49 Sebastian
Landy

Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Biography

Born in Fairfax VA in 1995, Sebastian was fast out of the box, showing up two months early!  Fascinated by cars, driving and things that go fast he jumped at the opportunity to compete in the kids league at Allsports GP, an indoor kart facility in Dulles VA at the age of 8 and excelled, winning the series in his second season.  Hindered by parents who thought school was more important than motor racing Sebastian had to satisfy his passion through limited outings in Rotax Go Karts for four long years.  It was at this time that he learned the true meaning of the sport and famously counseled other young drivers with his observation that, ‘racing is 98% disappointment’!

In 2011, one month after his 15th birthday, a Skip Barber Racing School at Palm Beach International Raceway gave the youngster his first experience in a racing car and then, equipped with a 1995 Mazda Miata, Sebastian went through the driving school with the Washington DC region of the SCCA and began racing Spec Miata, widely recognized as the most competitive class in North American Club Racing. In 2012 Sebastian began racing Mazda MX 5’s and made his debut in Mazda’s MX-5 Cup competing in two events, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park/Mosport and VIR finishing 5th on both occasions. In 2013 the 17 year old competed in the SCCA Mid Atlantic Road Racing Series (MARRS) Spec Miata Championship. Despite missing 5 rounds due to scheduling issues with other series, Sebastian won the championship, becoming the youngest ever winner of the coveted series.

 In 2014, Sebastian’s senior year in high school, he committed to his first full season of Mazda’s MX-5 Cup as well as 7 rounds of the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge Series racing for Irish Mike’s Racing in their inaugural year in the series fielding a Hyundai Genesis.  While the Genesis was capable of a strong showing at some of the tracks, (qualified 5th at Canadian Tire Motorsports Park) tire wear, fuel consumption and reliability issues which are to be expected with a cars first year in the series left results not entirely reflective of the team's potential.  The Mazda MX-5 cup season also had its challenges, engine compression issues early on in the season and a DNF at Road America due to a technical glitch meant a series win was unlikely, however 8 podiums including two great wins at Road Atlanta, the series finale, put Sebastian third overall in the championship, missing second place by only 11 points.

Late in 2014 Audi Sport announced a brand new series to run as a support race for the 2015 DTM series in Europe: The Audi Sport TT Cup.   Hundreds of applicants from around the world applied for the 18 available spots and Sebastian was awarded his place as the only American.  The Audi  TT Cup posed a tremendous challenge for Sebastian, as he was racing on all new tracks in a powerful front wheel drive car, against a group of very talented competitors from 13 nations.  Also in 2015, Sebastian competed in select rounds of the Porsche GT3 Cup Gold category in a Porsche 997 GT3 Cup Car, winning a race at each event he entered.

In 2016, Sebastian will be competing in a full season of the Porsche GT3 Cup USA, in an attempt to win the 2016 Gold championship.

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About Sebastian

Team: Alex Job Racing
Birthday: December 14th 1995
Birthplace: Great Falls, VA USA
Height: 1.85M, 6’1
Weight: 80.7 K, 178 lbs
Car: Porsche 911 GT3 Cup
Contact: contact@sebastianlandy.com
PR Contact: jcpin@mercuryllc.com

Races

Date Series Track Qualifying Position Finishing Position Championship Position
March 17th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sebring International Raceway

6th 3rd 4th
March 18th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Sebring International Raceway

5th 8th 4th
April 30th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

1st 1st 3rd
May 1st Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

2nd 2nd 3rd
June 11th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

1st 2nd 2nd
June 12th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

2nd 1st 2nd
July 2nd Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Watkins Glen

1st 9th 3rd
July 4th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Watkins Glen International

1st 1st 3rd
August 6th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road America

1st 1st 2nd
August 7th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road America

1st 1st 2nd
August 26th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Virginia International Raceway

4th 1st 1st
August 27th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Virginia International Raceway

4th DSQ 2nd
September 15th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit of the Americas

2nd 1st 2nd
September 16th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Circuit of the Americas

3rd 1st 2nd
September 30th Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road Atlanta

1st 1st 2nd
October 1st Porsche GT3 Cup USA

Road Atlanta

1st 2nd 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date March 17th
Track

Sebring International Raceway

Qualifying Position 6th
Finishing Position 3rd
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date March 18th
Track

