Performance Tech Motorsports Heads to Canadian Tire Motorsports Park
DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. (July 2019) – Performance Tech Motorsports is headed north for Round Four of IMSA Prototype Challenge at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park.
After a two-month hiatus Performance Tech’s seven Prototype Challenge drivers are eager to get back on track at the 10 turn, 2.45-mile track. Canadian Tire Motorsports Park’s high-speed configuration requires both man and machine to work together in harmony, a skill set all of the team's drivers demonstrate. Team Principal Brent O’Neill watched his men drastically improve race to race and expects Canadian Tire Motorsports Park not to be an exception to that trend.
“I’m excited to get the LMP3 guys back on track,” O’Neill said. “Blake and Max are closing in on the championship leaders so we hope to get them in the hunt this weekend. Dean and Brad showed so much speed at Mid-Ohio, I think getting them onto their home track they’ll be even better. Kyle has really stepped up as a leader so having him in the car with the Bakers should be a great learning weekend for everyone. James has had great success at CTMP in the PC car so his experience alone is priceless. Cameron has really mastered the LMP3 and LMP2 so this should be a great weekend for him in both events.”
Blake Mount and Max Hanratty currently sit fifth overall in IMSA Prototype Challenge leading the team's championship charge. The pair closed the points gap during Round Three at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course to seven points between the No. 7 Sobel Westex / Hotels.com Ligier JS P3 and third position overall. Hanratty is no rookie to the course finishing third at CTMP in 2018. He aims to match and improve his results this weekend. After spending the two-month hiatus preparing for Round Four Mount will tap into his Hanratty’s priceless track knowledge to further his edge on his competitors.
Dean and Brad Baker are thrilled to be headed to their home track this weekend where they boast competing in over 100 events. The brothers will be joined once more by Kyle Masson, Windemere, who swept the 2017 Prototype Challenge weekend winning Race One and Race Two. Their No. 19 Kerr Industries Ligier JS P3 sits eleventh in the overall championship. The brothers hope to stand atop the podium this weekend in front of their friends and family moving themselves up the championship leaderboard.
Cassels will once again be on double duty this weekend driving the No. 38 Centinel Spine LMP2 and the No. 75 NorCan Electric LMP3. He will be joined in the No. 75 by season-long teammate James French, Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The pair is on the hunt for their first win after being plagued with mechanical misfortune and unavoidable on track incidents for the first half of the season.
The IMSA Prototype Challenge race serves as a precursor to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship event, the Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix presented by Acura. The team maintains its points lead in both the IMSA WeatherTech Sportscar Championship and the IMSA Michelin Endurance Cup. After finishing second at Watkins Glen International this past weekend Masson and Cassels will aim to once again stand atop the podium and build a greater lead in the points championship.
The IMSA Prototype Challenge weekend begins Friday, July 5 for Performance Tech Motorsports. The team hits the ground running with Practice One and Two for Prototype Challenge as well as qualifying for at 6:00 p.m. EDT. Saturday, July 6 is race day for Prototype Challenge with the green flag falling for Round Four at 4:30 p.m. live on imsatv.imsa.com. For a more detailed schedule visit http://imsa.com.