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Jesse Lazare earned his ninth victory of the season and a weekend sweep by winning Round 12 at VIRginia International Raceway. Click image to enlarge

DANVILLE, Va. (Aug. 28, 2016) -Platinum Cup Leader Lazare Dominates for Big Victory, Weekend Sweep at VIR
Jesse Lazare has found an even higher gear during the late summer while dominating the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Lazare, from Montreal, cruised to his ninth victory of the season in a dominant performance Sunday at VIRginia International Raceway in Round 12 of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) Single-Make Series.   

He swept the two-race weekend and earned his fourth consecutive victory in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, beating Lucas Catania to the finish by 13.761 seconds.

The margin of victory was the largest of the season for Lazare.

"At the beginning of the year, we started fresh," Lazare said. "We had a great season last year, but we had a new car this year. We have to learn everything. We just keep hitting on the last 50 percent of the race; the car feels like it's on rails. That's really the difference. "I know I have to push super hard at the beginning so I can be really good for the last half of the race. I've been doing that every race since, and it's been working great."

Platinum Cup podium finishers (from left): Lucas Catania, Jesse Lazare,Andrew Longe Click image to enlarge

Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, earned his seventh podium finish of the season in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport Porsche. Andrew Longe, from Naples, Florida, earned his second podium finish of the weekend and fifth of the season by finishing third in the No. 47 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Ricardo Perez, from Mexico City, finished fourth in the No. 02 JDX Motorsports Porsche for his best result since early July at Watkins Glen. Jeff Mosing, from Austin, Texas, finished fifth and completed a weekend sweep of the Platinum Masters class in the No. 01 TOPP Racing Porsche.

Michael de Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, won the Gold Cup class in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, crossed the line first in the class in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche but was excluded from the race for a post-race technical infraction.

Unlike Round 11 on Saturday, Lazare led from start to finish today in the 45-minute race. He gradually pulled away from the No. 63 Wright Motorsports Porsche driven by McKay Snow on the start and on a restart after an early caution.

Catania passed Snow for second with an inside move into Turn 1 with 31 minutes remaining. Catania, who spun off on the final lap Saturday pursuing Lazare, again set sail for his rival. He pulled to within .519 seconds with about 25 minutes remaining.

But then Lazare inexorably pulled away, building a gap of 4.478 seconds with 11 minutes remaining.

"I was definitely pushing hard to get Jesse," Catania said. "I think we had a good fight in the beginning, and then I just started pushing too hard. It got pretty greasy out there. Traffic started to come into play a little bit. I didn't get the balance I wanted toward the end, and I had a bobble."

Lazare was able to ease into cruise control with six minutes remaining when Catania spun off track in Turn 11 and made light contact with the tire wall. He returned to the track just in front of Longe, who earlier passed Snow for third.

Catania and Longe then engaged in a tough fight over the final laps for second. Longe ended up just .855 of a second short of Catania at the finish.

"I thought we had it for a little bit," Longe said. "But just not enough. I'm happy the car is in one piece. Two podiums this weekend, can't ask for more than that."

Lazare padded his points lead over Longe to 213-178. Catania is third with 173.

"Every time I've been I've been with Kelly-Moss and have gotten into the Porsche, it felt absolutely amazing," Lazare said. "Even when I don't win, the car feels great. But I just do my best every time, stay out of trouble, try to hit my marks every lap, and it's been working out great."

Platinum Masters

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Fred Poordad, Jeff Mosing,Joe Catania Click image to enlarge

2015 Gold Cup and Gold Masters champion Mosing prevailed in a terrific duel with Fred Poordad to grab his eighth class victory of the season.

Poordad, from San Antonio, Texas, finished .782 of a second behind Mosing in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche. Joe Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, placed third in the No. 24 NGT Motorsport Porsche for his first podium finish of the season.

Mosing started from the class pole. But Poordad passed him entering Turn 1 on the only restart of the race, with 36 minutes remaining.

The duel intensified between the friendly Texas rivals over closing laps. Poordad led Mosing by .9 of a second with 13 minutes remaining, but Mosing pulled right up to the rear bumper of Poordad's Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car just three minutes later.

"Initially, I started to fall back a bit," Mosing said. "I was fighting a bit of push in the car. But as I burned off fuel, the car started coming in a little better, so that's why I was able to start making a march on those guys toward the end of the race

"I was kind of glad that it stayed these long greens. I tend to conserve the Yokohamas a little bit better for the fight at the end but still try to maintain pace."

Poordad then built the gap to .9 of a second with eight minutes left. But Mosing once again pulled close and made a decisive pass of Poordad in Turn 12 with four minutes remaining.

"I just tried to assess where he was stronger than me, and I was trying to really make up points where I was stronger than him," Mosing said. "We knew that from looking at data earlier in the week. So I tried to focus on that, just really go after the spots where I'm better, try to make up time on him. He made a mistake coming out of Oak Tree, and I was able to get alongside him and leave him after that.

"I love racing Poordad. He's a good gentleman racer. He gives you room for racing."

Mosing expanded his Platinum Masters championship lead to 215-204 over Poordad with the victory.

Gold Cup

De Quesada's path toward a first Gold Cup championship became more clear after his victory. He trailed Landy by one point, 187-186, entering this race but left VIR with a 206-190 lead over Michael Levitas in the standings.

This was the fifth victory of the season for de Quesada, whose last win came in early June at Montreal.

Series rookie Phil Bloom, from New York, earned his second runner-up finish of the weekend, tying his season-best result, in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Levitas, from Baltimore, placed third in the No. 36 TPC Racing Porsche. He also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for gaining the most positions during the race.

Up Next:

Rounds 13 and 14 will take place Sept. 14-16 at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. Both races are 45 minutes each.

ROUND 12 POST-RACE QUOTES

JESSE LAZARE (No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race, winner): "At the beginning of the year, we started fresh. We had a great season last year, but we had a new car this year. We have to learn everything. We just keep hitting on the last 50 percent of the race; the car feels like it's on rails. That's really the difference. I know I have to push super hard at the beginning so I can be really good for the last half of the race. I've been doing that every race since, and it's been working great." (About confidence level): "Every time I've been I've been with Kelly-Moss and have gotten into the Porsche, it felt absolutely amazing. Even when I don't win, the car feels great. But I just do my best every time, stay out of trouble, try to hit my marks every lap, and it's been working out great."

LUCAS CATANIA (No. 26 NGT Motorsport, second): "It was redemption, in a sense. I just tried to get a good finish. I was definitely pushing hard to get Jesse (Lazare). I think we had a good fight in the beginning, and then I just started pushing too hard. It got pretty greasy out there. Traffic started to come into play a little bit. I didn't get the balance I wanted toward the end, and I had a bobble. I hit the wall in the Oak Tree, so that was pretty crazy to still keep my position. Then I was fighting off (Andrew) toward the end. But it feels good to be back up here. NGT Motorsport was great through the whole weekend. My car was awesome. I think everyone did a good job with the heat. It was a good race, too." (How do you settle yourself after going off track?): "First thing I did was evaluate the car, my temperatures and make sure I could keep going. As a hockey and lacrosse player, I just keep going until I really can't. The car felt OK, so I put it out of my mind immediately and just kept doing what I was doing. I was able to keep the gap and kept pushing forward. I just tried to forget about it and keep going. I would like to thank New York Spine & Wellness Center and Syracuse Orthopedic Specialists."

ANDREW LONGE (No. 47 Wright Motorsports, third): "I think we (Lucas Catania and Longe) were both running pretty quick. I think we (Longe) had the better long-run car, to be honest. But we just got held up in the beginning. He made a mistake toward the end, put it into the wall. I thought we had it for a little bit. But just not enough. I'm happy the car is in one piece. Two podiums this weekend, can't ask for more than that." (Is securing second place in the championship your goal?): "Yeah. We moved into second. Our goal for the rest of the season is to finish well and finish every race. If we do that and capitalize off our competitors' mistakes, I think we have a shot at it."

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 TOPP Racing, winner, Platinum Masters): "I love racing (Fred) Poordad. He's a good gentleman racer. He gives you room for racing. Initially, I started to fall back a bit. I was fighting a bit of push in the car. But as I burned off fuel, the car started coming in a little better, so that's why I was able to start making a march on those guys toward the end of the race. I was kind of glad that it stayed these long greens. I tend to conserve the Yokohamas a little bit better for the fight at the end but still try to maintain pace. Just a lot of fun out there. Had some good races with all the guys. Thanks again to Porsche Motorsport North America, IMSA, Yokohama and TOPP Racing." (About closing laps versus Fred Poordad): "I just tried to assess where he was stronger than me, and I was trying to really make up points where I was stronger than him. We knew that from looking at data earlier in the week. So I tried to focus on that, just really go after the spots where I'm better, try to make up time on him. Once I was able to get close enough to I think get into his head a little bit, he started making a few mistakes. He made a mistake coming out of Oak Tree, and I was able to get alongside him and leave him after that."

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche's 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 selected IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information, visit www.IMSA.com, www.twitter.com/IMSA or www.facebook.com/IMSA.

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Jesse Lazare (front) drove to his eighth victory of the season Saturday at VIRginia International Raceway. Click image to enlarge

DANVILLE, Va. (Aug. 27, 2016) -Lazare Keeps Cool, Expands Platinum Lead with Victory at VIR
The Platinum Cup championship is coming into clearer focus for Jesse Lazare after a smooth, composed drive to victory amid many challenges Saturday in Round 11 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama at VIRginia International Raceway.   

Lazare, from Montreal, earned his eighth victory of the season in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche, beating Andrew Longe to the finish by 1.296 seconds. Lazare also padded his Platinum Cup championship lead to 31 points over Longe, 193-162, with just five rounds remaining in the season.

Platinum Cup podium finishers (from left): Andrew Longe, Jesse Lazare, Jeff Mosing Click image to enlarge

"We just have to finish every race, and I think we have a good shot at it," Lazare said of his chances of winning his first title in his third season in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series.

Round 12, a 45-minute race, will start at 11:05 a.m. (ET) Sunday on the 17-turn, 3.27-mile circuit at VIR.

Jeff Mosing, from Austin, Texas, finished third overall Saturday and won the Platinum Masters class in the No. 01 TOPP Racing Porsche. Ricardo Perez, from Mexico City, placed fourth in the No. 02 JDX Racing Porsche.

Rookie Victor Gomez IV, from San Juan, Puerto Rico, earned a season-best finish of fifth in the No. 25 NGT Motorsport Porsche.

Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, took the Gold Cup championship lead with his class victory in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

The 45-minute race started on a damp but drying track after a heavy thunderstorm rolled through southern Virginia earlier in the afternoon.

Lazare took the green flag from the pole in hot, muggy conditions. But he lost the lead in Turn 1 when Will Hardeman and McKay Snow drove past him on the freshly repaved track, both eager to earn their first career victory in the series.

"It's always very difficult, especially on new pavement when you don’t know how it’s going to react," Lazare said. "If you’re just a little bit off line, you're literally on a skating rink. That's why the first few laps I knew it wasn't worth pushing at my limit because I couldn't put it into the wall. Unfortunately, the guys who went for it didn’t make it.”

Hardeman led the first lap in the No. 19 Moorespeed Porsche but then slid into the wet grass in Turn 1 on the second lap, handing the lead to Snow in the No. 63 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Snow led Lazare by 1.362 seconds after the second lap. But he then spun off track, handing the lead back to Lazare, just before Peluchiwski veered off the front straightaway and made heavy contact with a tire wall, spinning across Turn 1.

The race was stopped for 21 minutes, with the field returning to the track under caution with 12 minutes remaining. Lazare brought the field to the green flag with six minutes, 20 seconds left in the race, setting up a four-lap dash to the finish under pursuit from Platinum Cup title contenders Lucas Catania and Longe.

Lazare led Catania by .533 of a second with one lap remaining. Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, tried to make an outside move around Lazare in Turn 14 on the final lap. But his car slid into the grass, letting Longe and Mosing past for the final two podium positions. Catania ended up eighth.

“He went for it, and I was surprised,” Lazare said of Catania’s move. “I chose the exact middle of the track to go in, and he tried to go out wide. Like I said, there’s no grip anywhere besides one spot on this track. It was a really high-risk move. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for him.”

Lazare stayed composed to drive away to his third straight victory. Longe, from Naples, Florida, earned his fourth podium finish of the season in the No. 47 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Mosing drove to his first overall podium finish in Platinum Cup this season. He is the first Platinum Masters driver to stand on the overall podium in 2016.

Platinum Masters

Platinum Masters podium finishers (from left): Charlie Putman, Jeff Mosing,Fred Poordad Click image to enlarge

2015 Gold Cup and Gold Masters champion Mosing earned his seventh Platinum Masters victory of the season to expand his championship lead to 195-186 over Fred Poordad.

