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Indianapolis, Ind. - The action-packed return to single-driver sprint races in GT cars has proven a resounding success for SRO America, and nowhere is that more evident than in the inaugural GT America Powered by AWS season finale at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where all of the championship titles remain undecided entering the final double-header race weekend October 14th to 16th.
The famed Brickyard needs no introduction, and the global presence of top GT drivers from around the world for the Intercontinental GT Challenge Powered by Pirelli round only adds to the racing spectacle surrounding the GT America finale. The 2.58-mile length of hallowed racing grounds will host the final to 40-minute races to decide which drivers, teams and manufacturers will leave the weekend with the history-making first championship trophies of the series.
Who Will Be Crowned the Ultimate SRO3 Driver?
The battle for the first SRO3 Driver’s Champion title is still wide open with two contenders hot on the heels of the points leader and showing a thirst for the hardware. #45 Wright Motorsports Porsche driver Charlie Luck will defend his points lead from the hard-charging Lamborghinis of both Jeff Burton (#191 Rearden Racing) and Jason Harward (#88 Zelus Motorsports). Luck’s defense also needs to hold if he’s to stave off Burton from taking the SRO3 Master’s class honors.
Fan and paddock favorite Memo Gidley is back to close his late-season entry and will run the sole Bentley-badged machine, the #101 TK Motorsports Bentley Continental GT3 machine. Likewise, Brendan Iribe’s return to GT America single-driver racing will go down in the #70 inception racing machine, the only McLaren in the field. In the GT2 class, GMG Racing’s Elias Sabo will once again helm the #2 Audi R8 LMS GT2 to close out the season and prepare for the next.
DXDT Racing’s card is full once again as both George Kurtz (#04) and CJ Moses (#58) return to the competition, each piloting the only two Mercedes-AMG GT3 machinery in the GT America grid this weekend.
Finally, the Porsche contingent, locked in a battle with Lamborghini for the Manufacturer’s Championship title, will be represented by the #32 GMG Racing Porsche of Kyle Washington and the #460 Flying Lizard Motorsports entry driven by Andy Wilzoch.
GT4 Final Fight
The contentious GT4 field has seen tremendous growth in advancing driver skill and experience nowhere is that more evident than in the field at Indy. #119 Stephen Cameron Racing’s Sean Quinlan, current points leader in the class, has seen his points lead dwindle throughout the season as #2 GMG Racing driver Jason Bell continues to show consistently-improving pace and the ability to repeat race-winning performances. Watch for the two to keep the GT4 Drivers’ Championship interesting down to the wire.
#76 ROTR Motorsport driver Alex Welch is expected to take to the grid in the sole GT4 Audi, while #25 Heart of Racing driver and two-time podium winner Grey Newell and late-season entry #888 Zelus Motorsports Sean Whalen will drive the two Aston Martin AMR Vantage GT4 examples on the grid.
Robb Holland’s #99 Rotek Racing Ford Mustang GT4 has served him well all season, earning him a third-place points standing that’s just two points shy of contention for the Drivers’ championship title. Look to him to make championship contention difficult on his quest for the top step of the podium.
Single entries from Ginetta (#60 Dexter Racing Ginetta 56) and McLaren (#26 Prive Motorsports/Topp Racing McLaren 570S GT4) will be driven by Thomas Surgent and Matt Rivard, respectively.
Teammates and brothers-in-manufacturer-arms Chris Cagnazzi and Christopher Gumprecht will pilot the #39 and #79 Mercedes-AMG GT4 entries from RENNtech Motorsports. Both have put in the full season of work and have shown that they, too, can easily contend for the weekend’s podium positions.
Finally, late season entry Scott Noble will close out the single-driver sprint season in the #49 NOLASPORT Porsche 718 Cayman GT4 CS MR.
How Will It End?
Champions will be crowned starting with the first Official Practice session scheduled for Thursday, October 14th at 9:15 am EDT, with the second session later that afternoon at 3:30 pm EDT. The last Qualifying session goes green at 10:50 am EDT before the grid takes the green flag for the first race at 4:55 pm EDT, and the final race gets underway on Saturday at 12:05 pm EDT.
Take part in the Downtown Speedway Parade, get your favorite driver’s autograph, and watch history unfold in real time; General Admission tickets starting as low as $10 are still available for the race weekend - get yours at bit.ly/indy8hour. Can’t make it out in person? Catch both races streaming live on the GTWorld YouTube channel; listen to the audio simulcast on SiriusXM Satellite Radio Channel 392 (992 on the web app); and catch the CBS Sports Network programming of the weekend when it premieres on October 27th at 8:00 pm EDT; check your local listings for channel information.