Marietta, GA – GTSport Racing drivers Jack Baldwin and Buz McCall learned the true meaning of “Don’t Mess with Texas” this weekend at Pirelli World Challenge’s 2015 Season Opener at Circuit of the Americas.
Jack Baldwin, of Marietta, GA, encountered struggles in his No. 73 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S during the first practice session of the weekend as a fuel pressure issue caused him to cut his session short. The GTSport Racing team addressed the issue and Baldwin was able to claim a fast practice lap that placed him in fifth place for the second on-track session. Crew and drivers felt optimistic entering the qualifying session on Saturday, March 7th and Baldwin turned a sixth place fast lap of 2:17.322. Baldwin was off to a great start in Saturday’s Round 1 when a first lap gearbox issue rendered him unable to compete, finishing in 18th position.
The GTSport Crew worked overnight to address and assess the mechanical issues and the No. 73 RESET-MD GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S was in tip-top shape for Sunday’s Round 2 in which rain brought unexpected challenges to the table. Baldwin took to the grid at the rear of the pack and was battling through the field when a Turn 16 spin sent him into the tire wall, removing the rear wing from the car. Baldwin was able to continue, slowly, to take the checkered flag in 16th position.
“I have to hand it to our great crew once again, after race one they stepped up and worked all night to get us ready for Race 2,” said Baldwin. “Unfortunately we have never been good in the rain no matter what kind of set up we have tried and Race 2 was another one of those days. The only good thing that came out of the entire weekend was I think we have found the problem.”
Buz McCall, of Boca Raton, FL, had not been behind the wheel of his No. 72 RESET-MD Porsche Cayman S since the Pirelli World Challenge season finale at Miller Motorsports Park in September of 2014. McCall scored 15th position in the first practice of the weekend and 11th place in practice two. McCall qualified in 17th position in Round 1 where he encountered almost no issues and was able to take the checkered flag in 15th position.
The Round 2 rain brought challenges for McCall, who started in 17th position on the GTS grid. It had been raining for hours in Austin, Texas and the circuit was incredibly slick when the GTS class took the green flag. McCall felt the effects of Mother Nature as an early race spin set a cautious tone for the remainder of the 50-minute sprint race. McCall remained cautious and drove for the checkered, which he took in 15th position.
McCall took to the internet to describe his love for rain racing: “According to Wikipedia – Rain is liquid water in the form of droplets that have condensed from atmospheric water vapor and become heavy enough to fall under gravity. Rain is a major component of the water cycle and is responsible for depositing most of the fresh water on the Earth. It provides suitable conditions for many types of ecosystems, as well as water for hydroelectric power plants and crop irrigation. I rest my case..it doesn’t say anything about driving a race car in it” said McCall. “Rain is for grass, crops, and daily needs not for racing (unless you are PD Cunningham and love ice racing). Here is to sunny skies and dry tracks. Sorry Hans Stuck, but I’m jus sayin’….”
Rounds 1 and 2 at Circuit of the Americas can be viewed on CBS Sports Network on Saturday, March 14th at 11 AM EST. The next stop for the Pirelli World Challenge is the St. Petersburg Grand Prix on March 27-29, 2015.
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About GTSport Racing:
The two-driver GTSport Racing team is committed to bringing a world class effort to the Pirelli World Challenge series. Jack Baldwin is a legend in American Sports Car Racing with wins in every series that he has competed in as well as victories at every major racetrack in the United States during his successful career that has spanned four decades. Buz McCall has over three decades of racing accomplishments, not only as a driver but also as a team owner of one of the most successful Trans-Am teams in American History, “American Equipment Racing”. For more information, visit the GTSport Racing team online at www.GTSportRacing.com and like them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GTSportRacing!