in the early laps. After making it through that I ended up in a nice, sweet spot by myself and it became a nice Sunday afternoon drive!" 


 

DAVID BAKER (No. 56 Topp Racing, third, Platinum Masters): "First I want to thank my sponsor Apex Capital and the folks in Ft. Worth, Texas for making this possible. Topp Racing gave me a great race car today. It was a war of attrition out there on the track. It was all about being consistent and staying out of trouble in Race 2." 


 

DAVID DUCOTE (No. 6 Kelly-Moss/Porsche of Bucks County, first, Gold Cup, Gold Masters):"Started out strong on the pole. I had a little trouble with a few platinum cars at the start, and we traded a few positions. I tried to hang on to the platinum cars as best as I could, but had a little trouble in the brake zones with the 991's. I just tried to really push hard in the faster sections where I could keep up with them, and stayed out of trouble. Kelly-Moss gave me a really good car, and I kept my head down." 


 

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 Topp Racing, second, Gold, Gold Masters): "It was another picture perfect day for our Topp Racing Porsche GT3 cup car. The team just does a wonderful job with the car. I had the best car from the start to finish. I wasn't able to get up there and give David a challenge, but I did conserve tires enough to keep Madsen and Levitas at bay. Thanks to Road America and Yokohama. I was really glad there weren't any major accidents this race. Hopefully we'll have a repeat for this afternoon in Race 3." 


 

MARK LLANO (No. 24 SERKET Racing, third, Gold, Gold Masters): "It was a very clean race with no yellow flags. We were pushing the whole way. Once we got out of Turn 1 and to Turn 3 and 5 it was amazing. Drivers are strong here. The crew at NGT did a great job with setup of the car. They worked pretty much all night to be ready for this race. I'm just thankful to have my family and my girlfriend here, and I'm very honored to bring this trophy home for the veterans."


 

MICHAEL ZUIEBACK (No.  2 Competition Motorsports, Yokohama Hard Charger Award): "This is my first time running with the series, and I planned on just hanging in the back and staying out of trouble. I got in a nice groove in the race today though, and passed several cars. It was so much fun. It's great that Yokohama does this Hard Charger award. It's nice to be rewarded because that was definitely the most difficult racing I've ever done." 

  

IMSA

  

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

(IMSA PR)

Reigning champ Steve Rapp emerged from a five-way drafting war to claim Sunday's AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series checkered flag at the Red Bull Indianapolis GP. 

The victory was not only hard-earned, it was long-awaited for the Californian, who had been the victim of the slipstream down the long start/finish line straight of the fabled Indianapolis Motor Speedway on more occasions than he'd prefer to remember. 

Rapp turned that history on its head Sunday, however, storming past his Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson teammate, Ben Carlson, and Ruthless Racing's Danny Eslick to lunge ahead for the win by a margin of 0.011 seconds. 

Saturday winner Jeremy McWilliams suffered the fate usually reserved for Rapp, as he was shuffled from the lead down to fifth in the race's decisive final laps. The ex-GP hero finished a few bike lengths behind fourth place finisher Kyle Wyman on the KWR/Millennium Technologies XR1200 and less than a half-second off the win. 

The ten-lap contest was split into two parts. A red flag stopped the race at mid-distance, setting up a five-lap sprint for victory. At the restart, the top five riders quickly broke free from the remainder of the field and resumed their dogfight for victory. 

Rapp led across the stripe to take the white flag but Eslick overhauled both the defending champ and Saturday's winner McWilliams entering Turn 1. Carlson found himself in fifth on the final lap but diced ahead of all four of his foes. The lanky Wisconsin resident charged out of the final corner with the lead, just as he had on Saturday. However, that strategy backfired for a second time, as he proved to be a sitting duck for Eslick, who was in turn sniped by Rapp. 

The win was Rapp's first-ever victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.  

"I had a lot of years to practice where not to be," Rapp said. "I could tell going down the back Danny sat up but I didn't want anything to do with it either so I sat up. Ben went by and I was like, 'cool, that works.' We got back in line and I wasn't sure if I was going to pass them but it worked out pretty good. They got next to each other and built a little draft there. It went great.

 "To win at Indy finally - I wanted to check that off my list. I'm running out of time and I finally got it, so that's cool."

 While Eslick wasn't able to take the win, he did take a significant step toward becoming the first-ever two-time AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson champion. His closest title challenger entering the race, Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel's Tyler O'Hara, crashed out of contention on the race's third lap. As a result, O'Hara is no longer in championship contention and Carlson remains the only other man still alive, 16 points back of Eslick (159-143) heading into the season finale.