Charlie Putman, from Casper, Wyoming, finished second in the No. 40 Atlanta Motorsports Group Porsche in just his second start this season. Putman also won the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for advancing the most positions during the race.
Poordad, from San Antonio, Texas, rounded out the podium finishers in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche.
Mosing also competed in another race earlier in the day at VIR during the storms, and he said that gave him an advantage when trying to deduce the tricky grip levels during the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race.

"Running that race before at least let me view what the track was in different conditions," Mosing said. "So going out there, I was just making sure to get the Yokohamas up to temperature for the conditions, just keeping my head out of trouble and head’s up on other people that might be losing it."

Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner Charlie Putman Click image to enlarge

Mosing started seventh but climbed to the podium as drivers ahead of him spun off track in the varying grip levels. He stayed within reach of Lazare, Catania and Longe in fourth at the restart after the red flag and was present to pounce when Catania spun off track on the final lap.

"Hat’s off to Todd (Oppermann, TOPP Racing owner) and keeping their head in the game and getting the car set up for me where I could hang with those guys up front," Mosing said. “It was really a blast.

"I feel bad for (Lucas) Catania. He really tried to get it done in (Turn) 14 and just locked them up. I knew he was going over the hill; there was no coming back from that. So he blessed me with a podium. I feel bad for them but glad to be on the (overall) podium for the first time in Platinum."

Gold Cup

Gold Cup podium finishers (from left): Phil Bloom, Sebastian Landy,Michael de Quesada Click image to enlarge

Landy earned his sixth class victory of the season with a stirring drive from the rear of the field. He took a 187-186 lead over Michael de Quesada in the championship standings with his fourth consecutive victory.

"It was just about keeping it clean and not making any mistakes because I knew the time that we had was pretty limited," Landy said. "But that was pretty huge to come from that far back to end up with the win."

Series rookie Phil Bloom, from New York, finished second in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche to equal his season-best result. De Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, rounded out the podium finishers in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner Charlie Putman Landy was forced to start second-to-last in class and in the overall field when his car and that of TPC Racing teammate Michael Levitas were moved to the back of the grid due to a pre-race technical infraction.

But Landy kept his cool while picking off cars on nearly every lap. He finally caught Gold Cup leader Bloom on the final lap, making the pass for the lead in Turn 4 and driving to victory by .910 of a second over Bloom.

"Philip raced me really hard," Landy said. "We gave it everything we had at the end, and I just managed to squeeze underneath him going into (Turn) 4. I'm really happy with that, happy with TPC Racing and Forto Strong Coffee to get the win."

Up Next:

Round 12 will start at 11:05 a.m. (ET) Sunday. The race is 45 minutes..

The race also will be streamed live at imsa.tv, with a delayed television broadcast on Sinclair Broadcast Group affiliates in major United States markets.

For live timing, visit scoring.imsa.com or the IMSA mobile app for iOS, Android or Windows. For live updates on all the action, follow @IMSALive on Twitter.

ROUND 11 POST-RACE QUOTES (GT3CAN)

JESSE LAZARE (No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race, winner): "It's always very difficult, especially on new pavement when you don’t know how it’s going to react. No one has experience. If you're just a little bit off line, you’re literally on a skating rink. That’s why the first few laps I knew it wasn't worth pushing at my limit because I couldn't put it into the wall. Unfortunately, the guys who went for it didn’t make it. That's racing. I feel really bad for my teammate (Bill Peluchiwski)." (About pursuit by Lucas Catania on last lap): "He went for it, and I was surprised. I chose the exact middle of the track to go in, and he tried to go out wide. Like I said, there’s no grip anywhere besides one spot on this track. It was a really high-risk move. Unfortunately, it didn’t work for him.” (Are you starting to think championship more after this win?): "Absolutely. We just have to finish every race, and I think we have a good shot at it."

ANDREW LONGE (No. 47 Wright Motorsports, second): "It's a classic motto: To finish first, you must first finish. So I just tried to keep it clean and keep it on track and work off my competitors' mistakes, and it ended up working out for us. I'm pretty happy with P2 but would have loved to be P1. I think we would have been there if it would have gone green the whole time. We had a great car in the beginning. But we’re happy with P2."

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 TOPP Racing, third; winner, Platinum Masters): "Running the Conti race before at least let me view what the track was in different conditions. So going out there, I was just making sure to get the Yokohamas up to temperature for the conditions, just keeping my head out of trouble and head's up on other people that might be losing it. Hat's off to Todd (Oppermann, TOPP Racing owner) and keeping their head in the game and getting the car set up for me where I could hang with those guys up front. It was really a blast. I feel bad for (Lucas) Catania. He really tried to get it done in (Turn) 14 and just locked them up. I knew he was going over the hill; there was no coming back from that. So he blessed me with a podium. I feel bad for them but glad to be on the (overall) podium for the first time in Platinum."

SEBASTIAN LANDY (No. 49 TPC Racing, winner, Gold Cup): "It's all about being opportunistic when you have to be and keeping it safe and tidy when you don't have to, especially with the track as it was. Not too much grip out there. It was just about keeping it clean and not making any mistakes because I knew the time that we had was pretty limited. But that was pretty huge to come from that far back to end up with the win." (How did you pass Phil Bloom for first?): "Philip raced me really hard. We gave it everything we had at the end, and I just managed to squeeze underneath him going into (Turn) 4. I'm really happy with that, happy with TPC Racing and Forto Strong Coffee to get the win, especially with everything that has happened this weekend. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of a day. It's good to end on somewhat of a high note." (Did it help you to compete in another race earlier today, in heavy rain and then drying conditions?): "No, because it was completely different".

CHARLIE PUTMAN (No. 40 Atlanta Motorsports Group, Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner): (How do you adjust to a short sprint to the finish?): "I don't think you can change so much. You like to think you can give it that extra bit, but I think if you change up your game plan, you’ve got to run those last four laps just like the first four. If you try to get risky, you’re just going to get over your head. It's not worth it. The conditions were pretty tough. The guys did a great job out there for the conditions." (How was the grip?): "It really wasn't too bad on line, but when you stepped off line to try to maneuver or made a slight error, it was pretty slick."

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche's 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 selected IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans. For more information, visit www.IMSA.com, www.twitter.com/IMSA or www.facebook.com/IMSA.

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Scott Hargrove (left) prevailed over Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama rival Daniel Morad for overall victory Saturday at Watkins Glen. Click image to enlarge

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (July 2, 2016)-Hargrove Turns Tables on Morad for Overall Victory; Longe Earns First Career USA Platinum Cup Win
Scott Hargrove added another winning chapter to his intensifying rivalry with fellow Canadian Daniel Morad, driving to victory July 2 in the combined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama round at Watkins Glen International.   

Hargrove, from Surrey, British Columbia, passed pole sitter Morad with 21 minutes remaining in the 45-minute race and drove away to victory in a race that finished under caution. Morad won Friday on the 11-turn, 3.4-mile circuit at Watkins Glen, with Hargrove finishing second.

Zach Robichon, from Ottawa, finished third overall Saturday and completed an overall podium sweep by Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama drivers in the second-ever joint race between the two International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series.

"The car was just fantastic," Hargrove said. "I'm excited to win here in the States with this joint event and with IMSA here. I just hope we have more events like this in the future."

Porsche GT3 Canada drivers won all four combined rounds this season. Hargrove triumphed in both rounds June 10-12 at Montreal and today, with Morad capturing the 45-minute race Friday at Watkins Glen.

Andrew Longe, from Naples, Florida, finished fourth overall and earned his first career Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama victory. Chris Green, from Montreal, rounded out the top five overall and was second in the USA series.

Platinum Cup (GT3CAN)

Porsche GT3 Canada Platinum Cup podium (from left): Daniel Morad, Scott Hargrove, Zach Robichon Click image to enlarge

2014 Platinum Cup champion Hargrove earned his third victory of the season in the No. 28 OpenRoad Racing Porsche after another hard-fought duel with Morad.

Morad, from Toronto, maintained a gap of about one-half second over Hargrove during the first eight minutes of the race in the No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Then the first of two full-course yellows was triggered by an incident involving Oscar Arroyo and Orey Fidani.

The top two continued to march in lockstep around the track after the restart, with Morad leading Hargrove by .624 of a second with 26 minutes remaining. Hargrove pulled closer four minutes later, and he and Morad split the lapped car of Fidani in Turn 5 during in a breathtaking, clean move that set the stage for further fireworks later that lap.

Morad and Hargrove stayed side by side entering the iconic "Boot" section of the circuit. Their two cars touched in Turn 8, the "Heel" of the "Boot," with Hargrove nudging ahead. He finished the decisive pass of Morad in Turn 9, exiting the "Boot," and never trailed thereafter.

GT3 Canada Platinum Cup championship leader Hargrove eased away over the closing laps, leading by 3.637 seconds with 10 minutes remaining. Morad appeared to get another chance when David Baker's stopped car in Turn 4 triggered the second full-course caution of the race with six minutes remaining.

But Baker's car dropped fluid on the track, so there wasn't enough time to resume green-flag racing.

"We had so much pace in the beginning, and we pulled a gap," Morad said. "I don't know what broke in the front of the car, but it obviously slowed me down quite a bit. I think three-quarters of a second. But I'm happy with the weekend. A first and a second place. Up to second place in points. So it's good overall for the weekend."

Robichon lost third overall to Green on the third lap but regained the position for good just past the midway point of the race in the No. 78 Mark Motors Racing Porsche.

Cirone, from Toronto, finished fourth in the No. 88 Mark Motors Racing Porsche and was the top Platinum Masters finisher.

Masters competitor Tim Sanderson, from Pickering, Ontario, rounded out the top five in the No. 07 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Platinum Cup (GT3USA)

Porsche GT3 USA Platinum Cup podium (from left): Chris Green, Andrew Longe, McKay Snow Click image to enlarge

Round 7 winner Green produced a great start in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche, climbing from eighth overall to fourth on the first lap, grabbing the overall GT3USA lead.

But Longe, who started fourth overall and on the GT3USA pole, found his rhythm and calmly reeled in Green. Longe drove past Green for the lead with about 17 minutes remaining and pulled away to his first career victory in his second season in the series.

"Unbelievably exciting, but I owe it all to my team," Longe said. "They gave me a fabulous car from day one, and the coaching and support they have given me this past year has been unbelievable, so I just can't thank them enough.

"It's such a competitive field. To be on the podium is one thing: to get a win is another. So it's pretty special to be up here on the podium at Watkins Glen. I just don't know what to say."

2015 Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Platinum Cup champion Green completed a strong weekend with the runner-up finish, adding to his victory Friday as he competes in a limited USA schedule this season.

McKay Snow, from Lehi, Utah, earned his first career podium finish in the series in the No. 63 Wright Motorsports Porsche. He closed quickly on Green before the final caution, pulling to within .337 of a second.

"I got off to a bad start, and I just had to work my way back up to the top," Snow said. "If we had a couple more laps, I probably would have made it up to second. Green just fell off a little bit at the end.

"The car was really good, and Wright Motorsports really put the car together well and it was consistent throughout the entire race."

Points leader Jesse Lazare, from Montreal, finished fourth in the Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche. Lucas Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, rebounded from a first-lap exit due to an accident in Round 7 Friday to finish fifth in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport Porsche.

Platinum Masters (GT3CAN)

Porsche GT3 Canada Platinum Masters podium (from left): Tim Sanderson, Marco Cirone Click image to enlarge

Cirone won from the pole for his fifth Platinum Masters victory in six starts this season and was the top overall Platinum Masters finisher in both races at this event.

But Cirone always aims to finish on the overall podium and joust with younger drivers. He got his wish late in the race, prevailing in a stirring, fender-rubbing duel with Catania for eighth overall

"The three American drivers in front of me, boy, they were really, really quick," Cirone said. "It was difficult to keep up. But we finished fourth overall in the Canadian series and first in Masters, so we're happy and looking forward to Toronto."

Sanderson tied his season-best finish of second - his fourth runner-up finish of 2016. Carlos de Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, placed third in the No. 50 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports Porsche.

Platinum Masters (GT3USA)

Porsche GT3 USA Platinum Masters podium (from left): Bill Peluchiwski, Fred Poordad, Jeff Mosing Click image to enlarge

Fred Poordad, from San Antonio, earned his second victory of the season in the No. 20 Wright Motorsports Porsche. Poordad returned to the series in 2016 after a one-year hiatus.

Poordad led the class for the entire race in a smooth, powerful performance.

"I wish it was another 45 minutes longer, as we would probably have made our way to the front."

Round 7 winner Jeff Mosing, from Austin, Texas, finished second in the No. 01 TOPP Racing Porsche.

