Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands – Indianapolis Motor Speedway – Rounds 9, 10 & 11
Speedway, Indiana. The Porsche Sportscar Together Fest at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is a celebration of the modern Porsche culture with motorsport at its center. Highlighting the three-day weekend are three, 45-minute Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands races. The 28-car field will provide the event-going public an opportunity to see the continent’s top one-make race series in action on the 2.592-mile, 14-turn road course of the historic Speedway, Indiana-race track. Rounds 9, 10 and 11 mark the first time the series will run three events in a single weekend. Joined by the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yohohama and select run groups of the Porsche Club of America (PCA), the three-class championship utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car will anchor the Sportscar Together Fest between September 10 – 12.
Three classes - Pro, Pro-Am and Pro-Am 991 - comprise the inaugural season of North America’s first Porsche Carrera Cup. Both the Pro and Pro-Am classes campaign the newest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, the type 992, exclusively. Based on the current generation Porsche 911 GT3 road car, the rear-engine, normally aspirated race car generates 510 Hp. The Pro-Am 991 class takes advantage of the previous generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer, the type 991.
Pro. 13 Cars.
Kay van Berlo (The Netherlands) enters the Round 9 or 16 seven points ahead of his Kelly-Moss Road and Race teammate Seb Priaulx (United Kingdom) in the Pro Driver point standings. It marks the second weekend the Dutchman has held top-spot. However, a penalty in Round 8 at Road America cost him a portion of his leading gap on Priaulx – who suffered a similar fate earlier in the season. Van Berlo’s five victories and two second-place finishes also gives him sway over a charging Parker Thompson (Canada) in the No. 9 JDX Racing Porsche who has wins in Round 3 (Circuit of the Americas (COTA)) and the most recent Round 8 at Road America. Thompson is in third-place, 42-points behind van Berlo, 35-back from second-place. By virtue of three podiums this season, veteran Leh Keen (Atlanta, Georgia) has the 311RS Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car in fourth-place (111 points). Riley Dickinson (New Braunfels, Texas) continues to hold fifth-place in the No. 53 Team Hardpoint EBM Porsche.
Pro-Am. 10 Cars.
Alan Metni (Austin, Texas) maintains his firm grip on the Pro-Am class – for drivers 40 years-old and older who are campaigning the current type 992 generation of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. The veteran driver won the first round in March and has scored victories in each race since with the exception of Round 5 at COTA. The No. 99 iFly Kelly-Moss Road and Race driver has a lead of 195-points to the 141 of Efrin Castro (Dominican Republic) in the Team Hardpoint EBM car – who won the COTA race. Curt Swearingin (Chattanooga, Tennessee) is in third-place in the No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche (114-points).
Pro-Am 991. 5 Cars.
Matt Halcome (Dallas, Georgia) maintains his lead in the Pro-Am 991 class – for drivers racing the previous generation Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, type 991.2 – with 169 points in the No. 55 Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. With Jeff Majkrzak (Orono, Minnesota) moving into the Pro-Am class with the purchase of a new type 992 – the 24th and most recent in North America – Halcome holds a 40-point gap over Goldcrest teammate Grady Willingham (Birmingham, Alabama).
Kelly-Moss Road and Race maintains a commanding lead in the Entrant Championship. The Madison, Wisconsin-based program has earned a 51 point lead over JDX Racing entering the final eight races.
Practice for all classes gets underway Friday, September 10 at 11:45 a.m. local time with Saturday hosting both qualifying (11:05 a.m.) and Race 1 (4:15 p.m.). Sunday will see two Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands races with Race 2 taking the green flag at 8:45 a.m. and Race 3 scheduled to close the weekend of competition at 3:30 p.m. All events can be seen live at PorscheCarreraCup.us with IMSA Radio providing commentary. Following live coverage, events can be found on the Porsche Motorsport North America YouTube channel (youtube.com/porschemotorsportnorthamerica). Additional post race coverage and special programing will also be found here.
Brian Blocker, Series Manager, Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands.
“It is an honor to be the headline series of Porsche Sportscar Together Fest. Indianapolis is a destination for fans and drivers alike and this event is very special for that reason. The track and three events in a single weekend is an opportunity to put on display the professionalism of the drivers and teams of the inaugural season of Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands. We could not ask for a bigger stage in North America than the Indianapolis Motor Speedway during a Porsche-dedicated event weekend. We look forward to providing the fans of Porsche and the Indy the best show in town.”
About the Cayman Islands
The Cayman Islands, located an hour south of Miami in the vibrant tranquility of western Caribbean, is a premier destination for travelers, thrill-seeking divers, adventurous epicures, honeymooners and families alike. The trio of islands affords each guest with the ultimate setting to enjoy life’s finest comforts, as the Caribbean’s leading luxury lifestyle destination. Five-star resorts, high-end villas, condos and breathtaking beachfront properties unique to each island offer a myriad of accommodation options for discerning travelers to enjoy. Additionally, the Cayman Islands is frequently heralded as the “Culinary Capital of the Caribbean” and offers endless gastronomic experiences to delight even the most seasoned of palates.
The Cayman Islands, world-renowned for impeccable “Caymankind” hospitality also employs best-in-class health and sanitation protocols to keep visitors and locals safe. To learn more about the Cayman Islands, please go to www.visitcaymanislands.com; www.divecayman.ky or call your local travel agent. For the most up-to-date travel guidance and protocols, please visit: https://www.exploregov.ky/coronavirus.
Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by The Cayman Islands.
Porsche Carrera Cup North America by The Cayman Islands is the premier one-make race series in the United States and Canada utilizing a combination of the latest Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car, type 992, and MICHELIN® Pilot® Sport Cup N3 racing slick to challenge the best road and street race courses on the continent. As with all national Carrera Cups worldwide, the inaugural season of the championship is scheduled to host 16-rounds. Each 45-minute race counts toward a season-long driver and team championship in each of three classes: Pro, Pro-Am and Pro-Am 991.
More on Porsche Carrera Cup North America by The Cayman Islands can be found at www.PorscheCarreraCup.us.
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