Angel Benitez Jr. Claims Third Race Win of the Season

LOVELAND, Colo. (Aug 24th, 2015) – Angel Benitez Jr. and the JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche returned to action following back to back podium finishes two weeks ago at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 26 yr old sports car racing star captured his third race win of the season in the black and gold #05 JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche on the 3.27 mile, 17 turn Virginia International Raceway this weekend.

Having claimed a podium finish in his first six races this season, Benitez Jr. had his sights set on continuing his pursuit of the Platinum Class points leaders in the GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama USA. The weekend began with a full test session on Thursday followed by two practice sessions on Friday, and then a 20-minute qualifying session. The car rolled off the truck with strong pace as Angel lead the time charts in practice one and then backed up that performance with a P2 finish in practice session two, only .096 seconds behind the leader.

Benitez Jr. qualified the #05 JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche GT3 Cup car second for the first race of the weekend in a red flag shortened qualifying session, missing the pole by only .103 seconds. The field of 22 Porsche’s rounded turn 17 to receive the green flag as they charged down the long high speed front straight leading into the treacherous turn one. Angel settled in right away as he tucked in behind the pole sitter in the #14 car driven by Elliott Skeer. The JDX Racing standout pressured the race leader for 21 laps all the way to the white flag lap. Racing nose to tail coming out of turn two leading into turn three the #05 GT3 Cup car suffered a mechanical failure causing the car to veer off track, but not before setting a new race lap record of 1.50.937. For his efforts, Benitez was awarded 11th in class for the race.

There was a doubleheader on Sunday which included round four, a make up race from a rainout suffered back in April at NOLA Motorsports Park in New Orleans. The second race of the weekend and first on Sunday found the Venezuelan racer starting from the Pole. Angel got right to work getting a great start headed into turn one and never looked back. He managed to grab a four second lead before a mid race yellow flag. Benitez Jr. was masterful on the restart as he lead the field to the checkered flag, winning his third race of the season and returning to the podium for the seventh time in eight races. Round four found the #05 JDX Racing / Hertz entry starting from 17th as Angel was not originally entered for the race scheduled back in April. That didn’t phase the JDX Racing pilot a bit as he made quick business towards the race leader, weaving his way through the field. Angel found himself running in fourth position after only seven laps. He continued his pursuit of the #47 car driven by Andrew Longe, headed into the historic Oak Tree Bend, the two made contact, resulting in a drive through penalty for Benitez, he would wrap up the weekend finishing fifth.

Benitez Jr. commented, “We had a great car, my race engineer (Luke Goldenstein) nailed the set-up right off the truck. I had a fast car all weekend, we were confident going into the races after qualifying second for race one and taking the pole for race two. Skeer and I had a great battle in the first race, its just unfortunate something broke and I had the off, but they guys worked hard to get the car race ready for Sunday. I’m just glad I could reward all that hard work with a race win on Sunday”.

Team principal Jeremy Dale said, “Angel and the team did a great job, our car ran at the top of the field most of the weekend, resulting in our third race win of the season. Having said that, all our focus and energy are on the unfortunate incident that took place at Pocono Raceway this weekend that involved our close friend Justin Wilson. Our hearts are heavy and the mood is somber as the team packs up today. You will not find a more honorable man, better teammate, husband or father than Justin. The entire team continues to focus on Justin and his family for his full recovery from this freakish accident.”

The green flag for rounds 13 and 14 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama are scheduled September 17-19 at Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. The green flag for round 13 flies Thursday, September 17 at 1:30pm EST, round 14 Friday, September 18 at 8:00pm EST, in a rare night race under the lights. Both races are timed, 45-minute events that support the Tudor United SportsCar Championship Lone Star Le Mans race on Saturday, September 19. Live timing and scoring will be available on IMSA.com.

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