Bill Peluchiwski, from Chicago, earned his third podium finish of the season after placing third in the No. 74 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche. Peluchiwski drove to the podium after being eliminated in the multi-car accident on the first lap of Round 7 Friday.

Gold Cup(GT3CAN)

Porsche GT3 Canada Gold Cup winner Martin HarveyClick image to enlarge

Martin Harvey, from Berthierville, Quebec, completed an event sweep in the No. 08 Wingho Racing Porsche after a scintillating battle with Gold Cup rival Shaun McKaigue.

Harvey's last victory before Round 5 on Friday was June 2015 at Toronto, where he also produced an event sweep.

McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, led the first 13 laps in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche. But Harvey passed him on the next lap and kept the top spot until the finish.

Round 7 winner Jeff Mosing, from Austin, Texas, finished second in the No. 01 TOPP Racing Porsche.

Bill Peluchiwski, from Chicago, earned his third podium finish of the season after placing third in the No. 74 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche. Peluchiwski drove to the podium after being eliminated in the multi-car accident on the first lap of Round 7 Friday.

Porsche GT3 Canada Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner Martin HarveyClick image to enlarge

"I love racing when we have a big battle with Shaun," Harvey said. We passed Shaun on the start, and Shaun passed me on the straight line, and after that we were on the back of Shaun for 10 laps. Push, push, push. And when I had the time, I passed Shaun, and that was it."

Harvey also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for the Canadian series driver who gained the most spots from his starting position in the race.

McKaigue, from Gilford, Ontario, finished second in the No. 34 Fiorano Racing Porsche to keep the Gold Cup championship lead.

Gold Cup(GT3USA)

Porsche GT3 USA Gold Cup podium (from left): Michael de Quesada, Sebastian Landy, Neal WalkerClick image to enlarge

Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, completed an event of contrasts with his third victory of the season in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche. He was eliminated in the multi-car crash on the first lap Friday but earned redemption with a powerful drive today, leading every lap in the class.

"Huge thanks to all the guys at TPC Racing," Landy said. "They worked so hard to get this car back together after yesterday, and it was just bad luck that ruined our day there. To get the car back together, they pretty much worked until this morning. And to have it run so perfectly and to have such a great race was a great way to say thanks.

"We've been the fastest car all year, and I don't think many people have noticed, but hopefully they start paying attention now. The Yokohama tires were great the whole time, and I was able to run qualifying pace for pretty much the entire session, which was a really great feeling. And thanks to Forto Strong Coffee for all their support this season."

Porsche GT3 USA Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner Sebastian LandyClick image to enlarge

Landy also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award for the USA series driver who gained the most spots from his starting position in the race.

The victory also ended a five-race Watkins Glen winning streak for his teammate, Michael Levitas, from Baltimore. Levitas swept both events in 2014 and 2015 at The Glen and won Round 7 Friday. But he was involved in a late accident with fellow Gold Cup driver Philip Bloom, with both cars ending up in the tire barrier of the "Boot" section after contact.

Michael de Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, finished second in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. It was a solid rebound for de Quesada, who was slowed by damage from a multi-car accident in Round 7 Friday.

Neal Walker, from Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, finished off a strong debut weekend this season with his second third-place finish in the No. 79 Tullman Walker Racing Porsche.

Up Next:

After two consecutive joint events, the two series will return to separate competition for the rest of their respective seasons.

Rounds 7 and 8 of the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama are scheduled for July 15-17 in support of the Verizon IndyCar Series event on the streets of Toronto.

Rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will take place Aug. 5-7 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

ROUND 6 POST-RACE QUOTES (GT3CAN)

SCOTT HARGROVE (No. 28 OpenRoad Racing, winner): "It felt great out there, especially after yesterday not getting much time to get a good race distance. We set up the car for the race distance, and yesterday we only got four green flag laps in. So today after we had a little bit of running, our tires stayed there, and we were able to pull away. Hats off to the OpenRoad Racing guys. The car was just fantastic. I'm excited to win here in the States with this joint event and with IMSA here. I just hope we have more events like this in the future."

DANIEL MORAD (No. 17 Porsche Centre Oakville/Alegra Motorsports, second): ""It was an intense battle, and it was certainly a longer race than yesterday. I'm just thankful we were able to make it to the finish. When Scott (Hargrove) came close to me and we came up on lap traffic, I think something broke in the car. I was lucky to make it to the end. I just had to manage the curb strikes and make sure I brought the car home. It's just a shame. We had so much pace in the beginning, and we pulled a gap. I don't know what broke in the front of the car, but it obviously slowed me down quite a bit. I think three-quarters of a second. But I'm happy with the weekend. A first and a second place. Up to second place in points. So it's good overall for the weekend."

ZACH ROBICHON (No. 78 Mark Motors Racing, third):"It took me a little too long to get up to speed. I think I'll put that down to experience in the car. I just wasn't able to get the maximum out of the tires at the beginning, and it took me a little too long to get up to speed. I was able to get by Chris (Green), and I was closing on Daniel (Morad) a little bit, I'd say, at the end. It would have been nice to maybe have a restart at the end, and for a lap or two maybe I would have been able to get by him. But I learned a lot and got more experience from the beginning of the race, and I will learn from it so that next time it doesn't happen. Then I can stay with those top two."

MARCO CIRONE (No. 88 Mark Motors Racing, winner, Platinum Masters): "I think the track conditions were a little bit better this morning. Our starting position in the race wasn't as good as yesterday. Yesterday we started fourth, and today we started eighth. That made a little bit of difference. The three American drivers in front of me, boy, they were really, really quick. It was difficult to keep up. But we finished fourth overall in the Canadian series and first in Masters, so we're happy and looking forward to Toronto."

MARTIN HARVEY (No. 08 Wingho Racing, winner, Gold Cup): "I love racing when we have a big battle with Shaun (McKaigue). We passed Shaun on the start, and Shaun passed me on the straight line, and after that we were on the back of Shaun for 10 laps. Push, push, push. And when I had the time, I passed Shaun, and that was it. I'm sorry for Shaun. He lost the car on the top of the hill. But great, great race."

ROUND 8 POST-RACE QUOTES (GT3USA):

ANDREW LONGE (No. 47 Wright Motorsports, winner):"Unbelievably exciting, but I owe it all to my team. They gave me a fabulous car from day one, and the coaching and support they have given me this past year has been unbelievable, so I just can't thank them enough. It's such a competitive field. To be on the podium is one thing: to get a win is another. So it's pretty special to be up here on the podium at Watkins Glen. I just don't know what to say."

CHRIS GREEN (No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, second): "It was a much different day on track for this series. I had a really, really good start and made my way up to third and was in the hunt with Dan (Morad) and Scott (Hargrove), who were very, very quick. But we had an issue with the front left, and we have no idea what it is yet. So we've got to go back and investigate. But there was something that happened that just killed my momentum and any chance of doing anything well today. But kudos to the Pfaff Motorsports guys, who gave me a great car out of the box, and that's what we really needed to make up places. Back to the drawing board, and hopefully I will have a few more opportunities in the GT3 Cup USA or Canada to bring the Pfaff Motorsports Castrol car back out again. Beautiful weekend and a beautiful day, and now I get to go home and have a beer."

McKAY SNOW (No. 63 Wright Motorsports, third): "It felt pretty good. I got off to a bad start, and I just had to work my way back up to the top. I had to fight my way past Lucas (Catania) and had some good drivers right behind me pushing me the whole time, so I couldn't make any mistakes. If we had a couple more laps, I probably would have made it up to second. (Chris) Green just fell off a little bit at the end. The car was really good, and Wright Motorsports really put the car together well and it was consistent throughout the entire race."

FRED POORDAD (No. 20 Wright Motorsports, winner, Platinum Masters):"I hope it's the beginning of a new era, but I do like this track a lot. I think it's a great track and probably one of the prettiest places to race, as well. The team did great. Wright Motorsports put a great car under me, and it felt great the whole race. I wish it was another 45 minutes longer, as we would probably have made our way to the front. Kudos to my teammates Andrew (Longe) and McKay (Snow), who placed on the podium, so it was a fantastic day for Wright Motorsports."

SEBASTIAN LANDY (No. 49 TPC Racing, winner, Gold Cup): "Huge thanks to all the guys at TPC Racing. They worked so hard to get this car back together after yesterday, and it was just bad luck that ruined our day there. To get the car back together, they pretty much worked until this morning. And to have it run so perfectly and to have such a great race was a great way to say thanks. It was a pretty easy race, for the most part. I think the split start helped us a lot on the first few laps to get everyone sorted and get the cars to run the same speeds. And then it was just a matter of putting my head down and running clean. We've been the fastest car all year, and I don't think many people have noticed, but hopefully they start paying attention now. The Yokohama tires were great the whole time, and I was able to run qualifying pace for pretty much the entire session, which was a really great feeling. And thanks to Forto Strong Coffee for all their support this season."

About Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama

The Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama enters its sixth season in 2016 ready to produce more intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and the new Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport. The International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship is one of 20 global Porsche single-make Cup Racing series and is the perfect platform for aspiring drivers to ascend to the highest levels of GT competition, such as the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.

Racing in the Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama is divided into three classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-16 model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the seventh, and current, generation of the street car; Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car; and the Silver Cup class consisting of competitors in the new Cayman GT4 Clubsport. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class..

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama, visit www.imsa.com, follow hashtag #GT3CAN @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche's 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar

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Jesse Lazare in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche Click image to enlarge

MONTREAL (June 12, 2016)-Montreal Reigns Supreme in Round 6 with Lazare, Green Taking Top Spots
Montreal was well represented on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama podium Sunday after Round 6, with the two top steps going to hometown boys Jesse Lazare and Chris Green.   

Lazare took a 1.552-second victory in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race Porsche over Green in the No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports Porsche at Circuit Gilles Villenueve, sweeping the weekend in Platinum Cup and inching closer to first in the points standings.

The two were a perfect representation as the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama series clashed for the first time in the same event, which supported the Canadian Grand Prix Formula One race. Lazare is the only Canadian-born driver running full time in the USA series. Lazare, 21, and Green, 32, grew up running the same karting tracks and competed against each other for the first time in March at Sebring International Raceway.

"It's amazing what the guys from Canada have done this weekend, especially the guys from Montreal," Green said. "I'm obviously very happy to make it on the podium today. Everybody's here this weekend and it's just such a special environment, and I hope the Porsche series comes back again next year."

Andrew Longe, from Naples, Florida, earned his first podium finish of the season with a third-place finish in the No. 47 Wright Motorsports Porsche. Longe's teammate McKay Snow earned his season-best finish, taking the checkered flag in fourth position in the No. 63 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

Lucas Catania, from Cazenovia, New York, rounded out the top five in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport Porsche, holding on to the Platinum Cup driver championship lead.

Jeff Mosing, from Austin, Texas, was the top Platinum Masters finisher in the No. 01 TOPP Racing Porsche. Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, won the Gold Cup class in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche

Platinum Cup Podium Finishers (from left): Chris Green, Jesse Lazare, Andrew Longe Click image to enlarge

Lazare started on pole for class and second overall behind eventual race winner Scott Hargrove after posting the second-quickest lap in Round 5 on Saturday. Spotty rain fell at the start, which included three laps behind the Safety Car while the circuit dried, adding an extra element to the combined race.

Lazare lost a position to Daniel Morad on the first lap, and he also was passed by Canadian competitor Zach Robichon before taking back third overall exiting the hairpin. The two would continue to go back and forth.

"At the beginning I had to be a little bit more conservative because the rain was heavy," Lazare said. "I've already had a bad race in Sebring, so I couldn't risk a DNF. So I needed to get through the first few laps. The car came in, and then we were just boogying."

Lazare and Robichon raced side-by-side again exiting Turn 14 onto the front straight, with Robichon taking third again before making contact with Morad running in second. Robichon was assessed a drive-through penalty, moving Lazare into second and Green into third overall, where they would finish, completing the Montreal one-two finish.

"I had a good race with Jesse," Green said. "I was quick at the start and let the other guys scrap their way out and make some room for Jesse and I to make our way through the field. All in all, it was a good day."

Platinum Masters

Mosing recovered from a tough Round 5 Saturday to find the top step of the podium for the third time this season, after sweeping Rounds 3 and 4 in late April at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

Platinum Masters Podium Finishers (from left): Jeff Mosing, David Baker Click image to enlarge

The win helped close the gap to the Platinum Masters championship points lead, held by Fred Poordad, winner of Round 5 in Montreal

Mosing's TOPP Racing teammate David Baker, from Colleyville, Texas, joined him on the podium with a second-place finish in the No. 56 Porsche. It was Baker's second podium of the season.

Fred Kaimer, from Austin, Texas, followed up his second-place finish in Round 5 by rounding out the Platinum Masters podium in third place in the No. 23 NGT Motorsport Porsche.

