Salt Lake City, UT – Sloan Urry, driver of the #20 SecurityNational Mortgage/Avasis/Porsche 991 GT opened the 2016 Porsche GT Cup Championship with a record-setting effort by earning his first pole position and his first victory at the Nissan Grand Prix of Texas Presented by VP Racing Fuels.
The 22 year-old American from Salt Lake City, Utah savored success in his rookie Porsche GT Cup season in 2015, scoring podium finishes in 13 events and finishing second in the championship. Yet it was the pole position and victory that eluded him in that campaign.
Kicking off the season with championship focus, Urry’s off-season dedication and the continuity of his TruSpeed Autosport team paid dividends at the season opener this weekend, “To win the pole in our first race of the season was very satisfying,” said Urry. “The car was great, our strategy was good and the team made the right call; I set my time early. Waiting to see if it would stand was stressful, but we knew we laid down a very competitive lap time.”
Urry led the field through the green flag and dominated for several laps before catching the GTA class ahead. A back marker in the GTA (Grand Touring Amateur) blocked Urry causing a traffic jam that allowed his closes competitors to pass; “It was extremely frustrating. Coming off of the pole and leading the field, my mind was on the championship and driving a smart race. It was infuriating to throw that away as a result of a back marker who was fighting for last place while I was fighting for a victory. I had a chance to speak with the series and I feel quite confident this won’t continue to happen.” Urry maximized the situation racing back to second, securing valuable championship points, “Alec (Udell) did a great job taking advantage of the situation, he definitely deserved the win, but it was very disappointing.”
Sunday brought a new day, new opportunities and a new experience for Urry in round two of the season opener. Starting positions were determined by the order of the race speeds in round one and Urry once again secured the pole position. The race featured a double res-start due to contact in the GT category but the delays had no effect on Urry. Once the action started in earnest, Urry masterfully led the stable up the 133-foot climb into turn one and around the 20 turn, 3.41-mile circuit. Maximizing the power and handling of the Porsche 991, Urry very quickly gapped the field, he made no mistakes and dominated the 50-minute race enroute to his first Porsche GT Cup victory. “It feels amazing to take my first Porsche GT Cup win. Last year was a bit frustrating missing the top step of the podium, so today, to win in the first weekend is very satisfying. I hope to be here many more times. I have a great team in Tyler (Tadevic) and TruSpeed and incredible support with SecurityNational and Avasis, I am proud to share this with them.”
Continuity and momentum are two ingredients for success in motorsports. Urry shared a lot of success with his team, TruSpeed Autosport in his 2015 rookie campaign. He chose to carry the momentum into 2016 by returning to the California based squad. Team owner Tyler Tadevic commented on Urry’s maiden victory, “I am super proud to get our first win and get that monkey off our back. It’s been a long time coming.” He continued, “Sloan drove like a champion out there this weekend. He’s calm and focused but extremely driven. He deserved this win and I am stoked for him, the team and our partners. We had a big group of sponsors here in Austin this weekend and it is especially rewarding to celebrate with them.”
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TruSpeed Autosport will be back in action this weekend with another double-header on the streets of St. Petersburg, Florida. The Grand Prix of St. Petersburg kicks off Friday, March 11th. Follow Sloan live on Facebook and twitter @sloanurryracing and at www.sloanurryracing.com. Follow live timing and scoring and video at www.world-challenge.com.