Angel Benitez Jr. and JDX Racing Score a Double Podium at Porsche Rennsport Reunion V in Season Finale - JDX Racing - IMSA GT3 Challenge USA

Angel Benitez Jr. and JDX Racing Score a Double Podium at Porsche Rennsport Reunion V in Season Finale

LOVELAND, Colo. (Oct 1st, 2015) – Angel Benitez Jr. and the JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche landed at Laguna Seca following his double race win at Circuit of the Americas, in Austin, Texas one week ago. The Miami resident closed out his 2015 GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama USA season this past weekend by claiming a double podium finish during Porsche Rennsport Reunion V.

Following his double race win and scorching of the GT3 Cup field at COTA, Benitez Jr. looked to continue pressuring the Platinum Class points leaders in the GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama USA. Since joining JDX Racing for Round 5 at Watkins Glen International back in June, the talented Venezuelan reached the podium every weekend, claiming five overall race wins and four second place finishes. The season finale started in customary GT3 Cup fashion, with two practice sessions, as the 26 year old JDX Racing standout wheeled the #05 Hertz Racing Porsche to the top of the timing charts, leading into the qualifying session Saturday morning. Angel qualified the #05 JDX Racing / Hertz Porsche car fourth for the first race of the weekend which featured 24 Porsche GT3 Cup cars.

The field of 24 cars was led by series points leader Elliott Skeer as they raced down the front straight three wide under the starter’s stand. Angel charged around the outside of the #5 car driven by 2014 Platinum Series Champion, Colin Thompson, and set his sights on the #21 car of Jesse Lazare. Benitez rolled up alongside Lazare, but the #21 car made contact with the #05 twice prior to the exit of the turn two hairpin and Benitez was forced off the track on to the dirt. Angel managed to defend his hard fought pass on Thompson and held onto third position. The race continued for 29 laps, circling around the historic 2.238 mile, 11 turn Laguna Seca Raceway. Angel continued to pressure the two cars ahead, settling for a third place finish, only a half second behind second place finisher Lazare.

The final round of the season and second race of the weekend had the Venezuelan born sports car racer starting fourth again. As he did in the first race, Benitez Jr. charged his way through turn two, gaining a position by cleanly passing third place starter Lazare around the outside of the turn two hairpin – this time not getting forced off track. Second place starter Thompson took a run at pole sitter Skeer at turn four and Angel saw his opening and passed the pole sitter Skeer on the run down to turn five. While Thompson had taken the lead, Benitez and Skeer had made slight contact during his pass for P2, knocking out the front end alignment on the #05 JDX / Hertz Porsche. He would continue to press for the entire race, but with the front end askew, he had to settle for a second place finish, his fifth of the season.

Benitez Jr. commented, ”It was another great weekend, and I was thrilled we got to showcase the Hertz car and JDX team in front of 57,000 Rennsport Reunion fans. It’s been such an honor to be blessed with an opportunity to drive for Hertz and JDX Racing this year. Luke (JDX Race Engineer, Luke Goldenstein) gave me a great car every weekend, and I want to thank him for his hard work and commitment. I really wanted to get the JDX guys a championship, but we got started a bit late and it just wasn’t to be. I’m proud of all our accomplishments, and taking third in both the driver and team championships this season is something to be proud of.”

Team principal Harrison Brix said, “Angel accomplished a lot in a short period of time. Starting at The Glen, in twelve races he reached the podium 11 times – with five race wins, five second place finishes and a third. He only missed the podium once, and he out scored the top two drivers from The Glen right through to the season finale this weekend. There is no doubt in my mind he would have won the Championship for not missing the first four rounds. Angel was super competitive all season long, drove smart and continued to make his mark on the series. I also want to thank our good friends at Hertz and Porsche, as they make all of this possible. What a great championship this is, and I promise we’ll come back stronger than ever next year.”

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