KEVIN ROUSH TAKES SECOND STRAIGHT POLE IN IMSA GT3 CUP CHALLENGE AT ROAD AMERICA IN WISCONSIN; 20 PORSCHE 911 GT3 CUP RACE CARS WILL RACE SUNDAY
ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. - August 20 -- In the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge presented by Michelin, round #4 at Road America scheduled for Sunday afternoon, newcomer Kevin Roush, from Upland, California, is on the pole in the Wheel Enhancement Racing/AASCO Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer. Roush, a 41 year-old Porsche street car tuner and Porsche club racer who also prepares race cars himself, hopes this pole position does not lead to the same results as the Portland pole three weeks ago.
"We were running in the top three when the green flag dropped in Portland when the car in front of us missed a shift, and I ran into him, causing our demise," said Roush, who ran a club race here in 1996 - his last trip to Wisconsin.
Second on the grid is Jay Policastro, from Latrobe, Penn, who currently leads the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge points with a win at Portland, a third and a fourth-place finish in his Orbit Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, while Shawn Price, from Hillsborough, Calif. - and a co-driver in the winning GT Porsche at the 2005 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, is third. Nathan Swartzbaugh, from La Habra Heights, CA, who was in contention in the championship points, crashed his VICI Racing Porsche during practice on Friday, and will not run this weekend.
The car which Road America fans will see in this series is a purpose-built racecar manufactured by the Porsche factory on the same assembly line as Porsche's complete line of sports cars for the consumer. The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge car is based on the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup street car (996), while the Porsche Michelin Supercup series - which runs with Formula One around the world - has moved to the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car based on the newly-introduced 997 model. The 997 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racer will be eligible for the 2006 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge series, for which the schedule will be announced shortly.
The competitors will have sealed engines and transmissions, providing for close racing where the driver's talents are exemplified. Porsche Motorsport provides technical support for the series with personnel, parts and expertise both away from and at the track, and Michelin provides the spec tires for all competitors.
The IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge will race on Sunday, August 20, at 5:15 PM CDT. Live scoring of the race is available on www.imsaracing.net, and a one-minute television summary of the race will run during the Mosport American Le Mans Series broadcast on The Speed Channel on Sunday, September 4.