MISSION FOODS GT3 CUP TROPHY USA BY CAR AMIGO COMPLETES SUCCESFUL WEEKEND AT DAYTONA
(November 12, 2012)
Daytona Beach, Fla. -
Nov. 11, 2012 - The Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo rounded out
its sophomore season tackling the high banks and road course of the famed
Daytona International Speedway.
Twelve teams took to the track to compete for the top spot in the exclusive Porsche GT3 Cup Series.
Anthony Mantella, in the #7 Speed Merchant Porsche 997, rightfully claimed his podium finish with an impressive run. Anthony climbed from a third place start to a first place finish during race 1 with a best time of 1:52.728. "I have to thank Speed Merchants and Mission Foods for allowing us to race within their series," Mantella said. "I had a friendly battle and some contact with Orbit Racing but was able to break loose from them to clinch first." Brady Refenning in the #811 Mission Foods Porsche 997 battled his way from a fifth place start to a second place finish. Closing out the podium in third place was first-timer Gary Ball in the #591 Orbit Racing Porsche 997. The third round of the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo marked Ball's debut in competitive racing.
Marius Avemarg, in the #27 Orbit Racing Porsche Cup car, drove hard all race and brought home the win for his team. Marius started in the third position and kept moving forward to clinch first place. "I need to first thank Orbit Racing and Mission Foods for giving me this opportunity," Avemarg said. "I had some trouble yesterday with the car not being aero-efficient, but we worked hard on the car all day to get it back running smooth. Thanks to HSR and my parents for letting me race." Gary Ball visited the podium again, claiming second in his #591 Porsche 997 Cup car. Ball started Race 2 in the sixth position and worked his way toward the front of the field. On lap 3, a caution came out, and on the restart Gary worked his way to the front of the field by passing the #811 and taking the second position. "I love this kind of racing. This was a lot of fun, and I can't believe in my first race that I got two trophies," Ball said. Rounding out the top 3 was Brady Refenning in the #811 08 Porsche 997. Brady started in the fifth position and when the caution came out Brady was in the second position. On the restart, Brady lost the position to Ball who held off the rest of the field to bring home a podium finish. The season ended on a high note with its largest grid for 2012. Twenty four drivers competed throughout the season for bragging rights as the top Porsche driver of the Mission Foods GT3 Cup Trophy USA by Car Amigo. Series ambassador and driver Butch Leitzinger was also on hand in Daytona to ring out the season. Leitzinger competed in all rounds of the 2012 season. "It was good to close out the season with such a good event," said Leitzinger. "We had a great turnout and good, competitive cars. The drivers had a lot of enthusiasm, and we look forward to next year."
(November 17, 2013) Daytona Historics View Gallery »