"There was lots of crazy stuff on the first start," Eslick said. "McWilliams missed a shift and I had to swerve to go around the outside of him. I had a couple-of-hundred-yard tank slapper, which is an eye-opener when you're in the lead of the championship.

"I tried to calm down and settle in and then we had the red flag. Everyone had their strong sections of the track and we had to figure out where we wanted to be for the run to the finish line. I was on the lead on the back straightaway and I wanted no part of the lead through the last section of turns and onto the front straight. I sat up and pulled off to the side and let Benny go by. I tucked back in line and thought I had enough. I got by Benny but Steve came by and caught the draft perfect. It was a great race and these guys rode awesome."

For Carlson, it was the same old story - close but no cigar - as that first-career AMA Pro Road Racing victory continues to prove frustratingly elusive. 

"It was the second day coming on the front stretch in first and it ended up working out not so well," Carlson said. "Nonetheless, being on the podium two days in a row is an ultimate result and we moved up in the championship; it doesn't get much better than that. I just wished we would have knocked down Danny or something. But hey, it was great."

ChiliPepperRacing.com's Hayden Schultz narrowly beat Aerostar Global Suburban Motors' Nick Hansen for sixth. Meanwhile, Thrashed Bike Racing's David Estok finished eighth while Josh Chisum Racing/Bartel's Josh Chisum edged Bell Helmets/Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson's Brice Cooper to the flag by 0.068 seconds in their clash for ninth and tenth.

Saturday front-runner Ramden Rosli crashed out of the race during its opening half while Folsom Harley-Davidson's Gage McAllister Indy weekend disappointment continued as he was struck down by mechanical woes on Sunday.

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Race 2 results (top 10)

1.       Steve Rapp

2.       Danny Eslick

3.       Benny Carlson

4.       Kyle Wyman

5.       Jeremy McWilliams

6.       Hayden Shultz

7.       Nick Hansen

8.       David Estok

9.       Josh Chisum

10.     Brice Cooper

 

Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series point standings (top 10)

1.       Danny Eslick (159)

2.       Benny Carlson (143)

3.       Tyler O'Hara (127)

4.       Steve Rapp (119)

5.       Kyle Wyman (108)

6.       Gage McAllister (84)

7.       Nick Hansen (82)

8.       Hayden Schultz (80)

9.       Josh Chisum (72)

10.     Darren James (67)

 

All four AMA Pro Road Racing championships will be decided next month at the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season finale. The Kawasaki Devil's Showdown will take place on September 13-14 at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.

Crossing the checkered flag in third in class on Sunday was the highlight of Jerome Mee's weekend at the legendary 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course at Road America. 

The events leading up to Round 10 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda left nothing less than misfortune and lessons learned for Mee and his Alta Velocita Racing (AVR) team. 

"In Thursday's promoter test at about the fifth lap, I didn't hold the turn long enough coming out of the carousel," Mee said. "I caught some grass and hit the wall really hard. We had to replace the whole left hand side of the car. That took us out for the day which really cost us from a pace and diagnosis standpoint." 

Round 9 of competition on Saturday looked to be promising for the No. 95 Alta Velocita Racing car before a mechanical issue forced Mee to retire early.   

"On Saturday I actually picked up pace and made really good progress," Mee said. "On the first turn I jumped into the lead only to give it up fairly shortly, after taking a too conservative entry into Turn 5. 

"I stayed behind the leader really well and kept a strong pace, but coming into Canada Corner we had a major malfunction on the upper right suspension (front right suspension), which threw me into the wall and destroyed the full right hand side of the car."

 Mee's crew worked fiercely through the night before cars took the grid at Road America for Round 10 early Sunday morning. Mee started the 45-minute sprint from the back of the field and used the 'survival of the fittest' method to stand on the third step of the podium at the end of the day. 

 

"I have to give credit where credit is due," Mee said. "My crew stayed up for 24 hours to fix the car in addition to the guys from Performance Tech Motorsports coming over to help out. They did a great job, but when we got out today the suspension was not all the way there, and there was a bit of vibration on the font right, which made me nervous.

"I never really had pace, and finally started to pick up pace toward the middle of the race. The yellow flags helped me get caught up to the group. I actually made a pass into second and went to go for the lead when there was an incident in Turn 2 and the car stalled. That was the end of our day, but at least there was no more damage done. 

"Sometimes victory is just in finishing. I didn't want to have any more incidents so I just decided to finish the race." 

