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McAlister Keeps it Clean in Street Fight at St. Pete

HEADLINES:

  • Sean McAlister Avoids Wrecks & Red Flags to Collect Another Podium

  • McAlister Overcomes Early Miscue in Race 2 With Masterful Drive

WEEKEND SCOOP:

  • Sean Grabs Another Podium with the No. 11 Shell TapUp/Byers Porsche in Race 1 Amidst Yellow and Red Flags

  • McAlister Drops from Fifth to 18th and Drives Back to Fourth in Race 2

SEAN McALISTER: "We had another good weekend of racing at St. Petersburg, Florida. I ended up qualifying pretty poorly at P6 for Race 1, where a couple tenths of a second would have moved me up multiple positions. In Race 1, I felt like the main character in a war movie with bullets and bombs going off all around me. The theme of that race was dodging chaos! With only 9 laps of green flag racing, I was able to finish P3 and get on the podium just by avoiding damage. For Race 2, we had a surprising 45 minute race with no yellow flags, which is rare. I had a bad start because our lane started on the paint of the airstrip, giving me huge wheelspin on the initial throttle punch and I lost a spot going into Turn 1. A couple laps later, I had a run going into Turn 1 on the 4th place car but I made a critical error by braking on the paint, locking my wheels and spinning out. I quickly went from fifth place to last place and had some serious work to do to catch up. I made the most of the cards I was dealt and was able to make quick work of getting past a lot of the cars, ending the race in P4 after one of the front runners crashed on the last lap." "With just one more race weekend left in the season, I'm looking forward to another couple races before the holidays."

JEREMY DALE, MANAGING PARTNER/JDX RACING: "Street track races are not a normal part of the GT3 Cup calendar but St. Pete is such an iconic event, you're excited to be a part of it. St. Pete was actually scheduled as our first race of the season but due to Covid, it was rescheduled and became our penultimate round as we finish up the 2020 season. Street races are more about survival than racing and Sean did a great job all weekend keeping the Shell TapUp/Byers Porsche out of trouble and still managing to be quick, bringing the car home with a podium in Race 1 on Saturday and a very interesting run in Race 2 on Sunday." "In Race 2 on Sunday, Sean was fighting for P4 and got his tires on the paint in Turn 1 and had a small spin very early in the race which dropped him back to last place. With street races, we rarely have a full race under green and Sunday's race was green flag from start to finish, giving Sean the time he needed to move back up through the field. He fought his way back to fourth place which was quite an accomplishment under the circumstances because it's not particularly easy to pass at St. Pete." "We came out of the weekend with a third and fourth place finish and consolidated our position in the championship. With one race weekend left at Sebring in a couple weeks, I'm confident that we will maintain our third place in the overall season championship." "We're all really excited to get back to Sebring in a couple weeks to finish out our season. It's a track that wasn't originally on the schedule but it's a track we love and we usually perform quite well at."

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