The second race weekend of the year has now come and gone. We had a great time at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Our Intercontinental Trophy Cup(ITC) series partnered with the Porsche Club of America(PCA) and shared the weekend with the Rolex and Continental Tire Grand Am. It was fun to be at the track with the multi-million dollar operations that take part in these series. In our ITC/PCA race the Isringhausen team had three entries, Savannah Rickli, Dan Clarke, and myself. Savannah is an 18 year old girl with various motorsports racing experiences in her background. She did quite well and we were all very impressed with her performance. A few times I saw her in my mirrors and started to get nervous. She has a real future due to her driving talent which she developed at a very young age. On top of that, she is a very nice, polite young person who carries herself well beyond her years. Our other driver in an Isringhausen car was Dan Clarke who has been coaching me most of last year and this current year. He did remarkably well. One of the drivers who calls New Jersey Motorsports Park home, said he believed Dan may have set the all time lap record for a Cayman in his first time out. He won both of our races and stirred quite a bit of buzz in the Porsche racing community.
Here is an article about Dan Clarke’s performance driving our Cayman which was written by David Hurth for “The Porsche Guys” web site:
Would the Porsche Cayman Make a Good Race Car?
All Porsche sports cars were meant to be raced. The cars while quite good at the normal daily driving, really come alive on a track, especially when race prepped. While Porsche mainly races the Porsche 911 and at times special race variants, cars such as the Porsche 914, Porsche 944, Porsche Boxster and Porsche Cayman (just to name a few) have shown to be very good on the track.
Need proof of this? Just look at what Dan Clarke has done with a Porsche Cayman S in the Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series. Last Sunday at the New Jersey Motorsports Park he dominated the competition in the series. While I love the Porsche 911, one does wonder why Porsche doesn’t look at the possibility of a Porsche Cayman race car. Just think of a Porsche Cayman RSR with the same power as the Porsche 911! The handling would be brilliant and then it would have a lot of power (although the 330 hp in the Porsche Cayman that Dan drove is not bad). It could be such a good car that it could possibly beat the Porsche 911 on many tracks.
While the Porsche 911 makes a great race car and a good driver can do some really amazing things with the platform, one has to wonder if the more balanced Porsche Cayman would end up being a faster car overall. You would loose a lot of traction, but should be able to take the corners a bit faster and if the power was the same it could make for an interesting race. While I don’t think Porsche will (or should) abandon the Porsche 911 race car, the addition of a Porsche Cayman race car would be interesting (it may also help increase sales as people like to drive what they see raced). I doubt it will ever happen, but then at one time Porsche did race the Porsche 924 Carrera GT at Le Mans, so anything is possible.
The following is more information about Dan Clarke and his has this last weekend in the Intercontinental Trophy Series.
Former Champ Car and Indy Lights racer, Dan Clarke, had the perfect start to his sports car career at New Jersey Motorsports Park last Sunday. The Indianapolis, Indiana based Englishman totally dominated the Intercontinental Trophy Cup Series in his Isringhausen Motorsports with Chris Smith Racing Porsche Cayman. “Speedy” Dan more than lived up to his nick name by topping the time sheets in every session, qualifying the car in pole position,1.4 seconds quicker than the field, winning both 25 lap races and picking up fastest lap in each.
Clarke was offered the chance to drive the 330 bhp Porsche Cayman S car and did not need to be asked twice.
, Dan explained. He went on to describe how much fun the car was to drive and how great it felt to be back on the top step of the winners podium. “I had pole positions and good results in Champ Car but nothing beats the feeling of driving into victory lane.” The Yorkshire born driver has clearly regained thirst for victory,
Team mate and Clarke’s student, Geoff Isringhausen was thrilled with his coach’s efforts. “Isringhausen Imports was voted one of the top 25 Porsche dealers in the USA for 2012 and I love the fact that Dan along with Chris Smith Racing is helping Isringhausen Motorsports mirror the performance and achievements of our showrooms on the race track”.
The next round of the series for the Porsche Cayman S cars will take place on June 3rd at Watkins Glen, New York and Clarke is eager to keep this developing hot streak alive, “Geoff and I are working hard to ensure that I can maintain this momentum at the Glen next month and hopefully for the rest of the season”
The video below is from inside the car. The sound is incredible and it shows the potential of a Porsche Cayman S race car.