Sebring International Raceway

Qualifying Position 5th
Finishing Position 8th
Championship Position 4th
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date April 30th
Track

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 3rd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date May 1st
Track

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Qualifying Position 2nd
Finishing Position 2nd
Championship Position 3rd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date June 11th
Track

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 2nd
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date June 12th
Track

Circuit Gilles Villeneuve

Qualifying Position 2nd
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date July 2nd
Track

Watkins Glen

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 9th
Championship Position 3rd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date July 4th
Track

Watkins Glen International

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 3rd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 6th
Track

Road America

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 7th
Track

Road America

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 26th
Track

Virginia International Raceway

Qualifying Position 4th
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 1st
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date August 27th
Track

Virginia International Raceway

Qualifying Position 4th
Finishing Position DSQ
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date September 15th
Track

Circuit of the Americas

Qualifying Position 2nd
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date September 16th
Track

Circuit of the Americas

Qualifying Position 3rd
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date September 30th
Track

Road Atlanta

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 1st
Championship Position 2nd
Porsche GT3 Cup USA
Date October 1st
Track

Road Atlanta

Qualifying Position 1st
Finishing Position 2nd
Championship Position 2nd
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Sebastian In The News

Landy Wins Thrilling Round 14 At COTA

Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, used a last-lap pass to also sweep the Gold Cup competition for the event in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Landy earned his class-leading eight victory of the season after arguably the fiercest but cleanest three-way fight of the season in any class. He passed Michael de Quesada on the final lap for the victory by .455 of a second.

Phil Bloom, from New York, finished third in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

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Sebastian Landy, from Great Falls, Virginia, used a last-lap pass to also sweep the Gold Cup competition for the event in the No. 49 TPC Racing Porsche.

Landy earned his class-leading eight victory of the season after arguably the fiercest but cleanest three-way fight of the season in any class. He passed Michael de Quesada on the final lap for the victory by .455 of a second.

Phil Bloom, from New York, finished third in the No. 11 Wright Motorsports Porsche.

“Greatest Gold race ever!” Landy said. “A lot of these races are the longest 45 minutes of your life, and I think this one felt like five times that. It was a mental workout and a physical workout the whole time.”

De Quesada, from Tampa, Florida, leads Landy by 15 points, 242-227, with two rounds remaining at Road Atlanta.

The top three finishers never were separated by more than 1.2 seconds for the entire race and usually raced around the circuit within one length of each other in a stunning show of aggression and precision.

De Quesada, 16, started from the class pole in the No. 31 Alegra Motorsports Porsche and kept Bloom and Landy at bay for the first 15 minutes. But then Bloom passed de Quesada for the lead with 30 minutes remaining.

Just one lap later, Bloom ran wide in Turn 12 but managed to keep the lead from de Quesada and Landy, running second and third, respectively. Bloom’s gap over de Quesada was just .6 of a second with 12 minutes remaining as the trio charged around the challenging circuit.

One of two flashpoints in the race took place with six minutes to go. Bloom locked his tires in Turn 12, opening a hole that de Quesada and Landy threaded through for first and second, respectively.

Landy pulled to within one length of de Quesada with two minutes left in the race, but de Quesada wasn’t yielding an inch. He led by .41 of a second at the white flag.

But on the final lap, Landy sneaked past de Quesada exiting Turn 6 and leading into Turn 7 to take the lead. He kept his cool and held off de Quesada for the victory.

“Bloom and Michael, I felt they were faster than me the whole time,” Landy said. “I was just trying to hang on and hope they drove their tires off. I tried to drive a smart race. Thankfully, things came to me a little bit.

“I think it was some of the best racing that the Porsche GT3 Cup USA has seen, let alone just the Gold class, so hats off to everyone who puts the show on.”

Positive Showing For Irish Mike’s Racing in Hyundai Debut

ORLANDO, Fla. – After months of preparation and a successful test at The Roar Before The 24, Irish Mike’s Racing made the short journey north from the base in Orlando, Florida to Daytona for its first race in the new IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

An all-new three-car line-up featured a mix of seasoned racecar drivers notably the pairing of David Thilenius, 2010 ST Champion and Rich Golinello in the # 94 car. Ramin Abdolvahabi and local Daytona resident Craig Conway piloted the # 91 car. With veteran MX 5 driver Todd Buras and the exceptionally talented Sebastian Landy in the # 95 car, the team were confident of a strong showing first time out for their new Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0l turbo’s.

