ELKHART LAKE, Wisc. (August 8, 2017) - With two rounds of IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama competition on tap at Road America this weekend, Corey Fergus made the most of the event as the young American racer took two victories in the No. 00 US LED/Byers Imports/ AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology entry for his Moorespeed Motorsports squad.
Both of the 45- minute sprint races on the 4.048-mile, 14-turn circuit saw Fergus withstand fierce pressure from the championship leader, but the Ohio native kept his cool to take both victories and move up in the championship battle.
The double-victory weekend also saw Fergus, who works at a Porsche dealership when he isn't racing, mixing with some big time Porsche brass thanks to his accomplishments.
Saturday’s winning trophy was handed to him by Dr. Michael Steiner, Member of the Executive Board for Research and Development at Porsche AG, while on Sunday Fergus’ win was celebrated by Jens Walther, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsport North America.
"This was perfect, to start from the pole and win,” said Fergus. “It definitely wasn't easy, I had pressure from Jake (Eidson, championship leader). He stayed in my mirrors the whole time and was making me stay at the top of my game. When the yellow came out, that was definitely not my best moment there! We went side-by-side into turn one and both of us just hung on there. I think the key today was not making any mistakes. I just made sure to drive my line and hit my marks.”
The No. 00 earned its champagne celebrations as the AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology livery gleamed in Victory Lane.
"The AERO guys have given us the most beautiful looking car out there,” said Fergus. “The car is gorgeous and I love my partnership with them. Jim McGuire (AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology) is a great friend and I am really glad that he jumped on board with us again this year. We are looking forward to keeping this partnership going.”
The weekend also featured the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship at Road America, with the BMW RLL machines showing speed but missing out on a big result after some bad racing luck late in the race. Michael Shank Racing also rolled out with an incredible looking pair of Acura NSX GT3 machines with an amazing AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology livery. But the team also had some tough times during the event, suffering a cut tire and a late race crash as the squad will look forward to returning to race action at VIR at the end of the month.
One AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology team that was pleased post-race was the championship-leading No. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3 of Christina Nielsen, and Alessandro Balzan. The duo continued to show metronomic consistency and speed with a run to fifth place as they look to repeat as IMSA champions in 2017.
The No. 76 Alpha Clone ETF / AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology/ Pfaff McLaren / Race Day Foundation C360R McLaren GT4 of Matt Plumb and Paul Holton scored pole for the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge race. But the McLaren suffered an electrical issue during the rain-shortened race, leaving their teammates Matthew Keegan and Nico Rondet to lead the C360R charge with their run to fifth in the No. 77 AERO™ Advanced Paint Technology/ Misahara Jewelry McLaren GT4.