We’re thrilled to have the support of Race for RP driver, Jeff Westphal, promoting relapsing polychondritis (RP) and autoimmune disease awareness in the Michelin Pilot Challenge this season. Jeff, who is a great advocate for our motorsports awareness program, is on a serious roll this year, having finished the 4 hour endurance race at Watkins Glen International on Saturday in P3, making it his third consecutive podium finish in as many races. This includes a breakthrough P1 Podium at Sebring International Raceway during the 12 hours of Sebring Michelin Pilot Challenge race, a P3 at one of our favorite tracks, Mid-Ohio in early May, and Saturday’s impressive P3 endurance finish, with co-driver Tyler McQuarrie in the Carbahn Autoworks | Peregrine Racing No. 39 Audi R8 GT4.
The NBCSN television broadcast of Saturday’s race, the Tioga Downs Casino Resort 240, will air on Thursday, July 11 at 6 p.m. ET.
The Michelin Pilot Challenge is one of IMSA’s two Challenge series, which supports the WeatherTech Championship, where Jeff is no stranger to the podium either. Jeff, a veteran driver with our friends at Scuderia Corsa along with Cooper MacNeil and Toni Vilander, co-drives the WeatherTech Racing No. 63 Ferrari 488 GTD in the 4 rounds of the Michelin Endurance Cup, as part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. So far, the team here has a P3 at Sebring and a P3 this weekend at Watkins Glen, which puts Jeff on the podium in both series (2 separate races) at these locations. That’s an impressive record for Westphal this year, and the season is just heating up.
The IMSA Michelin Pilot Challenge has a quick turnaround for its upcoming race, held next weekend in Canada. The Canadian Tire Motorsport Park 120 goes green at 1:55 p.m. ET on Saturday, July 6. The race can be streamed live on IMSA.tv. With the summer stretch of races at CTMP, Lime Rock, Road America and VIR to come, the Race for RP is excited to have Westphal in the running for the points championship and for all of the action and racing drama that lies ahead. Thank you, Jeff, for driving awareness about relapsing polychondrits and accelerating autoimmune disease research.