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ORLANDO, Fla. – After months of preparation and a successful test at The Roar Before The 24, Irish Mike’s Racing made the short journey north from the base in Orlando, Florida to Daytona for its first race in the new IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge.

An all-new three-car line-up featured a mix of seasoned racecar drivers notably the pairing of David Thilenius, 2010 ST Champion and Rich Golinello in the # 94 car. Ramin Abdolvahabi and local Daytona resident Craig Conway piloted the # 91 car. With veteran MX 5 driver Todd Buras and the exceptionally talented Sebastian Landy in the # 95 car, the team were confident of a strong showing first time out for their new Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0l turbo’s.

Helped by the cooler Daytona weather on Wednesday, first and second practice was the ideal opportunity for the drivers to settle into the cars and familiarize themselves with the new Hyundai’s. Following a short qualifying session on Thursday the team approached Friday’s start in high spirits.

With the temperatures still on the cool side the team knew the cars would be heavy on fuel when compared to their class competition and an innovative race strategy would be needed from veteran race strategist Peter Keane, taking a break from Rolex 24 hr duties with Spirit of Daytona.

Following spirited first sessions from all 3 drivers under the watchful eye of team Owner Mike Flynn, it was left to the second stint drivers to finish the race. A number of yellow flags meant despite some hard charging from both Todd Buras and David Thilenius the team did not see either car on the podium.

A 10th place finish for the #95 car and the first non BMW or Porsche over the finish line was a positive showing. With the #91 and #94 both finishing on the lead lap in 25th and 24th place respectively clearly demonstrating the potential of these new Hyundai Genesis Coupes.

“Any time you can drive all your cars onto the trailer for the journey back is a good race weekend, especially with new cars and new drivers” said a smiling Mike Flynn as he left a cold and dark Daytona International Speedway on Friday evening.

With further testing and development planned before the next race in Sebring in March, you can be sure these new cars will return for round 2 looking to build on their Daytona results.

Audi Selects 19 Year Old For TT Sport Cup

Forbes just recently sat down with Sebastian Landyto talk about him being selected to race for Audi in the TT Sport Cup. Sebastian, 19 years old at the moment, suffered a life threatening disease as a child. After beating the disease and getting healthy, he set his sights on the world of Motorsport. His father got him into racing at a young age, as he raced classic cars at local tracks. At five years old, Sebastian attended his first Le Mans race and was immediately hooked.

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Forbes just recently sat down with Sebastian Landy to talk about him being selected to race for Audi in the TT Sport Cup. Sebastian, 19 years old at the moment, suffered a life threatening disease as a child. After beating the disease and getting healthy, he set his sights on the world of Motorsport. His father got him into racing at a young age, as he raced classic cars at local tracks. At five years old, Sebastian attended his first Le Mans race and was immediately hooked.

As Sebastian got older, he started kart racing indoors, which eventually led to racing bigger karts on outdoor tracks. After mastering the karts, Sebastian got himself a Mazda Miata and raced it with his local SCCA region. In 2012, at the age of 16, he won the SCCA Pro Mazda MX-5 Cup. The MX-5 Cup is a big deal for aspiring race car drivers, as it’s a first step of a long journey towards becoming the real deal. Since then, Sebastian has been racing all over the country in various different races, to both hone his skills and make a name for himself.

He then applied for Audi’s inaugural season of TT Sport Cup racing. Part of the application was creating a racing resume and sending it to Audi for one of the positions.Of the 160 applicants, 100 we chosen to visit the test track, show their abilities and talk to Audi about their goals and aspirations. Of those 100 drivers, only 18 were chosen. Sebastian was one of those 18. It will be a challenge for him, to race in the TT Sport Cup, as it’s a very different race in a very different car than he is used to. The circuits are entirely different and the cars have considerably more horsepower than Sebastian is used to as well as being front-wheel drive, compared to the rear-wheel drive of his Miata.

Currently, Sebastian is also juggling school, as he attends Babson College. Fortunately for him, his professors are very accommodating and are helping Sebastian miss time to race and still manage to get his studies and school work done. It’s an admirable struggle he faces, as he pursues his dream without compromising his education in the process. Sebastian is also dedicating future wins to the Make-A-Wish Foundation to help sick children achieve their goals and dreams just like he did. It’s an inspiring story of an inspiring young man.

