Championship Challenge

DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 3, 2017) – Performance Tech Motorsports has two final races at Road Atlanta to finalize championship standings in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda.

The team aims to win three Mazda Prototype Challenge class championships in the IMSA Prototype Challenge series as well as the Prototype Challenge class championship in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The team is in position take home the MPC team points championship, MPC championship, and the MPC Masters championship.

Driver Kyle Masson clenched the Mazda Prototype Challenge class championship at the Grand Prix du Trois Rivières. This was his second year with the team and in the series. Dr. Robert Masson is in contention to win the MPC Masters championship in his first year of competition. The team itself is in position to take top honors in the team points championship in the MPC class.

Along the road to championships are many podium finishes and wins. Masson has won nine of the possible 11 races this year; he missed only one podium appearance thus far. Dr. Masson earned four podiums in the first six events. Stephen Dawes and Howard Jacobs both found their way to a podium finish in the latter half of the season. Jacobs finished third at Lime Rock Park, and Dawes finished third at the Grand Prix du Trois Rivières.

“The guys have all been working hard leading up to Road Atlanta,” O’Neill said. “We took the team testing at Road Atlanta. Robert and Howard worked on speed and getting comfortable in the car. Kyle couldn’t test because he just had his tonsils removed and Stephen had business commitment. We just plan on keeping the guys focused heading into the weekend.

“Kyle will do his thing, Robert is going to have to finish as high as possible to get a points gap. Howard and Stephen will shoot for the same thing; they’re continuing to improve. This weekend we have one of the largest MPC fields this year with 17 cars. Hopefully, we can use the traffic to our advantage.”

The 2017 season will go down as a successful run in IMSA Prototype Challenge Presented by Mazda for Performance Tech, but it’s not the first time the team has experienced this sort of triumph. In 2012 Performance Tech won the driver points championship with Mazda Factory Driver Tristan Nunez. The team won back-to-back team points championship titles in 2012 and 2013. In the last four seasons, Performance Tech has finished in the top three of the team points championship.

The 20th Annual Motul Petit Le Mans weekend begins with a full day of practice Wednesday, Oct. 2. Thursday, Oct. 3, presents a full day of action with the final practice taking place at 8 a.m. ET followed by qualifying at 12:30 p.m. and finally, the day is capped off with Race One at 4:30 p.m. Race Two takes place Friday, Oct. 9:25 a.m. to end the weekend. The races can be watched on a delay Thursday, Oct. 26, at 8 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 2.

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