The team encountered slight gearbox problems on Urry’s #20 TruSpeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup during race one, and swapped two of the ratios out in time for race two, the Porsche performing with trademark reliability in both races. Friday’s race went more closely to plan for the team with several caution periods shaking up the running order
Long, who was forced to carry an extra 200lbs. of “success” ballast stemming from his four prior wins and consistent top-five results, qualified 6th on Saturday and drove a consistent and conservative race to finished 5th on Sunday. Long’s closest competitor in the championship, James Sofronas, spun out with only two minutes left in the race, leaving Patrick a clear path to the title on the last lap.
Patrick said, “I think we’re only 7 pounds under the maximum ‘success’ penalty weight, and you can really feel it in the car. The TruSpeed boys gave me a great racecar this weekend and as a team, Rob, Tomy and I are really helping each other, sharing data on the cars and trying to collectively raise our game.