Landy Shows Strongest Pace in Mazda MX-5 Cup Practice Two at Mazda Raceway

May. 2, 2014 – MONTEREY, Calif. – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, tapped into his success from Sebring by setting the fastest lap during Practice Two, in preparation for Friday’s Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, part of the Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. John Dean, of Sebring, Florida, and Christian Szymczak, of Palos Verdes, California, completed the top three, in that order.

In his No. 41 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy has started to make a habit of being toward the front. Following a pair of top-five finishes in the first two races, he has started to show he has the pace to be up front at different courses. During the session Landy’s fastest time around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile permanent road course was 1:42.466 (78.629 mph).

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May. 2, 2014 – MONTEREY, Calif. – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, tapped into his success from Sebring by setting the fastest lap during Practice Two, in preparation for Friday’s Round Three of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, part of the Monterey Grand Prix Powered by Mazda. John Dean, of Sebring, Florida, and Christian Szymczak, of Palos Verdes, California, completed the top three, in that order.

 In his No. 41 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy has started to make a habit of being toward the front. Following a pair of top-five finishes in the first two races, he has started to show he has the pace to be up front at different courses. During the session Landy’s fastest time around the 11-turn, 2.238-mile permanent road course was 1:42.466 (78.629 mph).

“We changed a couple things with the setup,” Landy said. “We were just trying to figure out, exactly, where we were. At this point, we’re pretty happy.
“I think this will be a good car for both qualifying and the race. The speeds have been consistent, and the car stayed neutral throughout long runs. A lot of that consistency has to do with our BFGoodrich Tires wearing very well.”
Again, Dean brought his No. 16 Projections Research/PPG MX-5 home second in this practice session with a best time of 1:42.616 (78.514 mph). Dean said that he is pleased with the results of the run as qualifying is the next time these drivers will see the track.
“We tried to make some pretty big changes to see what the result was,” Dean said. “Sometimes you learn more from taking a step backward rather that forward. We try to find settings that work in all kinds of conditions. It’s always good to have that data, even if we don’t use it during this event.
“We sent a couple probes out there this session by making some drastic changes. Most of it I didn’t like, so we’ll go back to what we had before. I’m confident we’ll have a good setup for the race, but qualifying is always a little tricky. If we hit the sweet spot we’ll be in good shape, since qualifying is so important at this track.”
In the No. 34 ALARA Racing MX-5, Szymczak logged the third-quickest time of 1:42.633 (78.501 mph). While he has shown speed on the new tire compound, Szymczak has elected to sit out qualifying and both races.
“It will be an interesting race,” Szymczak said. “I won’t be part of the race since I am just getting some track time in preparation for next year. But I’m really excited to see what happens out on track, both today and tomorrow.
“Tires will be a big deal. As we saw in this practice session, the tires start out very quick but you can’t abuse them. Tire management and driving conservatively, at some points, may have an impact on who wins the race.”
Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, made a big step between practices. He finished this session in fourth, at the controls of his No. 12 ALRAR Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5, after setting a best lap of 1:43.134 (78.119 mph). That marked a large improvement from the 17th position in which he finished during practice one.
In fifth was Koch’s car owner, Ara Malkhassian, of Houston. In the No. 11 ALARA Racing MX-5, Malkhassian set a best time of 1:43.251 (78.031 mph).
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Interview: Audi Motorsport Selects 19-Year-Old Student As Driver For TT Cup

Miguel Forbes: I just caught up with Sebastian Landy, a 19-year-old student who was recently selected by Audi Motorsport for their prestigious TT Cup. He has achieved a number of high profile wins against much older and more experienced drivers and all of this after surviving a life threatening illness as a child. This compelled him to dedicate future wins to “Make a Wish” an organization that allows children with severe health challenges to experience their dreams.

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Miguel Forbes: I just caught up with Sebastian Landy, a 19-year-old student who was recently selected by Audi Motorsport for their prestigious TT Cup. He has achieved a number of high profile wins against much older and more experienced drivers and all of this after surviving a life threatening illness as a child. This compelled him to dedicate future wins to “Make a Wish” an organization that allows children with severe health challenges to experience their dreams.

Miguel Forbes: How did you get into auto racing?

