TPC Racing Earns Tough Third Place Porsche GT3 Cup Finish on Sunday at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio (September 27, 2020) – TPC Racing driver Efrin Castro led Sunday’s IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Gold Cup race for 41 minutes, but side by side contact in the battle for the lead knocked the radiator loose on the No. 65 Fine Fare Supermarkets/TPC Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup and ended the day two laps short of the finish.
Prior to that Castro had started from pole and kept the field behind him, boosted by the fastest lap of the race in 1:26.963 (93.474 mph).
As time wound down in the 45-minute race, Castro and championship rival Curt Swearingin ran side by side through turn one, around Mid-Ohio’s keyhole, down the backstraight and through the Esses before the side by side contact occurred.
Officially, Castro led 26 of 28 laps around the 2.258-mile circuit. Though hoping for more, the third-place finish was the third strong podium finish of the weekend for Castro, which also included two fastest race laps, two pole positions and a Yokohama Hard Charger award.
TPC Racing and the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA moves to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for another triple header event, October 15-17. Castro swept two previous races at the track earlier this season.
Harris Levitas, Director of Race Operations: “Efrin ran a great race for 43 minutes of that race. He drove clean, drove smart, kept his head down, stayed focused and just did a really great job. I can’t say enough about it. He got caught out there at the end which is very unfortunate, but we’ll move on. He was lucky enough to still collect third place points, and we’ll take that moving into Road Atlanta. We have three races there, and he won both of them a couple weeks back. All we can do is try to win all three there and Efrin is smart. He’ll look at data between now and then, collect as many points as we can and stay in this championship contention.”
Efrin Castro, Driver, No. 65 Porsche 911 GT3 (Gold Cup): “I’m very proud of everybody. We all did our best. At the end, we had a good race that we lost in the last four minutes of the race because of a race incident. We were battling to the end, but unfortunately I took the short end of the stick. We took in more than what we lost at Mid-Ohio. It was a good learning experience for me and I’m going to be ready for the next race.”
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