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JDX Racing Opens the Season with Double Podium Finish

Updated: May 7, 2019





HEADLINES:

Parker Thompson has Double Podium Finishes in Porsche GT3 Cup Debut

Jeff Kingsley Impresses the GT3 Cup USA Field with Great Driving in First Visit to Barber Motorsports Park

Hurley Haywood GT3 Cup Scholarship winner, Sean McAlister, Keeps JDX Racing in Top-10 All Weekend


WEEKEND SCOOP:

Open Wheel Standout, Parker Thompson, has Successful GT3 Debut with Two Podium Finishes

2018 Canadian GT3 Cup Rookie of the Year, Jeff Kingsley, Impresses with Two Top-5 Finishes

Sean McAlister Overcomes Two Spins to Stay inside the Top-6 for the Weekend 


PARKER THOMPSON:

"I know this Barber track very well and have many, many laps here in open wheel cars, but this was a huge learning weekend for me. I think I learned more about racing in the last four days than I have in the past year! I was driving a car that I'd never driven before, I had a new team and new crew behind me and the JDX Racing guys were just awesome. We all gelled really quickly and the atmosphere and communication under the tent was outstanding. The #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche got better with every change and my understanding of what it takes to drive this car fast also grew. I'm ecstatic with my performance this weekend. I set some personal goals for myself coming into the weekend and I totally exceeded them."

JEFF KINGSLEY:

"This weekend was tougher that I thought it was going to be but we made great progress and I came away with two, top-5 finishes so I'm very happy. This was my first time at Barber and it's such a technical track that's unlike any track I've ever been to. It's very hard to learn this place in a single race weekend. Trying to set up other drivers to pass them proved to be more difficult than I anticipated. My JDX Racing crew did an outstanding job and the car got better every time we went out. I'm really excited about driving the #16/JDX Racing/Byers Porsche at Mid Ohio in just a few weeks."

SEAN McALISTER:

"This was my first trip to Barber Motorsports Park and my first race in the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Series. I got a good read on the car and the track during the first two practice sessions but I had a spin in qualifying and wasn't able to put my best laps together for Race 1."

"I found myself battling the No.99 Masters Class car of Alan Metni for most of the first race, his ABS brake system equipped car really worked to his advantage and he was impossible to pass. In Race 2, I started behind my teammate Jeff [Kingsley] and was able to get around him early on but I spun late in the race and finished behind Jeff."

"The #11/JDX Racing/Renier Construction/Byers Porsche felt really good all weekend and never missed a beat. It feels good to get the first two races under my belt and get the season off to a strong start. Our next race is Mid-Ohio and I'm feeling more confident knowing I need to focus on being consistent."

HARRISON BRIX, MANAGING PARTNER/JDX RACING: "We're really pleased with the start to the season for all three drivers. It's very clear they developed familiarity with the series, the cars and the team. It will be up to the team and the drivers to maintain that trajectory. Everyone is looking forward to carrying this momentum to Mid-Ohio in a few weeks. It's the home race for Byers Porsche so we're looking forward to showing up and using what we learned here at Barber to put all three cars onto the podium for ourselves and our partners."



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