Aug 23 2014

Jan Heylen Qualifies Fifth at VIR in No. 58 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America with Madison Snow

DANVILLE, Virginia (August 23, 2014) – On pace and ready to improve two podium positions after at third-place showing one race ago, the No. 58 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America, and drivers Madison Snow and Jan Heylen, will start fifth tomorrow in the Oak Tree Grand Prix at Virginia International Raceway (VIR).

Two weeks ago at Road America, Snow and Heylen gave Dempsey Racing its first podium finish of the year with a hard-earned third-place result. The team rode that momentum straight to VIR where Heylen was quickest in the ultra-competitive GT Daytona (GTD) class in both of Friday’s opening practice sessions. He was hoping to match or come close to those results in today’s qualifying.

“Fifth is a good place to start but I’m disappointed,” Heylen said. “I made a mistake in my first clean lap, went off in the exit of the last turn, picked up a little too much understeer and kept my foot in it to try and make the lap. I wound up hitting the curb in the exit which put me off with two wheels, so I had to come in, clean the radiators out and then go back out and reheat up the tires.

“By that point the peak of the tires were gone. I think we recovered well but looking at where we’ve been running all weekend, P5 was not what we were going for."

"We're all really proud of Jan,” Snow said. “Fifth is the best we've qualified all year but, after talking to Jan, we know that we could have done better. He had some complications right when the tires were at their peak which really slowed us down, but fifth is still a great place to start."

Despite the minor qualifying disappointment, Heylen is still confident for tomorrow’s race.

“I mean, you never know with these things,” Heylen said. “We’ve been running good all weekend so there’s no reason we shouldn’t podium tomorrow.”

Snow is also optimistic for Sunday’s race.

"I feel confident for tomorrow,” Snow said. “We are going to make some small changes for final practice in the morning, but overall the car is really good. I think we definitely have potential to repeat our result from Road America and hopefully do better."

Noteworthy

- The sister No. 27 Dempsey Racing Porsche 911 GT America was also on pace in practice at VIR. Team driver Andrew Davis was fastest overall in Saturday morning’s lone session before turning the car over to Patrick Dempsey. The team owner and driver kept the Porsche near the top of the time charts but later joined the ranks of several premier competitors who ran into trouble in the 90-minute practice run. Dempsey was uninjured when he spun off track and the No. 27 was too damaged to be repaired in time for qualifying. The team will start the Oak Tree Grand Prix tomorrow, however, and the hard working Dempsey Racing crew is expected to be repairing the Porsche straight into the late hours of this evening.

About Dempsey Racing: Dempsey Racing is a year-round professional motorsports business based in the greater Atlanta area. The organization has fielded multiple teams in several different racing series throughout North America for nearly a decade and was the organizational and management entity behind the team’s successful campaign at Le Mans with Porsche in 2013 and 2014. Owned by Patrick Dempsey and operated on a daily basis by Joe Foster and Team Manager Greg Cates, Dempsey Racing also employs year-round team of administrative and technical personnel that includes several motorsports career professionals. For more information, visit www.DempseyRacing.net, @GoDempseyRacing on Twitter and the Official Dempsey Racing Fan Site on Facebook. 

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