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Pccna Road America Preview 2022 08 03

Porsche Carrera Cup North America Battles Tighten Entering Road America

Kelly Moss Leads Three of Four Title Chases Coming to Home Track

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – As the Porsche Carrera Cup North America Presented by the Cayman Islands approaches the final three weekends of its sophomore season, the battles have tightened across all championships. This weekend, the one-make championship will contest rounds 11 and 12 of 16 at Road America. Thirty-four Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars come to “America’s National Park of Speed” attempting the set themselves apart in the twin 40-minute races.

With only six rounds remaining, both races on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn track are critical to championship aspirations in the Pro, Pro-Am and Am classes. Proving that the season is far from over, the most recent pair of races, held on the city street circuit in Toronto, saw a new winner, Trenton Estep, a surge in Pro-Am by Efrin Castro and a massive, three position shake-up in the Am class.

Road America is the home track for Kelly Moss. The Madison, Wisconsin-based team brings eight cars, spread across all three classes, with a 31-point lead in team championship. Making that impact even greater, the operation owned by husband-wife duo Andy Kilcoyne and Victoria Thomas has the top spot as well as fourth place in the Pro class (Kay van Berlo and Riley Dickinson, respectively), holds a 1-2 grasp on the Pro-Am class with Alan Metni and Castro, and has two Am class contenders (Vernon McClure and Tom Balames).

Pro Class (14 Entries)

A grid of 14 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race cars are entered for Road America in the Pro class, the top category of Porsche Carrera Cup North America. While four consecutive wins to open the season – plus two more at Watkins Glen International – made van Berlo the undeniable favorite, recent success by the competition has drawn the field back up to the rear bumper of No. 3 Kelly Moss Porsche. Van Berlo holds a 52-point margin on Parker Thompson, who has two wins in the No. 9 JDX Racing entry. The two drivers split wins at Road America in 2021. With a potential for a single entrant to earn 56 points each weekend (25 per win, two per pole position and one per fastest race lap), even van Berlo is not safe atop the standings.

With two victories in the No. 6 MDK Motorsports Porsche in Toronto, Estep moved into third in the Pro class. The success moved him around Dickinson, who has hounded his Kelly Moss teammate with the No. 53 all season. The young driver is yet to score his first win in the series but has been a constant at the sharp end of the field.

Pro Class Points Leaders: Van Berlo 234, Thompson 182, Estep 171, Dickinson 161, Leh Keen 79.

Pro-Am Class (12 Entries)

Class leader Metni hopes to use the local knowledge of his Kelly Moss team to set the No. 99 apart. However, his major competition – as it was in 2021 when the two charged into the final round with the championship to be decided between them – is teammate Castro. The driver from the Dominican Republic has jumped several spots in the standings after difficult open races in the first three stops. Castro’s No. 65 Kelly Moss Porsche has scored four wins – the last three consecutively – in five starts.

The two are separated by only 16 points now but Metni won both rounds here in 2021. Justin Oakes is in third place despite missing both Toronto races. WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Race 1 winner Marco Cirone sits in fourth.

Pro-Am Class Points Leaders: Metni 190, Castro 174, Oakes 119, Cirone 106, Curt Swearingin 103.

Am Class (8 Entries)

The greatest swap for position at the last round was in the Am class. Mark Kvamme had led from the first pole position at Sebring. But Kvamme – who has won five of 10 races thus far in the No. 43 MDK Motorsports machine – sat out Toronto. That opened the door for Bill Smith to jump from third place to the lead after winning both races on the Canadian streets in the No. 42 Topp Racing Porsche.

John Goetz held onto second place in the No. 57 Wright Motorsports Porsche, as Kvamme slipped 16 points back of Smith.

Am Class Points Leaders: Smith 188, Goetz 179, Kvamme 172, Robert Hanley 94, Grady Willingham 83.

Races start at 9:50 a.m. ET Saturday and 9:20 a.m. Sunday. Both stream live on and Peacock.