Mee's final two rounds of racing action in the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda season will come at Road Atlanta, Oct. 1-3.

 "At this point we are going to debrief and see what we have learned," he said. "We're going to test between now and Atlanta and come ready and prepared for Atlanta."

 To stay up to date with the latest photos and news from AVR, like the team on Facebook and follow @AVRteam95 on Twitter.  

 

Taking a break from his busy Verizon IndyCar Series schedule, Josef Newgarden called racing in Sunday’s SCCA Summer Speedfest Formula F 45th Anniversary feature race the “most fun he had all year,” running from last to first to win at Barber Motorsports Park. Sixteen year-old sensation Max Mallinen finished second. 

Newgarden, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, was testing his Sarah Fisher Hartman Racing machine Saturday, which allowed Franklin Futrelle to drive the HPD/Honda Performance Development Piper DF-5/Honda to victory in a wet sprint race. Newgarden arrived in time to see the Saturday race, and later joined the teams, officials and friends Saturday evening at the Formula F “birthday” celebration, presented by HPD/Honda Performance Development.
 
Sunday morning provided Newgarden, the only American to ever win the prestigious Formula Ford Festival in England, an opportunity to run a few laps in the car. He became the first driver all weekend to run a sub 1:33 lap, serving notice that, despite starting 11th and last on the grid, the IndyCar ace would be a force with which to be reckoned.
 
Polesitter and three-time SCCA Runoffs® Formula F Champion Tim Kautz got the jump on field to lead early in his No. 88 Braeburn/Two Dogg/Hoosier/Euroquipe Piper DF-5/Honda. Kautz and Mallinen’s No. 1 Spectrum 014H/Honda were never more than one second apart in the opening stages of the 21-lap, 49.98-mile race, but Newgarden was on the charge.
 
Newgarden was to third by lap three and had caught the lead duo by lap five. The three-way lead battle allowed Cliff Johnson to close in his No. 4 Alpine Lotho-Graphics/Farley Engines Piper DF-5/Honda to make it a four-way scrap. Newgarden went to the lead on lap nine, only to see Kautz re-take the position a lap later. Newgarden went back to the lead on lap 11, a position he held for the final 10 laps.
 
“This is the most fun I’ve had this racing season,” Newgarden said. “You just can’t race any better than this. You can drive the car sideways. You can go three-wide into the brake zones. You can race the guys for two- to three-corners at a time. It’s just the most fun you can have in an open-wheel car.
 
“Tim [Kautz] and Max [Mallinen] were really good—they drove really clean. I ran them really hard. I had to. They were strong at latching on, and it was hard to get rid of them once I was up there. I knew if I could break away, we’d be in good shape, but I just couldn’t. They kept battling. Really clean, good drivers. It was fun to mix it up with them.”
 
As Newgarden was beginning to pull out a gap, Kautz had an issue and ran off on lap 15, leaving Mallinen, of Liberty Lake, Washington, by himself and leaving Johnson, of Stilwell, Kansas, solidly in third.
 
“Today was really cool,” high school junior Mallinen said. “We were all fighting really hard, but still respecting each other. There were a lot of opportunities to catch wheels, but I’m glad that everyone was able to keep it clean. At one point, the three of us went three-wide into the chicane. That was exhilarating!”
 
Formula F veteran Johnson stayed close, but was just off the battle for the lead.
 
“When I was running fourth, I could see that they had just a little more talent than I have,” Johnson surmised. “I just tried to keep up with them, but they’d pull me by little bits here and there. I’m okay with finishing third today. This is a tough crowd!”
 
Bob Perona, of Indianapolis, Indiana, drove his Piper DF-3 to a fourth-place finish, followed by Kautz.
 
Newgarden set a new track record for Formula F at 1:32.440 (92.687 mph). After the race, he noted the class’s importance in the motorsports development ladder.
 
“Formula F is one of those training grounds that should never go away,” he said. “I think it is the best open wheel training ground for a young driver. If you want to get the best experience and training, Formula F is the place to go. Honda is obviously very involved in this and for them to invite me down here to do this, I can’t thank them enough. They’re always so good to me. I hope that I can do this some more.”
 
In other SCCA Summer Speedfest action, Stevan Davis, of Danielsville, Georgia, led flag-to-flag in his No. 80 Hoosier/Butler Engines/Roxannes Headers Racer’s Wedge SB-1/VW to win Formula Vee in a field that saw five drivers break his existing track record. Steve Oseth and Laura Hayes completed the podium.
 
