Road Atlanta: J3 Racing race report

J3 Racing Finishes Sixth at Home Race Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing finished sixth today at their home race at Road Atlanta in round two of the American Le Mans Series. J3 brought three cars to their home circuit, two Porsche 911 RSRs to...

J3 Racing Finishes Sixth at Home Race

Braselton, Georgia - J3 Racing finished sixth today at their home race at Road Atlanta in round two of the American Le Mans Series.

J3 brought three cars to their home circuit, two Porsche 911 RSRs to run in the IMSA race and one Porsche 911 Cup car to run in the first ever Michelin Porsche Cup event.

Following up on a podium finish at the series largest race at Sebring, the number 79/Coca-Cola/J3 Racing/Porsche 911 GT3 RSR in the hands of Justin Jackson and Nic Jonsson ran well all day in the IMSA GT2 category. The team spent the weekend working on the overall handling of the car with the switch to Pirelli tires at Sebring.

"We switched our shocks this weekend to see if we could get the car handling better on the Pirelli tires. That set us back a little in practice as were constantly adjusting. The car is not as good as it was last year, but we ran well all day. I was able to run consistent lap times and really didn't have any drama on the track. It was a pretty clean race all around for us."

Jackson's teammate Nic Jonsson also had a solid run. "The J3 guys did a great job this weekend. We had the shock change and all of the adjustment that that brings makes for a full weekend. My stint today was good. The car ran well, the team was right-on with their pit stops and the Pirelli tires were consistent. We wanted to stay in the hunt and for the work load that we had, a sixth place finish is great for the team at their home track."

The team also ran their number 78 Porsche with Michael Cawley and Rick Skelton behind the wheel. After an eighth place qualifying effort, the duo ended the day in tenth place going down several laps as a result of ending up in the turn-one gravel on lap 69.

Continuing the theme on a busy weekend, the J3 crew entered a Porsche 911 in the inaugural round of the Porsche Cup series. Mark Hupfer qualified his number 79 Porsche 911 Cup car in tenth position. In the 45-minute sprint race, Hupfer charged through the field to a podium finish ending the day third.

The team will travel to the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course on May 17 for round three of the American Le Mans Series.

-j3r-

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