TPC Racing Takes On Laguna Seca

(April 29, 2014) Jessup, MD – The TPC Racing / Merkle Incorporated team has been hard at work since rounds one and two of the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series. Since taking delivery of the teams two 2014 Porsche 991 GT3 Cup cars in December, the TPC Racing team has been working hard to better sort the new chassis. At Sebring, lady luck was not in TPC Racings favor, but the team will turn that around at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

For rounds three and four at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, Michael Levitas will make the switch to the Gold Class running the teams 35 TPC Racing 997 GT3 Cup. In 2013, Levitas won the Gold Championship and will fight to do the same in 2014. The 35 TPC Racing entry will be very competitive to fight for the Gold Class win.

“I am very happy to be back in the Gold Class,” stated Michael Levitas. “I really enjoyed driving my 991 GT3 Cup, but after Sebring, the 36 car was not ready for Laguna Seca. I took the 35 TPC Racing 997 GT3 Cup out for a test and remembered how much I liked driving the car, so I am excited to take it out at Laguna Seca. The TPC Racing / Merkle team has worked so hard and I think that we have a shot at winning. I will miss being in the same class at my teammate David Williams, but David will be fighting hard in the Platinum Class.”

David Williams is looking forward to getting his 37 TPC Racing / Merkle 991 GT3 Cup back out on track since rounds one and two at Sebring. Williams has been working hard to adjust to the new car and has done a great job. In round two at Sebring, David Williams set his fastest lap of the weekend on the last lap on the race and it ended up being the ninth quickest lap of the race. Williams looks to take that momentum forward to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

“The TPC Racing / Merkle team has been working very hard on the 991 GT3 Cup since we got them in December and that hard work has been displayed each time we are out in these cars,” stated David Williams. “I have been getting more and more comfortable with the car and the team has been doing a great job setting it up for me. We are also fortunate to have Damien Faulkner and Randy Pobst coaching, so with their help, I am definitely getting faster. I enjoyed racing at Laguna Seca last season in Gold and am looking forward to racing there again in Platinum!”

The TPC Racing starts on track with Promoter Testing on Thursday, May 1st. The 35 and 37 TPC Racing / Merkle entries will then take to the track for official practice on Friday, May 2nd with qualifying Saturday and rounds three and four on Sunday.

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

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 CrunchDaddy Popcorn:

CrunchDaddy Popcorn makes “Popcorn Unusual!™”, an array of sweet and savory inventions that take the sophisticated snacker beyond the common recipes for caramel, kettle and cheese popcorn. All CrunchDaddy Popcorn flavors are available on-line through their website, www.crunchdaddy.com

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