“It’s a tough field,” Davis said. “We only have 12 cars, but there are five or six really tough, competitive cars. It was good to run out front. I was amazed that I was able to get away!”
 
Hayes came away with the new lap record, a 1:44.884 (81.690 mph) in her Protoform P2/VW.
 
W. Clint McMahan, of Covington, Georgia, dominated Formula 500, beating Thomas Edwards in his Nova KBS/Honda Formula 600. Chris Forrer, of Pensacola, Florida, doubled up on the weekend in Club Formula Ford, winning in his Scurvydog Motorsports Tiga/Ford. In the opening race of the day, Kevin Ferah, of Montreal, won in Spec:RaceAtom, driving his Ariel Atom.
 
For a full listing of results from Sunday’s four race groups, please visit www.scca.com/ff45th.

 Performance Tech Motorsports driver Jon Brownson was the lone highlight for the team in Round 10 of the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda Sunday at Road America. After three podium finishes on Saturday, confidence was high going into the second race of the weekend at the 14-turn, 4.048-mile road course, but a series of unfortunate incidents led to disappointing finishes for a majority of the Performance Tech drivers. 

Jon Brownson raced his way from 23rd to sixth overall to capture second place in L1 Masters.

"It was a thrilling race. Thanks to the Performance Tech Motorsports crew, I had a beautiful car. I was able to work my way through the field. I was hoping to move further up than I did, but we'll take this for sure. I'd like to think it was my cat-like reflexes and a lot of good luck that kept me out of trouble out there today." 

Joel Janco, who ran sixth for most of the race finished a respectable eighth after being spun at the end of the race.





 

"It was my best race ever. I was running in sixth place for most of the race. Then some other drivers became overly optimistic. I was first hit in Turn 5 and spun and then was hit again in Turn 6 and spun again. So I wound up eighth but I certainly didn't finish where I thought I should, but I'm looking forward to VIR."  

Hayden Duerson was set up for a podium finish, maintaining a hold on first after a great start.  Duerson, 22, had car issues towards the end of the race causing him to slide off at Turn 14 and end his day early.

"After a penalty we were assessed for a restart procedure yesterday we finished fifth today. We had a great start, came out of the first turn in third and slowly worked our way to first. We slowly made our way to first and led for about half the race. Novich started to catch up to me and was able to pass me at one point. We ran really well together and then something happened in Turn 14. We honestly don't know what it was but it was a very big failure. At that point I just became a passenger. I'm just glad to be okay and hope to get the car together for VIR." 

Also ending his day early was Robert Alon. Like Duerson, Alon was running with the leaders but after an on-track incident he ended his day 15th in the L1 class.


 "Performance Tech gave me a great car. It was a podium car and I was up there battling and had a chance, so it's frustrating to go out like that."  

 

 

Craig Duerson was not able to start the race due to car issues before the green flag.

 

"Not a lot you can say about today. We had a good run yesterday so it's disappointing not to be able to go for another podium, but the team is really trying to get us there." 

Team Principal Brent O'Neill was frustrated by the day and lack of results, especially after a successful Race 1. 

"It was just not a good day," O'Neill said. "That's what it comes down to. It seemed like all of our guys just got punted out there. Some of it's just racing, but we have a lot of damage all around and it's just not how we want to end any race." 

Performance Tech Motorsports' next Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda race weekend will be Aug. 22-24 at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Virginia. For event details, check imsa.com/series/prototype-lites/schedule. 

 

A fifth-place finish in the second of three Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama races was the high point of Christina Nielsen's weekend at Road America's historic 4.048-mile road course. 

Round 11's 45-minute sprint took off Saturday evening, followed by Round 12 Sunday morning. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) development series field raced its final laps on Sunday evening - a make-up race from Lime Rock Park, which was rained out in late May. 

"I think we had a rough start," Nielsen said. "We had multiple problems with me and the car. Some of the issues we didn't figure out until after qualifying, so it took a bit of my confidence. It was a bit tough because we are running pretty high in the championship and we should normally be in the top-5."

 

 

Nielsen, driving the No. 25 NGT Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, started seventh on the grid in Round 11 before mayhem left her 24th.

 

"Saturday's race was one big chaos," Nielsen said. "Everything that could go wrong I think went wrong for everyone. It was a crazy race. Unfortunately I tapped Colin Thompson on the second restart and broke my cooler.

 

"I got jumpstarted on the first restart of the race, so I was being extra cautious when we went green the second time. I looked in the mirror for a second and when I looked back Colin was braking and there was nothing more to do. That's how racing is sometimes. You have to have your eyes everywhere and it's just not always possible."

