PCA Racers Test their Grit at Roebling
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Photo by Matt Conn.
Article by Patti Mascone

Florida Crown Triple Crown PCA/944 Cup Race
May 16-18, 2014
Roebling Road, Savannah, Georgia

The warmest temperatures in this race's history - and an unexpected head wind up the front straight - greeted the two grids of Porsche competitors with equal cruelty. Facing three 26-lap "sprints" that would test their endurance, drivers tweaked set ups and driving lines to find speed and confidence that was not to be had. In fact, most track records at this sweeping, nine-turn track have stood safely out of reach since the race's move from December.

Some of the newest and most veteran visitors to Roebling found success, with SP3's Jonathan Foulds earning his first-ever class win, driving a 1991 944 S2. Meanwhile, sprint 3 runner-up Newsom Baker - piloting a 968 he only acquired this year - left Savannah runner up in the current 944 Super Cup South standings. Baker and Joshua Barnes, the current season leader, are set for a showdown later this month at VIR.

With three smooth drives on a track where drivers were humbled by conditions that changed from green and sandy to greasy and hot, Dave Rodenroth stayed in control of the 944 Cup South standings, with two more race weekends to go in regional action. The Florida driver sits currently with 308 points, while Larry Helm and Tim Pruitt have more than one-race deficits.

The rear-engine PCA action was the most hotly contested, with three well-matched, well-prepared historic 911s battling it out. Randy Snyder and his 1979 911 SC came out of the weekend with Class D honors, but the PCA points championships won't be settled until November.