Racing for a reason

SEBRING INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY - Historic Sportscar Racing, LTD. (HSR) held its last event of the year at the Sebring International Speedway. The four-day event ran from Thursday through Sunday and concluded with a four-hour race.

Over 200 cars participated over the course of four days, with 45 historical cars racing in the final race on Sunday.

In addition to the qualifying and races that were held over the four days, HSR used this as an opportunity to raise money for Huntington disease research in honor of former race car driver and champion John Paul Jr, who is suffering from the disease.

Though the disease has made it nearly impossible for Paul to travel, he was able to Skype during the festivities on Saturday.

James Redman, the General Manager for HSR, said that even though Paul physically is not doing well, he was in high spirits during the video conference.

Redman also stated that over $15,000 was raised in the selling of the John Paul Jr. poster and several donations that will be donated to UCLA Huntington's Disease Research.

In the final race, Paul's car, an 1981 935 Porsche JLP2, started the race in the final position as was moving up in the standings over the first few laps.

A few laps, unfortunately, would be the total as the car suffered engine problems and only completed 11 laps at Sunday's final race.

In the final race, Rich Grupp and Scott Spencer, driving a 93 Kudzo DG2 2500, may have posted the fastest lap of the day at 2:04.00, they would finish overall third and second in the WE Enduro group with 92 completed laps.

Gary Ball, driving 07 Porsche 997 GT3, drove a consistent race for an overall second place and first place in the Historic Enduro (HE) group, finishing with 93 completed laps.

Finishing in first place overall was Jamison France with co-drivers Joao Barbosa and Timmy Rivers, who drove the 05 Chevy Daytona Prototype.

At the podium during the interviews, France joked that he figured out the formula for finishing first.

"The less time I am in the car," joked France, "the better off we finish, so did a short stint and Timmy (Rivers) did a double for us to bring it home."

In the HE Group, Jeffrey Mitchell and Ron Branom finished second behind Ball. They drove a 95 Porsche 993 RS 3800. Jerome and Joe Jacalone rounded out the podium in the HE Group with a third place finish driving an 01 Ferrari 360 Challenge.

In the Stuttgart Cup series (SCE), Mark Sandridge and Joe Varde took top honors driving a 2010 Porsche Cayman S 3400. Matthew Dicken and John Lewis placed second in their 2012 Porsche, while Paul and John Reisman finished third driving a 2006 Porsche Boxer.

In the BMW class, Jarold Petit and Scott Baker reached the top of the podium with a first place finish in their 2011 BMW M3. James Hamman finished second in a 2005 BMW M3 followed by Ron Checca and Larry Wright in their 94 BMW 325is.

In the Classic GT Enduro (GTE) group, Catesby Jones and Jack Lewis finished first driving a 74 Porsche 911. Neil Greensall placed second in his 93 Porsche 964 RS America.

In the Vintage Enduro (VE) group, Juan Lopez-Santani claimed first place in his 69 Porsche 911S 2000. Ryan Harrold and Jonathan Ziegelman finished second and third respectively. Harrold drove a 73 Porsche 914 and Ziegleman a 70 Porsche 914.

The next HSR event will be the Palm Beach Grand Prix in Palm Beach, Florida during February 14-17, 2014.