Thompson Ends 2019 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship Campaign

Thompson Ends 2019 IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA Championship Campaign

RED DEER, ALBERTA

Effective for Rounds 7 & 8 this weekend at Watkins Glen International Circuit, Parker Thompson will cease involvement with the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA and team JDX Racing in this 2019 season. He does so, having completed six races in the series, placing on the podium five times, and winning one race. He leaves the championship, currently holding second place in the overall standings. 

The decision comes as Thompson is forced to balance an abundance of opportunities in racing. The 21-year-old driver from Red Deer, Alberta remains committed to three other series across the continent: the GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Toronto’s SCB Racing, the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC) with Speedstar Motorsport, and Indy Pro 2000 presented by Cooper Tire with Abel Motorsports. An established driver on the Road to Indy, Thompson is currently second in the Indy Pro 2000 standings, and involved in a tight battle for the nearly $600,000 USD scholarship prize.

“As the Indy Pro 2000 championship battle heats up, it is clear that I need to devote more of my focus to that series, and the opportunity to advance in the open wheel rankings. With that in mind, I regret that I am unable to continue my partnership with JDX Racing and the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA series. It has been an absolute honor to pilot the #3 Porsche GT3 of JDX Racing / Hertz / Byers Porsche. Jeremy Dale at JDX Racing, Kevin King at Byers Porsche and the entire crew at the track have been incredible partners. This team gave me my introduction to sports car racing, and I’m so thankful for that opportunity. I’ve been fortunate to find myself with many great opportunities in racing this season. I wish them all the best in the future.” -Parker Thompson

Next Events

JUN 29 – 30, 2019– CTCC Race 5 & 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON
JUL. 06 – 07, 2019– Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada – CTMP, Bowmanville, ON
JUL. 12 – 14, 2019– Indy Pro 2000 & Porsche GT3 Cup – Streets of Toronto, ON

Strong Performances Continue for Thompson in Continental GT3 Cup Weekend at Montreal F1

Strong Performances Continue for Thompson in Continental GT3 Cup Weekend at Montreal F1

CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE – MONTREAL, QUEBEC

Contenders of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge across the continent gathered in Montreal this weekend as both the Canada and USA branches of the one make series participated in the Canadian Formula 1 Grand Prix event. Thirty-five cars packed the famed 4.3km Gilles Villeneuve Circuit for two races. Parker Thompson ran near the front of the field all weekend, and lead much of Race 2. The final results put him on the podium for Race 1. A twenty-nine second penalty for contacting another car during race 2 negated his third place finish and dropped him to 12th after the race conclusion.

Driving the #3 entry of SCB Racing and Porsche Center Victoria, Thompson was able to simultaneously score points in the GT3 Cup Canada series and the GT3 Cup USA series where he regularly competes with JDX Racing. With the weekend’s result he holds second place in the overall championship standings in both countries.

The top two spots in both Canada and the USA, show Thompson trailing series veteran Roman DeAngelis, winner of both of the weekend’s races. As a newcomer not only to Porsche GT3 Cup, but sports car racing as a whole, Thompson has surprised people on and off the track with his ability to adapt to the series. Qualifying results on Saturday placed him in the second position for the start of both races. When the green flag dropped, he further demonstrated the pace we have seen from him all season.

In Race 1 Saturday afternoon, Thompson held second from the race start to the fall of the checkered flag. With more than half of the race being driven under a full course caution, he never found a real opportunity to challenge the leader.

Race 2 on Sunday showed more drama. Thompson took the lead on the opening lap, and found himself engaged in a tight battle with DeAngelis. Thompson would hold his lead for 5 laps, before a mistake in the critical hairpin corner cost him two positions. In the remaining laps, Thompson was tightly engaged with American racer Riley Dickenson. The two traded places multiple times before the race was red-flagged after multiple collisions among the field back markers. Thompson was in the third position at the race end, but a virtual drive through penalty equivalent to 29 seconds was later assessed for making contact with Dickenson’s car. The final Race 2 results scored him 12th overall – 7th in the Canadian group, and 6th among competitors of the USA series.

