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Speedway, IN | The 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge by Yokohama season concluded this weekend, featuring a joint event for the North American and USA West championships. Ten champions were crowned across the two divisions, following four races that ran through rain and sunshine at the Racing Capital of the World.

Porsche 992 GT3 Cup:

Zachary Vanier capped off his dream, championship-winning season with a double 992 GT3 Cup Pro/Am victory at Indy in the No. 206 MDK Motorsports Porsche. In 2023, Vanier won all but two races of the 14-round season, exuding near dominance no matter the track or conditions.

“This season was remarkable for my team, partners, and I,” said Vanier, who drove to each race on the Sprint Challenge calendar with his father. “We always unloaded the car with a strong baseline set and were able to quickly fine tune it, allowing me to focus on getting comfortable with the car and the track quickly. I give a big credit to the support system I had this season for pushing me to these results and ultimately allowing me to drive with the most amount of maturity I’ve demonstrated in my career.

“I experienced some challenging track conditions, both wet and dry, learned a new car and tire compound, as well as experienced some cool wins at historic places such as Indianapolis and Circuit of The Americas. I’m just extremely grateful for the opportunity I had this year and I’m really looking to use this momentum into next year.”

Vanier finished 44 points in the standings over Aidan Kenny, who looked to close the gap if not for being collected in a first lap incident during Race 1. The ACI Motorsports driver rebounded to finish third on the podium in Race 2, and the pair also finished 1-2 in the 2023 Porsche Juniors Championship.

“The biggest highlight I’ll take away from 2023 is simply the success that we encountered,” added Vanier, who eyes an entry in Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America next season. “It’s not often you win all but two races in a season, so when it does happen, it’s something you cherish and be grateful for simply because it’s unknown if it’ll happen again. Of course, as a competitor you hope it does, but it’s just so unpredictable.”

In the sister USA West Pro/Am category, Robert Todd only needed to start and finish both rounds this weekend to clinch the championship. The BR Racing team owner elected to run conservatively in Thursday’s rainy first round, before gaining five positions and finishing third on Friday to complete the USA West class podium. James Li swept both USA West Pro/Am victories at Indy.

While Todd cruised to his title, the Pro/Am standings finished with only four points separating Kenton King in second, Will Wattanawongkiri in third and Kayden Kelly in fourth.

Championships were also decided in the 992 GT3 Cup Am classes for both North America and USA West. In PSCNA, David Williams topped Mark Boden for the title after scoring a win and runner-up finish this weekend. Boden scored a win himself in Race 1, but finished fourth-in-class on Friday.

In PSCUW, Peter Ludwig swept both Am class victories – and finished on the overall podium in Race 1 –to clinch the championship over Laura Ely by just 20 points.

Full 992 GT3 Cup results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Porsche 991 GT3 Cup:

Two champions took home honors in the 991 GT3 Cup class – Ashley Freiberg in PSCNA and Casey Dennis in PSCUW. Both drivers dominated their respective classes throughout the season, with Freiberg winning seven races in 2023 and Dennis winning all 12 rounds of his series.

With the 991 GT3 Cup class joining the Cayman GT4 Clubsport field once again at Indy, the 991 drivers competed for the overall lead in entertaining battles. PSCNA driver Dimitri Dimako – joining the series for the first time this weekend – stole the show in both races. However, a late penalty in Race 1 demoted his No. 169 Porsche down the field, elevating Dennis to a noteworthy victory and Freiberg to third overall, second-in-class.

Dimako came back in winning fashion on Friday, with Dennis finishing second. Freiberg was in the hunt for another podium finish, but clashed with a fellow frontrunner midway through the race and brought an early end to her final race of 2023.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport:

In the Cayman GT4 Clubsport category, Paul Bocuse had much to celebrate in Race 1 after scoring his first victory of the year and all but clinching the North American title, which he went on to do the following day. While it was only his first win of 2023, a consistent season placed Bocuse ahead of the stacked Pro/Am field throughout the year. The MDK Motorsports driver finished second on Friday behind winner Florian Eyme.

With six wins this season, Jason Golan captured the PSCNA Am title over William Peluchiwski and Alain Scalzo, both of whom were winners at Indy.

In the USA West Pro/Am category, which wrapped up at the last event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, the championship went to Matthew Paige, while Michael Gaulke sealed the Am title at Indy.

Full 991 GT3 Cup / Cayman GT4 Clubsport results: Race 1 and Race 2.

All replays of 2023 Porsche Sprint Challenge North America and USA West by Yokohama races are available to stream live on the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and X.

