2013-07-12 Ben Keating Joins TPC Racing / Porsche of Towson / Merkle team for Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

Date: 2013-07-12

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(July 12, 2013) Jessup, MD – For rounds seven and eight of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Series by Yokohama, TPC Racing heads north of the border to the CanadianTireMotorsportPark. The TPC Racing / Porsche of Towson / Merkle team is excited to announce that Ben Keating will be driving the teams number 35 Porsche of Towson entry for this event. Ben is a successful driver currently running in the ALMS GTC Class with the TRG team, just coming off of a podium finish at LimeRockPark. For the event at the CanadianTireMotorsportPark, TPC Racing and TRG will work together with the number 35 entry to get Ben up to speed for the ALMS GTC race.

“I am thrilled to have Ben Keating join our TPC Racing / Porsche of Towson / Merkle team,” stated TPC Racing team owner and driver Michael Levitas. “I have watched Ben race in ALMS and have also seen the success that he has had behind the wheel, so we are thrilled to see what Ben can do behind the wheel of the number 35 machine in the Platinum Class. We have been working hard since Watkins Glen and our TPC Racing / Porsche of Towson / Merkle team will deliver a car to Ben that he will be able to run to the front of the field.”

“I am really excited to run with TPC Racing in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge,” stated Ben Keating, driver of the number 35 TPC Racing / Porsche of Towson entry. I was on the podium last week at Lime Rock in my number 66 TRG ALMS GTC entry, so I am looking forward to getting more track time, especially in the IMSA GT3 Cup series with TPC Racing. Mosport (CanadianTireMotorsportPark) is a new track to me, and in order to run up front, I am doing everything I can do to improve on my podium finish last week. I know between TPC Racing and TRG, I will have amazing Porsche GT3 Cup cars that I can learn a lot on and hopefully make a great run to the top of the podium.”

While Ben Keating races Porsche GT3 Cup cars on track, Keating is the number one volume Viper dealer in the nation through his website ViperExchange.com. In GTC, you will see that his Porsche’s have said “My other car is a Dodge Viper”. Ben has also won the national championship in the SRT Viper Cup series for the last two years, which gives him great experience coming into the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge Series as well as ALMS.

About TPC Racing:

TPC Racing is the Mid-Atlantic’s premier maintenance, service, tuning and modification center dedicated solely to Porsche sports cars. This long time focus on only one make, Porsche, has enabled us to become experts in Porsche service, tuning and racing.

TPC Racing has its roots in the IMSA Supercar Series of the late 1980’s and early 1990s, as well in the Grand Am Rolex Series with over 28 race wins and 40 podium finishes. In 2004, the team won the team and drivers championship in the SGS class. In 2006, TPC Racing won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the GT Class.

By combining a lifetime of automotive enthusiasm, business experience and technical skill with advanced aeronautical training and certifications, Levitas has managed to extend the engineering of some for the most advanced and well-regarded machines in existence – Porsche race cars.

About Porsche of Towson

Porsche of Towson is Baltimore's only exclusive Porsche center. That means that our Porsche staff is 100% dedicated to the Porsche brand and nothing else. They will be able to assist you with all of your Porsche needs. On behalf of the entire Priority 1 Automotive Group family of dealerships, welcome to Porsche of Towson. We look forward to meeting all of your Porsche needs.

Porsche of Towson is a part of the Priority 1 Automotive Group which is a family owned and operated group of dealerships. As a family dealership, the family's reputation in the community is of the utmost importance. Therefore, there is a tremendous focus on providing exceptional customer service. With a brand new state-of-the-art Porsche dealership (completed in 2010), the most elite and experienced group of client advisors for sales and service, and a highly trained team of service and support personnel, your sales and service experience is assured of being second to none. Our clients appreciate the way we do business. We know you will too!

About Merkle

Merkle is the nation's largest and fastest-growing customer relationship marketing (CRM) agency. For more than 20 years, Fortune 1000 companies and leading nonprofit organizations have partnered with Merkle to maximize the value of their customer portfolios. Employing data-driven strategies, Merkle combines a complete range of marketing, technical, analytical and creative disciplines to offer complete integrated customer marketing solutions. With a strategically led, consultative approach, we work closely with clients to design, execute and continuously evaluate CRM programs throughout the buying cycle, across channels and media.

About ViperExhange.com

ViperExchange began as the dream of two car dealers who fell in love with everything the Dodge Viper had to offer. Because of their dream, Viper fans everywhere are able to benefit from one centralized location for all of their Viper needs and wants.

ViperExchange began as a boutique shop located inside Tomball Dodge in Tomball, Texas. ViperExchange is the dealership for both new and used Vipers. This location is an emporium for speed and modification equipment as well as a gleaming service center. When visiting this location be sure to check out the second floor “Viper Vault”.

Visit ViperExchange on the web at www.ViperExchange.com

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