TPC Racing and Efrin Castro Take IMSA Porsche GT3 Gold Cup Win at Road Atlanta
BRASELTON, Georgia (September 5, 2020) – TPC Racing’s Efrin Castroheld off his championship rival and escaped with a thrilling IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama win in the Gold Cup on Saturday morning at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, leading wire-to-wire for his second victory of the season.
Castro’s No. 65 TPC Racing/Fine Fare Supermarkets Porsche 911 GT3 Cup crossed the finish line just 0.662-second in the lead after a last-lap full-course caution gave the native of the Dominican Republic a break one lap early at the 12-turn, 2.45-mile track.
By the mid-point of the 45-minute timed race, Castro’s on-track rival Curt Swearingin had closed to a nose-to-tail battle. Each time the gap closed, however, Castro answered the call with a faster lap, ultimately turning the fastest lap of the race in 1:26.262 (106.002 mph) on lap 21 of the 32-lap race distance.
That fast lap also gives Castro the class pole position for the second race of the weekend, scheduled for 8 a.m. EDT on Sunday morning.
“I want to give thanks to God for giving me the opportunity to finish the race,” Castro said. “We just had the right car for this race and all I had to do was hit my mark and stay focused. I knew I was going to keep him behind. I just couldn’t make a mistake and that was my focus – hit my marks and run the perfect race. I want to congratulate TPC Racing because they did an amazing job. They’re the ones that got me to this point. Without a team, it wouldn’t happen.”
The race win, Castro’s second of the season, leaves him nine points back of Swearingin in the championship after five of 16 races.
“That was the best race he’s ever run,” Harris Levitas, TPC Racing Director of Race Operations, said. “I’m really proud of him. I think there’s more of that to come from him. He’s growing as a driver, and it’s a really great thing to see. This sport takes a lot of determination and focus and Efrin has really been trying hard. The hard work is really paying off and it shows in the result. The TPC Racing team prepared a fantastic car for him and the guys are hard at work now doing the same for tomorrow.”
Representing TPC Racing in the Platinum Cup Masters class, Dan Hardeedrove his No. 69 Student Wireless/Apple Rush/Hardee Family Foundation/Palm Beach Cars and Coffee/Michelin Wiper Blades Porsche 911 GT3 Cup to fourth place in class.
Earlier in the morning, Tom Kerr finished fifth in the LB Cup for TPC Racing in IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo action. Kerr piloted the No. 74 Lamborghini Sterling/GotVeins.com Lamborghini Huracan EVO to the finish in his third series start.
TPC Racing returns to action with a 45-minute IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama race at 8 a.m. EDT on Sunday morning. That is followed immediately by the second IMSA Lamborghini Super Trofeo race of the weekend at Road Atlanta beginning at 9:10 a.m. EDT. Each race can be seen live on IMSA.tv.
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