Salinas, CA | Porsche Sprint Challenge USA West by Yokohama ran its penultimate round of the season this weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, with nearly 30 cars running to support the INDYCAR Series finale event.

After a qualifying session that saw the top-three Porsche 992 GT3 Cup race cars separated by just .009 seconds, a morning shower limited green flag action for Race 1 on Saturday. Kenton King, the WeatherTech Pole Position Award winner, went on to score the Pro/Am class victory with Robert Todd and Charlie Hayes completing the podium.

Later in the day for Race 2, Todd mirrored King’s earlier performance by starting from the pole position himself and leading from green flag to checkered. King and Hayes ran second and third, but both drivers faltered and fell down the order mid-race. Will Wattanawongkiri was elevated to second in Pro/Am after starting seventh and after an incident in Race 1, Sam Parnagian recovered to finish third.

In the Porsche 992 Am category, Peter Ludwig started first in both races but faced a handful of obstacles. Ludwig led for the five minutes of action in Race 1, but was running near Parnagian’s incident that brought out a yellow flag with 30 minutes remaining. While the race would not restart due to weather, it was determined Ludwig’s Porsche fell behind Laura Ely and Kyle Washington as he navigated the incident, giving the win to Ely and ultimately finishing third.

With both King and Ely – who are teammates at Black Sheep Racing – winning their respective classes in Race 1, the achievement marks only the second time a Sprint Challenge USA West team has swept their class victories and the first team to do so in the 992 categories. Flying Lizard, a fellow California-based team, holds the record for a three-class sweep last season at two tracks.

 

In Race 2, Ludwig maintained the lead from start to finish, but held off a hard-charging Ely seeking her second win. Ely started five spots behind Ludwig and finished within a second, while Washington took home another podium in third.

In the 992 GT3 Cup championship standings and with one round remaining, Todd leads King by less than 30 points, while Ludwig leads Ely by only 15 points. Casey Dennis, meanwhile, had yet another dominant weekend in the Porsche 991 class, sweeping both wins on Saturday. John McInnes shared the podium alongside Dennis in both races, finishing second in Race 1 and third in Race 2, with Jim Walsh and Michael Zuieback having their turn in the top-three as well.

In both races on Saturday, Jade Avedisian and Michael Gaulke claimed swept the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pro/Am and Am class victories, respectively.

 

Official results: Race 1 and Race 2.

The 2023 finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway is all that remains for both Porsche Sprint Challenge North America and USA West. After first joining together at Circuit of The Americas last month, the two series will reunite again on October 4 – 7 to conclude both seasons.

All Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races stream live on FloSports, in addition to the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Speedway, IN | Porsche Sprint Challenge USA West brought its highest car count of the season this past weekend to Utah Motorsports Campus, with more than 30 cars joining the series’ third round of 2023. Located half an hour west of Salt Lake City, the 3.048-mile track configuration saw side-to-side battles amongst five Porsche classes. As he did at the previous event at Sonoma Raceway, Robert Todd swept the weekend in the No. 252 BR Racing Porsche 992 GT3 Cup, albeit not without a challenge, as USA West reached the halfway point of its season.

Race 1:

After winning the WeatherTech Pole Position Award to start first on Saturday morning, Robert Todd controlled Race 1 at Utah, but was assisted by a lengthy full-course yellow that flew during the opening laps of the race. Cleanup from the incident took nearly 20 minutes, with only nine minutes of action remaining when the field returned to green.

At the restart, James Sofronas was unable to match Todd for the Pro/Am class lead, but maintained a gap to the rest of the pack to easily finish second in the No. 204 Porsche. The battle for third-in-class, however, was yet to be settled. Kayden Kelly held the position, but in his efforts to pass Dmitri Novikov’s 992 GT3 Cup Am car just ahead for a spot on the overall podium, he opened the door for Jake Pedersen to pass by on the final lap and steal third in Pro/Am.

Novikov ultimately held on to finish third overall and first in the Am class, with Peter Ludwig and Kyle Washington following suit in their 992 GT3 Cup cars.

In the 991 GT3 Cup class, Jim Walsh started from the lead in the No. 196 Porsche, but dropped to second behind eventual winner Casey Dennis in the No. 174. John McInnes snuck in to finish third, after Michael Zuieback held the spot at the start of the race.

Race 2:

On Saturday afternoon for Race 2, Todd faced much stiffer pressure from Sofronas, but ultimately collected his fifth consecutive win dating back to the season opener at Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch. After initially starting third behind Kelly, Sofronas quickly made a pass for second before going door-to-door with Todd on several occasions until the latter began to pull away.