Sebastian Landy: My interest in motorsports was sparked at an early age, spending my Sunday afternoons with my brother and father watching Formula 1 on the television. While my dad was always interested in motorsports, he never got the chance to experience it until he began racing historic cars in the early 2000s, which gave me the opportunity to spend a lot of time around some amazing cars and race tracks. When I was five years old I was lucky enough to experience the 24 Hours of Le Mans and to this day I can still remember the sights, sounds and smells from that amazing race! I started racing when I was eight, competing at a local indoor kart track with my brother. Soon after that I began racing in much faster outdoor karts, but because it was always difficult to take the time off school to go racing I was never able to compete seriously at that level, being unwilling to compromise my education. When I was 15 I started racing a Mazda Miata with my local SCCA region, competing in the regional championship for a few years and winning the championship in 2013. In 2012, at the age of 16 I competed in my first race in the SCCA Pro Mazda Mx-5 Cup, a highly competitive series that is for many aspiring drivers, the first step on the racing ladder. From then until now it’s been a case of racing as much as I can and as often as I can, competing in various sports car racing series in the USA and Europe.

Forbes: How did you get the slot with Audi and the Audi TT Sport Cup?

Landy: Over 160 people applied to be a part of the inaugural season of the Audi Sport TT Cup, and I was thrilled to be one of the 18 drivers that they selected. To be selected for the TT Cup, I had to put together my racing résumé and apply directly for one of the positions. Then, Audi selected around 100 individuals to visit their test track, so they could gauge their abilities and ask them questions about their aspirations so as to better gain an understanding of the drivers that they were considering. I was fortunate to be selected for the series on my racing accomplishments alone, and so did not have to attend the initial track test. As the only American in the series I have to learn all new circuits and an entirely different type of race car, as the Audi TT Cup car is a high horsepower front wheel drive machine, but I think that I’m up to the challenge!

Forbes: How do you balance school and racing?

Landy: That is probably the most difficult thing for me to manage, as overseas travel to each round of the Audi Sport TT Cup takes a whole week out of the academic year for four of the six race weekends. Fortunately, Babson College and my professors have been incredibly supportive trying to accommodate my absences and the impact they have on my studies but it certainly isn’t the ideal situation. It’s an added challenge that I have to work around in order to pursue a career in racing while also focusing on a college education. You might get a different answer from my parents, but that’s a separate matter!

Forbes: What was your most exciting experience racing?

Landy: In terms of excitement, I’d have to say that my best experience racing thus far would have to be winning both races at Road Atlanta in the Mx-5 Cup last year. Both wins were as different as you could imagine, and both were incredibly special to me. In the first race, I had to fight back to the lead after being knocked off the track early on, and falling back to 14th. After putting my head down and charging back to the front, I was able to take the lead with one lap to go, which was an amazing experience! The next day was a rain race, and Atlanta Motorsports Group gave me the perfect set up for the wet conditions, so much so that I was lapping much faster than any other car on track. I ended up winning the race by around 8 seconds, which was a brilliant way to cap off one of the best weekends I’ve ever had!

Forbes: Is there any one race that you dream of winning and why? Is F1 in your plans?

Landy: If I had to pick just one race to win, it would have to be the 24 hours of Le Mans. Ever since I saw the race for the first time in 2000 I’ve always had a special place in my heart for the world’s greatest endurance race, and endurance racing itself as a sport. To me, Le Mans is one of those races that still manages to capture the magic of motorsports, that indescribable feeling that I felt for the first time sitting in the stands at the start of the race, and it would be a fantastic opportunity to be able to compete there.

While I certainly don’t think that there is a racing driver alive that would turn down a future in Formula 1, sports car racing and endurance racing is what I love the most, and when you take into account the massive amounts of funding necessary to make it to Formula 1 these days, I don’t think it’s the most realistic of career options.

Forbes: What would you tell young people that dream of racing but not sure how to get involved?

Landy: Join the SCCA. For me personally, joining the SCCA was a great way to get involved in motorsport for the first time. Your local SCCA chapter can give you access to racetracks where you can get into the racing world, and allow you to talk to people who will help you understand what it takes to actually get behind the wheel of a racing car. The SCCA also hosts High Performance Driving Events, track days, and racing schools which are all a great way to get your feet wet in racing.

