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Rookie Swearingin Passes Baum in Thrilling Last Lap to Gain First Win of the Season

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Above: Curt Swearingin gains his first win of the season at Daytona International Speedway.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Oct. 23, 2016)—The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series wrapped up its inaugural 2016 season with a thrilling endurance race Sunday at Daytona International Speedway with rookie Curt Swearingin passing David Baum in the last lap to get his first win of the season.

Swearingin, who represents the Tennessee PCA Region, slowly climbed up the ranks throughout the 80-minute enduro race until he was in position two going into the final lap, with Baum, representing the Western Michigan PCA Region, in first place for the Championship class.

"On the last lap, (David) Baum got loose out of Turn 6 and I saw I had a run so I tried to beat him at the Bus Stop and I did," said Swearingin.

Daytona International Speedway's 3.56-mile sports car course includes portions of the famous Daytona oval, including high-speed turns with 31 degrees of banking. The Bus Stop is on the back straight of the legendary track and is positioned there to slow the drivers down.

"It was just a great finish," said Swearingin. "I just had to keep driving and it just came to us. I'm so glad my team and I finally got a first place finish in our last race of the season."

Baum came in second place by just .181 of a second. Russell Walker, who shared his No. 28 Cayman GT4 Clubsport entry with his father, David Walker, rounded out the Championship class podium, along with his dad, in third place.

In the Pro class, Andrew Davis won with a fastest lap time of 1:56.784. John Lewis, who shared a car with newcomer Golden Empire PCA Region member Steve Anderson, placed second in the Pro class. Anderson was racing in the PCA Club Racing Spec Cayman class before he decided to join this series.


Championship class podium (from left): Baum Swearingin, R. Walker, D. Walker.

"This car is a lot of fun to drive," Davis said. "I have a lot of experience withPorsches so it doesn't surprise me that it's very user friendly and very fast. We got great speeds here with the banked turns at Daytona. It really checks all the boxes you want as a driver."

Rene Robichaud, representing the Ohio Valley PCA Region, won the Masters class, designated for drivers ages 57 and older. Robichaud was in second in the Championship class for the majority of the race, but his car made contact with Roger Halvorsen's entry in the last five minutes of the enduro. He was fortunately able to finish the race to gain more points with his Masters class win.

The championship celebration banquet will wrap up the 2016 season Sunday evening at the Goodyear 500 Club at Daytona International Speedway. The event will include awards, prizes and a special guest speaker.


Masters class winner Rene Robichaud.

Two exciting season finale prizes will be presented to the Championship and Masters class winners at the event. Stand 21 Racewear, an industry leader in custom head-to-toe, made-to-measure safety wear for drivers, will present drivers' suits to the winners. Porsche Design will also present the series champions with an exclusive titanium timepiece from the new Porsche Design "1919 Collection" - designed and manufactured by the Porsche Design Timepieces AG in Switzerland. The watches will be customized with the GT4 Clubsport logo embossed on the back.

The series is enjoying new growth and success and will soon release the dates for the 2017 season.

Endurance Post-Race Quotes:

CURT SWEARINGIN (winner, Championship): "On the last lap, Baum got loose out of Turn 6 and I saw I had a run so I tried to beat him at the Bus Stop and I did. He was clean going into the Bus Stop but I got through and I was able to hold him to the finish. It was just a great finish. I just had to keep driving and it just came to us. We thought karma was against us but it was for us today. We were gifted this win but we fought all day and we got to it. I'm so glad we finally got a first place finish in our last race of the season."

DAVID BAUM (second, Championship): "I lost my first place position on that last lap to Curt (Swearingin) for the win but I went off the track a couple of times and I was honestly fortunate to hang on for a second place finish. It was a great season. I want to thank my team, Autometrics Motorsports and Porsche Club of America. I'll be back next season."

RUSSELL WALKER (third, Championship): "It was all about adapting, which was overwhelming in this race. I'll be back next year and I was glad to share this car with my dad (David Walker). We'll see everyone next year."

ANDREW DAVIS (winner, Pro): "I had a great time today and I really want to thank Frank Seldorff for letting me drive his car. I loved being able to fly the flag for Kelly-Moss Road and Race; it's a great team and I've been with them for years. This car is a lot of fun to drive. I have a lot of experience with Porsches so it doesn't surprise me that it's very user friendly and very fast. We got great speeds here with the banked turns at Daytona. It's great with racing side by side and with braking. It really checks all the boxes you want as a driver."

RENE ROBICHAUD (winner, Masters): "I'm very thankful for being the Masters champion this year. It's been a heck of a ride. Racing is so much fun but it has its moments of frustration. Thankfully, I managed to squeak it out and get enough points to win the Masters class championship. There's something to said about perseverance!" 

About PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East Series

The PCA Club Racing Porsche Cayman GT4 Clubsport Trophy East series, which debuted in 2016, highlights the spirit of PCA Club Racing and the skills of its drivers at major road racing venues east of the Rocky Mountains. The series provides a bridge for Porsche racers to climb to the professional ranks through this semi-professional racing series.

Drivers compete in a separate group in the new track-only Cayman GT4 Clubsport race car. The 385-horsepower, mid-engine racer, which features a sealed engine and transmission and a spec tire, is developed by Porsche Motorsport North America and based on the successful street-legal Cayman GT4 sports car. Drivers are awarded with a podium at the end of every points race, and an individual champion will be crowned at the end of the season. A Masters Championship also is conducted. Points are awarded by finish in class.

About Porsche Club of America/PCA Club Racing

The Porsche Club of America (PCA) celebrates good friends, good conversation and a common passion for the world's finest automobile - Porsche. Since its founding in 1955, this close-knit community of Porsche owners has grown to 143 regions throughout the United States and Canada and is the largest single-marque club in the world. PCA activities include racing, rallies, autocrosses, tours, and shows, as well as driver education, Porsche restoration and technical sessions. The PCA continues to thrive around the unbridled joy provided by Porsche.

PCA Club Racing enters its 25th year by featuring more than 2,000 licensed racers and 32 sanctioned races per year, more than any other single-make racing organization in the world. PCA Club Racing was established around guiding principles that remain true today. In summary, they provide a class for all Porsche sports cars; fun, safe and clean racing; and uniform organization and operation.

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