“I could not be more pleased with the results from the weekend, it was a dream,” said Todd. “The team really rose to the requirements that Utah threw at us in terms of both conditions like the heat and any issues we had with our customers cars. I cannot thank BR Racing and the crew enough for all their hard work to make something like this happen.

“Coming off the tight races at Sonoma, I knew that James would really be bringing the pressure to me and the series, and he did not let us down. He truly kept me honest through both races. Having someone like James in this series truly speaks to the caliber of what USAC has built in partnership with Porsche and Yokohama and where they are going. Together with James, I hope to continue to raise the level of the series and get more drivers involved that have been considering joining.”

Jake Pedersen once again rounded out the Pro/Am podium, passing Kelly for third with just over 10 minutes to go, but running with too far of a gap from the leaders to advance further.

Dmitri Novikov and Peter Ludwig dueled again for the Am class victory, with the latter leading the majority of the race until Novikov made a pass in the closing minutes to sweep the weekend. After finishing third in Race 1, Kyle Washington fell victim to a mid-race incident while trying to pass a slower car that took him out of contention and allowed Laura Ely to score her first podium of the weekend.

Both 991 GT3 Cup class victories went to Casey Dennis and RWE Racing on Saturday. After finishing second earlier in the day, Jim Walsh was another competitor out of contention for a second trophy after being collected in a multi-car incident on Lap 1. Zuieback then reclaimed a spot on the 991 podium by finishing second, with Mark Nelson rounding out in third.

The Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport field was represented this weekend by both Matthew Paige, winning in the No. 22 BR Racing Pro/Am entry and Race 1’s Yokohama Apex Award, and Michael Gaulke, winning the Am category with the No. 99 Competition Motorsports Porsche.

Official results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Road America hosts the next round for Porsche Sprint Challenge, reuniting the North American series’ GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport fields following a GT3 Cup-only round earlier this month at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The weekend will take place on August 11 – 13, with the next event for USA West scheduled for August 25 – 27, as part of a joint weekend with its sister series at Circuit of The Americas.

All Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races stream live on FloSports, in addition to the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

 

Speedway, IN (November 2, 2023) – On the heels of a thrilling 2023 season that wrapped up in October, Porsche Sprint Challenge by Yokohama has announced the 2024 schedule for the North American and USA West championships.

Entering its fourth season of competition in 2024, Sprint Challenge strengthens year-to-year on the Porsche One-Make Pyramid North America as a feeder series into Porsche Carrera Cup North America. Decisions – including those about venues and scheduling – are largely based on feedback from customers and participants.

For 2024, changes to the calendar include a third joint event for North America and USA West at Road America, which only the former series visited in 2023. Next year will be the first trip for USA West to the popular, 4.048-mile Elkhart Lake racetrack. Another addition to the North American calendar is that of Watkins Glen International. The iconic circuit is set to host a doubleheader weekend in July.

While next year brings a handful of changes for both Sprint Challenge championships, the series also boasts schedule stability for 2024. With the exception of Watkins Glen, the upcoming North American venues all hosted events this year and the same applies to USA West with the exception of Road America.

Class structures will also carry through to 2024. The top class for the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup class, the 992 GT3 Cup class, is expected to see an increase in car count, and it has been announced the 991 GT3 Cup class will continue for another season with the current Type 991.2 models. The Cayman GT4 Clubsport classes will see an enhancement for 2024, as the series introduces the Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 RS Clubsport as the exclusive model for all respective classes.

In the North American championship, Sprint Challenge will also continue to support the Porsche Motorsport North America Junior Program. It will again have two classes for the Sprint Challenge Junior Program in both 992 GT3 Cup and in 718 GT4 RS Clubsport. Drivers between the approximate ages of 15 to 22 will compete for various prizes and financial support throughout the season with the hopes of being crowned Junior Champion.

“Creating a season calendar is never an easy task,” offered Ryan Anselmo, Porsche Motorsport North America Business Development Specialist. “ It requires tracks that test the drivers; where they can learn but also enjoy the racing. These tracks also need to be ones that drivers want to go to, and often, to take their families along. When you look at these schedules, and the shared events, we are very happy with what Randy and Kevin have put together. They perfectly align with where we want the series to be on the Porsche Motorsport Pyramid North America and are looking forward to getting back out on track in 2024.”

Full calendars for the North American and USA West championships are listed below, and all events will broadcast live on FloRacing.com and the series’ YouTube channel. Follow along with Porsche Sprint Challenge action throughout the season at www.porschesprint.com, and on social media using the hashtags #PorscheSCNA and #PSCNA for the North American championship and #PorscheSCUW and #PSCUW for USA West.

