GT3 Cup: Road America rounds 7, 8 preview

POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP AS PORSCHE RACERS HEAD TO ROAD AMERICA ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 11 -- With six rounds in the record books and six rounds to follow, Road America marks the half way point for the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama ...

POINTS BATTLE HEATS UP AS PORSCHE RACERS HEAD TO ROAD AMERICA

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 11 -- With six rounds in the record books and six rounds to follow, Road America marks the half way point for the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama series.

Two points separate defending series champion Bob Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., and Martin Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, going into the Time Warner Cable Road Race Showcase at Road America.

"The battle continues," Faieta said following round six at Autobahn Country Club. "I like Road America. I've been there a couple times. And it's not an Alan Wilson designed track, finally something else."

Snow won both rounds at the Alan Wilson designed Miller Motorsports Park in May. Faieta and Snow each won a round at Autobahn Country Club in July. Series veteran Galen Bieker, Burbank, Calif. is third in points followed by Mitch Pagerey and Amadeo Quiros.

The competition in the Gold Cup, the class designated for 2005-2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars, has been no less exciting. Melanie Snow, Pleasant Grove, Utah, won her first Patron GT3 Challenge race at Sebring and has a total of four victories this year.

Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif., missed the first two rounds at Sebring, but has won at least one round at every venue since then. Wong and Snow have had some great on-track battles.

"Brian and I have done this a lot now. We've gone wheel to wheel, side by side through the turn going into the braking zone," Melanie explained. "It's clean and fun and we get out of there and that's what racing is."

Wong is hoping to add two more wins at Road America to his resume before it is time for the college student to return to classes for the fall semester.

"I like Road America a lot," Wong said. "It's very fast, it's very technical and it's got a lot of high-speed sweepers, so I'm looking forward to it."

Official practice starts Friday, August 15. The 30-minute round seven will start at 5:05 p.m. Saturday, August 16. The green flag will fall on round eight at 10:55 a.m. Sunday, August 17.

-credit: imsa

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Martin Snow , Brian Wong , Melanie Snow , Bob Faieta , Mitch Pagerey , Amadeo Quiros
Teams HART