Quick turnaround for PT Autosport with JDX Racing as the team heads to Watkins Glen

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Quick turnaround for PT Autosport with JDX Racing as the team heads to Watkins Glen

Driver Alex Sedgwick and the team continue to focus on securing that elusive first win

MILLVILLE, NJ (17 June 2024) – Just two weeks ago, PT Autosport with JDX Racing and the rest of the Porsche Carrera Cup North America contested a pair of races on the tight confines of the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal. In contrast, this week they head to the wide-open speed demon that is Watkins Glen International, looking to capture that elusive first victory.

With two fourth place finishes in Montreal, 25-year-old Warwickshire, UK native Alex Sedgwick now lies in third position in series points. Team principal Jason Myers knows that the long-awaited first series win for the No. 98 PT Autosport Porsche 911 GT3 Cup Car will not only help move the team up in the standings but will raise his profile in the IMSA paddock.

“We are really excited to be headed to historic Watkins Glen again,” said Myers. “Alex did really well here last year and we are hoping for a similar performance from the No. 98 this time around. It’s going to be great being with the full IMSA show again, purely for selfish reasons of getting to see the WeatherTech GTP machines roaring around such an iconic track! Alex is only 28 points behind the championship leader, solidly in P3 and still fighting for the championship. I believe in the second half of the season we are going to see his patience and tenacity pay off exponentially.”

Last week, Sedgwick reflected on his mindset going into Watkins Glen last year, his third race weekend in the series. Coming off a podium at Miami, he finished fourth in race one and fifth in race two – his best weekend finish to date in 2023. Obviously, expectations are very different this year.

“I was happy with that finish last year, but if I finish fourth and fifth this year, I will be a bit sad,” smiled Sedgwick. “We tested well there, and JDX has always had fast cars there, so I think we’re good in terms of setup:  I was much closer in testing this year than I was last year. We like the street circuits, don’t get me wrong, but we’re also really happy to get back to a proper road course – and one that’s such a high commitment circuit. You have to have confidence in the car at high speed, in placing the car through the corners and over the curbs. I like those kinds of tracks, rather than the stop-and-start, low speed circuits. And it’s a good track to race on, especially around the Bus Stop – it’s all about rhythm and hitting your marks. It’s possible to pressure people into mistakes which gives you more passing opportunity than you have at other tracks.”

Watkins Glen continues to grow and improve, and this year is no different. After a complete repave of the track in 2015, the track has added new curbing to the inside of the bus stop entry – known as “sausage” curbs. What does Sedgwick make of the new development?

“I don’t think the new curbs should affect us that badly – at least I hope not. We ride higher and don’t have as much aero as, say, the prototypes, but we will definitely need to be more precise in our placement going into the corner.”

The Porsche Carrera Cup North America doubleheader takes place this weekend as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen race weekend. Race one takes the green flag Friday at 4:20 p.m. EDT, with race two Saturday at 11:00 a.m. The race will be broadcast live in the U.S., on IMSA.tv, the NBC Peacock streaming app and PorscheCarreraCup.us.

PT Autosport would like to thank partners STEAM Sports Foundation, Classic Car Club Manhattan and New Jersey Motorsports Park, as well as JDX Racing partners Byers/Porsche Columbus, and Renier Construction.