Urry Bests Lewis In Porsche Challenge Fight
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Sloan Urry passed polesitter Michael Lewis for the lead on lap one of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race Saturday at Road America to earn his second victory this season for JDX Racing.
The 45-minute timed race on the 4.048-mile road course was slowed by three caution periods. That never gave Urry enough green flag running to pull away from the field.
After a three-lap sprint to the checkered flag, Urry took the checkered flag .293 of a second ahead of Lewis in his No. 20 JDX Racing Porsche.
“We didn’t get the pole in qualifying, but we were able to get the pass over Lewis pretty quickly after the green flag flew,” Urry said. “After that, it was a little bit of a nightmare inside the car because there were so many yellows. I wanted to go, go, go, but we kept getting bunched up at the restarts.
“JDX Racing gave me an incredible car today. Porsche is always supplying the best stuff and making sure we’re running right, and the Yokohama tires were there the whole time. This is probably the best car I’ve had all year. It was amazing.”
Lewis was happy to collect his fourth Platinum Cup (2014 car models) podium finish of the 2014 season in the No. 98 Competition Motorsports/Curb-Agajanian Porsche.
“I made a small mistake on the first lap in the turn five area and lost the lead, but that’s racing,” Lewis said. “That was a pretty intense race, but I ended up second and got good points. I feel like we have a really good car, and we have two more races tomorrow to try and get a win.”
Kasey Kuhlman started 10th and kept the nose of his No. 15 Wright Motorsports Porsche out of trouble to climb all the way to third overall. Cincinnati resident Kuhlman earned his third Platinum Cup podium of the year and was also the highest finisher in the Platinum Cup Masters (drivers age 45 and older) class.
“I just kept my head down, hit my marks and took the opportunities that were in front of me,” Kuhlman said. “I tried not to make any mistakes, and at the same time take advantage of others’ mistakes. It was a good race.”
Platinum Cup championship leader Colin Thompson finished fourth for Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County, just missing the podium. Championship contender Angel Benitez Jr. lost four positions on the last lap of the race to finish sixth.
Kuhlman took the top spot on the Platinum Cup Masters podium for the ninth time in 10 rounds this season. Kelly Moss Motorsports/Porsche of Bucks County driver David Ducote made a successful first Gold Cup (2010-2013 car models) start this season after racing six rounds in the Platinum Cup class. Ducote was the top Gold Cup qualifier, and he never relinquished the lead in the 45-minute timed race.
Sloan Urry, Michael Lewis, Kasey Kuhlman, Colin Thompson, David Calvert-Jones, Angel Benitez Jr., Charlie Putman, David Baker, Jay Patel, David Ducote, Jeff Mosing, Michael Levitas, Patrick-Otto Madsen, Michael Schein, Oscar Arroyo, Steve Goldman, Michael Zuieback, Jesse Lazare, Mark Llano, William Peluchiwski, Santiago Creel, Fred Poordad, Kristin Treager, Christina Nielsen, David Williams, Seth Davidow, Wayne Ducote, Dan Weyland, Javier Quiros, Amadeo Quiros, Blair Chang, Pierre Mulacek.