CARLISLE WINS HIS FIRST PATRON GT3 CHALLENGE RACE; FAIETA LEAVES ROAD AMERICA WITH POINT LEAD ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 16 -- Darrell Carlisle, McLean, Va., has been waiting a long time for his first victory in the Patron GT3 Challenge by...
CARLISLE WINS HIS FIRST PATRON GT3 CHALLENGE RACE; FAIETA LEAVES ROAD AMERICA WITH POINT LEAD
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. August 16 -- Darrell Carlisle, McLean, Va., has been waiting a long time for his first victory in the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama and it finally came at Road America following a second place in round seven Saturday.
Carlisle has been racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars in the series since 2006. He made a move on lap two of round eight, passing Bill Sweedler, Westport, Conn., for second place. He was in the right place at the right time when Amadeo Quiros lost control of his Porsche and ran into leader Mitch Pagerey.
"I had a good run on Bill going down into turn five. It was the best run I had all weekend," Carlisle said. "We were side by side going down there into the turn, but I had the inside corner. Bill did a great job of going through there cleanly."
Bob Faieta, Tujunga, Calif., ran a conservative race after winning round seven on Saturday and gaining valuable points on Martin Snow.
"Martin finishing a little farther back changed my strategy a little," Faieta said. "I can be a little more conservative now."
Martin Snow had a great battle with Carlisle in Saturday's race. Snow was a little too aggressive, lost momentum and made contact with Pagerey that caused Snow to spin.
Brian Wong, Newport Beach, Calif., won both rounds in the Gold Cup, the class designated for 2005- 2007 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars. Wong's two victories bring him closer to championship leader Melanie Snow.
"I love Road America," Wong said. "Luckily everyone was battling behind me and didn't put much pressure on me. I knew to keep it on the track and to bring it home. I knew I had a victory."
Ben McCrakin, who hasn't raced in the series since Sebring in March, finished second in the Gold Cup both days. Melanie Snow finished third, continuing her 21-race podium streak.
A recap of rounds seven and eight will air on SpeedTV August 30 at 1:00 a.m. EST. The next stop on the Patron GT3 Challenge by Yokohama is at Mosport International Raceway in two weeks.