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McAlister Misses Pole by 0.019 Seconds at he Continues Podium Streak at Road Atlanta



HEADLINES:

  • Sean McAlister Claims Another Podium at Road Atlanta

  • McAlister Moves to Third in Season Championship Points Standings

WEEKEND SCOOP:

  • Sean Nearly Captures Pole to Start the Race Weekend, Edged out by Only .019 Seconds

  • No.11 Shell TapUp/Byers Porsche/Renier Construction Porsche Keeps Pace with Front Runners

  • McAlister Scores 88 points to Leap into Third Place After 11 Rounds of Competition


SEAN McALISTER: "I think this weekend cemented confidence in the strategy we have been using all year, which is to take small steps and continuously get better with each session and each race weekend. In every race, we were able to keep pace with the leaders and kept minimizing mistakes. Ultimately, we only ended up with a single podium finish this weekend, which we felt like it should have been at least two podiums and if it weren’t for some unfortunate circumstances in Race 3, we would have had a shot for a triple podium weekend."  "Overall, it was a great weekend that showed my pace was genuine and with just a bit more, I can start contending for the top two positions. I can't thank all the guys at JDX Racing for their hard work this weekend and Shell TapUp and Byers Porsche for their continued support this season." JEREMY DALE, MANAGING PARTNER/JDX RACING: "This was our second visit to Road Atlanta this season for a makeup weekend because of other races that had been postponed or lost on our schedule. With five out of 16 races this season at Road Atlanta, this was an important weekend. Sean did a great job all weekend and had fantastic pace. We rolled off the truck with a fast car and Sean was never out of the top five." "Each of our races was very interesting to say the least. In Race 1, Sean was fast and ran in third until the last restart when he got tapped and spun into fourth position. Normally, Race Control would have caught that move and issued a penalty, but they missed it and we had to settle for fourth, which was a bit disappointing. We bounced back and were on the podium in Race 2 with a very solid drive by Sean who had intense pressure on him from the fourth place car for the entire 45 minutes of the race. Race 3 was a slightly different story. We started fourth and dropped back to fifth at the start as it was a very cold morning and the car wasn't really working well for the first couple laps. Once the car started working and Sean was able to get going, he was able to pressure [Alan] Metni into a mistake and got up to fourth but with traffic ahead, he couldn't close the gap to third before the race clock ran out." "One very positive aspect of the weekend was we came into Road Atlanta fourth in Championship points and are leaving in third position. I'm very happy with the job Sean has done. His driving and race craft is getting better every weekend and he is a consistent podium finisher. With only two race weekends and four races left in the season, our goal is secure third place in the championship." "Our next race is less than one week away and will be a street race in St. Petersburg, Florida with Indycar where we tried to start our race season before it was interrupted by world events. This will be Sean's first race on a street circuit and I have all the confidence that he will continue the course and have another successful weekend."

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