Porsche North America have completed their first visit to the Brickyard in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship by scoring a third place finish.
The podium finish for the #912 of Michael Christensen and Patrick Long was the highest since the 12 Hours of Sebring and was accomplished thanks to good strategy during numerous full course cautions.
Long said: “The last few races have been ones to forget and this is the best way to do that. I’ve had wins that didn’t feel this good. It is a short celebration and then heads down for Road America. The team showed tremendous persistence and they had great pit stops. We executed today. We made no mistakes and that is reminiscent of Sebring which was the last time we were up on the podium. I hope we build off of this.”
Thankfully thanks to a low downforce package developed by Porsche Team Manthey for the World Endurance Championship, the American counterparts made the most use of it on an Indy road course that rewards power over downforce.
For the sister #911 of Nick Tandy and Richard Lietz their time at the track was bittersweet as their 911 RSR suffered engine failure whilst in the lead of the class.
Tandy said: “The car was very good. We made a lot of ground in traffic and on the start, and restarts. The race was going perfectly. We had a great pit stop, we gained positions and time. Then we recognized an engine issue and we could not continue.”
For the last 911 RSR, the one of Team Falken Tire and drivers Wolf Henzler & Bryan Sellers, they were running strongly in the top five until extended repairs meant they ended up finishing ninth.
Porsche will unleash its pack of 911s again on August 10th as the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship reaches Road America.