WATKINS GLEN, New York (September 17, 2021) – Less than one week removed from five podium for the team in Porsche Sprint Challenge North America at Indianapolis, TPC Racing returns to the track at Watkins Glen International with a three-car effort.
Rob Lorndale, Pedro Torres and Jordan Wallace climb back behind the wheel for TPC Racing for a points-paying doubleheader in upstate New York, with races at 3:30 p.m. EDT on Saturday, September 18 and at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, September 19. Both 40-minute races can be seen via subscription at FloRacing.com.
Lorndale and Torres are both entered in the Gold Class for this weekend’s doubleheader. Lorndale begins the weekend with confidence, coming off of his best weekend of the season on the road course at Indianapolis. Lorndale drove his No. 6 TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to a pair of podium finishes in the races during the Porsche Together Festival, including a high of second place on Sunday. Lorndale is currently fourth in the season-long point standings.
“The Indy weekend went really well,” Lorndale said. “I hope to carry the momentum from Indy into this race weekend. At the beginning of the season, my main goal for the season was to improve as a driver. My pace and speed seemed to improve at Road America and then again at Indy. After putting in hard work, it always feels good when the work pays off. We did a two-day test at Watkins Glen in August. It rained the entire time, so I know the wet line pretty well. It looks like it will be dry for most of the race weekend, so I need to figure out the dry line!”
Torres enters round 11 with two podiums on the season and sixth in points, despite missing one full weekend for personal reasons. Torres will drive the No. 16 Stoneleaf/TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in the Gold Class alongside Lorndale.
Like Lorndale, Wallace enters the weekend in the No. 35 Dasbold/TPC Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport on a high. Wallace swept the Indianapolis weekend in the Silver Class, taking the first two wins of his career across the bricks on the IMS road course. Wallace missed the opening rounds of the championship, but is hoping to add to his season-long point total with podium finishes this weekend.
“All of our drivers and our TPC Racing crew did a fantastic job last weekend at Indianapolis, and did an even better job prepping the cars and getting back on the road in such a short time frame for this weekend’s races,” Harris Levitas, Director of Race Operations, said. “We love Watkins Glen, and we’re coming in here with a lot of momentum. The challenge will be to keep that going, but we want to give all three cars the best chance to get a strong finish in a points race.”
The Porsche Sprint Challenge weekend at Watkins Glen International begins with a pair of 45-minute practice sessions on Friday, September 17. Friday features a 10:40 a.m. EDT qualifying, followed by the weekend’s opening race at 3:30 p.m. EDT. Sunday’s 8:00 a.m. EDT race caps the weekend, with races live on FloRacing.com.
The Porsche Sprint Challenge field has just one race weekend left on the schedule, the Series Finale “Octoberfest” on the road course at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Both Lorndale and Wallace had successful weekends on the road course during the Porsche Together Festival in September and hope to carry that momentum into the doubleheader. Lorndale earned a pair of podium finishes and Wallace swept the class in the non-points exhibition weekend.
“It was a great weekend for the TPC Racing team,” Harris Levitas, Director of Race Operations said. “All three drivers did an amazing job. Pedro had great pace since we unloaded off the trailer. Rob was really up there in practice and in qualifying, he just didn’t get the start he wanted yesterday. We worked with him on getting a little more aggressive on the starts and restarts and it paid off. He did a great job. I’m so proud of him. Jordan Wallace did a tremendous job as well. The weekend didn’t start out the way he wanted to but he stayed in a good position and when that caution came out, Jordan capitalized on that and to finish P2 was phenomenal for them. The TPC Racing crew did a great job, they had early mornings and late nights and great cars and we have one more round in this championship heading back to Indy.”