On both Saturday and Sunday, SprintX GTS championship points leaders Riddle and Wilson (in the No. 07 RingCentral/Adobe Road Winery Aston Martin V8 Vantage) went head to head with runners-up Derek DeBoer and Jason Alexandridis (No. 09 LaSalle Solutions/BRM Chronographes/Rebounderz Rohnert Park/Racing for Cancer/Pirata Della Strada/Simon Ward car). The driver pairs often battled against each other in a total of 24 cars, which included TRG-AMR drivers George Kurtz/Kenton Koch, Craig Lyons/Thomas Merrill, and Brandon Davis/Greg Milzcik. The latter pair, in the No. 77 Wolfwood Refuge/That Newfoundland Place car, earned the fastest times in practice and took 5th in both GTS races.
The hardworking crew deserves extra special recognition for their work on the No. 04 Crowdstrike Vantage. George Kurtz got spun around during Saturday’s SprintX race and was hit hard by the car that followed. The Aston sustained very heavy damage and It looked like his and co-driver Koch’s race weekend was completely over. However, the TRG crew worked late into the night to make the car safe to race for Kurtz’ GTS and SprintX races on Sunday. They pulled it off, and the No. 04 was able to make it to the next morning’s GTS race. However, a few gremlins popped up in the first lap, and the car was returned to the paddock for repairs in advance of the afternoon’s SprintX race. There, Koch took the opening stint and pushed the car to the maximum, achieving the Hard Charger award for surpassing eight competitors.
“A huge congratulations to all of the drivers, of course. It was the first pro racing weekend for Craig Lyons and the second for Greg Milzcik, and they pulled it off! Craig was laying down some unbelievable lap times, and once again, Greg showed the racing fortitude that he always has, just like when he ran the Le Mans Festival race and was flying down the Mulsanne. Each had great coaches and co-drivers – Thomas Merrill and Brandon Davis – and they put together two good teams here. George Kurtz surprised everyone with his pace (he’s fast!) and he and Kenton were definitely destined for a podium! Derek and Jason fought hard all year and had a real run at the championship right up until the end. They drove strong and hard and smart and were a formidable duo along with Derek’s big win at Road America. Major congratulations to Max for his win in the drivers championship and for Kris Wilson and everybody else’s contribution to our team’s championship title. Max drove like a pro all year, made no mistakes, and deserved this one. This is one of the best groups of people we have had together all season, and I am so looking forward to 2017 with everything going on and some cool new programs coming on board. Thank you to our friends at LaSalle Solutions, RingCentral and Crowdstrike for your partnership throughout the year – we couldn’t have done it without you!”
– GTS: Alexandridis (P9)
– SprintX GTS: Riddle/Wilson (P2), DeBoer/Alexandridis (P4), Milzcik/Davis (P5), Lyons/Merrill (P7), Kurtz/Koch (DNF)
– GTS: Milzcik (P15), Kurtz (DNF), Riddle (DNF), Alexandridis (DNF)
– SprintX GTS: Wilson/Riddle (P2), Davis/Milczik (P5), Alexandridis/DeBoer (P6), Merrill/Lyons (P7), Koch/Kurtz (P11)