Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama –Indy Toronto Friday Notebook

July 12, 2019
Staff Report
IMSA Wire Service

TORONTO – Just four days after Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by
Yokohama was last on track, the series returned to action on Friday at
Indy Toronto for Rounds 7 and 8 of the season.
Two practice sessions were on the docket for GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, racing on the Streets of Toronto and while 18-year-old Roman De
Angelis led both practice sessions of the day, he improved his time
during the afternoon session to an overall fastest lap of one minute,
13.941 seconds (85.442 mph).
“All in all, a really good day,” said De Angelis. “Happy to be back at a
street track after being kind of surrounded by grass and gravel pits
for two weekends in a row [at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park last
weekend and Watkins Glen the weekend prior]. A bit more challenging
with the walls here, but if you stay out of them, you should be okay.”
Saturday at Indy Toronto will see two on-track sessions for Porsche
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada by Yokohama. The first will be qualifying
at 12:15 p.m. ET, which sets the grid for Race 1 later in the day at
4:15 p.m. ET. Timing and scoring is available for the race at 
Race 2 is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. and can be streamed live,
flag-to-flag on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Facebook page.
Di Meo, OpenRoad Racing Seeking “Fresh Start” Heading
into Second Half of 2019
It’s been a trying GT3 Cup Challenge Canada season for Michael Di
Meo and the No. 96 OpenRoad Racing crew, having been plagued
with mishaps in the first six rounds of the season that have prevented
a podium finish for the team.
However, if there’s one event they’re confident to reverse their luck
at, it’s Indy Toronto.
Di Meo, who lives just over an hour from the street circuit in
Richmond Hill, Ontario, has three top-five finishes in six races so
far this year. On how to capture his first podium of his sophomore
season, though, he doesn’t need to look further than the second race
of the 2018 Indy Toronto weekend, where he scored his first ever
GT3 Cup Challenge Canada podium, finishing third.
“We’re just looking for a fresh start because the first half wasn’t the
best, but it wasn’t from a lack of effort,” said Di Meo. “Things just
didn’t go our way and that’s racing. This is the biggest race for me
of the year and everyone’s really looking forward to having a good
result. I’m doing my best, it’s a tricky track. There’s maximum
effort from everyone and the results will come. It just hasn’t been
easy so far.”
If the time charts are any indication, Di Meo is poised for a successful
weekend, with both of his practice times on Friday within one second
of leader De Angelis. 
Jeff Kingsley Represents the “Sports Cars of the Weekend”
at Welcome Press Conference
Jeff Kingsley represented GT3 Cup Challenge Canada at the annual
Welcome Press Conference for media on Thursday afternoon ahead
of the Indy Toronto weekend. Alongside drivers from open wheel,
truck and stock car disciplines, Kingsley was the spokesperson for
the sole sports car series of the event.Driving the No. 16 Policaro
Motorsport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, Kingsley described racing
a Porsche around the street circuit in downtown Toronto.
“Obviously the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge is a bit different,”
said Kingsley of Ajax, Ontario, just an hour down the road from
Streets of Toronto. “You’ve got a lot of open wheel guys, you’ve got
truck guys, but we’re the sports cars of the weekend. I’m definitely
happy to be here with Porsche and with Yokohama.“These cars on
this track are a bit different. You’ve got a lot of weight to move
around. It’s not like the IndyCars here where you can just
point-and-shoot. There’s a bit more, I wouldn’t say sophistication
to it, but it’s obviously a lot different. The Porsches are a great car,
definitely fun to drive around here, definitely quick. But at the end
of the day, you’ve got to put the car where it needs to be if you want
to win the race.”
Parker Thompson was also on hand Thursday afternoon, as the
Red Deer, Alberta, native is pulling double duty between GT3
Cup Challenge Canada and Indy Pro 2000.
“It’s going to be a lot of curveballs, but I’ve had a lot of success in
Toronto,” said Thompson, driver of the No. 3 SCB Racing Porsche.
“It’s treated me well in the past and we’ll go see what it has.”
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