Schedules

Porsche Sprint Challenge North America:

March 1 – 3: Sebring International Raceway

April 26 – 28: Barber Motorsports Park (with INDYCAR)

May 24 – 26: Circuit of The Americas*

June 14 – 16: VIRginia International Raceway

July 5 – 7: Watkins Glen International

August 9 – 11: Road America*

September 27 – 29: Sonoma Raceway*

Porsche Sprint Challenge USA West

March 29 – 31: Spring Mountain Motorsports Ranch

May 10 – 12: Utah Motorsports Campus

May 24 – 26: Circuit of The Americas*

June 21 – 23: WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca (with INDYCAR)

August 9 – 11: Road America*

September 27 – 29: Sonoma Raceway*

*Joint event with North America and USA West

Austin, TX | For the first time this season, the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America and USA West series combined for a joint event at Circuit of The Americas (COTA) with a field of nearly 70 entries across five classes and five races. Racing in stifling heat, competitors across the country battled against both familiar and new faces on the 3.4 mile-circuit for their respective championships, which now finds only one round remaining for the North American series and two for USA West.

Porsche 992 GT3 Cup:

Zachary Vanier once again continued his dominance in the No. 206 Porsche, sweeping the overall 992 GT3 Cup races with MDK Motorsports. The podium results were mirrored on both Saturday and Sunday with Aidan Kenny and Kayden Kelly finishing second and third, respectively, amongst Pro/Am competitors, with Kelly taking the top honors in the USA West division.

“This one probably feels like one of the best of the season because of how much prep we put in for it,” said Vanier. “We were just trying to prepare for the heat and how the track evolution would change over 35 minutes plus one lap. I’m super happy, the race was great. We developed a very strong platform with testing on Thursday and Friday that was super promising. To see all of our hard work be rewarded is absolutely amazing.”

Madeline Stewart finished third twice in the PSCNA category this weekend, while New Zealander Will Wattanawongkiri and Kenton King – both making tremendous charges through the field – completed the PSCUW podiums on Saturday and Sunday alongside Blake McDonald.

Amongst the 992 GT3 Cup Am class, Peter Ludwig took home both victories in the No. 211 Porsche for Competition Motorsports, representing the PSCUW division and finishing fifth and sixth on the overall charts. Steve Dunn and Mark Kvamme swapped wins in the PSCNA Am class behind Ludwig.

Full 992 GT3 Cup results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Porsche 991 GT3 Cup:

In the 991 GT3 Cup class, Ashley Freiberg captured both overall victories, but not without a challenge from PSCUW competitor Casey Dennis. In both instances, Freiberg started second and pressured Dennis in the closing minutes, forcing him to go wide off track as she snuck by to win in the No. 122 Porsche.

With her two victories, and two runner-up finishes by teammate Dan Hanley, MDK Motorsports tallied four trophies this weekend in the 991 GT3 Cup class. Casey Dennis maintained the PSCUW win in both races in his No. 174 RWE Porsche.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport:

Chloe Chambers and Nicholas Maloy traded wins in the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport class, which ran two races in addition to a make-up round this weekend at COTA.

While Maloy took charge in the opening laps to dominate Race 1 on Saturday, he valiantly fought door-to-door with Chambers for the Race 2 victory on Sunday, but finished second by just two tenths.

Chambers went on to win Race 3 as well after expertly making a pass on polesitter Paul Bocuse soon after the green flag. Both Bocuse and Maloy challenged her lead, going three-wide at one point, but Chambers held on for the win in the No. 70 TPC Racing Porsche. Maloy finished second, while third went to Bocuse who also podiumed on Saturday.

Michael Clark and Florian Eyme also collected podium finishes this weekend in the PSCNA Pro/Am class.

Jason Golan scored both Cayman GT4 Am class victories at COTA in the No. 80 Kelly Moss Porsche, even finishing third amongst all Caymans on Sunday.

Full 991 GT3 Cup / Cayman GT4 Clubsport results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Make-up Cayman GT4 Clubsport results: Race 3

Two races remain on the Porsche Sprint Challenge schedule, with USA West next having a standalone event at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on September 8 – 10. A joint finale with both the North American and USA West series concludes the season at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 4 – 6.

All Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races stream live on FloSports, in addition to the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and X.

 

Elkhart Lake, WI | Amidst a busy summer of racing at Road America, Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama took its turn around the freshly repaved 4.048-mile racetrack this weekend for the series’ fifth event of the season.