Gold Cup

Landy earned a hard-fought victory in the Gold Cup class against Michael de Quesada.

The two have battled all weekend, splitting the victories for the two rounds. De Quesada started from pole for the class. Landy hounded him through the race, waiting for his time to strike.

"I felt like everything went right," Landy said. "I had a great race with Michael, probably one of the best races I've ever had since I started driving. He made me work for every single inch and gave me just enough room every time we got close. It was really great racing."

Gold Cup Podium Finishers (from left): Michael de Quesada, Sebastian Landy, Michael Levitas Click image to enlarge

Landy made the pass and used lapped traffic to help seal the victory, his second of the young season. Landy was also the Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner, an award given to the driver who advances the most positions throughout the race.

It was good, clean racing," de Quesada said. "Sebastian made a pass, and I tried to guard it, but I had to go through the runoff so I didn't hit him coming out. That gave him a little bit of a gap. I caught him toward the end of the race but got held up by a Platinum Car. He got around him, and I think I would have had a chance if I could have gotten around him quicker, but it just didn't play out."

De Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, finished second in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche. Landy's TPC Racing teammate, Michael Levitas of Baltimore, finished third in class in the No. 36 Porsche.

Up Next:

Round 7 and 8 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama championship will be June 30-July 2 at Watkins Glen International. It will be the second and final combined event with Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama.

ROUND 6 POST-RACE QUOTES

JESSE LAZARE (No. 21 Kelly-Moss Road and Race, winner): "At the beginning, I had to be a little bit more conservative because the rain was heavy. I've already had a bad race in Sebring, so I couldn't risk a DNF. So I needed to get through the first few laps. The car came in, and then we were just boogying. We set the fastest lap and track record, so I'm really happy about that. If there was more time, maybe I could have closed in a little bit, but the car was great, the team was great, and I'm looking forward to the next weekend. I'm so happy all my friends and family came, my sponsors. It was just a great weekend."

CHRIS GREEN (No. 9 Pfaff Motorsports, second): "It's amazing what the guys from Canada have done this weekend, especially the guys from Montreal. I'm obviously very happy to make it on the podium today. I had a good race with Jesse (Lazare). I was quick at the start and let the other guys scrap their way out and make some room for Jesse and I to make our way through the field. All in all, it was a good day. Congrats to Jesse. He was very very quick today as well as Scott (Hargrove), who won the Canadian series. The Pfaff Motorsports guys gave me an incredible Castrol car today, and I'm just incredibly happy to do this in front of my home crowd, my family, my wife, my parents, my in-laws. Everybody's here this weekend and it's just such a special environment, and I hope the Porsche series comes back again next year."

ANDREW LONGE (No. 47 Wright Motorsports, third): "The race was great. We were dealing with some tricky conditions. It's something special to be on the podium in GT3 Cup but even more special here at the Grand Prix weekend. So a huge thank you to Wright Motorsports for the amazing car they put together and all of my sponsors."

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 TOPP Racing, first Platinum Masters): "It had been awhile since I had an incident that prevented me from racing, and coming up here to a new track I was really excited to get out there after working out on the simulator and getting to know the track. We didn't have much time to set the car up, so the whole weekend has been a learning experience. I was gutted yesterday when I only got a lap in before having to come in. Hats off to Todd (Oppermann) and the guys at TOPP Racing for getting the car back together for me so we could go back out and race today. Conditions were a little sketchy, different in different corners, so it added an extra element - as if the track wasn't intimidating enough. It was really nice to get a finish and a win for the team."

DAVID BAKER (No. 56 TOPP Racing, second Platinum Masters): "First of all I have to give the folks at Apex Capital for giving me such a great car, Porsche Motorsports, Yokohama and of course the TOPP Racing team. What a fabulous crew. They got the car set up nice this weekend. We're new to this track, so it was a big learning experience. All in all, good race."

SEBASTIAN LANDY (No. 49 TPC Racing, first Gold Cup, Yokohama Hard Charger Award winner): "I felt like everything went right. I had a great race with Michael (de Quesada), probably one of the best races I've ever had since I started driving. He made me work for every single inch and gave me just enough room every time we got close. It was really great racing. Hats off to TPC Racing. The car was the best it had been all weekend. Really really happy to get the win, especially for Forto Strong Coffee. It's the Forto-fueled 49 car."

MICHAEL DE QUESADA (No. 31 Alegra Motorsports, second Gold Cup): "We got off to a great start. The weather was switching up on us, so that made it a little bit more tough. It was good, clean racing. Sebastian (Landy) made a pass and I tried to guard it, but I had to go through the runoff so I didn't hit him coming out. That gave him a little bit of a gap. I caught him toward the end of the race but got held up by a Platinum Car. He got around him and I think I would have had a chance if I could have gotten around him quicker, but it just didn't play out."

MICHAEL LEVITAS (No. 36 TPC Racing, third Gold Cup): "TPC gave me a great car. I didn't have a great qualifying and was put in the position where it could get ugly, and I wanted to make sure it didn't get ugly. I knew the boys, the young guys, would be up front battling it out up there, and that's pretty much how it worked out. It was a great race."

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche's 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes - Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in the Platinum class. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar


Andrew Longe will be a top contender for the 2016 Platinum Cup Championship. Click image to enlarge

Sebring, Fla. (Feb. 23, 2016) -
Longe's Championship Expectations High in Second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Season

It’s a new year full of new opportunity for one of the top returning Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama drivers.   

Andrew Longe leads a field of championship hopefuls toward the 2016 crown after finishing fourth in the championship last year.

Longe is his first season with reigning 2015 Platinum Team Champions Wright Motorsports and second in the series. His 2015 season was highlighted by a second-place finish at NOLA Motorsports Park. Longe showed superb consistency, never finishing outside of the top seven.

"Wright knows how to win a championship," Longe said. "With their championship last year and such a great group of people, they made the transition really easy."

"There’s not added pressure coming back, but with the season I had last year, it definitely motivates me," Longe said. "I know what I can accomplish and having the team behind me just pushes me that much more. If we put all of our pieces together, I know we'll be there in the end."

His sophomore season will kick off March 16–18 at Sebring International Raceway as part of the prestigious Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida race week. Last year he finished sixth in both rounds.

The season opener is also the home race for Longe, from Naples, Florida. That provides a small bit of an advantage and a whole lot of motivation.

"I haven’t had a ton of time on the track," Longe said. "We were here last year and then a couple of club races, so I’m still learning the nuances. But I love it. It has so much character here that some of the other tracks don’t, especially with the old pavement. It’s my home track, so there's a special place in my heart for it. So I’m definitely a big fan."

While the opening two rounds of the 16–race season start in March, preparation for the season with his new team started Tuesday at the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)–sanctioned test at Sebring. Longe finished in the top five in both practice sessions, quickly setting the tone for the first part of his season.

"Today went really well," Longe said. "We’ve done a few mock qualifying runs and race runs just to get a basis of what the car’s going to do over the long run. Today’s focus has been blending with the team and getting everyone together. But we’re all jelling really well, and it’s been great."

"The focus for us at the beginning of the season is to score points in every race and then hopefully we have a good fight at the end. Everyone likes to win. But top five every race, which is what we were today, is the goal and scoring points is a must if you want to be in the championship fight at the end."
The advantages of a multi–car team are already taking shape for Longe, who was on a single-car team last year.
"Being a multi–car team and coming from a one-car team makes a big difference," Longe said. "We have that many cars to share data and try setups and different things on. They’ve been great. They've been one of the top teams in the paddock, and I'm honored to be with them."

He is joined at the open test by Wright teammates McKay Snow, Philip Bloom, Anthony Imperato and returning series veteran Fred Poordad.

Tuesday testing: Returning sophomore driver Lucas Catania claimed the top overall times in both practice sessions of the day and was quickest overall at 2 minutes, 6.319 seconds in the No. 26 NGT Motorsport Porsche &hellipse; Series rookie Parker Chase celebrated his 15th birthday today by turning laps during the test with Performance Motorsports Group. IMSA rules mandate a driver must be 15 to race in the series &hellipse; Testing concludes with a session from 10:35 a.m.&ndash1 p.m. (ET) Wednesday.

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche’s 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in Platinum and Gold classes. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar


Andrew Longe, who finished fourth in the 2015 standings, is joining reigning Platinum Cup Team Champions Wright Motorsports in the 2016 season.Click image to enlarge

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 19, 2016) -
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Teams Back on Track for Season Preparations

The 2016 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season starts in March, but the road to the championship starts Feb. 23-24 at Sebring International Raceway.   

Teams and drivers from one of Porsche’s 20 single-make series around the world will test Tuesday, Feb. 23 and Wednesday, Feb. 24 at Sebring in preparation for the start of the 2016 season.

The 3.74-mile, 17-turn historic road course in Sebring, Florida, will host the first two rounds of the eight-event, 16-race schedule March 16-18 during the prestigious Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida. The Sebring season opener is like coming home for many of the teams and competitors, as the series has opened the season at Sebring International Raceway since 2006.

Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the Platinum Cup (2014-16 model years) and Gold Cup (2010-13 model years) classes will make themselves familiar with the circuit in hopes of a successful first two races.

Testing is scheduled for 9:25-10:40 a.m. (ET) and 2:20-3:35 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, and 10:35 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24.

Among the teams expected to prepare for the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned championship is reigning Platinum Cup Team Champions Wright Motorsports. Testing for Wright will be Andrew Longe, a newcomer to the team. Longe, from Naples, Florida, enters his second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama season as a Platinum Cup title contender after finishing fourth in the standings last season.
Other teams joining Wright at the test include series standouts and past champions Kelly-Moss Road and Race, NGT Motorsport and TOPP Racing.

The NGT Motorsport lineup at the test will include series rookie and IMSA Scholarship winner Victor Gomez IV. Gomez is making his series debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama in 2016 after competing last season in the World Challenge GT Cup championship, finishing seventh in the standings as a rookie. Gomez will run a full season with the support of IMSA, Porsche and Yokohama.

Tullman Walker Racing also will be at the test preparing to make its full-season debut in 2016 with father-son duo Steve and Max Tullman. The duo joined the series in 2015 at VIRginia International Raceway. Each driver had a podium finish in their debut weekend, Max in Gold Cup and Steve in Gold Masters.

About Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 12th season in 2016 as one of Porsche’s 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014-2016 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in Platinum and Gold classes. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

For more information about Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, visit www.gt3cupchallengeusa.com, follow hashtag #GT3USA @IMSA on Twitter or IMSA on Facebook.

About IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 and owns a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. IMSA also sanctions the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge and the Mazda Prototype Lites Presented by Cooper Tires, as well as four single-make series: Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama; Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama; Ferrari Challenge North America; and Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America. IMSA – a company within the NASCAR family – 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 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar



Longe came home with three top-five resultsClick image to enlarge

Buffalo Grove, IL (Aug. 26, 2015) -
Longe Grabs Two Top-Five Finishes At VIR

Andrew Longe competed in three races in his Trianon Hotels/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche last weekend at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.   

Rounds 11 and 12 were regularly scheduled and Round 4 was run as a makeup race for a previously postponed event from earlier in the season.

Longe came home with three top-five results albeit a little controversy is still surrounding the Round 4 result. He captured fourth place in Round 11 and fifth place in Round 12. The third race of the weekend (Round 4) was looking strong as well with a third place finish but a penalty for contact on the last lap of the race dropped us out of the top three.

The 21-year old from Naples, Florida sits in fourth place in driver standings just seven points out of third. With four races remaining in the 2015 season at Circuit of the Americas and Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the potential to finish in the top-three in his Rookie season of the series is very possible and a goal of both Longe and the Fall-Line team.

Andrew Longe: "We had a great weekend at Virginia International Raceway in the Trianon/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche! This has been a learning year for me and we continue to carry the momentum we build each weekend and the results continue to show the team's and my hard work and determination. We continue to achieve the goals we set each weekend to develop myself as a driver and I guarantee a win is in our near future. Thank you so much to everyone involved on the Fall-Line Motorsports team for another great weekend, without them I would not be where I am today."

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "I am so very proud of the Trianon Hotels/ Fall-Line Motorsports team and, with three very strong races at VIR by Andrew. He continues to grow and mature as a driver. An unfortunate incident at the start of race 1 produced a stirring drive through the field with some extremely fast, consistent laps. Race 2 produced a very solid and mature drive and Race 3 was a lesson in extreme pressure for an extended period. A great weekend with solid points which allowed us to move from 5th to 4th in overall points. We now look forward to COTA and continuing the learning curve as we strive to get to that first victory." Source:Fall-Line Motorsports



Andrew Longe competed in rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Click image to enlarge

Buffalo Grove, IL (August 11, 2015)-
Longe Scores Two Top-Five Finishes At Road America

Andrew Longe competed in rounds 9 and 10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this past weekend at Road America in his Fall-Line Motorsports entry. The Naples, Florida native was under the weather the entire race weekend but...   

despite feeling less than 100%, he still brought home two top-five finishes from the weekend as he ended up P4 in round 9 and P5 in round 10.

