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Thermal, CA- Jim Slavik wrapped up the 2017 Thermal Triple Crown Championship in dramatic style today driving his TruSpeed prepared Grainger Porsche 911 Cup. Jim managed to place higher than the faster GT3 class with a season ending 89 points.
From the first race in November it became apparent Jim’s tactical approach of solid consistent finishes was going to pave the way towards a good standing in the final weekend. However, prior to the last race, the team’s decision to send his engine in for rebuild would provide the start of a challenging weekend. Going into the final Sunday race the team began to notice the oil pressure was below recommended values. Crew Chief (and spiritual advisor) Tyler Tadevic was then forced to give Jim his options; race for the championship and risk losing a $40,000.00 engine or pack it up. Listening intently Jim leaned against the trailer, and with his head slightly tilted, closed his eyes while taking one last draw off the Camel (Turkish blend) cigarette, exhaled, and stubbed the remainder under his foot and said “#$%& it, we are going”. With that, the car was rolled to grid for the start.
While the engine problems would have made for enough drama, Jim wasn’t done yet. During a chaotic first lap Jim succumbed to a spin on cold tires. Undeterred he began a systematic charge back to the front with the final minutes closing Jim began to reel in the Cup car class leader, his son, Evan Slavik. Evan was driving his best race ever and wasn’t about to let the old man by without a fight, even as his lead began to look tenuous. However, the battle for house domination was not going to get to play out to the end as an separate incident on track brought out the red flag.
In Evan’s post race interview he mentioned a certain nervousness in seeing Dad in the mirrors. Quote “It brought back memories of 1989 when I borrowed Dad’s 930 Turbo and on my way to PCH to make a run up to Malibu I had stopped to offer ride assistance to two ladies from Santa Monica City College. We were blasting up PCH with the best of Lynard Skynard playing on the Alpine tape deck when I noticed the flashing lights in the rear view. Pulling over for the CHP, it was at this point, the thoughts of having to explain to Dad as to why his 15 year-old son was in this predicament began to sink in. Thankfully the story of needing to get the girls to school on time was enough to get a warning and me out of potential sticky situation. Today might be a good day to share that story with him”…….
Urry’s drive leads to tightest battle of the weekend at Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway
Scores five victories in 2016 and secures second in the Porsche GT Cup Championship
(Salt Lake City, UT) – October 12, 2016 Sloan Urry wrapped the 2016 Porsche GT Cup Championship with a phenomenal drive, narrowly missing the victory by just six-tenths of a second over Corey Fergus. It was a nose-to-tail battle as Urry challenged the Rookie every race lap. The race featured three caution periods for on-track incidents, a total of 10 laps. The final caution came in the closing laps, presenting a green-white-checker challenge at the end. Laguna Seca is a technical circuit featuring steep elevation changes and 11 tight turns which make it known as one of the most difficult courses for passing. Urry stayed tight on the tail of Fergus’s #00 Porsche 911 and masterfully set-up the pass each lap as they exited turn 11 onto the front straight, but Fergus’s powerful new Porsche engine was strong, and he was able to pull just enough gap onto the straight to prevent the overtake. Sloan commented on the race, “I had a great battle with Corey every green lap and I am really happy for him getting his first win.” Urry continued, “It was close, I probably played it a little safe, but we brought the car home in good condition and we’ve locked up our championship position. It was a good race, and it’s always nice to bring home a podium for our team and partners.”
Urry’s consistency all season secured second in the GT Cup Championship last month at the penultimate round at Sonoma Raceway, but Sunday’s performance earned him an additional 98 points, bringing his season total to 1937, just 34 points behind the title winner Alec Udell, and 334 points ahead of third place finisher Corey Fergus. “Alec and Corey pushed me hard all season and we had a lot of great battles, every race was at qualifying pace” said Urry. He tallied five victories and seven pole positions and finished on the podium in 18 of 19 events in 2016. “It was a good year. I think we have a lot to be proud of. The TruSpeed guys worked hard and always gave me a reliable car. I think I improved in traffic management and took care of the equipment and combined, that led to wins and podiums at every race but one. Ultimately, we didn’t win the Championship and I am disappointed in that, but I am thankful to my team, TruSpeed Autosport, Porsche, and my incredible partners SecurityNational Mortgage and AVASIS. I had the opportunity to meet and race in front of nearly 1000 guests from SecurityNational and AVASIS this year, and that was a real honor.” Urry was awarded the trophy for his championship finish at the season ending banquet on Sunday.