“I’m happy with our overall pace on the track this weekend, but disappointed to be leaving points on the table. Ultimately, I made a couple of mistakes that put me in a position where we were more vulnerable to our competitors. With 35 cars in the field, all of the same spec, there is certainly going to be some tight racing. There is not much room for error.  I’m so thankful for the support of SCB Racing who came together with our partners in America, JDX Racing, to make this result possible. We are having a lot of fun. This #3 SCB Racing / Porsche Center Victoria car looks fantastic with its classic livery. We’ve enjoyed playing that up. Racing is it’s best when it can put on a good show. We certainly did that this weekend!” – Parker Thompson 

Thompson’s busy race season continues in two weeks’ time when he returns to Indy Pro 2000 at Road America circuit in Wisconsin. After starting this 2019 Road to Indy Championship series with a bang, dominating the opening two races, Thompson has since struggled to find a winning pace. That has been only a minor detraction from a year of racing that has otherwise been filled with great achievements. Between Porsche GT3 Cup Canada and USA, Indy Pro 2000, and the Canadian Touring Car Championship, the young Alberta native has already raced 17 times this season. In those races he has seven wins and thirteen podiums.

Images Credit: Sandile Magadlela - 778-951-3984 - sandile@mgdla.com - @_mgdla

Montreal F1 Grand Prix Weekend – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada & USA Results

Qualifying (pdf)
Race 1 Results – USA Round 5, Canada Round 3 (pdf)
Race 2 Results – USA Round 6, Canada Round 4 (pdf)

Overall Standings USA (pdf)
Overall Standings Canada (pdf)

 

Next Events

JUN. 20 – 22, 2019 – Indy Pro 2000 Race 6 & 7 – Road America, WI
JUN. 28 – 29, 2019 – Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA – Watkins Glen International, NY
JUN 29 – 30, 2019 – CTCC Race 5 & 6 – Shannonville Motorsport Park, ON

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Commences with a Busy Weekend for Parker Thompson

Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada Commences with a Busy Weekend for Parker Thompson

CANDADIAN TIRE MOTORSPORTS PARK – TORONTO, ONTARIO

Thompson boldly kicked off the new race season in Canada this weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park. The 21-year-old driver from Red Deer, Alberta competed in four races as part of two different series that joined the annual Victoria Day Speedfest weekend at the Toronto area racetrack. In those four races, Thompson earned four podiums. In the Canadian Touring Car Championship (CTCC), he dominated the weekend, taking the Audi R8 LMS GT4 of Speedstar Motorsport to two overall victories. In the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada, Thompson earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish. That result puts him only 1 point back of the lead in the overall championship points standings.

As expected of the popular one-make series, the opening races of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada were tightly contested. An incident in Saturday morning’s qualifying cut the session short, leaving multiple drivers unhappy with their starting positions for race one. Thompson would start in second position. Over the course of the race he applied good pressure on leader, Jeff Kingsley, but was not able to execute a pass. The two crossed the finish line with a comfortable margin over 3rdplace Marco Cirone.

The starting line-up for Race 2 put Thompson in the fifth position. Intense battles with Marco Cirone, Jeff Kingsley, and Patrick Dussault saw Thompson make his way up to second position. Heavy rain would fall, ending the race before he had any chance to challenge for the lead. The excitement of Thompson’s dramatic performance was tempered somewhat post-race when he was penalized one position for making a pass outside of track limits. The final result was third place.

After combining point totals for both races, Thompson holds second place in the overall championship standings, just one point behind race 2 winner Roman DeAngelis. The two drivers are also first in second in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA standings. Having shared the track for six races so far this year, Thompson and DeAngelis are demonstrating the tight competition that the GT3 Cup series is renowned for.

The performance puts an exclamation mark on what has been a commanding start to Thompson’s 2019 season. Thompson has been racing south of the border since March when the Indy Pro 2000 season commenced in St. Petersburg, Florida. He joined Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA shortly after. Thompson is in contention for championship titles in those two series. After this weekend, he is set up to challenge for the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada as well.

Parker Thompson
“I’m so fortunate to have the opportunity to work with SCB Racing and their partners. Not too long ago, I had never even considered the possibility of joining the series. Now I am very excited about my chance to contend for the overall Championship in Canada.”

Images Credit: Sandile Magadlela - 778-951-3984 - sandile@mgdla.com - @_mgdla

Thompson Joins SportsCarBoutique to Take on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

Thompson Joins SportsCarBoutique to Take on the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO – Parker Thompson is excited to announce that he will join the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada with Toronto based SportsCarBoutique. Thompson will pilot the #3 Platinum Cup entry. He will join the team this weekend as the season begins with two races included in the Victoria Day Speedfest Weekend held at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, outside of Toronto.  

Thompson, an experienced open-wheel racer, expanded into sports cars this year. Early in this season, he has competed in Indy Pro 2000 on the Road to Indy. Thompson has also raced in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA. In both series, he is currently sitting 2nd in overall championship points standings, after four races. 

Now in its 9th season of competition, SportsCarBoutique has a clear goal in mind: winning the 2019 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Championship! Over the past seasons, SportsCarBoutique has coached and introduced young Canadian talents to the series, and is proud to work with Parker Thompson. 

