The event, which is part of PCA Club Racing’s Porsche of Conshohocken Presents the 2017 Riesentöter Stuttgart Challenge at Monticello Motor Club, marks the first time the series has competed at Monticello Motor Club – a premier automotive country club about two hours north of New York City.
The 18-turn, 3.6-mile race-grade asphalt road course was built to test a professional racecar driver, but designed to be safe for the first-time club member. The scenic course is set on 670 wooded acres and incorporates more than 1.5 miles of straights, 450 feet of elevation charges and 22 turns, including both increasing and decreasing radiuses.
Several of the Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series members are also members at this prestigious country club. North Jersey PCA Region member Efrin Casto, and Connecticut Valley PCA Region members Charlie Craig and John Frank call the track home.
“Monticello Motor Club is an exclusive facility for its members; however, each year we look forward to hosting the PCA Club Race” said Alex Wolenski, Chief Operating Officer of Monticello Motor Club. “Many of our members are PCA Club Racers and we enjoy showing our support to the PCA with the same world class hospitality which we offer to our members.”
Most recently at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR), Curt Swearingin swept the weekend in his No. 18 Advanced Collision Inc. (ACI) Motorsports entry in late June. Swearingin is currently leading the Championship class in points 243-169 over Western Michigan PCA Region member David Baum.
Series veteran and Canada West PCA Region member Tom Collingwood, a podium newcomer at VIR, is aiming for additional podiums in his No. 69 BGB Motorsports entry. Collingwood currently sits at ninth place overall with 61 points.
NOLAsport teammates Alejandro Galindo and John Crosby are continuing to climb up the ladder in points with Galindo sitting in third place in the Championship class and Crosby in first place in the Masters class and fifth overall in the Championship class.
In the Masters class, which is designated for drivers 57 and older, TOPP Racing’s Kathy Mead is in second place – just one point shy of Crosby – 102-101. Craig, who drives the No. 76 Autometrics Motorsports entry, rounds out the top three with 93 points.
The series’ Pro class drivers will be back in action at Monticello, including newcomer Noel Brown.
“My first race at Watkins Glen was hands down the most exciting racing event I have done to date,” Brown said. “The level of organization and support was stellar. The team not only ran a race, but truly delivered an exhilarating life experience.”
Brown placed second in all three races at The Glen, but said he’s aiming for improvement at Monticello this weekend. BGB Motorsports teammates Jim Cox and Bruce McKee will also be competing in the Pro class this weekend.
There will be two practice sessions and a qualifying session on Friday, July 14. The 5:30 p.m. qualifying session will set the grid for the first 30-minute sprint race, which starts at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 15. The second 30-minute sprint follows at 4 p.m. The 80-minute endurance race will start at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, July 16.
MONTICELLO MOTOR CLUB RACE WEEKEND SCHEDULE
(All times local)
Friday, July 14
10 a.m. Practice 1
2:30 p.m. Practice 2
5:30 p.m. Qualifying
Saturday, July 15
1 p.m. Sprint Race 1 (30 minutes)
4 p.m. Sprint Race 2 (30 minutes)
Sunday, July 16
10:45 a.m. Enduro Race (80 minutes)
Source. LST Martketing