Salinas, California (18, May 2019) – Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA debuted at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca today, after months of anticipation.
Six Porsche Air-Cooled cars in two classes led the way in the inaugural race for the series today. Class B (911 PRC GTL and Spec. 911) and Class X (911 RSR, 911 PRC GTU, and 911).
Drivers filed into pre-grid for the first race of the weekend at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca. The first green flag of Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA neared, and the sounds of the historic air-cooled engines echoed through the surrounding hills. Spectators and Porsche enthusiasts waited eagerly for the much anticipated air-cooled action.
Michael Gaulke and his #99, 1974 Porsche 911 PRC GTL started the race on pole position and thundered towards the Andretti Hairpin turn. He was followed close behind by Brian Lowrance and Charles Christensen, who were quick to pressure him and look for any opportunity to pass. Gaulke blew past the start stand after his first lap time at 1:38, Lowrance followed behind with a lap time of 1:40, behind him was Ross Merrill at 1:43, and finally Charles Christensen with 1:50. The drivers continued to hammer through The Corkscrew during the 25-minute race and improved their speed with each lap. Gaulke pushed hard and maintained his lead throughout the race, earning himself a 7.5-second gap on Lowrance by lap 5. As the race progressed, spectators gathered around the exit of the Andretti Hairpin turn and looked on while the historic Porsche Air-Cooled cars navigated the epic west coast track. Gaulke crossed the finish line with the checkered flag flying to take first place in Class B with a fastest lap time of 1:35. Brian Lowrance followed behind to take first place in Class D with the quickest lap time of 1:37.
Mike Gaulke was thrilled to have the opportunity to race and win in the first race of Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA. “It was great to be able to compete in the inaugural Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA race,” said Gaulke. “There is an inaugural race only once, and I’m very pleased to have been here and finished on the pole. It was a lot of fun.”
Brian Lowrance was just as honored to have been a part of history in the making. “This was a really well-run event,” said Lowrance. “I really enjoyed the Pirelli tires. It was the first time we’ve run them on this car, and I really appreciate Competent Motorsport putting all of this together. This was a blast!”
Race #1 of Porsche Air-Cooled Cup USA’s 2019 season was a fantastic prelude to what will surely be a historic season. Drivers will return to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca tomorrow for race #2 at 3:10 pm.