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JDX Racing Finishes Freshman Season in the Yokohama GT3 Cup Championship

Ft.Collins, CO – Following a spectacular finish in the previous round of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Championship at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas, Sloan Urry and JDX Racing were looking for a little luck and some strong results to finish the 2014 race season. Urry managed to qualify the #20 JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche on the inside of row two for both races of the weekend at Road Atlanta, so with job one done, the entire team was ready to go racing.

Caution free races at Road Atlanta are rare, however the car was set up to do a long run, so that option (which materialized in race one on Thursday) presented a nice opportunity. The start wasn’t ideal with Sloan slipping to fourth on the run up the hill out of turn one on lap one. That left Sloan fighting hard with the very quick rookie Jesse Lazare. In (successfully) defending his position, the leaders managed to leg out a five second gap – and though Urry was matching or beating the leaders lap times late in the race, it was too little too late. Sloan had to settle for fourth.

Friday morning the skies opened and in the final race of the season, IMSA declared the start of the race wet – mandating that all teams start on purpose built wet weather racing tires. Race control advised the field to “pack up and pair up”, and as the field of 26 Porsche GT3 Cup Cars exited under the bridge at turn 11, the green flag waved very early, bringing the cars down the hill into the 100+ MPH turn 12 – on a very wet racetrack. The wet track surface proved to be no match for the mix of the Porsche horsepower and Yokohama rain tires (which are very good – but even the best rain tire can only move so much water). The #5 car of Michael Lewis spun, Sloan reacted and ended up hydroplaning and making contact with the inside wall – ending his race and his season – just as quickly as he crossed the start / finish line.

The 2014 Season certainly had it’s share of highlights though. The team had limited time with the new specification Porsche GT3 Cup car as they took delivery just prior to the season opener at Sebring. JDX race engineer, Luke Goldenstein, along with Sloan Urry’s feedback managed to build a quicker race car round by round, and the results speak to the teams efforts. Sloan, along with JDX Racing managed to claim ten top five finishes in the 16 round season. Of those top finishes, Sloan visited the podium seven times, three of which were race wins at Canadian Tire Mosport Park, Road America and Circuit of the Americas.

Sloan commented, “What can I say, this isn’t how I wanted to finish the 2014 race campaign – but the entire JDX team worked hard all season long and never relaxed for a moment. I have to thank my race engineer, Luke for working so diligently with me to make the car faster each and every round. I want to also recognize our sponsors for giving us the opportunity to compete in one of the most challenging race series in North America. It was a honor to drive the #20 JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche.”

Harrison Brix commented, “This weekend is a good example of what can happen in racing. Sloan got better every race weekend this season, claiming three race wins in his previous six starts – and we acknowledged we needed just a little luck in the season finale – but didn’t get it. Sloan is a class act and we really enjoyed having him under our tent all season. The off season is short, and we are already working on our 2015 campaign.”

Stay tuned to www.jdxracing.com and follow us on facebook at www.facebook.com/jdxracing for news and announcements on our plans for the 2015 race campaign.

Next Event

Round 1 & 2 – 2017
Porsche GT3 Challenge USA by Yokohama

March 15 -17, 2017

Sebring International Raceway

Sebring, Florida

Last Event

Round 15 & 16 – 2016
Porsche GT3 Challenge USA by Yokohama

Sept 14 – 17, 2016

Circuit of The Americas

Austin, Texas

Rd 15 Finished 4th

Rd 16 Finished 9th

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