LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 5 - Kevin Gleason of Johnstown, Pa. improved his third-place finish on Saturday by two positions and won the second half of the doubleheader Sunday morning in SCCA Pirelli World Challenge GTS action at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
The 25-year-old driver's pass for the lead earned the "Cadillac CTS-V Move of the Race" award from officials of the doubleheader's sanctioning body, the Sports Car Club of America.
Sunday's race, part of the Cadillac Mid-Ohio Grand Prix Presented by StopTech, was only Gleason's third career start in the series. It was the first weekend of competition for the car he drove, the No. 60 Porsche Cayman S fielded by Napleton Porsche.
Gleason made his winning move around the halfway point after starting third behind Saturday's winner, Peter Cunningham, and Saturday's runner-up, Nick Esayian.
The start of the race was delayed about a half-hour due to rain, and the track was very slippery. Some cars spun on the pace lap, and almost as soon as the race started it went under a full-course yellow to retrieve Patrick Lindsey's Corvette from a gravel trap.
When it finally went green again on lap nine with about 28 minutes remaining in the 50-minute contest, Gleason was ready. First he passed the Porsche GT Cup car of Jeff Courtney, and then he zeroed in on the second-place GTS driver, Esayain.
"There was a GT Cup car between me and Nick," Gleason said afterwards. "On the restart I passed the Cup car on the outside of Turn 1, and I was able to get a run. I believe I passed Nick in Turn 2. Then on the next lap I passed Peter Cunningham for the lead in Turn 2 too."
After that there was no catching Gleason.
"I made some decisive moves on GT cars that were slower, and that helped me pad my gap," he noted. "My car was really good. I want to thank all the guys at Napleton Porsche for their hard work. They spent a lot of late hours to get this car ready.
"The track was really slick in the beginning," he added. "It took a while for the tires to get up to temperature, which made it even more hazardous."
He had several close calls, but no contact.
"On the first lap I almost hit a spinning Porsche in Turn 2, and on my final lap I was caught lapping a GTS car and a Touring car that didn't want to get out of the way, but I didn't have any contact with anybody," he said.