When the COVID-19 pandemic struck, IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama was in St. Petersburg, Florida preparing for the one-make championship’s first race of the season. However, race organizers closed down the event at the recommendation of state and local authorities seeking to mitigate the spread of the virus. On October 23 – 25, the series, which exclusively utilizes the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car for all competitors, will have a second chance. A 17-car field will challenge in two, 45-minute races on the 1.8-mile, 14-turn temporary course laid out on the city streets of the Florida metropolis.
With only four races remaining in the season, the Platinum title contenders have become clear. Current points leader Jeff Kingsley (Canada) tightened his grip on the cup with two wins at Road Atlanta in the No. 16 Kelly-Moss Road & Race Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
However, 2020 IMSA Hurley Haywood Scholarship recipient Riley Dickinson (New Braunfels, Texas) refuses to roll over without a fight having scored one win in Atlanta driving the No. 53 Moorespeed Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Practice and qualifying for St. Petersburg get underway on Friday, October 23 with Race 1 at 1:55 p.m. ET on Saturday. Race 2 will take the green flag on Sunday, October 25 at 12:40 p.m. local time.