Skeer & Lazare Take Fight To Road America

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Elliott Skeer, front, and Jesse Lazare, second, have been locked in a fierce fight for the Platinum Cup championship all season. (IMSA photo)
Elliott Skeer, front, and Jesse Lazare, second, have been locked in a fierce fight for the Platinum Cup championship all season. (IMSA photo)
Elliott Skeer, front, and Jesse Lazare, second, have been locked in a fierce fight for the Platinum Cup championship all season. (IMSA photo)

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – One of the best title fights between two young auto racing stars in North America will continue Aug. 7-9 at Road America, as Elliott Skeer and Jesse Lazare resume the race for the Platinum Cup championship in Rounds 9-10 of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama.

Skeer and Lazare have been the main men in the Platinum Cup race since the opening two rounds of the season in mid-March at Sebring Int’l Raceway, where Lazare won and Skeer finished second in Rounds 1-2.

The two drivers have marched in lockstep for all seven rounds so far this season, with Skeer winning three races and Lazare two.

Skeer, 20, from Carlsbad, Calif., leads the series standings with 121 points in the No. 14 Wright Motorsports Porsche. Lazare, 18, from Montreal, is second with 114 points in the No. 21 Kelly-Moss Motorsports Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Challenge car.

Round nine will start at 5:25 p.m. (CT) Saturday, Aug. 7. Round 10 will begin at 11:15 a.m.Sunday, Aug. 8 on the fast, 14-turn, 4.048-mile circuit at Road America, the longest track on the schedule. Both rounds are 45 minutes each.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama championship produces intense, exciting racing for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world’s most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup. The series is in its 11th season in 2015.

Racing is divided into two classes – Platinum Cup, featuring the 2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, which is based on the seventh, and current, generation of the street car, and Gold Cup, which is comprised of the previous iteration (model years 2010-2013) of the race car. A Masters Championship also is conducted in Platinum and Gold classes. Each class is awarded with its own podium at the end of every race and individual champion at the end of every season. Points are awarded by finish in class.

The multi-class structure of the International Motor Sports Ass’n (IMSA)-sanctioned series teaches drivers essential skills for an eventual career in the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship or professional GT races worldwide.

Skeer regained the Platinum Cup points lead by sweeping Rounds 7 and 8 on July 10-12 at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (CTMP). He has finished off the podium only once this season, placing ninth in Round 6 on June 27 at Watkins Glen International after spinning on Lap 1 in a heavy downpour.

Lazare placed a disappointing third and fourth, respectively, in the two rounds at his home track at CTMP after winning there as a rookie last season. But he earned a victory last weekend at Road America in another Porsche series, boosting his confidence for the two Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama rounds this weekend.

The duel between Skeer and Lazare also is a clash of the best teams in the International Motor Sports Ass’n (IMSA)-sanctioned Single-Make Series over the last three seasons.

Wright Motorsports, based just east of Cincinnati in Batavia, Ohio, led Sean Johnston andMadison Snow to the Platinum Cup Drivers Championship in 2012 and 2013, respectively. Wright also won the Platinum Cup Team Championship in those seasons.

Kelly-Moss Motorsports, located just 110 miles southwest of Road America in Madison, Wisconsin, won the Platinum Cup Drivers and Team Championships in 2014 with driverColin Thompson.