In race one of the weekend (round 9), Andrew started from 5th position. He battled hard for the last step on the podium but ultimately finished 4th and turned the 3rd fastest lap of the race.

For race two (round 10), Andrew started 5th and ended 5th in a very close race on Sunday afternoon.

Andrew Longe: "It was a great weekend at Road America in the Trianon Hotels/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche! Despite being sick, we had two solid top 5 finishes which shows how far we have come since the first race of the season. We continue to improve every race and I look forward to showing them what we can do at VIR."

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "Another strong weekend for the Trianon Hotels/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche. Andrew continues to grow as a driver and although he was a little under the weather this weekend he did a marvelous job in both qualifying and the races. The Fall-line crew again put a great car on track so Andrew can maximize his track time. We now look forward to VIR where we have three races, one is the makeup event from NOLA."Source:Fall-Line Motorsports



Andrew started P9 in a wet and wild race that was shortened to 30 minutes due to heavy rain Click image to enlarge

Watkins Glen, NY. (June 29, 2015) -
FALL-LINE FINSHES SECOND and EIGHTH IN PORSCHE GT3 CUP WITH LONGE

Andrew Longe competed in a pair of 45-minute races this weekend at Watkins Glen International in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohoma and tied his career-best result of P2 in the second of two races and 8th in the first.   

Round 5: Andrew started the race in P10 but moved up to finish in eighth position.

Round 6: Andrew started P9 in a wet and wild race that was shortened to 30 minutes due to heavy rain. He finished second, tying his best finish of the season thus far. He passed for second with 17 minutes remaining in the race and came within less than a second of the leader. Unfortunately Andrew wasn't able to race for the victory when a final caution came out and the race ended under yellow.

There was a makeup race originally scheduled for late Saturday (from the rained-out Round 4 at NOLA Motorsports Park) but was cancelled due to torrential downpour conditions. The points from this race will be made up at a later date to be determined.

#47 Trianon Hotels/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche GT3 Cup:

Andrew Longe: "The Fall-Line Motorsports team put Andrew Longe at Watkins Glen New Yorktogether a great car to run in such sub-par conditions. This is my first time here in the rain, so it was a real learning experience the first couple of laps. I just tried to stay on track and avoid the accidents and I can’t thank everyone on the team enough."

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "It was very satisfying to again have a great weekend with the Trianon Hotels Porsche. Andrew continues to grow as a driver and he is getting stronger at each event. The wet race on Saturday was especially impressive to watch as he drove a very mature race in extremely tricky conditions. The Fall-Line guys provided a great car again which ran flawlessly all weekend. We now look forward to CTMP where Andrew drove in the CTSC event last year."

Rounds 7 and 8 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama will take place July 10-12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in Bowmanville, Ontario.

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premier builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010 and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series in 2014. In addition to fielding 2 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles. www.fall-linemotorsports.com @FallLineMotorswww.facebook.com/Falllinemotorsports

Trianon Hotels and Investments. Since 1983, the Trianon Companies have been developing and managing properties in Southwest Florida. Today, Trianon Companies own and manage Class A offices, commercial properties and hotels throughout Southwest Florida. www.trianon.com

Skeer Powers to First Porsche Victory at NOLA Motorsports Park

AVONDALE, La. (April 11, 2015) -After two straight second-place finishes, rookie Elliott Skeer earned his first career Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama victory in a smooth, controlled drive during Round 3 Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park.

IMSA Scholarship winner Skeer, from Carlsbad, California, won the International Motor Sports Associate (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series race by 1.941 seconds over fellow rookie Andrew Longe, from Naples, Florida.   

"It’s really emotional," Skeer said. "It’s the end of a chapter of getting all this started. Through the offseason there were some struggles to get it all together. But this caps it all off. Now we’re in the championship. It’s good to go, season’s going. I can’t be any happier with it."

Skeer’s teammate and reigning Platinum Masters Champion Kasey Kuhlman, from Cincinnati, finished third overall and first in Platinum Masters in the No. 15 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Four of the top five finishers were from the Wright Motorsports stable, with Santiago Creel finishing fourth and Michael Schein rounding out the top five.

David Ducote, a New Orleans native, won the Gold Cup and Gold Masters classes and finished eighth overall in the No. 6 Kelly-Moss Motorsports entry. He was joined on the podium by his father, Wayne Ducote, who finished third in the No. 70 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche just one day after celebrating his 70th birthday.

Skeer led from pole to finish in the No. 14 Wright Motorsports entry. After an early yellow flag, Skeer gradually extended his lead over Longe, who took advantage of early contact between Schein and Jesse Lazare. Skeer and Long pulled away from the rest of the field to cruise to the one-two finish.

Skeer took the championship lead with the victory. Lazare, who entered this round leading the points, fell to second after finishing sixth in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car.

Platinum Masters

Kuhlman started ninth overall but climbed through the field and held off his charging Wright Motorsports teammates to claim his second overall podium of the season and third straight Platinum Masters podium. Kuhlman also earned the Yokohama Hard Charger Award.

"It was just a wild start," Kuhlman said. "Maybe a couple guys got a little overzealous, and I was able to take advantage of others’ misfortune at the start. And then I just had to hit my marks and stay clean. I didn’t have the pace for the two up front. My teammates were right on me at the end, so I had to be just fast enough to beat them to save bragging rights in the trailer. I can’t believe I started ninth and finished third. It’s amazing."

John Goetz, from Weston, Connecticut, finished second in the No. 18 Wright Motorsports car. Oscar Arroyo, from Mexico City, finished third in the No. 89 JDX Racing Porsche.

Gold Cup/Gold Masters

After qualifying fifth overall and first in Gold Cup, David Ducote was overtaken by Jeff Mosing with 29 minutes left in the race. But he slowly picked his way through the field to catch Mosing for his first victory of the season after being caught in other drivers’ accidents in both opening rounds last month at Sebring International Raceway
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"I had to work really hard,"David Ducote said. "We battled for quite a while. (Jeff) drove fantastic, and he gave me lots of room. We had a couple wheel-to-wheel corners. Kelly-Moss gave me an outstanding setup on my Waskey Porsche. But this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in my hometown and be on the podium with my father on his birthday. It just can’t happen. But it did. It’ a miracle, and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to do this."

With 13 minutes remaining, Ducote overtook Mosing to regain the lead. The two battled to the checkered flag, with Ducote edging Mosing by .823 of a second.

Wayne Ducote, from New Orleans, tied his career-best finish by placing third in his beloved hometown.

The hometown connections ran deep in the Gold and Gold Masters podium finishers. The Ducotes and Mosing all have close ties to Louisiana, as Mosing is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana.

All three Gold Cup podium finishers are also Gold Masters competitors.

ROUND 3 POST-RACE QUOTES:

ELLIOTT SKEER (No. 14 Wright Motorsports, winner): "I’s really emotional. It’s the end of a chapter of getting all this started. Through the offseason there were some struggles to get it all together. But this caps it all off. Now we’re in the championship. It’s good to go, season’s going. I can’t be any happier with it. I have to thank everyone. John Wright, everyone at Wright Motorsports, for all they’ve done with this. They’ve really helped pull this program together. It’s a great feeling to finally win in a Porsche. Let’s just keep the momentum going throughout the season.” (About restart): “This is a pretty tight Turn 1, so the whole goal is survive Turn 1 and then see where you are. Luckily we were able to get sorted out enough to not really have any issues into (Turn) 1. It was a good, solid race from everyone. "

ANDREW LONGE (No. 47 Fall-Line Motorsports, second): "I think the key was smooth, consistent driving, not overdriving and conserving the tires. The team did a great job and gave me a great car. It was just as fast in the beginning as it was in the end. For a freshman team and a freshman driver, it is quite an accomplishment. I owe it all to them. "

KASEY KUHLMAN (No. 15 Wright Motorsports, third, first Platinum Masters): "It was just a wild start. Maybe a couple guys got a little overzealous, and I was able to take advantage of others’ misfortune at the start. And then I just had to hit my marks and stay clean. I didn’t have the pace for the two up front. My teammates were right on me at the end, so I had to be just fast enough to beat them to save bragging rights in the trailer. I can’t believe I started ninth and finished third. It’s amazing. "

JOHN GOETZ (No. 18 Wright Motorsports, second Platinum Masters): "I’m getting used to the 991 Cup car in my first year in IMSA and Platinum, and I’m finally getting the hang of it. So I’m happy to gradually progress up the field. Good, clean race other than the start. So I just kept hitting my marks and finished strong. "

OSCAR ARROYO (No. 89 JDX Racing, third Platinum Masters): "A great race. I am very happy. I’m not in good health condition; I have a cold. But no excuse. A good race. Third place. I am very, very happy. Everything was great. "

DAVID DUCOTE (No. 6 Kelly-Moss Motorsports, winner Gold Cup, Gold Masters): "I got caught up in the melee in the start, and Jeff (Mosing) got a great start and got around me. There were a couple of other Platinum 991s between us, and I had my work cut out for me from there. I had to work really hard. We battled for quite a while. He (Mosing) drove fantastic, and he gave me lots of room. We had a couple wheel-to-wheel corners. Kelly-Moss gave me an outstanding setup on my Waskey Porsche. But this is truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be in my hometown and be on the podium, with my father on his birthday. It just can’t happen. But it did. It’s a miracle, and I’m thankful I had the opportunity to do this. "

JEFF MOSING (No. 01 TOPP Racing, second Gold Cup, Gold Masters): "This is the first time out here racing for me. Hats off to David Ducote and his father, the birthday boy, for getting up on the podium. David drove a great race. He gave me a lot of racing room, and he’s a lot of fun to race with. Hats off to Todd (Opperman); he gave me a great setup. I think we’re going to tweak some things tomorrow and see if we can give David a better race tomorrow. But the car was really good, and the Yokohamas were working great. We had a couple of big incidents in the beginning, so we really only had to race for about 30 minutes, but it felt like an hour trying to chase David down. But it was a lot of fun, and thanks again to Porsche and NOLA Motorsports Park for having us. "

WAYNE DUCOTE (No. 70 Kelly-Moss Motorsports, third Gold Cup, Gold Masters): "When you can celebrate your 70th birthday, race in New Orleans with your son and get on the podium, I’m going to kill myself. It doesn’t get any better." (About final laps): "I never looked in my mirror, but the problem is the car wouldn’t stop at the end of the long straights. It just kept locking up, so I had stop with second gear. I knew he (Joe Catania) was going to be there, and he knew I was having problems, so I just had to do the best I can and try to scoot in the complex. He was killing me in the complex. I could get away from him in the rest of the places, but the braking was just awful. I knew he was coming, and I knew (Mark) Llano was there licking his chops. But it was really good, clean racing, and David and I are on the podium. Is that great or what? "

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 11th season in 2015 as one of the largest of Porsche’s 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.

Racing is divided into two classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the current seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in Platinum and Gold classes. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

ABOUT IMSA

The International Motor Sports Association, LLC (IMSA) was originally founded in 1969 with a long and rich history in sports car racing. Today, IMSA is the sanctioning body of the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the premier sports car racing series in North America. 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 – a company within the NASCAR Holdings group – 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 Championship competitors to earn automatic entries into the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans.

 


 

ANDREW LONGE HEADS TO NOLA WITH FALL-LINE MOTORSPORTS PORSCHE GT3 PROGRAM

Buffalo Grove, IL (April 10, 2015)-Andrew Longe made his debut in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series at Sebring last month and is contending his second event beginning on Thursday at NOLA Motorsports Park with Fall-Line Motorsports. Longe competed with Fall-Line in 2014 in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge Series (CTSC) in addition to a very successful season in SCCA that left him National Champion in T2 and winner of the prestigious President's Cup Award for his performance at the National Championship Runoffs. He is the first Porsche driver to win this award since 1989.   

Longe, from Naples, Florida, is competing again in SCCA and joins the Porsche GT3 Cup Series as an addition to his already busy on-track schedule. Longe is a full-time student at Elon University majoring in Marketing and Economics.

Longe is sponsored by Trianon Hotels and Investments. Since 1983, the Trianon Companies have been developing and managing properties in Southwest Florida. Today, Trianon Companies own and manage Class A offices, commercial properties and hotels throughout Southwest Florida. Visit www.trianon.com for more information.