At Road America, the 991 GT3 Cup class joined the pair of Cayman GT4 Clubsport races rather than typically joining the 992 GT3 Cup field – allowing the 991 competitors their first opportunity for an overall race win. The weekend also featured five races total, with the Cayman GT4 Clubsport category making up a previously postponed round.

Porsche 992 GT3 Cup:

Zachary Vanier returned to his winning ways at Road America, sweeping the weekend in the No. 206 MDK Motorsports Porsche. Vanier scored the WeatherTech Pole Position Award to start both races from the lead and subsequently, darted away at the drop of the green flag. With his seventh and eighth wins of 2023, the Canadian expands his lead to 29 points in both the Pro/Am class championship and the Porsche Juniors Championship.

“I’m super happy with the race,” said Vanier. “It’s a huge credit to MDK Motorsports and my partners back home for putting together such a strong package and allowing me to go out and perform to the best of my abilities, having full confidence in the car and what we’re able to bring to the track.

“There’s some very competitive competition here in Porsche Sprint Challenge North America. We just need to keep working, keep making sure we’re maximizing our programs and bringing the best package we can. We have a couple weeks off until COTA, so we’ll do some review and figure out where we made some really big gains this weekend. All eyes on COTA and finishing off the championship strong.”

Aidan Kenny kept Vanier honest throughout the weekend, finishing runner-up twice in the No. 222 ACI Motorsports Porsche and even within a second of the lead on Saturday. Anthony McIntosh completed the Pro/Am podium in both races for JTR Motorsports Engineering, albeit not without exciting battles particularly in Race 2 with Connor Horstmann and Madeline Stewart.

Mark Kvamme delivered a double victory for MDK Motorsports on Saturday, finishing on top in the 992 GT3 Cup Am class. Kvamme capitalized after Christian Hodneland spun from the lead, and he proceeded to fight off pressure from Steve Dunn to keep the win. Mark Boden rounded out the Race 1 podium. Hodneland went on to recover in Sunday’s race for the second Am class victory of the weekend, starting and finishing second overall amidst the Pro/Am competitors in the No. 232 JDX Racing Porsche. Dunn and Boden mirrored their results from Race 1, while Kvamme finished fourth-in-class.

Full 992 GT3 Cup results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Porsche 991 GT3 Cup:

Saturday’s 991 GT3 Cup race was a straightforward, dominant victory for Charlie Peter in the No. 166 Team Phenix Porsche. En route to his fourth victory of the season, Peter started from pole and built a lead of more than seven seconds to runner-up Ashley Freiberg and an additional 10 seconds to third place Daniel Hanley.

On Sunday, both Peter and Freiberg were poised for additional podiums, with latter in hot pursuit of the win that eluded her the day prior. For 20 minutes, she ran close behind Peter and made her move, three- wide, running up the hill towards the front stretch and completing the pass going into Turn 1. The two leaders sped past a slower Cayman in the process, but in a location where another car had spun off track. The move on the Cayman by not only Freiberg, but also Peter, was deemed as a pass under a local yellow and both drivers were penalized.

As a result, Tim Kezman in the No. 114 Fall-Line Motorsports Porsche inherited the lead – his first of the

year – with Scott Zdanis and Daniel Bloom completing the final 991 GT3 Cup podium of the weekend.

Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport:

In the Cayman GT4 Clubsport Pro/Am class, Chloe Chambers controlled all three races from green to checkered flag, but only took home two victories in the No. 70 TPC Racing Porsche. While she crossed the finish line first in Race 3 as well, multiple time penalties issued for start and restart infractions took her from the podium. Chambers held a gap for the majority of the race that would have negated the penalties, but a late caution erased her lead and handed the Pro/Am win to Mikhail Mihaylov in the No. 7 Regal Motorsports Porsche.

Matthew Paige and Michael Clark completed Sunday’s podium, while championship contenders Paul Bocuse and Nikolas Maloy finished second and third, respectively, in the first two races of the weekend. In the Am class, Kelly Moss swept all three races with Jason Golan securing the first win and William Peluchiwski taking the remaining two – also finishing first overall in Race 3. Tom Kopczynski and Alain Scalzo also claimed podium positions throughout the weekend.

Full 991 GT3 Cup / Cayman GT4 Clubsport results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Make-up Cayman GT4 Clubsport results: Race 3 Road America marked the final standalone event for Porsche Sprint Challenge North America this season, with the remaining two rounds for PSCNA taking place as joint events with its sister USA West series. Both will run later this month at Circuit of The Americas on August 25 – 27, with the finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway on October 6 – 8. The final standalone for PSCUW is scheduled for September 8 – 10 at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.

All Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races stream live on FloSports, in addition to the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Lexington, OH | The ever-technical Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course offered some of the best racing Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama has seen yet this season – delivering wins for unexpected victors and challenges for the series’ regulars. While PSCNA typically hosts Porsche GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport on the same weekend, Mid-Ohio featured only the former classes, crossing the season’s halfway point during a weekend also highlighted by the INDYCAR Series.

Race 1:

Zachary Vanier celebrated Canada Day on Saturday by claiming the WeatherTech Pole Position Award ahead of Race 1 at Mid-Ohio in the No. 206 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. However, an immediate three-wide race after the green flag saw that position relinquished and not to be regained again.

In his series debut, Jared Thomas sent his No. 296 JTR Motorsports Engineering Porsche past Vanier and second-place starter Aidan Kenny to steal the lead, which he would maintain for the rest of the race. Vanier and Kenny went on to battle amongst themselves – and for points in the season-long Pro/Am championship – swapping spots until Vanier claimed second place. Third place went to Madeline Stewart, who managed a pass on Kenny during the final restart with seven minutes remaining to complete the podium.

In the 992 GT3 Cup Am class, Mark Kvamme jumped from third to first over Christian Hodneland, who controlled most of the race, to win his first round of the year in the No. 243 MDK Motorsports Porsche. Kvamme’s win came after he faced a lengthy battle with David Williams, who wound up third-in-class.

Ashley Freiberg was a patient racer on Saturday, working her way through the 991 GT3 Cup class and past other competitors until the final restart. In the closing laps, she passed Charlie Peter to take her sixth win of the season in the No. 122 MDK Motorsports Porsche, while Peter held on for second-in-class and Robert Tutino finished third.

Race 2:

While Sunday was mostly spoiled by rainy weather conditions, the race got underway for about 15 minutes for competitors to show their skills. Polesitter Aidan Kenny was one of a handful of drivers who fell victim to the wet circuit, spinning and handing over his position to Race 1 winner Jared Thomas. Thomas would go on to sweep the weekend, with Vanier and Anthony McIntosh finishing second and third, respectively, in the Pro/Am race. Vanier’s stability throughout the weekend also allowed him to sustain his lead in the PSCNA Juniors Championship over Kenny, 97 – 88 points, with three races remaining.

“What debut weekend for me and the team, I couldn’t have dreamed it up any better,” said Thomas. “I loved the tight and competitive racing by all my competitors in PSCNA, they really made us earn it! Everyone from Porsche Motorsports, Yokohama, and PSCNA are truly first class and made it very easy for a newcomer to come in and compete, and I thank them for all their hard work all weekend. Also, it was such a cool experience to be able to win on the Fourth of July weekend with my American Flag livery!”

Mark Kvamme matched Thomas’ tactics to sweep the weekend in the 992 GT3 Cup Am class, with Hans Peter and Rob Walker following on the class podium. Kvamme joined the field at Mid-Ohio after last competing at Sebring International Raceway during the season-opener, while Christian Hodneland – who finished second and fourth this weekend at Mid-Ohio – maintains the class championship lead.

After coming just short of the 991 GT3 Cup victory on Saturday, Charlie Peter sealed the deal on Sunday over Ashley Freiberg for this third win of the season. Freiberg finished second to extend her lead in the championship, while John McInnes finished third on the podium.

Official results: Race 1 and Race 2.

Up next, Porsche Sprint Challenge continues its USA West schedule at Utah Motorsports Campus on July 14 – 16. The North American calendar continues at Road America next month, with the GT3 Cup and Cayman GT4 Clubsport classes reuniting for a doubleheader on August 11 – 13.

All Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races stream live on FloSports, in addition to the series’ YouTube channel. More information can also be found at www.porschesprint.com and on social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

INDIANAPOLIS (Jan. 10, 2023) – MAVTV – the world’s premier media platform for passion-fueled motorsports, powersports and automotive programming – announces the premiere of “In the Machine,” a three-part original docuseries that marks the network’s first dedicated program that focuses on the increasing presence and impact of women in motorsports.

“In the Machine” follows the inspiring story of Ashley Freiberg, a multifaceted personality balancing role as a racer, factory driving instructor, part-time real estate agent, and newlywed, all while chasing her dreams of a championship with the MDK team. This series offers an unprecedented look into Ashley’s tenacious journey, shedding light on the challenges and triumphs faced by women in this dynamic industry.

