A chat with John Crosby, race chair of the 2017 PCA Mardi Gras Cup and Club Racing driver, as he fills us in on what to expect this weekend as Porsche Club of America (PCA) Club Racing heads to the Big Easy.
THINGS TO LOOK FOR THIS WEEKEND
The high-speed Turn 8 can reach 120 mph for most cars and it’s very challenging. This turn also sets up the entry to the esses, Turns 9 -12. In this section of the track, it’s very difficult to pass, although very rewarding to the driver of a well-handled car.
BEST REPRESENTED CLASSES
The Clubsport cars in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series will be well-represented with 17 entries. The next largest classes will be the Spec Boxsters and Spec 944s with 10 entries each.
David Cannon, the Tech Chief, is a club racer himself but he also volunteers his time to work the Mardi Gras event each year. David has been present at local track events going back 15 years.
My 2014 997 GT3R will be on display. It is one of the last five 997 factory race cars built by Porsche, and is also a member of the NOLAsport stable.
The “R” will be resting at this event since I will be racing in the PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series.
This race car boasts a 4.0 liter, flat six with 550 horsepower, paddle shifters, ABS assisted brakes, and programmable traction control.
DESCRIBE YOUR DUAL ROLES
I’m doing all of my work ahead of time and fortunately, I have a great group of volunteers. By noon on Friday, the event will be on autopilot and I will be focused on racing!
Source. LST Marketing