 

Round 12 of racing action on the 14-turn legendary circuit Sunday morning was smoother sailing for Nielsen, who started fourth and dropped just one spot to finish fifth when the checkered flag flew.

 

"I went from fourth to third at the start," Nielsen said. "I took Colin Thompson on the outside in Corner 1, but I had a few difficulties holding it afterwards. I flattened my left front tire which made it even a bigger challenge because a lot of the high speed corners you put your weight on the left front wheel/left side, so that didn't make it any easier; but we still finished in the top-5. My goal for every race is to finish in the top-5 but of course a podium finish is always nice."

 The second part of Sunday's double-header ended in similar fashion to the start of the weekend for Nielsen's NGT Motorsport team. 

After starting fifth on the grid for Lime Rock Park's make-up race, the Aarhus, Denmark-native Nielsen experienced mechanical problems that resulted in an early retirement to pit lane.  

"My pace was really good in the race," Nielsen said. "We were fighting a lot in the top but suddenly I was going down the back straight and the car started to shake a bit over the front. When I had to brake the car couldn't because the suspension broke out of the blue. So another DNF (Did Not Finish) unfortunately." 

Christina Nielsen and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama drivers will be back in racing action at Circuit of the Americas on Sept. 18-19.

 

Gaming fans can now experience the thrills of driving an all-electric racing car around some of the world’s best known circuits after the FIA Formula E Championship revealed its Spark-Renault SRT_01E is to feature in the top selling Forza Motorsport 5, available today on Xbox One.

Available as a free download in the Xbox Live marketplace, this marks the first time in video game history that a fully-electric single-seater has been featured as a playable car on a home entertainment system.

The ‘First in Forza’ announcement was made during this weeks’ gamescom gaming conference in Cologne, Germany – the world’s largest trade fair for interactive entertainment – where a full scale Formula E car was also on display.

As part of Forza Motorsport 5, fans will be able to race the Spark-Renault SRT_01E around iconic tracks throughout the world including the streets of Long Beach where the 20 Formula E drivers will compete in the inaugural Long Beach ePrix on April 4 2015. 

The Forza Motorsport franchise is a critically acclaimed racing simulator made by developers Turn 10 Studios and published by Microsoft Studios. First published in 2005 with the release of Forza Motorsport, Forza Motorsport titles are available exclusively for Xbox One and Xbox 360 customers and have since sold more than 10 million copies.

Jaume Sallares, Sales & Marketing Director at Formula E, said: “It’s fantastic that gaming fans will be able to drive our Formula E car and experience electric racing for the first time in their own homes. The partnership with the Forza Motorsport series ties in perfectly with our desire to increase interaction with our fans through social media, offering new ways to experience motorsport by making it accessible to the general public and the chance to play a part of the racing through FanBoost.”

As well as the Forza partnership, Formula E aims to encourage interactivity via its unique FanBoost feature, which allows fans to vote for their favourite driver to receive a ‘speed burst’ during the race. In addition, selected Formula E races – such as the Long Beach ePrix – will offer free admission to help inspire fans to get involved.

For more information on Formula E visit www.fiaformulae.com

Extreme Speed Motorsports’ Scott Sharp and Ryan Dalziel returned to the podium with a third-place finish during today’s TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race – the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase at Road America.

Despite crisp, clean and error-free pit stops and properly executed race strategies, the six restarts on Sunday afternoon plagued the No. 1 and No. 2 Tequila Patrón Honda Performance Development ARX-03b (HPD) entries and its quest for a double-podium finish.

The No. 1 team earned its first podium since the 12 Hours of Sebring, and the No. 2 finished in eighth place.
 
From the pole, Sharp in the No. 1 Tequila Patrón HPD looked to keep the prototype class behind him at the start. He fell to third and ran there through the first caution period 10 minutes into the race. Sharp pitted for the first time on Lap 21 during the third caution for tires and fuel.
 
During the yellow flag pit stops, Sharp assumed the race lead on Lap 23. On the restart, Sharp was shuffled back to third behind two Daytona Prototype (DP) race cars. During the fourth caution flag, Sharp pitted on Lap 39 for tires, fuel and driver change to Dalziel.
 
Dalziel worked his way into second position by Lap 46, shortly after the fifth caution. Five laps later on the restart, an aggressive Dalziel held of the No. 60 DP to maintain second. On the sixth and final restart – and hoping to have a repeat of the previous restart – Dalziel fought but ceded the position on the front straight by the DP car. Dalziel settled into third and finished the race there.
 