Forbes: Tell us about Porsche GT3 Cup series?

Landy: Let’s face it, the Porsche 911 is an amazing and iconic car, one that has captured the imaginations of drivers for decades. To be able to drive them in anger on a race track and against other competitors is a fantastic experience! The Porsche GT3 Cup USA series is one of 19 global Porsche 911 GT3 Cup one-make championships that provide thrilling action and groom drivers for future competition in North America or professional GT races worldwide.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge features semi-professional drivers racing head to head in matched Porsches in the largest single-make series in North America. Powered by one of the world’s most successful race cars, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car, the multi-class structure of the series teaches drivers essential skills for an eventual career in motorsports. The three class divisions are Gold Cup, Platinum Cup and a Masters Championship (for drivers 45 and over).

Developed for Porsche one-make Cups worldwide, the 2015 version of the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car is based on the street version of the current Porsche 911. The power unit featured in the new 911 GT3 Cup car was largely identical to the production engine of the 911 GT3 RS with the same output of 460 bhp and the same maximum engine speed of 8,500 rpm. The 2010-2013 versions compete in the Gold Cup class, while the new 2014 model races for Platinum Cup honors.

The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge competes alongside other IMSA series at every race weekend, and the series runs 14 of its 16 rounds during TUDOR Championship events.

Forbes: Is there’s charity that you would dedicate future wins to?

Landy: One cause that has been important to me for a long time now is supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation. As someone who suffered a life threatening illness as a child, I know the strain that can be put on families in similar situations. If I could dedicate any future wins to a cause that exists solely to offer incredible experiences to kids who through no fault of their own find themselves suffering illness and adversity, I would.

Landy Goes Two-For-Two In Mazda Mx-5 Cup at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the weekend sweep at Road Atlanta after winning Round 12 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, and Joey Bickers, of Moorpark, California, completed the podium.

Landy notched his second career win, and first weekend sweep, in Mazda MX-5 Cup competition in the final round of the 2014 season. In the No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy controlled most of the race that averaged 77.867 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit by leading 17 of 23 laps.

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BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 3, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, completed the weekend sweep at Road Atlanta after winning Round 12 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires. Kenton Koch, of Glendora, California, and Joey Bickers, of Moorpark, California, completed the podium.

Landy notched his second career win, and first weekend sweep, in Mazda MX-5 Cup competition in the final round of the 2014 season. In the No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, Landy controlled most of the race that averaged 77.867 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit by leading 17 of 23 laps. The race was slowed by wet conditions and an aborted start as the leaders picked up the throttle too early.

While Landy controlled the field from the front, Koch was pushing hard contesting for the race win, however Landy proved to have what it took to win.

“It was definitely a great weekend,” Landy said. “Coming into it, we were just looking for a good result. After qualifying, we knew we didn’t have a great starting position in sixth for both races even though we were only 0.6-second off the pole speed.

“It’s a draft track here, and you’re always going to be in the mix for the win as long as you stay toward the front. It feels good to be consistent and run at the front like that, without any problems. Whatever we do next year, it think it will give us a good push in the right direction.”

In the No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5, Kenton Koch was trying to end his 2014 campaign on top. He was scored as the leader of the opening two laps until Landy was able to make the pass for the lead during lap three. At that point, Koch stayed within two car lengths of Landy. On lap 12, Koch was able to retake the lead but could not hold off the charging Landy and lost the lead two laps later.

With the Championship in hand, Koch was content with a second-place finish in the race.

“It feels good now that it’s all over,” Koch said. “Coming into this weekend, we knew anything could happen. But, I was feeling pretty good and just wanted to focus on having fun.

“The race went well. I didn’t have any incidents, which was good. The car got a little loose at the end with the drying track. Sebastian [Landy] was quick and had a good car under him. He was able to pull away from me, but I just was trying to keep from doing anything stupid. I can’t thank the ALARA guys enough for providing me a great car all year long. I also have to thank BFGoodrich Tires and Mazda for providing an awesome ladder system. Without that, I couldn’t be here.”

Bickers was able to notch his first career Mazda MX-5 Cup podium after he piloted the No. 29 Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5 to a third-place finish. Starting 10th, Bickers found himself in the middle of an intense mid-pack shuffle for position. He bounced between sixth and ninth until he was able to make his move toward the front of the field, on lap 20. By lap 21, Bickers worked his way up to the rear bumper of Ara Malkhassian. On the final lap of the race, Bickers was able to get around Malkhassian and took his teammate, Devin Jones, with him.

