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FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., took his first-career Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship win, winning the Grand Prix of Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Making it an all-rookie Porsche podium sweep in the...

FORT WORTH, TEXAS – Mike Fitzgerald, of Phoenix, Ariz., took his first-career Speedvision World Challenge GT Championship win, winning the Grand Prix of Texas at Texas Motor Speedway. Making it an all-rookie Porsche podium sweep in the 108 degree heat were Scott Bove, of Avon Lake, Ohio, and Justin Jackson, of Alpharetta, Ga. Fitzgerald normally drives in the Speedvision Touring Car Championship, but an opportunity to add to his worldwide Porsche Cup point standings enticed the rookie into Dale White's No. 38 Westward Ho Hotel Vegas/MPIE Porsche 911 GT3 Cup just 15 minutes prior to qualifying. Fitzgerald qualified seventh, but moved up into the top four at the start when polesitter Boris Said and points leader Bill Cooper tangled in turn three, eliminating each car. Terry Borcheller's Saleen SR led second qualifier Peter Cunningham's BMW M3 at first, then John Heinricy's Corvette C5 as Fitzgerald moved into the battle for the lead. The top-three traded the lead until Heinricy fell back on lap 15 of the 26-lap event, becoming a two-car battle until Borcheller's car had a mechanical failure on lap 21. Bove had slowly moved forward from his 14th place start position in the e-sports.com/Stoddard Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, and moved into second with Borcheller's departure. Fitzgerald cruised the last six laps to a 13.606-second win, averaging 79.110 mph. The win was the first for the new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup in World Challenge competition and Porsche's first win in seven races. "I was having a horrible weekend–I got hit by a couple cars and knocked out in the Speedvision Touring Car race and the car I was supposed to drive in the ALMS blew up before I got in," said Fitzgerald. "Even after qualifying, I wasn't sure if I should run, because if I was going to run, I wanted to win. When I saw the smoke from behind me when Terry's [Borcheller] car had a problem, I was really relieved. This is great." Bove, whose previous best finish was 10th, moved up quickly initially, had the third-fastest lap of the race in a strong run to second. "This is fantastic," said Bove. "We replaced the radiators before the race because of the heat. I attacked the corners early, and finally got some good luck at the end." Jackson, driving the J-3 Motorsports Porsche 911 RSR, also earned his career-best finish with third after starting 11th. Jackson moved into sixth in points, with 97, to lead Bove (seventh, with 86) in the rookie standings. Heinricy, of Holly, Mich., was able to hang on to fourth, followed by Jeff McMillin, of Erie, Pa. Local driver Bobby Archer took the points lead with a sixth place finish, coming back from an early pit stop to replace a flat tire in the first lap melee. McMillin is one point behind (127 to 126), followed by Peter Cunningham (119), who also had to pit for a flat tire, Cooper, with 118 and Michael Galati, with 101.

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Drivers Boris Said , John Heinricy , Terry Borcheller , Michael Galati , Peter Cunningham , Bobby Archer , Justin Jackson