“It is nice to be back on the podium," Sharp added. "It has been a lot longer than I thought it would be. Third place is a great rebound for the team. It is funny, you go to some of these races and you expect it is going to go well and it hasn’t for us. Even though Road America is my favorite track, I didn’t expect that this, with the long straights, was going to be good place for us."
 
Ed Brown started the race for the No. 2 Tequila Patrón HPD from the fifth position. Brown maintained a top-10 spot through his stint. He raced for more than an hour, and nearly half his stint was under caution. Brown pitted on Lap 23 for tires, fuel and driver change to Johannes van Overbeek.
 
From the 10th position, van Overbeek reached fourth by Lap 39. During the restart on Lap 43, van Overbeek fought to maintain position but was swarmed by the DP machines and found himself back in ninth place.
 
In a battle of the P2 machines, van Overbeek was maintaining his racing line behind the No. 42 machine of Gustavo Yacaman. While swerving through traffic ahead of van Overbeek, the No. 42 veered down on the nose of the No. 2, which caused the former to spin off course and bring out another caution. There was minor damage to the nose No. 2 Tequila Patrón.
 
While under caution, van Overbeek pitted for fuel and Continental Tires while the team inspected the damage. He returned to the field and advanced from ninth to eighth.
 
“In the end, all the restarts killed us," van Overbeek stated. "We have a difficult time defending on the restarts. When you get behind the Daytona Prototypes, the only places you can pass are the really dangerous high-risk places. Toward the end, I had a couple of good runs on (Scott) Pruett (DP car) but he’s been around the block too many times and never gave me an opportunity to pass him clean. I could have done it dirty, but I had enough of that today."
 
Next up for Extreme Speed Motorsports is the Lone Star Le Mans at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Sept 19-20.  During the Lone Star Le Mans weekend, the Florida-based team will compete in both the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race and the FIA WEC Six Hours of Circuit of The Americas.
 

TUDOR United SportsCar Championship rookie David Ostella and teammate James French were confident their Performance Tech Motorsports team could secure a podium finish today at Road America after consecutive fourth-place finishes at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Watkins Glen International in recent weeks. However, sixty seconds is all it took to dash Performance Tech Motorsports' podium hopes at the Continental Tire Road Race Showcase Sunday at Road America. 

French took the green flag first at the historic 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit and ran a speedy stint, moving the No. 38 Performance Tech Motorsports Prototype Challenge car up to second place in class after starting fifth. Ostella swapped seats with French during a yellow flag pit stop, returning to the course fifth in class. 

Ostella immediately began moving his way up through the field with some very fast laps, including the fastest race lap in class at that point in the race. While advancing to the front, he encountered contact overtaking Colin Braun for third position. Race officials subsequently penalized Ostella for the contact. The penalty, combined with multiple yellow flags, quashed any hopes of a podium. 

The team hoped for a few more green flag laps so that a good pit strategy could get them back in the hunt. But it was not in the cards for Performance Tech and its two young drivers, Ostella and James French. 

Team Principal Brent O'Neill knew his team had a good car and was disappointed with the sequence of events, but also saw the potential he has with his two young stars. 

"It was a little frustrating today," O'Neill said. "But we had good pace and James and David both did an awesome job in the car. I thought we had Colin Braun going into Canada Corner and David just stayed in there. And unfortunately they determined that we got the penalty. It wasn't David's fault, that was just one of those situations. We kept fighting and when we get to VIR I think we're going to have a good car." 

"Definitely not the day we were hoping for coming into the weekend," Ostella said. "The Performance Tech guys gave James and me a phenomenal car and James had an awesome stint before we made the driver change under the yellow.

 "We were definitely fast out there and had the second fastest lap of the race before we got penalized. We could have probably made up the difference as fast as we were, but the yellows were just too long for us to have a chance. The guys have really shown how fast we can be, so we are looking forward to the next race at VIR."

  

Putting forth a great effort at his home track, French, a Sheboygan-native, demonstrated a glimpse of what he and Ostella can do together. As he grows more comfortable in only his second race with Performance Tech, his performance has continued to improve. 

A well-timed pit stop by the Performance Tech team secured first place in class with a significant gap on the competition, but it was given up while serving a stop-and-go plus 60-seconds penalty. With a fast car in his hands, Ostella's only hope was a long stint of green flag racing, which never materialized. Ostella managed to pull together a sixth-place finish for the team.

