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Sean McAlister Earns a Double Podium Weekend at Mid-Ohio


HEADLINES:

  • Sean McAlister Claims Podiums in Two of the Weekend's Three Races

  • McAlister now has Four Podiums from the last Five Races

WEEKEND SCOOP:

  • Sean takes the No. 11 Shell TapUp / Byers Porsche to a Double Podium Finish

  • McAlister Gains Additional Championship Points, now in Fourth Position with Eyes On Third

SEAN McALISTER: "We had another great weekend of racing with a couple more podium finishes. Starting off with qualifying we were ready to put the car on the front row, but before I got out of pit lane an engine sensor failed and we were down on power for the entire qualifying session. It was so bad that we were down about 5mph from our practice laps by the end of the back straight. I had to manage the situation (and my expectations) and do what I could during the 15 minute session, only getting the car into eighth position for Race 1." "In Race 1, I had one of my best starts in the series this year, going from P8 to P4 by the first corner. From there, I had a great battle with [Alan] Metni for the rest of the race. He made a small mistake and I was able to get around him and onto the podium in third place. I also won the Yokohama "Hard Charger" award for passing the most cars from my starting position to the end of the race." "The second race on Saturday went rather poorly but we learned from it. A couple of moves that were too ambitious on my part caused me to spin, which earned me a drive-through penalty late in the race. We had the pace but a couple unfortunate mistakes cost us pretty badly. In Sunday's Race 3, I was able to return back to the podium by starting P4 and passing Metni into the first corner. From there, I was a little too occupied with keeping Metni behind me and I couldn’t quite match the pace of the two front-runners." "Another two podium finishes and a race that we learned a lot from felt like a successful weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. It was great to see a lot of the Byers Imports employees at their home track and I felt all of their support while I was in the car. Thanks to Byers, Shell TapUp, Renier Construction and all our partners for being able to make this season happen. I can't forget everyone at JDX Racing for working so hard to get the car running perfect again for the races!" JEREMY DALE, MANAGING PARTNER/JDX RACING: "We weren't sure if we would even get to race at Mid-Ohio in 2020 as it had been an off-and-on venue for us this season. When it was finally confirmed, we were thrilled as one of our most important partners, Byers Porsche, is based just down the road in Columbus. It's also a track we've had great success at, wining here with Trenton Estep in 2018 and Parker Thompson in 2019. Knowing Mid-Ohio would be a triple race weekend, we put quite a bit of emphasis on our test session the week prior to the race weekend. Sean did a great job at the test and we felt very confident about our performance and setups. It didn't hurt that we just came off back-to-back podium finishes at Road Atlanta." "Practice went well but in qualifying we had a very strange (and very unusual) down-on-power issue that was later sourced to a failed engine sensor. With great track support from Porsche Motorsport, we fixed the problem Friday night but the damage was done as we would be starting eighth on grid for Race 1. Sean had an amazing start and was in fourth position by the end of lap one. He was laser focused on P3 and he put heavy pressure on Alan Metni, forcing him [Metni] to make a mistake in Turn 1. By Lap 11, Sean was in third and drove fast and mistake-free to the end to claim his third podium in as many races. Race 2 we would prefer to forget but there were many lessons learned. We got shuffled back at the start and then Sean got a little impatient and spun the car trying to make up ground. Now we are at the back of the trying to work our way through the field. One thing led to another and Sean made light contact with two other cars, one of those resulting in a drive-thru penalty. As I mentioned, lessons learned. We ended up a disappointing eighth." "Race 3, we were fully back on our game and Sean made the race look quite easy. We started forth and after the first turn, we were in third and stayed there until the end, finishing four seconds back from the lead. That made it four podiums in five races - something we're very proud of." "Now it's back to Road Atlanta for another triple header weekend where we'll all work hard to improve on the two podium finishes we earned there a few weeks ago." 

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