GT4 America SprintX Racers Set for Showdown at Portland International Raceway

5 July 2019 SprintX, SprintX W
NOLASPORTs' Hart/Travis Look to Continue Podium Parade in Portland

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – GT4 America SprintX and SprintX West teams and drivers are set to return to action July 12-14 at Portland International Raceway's 12-turn 1.945-mile road course. Twenty entries piloting machinery from 10 of the world's top manufacturers will compete in a pair of two-driver, 60-minute races.

In Pro/Am SprintX, NOLASPORT's team of Jason Hart and Matt Travis have had a dominating season thus far in their #47 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR. In the eight races leading up to Portland, the team has not finished off the podium compiling five wins, one second and two thirds. The duo is tied for the lead in overall driver championship points coming into the weekend with 173 and have led NOLASPORT and Porsche to the top of the team and manufacturer championship standings respectively.

Looking to close a 30-point gap this weekend is the Pro/Am team of Gregory Liefooghe and Sean Quinlan in the #19 Stephen Cameron Racing BMW M4 GT4. Liefooghe and Quinlan have helped Stephen Cameron Racing slot into second in the team championship standings and BMW into second in the manufacturer's championship standings.
Jarett Andretti, the son of versatile driver John Andretti and nephew to team principal Michael Andretti, will partner with Colin Mullan in the #36 Andretti Autosport McLaren 570S GT4. Andretti sits fourth in the driver's championship coming into the weekend.

Flying Lizard Motorsports brings their #21 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR to Oregon with the Pro/Am team of Robby Foley and Michael Dinan sharing driving duties. Foley and Dinan sit tied for fifth in the driver championship standings.

Completing the Pro/Am field is the Ramsey Racing/EXR Team by Premat duo of Alexandre Premat and Mark Ramsey in the #592 Mercedes-AMG GT4.

In the SprintX Am class, driver championship points leaders Preston Calvert and Matthew Keegan have scored three wins this season. They will pilot the #51 Team Panoz Racing Panoz Avezzano GT. The popular Panoz Racing team competing in honor of its namesake, Dr. Don Panoz, who passed away shortly after the 2018 season sits third in the team championship standings and third in the manufacturer's standings.

John Allen and Kris Wilson driving the #16 Auto Technic Racing BMW M4 GT4 sit a mere two points behind the leaders coming into the weekend. The duo, who have stood on the podium six times this season (five second place finishes and one third), will look to score their first win of the season at Portland.

Rounding out the Am SprintX class is the Dexter Racing entry with Warren Dexter and Ryan Dexter piloting the #63 Ginetta G55; and Michael McAleenan and Jerold Lowe in the #8 Motorsports Maserati Grand Turismo MC GT4.

In the Pro/Am class for SprintX West, Harry Gottsacker and Jon Miller have only finished once outside of the top 3 in the six races completed to date (three wins, two seconds, and one fourth). The pair will drive the #28 ST Racing BMW M4 GT4. ST Racing's second team will feature Jason Wolfe and Samantha Tan in the team's #38 BMW M4 GT4 – Wolfe and Tan sit tied for third with 82 points.

Looking to chase down the leaders is the #5 USRD Audi R8 LMS GT4 team of Casey Dennis and Jeff Bader – the duo sit 35 points behind Gottsacker and Miller, and only six points in front of Wolfe and Tan. Rearden Racing's Owen Trinkler and Sarah Cattaneo will drive the #43 Audi R8 LMS GT4. The driver pairing sits in fourth place.

In the Sprint X West Am class, Rearden Racing's Vesko Kozarov and Jeff Burton sit atop the driver championship standings with 118 points. The duo has won four of the six races leading into Portland. They will drive the #91 Audi R8 LMS GT4.

Only five points behind the leaders are TRG - The Racers Group's Chris Bellomo and Kevin Woods. The team will look to add to their two wins in the #67 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR. TRG's second team features Ashland, Oregon native Derek DeBoer who will share duties with James Rappaport. Racing at his home track, DeBoer will look lead the #17 Porsche 718 Cayman CS MR into victory circle.

Frank Gannett and Drew Staveley are set to run the #24 Ian Lacy Racing Ford Mustang GT4, while Bob Michaelian and a to-be-announced driving partner will pilot the #54 Racers Edge Motorsports Sin R1. Rounding out the SprintX West Am class is the #15 USRD Ginetta G55 entered for James Li and Will Wattanawongkiri and the #34 Murillo Racing Mercedes-AMG GT4 for Christian Szymczak and Kenny Murillo.

GT4 America SprintX and SprintX West teams and drivers get their first official track time starting with practice #1 on Friday, July 12 at 11:05 am PDT. Qualifying begins Saturday, July 13 at 9:35 am PDT, with the first SprintX race set for a green flag start later that day at 2:15 pm PDT.
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All SprintX races will be streamed live on gt4-america.com and via audio simulcast on SiriusXM satellite radio Ch. 383 (983 on the app). CBS Sports Network coverage for SprintX races at Portland airs July 28 at 4 pm EDT. Check your local listings for additional broadcast time and channel information.

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