19-year-old Irish Racer, Reece Barr, to Make His American Racing Debut with JDX Racing
Photo Source: Jay Roncetti
Loveland, CO. – JDX Racing is excited to announce the signing of Reece Barr to drive the No. 33 Shell TapUp / Byers Porsche in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama series.
After a relatively short but successful karting career, Barr dedicated himself to building a career racing sports cars and has found success at every level as he has progressed up the ladder. Backed by an impressive resume with drives in the U.K. Mini JCW Championship, European TCR Championship and a season of Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland, Reece is set to make his debut in American motorsports behind the wheel of the No. 33 Shell TapUp / Byers Porsche in GT3 Cup Challenge USA.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama begins it’s 16th season this weekend, March 13-15 with the opening round at the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The green flag for the first race of the weekend – and the season – waves at 9:45 a.m. ET Saturday.
“I’m so excited to be starting my second year with Porsche Motorsport and joining JDX Racing for my 2020 campaign. Last year was a true introduction to Porsche GT3 Cup racing and I learned a lot which I know will benefit me this year. It’s super exciting to be a part of this championship and racing at some of the best circuits in America. I have to thank Shell TapUp and Byers Porsche for there support, I’m on a quest to run at the front of the pack.”
"I would also like to thank Jeremy Dale at JDX Racing for putting together such a great program. I’m looking forward to working with Duarte (Félix) DaCosta and his team at Synergy to help me improve my mental and physical game in and out of the race car.” Daniel Arbour, GM Shell TapUp Americas: "Shell TapUp is excited to support Reece in his goal of winning the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama championship. Shell has a long history of supporting excellence on the race track and we expect the same from this amazing JDX Racing and Byers Porsche team!" "As a start up ourselves, Shell TapUp delivers energy solutions directly to customers and their vehicles. Focus and operational excellence is at the heart of what we do and we see those same values reflected in the JDX Racing team. They put a competitive race car on track week in and week out. The entire JDX Racing team works as a single unit to deliver a winning combination." Jeremy Dale, JDX Racing Managing Partner: “Reece and his team contacted us this past winter to discuss racing with JDX in the GT3 Cup USA series. Reece had a year in Porsche Carrera Cup Deutschland in 2019, however he wasn’t in an ideal program or best atmosphere for him to excel, so we worked to create the right opportunity for him. I’m quite sure we have done that and I’m certain Reece is going to surprise many of his competitors. In testing, he has taken a very methodical and deliberate approach, while also being very fast. Based on what we have seen so far, we can’t wait to see what Reece accomplishes in his first year of racing in the United States - it’s going to be impressive.”
“Along with a new and very capable driver, we are excited to announce a new partnership with Shell TapUp. Of course nobody needs any introduction to the Shell brand, we are honored to be partnering with Shell on the rollout of their TapUp program - a very innovative and convenient service offering. There is no other brand that has such an extensive history in motorsport and to be part of the Shell family gives us a great amount of pride. We look forward to putting the Shell TapUp car on the top step of the podium in 2020.” About JDX Racing: Founded in 2008 and based outside of Denver, CO, JDX Racing represents the very best in professional motorsports. Competing in the IMSA sports car series, JDX Racing campaigns cars in eight events throughout North America. JDX Racing features world-class drivers, outstanding crew members and dynamic marketers from Champ Car, IndyCar, NASCAR, ALMS and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship series. For more information, follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/jdxracing, on Twitter @JDXRACING and on Instagram at jdxracing.
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