Titles to be decided in both GT and GT4 America as the SRO finalises its accounts at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Wednesday, October 05, 2022

With the IMSA side of the North American GT racing equation already having settled their 2022 racing accounts last weekend with a Championship win apiece for the Heart of Racing and Volt Racing teams in the Weathertech Sportscar Championship and Michelin Pilot Challenge Series respectively, this weekend see’s the SRO trilogy of series conclude at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway circuit in the north-east quarter of the USA.

That means that the GT World Challenge America, GT4 America and GT America Series all wrap up their season of racing with multiple Aston Martin Racing powered crews in contention within the two GT4 based/split series but this time with a much-reduced AMR presence than usual.

Starting with the GT World Challenge America Series, the #12 Ian Lacey prepared AMR Vantage GT3 of Drew Staveley and Frank Gannett have called it a day on their second season within the series with their Aston Martin are not running in the last event which joins together again with running of (this time) the penultimate round of the Intercontinental GT Challenge.

After a winter rebuild following an incident for Gannett at the tail end of last season, the challenges of 2023 have still been there for the Pro-Am line up and some consistent finishes will see them finish twelfth in the Championship.

Then we get to the GT America Series for Bronze rated drivers compete amongst a split grid of GT3 and GT4 race cars for the final time this season.

The #2 GMG Racing AMR Vantage GT4 of reigning champion Jason Bell arrives with a slender two-point lead after the previous round from Sebring two weeks ago but with another four drivers with a mathematical chance of winning by the end of Sunday.

Three recent podium finishes for Moisey Uretsky in his #55 API prepared Aston Martin brings him back into contention, just seventeen points behind Bell and with the #50 Chouest Povoledo Racing AMR of Ross Chouest just one point behind him as well.

Recent performances seem to suggest that second placed Adam Adelson (Porsche) and Uretsky (third) are the ‘men of the hour’ after two DNF’s for Bell before he recovered with a P2 finish in the second race at Sebring to recover the Championship lead with just fifty more points being available.

Whilst Gray Newell returns with his #25 Heart of Racing AMR after sitting out Sebring because of his accident at Road America but we will not be seeing the #15 Bsport Racing AMR of Bryan Putt nor the #888 Zelus Motorsport AMR of Sean Whalen race again this season.

Finally, we have a similar circumstance within the GT4 America Series but with a sole Aston Martin of Elias Sabo and Andy Lee chasing down a thirty-one points deficit to the leading Nolasport Porsche crew of Scott Noble and Jason Hart with their 8# Flying Lizard prepared car.

Joining them in another reduced AMR present grid will be the #24 Heart of Racing car of Gray and Ian James, the #50 car of Chouest and Aaron Povoledo and the #55 API car of Uretsky and Justin Piscitell.

Similarly to the GT America Series, we will again not see the #2 GMG car of Bell and Andrew Davis as they concentrate solely on their GT America title defence, nor the #15 Bsport car of Putt and Kenton Koch nor the #888 car of Whalen and Matt Guiver.

Photo credits – Series / Teams
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