Parker Thompson
“In my limited experience with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge, I’ve come to really appreciate both the race car and the competitors in the series. I’m looking forward to joining the team at SportsCarBoutique. Many thanks to team principal Ilker Starck for making this opportunity possible. I intend to work hard and continue the success that I’ve had in this series south of the border.”  

Ilker Starck – SportsCarBoutique Team Principal
“We love the sport, the series and most of all these Porsche Cup cars. Over the past few years we have established ourselves as a team that introduces and supports talented young race car drivers.”

 

Porsche GT3 Cup Race #1 & #2 – Event Schedule

Castrol Victoria Day Speedfest at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park, Ontario

Test Session 1 – Thursday May 16th, 2019, 8:50 – 9:30 EST
Test Session 2 – Thursday May 16th, 2019, 11:20 – 12:00 EST
Test Session 3 – Thursday May 16th, 2019, 14:30 – 15:10 EST
Practice Session 1 – Friday May 17th, 2019, 9:10 – 9:50 EST
Practice Session 2 – Friday May 17th, 2019, 13:35 – 14:15 EST
Qualifying – Saturday May 18th, 2019, 7:30 – 7:50 EST
*Race 1 – Saturday May 18th, 2019, 10:55 – 11:40 EST
*Race 2 – Sunday May 19th, 2019, 11:55 – 12:40 EST

Official Series Website
*Watch Live on IMSA.TV

Parker Thompson Signs with 2018 GT3 Cup Series Champions as the Driver of the #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche

Parker Thompson Signs with 2018 GT3 Cup Series Champions as the Driver of the #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche

LOVELAND, CO. – JDX Racing is excited to announce the signing of Open Wheel Standout Parker Thompson to drive the #3 JDX/Hertz/Byers Porsche in the IMSA GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama beginning this weekend at Barber Motorsports Park.

Parker, a 21 year-old from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada, began racing go-karts at the age of 8, quickly establishing himself as a racer who grabbed the attention of the entire karting community. At age 13, he was ranked 3rd in the world in Rotax Max karts. Entering open-wheel racing in 2015, Parker competed in the US F2000 series, claiming eleven Top-10 finishes in 16 starts. He would continue to craft his racing skills the next two seasons, capturing 25, Top-5 finishes in 30 starts. Following his dominating performance in the 2017 Canadian F1600 Super Series Championship Parker moved to The Road to Indy in 2018 where he managed to finish second in the overall Championship. Having twice finished second in the season championship, he’s more determined than ever to claim an overall Championship title.

Parker Thompson
“I haven’t been this excited to jump behind the wheel of a racecar in a very long time! It’s going to be a baptism by fire coming into a strong field in the Porsche GT3 Cup USA series with no prior experience, but I couldn’t have a better team behind me than the guys at JDX Racing. I’m extremely thankful for the faith that Jeremy Dale – plus the folks from Hertz and Byers – have put in me to create this amazing opportunity. I look forward to working hard with the #3/JDX Racing/Hertz/Byers Porsche crew to pick up where they left off last year.”

Jeremy Dale- Managing Partner / JDX Racing:
“Parker is a perfect fit for JDX Racing and the IMSA Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama Championship. I can’t say how excited and proud we are to have him driving the #3/Hertz/Byers Porsche in 2019. He’s a proven winner with a huge amount of talent. There’s a hugely competitive atmosphere in the GT3 Cup paddock and I know Parker’s work ethic and enthusiasm will keep us at the top of the field. We can’t wait to get to Barber next week and get to work.”

About JDX Racing:
Founded in 2008 and based outside of Denver, CO, JDX Racing represents the very best in professional motorsports. Competing in the IMSA sports car series, JDX Racing campaigns cars in eight events throughout North America. JDX Racing features world-class drivers, outstanding crew members and dynamic marketers from Champ Car, IndyCar, NASCAR, ALMS and the Champ Car Atlantic Championship series. For more information, follow JDX Racing on Facebook, on Twitter and on Instagram.

Follow Byers Porsche on Facebook at https://facebook.com/byersporsche

 

Event Schedule

Barber Motorsports Park

Practice 1 – Friday April 5th, 2019, 10:35-11:05 AM EST
Practice 2 – Friday April 5th, 2019, 2:50-3:35 PM EST
Qualifying – Saturday April 6th, 2019, 11:15-11:30 AM EST
Race 1 – Saturday April 6th, 2019, 2:40-3:40 PM EST
Race 2 – Sunday April 7th, 2019, 12:45-1:40PM EST

Official Series Website
Watch Live on IMSA.TV