DREAM WEEK FOR ANSA MOTORSPORTS & PATRICK OTTO MADSEN AT ROAD ATLANTA!
Last Thursday, ANSA Motorsports won their second Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama (Gold Cup class) Team Championship in three seasons, (2012 with Angel Benitez Jr. and 2014 with Patrick Otto Madsen). Patrick Otto Madsen won the 2014 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama (Gold Cup class) Driver Championship and became the first athlete from the country of Haiti to ever win an international championship. ANSA Motorsports and their racer, Patrick Otto Madsen, came to road Atlanta last Monday with great expectations. They knew that winning the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama (Gold Cup class) team and driver championships was a true possibility but before celebrating, they first had to compete in round 15 on Thursday and 16 on Friday. Before Thursday’s race, Patrick Otto Madsen and ANSA Motorsports team owner, Alain Nadal, were really tense. Before entering the car to compete in round 15 Patrick told his crew, “I am ready to race hard”, and he did. Otto Madsen finished second. The ANSA Motorsports driver qualified 3rd and after a very competitive race, earned his 10th podium finish in 15 starts. But more importantly, he sealed his first series championship. The entire ANSA Motorsports crew was delighted and had big smiles on their faces. “Today it was all about first finishing, but when I saw I had a little bit of pace, I went after Mosing a little bit and tried to get him, but he made very few mistakes,” Madsen said. “It was getting hot out there, and the tires were getting very squirrely, so we brought it home in second. That did it for the championship, so we’re really happy about that.” Patrick Otto Madsen and his ANSA Motorsports team scored 3 wins, 8 podium finishes and another 2 top-five finishes in only 16 races this season, a remarkable achievement for the South Florida racer and the Miami-based racing team. On Friday, the second race was not as easy as the first since the rain made an unexpected appearance on top of the iconic Road Atlanta raceway. Patrick started the race in second place but had to avoid some cars spinning in front of him so he lost some positions. He was able to come back to the top five at mid-race and since he did not want to take any unnecessary risks, crossed the finish line in 7th place. On Friday night, during the “Porsche Night of Champions”, drivers and teams received their trophies during a very casual celebration party hosted by Porsche North America at their hospitality unit. Patrick Otto Madsen was awarded with the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Gold Cup Driver Championship and ANSA Motorsports, the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Gold Cup Team Championship. During the evening, Patrick Otto Madsen received a nice congratulations message from Jens Walther, President and CEO of Porsche Motorsports North America. Now that the curtain came down on 2014 season, Patrick Otto Madsen and ANSA Motorsports are already thinking 2015 and the option to move up to the Platinum Cup. The 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama should be announced soon and ANSA Motorsports is looking to expand its racing program to welcome more drivers to race alongside Otto Madsen.