Sloan Urry takes third place
Ryan Summerlin May 30, 2014
JDX Racing landed at Lime Rock along with the wet weather on Thursday morning. Following two short practice sessions and qualifying on Friday, Sloan managed to qualify the #20 JDX Racing/Hertz Porsche in sixth position, only three tenths of a second off pole.
The 27-car field rumbled to turn one after the drop of the green flag, and Sloan muscled the #20 Porsche cleanly through turn one with a bold outside pass in the 180-degree "Big Bend," managing to grab one position by the time he arrived at turn three. Keeping pace with the lead pack was the primary focus and Sloan did just that, though he was not 100 percent happy with the balance of his Porsche.
A mid-race full-course caution brought the entire field of cars back together and allowed Sloan to adjust his technique in a few minor areas – and in such a way to extract every last ounce of performance from his car. Following the restart with approximately 20 minutes remaining, the #20 car settled in and was running fast laps, gaining ground on the leaders.
Sloan remained patient and took advantage of a combination of lapped traffic and some aggressive/opportunistic driving to move his car from sixth position to third. Not only did that move place him on the podium but it also awarded him the Yokohama "Hard Charger Award" for the race. Sloan continued to gain on the two cars ahead, but ran short of time and scored his third podium of the 2014 campaign.
Sloan Urry commented, "It had been four years since I last raced at Lime Rock and it was definitely a wild ride, including wheelies over the uphill every lap. Qualifying didn’t go my way – I was only able to grab P6, but had the car to do better. Race one had some tough and close battles for sure. The race went yellow around the 25-minute mark, and once we went back to green, the JDX car seemed to come in and I had the fastest car on track. I managed to gain two positions as the cars in front of me got tangled up in their own battle in turn six. I was really looking forward to round six, but the stewards made the right call by canceling the race – the track conditions were gnarly."
Team co-owner Harrison Brix said, "Sloan did a great job this weekend. Lime Rock is a deceptively fast track, with an average lap speed of up to 105 mph on the 1.5-mile track, turning in lap times in 53 seconds flat. Sloan executed the plan precisely, he saw the two cars ahead of him, they opened the door and took those two positions, he raced smart and continued his march towards the championship."
The green flag for Round 7 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama 2014 season flies at 3:10 p.m. EST on Friday, June 27, at Watkins Glen International Raceway, followed by Round 8 on Saturday, June 28, time TBA.