For the second year, the Porsche Carrera Cup North America presented by the Cayman Islands will headline this weekend’s Porsche Sports Car Together Fest at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Rounds 13 and 14 of the second 16-race season of the world’s premier one-make racing series will feature 35 entrants across its three classes: Pro, Pro-Am and Am. Included in the list of Porsche racers is the legend of NASCAR Jeff Gordon, who grew up in nearby Pittsboro, Indiana.
With just four races remaining in its second season, championship battles are raging across all three classes.
A grid of 16 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racing cars make up the Pro class, the top category. The most recent weekend at Road America significantly narrowed the battle at the end of the series when points leader Kay van Berlo finished on the podium in race one and failed to finish race two in the Kelly-Moss Porsche No. . 3.
Instead, their most heated rivals, Trenton Estep, driving the #6 MDK Motorsports machine, and Parker Thompson in the #9 JDX Racing 911 GT3 Cup car, won both rounds respectively.
While the top three points leaders in the class are the only ones with wins on the season to date, just behind are Riley Dickinson in the No. 53 Kelly-Moss car and TJ Fischer in the No. 58 Topp Racing. Both are eager to get their first win in the hallowed halls of Indy.
Included in the Pro class is four-time NASCAR Cup Series champion Jeff Gordon, who will briefly come out of retirement to race the No. 24 Hendrick Performance Group Porsche.
The three-time Daytona 500 winner will be reunited with veteran and storied crew chief Ray Evernham. It’s the first time the championship-winning combination has come together since 1999.
Gordon will compete in the Pro class, but will technically be considered an Invitational class driver and not eligible for Pro class championship points.
With 13 entries, the Pro-Am class has one of its largest field of the season. Like the Pro class, Road America shed more speculation on who would emerge champion at the Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta final in just over a month.
Just like last year, Alan Metni remains at the top of the leaderboard heading into the weekend, but with mounting pressure from behind. The three-time 2022 winner finished second in the first race at Road America, but his No. 99 Kelly-Moss only scored five points in the second race after sustaining damage.
Behind him, after three straight wins, 2021 class champion Efrin Castro scored just a total of 14 points over the weekend in the No. 65 Kelly-Moss car.
This set the stage for Marco Cirone to add Road America’s two wins in the No. 84 Mark Motors Racing Porsche and move within 59 points of Metni. Curt Swearingin in the No. 17 ACI Motorsports Porsche sits fourth with a Matt Halcome rising through the top five.
The Am class has been the most active in trading point positions in recent rounds.
While the No. 43 MDK Motorsports Porsche of Mark Kvamme controlled the start of the season, missing rounds nine and ten pushed the motorsports veteran but Carrera Cup rookie out of the top spot.
Bill Smith’s two wins in the No. 42 Topp Racing Porsche put the Dallas resident in the lead. However, an injury at home forced Smith to miss Road America.
Returning to form with two wins at Road America, Kvamme moved back into first place and a second-place finish from John Goetz moved the No. 57 Wright Motorsports Porsche into second place entering Indy.
The event will not only see Porsche’s one-make racing series, including four Porsche Sprint Challenge North America races from Yokohama, but all things Porsche. The Labor Day weekend festival will celebrate the German sports car manufacturer’s long history of high-performance road and race cars, along with on-track activities for families and fans of all ages.
Carrera Cup Race 1 at The Brickyard will receive the green flag on Saturday at 3:15 pm ET. Race 2 will kick off at 1:30 pm ET on Sunday as the final competition of the Sports Car Together Fest.