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More Than 200 Porsches Successfully Compete in The Road America Challenge

the-road-america-challengeApproximately 220 Porsches competed in the Chicago Porsche Club of America (PCA) Region’s prestigious race – The Road America Challenge (TRAC) Sept. 2-5 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Drivers experienced perfect racing weather, with sun and temperatures in the mid-70s all weekend, while driving on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn road course.

“This was a wonderful race weekend for the Porsche Club of America Chicago Region and for all of the PCA members who enjoy club racing and drivers’ education,” said Keith Clark, TRAC event and club race chairman.

Chicago PCA Region member Charles Navaro, owner of LN Engineering and co-owner of Bilt Racing Service, has been a PCA member since 2003. Navaro builds Cayman race cars for the GTB1 class and GTB3 classes.

“Road America is one of the iconic tracks in the world,” Navaro said. “The Chicago PCA Region members are so loyal and active. Without the volunteers putting so much time and effort into TRAC, we wouldn’t be able to pull off a massive event like this.”

Hundreds of people attended the TRAC concours and banquet Saturday evening at the historic Siebkens Resort after a police escort led the race cars around Road America’s old road course to park in downtown Elkhart Lake. Clark, who also represents the Chicago PCA Region, said around 80 cars were displayed outside of Siebkens, and approximately 500 people attended the banquet.

In TRAC racing news, Claudio Kaempf and his No. 66 GT4 swept the sprint races Sunday in the Blue Group, which included the G-L, SPC, SP911, SP996, GT4 and GTB classes. His quickest lap time of the weekend was 2 minutes, 23.084 seconds. He also placed third in the endurance race Monday in the Purple Group, which included the A-L, SP1-3, SP911, SP996 and GT4-GT6 classes.

In the Green Group, which included A-F, SPB, SP1-3 and GT5-GT6 classes, Mark White won both sprint races Sunday in his No. 935 Stock-E entry. Pat Heptig placed second in Sprint 1 and third in Sprint 2 in his No. 714 Stock-E Porsche. Niels Meissner placed third in both Sprint 1 and 2 in his No. 06 Stock-E entry.

Keith Jensen, representing the Maverick PCA Region, recorded his third sweep of the season after winning both sprint races Sunday and the endurance race Monday in the PCA Club Racing Porsche GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series. Other highlights from the Clubsport series included a duel for second and third between David Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA, and Billy Stevens, of the Maverick PCA Region, in the endurance race Monday. Baum finished ahead of Stevens by .152 of a second to claim second.

“Four days of beautiful weather, four days of competitive racing – how could anything be better?” Clark said.

Source. LST Marketing


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