TPC Racing and Downtown Porsche Win at GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Season Finalehlevitas
As the end of September arrived, TPC Racing was preparing for the season finale of the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama Series with the 37 Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car. The partnership between TPC Racing and Downtown Porsche started at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the Formula 1 weekend which was the second race weekend of the season for the GT3 Cup Canada series. Driver of the 37 Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car, Michael Levitas, missed the season opener at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park but started his season with the Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car strong with a podium finish. In the final race of the weekend, Levitas brought home a win for the TPC Racing / Downtown Porsche team. That was just a taste of what the TPC Racing / Downtown Porsche team was bringing to the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Series for the remainder of the season. For the remainder of the season, the team and car ran strong, bringing home several podium finishes and even wins.
At the season ending race at Circuit Mont-Trembalnt, Levitas was determined to finish the year strong for TPC Racing and Downtown Porsche. The weekend started with rain sessions and the car finishing the sessions toward the top of the time charts. After leading the final practice it was time for a 15 minute qualifying session. Qualifying did not go the way the team wanted, but the TPC Racing team and Michael Levitas are always driven to succeed and never give up. At the start of the rain race, Levitas charged his way up through the field passing 8 cars on the opening lap. Each lap, the TPC Racing / Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car was turning lap times quicker and quicker and charging further up the field. By lap 5, Levitas took the Platinum Masters lead and never looked back. He opened a large gap, maintained it and took the win. In Race 2, the final race of the weekend and final round of the year, the TPC Racing / Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car started on pole. The opening laps were strong and everything was looking great for another dominant run. With 3 minutes to go, the tires started to fade and Levitas had to back off to let the tires cool. During this time, it allowed P2 to catch up and make a pass to overtake for the lead. Levitas was able to bring the car home in second and end the year with another podium finish. “Mont-Tremblant is one of my favorite tracks and it has been such a long time since I have raced there,” said TPC Racing team owner / driver of the 37 Downtown Porsche GT3 Cup car. “We unloaded a perfect car and were fast all weekend. To be able to run up front and have Downtown Porsche here with us to watch the race was just fantastic. Our TPC Racing team was amazing all season and gave me a car that I could drive to a podium finish each weekend we went out. I have to say a huge thank you to the team for that and a huge thank you to Downtown Porsche for the amazing support all season. I have really enjoyed representing Downtown Porsche in Canada this year and everyone at Downtown Porsche is so great to be with on race weekends. I look forward to many more great weekends together and am already looking forward to the opening rounds of the 2020 season.” “Our TPC Racing / Downtown Porsche team did fantastic this year. Racing in Canada is always great and to be able to have our team deliver a car that can run up front at each event at tracks we have not visited often with the 991 GT3 Cup car is really a true testament to how great our TPC Racing team is,” stated TPC Racing Director of Race Operations Harris Levitas. “Running in Canada and representing Downtown Porsche was amazing and we look forward to many more events together. A huge thank you to everyone at Downtown Porsche for their amazing support this season and it is a true honor to be partnered with such a great group of people and motorsports enthusiasts. Our TPC Racing team will be hard at work over the winter to prepare for next season and plan to run up front in 2020.” The TPC Racing team has plans of expanding its IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama team for the 2020 season and has already been hard at work to prepare for an even stronger run in 2020. 2020 will be about making a run for a championship. Be sure to stay tuned for team updates as the winter months come about as the team will be making further announcements about the 2020 IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada seas