Indianapolis, (September 17, 2023) - WeatherTech Racing won the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Tirerack.com Battle on the Bricks today at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Jules Gounon (France) took the green flag in the No. 79 WeatherTech Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 with Mercedes-Benz of Billings, Montana support for the 2 hour and 40-minute race. The team took advantage of an early yellow to dive into pit lane to take the first full pit stop service and put Daniel Juncadella (Spain) in the car. The Spaniard proceeded to manage the traffic and put in consistent lap times to bring the red-white-and-blue Mercedes-AMG GT3 to the checker in GTD Pro for the teams third win of the season.
“The WeatherTech Mercedes-AMG GT3 was an absolute rocket ship today,” Juncadella said. “We benefitted from other’s mistakes. We kept the race clean, had good pit stops and were able to control the race to the end. It is nice to win in Indy again, I won the 8 hour here last year so this is a good track for me and for the car.
“The Indy circuit suits our car. The layout is good and when that happens you need to capitalize on that and take wins. Jules had a good first stint and led the race after a good P2 qualifying run. It is a good win for the WeatherTech Racing/Proton team and good momentum going into Petit Le Mans next month.”
“I think the WeatherTech car was amazing today,” Gounon said. “Our engineer won here with Dani last year, so we know what the car wants for this circuit so that was an advantage for us this weekend. I was on pole here last year, so that experience helped as well.
“I am really looking forward to Petit Le Mans, I have never raced there before. We lead the endurance championship, and I am looking forward to going there for the last race of the season and see if we can win it.”
The team will travel to Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta for the final IMSA WeatherTech Championship race, the Motul Petit Le Mans, Oct. 11-14.