Andrew Longe: "I am extremely excited to head back to NOLA Motorsports park for the 3rd and 4th rounds of the Championship in the Trianon Hotels/Fall Line Motorsports GT3 Cup Car! We had productive pre-season testing here back in March where we were able to run in dry and wet conditions. We learnd a lot about the car and set up in both conditions and look forward to turning our knowledge and experience into podium results this weekend."

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager:"We are very excited to be heading back to NOLA for their inaugural event this weekend. We tested here in February so we have some good information. After a strong performance at Sebring we are looking to go a step further this time out. Andrew did a wonderful job at Sebring and learned a vast amount so we are cautiously optimistic that the Trianon Hotels/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche can reach the podium at NOLA."

Fall-Line Motorsports is a premier builder and fabricator of race cars for all levels of competition. Fall-Line specializes in BMW, Porsche, Audi and other high-performance makes. Fall-Line Motorsports unveiled their Grand-Am team in 2006 and won the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge GS Championship title in 2010 and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series in 2014. In addition to fielding 2 GS BMW M3s in the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge, Fall-Line also prepares and fabricates cars for other CTSC teams, SCCA and NASA drivers, track day prepared and high performance street vehicles.

 


 

Young Driver Longe Has Title Goals In 2015

Series Rookie Ready To Take Next Porsche Step

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 12, 2015) - Andrew Longe is making his Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama debut March 18-20 at Sebring International Raceway, but he is no stranger to Porsche.   

Longe, 20, from Naples, Florida, is climbing to the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series after winning the Sports Car Club of America T2 National Championship last season – in a Porsche. He also earned the President’s Cup Award for his performance in the National Championship Runoffs, the first Porsche driver to win the award since 1989.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama has been on Longe’s radar for some time, and he is certain he has all the resources for success at the next level. After all, he is staying with the same team with which he had SCCA success –two-time IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge (CTSC) championship winners Fall-Line Motorsports.

Longe has made selected CTSC starts with Chicago-based Fall-Line, and the intense, exciting competition of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama caught his eye on the weekends when both series competed at the same venue.

"I watched all of the GT3 races when I was at the same track,"Longe said. "Porsche has a great platform in the GT3 series."

"The budget is sensible. The support at track is great. They’re all really friendly. We just met the staff this weekend, and they’re already friends with everyone. I can already tell that the series is a step above the rest."

Longe also finds support from Fall-Line. Teammate and 2014 CTSC Grand Sport champion Trent Hindman has spent plenty of time racing a Porsche and coaches Longe and dissects data with him.

"Trent Hindman has been a huge help"” Longe said. "He has a lot of knowledge as how the car handles and is a lot of help when going over data. We cover data from the GS car, too. It’’s nice to work with him as well as our engineer, Nathan McBride. He’s provided unbelievable support."

Away from the track, Longe is a college student and works as a restoration technician for The Revs Institute in his hometown of Naples, Florida. He must become well-versed about the on-track performance and off-track history of the cars he restores. Those skills could come in handy if Longe earns an invitation after this season to the Porsche Young Driver Academy, one of his goals.

"In this series I ’m surrounded by so many great drivers," Longe said. "It would be impossible to make decisions based on talent alone. I try to learn as much history as I can about Porsche and the cars. I feel I’ll do well on track, so learning as much as I can at The Revs Institute will make me well-rounded."

Longe is aiming high in 2015, with a Platinum Cup Drivers Championship as the goal. The first step toward that aim came Feb. 24-25 during an IMSA test at NOLA Motorsports Park, where Longe and Fall-Line received feedback and kept a close eye on the competition.

"Like anyone else, I’m aiming for a championship," Longe said. “There’s some tough competition, but I think our team is prepared to do that. At the NOLA test we practiced qualifying setup and race setup. A lot of the other teams had their pros in the car, so the time sheets were a bit off. But we calculated that I was near the top.

"There are a couple tracks I haven’t been to on the schedule, Watkins Glen being one of them. I’m excited to go, though, since it’s so famous. I think it’s great for the season to end at Rennsport. Winning there will be a major accomplishment and such an honor. I was talking to guys on the team who went last year, and they said the event is just crazy."

Combining his knowledge of racing and Porsche lore, Longe also hinted his fellow Porsche fanatics might be in for a surprise at the Porsche Rennsport Reunion V on Sept. 25-27 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. A lineup of special guests is set to appear under the Fall-Line tent.

For updates on Longe, follow him on Facebook and Twitter at @Andrew_Longe. For updates from IMSA and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama, follow IMSA on Facebook and Twitter at @IMSA.


 

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (Feb. 21, 2015)
SCCA Convention ends on a high note with the Awards and Hall of Fame ceremony
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The Sports Car Club of America Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Presented by Mazda closed out the 2015 SCCA National Convention and MSX Expo held at the Charlotte Convention Center Feb. 20-21. The banquet saw the presentation of four of the Club’s highest awards, in addition to the induction of the 2015 Hall of Fame class.   

To start off the awards, the Member of Excellence was given to JD King. King was selected by the Board of Directors for his extensive contributions to the Club. He is most known in the Solo community, but he has plenty of experience in wheel-to-wheel racing. In 1997, King was involved in an industrial accident that caused him the loss of his left arm. However, that did not deter King from following his passion for the Club and is even an active competitor and Club Racing administrator to this day.

Andrew Pallotta took home the Solo Driver of the Year award following a performance in which he captured the National Solo Championship in Super Touring Xtreme, beating a field of over 60 drivers by more than 0.5-second. Pallotta was selected by the members of the Solo Events Board for his noteworthy performance at the Championship meet.

"I am so surprised by this that I don’t know what to say," Pallotta said. "Nick [Barbato] and Darren [Seltzer] are amazing drivers, in their own right. I can’t believe that I was chosen for this award over them. I have to thank everyone who has helped me along the way. There are too many to name, but without you this wouldn’t have been possible."

Next up on the docket was the President’s Cup, which was given to Andrew Longe. Longe was announced as the award winner by three-time President’s Cup winner and motorsports legend Roger Penske in a video recorded message. This award is presented to the driver who showed the most ability, competitiveness and success at the National Championship Runoffs as selected by the Stewards of the Meet and the Chief Steward of the event. Longe’s 20-lap battle with Kyle Kelley for the Touring 2 title more than qualified as the finish was decided by just 0.047-second, the second-closest Runoffs finish of the transponder era.

The final award of the night was the Woolf Barnato award, presented by last year’s winner Bob Dowie. Current SCCA VP of Solo/Rally Howard Duncan was revealed as the winner, as selected by the previous three winners for his outstanding long-term contribution to the Club. A pleasantly surprised Duncan accepted the award.

"I can’t believe I am up here receiving this award," Duncan said. "I figured I was going to be able to take it easy tonight since I knew I didn’t have to worry about speaking. I was just planning on standing up here to direct traffic. However, this is a huge honor and I thank everyone here for this opportunity."

To finish the evening’s festivities was the induction of the newest class to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Each new member was nominated by the general membership and hand-picked by the selection committee based on both on- and off-track contributions to the Club. Included in the class were Dr. George Snively, Ron Sharp, Bob Tullius, Roger Johnson and Oscar Kovaleski.

Accepting on behalf of Snively was Dr. Dan Thomas, the President of the Snell Memorial Foundation. Snively’s research into head trauma was sparked by the death of William "Pete" Snell at an auto race in 1956. It was determined that Snell died because ofinadequate head protection. Snively decided to further research the problem and presented his findings to the San Francisco Region SCCA. As his research gathered momentum, it eventually led to the founding of what we now know as the Snell Foundation. The organization is responsible for certifying helmets for many applications and pushes to increase the effectiveness of those safety devices.

Ron Sharp was the next inductee. He made a name for himself more as an event organizer, but also spent plenty of time at the controls of a racecar. Among his accomplishments were the successful move of the Runoffs from Road Atlanta to Mid-Ohio and the successful production of the Des Moines Grand Prix.

"When the Des Moines Valley Region found out, in 1988, that Trans Am was planning on having a street race, our region looked at is as a real opportunity," Sharp said. "Not many regions get the opportunity to participate in something like this. As a show of support, our membership exploded from about 130 to over 400. We were able to work with many of the chiefs from the Central and Mid-West Divisions to make the event a success. We all knew that street races have their own personality, and set of problems, but with hard work from the team we were able to make the event happen."

Bob Tullius etched his name into SCCA history with many successful years behind the wheel of various cars. His Group 44 race team became one of the most fearsome organizations in SCCA Club Racing, at a time when there were not many full-fledged amateur race teams. Tullius also proved to have success in the professional ranks scoring numerous Trans Am and other professional wins.

" I thought sitting on the grid for at the Runoffs was nerve-wracking, but not to worry this is much worse,"Tullius said. "My friends and supporters, many of whom are here tonight, are extremely important to not only my racing success, but my life in general. The life of a racer is a mixture of high highs and very low lows. Without good support, it makes dealing with those cycles very difficult."

Roger Johnson was the penultimate inductee during the evening. Johnson made his mark in the Solo community, most prominently as a course designer. While that is part of his legacy, Johnson also produced the materials by which new course designers learn the craft. Aside from that, Johnson has also introduced an international flair to the SCCA Solo program. For the past two seasons, in connection with former F1 and IndyCar driver Eliseo Salazar, Johnson has brought a contingent of Chilean drivers to Lincoln, Nebraska, to compete at the Tire Rack SCCA Solo National Championships.

Closing out the ceremony was the formal induction of Oscar Kovaleski to the SCCA Hall of Fame. Kovaleski joined the club in 1950, scoring his first win a year later. He went on to race in the Can-Am series and also took part in the 24 Hours of Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. He also has an A Sports Racing National Championship title to his credit.


(clockwise from top left) Longe, White, Loshak and Reynolds at the 2014 Runoffs.(from SCCA.com) Click image to enlarge

TOPEKA, Kan. (January 20, 2015) -
Longe, Loshak, Reynolds and White Named President’s Cup Finalist

Four SCCA road racing superstars have been named finalists for the 2014 President’s Cup, presented annually to the driver demonstrating ability, competitiveness and success at the SCCA National Championship Runoffs®.   

The winner will be announced from nominees Andrew Longe, Lawrence Loshak, Matt Reynolds and Cliff White (in alphabetical order) at the 2015 SCCA Hall of Fame and Awards Banquet presented by Mazda on February 21 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

For the first time, the winner of the year’s top Club Racing driving honor will be announced from a pool of finalists at the same banquet that inducts this year’s SCCA Hall of Fame class.

The President’s cup was originally presented by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1954, and has gone to racing legends Roger Penske, Skip Barber, Bobby Rahal, Jim Hall, Paul Newman and more.

"The President’s Cup winners contain some of the all-time greats in motorsports history, so Andrew, Lawrence, Matt and Cliff deserve a hearty congratulations just for the nomination on the heels of their National Championships," Lisa Noble, SCCA President & CEO, said. "This year we get to recognize a larger class of future SCCA legends at the same time as our current class of Hall of Famers, and that attention is absolutely warranted."

Longe, of Naples, Florida, earned his nomination with a Touring 2 victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in the No. 02 Trianon/FALL-LINE Motorsports Porsche 911. Longe battled for his first National Championship with Kyle Kelley, eventually winning by just 0.047-second, the fifth-closest Runoffs finish in the modern transponder era.

Loshak, of Grafton, Wisconsin, won a drag race to the finish line over Jason Isley in H Production to defend his title in the No. 1 ETE Reman/HYPERformance/RWM/Hoosier Honda CRX and earn his fifth-career gold medal. Loshak’s title came by just 0.189-second, and he led 19 of 20 laps in the race.

Reynolds, of Boerne, Texas, absolutely dominated a competitive E Production field for his first National Championship in the No. 71 Reynolds Brother’s Racing/Jesse Prather Motorsports/Vintage Connection Mazda Miata. Reynolds earned the SCCA Super Sweep award with his 20.276-second victory.

White, of Huntsville, Alabama, earned his Spec Racer Ford National Championship in the closest finish in class history. White’s 0.065-second win in the No. 58 Cottage Senior Living/Valvoline Spec Racer Ford over Mike Miserendino was the second National Championship of his career.

Also included in the banquet are the Solo Driver of the Year, the SCCA Member of Excellence, the RallyCross Dirty Cup, and the Woolf Barnato Award.

Roger H. Johnson, Oscar Koveleski, Ron Sharp, Dr. George Snively and Bob Tullius will officially enter the SCCA Hall of Fame during the evening’s festivities.


Andrew Longe and Kyle Kelley spent most of the race within a car’s length of each other.(from Sportscar©) Click image to enlarge

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014) -
Longe Survives Opening-lap in SCCA National Championship

Andrew Longe survived opening-lap chaos in Turn 2 and a hard-fought battle with second-place finisher Kyle Kelley to narrowly take the Touring 2 National Championship by 0.047sec. Matt Slavens (Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 311/996) rounded out the podium, taking home third.   