“In the Machine” is produced by Impakt Partners, a women’s sports production and marketing company with the mission to tell important stories about women in sports and accelerate positive social change.

In tandem with the launch of “In the Machine: Ashley Freiberg,” MAVTV is excited to also present episode highlights from the recent Women with Drive III – Driven by Mobil 1 Summit (WWD III). Partnering with Women in Motorsports North America (WIMNA), these episodes, produced with the support of Gainbridge, will showcase the influential discussions, interviews, and insights from over 450 attendees at the summit. The three 30-minute episodes are set to air on consecutive Thursdays – Jan. 11, Jan. 18 and Jan. 25 at 8:30 pm ET/PT.

“MAVTV is committed to bringing to the forefront the stories of incredible women like Ashley Freiberg, who are breaking barriers in motorsports,” said MAVTV President CJ Olivares. “’In the Machine’ and our coverage of the Women with Drive Summit are just

the beginning of our journey to tell these extraordinary women’s stories. We look forward to sharing more such content, especially during Women’s History Month in March.”

“In the Machine” embodies MAVTV and Impakt Partners’ commitment to telling diverse and empowering motorsports stories. Along with the Women with Drive Summit highlights, this series cements MAVTV’s role as a leader in sharing these inspiring narratives worldwide. Don’t miss the January premiere of “In the Machine” and the Summit highlights, and more content on remarkable women in motorsports, especially during Women’s History Month. The second episode of “In the Machine” premieres Jan. 18 at 8 pm ET/PT with a season finale on Jan. 25 at the same time.

Official Trailer: https://youtu.be/IkJi3QHsrGY

About MAVTV

MAVTV is the world’s premier media platform where motorsports, powersports and automotive fans dive deeper into the compelling stories behind the athletes, teams and tracks they watch on the weekends. With a diverse mix of live racing, automotive enthusiast programming and documentaries, MAVTV drives passion across two-wheel, four-wheel, pavement, dirt and water – and defines their unique subcultures. With a global reach of more than 467 million, 22 million households in North America (DIRECTV, Spectrum, YouTube TV, FuboTV and more), FAST Channels across 25 countries, 250 million connected devices and a loyal social following, the network is on a rapid growth trajectory. MAVTV’s 2023 relaunch is highlighted by original shows like

“On the Rise” and “The Life” – which give fans access to the behind-the-scenes journeys of athletes, from youth to the most elite racing levels.

 

About Impakt Partners:

Impakt Partners (IP) is a premier global women’s sports media, production, marketing, and social impact company. Co-founded by renowned sports media executives Melissa Forman (FOX Sports, MTV, Podium Pictures, Women’s Sports Network) and Allyson J. Davis (FOX Sports, NBC Universal Sports Network, Red Bull. Operating at the intersection of sports, storytelling, distribution, and impact, IP excels in developing, producing, and amplifying compelling, multi-dimensional narratives that foster connection, inspiration, entertainment, education, value creation, and measurable impact.

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Driver Mark Kvamme and the MDK team set to compete in the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama doubleheader

 

LOS ANGELES (29 June 2023) – The Racing to End Alzheimer’s/MDK Motorsports team heads back into action this weekend with a pair of Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama races at the team’s home track, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Friends and family will be out in force this weekend to see local hero Mark Kvamme behind the wheel of the No. 243 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car (type 992) – with the iconic livery honoring those who have suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease (for a $250 donation, the family member’s name and hometown is placed on the car, and their photo can be posted on the R2EndAlz website’s tribute page.) All donations are matched, with 100% of the proceeds going to two nationally-recognized organizations that work both in research for a cure, and for care for patients and families.

Kvamme is coming off both the 24 Hours of Le Mans and two podiums (including his fifth win of the season) in the Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup weekend at Watkins Glen – but the Mid-Ohio weekend is one that has been circled on his calendar for quite some time. He scored two podium finishes in the Porsche Sprint Challenge event at Mid-Ohio last year and has two podium finishes in both series races he has contested in 2023 (both at VIRginia International Raceway).

“I’m thrilled to be racing at my home track in the USAC series this weekend,” said Kvamme. “It has been a really busy stretch this month, with Le Mans and Watkins Glen, so it will be fantastic to be racing so close to home – which is also home to the MDK Motorsports headquarters. The INDYCAR event is a highlight weekend, and we are going to have many friends and family here, so I’m really looking forward to it. And hopefully, we can continue to bring more awareness for the Racing to End Alzheimer’s program.”