"The cards just didn't fall in our favor today," French said. "I was able to pick up a few spots which I was happy with, but we just couldn't do anything with it today. But everybody did a great job and I am definitely getting a lot more comfortable with the car and the team, which helps too. We are definitely overdue for a good result and it will come." 

Performance Tech's next stop on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship schedule is the Oak Tree Grand Prix on Sunday, Aug. 24 at Virginia International Raceway.

  

 

 

 


 

 

 Angel Benitez Jr. won Round 5 of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut back in May, but he never got to defend his win in Round 6 because it was rained out. 

That chance finally came Sunday with the addition of a third race to the regularly scheduled Rounds 11 and 12 at Road America, and the Venezuelan picked up right where he had left off at Lime Rock Park, taking the Platinum Cup win for the fourth time this season. 

"We found something on the car just at the last minute, right after qualifying for the Road America races," Benitez Jr. said. "It was disappointing for Rounds 11 and 12, but for the Lime Rock rescheduled race we knew we would start third with a good car."

Benitez Jr. took the lead on Lap 2 in his 911 Porsche GT3 Cup car, and never looked back. A caution on Lap 12 bunched the field back up again, but he still beat second-place finisher Jesse Lazare to the checkered flag by 0.787 seconds. 

"I just stuck to my plan, staying focused on getting this podium," Benitez Jr. said. "I have to thank Porsche, my dad, Formula Motorsport and Avid Motorsports for all of their help. They support me even in the bad situations. I am more than happy to give them this win as a gift for all of the hard work they do for me." 

Lazare, driving for Door Doctor/Moorespeed, started ninth, and drove all the way up to second to collect his second Platinum podium finish of the weekend in Road America. 

"I picked everyone off one by one, and took advantage of everyone's mistakes," Lazare said. "I am really happy with two podiums this weekend. Of course I would have liked three, but we will get it next time." 

Competition Motorsports driver Michael Lewis rounded out the Platinum podium with third in Round 6, capping off a lucrative points weekend in Road America that included three podium finishes. 

"I had a couple of good looks and good dives, but in the end it was really clean racing," Lewis said. "But as soon as I saw Benitez or anyone else I was racing try to dive inside, I had to lift and think about the points. I'm really happy with the team's effort, and we will keep chugging along and try to get some more wins." 

Kelly Moss Motorsports driver Colin Thompson saw his points lead dwindle during the three rounds of racing at Road America. In the Round 6 race, he started and finished sixth. 

Wright Motorsports driver Kristin Treager was involved in an incident on Lap 18, the final lap of the race, which forced the 45-minute sprint to end under caution.  

Platinum Masters

 

Wright Motorsports driver Kasey Kuhlman continued his Platinum Masters domination with another win, his 10th of the season. 

David Calvert-Jones of Competition Motorsports finished second, firming up his second spot in the Platinum Masters division championship with his third podium of the weekend. 

TPC Racing's David Williams rounded out the Platinum Masters podium in third. 

Gold Cup/Gold Masters


 

Michael Levitas drove his TPC Racing 911 GT3 Cup car around Patrick Otto-Madsento win Gold Cup and Gold Masters honors in Round 6. 

"It was a spectacular race, and we got a bit of redemption," Levitas said. "The longer I drove the car, the more the gas tank went down and the faster it went." 

Gold Cup championship leader Patrick-Otto Madsen and his ANSA Motorsports team finished second, collecting his eighth podium of the season. 

Topp Racing's Jeff Mosing finished third in Gold Cup, and also took home second-place Gold Masters honors.

Fred Poordad of Competition Racing rounded out the Gold Masters podium in third, his seventh Gold Masters podium of 2014.

 

Yokohama Hard Charger

Yokohama Hard Charger Winner Wayne Ducote

 

Kelly Moss Motorsports driver Wayne Ducotepicked up the Yokohama Hard Charger award in Round 6 for picking up three positions in the Gold Class. 

"I had a good start and I stayed with it, which allowed me to pick off a couple of cars right from the beginning," Ducote said. "Unfortunately I got taken out at the end of the race, but winning the Yokohama Hard Charger Award is a nice bonus!" 


 

ROUND 6 POST-RACE QUOTES:


 

ANGEL BENITEZ JR. (No. 05 Formula Motorsport/Avid Motorsport, winner): "We found something on the car just at the last minute, right after qualifying for the Road America races. It was disappointing for Rounds 11 and 12, but for the Lime Rock makeup race we knew we would start third with a good car. I just stuck to my plan, staying focused on getting this podium. I have to thank Porsche, my dad, Formula Motorsport and Avid Motorsport for all their help. They support me even in the bad situations. I am more than happy to give them this win as a gift for all the hard work they do for me."


