Benitez Adds Another Notch To His Belt

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IMSA and Porsche have signed a multi-year extension to continue sanctioning of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. (IMSA Photo)
Angel Benitez Jr. leads the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama field Saturday afternoon at Road America. (IMSA Photo)
Angel Benitez Jr. leads the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama field Saturday afternoon at Road America. (IMSA Photo)

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. – Angel Benitez Jr. won round five of Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut back in May, but he never got to defend his win in round six because it was rained out.

That chance finally came Sunday with the addition of a third race to the regularly scheduled rounds 11 and 12 at Road America, and the Venezuelan picked up right where he had left off at Lime Rock Park, taking the Platinum Cup win for the fourth time this season.

“We found something on the car just at the last minute, right after qualifying for the Road America races,” Benitez Jr. said. “It was disappointing for rounds 11 and 12, but for the Lime Rock rescheduled race we knew we would start third with a good car.”

Benitez took the lead on lap two in his 911 Porsche GT3 Cup car, and never looked back. A caution on lap 12 bunched the field back up again, but he still beat second-place finisher Jesse Lazare to the checkered flag by .787 of a second.

“I just stuck to my plan, staying focused on getting this podium,” Benitez said. “I have to thank Porsche, my dad, Formula Motorsport and Avid Motorsports for all of their help. They support me even in the bad situations. I am more than happy to give them this win as a gift for all of the hard work they do for me.”