MICHAEL LEWIS/No.98 Cmp.Mot./Curb-Agajanian took the pole for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohaa, lapping at 1:27.786/91.778mph.
Second through fifth were ANGEL ANDRES BENITEZ/No.05 Formula Motorsport, SLOAN URY/No.20 JDX Racing, JESSE LAZARE/No.31 Door Doctor and COLIN THOMPSON/No.14 Kelly-Moss Motorsports. They are all in the Platinum category. In the Gold category, PAUL BARNHART Jr/No.17 Kelly-Moss Motorsports was tops, in eighteenth place. Second through fifth in Gold were MICHAEL LEVITAS/No.35TPC Racing, KRISTIN TRAEGER/No.52 Wright Motorsports, and FRED POORDAD/No.5 Competition Motorsports.
Lewis has never driven on a California road course, even though Laguna Seca is less than 400 miles from his hometown. His background is European open wheels including FIA Formula 3 European Championship, Formula 3 Euroseries and Formula 3 Italia. Lewis came into the sights of Porsche North America, was one of four chosen for the 2013 Porsche Young Driver Academy, and earned an IMSA scholarship for the GT3 Cup Series. His goal is to “cultivate a career here in America and race sports cars.”
The first GT3 Cup this weekend is Sunday morning, and the second is at the end of the day Sunday.
Pole Sitter Rookie KENTON KOCH/No.12 ALARA Racing led from start to finish in the SCCA Pro Mazda MX-5 Cup race. Runnerup was JOHN DEAN/No.16 Sick Sideways, followed by SEBASTIAN LANDY/No.41 AMG. CJ Wilson Racing teammates, Rookie JOEY BICKERS/No.29 and PATRICK GALLAGHER/No.28 were fourth and fifth.
The top Skip Barber MX-5 driver was LUCAS EIZE/No.98, followed by BEN ALBANO/No.61, and DRAKE KEMPER/No.99,
Although the infamous Laguna Seca fog started the race 15 minutes late, the race was only shortened by three minutes and ran 21 laps. Twenty-one cars were on the lead lap. Three cars failed to finish.