“This is my first podium finish this season, so I’m really happy,” Bickers said. “I think the rain gave me a little bit of an advantage. It seemed like some of these guys were taking it a bit easy toward the end, but I saw a dry line forming. So, I just pushed as hard as I could.

“Thank you to C.J. Wilson Racing for giving me a great car. We were rushing to get these rain tires on at the last minute, but we got it done and came home with a good result.”

Fourth place marked the highest finish for Jones in his rookie year of the series, while behind the wheel of the No. 35 Veristor MX-5. He spent much of the race just behind Malkhassian until getting a boost from Bickers.

Landy Takes First Career Mazda Mx-5 Cup Win at Road Atlanta

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, captured the top spot in Round 11 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, notching his first series win. Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Maryland, and John Dean, of Sebring, Florida, completed the top three positions.

Landy did not lead the most laps of the race in his No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, but he led the most important one – the last lap. The race, which averaged 81.243 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit, was a wild one at the front.

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BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 2, 2014) – Sebastian Landy, of Great Falls, Virginia, captured the top spot in Round 11 of the SCCA Pro Racing Mazda MX-5 Cup Presented by BFGoodrich Tires, notching his first series win. Dean Copeland, of Bowie, Maryland, and John Dean, of Sebring, Florida, completed the top three positions.

Landy did not lead the most laps of the race in his No. 49 Excitations.com/Atlanta Motorsports Group MX-5, but he led the most important one – the last lap. The race, which averaged 81.243 mph around the 12-turn, 2.54-mile circuit, was a wild one at the front.

By lap two, the lead cars that included Kenton Koch, Dean Copeland and Nathanial Sparks had successfully broken away from the remainder of the pack. Behind them was a fierce battle for each position. The eventual race winner, Landy, was even involved in some close racing through Turn 12 that resulted in him being pushed off the track by his teammate, Lucas Catania, at the turn’s exit.

Following his off-track excursion, Landy dropped back to the 12th position. He spent the next 18 laps working his way back up to the leaders. What helped Landy the most, was his restart following the three-lap, full-course caution that started on lap 18 issued for the car of Tim Reger making contact with the retaining wall outside of Turn Five. Reger was taken to the on-site medical center and released.

On the Lap 21 restart, Landy took the green flag in fifth, but started lap 22 just off the rear bumper of then-leader Copeland. As the field came down the hill to Turn 12 to start lap 23, it was Landy that was in the lead where he stayed until the checkered flag waived.

“Starting from sixth, I didn’t know what was going to come of it,” Landy said. “I just went in with the mindset of moving forward to give us a chance at a good result. There were some guys doing some pretty crazy things out there, trying to fit cars where they didn’t fit.

“Unfortunately, I got involved in that going through Turn 12. After going off, I thought I was done. But, I just put my head down and kept moving forward. Things just fell right after that. At the end of the day, all you can do is smile.”

Copeland, at the controls of his No. 7 Copeland Motorsports/Sync Speed Inc./Brimtek MX-5, tallied his third consecutive podium finish, in as many races. In contention for the entire 24-lap race, Copeland was no lower than third each time he crossed the line and was even the official leader for six laps.

Once Landy completed the pass for the lead on lap 22, Copeland tucked in behind and was able to hold off Dean to the finish.

“At the beginning of the race, I was hooked up with Kenton [Koch],” Copeland said. “We were able to open up a gap and I was hoping we could maintain that, but the Sick Sideways guys were able to get into the mix. They were able to chase us down and get into the fight, which just allowed everyone else to catch up.

“When the yellow flag came out, I knew I needed to get to the lead as quickly as I could. Once I got there, Sebastian [Landy] was able to get around me with a great restart. I actually wanted to be in second on the last lap, but ran out of track.”

In his No. 16 Projections Research/PPG MX-5, Dean was one of five lap leaders during the race. He took the lead during lap 16, and held the position through the Lap 21 race restart. As part of the three-wide battle into Turn One for the lead, following the green flag, Dean was unable to hold onto the lead.

