Local Teenager Harry Gottsacker Shocks GTS SprintX Field, Takes Racer’s Edge SIN R1 GT4 to Pole at COTA

Maxwell (Mustang), Kozarov (Audi) 2nd & 3rd for Saturday’s 60-minute race

Austin, Texas – Teenager Harry Gottsacker of nearby New Braunfels, Tex., shocked the 37-car field Saturday in GTS SprintX qualifying at Circuit of the Americas (COTA) in the Pirelli World Challenge Grand Prix of Texas. Round 1 of GTS SprintX is scheduled for Saturday at 1:20 p.m. CDT and will be streamed live on www.world-challenge.com.

Gottsacker, the 18-year-old former world karting champion, drove the No. 69 Racer’s Edge Motorsports SIN R1 GT4 machine to a best time of two minutes, 17.527 seconds for an average speed of 89.8 miles per hour. Gottsacker will drive solo in the 60-minute event with a pit stop and a weight penalty.

Second in Pro-Am went to road racing veteran Scott Maxwell of Toronto, Ont., Canada in the No. 55 PF Racing Ford Mustang GT4 at 2:17.740 (89.6 m.p.h.) followed by Vesko Kozarov of Salt Lake City, Utah, in the No. 06 Rearden Racing Audi R8 LMS GT4 at 2:17.790 (89.6 m.p.h.). Kozarov, teaming with Ace Robey, was the leading Am entry in qualifying.

Second in Am time trials was the Texas-based squad of Toby Grahovec and Chris Ohmacht in the No. 92 EFT Global/Classic BMW BMW M4 GT4 with a top time of 2:18.664 (89.0 m.p.h.) followed by the No. 36 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4 with Aurora Straus and Al Carter driving this weekend. Straus, the 19-year-old Harvard-bound woman racer, took the BMW to a best lap of 2:19.134 (88.7 m.p.h.).