Utah: Farnbacher Loles race report

Farnbacher Loles wins Rolex GT Championship trifecta! The Farnbacher Loles Racing team completed their rookie season in the Grand Am Rolex GT series in grand style with a double podium at Salt Lake City. In the Sunchaser 1000 at Miller...

Farnbacher Loles wins Rolex GT Championship trifecta!

The Farnbacher Loles Racing team completed their rookie season in the Grand Am Rolex GT series in grand style with a double podium at Salt Lake City. In the Sunchaser 1000 at Miller Motorsports Park, Leh Keen, Domink Farnbacher and Ian Baas finished in second place in their #85 Shoes For Crews/Recaro Porsche GT3 Cup after a thrilling battle with the leading Pontiac of Paul Edwards, Kelly Collins and Andy Pilgrim. Farnbacher closed on the 07 Pontiac in the final laps of the race and looked for a way to get by. In the final turn of the last lap, a lapped car created the opportunity Dominik was looking for. Edwards went to the inside while Domink went to the outside. The lapped car contacted both competitors pushing Dominik wide and cutting his left rear tire. Dominik got the car under control and aimed for the finish line right behind Edwards. As he went under the checkered flag, thick tire smoke was pouring off the car as a dramatic visual stamp on the season.

Taking third in the race was the #87 Marquis Jet/IPC/Elf Oils Porsche 997 GT3 Cup driven by Bryce Miller, Dirk Werner and Wolf Henzler. Their flawless drive for third place marked the tenth podium of the season for Miller and Werner who locked up the Team Championship. The duo showed speed and consistency all season to bring home the championship in the rookie season for both. The finish also sealed the Driver's Championship for Werner who had a higher total than his teammate based on his higher Daytona 24 finish where they were in different team cars. Beginning with their first race together at Mexico City, Bryce qualified the car at every venue and drove the opening stint. Bryce's qualifying efforts consistently put the car in the top five for the start and he often handed the car off to Dirk in podium position. The two drivers worked so smoothly together it was hard to believe it was their first season as teammates.

Farnbacher Loles' performance this season also helped Porsche win the Manufacturer's Championship. It is an honor for the team especially after this year's passing of Bob Snodgrass, who did so much for sportscar racing and Porsche in North America.

-credit: www.farnbacherloles.com

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Edwards , Andy Pilgrim , Kelly Collins , Ian Baas , Bob Snodgrass , Wolf Henzler , Lehman Keen , Dirk Werner , Bryce Miller