Pro Class Leader Wins Again at Site of First Series Victory
INDIANAPOLIS – Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America returned to the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway for the third year, and it was a familiar face that climbed to the top step of the podium on Saturday. Riley Dickinson, the current Pro class points leader, led from a record-setting pole position to the checkered flag 40 minutes later. Dickinson has climbed the podium once before at the speedway, recording his first career Porsche Carrera Cup North America win at the road course in 2022.
The one-make race series started 30 cars on the 2.439-mile road course that utilizes the front straightway of the world-famous racetrack and an infield road course portion. All three class winners are familiar to fans of the race series running exclusively with the Type-992 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars this season.
Dickinson captured his eighth overall win on the year, his third straight in the Pro class driving the No. 53 Racing for Children’s Porsche 911 GT3 Cup race car. Teammate Efrin Castro added his fifth Pro-Am class win of the 11-race season in the No. 65 Kellymoss Porsche. MDK Motorsports’ Scott Noble brought home a fourth Am class win in the No. 10 Porsche.
The second race of the weekend will start at 9:40 a.m. ET Sunday.
- Pro class: Riley Dickinson (No. 53 Kellymoss Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
- Pro-Am class: Efrin Castro (No. 65 Kellymoss Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
- Am class: Race 1. Scott Noble (No. 10 MDK Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup)
- Still leading. Dickinson captured his eighth race win of the season and 11th podium result of the 11 races run to date. The race provided Dickinson with another sweep of all 28 points available (25 for the win, two points for pole position and a point for fastest race lap). The young Texan has 281 points going into Sunday’s round. Dickinson holds a 120-point lead over Tom Sargent. 140 points remain available in the final five rounds of the season.
- Clean run. Despite intense competition across all 30 entries, the 40-minute race was run with no caution periods.
- Hart break. While the race ran green the entire time, it was not without controversy. Jason Hart was given a 10-second postrace penalty for incident responsibility. The Watkins Glen race winner made contact with Alex Sedgewick in the No. 98 JDX Racing Porsche on the opening lap. The resulting penalty dropped Hart from second place at the checkered flag to ninth in the No. 20 MDK Motorsports Porsche.
- Race 2 Grid. By virtue of his second-fastest qualifying lap, Dickinson will again start from pole position for the weekend’s second race. Sean Varwig will start on the front row for the first time in his Porsche Carrera Cup North America career. His lap in the No. 2 Kellymoss Porsche bettered Sargent’s second-fastest qualifying lap in the No. 17 McElrea Racing Porsche. Sargent, who started on the outside of the front row for Saturday’s race, will take the green flag from the outside of Row 2 on Sunday. Will Martin in the No. 9 JDX Racing Porsche 911 GT3 Cup will be on the inside of Row 2.
- Broadcast. All races air on the Peacock streaming app, on IMSA.com and at PorscheCarreraCup.us before being archived on Porsche Motorsport North America TV: (https://www.youtube.com/c/PorscheMotorsportNorthAmerica).
- Online. Porsche Deluxe Carrera Cup North America: www.PorscheCarreraCup.us .
- Race 2. Indianapolis Motor Speedway. 9:40 a.m. ET Sunday.
- Riley Dickinson, No. 53 Kellymoss Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Pro Winner, Race 1: “It was a great race for the Kellymoss team. Going into the weekend we felt pretty confident, but we were able to finetune some stuff in practice. Fortunately, from the start, the people behind us started to get into a fight and we were able to pull away. The whole race I kept thinking about what to do if there was a full-course caution, but that never happened and we were able to go on to the victory. This was a huge one for Racing For Children’s. We have our ‘crew chief’ Dorian here, it is his birthday today, and we have Ford here as well; he was my crew chief here last year as part of the Racing For Children’s program. Ultimately, we are here at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and there is no better place to do this. Looking forward to what we can do tomorrow. Thanks to everyone at Kellymoss, Racing For Children’s and Porsche of Austin.”
- Efrin Castro, No. 65 Kellymoss Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Pro-Am Winner, Race 1: “I want to give thanks to God for the chance to be here and to win. The team did a great job with the car. It was a great race. All the way to the end I had to push because Marco (Cirone) was coming and he wasn’t letting up. I am grateful to come out victorious and bring another win to the team. I am feeling confident for tomorrow.”
- Scott Noble, No. 10 MDK Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. Am Winner, Race 1: “We came out here and tested a few weeks ago and it really helped. I learned a lot about my habits; especially how to brake better at Indy. My team, MDK, and my coach, Jason Hart, really helped. So, I came here with a lot of confidence. What a great venue and what a great time. I set a goal to try and get up to Efrin’s (Castro) speed and I think that really helped me. I held with him for about 10 laps and after that, I said you guys can have it. I am really happy for myself, my coach and my team.”