Fans are encouraged to come by the Racing to End Alzheimer’s/MDK Motorsports transporter this weekend to learn more about the team – and to take home a R2EndAlz bracelet.

Both races will be broadcast live on the series website – Saturday at 1:00 p.m. and Sunday at 8:00 a.m., both times Eastern.

About Racing to End Alzheimer’s

In 2013, Phil Frengs’ wife Mimi was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s Disease. Their experience with the disease led Frengs to a seminal moment: his company, Legistics, had long sponsored a team in IMSA sports car racing and he realized an opportunity to raise money and awareness for the fight against the disease. In 2017, he formed Racing to End Alzheimer’s, giving fans the opportunity to honor loved ones by putting their names on the race car via donation – with Legistics matching each donation. 100% of those donations go to the two organizations the team supports:

The Nantz National Alzheimer’s Center at Houston Methodist Hospital is exploring cutting edge strategies in therapy, care and research to find a cure for these dementias. NNAC was founded by longtime CBS Sports broadcaster Jim Nantz and his family in honor of his father, Jim, Jr., who passed away after a 13-year battle with Alzheimer’s.

The UCLA Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Program is a nationally-recognized grant-funded program designed to help patients and their families with the complex medical, behavioral and social needs associated with Alzheimer’s disease and other types of dementia.

Sonoma, CA | It was another GREAT weekend for Black Sheep Racing (BSR), this time at the famed Sonoma Raceway in Napa, California. With Laura Ely and Kenton King piloting BSR-prepared machines, it was a podium-filled weekend for both drivers.

After a test day on Thursday, Saturday opened with qualifying that set the grid for race one later that afternoon. Performing well, King was able to secure the third fastest lap in the Pro/Am class while Ely earned the pole position in the Am class and fourth overall. With qualifying in the books, it was time to go racing.

Race one saw tight battles as drivers got their elbows out to fight for positions on track and chase the elusive race wins and podium results. Throughout the 35-minute affair, it was a hard-fought battle up front with King leading Ely on track. Lapped traffic would play a major part in the final outcome as a small bobble and loss of momentum by Kenton allowed Laura Ely to sneak by for the second position overall, but the win in the class. Kenton finished second in class and third overall for a great start to the weekend for Black Sheep Racing.

“We gained a lot of points on Saturday and Laura moved herself up to second in the points after the outstanding pole qualification achievement,” explained Chris Stiffler, BSR Business Manager. “Additionally, our woman car chief, Devin Hoffman got her first win for Laura Ely in Porsche Sprint Challenge. An amazing feat for our program.”

Sunday’s race saw Kenton King start from second on the grid while Laura Ely was on the outside of row three in the sixth position. It was another battle up front and while King ran second the majority of the race, he eventually finished race two in third while Laura Ely stood on the podium in her class as well.

“Laura and Kenton did a great job driving, we achieved our goals, earned a couple of podium finishes, gained on the overall points tally, and neither car suffered any damage. It was a beautiful weekend and now we look forward to preparing the cars for next month’s race at the Utah Motorsports Campus.”

Throughout the weekend, Black Sheep Racing debuted a new partnership with Vezer Family Vineyard, located close by in Fairfield, California.

“We invited the PCA Diablo Chapter, and they showed up in force with several members attending, some for their first-ever race event,” Stiffler added. “Thank You to Randy Hembrey and all the USAC staff for a great event!”

Black Sheep Racing held a special prize giveaway for those who attended the event.

Stiffler continued, “USAC was nice enough to grant us a special giveaway in a surprise to all the Diablo PCA chapter members by giving away a pace car ride.”

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North american SEASON 2024
Roundeventdate
Round 1
Sebring Int Raceway
March 1-3, 2024
Round 2
Barber Motorsports Park
APRIL 26-28, 2024
Round 3
Circuit of the Americas
MAY 24-26, 2024
Round 4
Virginia International Raceway
JUNE 14-16, 2024
Round 5
Watkins Glen International
JULY 5-7, 2024
Round 6
Road America
AUGUST 9-11, 2024
Round 7
Sonoma Raceway
SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2024
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WEST SEASON 2024
Roundeventdate
Round 1
Spring Mountain
MARCH 29-31, 2024
Round 2
Utah Motorsports Campus
MAY 10-12, 2024
Round 3
Circuit of the Americas
MAY 24-26, 2024
Round 4
Weathertech Raceway
JUNE 21-23, 2024
Round 5
Road America
AUGUST 9-11, 2024
Round 6
Sonoma Raceway
SEPTEMBER 27-29, 2024
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