Double runner-up at St. Pete!

What a weekend at St. Pete!  The crowds were big and my Van der Steur Aston Martin was fast! We were the second fastest and fastest in the 2 practice sessions. We continued to have pace through qualifying where we just missed out on pole by .08. 

Keeping the momentum rolling, race 1 went very well. Starting on the front row, I unfortunately lost a spot early on. But within a couple of laps I was able to reclaim the position and start to work on the leader. We showed great pace as well in the first race putting down the fastest race lap. Unfortunately we were just shy of what we needed for the win.

In Race 2, I was able to take the lead right at the start in turn 1 and soon had built up a 4 second lead. Unfortunately, a yellow took my gap away and forced me to work hard for it. I survived the first restart and led the first 24 laps. But, on the final restart,  I lost the lead going into the last corner as the green came out. I almost got it back two laps later, but that was my last chance.

While the result of race 2 definitely stung after controlling most of the race, we still had a very good weekend and I was able to collect my first two sportscar podiums and trophies. And, I learned some things for down the road for restarts. The winning driver in both races has been a pro for several years and has won the Rolex 24.

We had fun hosting wonderful guests from California Closets of Tampa and Southwest Florida along with Browning Chapman, Race for RP, Subway of NW Indiana and other friends. We had a full suite and had a great time touring the pits and watching the INDYCAR race together on Sunday.

We’re already at Sebring International Raceway with a very short break between race weekends. Now I get to learn how to do pit stops and driver changes in my IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge debut. I will be in the same Porsche Cayman GT4 I raced at Daytona for Czabok-Simpson, but with a new number – #2 – and a teammate. Gordon Scully has a similar background as me. He raced in F1600 and last year in USF2000. This will be a 2 hour endurance race with 2 classes. I will be in the GS class with GT4 cars along with the slightly slower TCR class.  

You can follow along at IMSA.com and the app throughout the weekend with IMSA radio for Thursday practice and qualifying. You can watch our race live on Peacock  on Friday March 15th at 3:15 or follow on IMSA Radio. I will likely be the second driver in the car so you can expect me to start driving anywhere from 4:00 to 4:30. 

Stay Fast,

Jackson

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