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JDX Claims Second Podium of Young Season
Posted by: newsla on May 08, 2014 - 06:13 AM
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JDX Claims Second Podium of Young Season


Sloan Urry was back behind the wheel of the #20 JDX Racing/Hertz Porsche at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the third and fourth rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Series. Sloan managed his second podium in as many races claiming second place in the third round of the early season. Round four wasn't as kind to the young but seasoned racer from Salt Lake City, Utah, as Sloan endured a difficult afternoon in the second race of the weekend.

 

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JDX Racing arrived to Laguna Seca with a brand new Livery for the #20 JDX Racing/Hertz Porsche. Taking advantage of the promoter test day and two practice sessions, the team managed to engineer the car to Sloan's liking. Sloan started the race weekend off right by qualifying the car in third for the first race and second position for the late race on Sunday - missing pole by less then a tenth of a second.

In customary GT3 Cup fashion the rolling start proved advantageous for the #20 JDX car as Sloan got a good jump at the drop of the green flag and managed to seize second position from Angel Benitez as they cleared turn two. He continued to keep pace with the leader until a full course caution appeared early in the race. Once the track was cleared for green racing, Sloan dropped back to third in running order after the restart. Following official review by IMSA, the #05 car was assessed a drive through penalty for jumping the restart and Sloan reclaimed the second place position. A late race full course caution prevented Sloan from mounting a charge for the win, but claiming his second straight podium finish was a job well done.

The second race of the weekend wasn't as kind - starting second in the field Sloan managed to keep pace with the leader until midway through the race. An off track experience while avoiding a spun car, which was blocking the exit of turn two, found him brushing up against the tire barrier ever so slightly. Sloan managed to re-enter the race, however many positions had been lost and the car's alignment was out of place, hampering Sloan's chances of gaining back the lost positions. Sloan was able to finish the race claiming 14th in class, bringing the #20 JDX Racing/Hertz Porsche back to the paddock in one piece.

Sloan Urry commented, "I'm looking ahead to Lime Rock and putting this race weekend behind us. Even after claiming another podium finish for the guys at JDX, the last race of the weekend was a humbling experience. Everything about racing and claiming a series championship is being consistent and that's what I'm looking to do when we arrive at Lime Rock in three weeks. The guys worked hard on the car this weekend and we will get better results moving forward".

Team co-owner, Harrison Brix said “We have all the right pieces in place to make a championship run. Sloan is like every racer - high standards and expectations of a podium finish in each race. We are looking forward to Lime Rock and looking for some clean racing on a track that is much less forgiving than Laguna”.

The green flag for Round 5 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama 2014 season flies at 12:35 PM EST on Saturday, May 24th at Lime Rock Park, followed by Round 6 at 5:10 PM EST later that day.


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