The final round of the Pirelli World Challenge GT/GTA and GT Cup racing begins broadcasting on CBS Sports Network on Sunday October 16th, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time. Check your local listings for channel information and encore presentations. Also, relive the entire PWC competition year by viewing archives at MotorTrendOnDemand.com. For more information, full season results and continued updates, visit www.sloanurryracing.com.
Photo credit: Camden Thrasher
Rounds 19 of the 2016 Pirelli World Challenge Porsche GT Cup Championship
The Pirelli World Challenge Monterey Grand Prix Presented by Nissan
Sloan Urry #20 SecurityNational/Avasis/Porsche 991
October 7-9, 2016
Racetrack: Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
2.238-mile road course, features 13 turns
GT Cup Race: Sunday, 10-9 at 3pm PT,
TV: CBS SPORTS on Sunday, October 16th at 3pm ET
Live streaming of the race is available on www.world-challenge.com
Live updates are available throughout the weekend at www.sloanurryracing.com
Finishing Up Front: Wrapping up his most successful season to date with five victories, seven pole positions and 10 second place finishes, Urry has locked up second place in the GT Cup Championship. With the exception of the second race in Utah where his fuel pump failed, Urry has completed every lap this season (563) without incident.
TruSpeed Team Owner Tyler Tadevic on the 2016 Season: “TruSpeed won three championships in the Pirelli Cup Series this year, and of course we had a strong season with Sloan in the PWC GT Cup series. Sloan had a lot of great victories and strong finishes, and there were some possibilities that didn’t go our way. It was awesome to watch his continued development as a driver on and off the track. It’s unfortunate he had the wrist injury in the middle of the season. Racing with a broken wrist is a huge obstacle, but he overcame it, and despite the pain, he maximized the situation. I’m really proud of the job Sloan did this year. Overall, it’s been a good season for TruSpeed. We’ll look forward to defend our championships in the respective Pirelli Cup series next year with five to seven entries and we’ll be looking to make an announcement over the next 30-60 days on World Challenge program. I want to send out a huge thank you to all of our partners, SecurityNational Mortgage, AVASIS, Metro National Title, Ironclad, Justice Brothers and Mothers Polishes, Wax and Cleaners.“
Sloan Urry on Laguna Seca: “I like this track a lot. There’s a bit of nostalgia here for me. This is the place where I inserted myself in to a high level of competition for the first time. I’d spent a lot of time here when I was first with the TruSpeed team…learning the track and developing my skills. My favorite section would be the left hander at turn six then up the hill and then the section all the way through the Corkscrew and down through Rainey Curve and turn 10. It’s tricky but super satisfying to get right and a lot of time can be made there. We’ve struggled with rear grip all season, that will be an issue coming on to the front straight and exiting turn two, so we’ll work hard to remedy that here.
Sloan Urry Reviews the 2016 Season: “It’s a bit tough reviewing the season really, because I feel like we’ve left a bit on the table. There have been a lot of great moments, especially the win at home in Utah. It was my first victory at home at a pro-level in front of my sponsors and family. That was awesome. We had a handful of victories and completed every lap except for one mechanical, so that is a testament to the hard work from the TruSpeed guys and keeping it out of trouble on the track. That being said, Alec (Udell) was tough to beat and I don’t think we uncovered every stone we could have. Without question, the low for me this year was the first session at Barber when I realized how difficult it was going to be driving with a broken wrist over the next three events. Finishing the season on a high note with a pole or a win would be great this weekend. We made a lot of strides on the commercial side of our program as well, and I am excited to see the fruit that it bears. SecurityNational Mortgage and AVASIS did an incredible job activating all year, hosting nearly 1000 guests at the track over the course of the season. It’s such an honor to meet these guests, they come to the track pumped and full of support for our team, and they always leave as race fans.”
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