Shortly after crossing the starting line in second place, Longe maneuvered his No. 02 Trianon/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 911/997 behind Tire Rack polesitter Kurt Rezzetano’s No. 35 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Ford Mustang. Slightly farther back, contact between Addison Lee and Rich Rigda resulted in Rigda’s Camaro SS veering left into the pit lane runoff area, sliding across the track at Turn 2, and hard into Rezzetano. The huge impact left Rezzetano’s car disabled in the gravel trap while Rigda limped back to the pit lane where he retired as well.

The start was a bit dusty from KelleyƠs perspective, but he found himself leading in his No. 79 UPR.com Rupert Berrington Chevrolet Corvette. "I just hoped cars in front of me had enough momentum to spin off the track," Kelley said. "I saw an opening and put my right foot down and hoped for the best."

After the restart, Kelley and Longe began an epic battle that wouldn’t end until the checkered flag. "The cars were about even," Kelley said. "Mine was a little better through the Corkscrew, and I think [Longe] had a little more top end on the straightaways, but everything was fairly equal."

Longe hit his marks lap after lap, and it paid off with a pass for the lead in Turn 2 on lap 17, earning him the GoPro Hero Move of the Race. "I knew I had a better car through the faster stuff [coming out of Turn 4 and going in to Turn 5]," said Longe. " I knew I had the advantage there, so I knew that’s where I had to gap him."

But Kelley wasn’t quite finished. "I noticed he chose to take the inside coming in to the last corner and that limited my options," Kelley said." So, I late apexed, tried to put the power down as best I could, and grabbed every gear at red line, but it just wasn’t quite enough."

The two not only ran a spectacular race, but also kept such a quick pace that third-place finisher Slavens crossed the finish line some 20 seconds back in his Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 311/996. "The whole race was some of the best racing I’ve done all year,”" Longe noted. "It’s a huge testament to [Kelley’s] driving ability, how close it was the whole race. It was a great finish and very exciting."-Reported by Sydney Davis (Sportscar Magazine)


Andrew Longe and Kyle Kelley spent most of the race within a car’s length of each other.(from Sportscar©) Click image to enlarge

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014) -
Longe Survives Opening-lap in SCCA National Championship

Andrew Longe survived opening-lap chaos in Turn 2 and a hard-fought battle with second-place finisher Kyle Kelley to narrowly take the Touring 2 National Championship by 0.047sec. Matt Slavens (Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 311/996) rounded out the podium, taking home third.   

Shortly after crossing the starting line in second place, Longe maneuvered his No. 02 Trianon/ Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 911/997 behind Tire Rack polesitter Kurt Rezzetano’s No. 35 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Ford Mustang. Slightly farther back, contact between Addison Lee and Rich Rigda resulted in Rigda’s Camaro SS veering left into the pit lane runoff area, sliding across the track at Turn 2, and hard into Rezzetano. The huge impact left Rezzetano’s car disabled in the gravel trap while Rigda limped back to the pit lane where he retired as well.

The start was a bit dusty from KelleyƠs perspective, but he found himself leading in his No. 79 UPR.com Rupert Berrington Chevrolet Corvette. "I just hoped cars in front of me had enough momentum to spin off the track," Kelley said. "I saw an opening and put my right foot down and hoped for the best."

After the restart, Kelley and Longe began an epic battle that wouldn’t end until the checkered flag. "The cars were about even," Kelley said. "Mine was a little better through the Corkscrew, and I think [Longe] had a little more top end on the straightaways, but everything was fairly equal."

Longe hit his marks lap after lap, and it paid off with a pass for the lead in Turn 2 on lap 17, earning him the GoPro Hero Move of the Race. "I knew I had a better car through the faster stuff [coming out of Turn 4 and going in to Turn 5]," said Longe. " I knew I had the advantage there, so I knew that’s where I had to gap him."

But Kelley wasn’t quite finished. "I noticed he chose to take the inside coming in to the last corner and that limited my options," Kelley said." So, I late apexed, tried to put the power down as best I could, and grabbed every gear at red line, but it just wasn’t quite enough."

The two not only ran a spectacular race, but also kept such a quick pace that third-place finisher Slavens crossed the finish line some 20 seconds back in his Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 311/996. "The whole race was some of the best racing I’ve done all year,”" Longe noted. "It’s a huge testament to [Kelley’s] driving ability, how close it was the whole race. It was a great finish and very exciting."-Reported by Sydney Davis (Sportscar Magazine)


Andrew Longe crossed the stripe just in front of Kyle Kelley (Weber photo). Click image to enlarge

MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 11, 2014) -
Longe Victorious in Touring 2 Thriller

Andrew Longe, of Naples, Fla., survived a chaotic race start and a wild battle with Kyle Kelley, of Hunington Beach, Calif., to take the Touring 2 victory at the 2014 SCCA National Championship Runoffs®. Kelley and Matt Slavens, of Davenport, Iowa, completed the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.   

Starting second, Longe was lucky to escape Turn 2 on the opening lap, as Rich Rigda’s Camaro touched with Addison Lee’s Mustang, sending Rigda sliding through Turn 2 and taking out the Tire Rack Pole winner Kurt Rezzetano’s No. 35 Phoenix Performance/Hoosier/Hawk Ford Mustang.

"I was rolling through on the outside in second place,” Longe recalled. “I was following Kurt Rezzetano, who’s a great friend of mine in the paddock. It was truly shocking to see him taken out so violently at such an early portion of the race. I was glad to see he was okay and walking out of the car."

Kelley, who started fourth in his No. 79 UPR.com Chevrolet Corvette, emerged with the lead, but had Longe in tow. The race quickly went full-course yellow to remove Rezzetano from the Turn 2 gravel.

On the restart, the race was on between Kelley and Longe’s No. 02 Trianon/FALL-LINE Motorsports Porsche 911/997. The pair exchanged the lead several times, often rubbing doors, before Kelley settled into a half-second lead around lap seven.

"I think the cars were fairly even,” Kelley said. “I was a little bit stronger through the Corkscrew. I think he had a little more top end at the end of the straightaway. I think under braking everything was fairly equal, I just got my tires a little hot at the end. The car started sliding around."

At the white flag, Longe had a 0.741-second lead on Kelley, who was doing everything in his power to catch the Porsche. As the pair exited Turn 10, Kelley marched his Corvette to the inside of Longe for the final turn. The pair exited Turn 11 dead even and drag raced to the finish, where Longe was victorious by 0.047-second, the fifth-closest finish at the Runoffs in the modern transponder era.

"I noticed he chose to take the inside on the last corner, which kind of limited my options, so I opted to late apex and tried to put the power down the best I could,” Kelley said. “I grabbed every gear at red line, but it wasn’t quite enough."

"The whole race was some of the best racing I’ve done all year,” Longe added. “It’s a huge testament to his (Kelley’s) driving ability, how close it was the whole race. It was a great finish and very exciting."

After surviving the start, Slavens had to contend with the No. 0 BFG/GOT CDL?/Knight Transport/Hawk Ford Mustang GT of Scotty White from Auburn, Wash.

"I think it was Scotty White in his Mustang that got around me and we were going at it pretty hard,” Slavens said. “We were battling it out going up the hill side-by-side. I got around him and once I got around him I was able to pick up my speed and get going and didn’t see him again."

From there, Slavens’ race to third place was a quiet one as Longe and Kelley were out of reach.

"As long as I could see them (Longe and Kelley), I could keep my focus on them,” Slavens said. “I made a mistake, going into Turn Two too deep and lost a little bit of time. At that point I knew I needed to focus on getting all of my corners done the right way and stay safe."

Slavens earned a podium finish in his very first Runoffs at a track he called a >"bucket list>" item.

White crossed the line in fourth. Gregory Schermer, of Bettendorf, Iowa, finished fifth.

Carl Fung, of Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., was awarded the Sunoco Hard Charger Award for advancing from 15th on the grid to ninth at the finish in his No. 88 Chevrolet Corvette C5 Z.

The 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs®, The Pinnacle of American Motorsports, will crown Sports Car Club of America’s Club Racing National Champions at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, Friday, October 10 through Sunday, October 12.

MONTEREY, Calif. -- Provisional results for Saturday’s SCCA Touring 1 National Championship at the 51st SCCA National Championship Runoffs at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, with finish position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car and laps complete.

  1. (2), Andrew Longe, Naples, FL, Porsche 911/997, 20.
  2. (4), Kyle Kelley, Huntington Beach, CA, Chevrolet Corvette, 20.
  3. (7), Matt Slavens, Davenport, IA, Porsche 911/996, 20.
  4. (8), Scotty White, Auburn, WA, Ford Mustang GT, 20.
  5. (10), Gregory Schermer, Bettendorf, IA, Porsche 911/996, 20.
  6. (9), Michael Pettiford, Louisville, CO, Pontiac Solstice GXP, 20.
  7. (11), Anthony D'Alessandro, Granite Bay, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 20.
  8. (12), David Ray, Danville, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 20.
  9. (15), Carl Fung, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, Chevrolet Corvette C5 Zo6, 20.
  10. (14), William Moore, Chagrin Falls, OH, Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, 20.
  11. (17), Russ Peterson DVM, Menlo Park, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 20.
  12. (13), Natha Waldbaum, Omaha, NE, Chevrolet Corvette C5 Zo6, 20.
  13. (16), Don Van Nortwick, San Jose, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 20.
  14. (19), Nicole Jacque, San Jose, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 19.
  15. (18), Mitch Marvosh, Ventura, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 19.
  16. (3), Preston Calvert, Potomac, MD, Ford Mustang GT, 5.
  17. (6), Addison Lee, East Palo Alto, CA, Ford Mustang GT, 4.
  18. (1), Kurt Rezzetano, Phoenixville, PA, Ford Mustang GT, 0.
  19. (5), Rich Rigda, Saginaw, MI, Chevrolet Camaro SS 1LE, 0.


Drivers from the FIA WEC and TUDOR Championship series raced back-to-back into the night under the lights for the very first time at Circuit of The Americas. Click image to enlarge

AUSTIN, Tx. (September 20, 2014) - Fall-Line Motorsports competed in the Lone Star Grand Prix at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series yesterday and captured their third win of the year in the GS category. Trent Hindman and John Edwards started ninth but with Mother Nature on their side, finished on the top step of the podium. Shelby Blackstock and Andrew Longe drove a fantastic race as well, moving up ten spots to finish P11.   

It was an early birthday present for Hindman, who turned 19 today as he re-captured the lead in overall driver standings. This race was so important for the Championship and the strategy and driving were executed beautifully.

The race started out dry but the team knew that rain was imminent. The decision on when or if to switch to rain tires was crucial. The call was made with just 45 minutes remaining when the track became wet enough to justify putting on rain tires. The timing of the decision to bring Edwards in for the final pit stop was key and the team's decision worked out perfectly. In the closing laps, Edwards chased down fellow BMW driver Tom Kimber-Smith in the Turner car who was on slick tires and cleanly drove around him for the win. Hindman now carries a five-point lead heading into the last race. Edwards sits just ten points out of second place.

#46 Trim-Tex/ Cirocco & Ozzimo/ Atlas Acon/ DFL Interiors/ Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P1

John Edwards: "My engineer made the call to keep me out as long as possible before we switched to rains and we knew from yesterday the track took awhile to dry. That was the call of the race right there. Trent and the team are now back in the Championship lead after an alternator issue at VIR. We got our momentum back. We started out the season well and then had a couple of bad races there in the middle but we need to keep this momentum rolling into Road Atlanta."

Trent Hindman: "We were praying for rain. We came into this race figuring we would be strong but there are a lot of other strong cars in the GS class. We knew it was going to be a tough race and all the way through my first stint it definitely was tough. The car was handling well but just didn't have the horsepower of the muscle cars. We knew we had a chance and when John got in the car. I never thought we would be in contention to win but that just comes down to the great work by the Fall-Line guys, the strategy by the engineers, and the amazing drive by John. During my stint I was trying to keep my nose clean and bring in the car in one piece, which fortunately I was able to do. A big thanks to all of the team and our partners Trim-Tex, Cirocco & Ozzimo, Atlas Acon, and DFL Interiors."

Andrew Longe started the race from P21 but quickly moved up and was fighting in a pack of five cars in close quarters. He drove a long stint while engineers were trying to determine what the weather was going to do. A piece of debris lodged itself in the wheel of the right front which affected the handling of the BMW M3 and Andrew had to work extra hard in the hot temperatures and high humidity to keep the car on-track. Blackstock got in the car and moved up several spots while trying to stay on the lead lap. Blackstock came in first for rains and quickly realized this was the right move for both cars as the skies opened up. The pair nearly captured a top-ten but improved ten positions as they finished in eleventh.

