Performance Tech Motorsports is partaking in back-to-back iRacing finales this week beginning with tonight’s Performance Playoff by Performance Tech Motorsports at MICHELIN Raceway Road Atlanta.
The 60-minute sprint race is the final of four races hosted by the team to keep the spirit of racing alive during the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 20 drivers are gearing up for the virtual 2.52-mile, 12 turn course featuring one mandatory pit stop during the race along with live yellow flags for incidents. The event has a 90-minute free practice starting at 5 p.m. ET, followed by a 15-minute qualifying with the 60-minute feature race completing the day.
The finale is broadcast through its entirety thanks to the team’s partner, Cardio Access. Lead by driver Howard Jacobs, CardioAccess International Clinical Outcomes (ICO) Database is a fully relational, comprehensive database for both congenital and adult heart disease. Cardio Access is known for its giving nature in the motorsports world, most notably through its Karts 4 Kids charity event in St. Petersburg during the NTT IndyCar event weekend each year.
"Howard is always giving back to the community," Team Principal Brent O’Neill said. "These broadcasts wouldn’t be possible without him. We’re really thankful he was willing to jump in and help us get the races live in all of your homes."
"It’s been a lot of fun on iRacing these past few months but it’s time we get back to real racing. We’re ready to go out on a high note in both of our iRaces this week, then we’re straight back to work at the shop to make sure we’re more prepared than ever for our first weekend back on track."
Following the Performance Playoff, drivers Kyle Masson, Windemere, and Blake Mount, Littleton, Colorado, and Max Hanratty, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, are gearing up for the final IMSA iRacing Pro Series event on Thursday, June 11. Masson will pilot the No. 38 Centinel Spine Porsche RSR for the fourth consecutive week.
His top finish thus far is 11th place, a position he looks to improve upon this week.
Mount enters the race as a wild-card in the No. 6 Motel 6 Porsche RSR. This will be Mount’s debut in the IMSA iRacing series, however he has plenty of virtual seat time under his belt thanks to the Performance Playoff. With the championship on the line all eyes are on Mount to come in and shake up the competition.
Hanratty also will be making his first appearance in the IMSA iRacing Pro Series behind the wheel of the No. 3 Ford GT. He will be the first of the Performance Tech Motorsports drivers to step away from the German manufactures and into the American-made Ford. Since the start of the nationwide lockdown he’s logged countless hours on the sim marking him as a virtual threat tomorrow.
The Performance Playoff at MICHELIN Raceway Road Atlanta goes live at 5:00 p.m. ET for 90-minutes of practice. Qualifying begins at 6:30 p.m. followed by the green flag at 6:45 p.m. for 60-minutes of pure racing. The race will be broadcast through its entirety on the Performance Tech Motorsports Facebook and YouTube page.
The green flag falls at Watkins Glen International on Thursday, June 11 at 6:00 p.m. ET. The sprint race will be streamed live on iRacing’s YouTube channel, Twitch or Facebook page with commentary from IMSA Radio announcer John Hindhaugh. Pre- and post-race programming is planned for The Torque Show, hosted by Justin Bell and Tommy Kendall.
With real-life racing commencing in July the team must now switch its full focus back to race preparation. The team’s first weekend back is July 16-18 at Sebring International Raceway for Round 2 of IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and IMSA Prototype Challenge. Follow the team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to stay up to date on driver lineups, car entries, and all other race week news.