Gidley Sweeps IMS Weekend
Holland Wins, Bell Takes Second in Race Two
Woods Ends Weekend a Winner
Race Two Results
Race Two of GT America powered by AWS at Indianapolis Motor Speedway brought the 2023 season to a close. Memo Gidley solidified his spot as SRO3 Champion in Race One and capped it off by sweeping the weekend. The GT4 Class came down to the wire, with Robb Holland emerging victorious. Jason Bell would hold on to his champion status for a second year running by one point. In GT2, Kevin Woods would take home the win.
At the jump, Gidley in the No. 101 TKO Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3 overtook ROWE Pole Winner George Kurtz in the No. 04 CrowdStrike by Riley Mercedes-AMG GT3. The duo kept their race clean however, fifth place Jason Daskalos in the No. 27 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 was collected with multiple cars in a Turn 1, Lap 1 incident. The No. 70 MISHUMOTORS Corvette C7 GT3-R of Mirco Schultis, The No. 32 GMG Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R of Kyle Washington and the No. 011 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG 3 of Marc Austin were involved. No. 043 OnlyFans Racing by P1 Groupe with MRS Porsche 911 GT3 R of Alex Vogel escaped cruising past the multiple spinning cars.
The incident gave third-place finisher Adam Adelson in the No. 120 Wright Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 R the distraction needed to march his way through the field. He passed the incident, then slowly but surely maneuvered past fifth place No. 41 CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 of Todd Treffort and fourth place No. 3 SKI Autosport Audi R8 LMS GT3 of Johnny O’Connell. Adelson would make his pass for second place on Kurtz within the final 90 seconds of the race as the front of the field passed through the GT4 Class leaders. Kurtz would fight back in a drag-race style finish down the front stretch. It would be Kurtz in second place and Adelson third in Race Two.
Woods and his No. 94Chicago Performance & Tuning, Co. KTM X-Bow GT2 split the difference, winning Race Two at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in the GT2 Class return. Race one winner Dan Knox in the No. 80 Lone Star Racing Mercedes-AMG GT2 walked away with a second-place finish. CJ Moses in the No. 58 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT2 continued to master his craft and finished third.
Holland held on to the lead for the GT4 Class win and Bell held on to the GT4 Class championship by one point with his second-place finish. Ross Chouest in the No. 50 Chouest Povoledo Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMG GT4 was never far off the leaders, making Bell work for his second championship. He would finish third in Race Two. Fourth-place finisher Gray Newell in the No. 25 Heart of Racing Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 was in a race of his own with a gap ahead and behind him.
Tony Gaples brought his season in the No. 5 Blackdog Speed Shop Chevrolet Camaro GT4 R to a close with a Top Five finish. Tim Savage in the No. 009 TRG Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 and Todd Parriott in the No. 13 Flying Lizard Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT4 finished sixth and seventh, respectively. Nicholas Shanny in the No. 21 Toyota GR Supra GT4 EVO rounded out the field.
The 2023 Season
The calendar is complete for the GT America powered by AWS series. Competitors will celebrate their season’s end in a lavish SRO Motorsports America prize-giving ceremony. Then, all attention turns to 2024. The calendar is available here.