 

JESSE LAZARE (No. 31 Door Doctor/Moorespeed, second): "We started ninth, and I just knew I had to make all the right calls and positions on the track. I picked everyone off one by one, and took advantage of everyone's mistakes. Sloan (Urry) went for the pass on the inside in Turn 3, and I had to push him down the straight on the outside. As soon as I had room to go inside I went. I am really happy with two podiums this weekend. Of course I would have liked three, but we will get it next time."


 

MICHAEL LEWIS (No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian, third):"It was a really good weekend for us in points. Starting on pole position twice was great. We swept that quite easily. In Race 1 we missed the start a little bit and finished second. We won Race 2 and then in this Lime Rock make-up race, we ended up third. I wanted to capitalize on our strong car. We started second and had a lot of pace to try and get around the leader. I had a couple of good looks and good dives, but in the end it was really clean racing. I was trying to manage the situation as best as I could, and maybe try to close the door. But as soon as I saw Benitez or anyone else I was racing try to dive inside, I had to lift and think about the points. I'm really happy with the team's effort, and we will keep chugging along and try to get some more wins."  


 

KASEY KUHLMAN (No. 15 Wright Motorsports, first, Platinum Masters): "This was a tough race. Everyone drove really hard, and really aggressive. There were very few mistakes from the field, so I was not able to move up much. It was a battle just to hold my spot. This has been a long weekend with three races, but I'm happy to finish in the top-5. It was a great weekend, and I want to thank Wright Motorsports for a great car."


 

DAVID WILLIAMS (No. 37 TPC Racing, third, Platinum Masters): "This was a great race. I had a little bit of a tough time finding the setup this weekend, but finally got it early in this last race. We had a good qualifying spot coming from Lime Rock, so those two things worked great for me today."


 

MICHAEL LEVITAS (No. 35 TPC Racing, winner, Gold, Gold Masters): "It was a spectacular race, and we got a bit of redemption. It's a little late in the weekend, but we finally found the car and I just love the way the chassis felt. TPC did an amazing job on the setup. The longer I drove the car, the more the gas tank went down and the faster it went. It just wanted to go. I'm really thankful for the team, my teammate Dave Williams, and to the other competitors in the class."

 

PATRICK-OTTO MADSEN (No. 99 ANSA Motorsports, second, Gold): "This weekend was super tough. I started out the weekend running as high as second place, but dropped back to finish fourth in Race 1. In Race 2 I kind of out-braked myself, and locked them up, resulting in a flat spot and finished 10th. Today to finish off the weekend in second place is really the icing on the cake. After all that hard effort out there, I felt like I had the pace to be on the podium in every race. It is what it is, and I'm glad to be here in second place. I want to say a special thanks to my team ANSA Motorsports for an awesome car at a great place to race. Thank you to Porsche, Yokohama, Road America and everyone else who made this happen."

 

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 Topp Racing, third, Gold, Gold Masters): "The race was going pretty good for us again. Topp Racing as always gave me a good car. I was picking up a bit of a push here and there, but nothing I couldn't deal with. I was just trying to maintain carnage avoidance, especially trying to stay safe at the end of the race. Hats off to Kristin Treager, she really drove her heart out. She crushes it in the brake zone, and she got me in Turn 1, really clean and fair. I just hate to see what happened to her, and I was right behind it. I hope she's ok and I hope she'll be able to go racing with us again soon." 

 

FRED POORDAD (No. 02 Competition Motorsports, third, Gold Masters): "The race went pretty well, I was happy with the overall finish here. The past couple of years here I have not even seen the checkered flag. Competition Motorsports put a great car under me and we got a couple of lucky breaks throughout. Feels great and it is something to build on for the rest of the season."

 

WAYNE DUCOTE (No. 68 Kelly-Moss Motorsport/Porsche of Bucks County, Yokohama Hard Charger Award): "I had a good start and I stayed with it, which allowed me to pick off a couple of cars right from the beginning. Unfortunately I got taken out at the end of the race, but winning the Yokohama Hard Charger Award is a nice bonus!" 

 

IMSA

  

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the road-racing series resulting from the merger of the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón and the GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Cooper Tires Prototype Lites Powered by Mazda, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA is the exclusive strategic partner in North America with the Automobile Club de l'Ouest (ACO) which operates the 24 Hours of Le Mans as a part of the FIA World Endurance Championship. The partnership enables selected TUDOR United SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 

(IMSA PR)

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