LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 29, 2023) – TPC Racing and its pair of Porsche GT3 Cup series teams and drivers motor into Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend, June 30 – July 2, for a USAC Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama doubleheader featuring only the Porsche GT3 Cup 992 and 991 competitors.
With the Cayman GT4 Clubsport class getting the weekend off, the GT3 Cup classes will have the Porsche Sprint Challenge spotlight all to themselves, and TPC Racing brings one car in each of the main classes to the 2.258-mile Buckeye road course.
David Williams secured a Porsche GT3 992 Am class victory in his TPC Racing No. 237 Mission BBQ Porsche 992 GT3 Cup in the season-opening weekend of Porsche Sprint Challenge competition at Sebring International Raceway and has finished on the podium ever since.
In addition to a second 992 Am victory in April at Barber Motorsports Park, a pair of podium results in the most recent race weekend earlier this month at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) have given Williams a slight early-season 992 Am championship lead after the first six races of the year.
Williams is one point ahead of his nearest challenger heading into the Mid-Ohio doubleheader, 291 – 290. TPC Racing in turn leads the 992 AM Team Championship standings by two points, 290 – 288.
Mid-Ohio also marks the return of TPC Racing driver Shaun McKaigue for his first race in the Porsche GT3 991 Am class since he was taken out in the first round of the Sebring opener. McKaigue was not inured in the incident, but his No. 134 TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup required extensive repairs and runs for the first time since March at Mid-Ohio.
McKaigue stayed sharp, however, competing in TPC Racing’s Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport for April’s Barber Motorsports Park weekend. He scored a Cayman Am-class runner-up finish in Sunday’s finale and won the Am-class pole for both Cayman races at Barber.
Following Friday practice sessions and qualifying Saturday morning, the Mid-Ohio weekend’s first race runs Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m. EDT. Sunday’s second and final sprint gets the day’s schedule started with an 8 a.m. EDT green flag. Both timed sprints are 35 minutes plus one lap in length and feature the 992 and 991 competitors sharing the track while competing for overall and class honors.
Harris Levitas, TPC Racing Director of Race Operations: “Mid-Ohio is an interesting track. It’s a tricky surface, a very low grip track, a classic older facility, which makes it more fun for the drivers. It’s just a fun place to be. We did some testing there the week before last with the 992 Cup car, and we have a lot of data from the 991 Cup car, so I think we are in a really good spot. The lap times were pretty strong, we made some really great improvements, and we are really looking forward to building on that. This being a GT3 Cup only weekend with IndyCar, it will be great for David Williams and Shaun McKaigue to be back out there together again and have some fun. David is doing really well in the 992 championship, leading by only a point, so it is going to be very important to put all of the information that we learned testing to good use this weekend. Shaun knows Mid-Ohio pretty well, he always has a ball there, and it will be great to have him back in his GT3 Cup car for this event. We are looking forward to a really great weekend. The guys at TPC Racing have just worked really hard as always to prepare and have put together some really competitive cars. It should be a very strong weekend and we are really looking forward to getting out there.”
Shaun McKaigue, Driver – No. 134 TPC Racing Porsche 991 GT3 Cup: “I’m just looking forward to getting back to Mid-Ohio. It’s always great to see all of the guys at TPC Racing, and I am really excited to get back in the 991. It’s been a while since I have had an opportunity to drive that car, and I am looking forward to enjoying some good, solid competition in the Porsche Sprint Challenge series. It is such great racing with solid camaraderie among all the drivers. Mid-Ohio is a technically challenging track, it is old school circuit and requires your attention all of the time. It has a nice combination of really challenging corners and nice elevation changes, which to me as a driver, really makes me pay attention because I find the physics of the track – where you have those quick changes in elevation – is really challenging with some unique and a great test for the driver. There is a lot of opportunity for door-to-door racing and lots of good passing opportunities. It really is a great track with a nice rhythm to it. It has a nice flow, which some tracks don’t. I am really looking forward to it, and if I can get a top-five finish in my category I think that would be a great result.”
About TPC Racing: TPC Racing is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier maintenance, service, tuning and modification center dedicated solely to Porsche sportscars. TPC Racing specializes in R&D and sales of high-performance modifications for Porsche sports cars and race cars, offering a wide range of vehicle upgrades. Best known for a line of forced induction solutions for the Porsche 911, Cayman and Boxster, a long-time focus on only one make, Porsche, has enabled TPC Racing to become experts in Porsche service, tuning, and racing. In 2000, TPC Racing began entering races under its own banner, scoring an SGS-class Championship in 2004 in the Grand-American Rolex Series and was a class winner in the 2006 Rolex 24 At Daytona, and captured the 2013 and 2016 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA Gold Cup Championships. More information can be found at http://www.TPCRacing.com.