“I’ve been fighting the car throughout the entire race weekend,” Dean said. “We’ve been chasing the setup and we can’t figure it out. The car is quick, but it’s just hard to drive. We were doing really well off the start. [Nathanial] Sparks was making good, aggressive moves.

“During the opening laps, I almost wadded the car up in Turn Five. The rear of the car was over the curb and I was sideways. I barely saved it using the brakes. I lost a lot of ground to Sparks and Dean, and just wasn’t able to catch up. I had to be cautious in a few places where you really need to hang it out, which made things difficult. Once I caught back up, Sparks and I were able to work well together and control the race until the yellow flag came out.”

Kenton Koch took the checkered flag in fourth, behind the wheel of his No. 12 ALARA Racing/Mazda Motorsports/BFGoodrich Tires MX-5. Koch was the polesitter for the standing start and held the lead for seven laps, but was content to settle into a fast pace just behind the leaders as he only needed to start both races of the weekend to capture the Championship.

Patrick Gallagher brought his No. 28 MedBuild/Henry Schein/ModSpace MX-5 home in the fifth position, less than one second behind the race winner. Starting in seventh, Gallagher was in fifth by lap four. Gallagher logged consistent laps that saw him as high as fourth, and no lower than sixth.

Heading into Friday’s race, Koch has mathematically clinched the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Championship. Landy and Dean decide second place on track tomorrow as Dean sits at 573 points, 34 markers ahead of Landy.

Audi Sport TT Cup: Interesting field confirmed

Ingolstadt, January 23, 2015 – The first decision in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup has been made. The 18 permanent slots for the season have been awarded. A high-caliber jury that included Audi Sport TT Cup coach Markus Winkelhock, Le Mans winner Marco Werner and the former rally driver Sepp Haider selected 15 young international male and three female drivers.

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Audi Sport TT Cup field confirmed

Ingolstadt, January 23, 2015 – The first decision in the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup has been made. The 18 permanent slots for the season have been awarded. A high-caliber jury that included Audi Sport TT Cup coach Markus Winkelhock, Le Mans winner Marco Werner and the former rally driver Sepp Haider selected 15 young international male and three female drivers.

The field of the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup is made up of entrants from 13 nations and three continents. With three drivers, Germany has the largest representation. In addition, drivers from ten other European countries, as well as the USA and Hong Kong, will be on the grid. At the mere age of 16, the Fin Joonas Lappalainen is the youngest, while 25-year-old Josh Caygill, from Great Britain, is the oldest driver in the field. The average age of 20 years is correspondingly low. This underscores Audi’s ambitions of affording young international talent an opportunity to enter the company’s successful motorsport world.

“We had 165 applications from 30 nations,” says Project Leader Rolf Michl. “We intensively reviewed every single application and in a multi-stage selection process chose the 18 drivers who are now given the chance to prove themselves in the Audi Sport TT Cup. Our aim was to have a very international and attractive field – and we’ve achieved this. Now, we’re looking forward to getting to know the 18 selected drivers better at the fitness camp and during the initial track tests at the beginning of March.”

In 2015, two races of the Audi Sport TT Cup will be held at each of six DTM events. In addition to the permanent entrants, six “seats” are reserved for changing guest drivers. quattro GmbH centrally prepares and fields the 24 cars.

The field of the 2015 Audi Sport TT Cup**

Åhlin-Kottulinsky, Mikaela (S, *November 13, 1992)
Amweg, Levin (CH, *September 11, 1994)
Caygill, Josh (GB, *June 22, 1989)
Coleselli, Marc (A, *August 27, 1993)
Cypriano, Lucile (F, *September 2, 1996)
Hezemans, Loris (NL, *May 26, 1997)
Hofbauer, Christoph (D, *July 15, 1991)
Kisiel, Jan (PL, *July 14, 1994)
Landy, Sebastian (USA, *December 14, 1995)
Lappalainen, Joonas (FIN, *March 1, 1998)
Lindholm, Emil (FIN, *July 19, 1996)
Marklund, Anton (S, *December 9, 1992)
Marschall, Dennis (D, *August 15, 1996)
Møller Madsen, Nicolaj (DK, *March 10, 1993)
Önder, Kaan (TR, *January 10, 1997)
Peitz, Dominik (D, *November 20, 1991)
Rdest, Gosia (PL, *January 14, 1993)
Thong, Shaun (HK, *November 1, 1995)