Thompson Closes In On Carrera Cup Championship During Volatile Action At IMS

Thompson Closes In On Carrera Cup Championship During Volatile Action At IMS

Indianapolis, IN

Carrera Cup North America presented by Cayman Islands, was the highlight of Sports Car Together Fest in an all-Porsche weekend on the 2.5-mile Indianapolis Motor Speedway road course. Thirty-five Porsche 992 Cup cars joined the weekend as drivers in three classes contended in rounds 13 and 14 of the season championship. Parker Thompson and the No. 9 Pro-class entry of JDX Racing, Shell Tap-Up, Surgere, Byers Porsche, Renier Construction, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and SSi Artificial Lift showed one of their strongest performances of the season. The twenty-four-year-old Indianapolis resident demonstrated great pace, earning the pole position during Qualifying and a win in Saturday’s Race 1. 

With the season nearing its end and the overall championship within reach for multiple drivers, competition in the series was at maximum intensity all weekend. While Thompson never showed the best pace during practice sessions on Friday, when Qualifying launched on Saturday morning, he was the best of the group. By a margin of only seven-thousandths of a second, Thompson and the white, red, and yellow No. 9 car earned the first place starting position for Race 1 that afternoon. 

Thompson capitalized on his pole position in that race and carried the lead from start to finish. Behind him, tight racing entangled other drivers. After an incident of contact and a penalty among the top five, Thompson took maximum advantage of the twenty-seven points he earned for his performance. With the weekend half complete, the native Canadian momentarily climbed into the top spot in the season’s championship standings.

Action in Race 2 on Sunday afternoon did not show Thompson the same favor. On the second lap, the No. 9 was hit from behind when a trailing car experienced brake failure at the end of the 170 mph front straight. A glancing blow destroyed the left rear wheel and tire of Thompson’s Porsche, ending his race early.  

With zero points earned in the second of two races, Thompson surrendered much of the advantage he gained early in the weekend. However, a growing amount of parity among drivers draws the championship race closer than ever. Thompson is just eleven points off the lead and will look to finish on top with a dominant performance in the season’s finale at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on September 28 and 29.


Parker Thompson

“A tremendous weekend here at Sports Car Together Fest with Porsche! We had a great group of people on site here, and the whole crew had an incredible time. Indianapolis Motor Speedway has always treated me well, and it certainly did that again here in Race 1. I need to give tonnes of credit to our partners off the track, Shell Tap Up, Surgere, Byers Porsche, Renier Construction, SSi Artificial Lift, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and especially my engineer Luke and the team at JDX Racing. The No. 9 was on rails. I had complete confidence in my ability to win here this weekend. Unfortunately, in Race 2 we got collected by another driver, and our day ended early. Sometimes that’s racing. There was nothing I could do. The big thing is that we are in a better position than we were when the weekend started. We knew this season would come down to the final two races at Road Atlanta. We’ll be ready.”

Images credit Bob Chapman / Autosport Image

Event Results

ROUNDS 13 & 14 – Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Qualifying – Official (PDF)
Race 1 – Provisional (PDF)
Race 2 – Provisional (PDF)
Championship Standings – Provisional (PDF)

Complete results are available at

Thompson Overcomes Challenges in Qualifying To Finish 5TH in Indy Pro 2000 Races In Indianapolis Grand Prix

Thompson Overcomes Challenges in Qualifying To Finish 5TH in Indy Pro 2000 Races In Indianapolis Grand Prix

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – This weekend at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Parker Thompson undertook races 3 and 4 of the 2019 Indy Pro 2000 Championship. As the Championship leader and race lap record holder going into the weekend, all the pressure was on Parker. After struggling in practice and qualifying, Thompson was forced to start both races near the back of the grid. During race action however, he was able to make up a significant number of positions, finishing fifth place in both races. He is currently second in the overall championship standings.

Wet conditions, and an alternator failure significantly impacted testing and set-up for the Abel Motorsports team in only their second Indy Pro 2000 event, and first event at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. When Thompson entered Friday’s qualifying sessions, he had managed only one lap in the first official test session, and never showed the pace necessary to run with the top cars. He would qualify for the weekend’s races in 12th and 13th positions. 

At the drop of the green flag, Thompson demonstrated the race craft which put him on the top step of the podium in the first two races of this 2019 season. In the races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, he made up a total of 15 positions, finishing in 5th place for both races.

Thompson’s performance during race action made him the biggest mover of the weekend. In comparison, Nikita Lastochkin, Antonio Serravalle, and teammate Jacob Abel all tied for second spot in this statistic, each gaining six positions during race action. Thompson more than doubled that number.

The end results of the weekend show Thompson swapping positions in the overall Indy Pro 2000 championship standings with Rasmus Lindh. After his dominant performance in St. Petersburg, Thompson is currently in 2nd position, just eleven points back from the Swedish native. There are twelve events remaining in the Indy Pro 2000 Championship.

IndyCar is the end goal. I’ve had my sights on it ever since I started racing cars. Many of my experiences suggest that I already have the skills to pilot the big cars, but auto racing is often about more than performance behind the wheel. At every level, it is a team sport that requires involvement from a big group of people both on and off the track. For now my focus is set on the second stop of the Indy Pro 2000 series. I had a great weekend in St. Petersburg with Abel Motorsports, and I’d love the opportunity to repeat that in Indianapolis this May.” – Parker Thompson