#48 Starstruck/ Trianon Hotels Fall-Line Motorsports BMW driver quotes: Finished P11

Andrew Longe: "We had a strong run in our Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 here today at Circuit of the Americas. Although it is short of where we would have liked to finish as we always have our sights set on the podium, we are pleased with the result after minimal practice time and tricky conditions throughout the entire race. Shelby drove a great stint bringing it home in P11. We have been building off of our accomplishments each race and we look forward to carrying this momentum into the final race of the season at Road Atlanta. We truly owe our weekend to the entire Fall-Line Motorsports crew, the effort they put into getting the car on track for the second practice session yesterday was unbelievable and I cannot thank them enough for that."

Shelby Blackstock: "Today was a good day for Fall-Line Motorsports! The #46 car got the win and the #48 car came home in 11th. The race was a lot of fun in the rain and very entertaining for the fans. Always great to race at this amazing track once again."

Michael Harvey, Fall-Line Motorsports Team Manager: "I am extremely proud of the Fall-Line guys. Today we did not have the fastest car but we won this race on great strategy, amazing driving, and slick pit work. As always, the Fall-Line BMWs performed amazingly well as we leap frogged back into the lead heading in to the last race. I am very proud for BMW with a 1-2 finish, extending their lead in the manufacturers championship."

Next up is the final round of the 2014 season at Road Atlanta on October 1-3.


Rettich leads Schofield on the way to a photo finish. (Weber photo) Click image to enlarge

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 15, 2014) -The WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints, Round Six of the Northern Conference Majors Tour, wrapped on Sunday from Road America with 27 winners in nine race groups.

A picture perfect morning was threatened with a forecast of afternoon storms, which blew through in the form of a 15 minute shower that wet the track at the end of the Group Seven race and during the Group Eight race, but cleared up with sunshine immediately after. The day was filled with high-end competition. “I wasn’t going to sit back,” Scott Rettich said after winning the opening race. “It was time to do some racing and see how it shuffled out.” That theory applied to the entire day of racing. The highlights:

Group 7: Rains started to fall on lap nine of the scheduled 13 lap race, wisely bringing out the checkered flag for the Touring cars and American Sedan. Out on slicks, Andrew Longe’s No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 and Andy McDermid’s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Performance Engines/T&A Shock Ford Mustang again swept the top spots overall.

The Northern Conference Majors Tour continues July 12-13 with Rounds Seven and Eight at GingerMan Raceway. The next U.S. Majors Tour events are the BFGoodrich Tires Watkins Glen Super Tour at Watkins Glen International, in the Eastern Conference, and Portland International Raceway, in the Western Conference, both July 4-6.

More information on the WeatherTech Chicago Region SCCA June Sprints, including results, can be found at www.SCCA.com/JuneSprints.

 


David Locke runs his P1 through Turn 6 in Qualifying (Weber photo) Click image to enlarge

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 14, 2014) –Picture-perfect weather greeted SCCA competitors on Saturday at the Chicago Region WeatherTech SCCA June Sprints, Round Five of the Northern Conference Majors Tour and the first of the doubleheader races at the June Sprints.

Nine group races, covering all 27 Runoffs-eligible classes, ran 10 lap races on Saturday on the 14-turn, 4-mile circuit. Highlights from Saturday’s action, run under sunny skies in the Kettle Moraine:

Group 7: Andrew Longe’s No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 and Andy McDermid’s No. 24 WeatherTech/Felice Performance Engines/T&A Shock Ford Mustang ran first and second overall for most of the race on their way to wins in Touring 2 and American Sedan, respectively, on Saturday at Road America.

More information on the U.S. Majors Tour, including results from Saturday’s races, can be found at www.SCCA.com/JuneSprints.

 


Andy McDermid celebrates with a victory lap. Click image to enlarge

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 1, 2014) –Battles throughout the day for race wins were the norm on Sunday during the BFGoodrich Tires Mid-Ohio Super Tour, Round Four of the SCCA Northern Conference Majors Tour at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Eight race groups, featuring 237 drivers, ran on Sunday for 19 laps each on the 14-turn, 2.4-mile circuit. The races count for points in the season long Northern Conference Majors Championship.

Highlights from the day included:
Group Four: In a carbon copy of Saturday’s race, John Buttermore stalked the early stages of the Touring 2 race before taking the lead and edging away for the win in the No. Hoosier/Carbotech/Stoptech Chevrolet Corvette. Andrew Longe ran away at the start on sticker Michelins to set a hot early pace in the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche GT3. Unfortunately for him, that early pace was unsustainable. Right at the halfway point, Buttermore moved around the front-runner and took control.

Results and more information from the BFGoodrich Tires Mid-Ohio Super Tour can be found at www.SCCA.com/MidOhioMajors.

 


Alex Bolanos leads the pack en route to victory during Sunday’s Spec Miata race. (F&S Enterprises) Click image to enlarge

ALTON, Va. (April 20, 2014) –Bright and sunny skies finally showed up for the first time during the race weekend, for Sunday’s Round Eight of the SCCA Eastern Conference U.S. Majors Tour from VIRginia International Raceway, part of the SafeRacer National Club Racing program.

Eight race groups took to the newly-paved VIR circuit during prime weather conditions for their feature races at the 3.27-mile, 17-turn permanent road course. The 27 Runoffs-eligible classes were slated for races lasting 16 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first.

The final group of the day consisted of the touring classes. While Kurt Rezzetano (No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier Tire Ford Mustang), of Phoenixville, Penn., completed the Majors Touring 2 double from VIR with Andrew Longe finishing second both days in his Porsche 997 (No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Motorsports) of Naples, Florida.

The next stop for the Eastern Conference SCCA U.S. Majors Tour will be at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Rounds Nine and 10 of the conference season are scheduled for June 6-8.

Full results of the VIR Majors can be found at can be found at www.scca.com/VIRmajors.

 


Doug Peterson led Simon Gregg on Sunday (Weber photo) Click image to enlarge

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 23, 2014) –An impressive 297 cars participated this weekend in the SCCA BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour at Road Atlanta, with Round Six of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour coming to a close on Sunday under sunny skies.

The final day schedule featured eight race groups running races of 20 laps or 40 minutes, whichever came first, at the 11-turn, 2.540-mile Road Atlanta.

Unfortunately, Sunday’s races were over before they began for Super Touring Lite drivers Yiannis Tsiounis (No. 69 Yushino Mazda Miata), Aaron Povoledo (No. 82 Aaron Povoledo Track Days Mazda Miata), Todd Lamb (No. 84 Cahall/Driving Coach/Hawk Performance Mazda Miata) and Joe Strong (No. 08 Blablakids.com Mazda Miata), who were involved in a big incident under the flag stand at the race’s green flag.

As the field accelerated to the green, Tsiounis, starting fourth, was hit and spun by another car. Sitting sideways in the track, Tsiounis and the others were collected as the large field tried to scramble through the open gaps. The incident brought the entire field to pit lane under black flag conditions with the 40-minute clock still running.

Once running again, the battle up front in Touring 2 was a repeat of Saturday. Kurt Rezzetano started his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang on the pole and withstood a challenge to the finish from the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 of Andrew Longe.

The Eastern Conference Majors Tour returns to action at VIRginia International Raceway, April 18-20, for Rounds Seven and Eight on the schedule. The next U.S. Majors Tour event on the calendar comes in the Mid-States Conference at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit, April 5-6.

Results and more from the BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour can be found at SCCA.com/ATLMajors.


Alex Bolanos leads four Spec Miatas (Weber photo) Click image to enlarge

BRASELTON, Ga. (March 22, 2014) – With more than 300 cars on the entry list for the Sports Car Club of America’s BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour, close races were a lock. It happened, and what transpired on Saturday at Road Atlanta for Round Five of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour, in many classes, was the Club’s own version of March madness.

Timed 30-minute races were on the docket for eight race groups, comprised of 27 Runoffs-eligible classes. Sunday’s seven race groups featured 25-lap races around the 11-turn, 2.034-mile circuit. In all, 196 entrants participated in the weekend.

The first race of the day was highlighted by a cat and mouse game between two very different cars, repeated in two groups. Kurt Rezzetano started his No. 36 Phoenix Performance/Ford Racing/Hoosier/Hawk Performance Ford Mustang on the pole, and pulled an early gap overall and in Touring 2 on the No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 of Andrew Longe. The two raced around the 2.540-mile circuit, approximately 2 seconds apart, with the Mustang in control of the early stages.

The BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour continues on Sunday from Road Atlanta with Round Six of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour. Results, entry list, schedule and more can be found at SCCA.com/ATLMajors.


Andrew Longe leading his race group after the green flag.(Mark Weber photo) Click image to enlarge

Jupiter, Fla. (January 12, 2014) – Round Four of the SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour saw flag-to-flag action under warm, sunny skies at Palm Beach International Raceway on Sunday. Less than two weeks into the new, many drivers are already halfway to their best eight finishes used to score Conference Championships.   

Sunday’s seven race groups featured 25-lap races around the 11-turn, 2.034-mile circuit. In all, 196 entrants participated in the weekend.

Andrew Longe drove his No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 997 to an early lead in T2, and then used traffic mid-race to help stretch his advantage on the way to a second-consecutive win. Rob May earned his weekend sweep in the No. 4 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3 with a mirror full of Ricardo Flores’ No. 10 Gary Yeomans Ford Ford Mustang for the last half of the race. May didn’t flinch, even through traffic, and took the checkered flag.

Round Five and Six of the Eastern Conference SCCA Majors Tour continues at Road Atlanta for the BFGoodrich Tires Atlanta Super Tour, March 21-23. The Western Conference SCCA Majors Tour opens next weekend, January 17-19, at Auto Club Speedway. Results, grids and more information from Palm Beach International Raceway is available at SCCA.com/PBIRMajors. More information on the U.S. Majors Tour can be found at SCCAMajors.com.


Glen Bocchio took a pair of STU wins at Sebring. (Mark Weber photo)Click image to enlarge

SEBRING, Fla. (January 5, 2014) - Sunny skies and warm temperatures blanketed Sunday’s Round Two of the SCCA Eastern Conference Majors Tour at Sebring International Raceway, in stark contrast to most of country, and 27 drivers were rewarded with wins during the BFGoodrich Tires Sebring Super Tour.   

Sunday featured seven race groups running distances of 15 laps or 40-minutes, whichever came first, at the 17-turn, 3.740-mile circuit. In all, 315 entrants participated in the doubleheader weekend.

Andrew Longe came out on top in a battle of Porsche 996 machines in Touring 2. Longe’s No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 996, Gary Mason’s No. 6 Hoosier Porsche 996, and Gregory Schermer’s No. 149 Posh Racing Porsche 996 all took a turn at the front and chased each other for the race distance. Longe was followed to the podium by Mason, then Schermer, after taking the lead from Mason on the final lap.




Craig Berry stayed in front of a field of 71 Spec Miatas on Saturday (Mark Weber photo)Click image to enlarge

SEBRING, Fla. (January 4, 2014) - SCCA Club Racers officially rang in the new year with checkered flags today at the BFGoodrich Tires SCCA Sebring Super Tour at Sebring International Raceway, Round One of the Eastern Conference Majors Tour. Saturday featured seven groups of 30-minute sprint races, covering all 27 SCCA National Championship Runoffs-eligible classes.   

Any work that the big bore group had done for the first 29 minutes of the race was erased when a full course caution came out late for the crashed Touring 1 Chevrolet Camaro of Fernando Seferlis, leaving the field with just one tense lap of green prior to the checkered flag.

Simon Gregg had a huge lead in his GT-1 No. 59 Gregg Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, but got a challenge on the final restart in the drag race to turn one from Ken Bupp. Gregg held his lead, as did Andrew Longe’s No. 02 Trianon/Fall-Line Porsche 996 in Touring 2. In GT-3, Chad Bacon’s No. 18 CB Motorsports Toyota Celica and Bill McGavic’s No. 69 No Mo Money Race Engineering Mazda RX-7 went back and forth early, with McGavic holding the lead on the opening laps and Bacon sneaking by early. Making the restart from the front gave Bacon just enough of an advantage to top McGavic by 0.15 second.

Two drivers took advantage of the one lap shootout to move to the top step of the podium. Randy Kinsland got a run out of turn 16 and into turn 17 in his No. 4 Chevrolet Corvette to take the GT-2 win over Phil Lasco’s No. 14 Lasco Ford Panoz GTS after Lasco had led the entire race, and Jim Taggart led all of the Touring 1 race in his No. 61 Taggart Autosport Lotus Evora GT4 until after the restart. On that final lap, Francis, Jr. got his win, taking the checkers in the No. 98 Breathless Performance Chevrolet Camaro.