For the second year, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands will headline Porsche Sports Car Together Fest at the “Racing Capital of the World”, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). Rounds 13 and 14 of the 16 race second season of the world’s premier one-make race series will enjoy 35 entries across its three classes: Pro, Pro-Am and Am. Included on the impressive list of Porsche racers is NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana. With only four races remaining in its sophomore season, championship battles are raging across all three classes.
The September 2 – 4 weekend will see not only the Porsche one-make racing series, including four races of the Porsche Sprint Challenge North America by Yokohama, but all things Porsche. The Labor Day weekend event will celebrate the German sports car manufacturer’s long history of performance road and race cars, along with trackside activities for families and fans of all ages.
Utilizing portions of the legendary oval that has hosted 106 Runnings of the Indianapolis 500, the 2.439-mile, 14-turn road course winds its way through the infield before crossing the “Yard of Bricks” start-finish line. Race one will take the green flag on Saturday, September 3 at 3:15 p.m. ET/12:15 p.m. PT. Race two will start at 1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT on Sunday, September 4 as the final competition of Sports Car Together Fest.
All classes utilize the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. The 500 hp rear engine, naturally aspirated competition machine is almost mechanically identical to the road going Porsche 911 GT3 that will pace the field for both 40-minute races.
35 Entries. Pro. 16, Pro-Am. 13 Am. 6
A grid of 16 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars make up the Pro class, the top category of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America, at Indianapolis. The most recent weekend at Road America tightened the battle at the sharp end of the series significantly when points leader Kay van Berlo (the Netherlands currently studying in Florida) finished off the podium in race one and failed to finish race two in the No. 3 Kelly-Moss Porsche. Instead, his most heated rivals Trenton Estep (San Antonio, Texas) piloting the No. 6 MDK Motorsports machine and Parker Thompson (Canada) in the No. 9 JDX Racing 911 GT3 Cup car won the two rounds respectively. While the three top the class points leaders are the only ones with wins on the season to date, just behind are Riley Dickinson (New Braunfels, Texas) in the No. 53 Kelly-Moss entered car and T.J. Fischer (Vacaville, California) in the No. 58 Topp Racing entry. Both are eager to take their first win in the hallowed halls of Indy.
Included in the Pro class is four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon who will briefly step out of retirement to race the No. 24 Hendrick Performance Group-entered Porsche. The three-time Daytona 500 winner will be a reunited with longtime and storied crew chief Ray Evernham. It marks the first time the championship-winning combination has teamed together since 1999. Gordon will race in the Pro class but will be technically considered an Invitational class driver and not eligible for points toward the Pro class championship.
To the Point. Pro Class.
Van Berlo… 248
At 13, the Pro-Am class has one if its largest grids of the season for Indianapolis. Like the Pro class, Road America threw more speculation into the mix of who would come out as champion at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta finale in just over a month. Like 2021, Alan Metni (Austin, Texas) remains at the top of the standings coming into Sports Car Together Fest but with growing pressure from behind. The three-time winner in 2022 had a second-place finish in the first race at Road America but his Kelly-Moss No. 99 only scored five points in the second race after damage. Behind him, after three straight wins, 2021 class champ Efrin Castro (Dominican Republic) earned only a total of 14 points on the weekend with the No. 65 Kelly-Moss car. This set the stage for Marco Cirone (Canada) to add both Road America wins in the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche and closed to within 59 points of Metni. Curt Swearingin (Chattanooga, Tennessee) in the No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche sits in fourth-place with a surging Matt Halcome (Dallas, Georgia) moving into the top five.
To the point. Pro-Am Class.
The Am class has been the most active in swapping points positions in the last several rounds. While No. 43 MDK Motorsports Porsche of Mark Kvamme (Columbus, Ohio) controlled the early season, missing rounds nine and ten pushed the motorsport veteran but Carrera Cup rookie out of the top spot. Bill Smith’s two wins in the No. 42 Topp Racing Porsche moved the resident of Dallas, Texas to the lead. However, an at-home injury forced Smith to miss Road America. By returning to form with two wins at Road America, Kvamme took over the top spot again and a second place finish by John Goetz (Weston, Connecticut) moved the No. 57 Wright Motorsports Porsche into second-place entering Indy. All three are entered for Sports Car Together Fest as is Grady Willingham (Birmingham, Alabama) in the No 21 Goldcrest Motorsports Porsche who sits in fourth-place.
To the point. Am Class.
Smith … 188
Hanley … 94
Timing. (all times ET)
Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands.
Friday, September 2 – Practice 1 – 11:10 a.m. – 11:50 p.m.
Friday, September 2 – Practice 2 – 3:50 p.m. – 4:20 p.m.
Saturday, September 3 – Qualifying – 10:10 a.m. – 10:40 a.m.
Saturday, September 3 – Round 13 – 3:15 p.m. – 3:55 p.m.
Sunday, September 4 – Round 14 – 1:30 p.m. – 2:10 p.m.
Porsche Sports Car Together Fest.
Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands will headline the racing action on the track while multiple aspects of the Porsche automotive and sports culture will entertain and educate Porsche fans and casual attendees alike at the three-day end of summer event. Sports Car Together Fest will play host to multiple activities off the track as well including the:
• World’s largest gathering of Porsche GT cars. A special exhibition area dedicated to what is expected to be the largest gathering of highest performance models developed by Porsche.
• Porsche Classic Restoration Challenge. For the second consecutive year, Porsche dealerships are invited to return a beloved Porsche sports car from the 1950s to 2000s back to its original glory.
• Lifestyle. The Porsche Sports Car Together Fest doesn’t only revolve around the car culture, it is a family-focused weekend. Porsche-centric events, programs, activities and displays around the facility include artists creating themed works, health and wellness activities for the entire family to participate in and more. Bringing in aspects of its sports and lifestyle experiences, Sports Car Together Fest is an event the entire family and fans of all ages can enjoy.