Ready to race – The 2014 GT3 Cup Challenge kicks off May 17

IMSA CTMP May 17-19, 2013 ColourTechSouth DL - 2 027WR

Tim Sanderson racing in May 2013’s kick-off event at CTMP, photo by ColourTechSouth

By David Forbes, UCR Fun Run Chair (from Provinz May 2014 page 35)

As Fun Run Chair, I have a helped members participate in Fun Runs. Last year, members gave their time and resources to host twelve of these easygoing, truly fun-filled driving tours, with over 400 participants.

In 2013, my wife, Anne, and I also attended all of the Ultra 94 GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Michelin events—five ultimate racing weekends. Each weekend has two races, Saturday and Sunday, with 18 to 20 997 GT3 Cup Cars in each race. There are two classes in each race—Platinum, with 2010 to 2013 GT3 Cup Cars, and Gold, with 2005.5 to 2009 GT3 Cup Cars.

At each event, spectators (a fitting pastime for UCR members) have an opportunity to get close to the race cars as well as converse with the drivers and teams. Some of the drivers, such as Shaun McKaigue and Tim Sanderson, have graduated from Porsche Club DE to Club Racing to Regional Racing to IMSA. These drivers, having fast cars and kind hearts, support Kids with Cancer and homeless youth through their racing events.

Each of these race events is a fantastic opportunity to see the car that we love driven to the limit.  Like a Fun Run—but at a much different speed—getting out to watch a Cup race is a rewarding pastime for UCR members.

Shaun Atlanta 2012 3rd place Yokohama GT3 Cup

Shaun McKaigue celebrating his second place finish in Atlanta

This year’s Ultra 94 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Michelin race schedule is as follows:

       May 17-18 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

       June 21-22 – Catabogie Motorsport Park

       July 19-20 – Honda Indy – Toronto

       August 9-10 – Grand Prix de Trois-Rivie?es

       August 30-31 – Canadian Tire Motorsport Park

More info on the series can be found at:

http://www.imsa.com/series/gt3-challenge-Canada

 

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