TPC Racing Brings IMSA Porsche Championship Hopes to Mid-Ohio Tripleheader
LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 24, 2020) – TPC Racing’s Efrin Castrovisits Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this weekend for an unusual tripleheader race weekend in IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama. Castro sits just two points from the championship lead following six of 16 rounds, with a chance to move to the front just past the halfway point.
Castro enters Mid-Ohio coming off a pair of wins at Road Atlanta that enabled him to close the championship gap significantly. This weekend features three 45-minute races in an effort to make up for time lost to the season’s late start due to COVID-19.
TPC Racing’s weekend begins officially with two Friday practice sessions and an early-evening qualifying. Castro will race at 9:50 a.m. ET and 3:35 p.m. ET Saturday, and again at 9:20 a.m. ET on Sunday morning. Each race can be seen live on IMSA.tv.
Already this season, Castro’s first with TPC Racing, the New Jersey resident and Dominican Republic native has taken a leap forward, earning three race wins and becoming a championship contender in the No. 65 Fine Fare Supermarkets/TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. This weekend is a return to a track where Castro scored one of four 2019 podium finishes.
As a team, TPC Racing earned a pair of Gold Cup runner-up finishes a year ago and another podium finish in 2018 with Rob Ferriol behind the wheel, now racing in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship.
Castro’s race weekend at Mid-Ohio also comes with an additional bit of pride, as Hispanic Heritage Month began on September 15 and runs through October 15. Castro proudly sports the flag of the Dominican Republic and the country’s official tourism website, godominicanrepublic.com, on the side of his No. 65 Porsche.
TPC Racing and Castro hit the track for the first time this weekend on Friday, September 25 at 9:45 a.m. ET for practice, followed by a second practice at 2:05 p.m. ET and qualifying at 5:35 p.m. ET. The first of three races begin at 9:50 a.m. ET on Saturday, September 26, with a quick turnaround for race two at 3:35 p.m. ET. The race weekend will conclude with the third race at 9:20 a.m. ET on Sunday, September 27.
Harris Levitas, Director of Race Operations: “This is an important weekend for Efrin, both on and off the track. Most importantly is that I know he’s proud to represent his home land of the Dominican Republic during Hispanic Heritage Month. On the track, this is his chance to take a big step forward toward one of the goals he’s worked so hard for. All of us here at TPC Racing are working really hard to help Efrin reach his potential and goals. He’s been better than ever the last two race weeks, and we’re working hard to keep that improvement going. Mid-Ohio is a track that we’ve been successful at in the past, so we’re all going to do our best and that should be enough.”
Efrin Castro, Driver, No. 65 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (Gold Cup): “I like Mid-Ohio a lot. It’s like a mini rollercoaster type of track. I’m looking forward to it, because Mid-Ohio is the type of track I like. It’s got non-stop turns and elevation change, and it keeps you busy. Those are the types of tracks that I like. I want to do well because it’s Hispanic Heritage Month, and I’m very proud to represent the Dominican Republic here in the United States. We bring a lot of value to the country. It’s an honor for me to race this weekend for the Dominicans and the Hispanics. We have a strong community and I’m looking forward to doing great.”
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