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Peter Kitchak - Race Driver
February 13 & 14, 1999
Event Reports - by Peter Kitchak
Mike Hoke's GT3S winning 3.4 liter Porsche
On the grid: Bob Johnson's car (right) with Tom
Porsche flags flutter in the Florida breeze
Peter's car in the paddock
Jim's car in the paddock
Toad Hall headquarters
SEBRING (2/13/99): We had practice and a "fun race" this afternoon (Saturday). We did a 2:14.9 in the "fun race", 1.2 seconds faster than the 2nd fastest car. The race was only 3 laps long and the big turbos are hard to beat when they get a jump at the start and down the long back straight. At any rate, my best prior to that was 2:17.2 so we're happy with the result. The car is hooked up and going great! Check back for a full report of the event next week. All for now.
SEBRING (2/14/99):CONGRATULATIONS MIKE HOKE! Mike Hoke from Minneapolis took the GT3S class for his first win. Mike qualified on the pole, lost the lead briefly during the race when he went wide and was passed in turn 1, but with a steady drive he caught and passed the leader with a few laps to go and although it was close he won handily. His 3.4 liter Porsche is prepared by Johnson Autosport. Mike will do his first pro race next month at the 12 Hours of Sebring when he will team with Bob Johnson of Johnson Autosport and Tom McGlynn in the Johnson Autosport Porsche GT-2.
SEBRING (FINAL REPORT):The overall weekend was a good one for us, the Toad Hall team and the Johnson Autosport Group. We won our class quite handily in the Toad Hall Porsche RSR, finishing 2d overall.
Unfortunately, Toad Hall driver, Jim Oppenheimer, was unable to race Sunday due to a business appointment. He left Sunday morning for a meeting in LA. He will be at the 12 Hour Pro Race with his Toad Hall Super Cup Porsche, however. His full team is yet to be determined.
Our crew chief, David Moore from Moorespeed in Austin Texas, together with Lee Kemper, did a great job getting us dialed in and the advance preparation from the Johnson Autosport group gave us a good car to start with. At times I thought we could give Randy Alexander a good run, but his high horsepower GT1 Porsche was just too much. His speed down the straights was rather unbelievable. After the race, Randy told me, when I asked about his horsepower, "Well, we have about 750 without the boost turned up." And…he had the boost turned up during the race. Our 370 horsepower was hardly a match, but we stayed close, losing the race by about 6 seconds.
We were hooked up and my 2:14.9 in the practice race was 2.5 seconds better than my best previous time there with the same motor. So, we were happy with the results and learned a bit. Good job by the organizers.
Also note Steve Pfeffer's finish in a 3.4 Liter GT-3 Porsche. He was very quick and showed that his new full time occupation as a Bondurant driving instructor is paying dividends. He was AWESOME.
Sebring Porsche Club of America Results Recap for "Red Group" Cars
in GT1, GT2 and GT3R:
"The Guys from Minnesota did well."
|1||1||GT1R||Randy Alexander||Madison, WI||92 Porsche Turbo||2:14.3|
|2||1||GT2R||Peter Kitchak||Excelsior, MN||73 Toad Hall RSR||2:15.4|
|3||2||GT2R||Eric Bretzel||Leawood KS||72 Porsche||2:16.3|
|4||3||GT2R||Chris Wally||Kansas City MO||96 Porsche RSR||2:17.7|
|5||2||GT1R||Steve Beddor||Chnhssn, MN||97 Ruf Turbo||2:17.8|
|6||1||GT3R||Steve Pfeffer||Scottsdale, AZ||73 Porsche 911||1:17.8|
|7||3||GT1R||Bob Johnson||Northfield, MN||97 Porsche Turbo||2:18.0|
|8||4||GT2R||Tom McGlynn||Orono, MN||76 Porsche 911||2:19.2|
|9||2||GT3R||Walt Bohren||Geneva, IL||93 Porsche 968||2:20.6|
|10||3||GT3R||Michael Mount||Silver Spring, MD||82 Porsche 944MD||2:20.8|
|DNS||GT2R||Jim Oppenheimer||Chicago, IL||Toad Hall Porsche Super Cup|