Harward and McKenna Record First Wins in Easter Morning GTAmerica Sonoma Race

17 April 2022 GT America
  • Harward earns first career win in SRO3, recording CrowdStrike Fastest Lap
  • McKenna takes first in GT4 

Sonoma, California -

Jason Harward earned the pole position on a sunny Sunday morning in the #88 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini,  after recording the fastest lap during the Saturday morning GT America Powered by AWS race. From the drop of the green to the checkered flag, Harward led the field recording another CrowdStrike Fastest Lap with a time of 1:39.433 earning his first overall career and SRO3 win after 16 races.

It was a well-earned win for Harward following several full-course cautions and re-starts.  The first caution was to remove the stalled car of Steve Dinan (#930 Carbahn with Peregrine Racing) who had won the GT4 class on Saturday.  An on-track incident resulted in front-end damage to the #25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin of Grey Newell and #21 Accelerating Performance Toyota of Nick Shanny, which unfortunately took both drivers out of the race. 

After the final restart, Harward was able to hold off charges from Jason Daskalos (#27 Daskalos Motorsports Audi) who finished the race in second place, with Jeff Burton (#2 Zelus Motorsports Lamborghini) in third.  George Kurtz (#04 CrowdStrike Racing by Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG) was in the lead battle until the final restart.

“The guys put together a fantastic car. Everything I wanted the car to do, it did. Every single time it was super consistent,” said Harward following his 5.6-second margin of victory over Daskalos.

Rounding out the top six in SRO3 field were Mirco Shultis (#70, Mishumotors Callaway Corvette) in fourth place, Justin Wetherrill (#37 Triarsi Competizione Ferrari)  George Kurtz, and Kyle Washington (#032 GMG Racing Porsche)

Twenty cars started in the GT4 class with Chris Cagnazzi (#39 Cameron Racing, Mercedes-AMG) and Steve Dinan (#930 CarBahn with Peregrine Racing Audi)  leading the field. The 40-minute sprint race featured a split start with the SRO3 cars leading out, followed by the GT4 contingency. 

Last year’s champion Jason Bell (#2 GMG Racing Aston Martin) was looking to repeat the success he had at the season-opening race on the streets of St. Petersburg, FL. Bell started from the fourth row.

Although Bell was able to make his way to the third position, he was no match for Hutton McKenna (#30 Wright Motorsports Porsche)  Hutton started from row three, but was on a charge to the front, recording the CrowdStrike fast lap of 1:47.641 on his way to the win. Finishing second was Chris Cangazzi (#39 Cameron Racing Mercedes-AMG) with Jason Bell in third.

McKenna’s win was his first in the GT4 series. He said he and the team prepared for the by racing at Long Beach the prior weekend where they raced another car and did well, so they brought the Porsche 718 Cayman to Sonoma with the goal to win. “We had bad luck yesterday, and today it worked out,” said McKenna from the winner’s circle.

Rounding out the top ten for the GT4 class were Ross Chousest’s (#50 Chouset Provoledo Racing Aston Martin) in fourth place, followed by Adam Adelson (#120 Premier Racing Porsche), Robb Holland (#99 Rotek Racing, Porsche), Moisey Uretsky (#55 Accelerating Performance Aston Martin),  Marko Radisic (#22 SRQ Motorsports BMW),  Jose DaSilva (#67 Smooge Racing Toyota), and Sean Whalen (#888 Zelus Motorsports Aston Martin).

GT America competitors return to action for rounds five and six of the 2022 season on June 17 - 19 at the historic VIRginia International Raceway.

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