GT3 Cup: Series Laguna Seca rounds 13, 14 preview

BOB FAIETA LOOKS TO SECURE THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP AT SEASON FINALE MONTEREY, Calif. October 7 -- In the last two seasons of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama Bob Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., has entered the last race of the season with a chance to...

BOB FAIETA LOOKS TO SECURE THIRD CHAMPIONSHIP AT SEASON FINALE

MONTEREY, Calif. October 7 -- In the last two seasons of the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama Bob Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., has entered the last race of the season with a chance to win the driver's championship. He has won three out of the last four rounds at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, securing the 2007 and 2008 championships.

In 2009 Faieta comes to Monterey, Calif., with his biggest point lead of the season, leading Martin Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, by 22 points. With 40 points up for grabs this weekend, the championship could go down to the final 75-minute race of the season.

"We're in good shape," Faieta said after winning round 12 at Road Atlanta. "If we're 22 points ahead we could clinch it in the first race, which would be my ideal scenario and then run for the win in the last race in front of my home crowd. I'm excited!"

Faieta and Snow are far enough ahead that third place Galen Bieker, Burbank, Calif., can't catch them. The same is not true for Bieker, who has series rookie Mitch Pagerey, Deerfield Beach, Fla., 13 points behind him. Darrell Carlisle, McLean, Va., trails Pagerey by three points.

The Gold Cup championship, for 2005-2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, will also come down to the final race of the season. Melanie Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, has led the points all year. Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif., missed the first two rounds of the season at Sebring and has been playing catch up since then. Wong has won the last seven races, steadily closing in on Snow.

"She's a tough competitor and she's going to fight all the way down to the end," Wong said of Snow. "All in all, I'm excited. A win at Road Atlanta is exactly what we needed going to Laguna. We've got to keep doing this (winning)."

Official practice for the Monterey Sports Car Championships will begin Friday, October 9. Round 13 will take place Saturday, October 10 at 10:25 a.m. The final round will be a 75-minute race Sunday, October 11 at 10:50 a.m.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Darrell Carlisle , Galen Bieker , Brian Wong , Melanie Snow