Parker Thompson Earns Top-Five Finishes as Carrera Cup North America Debuts in Sebring

Parker Thompson Earns Top-Five Finishes as Carrera Cup North America Debuts in Sebring

SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY – SEBRING, FL
The inaugural season of Carrera Cup North America kicked off this weekend in Sebring, Florida. With the debut of the series and a brand new Porsche 992 Cup car, Parker Thompson returned to sportscars, driving the #9 Pro class entry of JDX Racing. Amidst the unknowns of the new series and race car Thompson would earn 4th and 5th-place overall finishes – a solid start to what is expected to be an intensely competitive season series.

After a 2020 campaign on the Road to Indy with Indy Pro 2000, the weekend in Sebring marked Thompson’s first opportunity in sportscar racing since 2019, when he first joined JDX Racing in the GT3 Cup Challenge USA. With the highest hopes for the 2021 Carrera Cup North America season, Thompson and JDX Racing had tempered expectations for the opening weekend at Sebring International Raceway. Adjustments were required all around as both team and driver came to terms with the new 992 race car and Michelin slick tire. In practice and qualifying sessions, Thompson found himself slightly off the pace of the field leaders. He would start Race 1 from 7th position and Race 2 from 8th.

During race action Thompson discovered a new pace, climbing from fourth-row starting positions to challenge for the podium. In Race 2, the action was most intense. Off the start Thompson quickly moved up, engaging in an extended three-way battle for 3rd position, chasing Leh Keen and Riley Dickinson. Making multiple passing attempts, Thompson put intense pressure on Keen. The close battle ended when lap traffic came between the two, creating a gap that could not be closed before the checkered flag flew.

With the first of eight race weekends (two of 16 rounds) on the books, Thompson holds fifth-place in the overall championship standings. Rounds three and four are scheduled for the weekend of May 21 at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park. With almost two months to prepare, Thompson is looking to solidify his championship push as the series makes the first of two visits to his home country of Canada.

 

Parker Thompson
“It was an absolute team effort from a great group of people to make our first round of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America such a success. There was some adversity that both the JDX team and I had to overcome but to come away with two top 5’s with our No. 9 Byers Porsche entry is a testament to everyone coming together and performing. From our ownership, engineering, and mechanics by all accounts we made a great start to 2021. This would never have been possible without the involvement of some incredible sponsors. Special thanks to Porsche Cars Canada Ltd., Surgere, and the team at JDX Racing – Byers Porsche and Renier Construction. Now it’s time to carry this momentum into the rest of the season!”

Images credit Mark Riehle – Mint Photos

IMSA 2021 CARRERA CUP NORTH AMERICA – Rounds 1 & 2, Sebring International Raceway

Porsche Canada Supports Parker Thompson in new Carrera Cup North America

Porsche Canada Supports Parker Thompson in new Carrera Cup North America

TORONTO, ON

Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. (PCL) renews its engagement in supporting motorsport and young Canadian talent in the new North American-wide one-make series that is starting for the first time in 2021, with eight event rounds. Joining the newest Porsche racing series is Parker Thompson, the vice-champion from the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, where he drove as a rookie.

“We are excited that the highly competitive Carrera Cup program is coming to North America for the first time and that the program is encouraging Canadian racing talent like Parker Thompson to challenge others on the grid in the all-new Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car,” said Marc Ouayoun, President and CEO, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. “Parker displayed his skills well in his rookie season in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, where he had four second-place finishes and a total of six podiums out of 12 races. He is determined for success with Porsche Motorsport one-make racing and we are happy to support by bringing additional awareness to his team’s efforts.”

“I’m thrilled to have been identified as a rising young talent to contend in the Porsche Carrera Cup North America this year and have Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. alongside my journey with the strong and dedicated JDX Racing team,” said Parker Thompson. “I’m excited for the season to get underway and to start chasing checkered flags and the top step of the podium!”

With the program in place to support developing racing talent, Parker will be competing under the JDX Racing banner with a clear vision and intention to win the series and further develop. The 22-year-old will wear the Canadian colours in one of the most competitive one-make series in North America. Parker will join many PCL events in 2021 with a clear objective to share his passion for Porsche Motorsport with brand fans. The Red Deer, AB, native will also join PCL at the upcoming Sports Cup program. The Porsche Sports Cup is a new program that is starting in 2021 in Canada where customers will be able to experience their Porsche road cars at the three main racetracks across Canada: Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Circuit Mont-Tremblant, and Area 27, in events designed to develop driving skills and track driving capabilities in a competitive, yet safe environment, organized by Porsche. More news on the program will be available shortly.

About Carrera Cup North America
Porsche Carrera Cup is recognized as one of the preeminent one-make racing series in the world, and with the North American series starting this year, a total of 21 iterations exist globally. The highly competitive reputation is due in no small part to the emphasis placed directly on driver skill, as every single car competing is identical.

About the 911 GT3 Cup
From the start of the 2021 season, the new 911 GT3 Cup car will be campaigned in various Carrera Cup programs globally. The spectacularly styled Cup car is the first racing version based on the current 992-generation and the first makes-cup racer of the sports car manufacturer to feature a wide turbo-spec body. Producing around 510 hp, it exceeds the output of its immediate predecessor by 25 horsepower.

About Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd.
Established in 2008, Porsche Cars Canada, Ltd. (PCL) is the exclusive importer and distributor of the Porsche 911, 718 Boxster and 718 Cayman, Taycan, Panamera, as well as Cayenne and Macan. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, since 2017, PCL employs a team of more than 50 in sales, aftersales, finance, marketing, retail development, and public relations. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience in keeping with the brand’s 70-year history of leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency. In 2019, a Parts Distribution Centre opened its doors in Mississauga to service the countrywide network of 21 Porsche Centres. PCL is the dedicated subsidiary of Porsche AG, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2020, Porsche sold 7,402 units in Canada.

 

IMSA Carrera Cup North America

2021 SEASON SCHEDULE

Mar. 17 – 20      Sebring International Raceway
May 20 – 23.    Canadian Tire Motorsport Park
Jun. 24 – 27      Watkins Glen International
Jul. TBA            Toronto Indy
Aug. 06 – 08    Road America
Aug. 20 – 22     Virginia International Raceway
Sep. TBA           TBA
Oct. 06 – 09     Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta

For more information visit the official series site at https://porschecarreracup.us.