Kingsley & McAlister Complete Rookie Campaign in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Photo Source: Jay Roncetti
Kingsley claims 10th Top-5 finish of the season
McAlister is quick to learn the historic 2.54 mile, 12 turn road course
JDX Racing Completes 100 races in Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Championship USA by Yokohama
Kingsley Ties for Third in Season Championship Points
McAlister Finds Pace and has Great Weekend
JEFF KINGSLEY: 📷"I had a strong, final weekend here at Road Atlanta with JDX Racing. Luke [JDX Race Engineer] and the JDX team gave me a great car that was excellent right off the truck. We were fast early on and I had a lot of confidence. I was able to qualify the #3/Hertz/Byers Porsche third for both races of the weekend."
"I got a really good start for Race #1 and managed to move up to second. The car was fast and really strong but I made a small mistake early in the race which resulted in the loss of my front splitter. Losing the splitter made the car a handful to drive, however I settled in and managed to bring the car home in 7th. I got a fairly good start for Race #2 but got pushed off track on lap one. I managed to keep pace with the field and finish fourth."
"I learned a bunch from the guys at JDX Racing this season, looking at where we started to where we finished, we made a lot of progress, I just wish we had a few more races in the season. I have to thank Jeremy and Harrison at JDX Racing for the opportunity and everyone at Hertz and Byers Porsche for making this possible. I'm looking forward to carrying this momentum into the 2020 race campaign."
SEAN McALISTER: 📷"What a great weekend we had at Road Atlanta. This was my first visit here and I really enjoyed learning the track. It is, without a doubt, the most difficult track I’ve ever had to learn, with very high commitment and no room for errors!”
"Race #1 on Thursday wasn’t the best for me as I made some small mistakes that hurt my pace and probably cost me a position or two in the final outcome. I spent a fair bit of time looking at data and video after the race and knew where I had to focus. Friday’s Race #2 was much better and I corrected most of my mistakes and drove really well. I had a great battle with Alan [Metni] that made the race fun and I actually learned a couple things from following his line. I’ve had 11 Top-7 finishes this season, which I’m very proud of."
"My rookie season in GT3 Cup was more difficult than I anticipated. The level of competition is so high and the drivers at the front of the grid are very fast. I felt like everything really started coming together over the last two race weekends. I drove well and improved my race craft with every lap. I learned so much from my JDX Racing team and a had fast, reliable car every session, all season long. I’m really looking forward to 2020."
JEREMY DALE, MANAGING PARTNER/JDX RACING: "I'm very proud of Sean and Jeff as neither of them had seen Road Atlanta until Wednesday. This is a very difficult and challenging track to learn and get comfortable with. Both of them dug in, studied hard and improved their pace every session. Jeff and Sean were a factor in both races. Jeff's qualifying performance on Thursday morning was very impressive. He got the most out the car in the very short session and qualified third for Race #1 and Race #2. A small mistake in Race #1 became a teachable moment and in Race#2 he was forced off the track at the start, which is not what he deserved. Sean drove two very smart, heads up races with plenty of wheel to wheel close competition and he continues to develop his skills every time in the car."
"2019 has been a learning year for everyone at JDX Racing. We brought new drivers into the championship and we're proud of how we helped them develop. We are looking forward to taking them to the next level in 2020."