Four questions with Patrick Otto Madsen before the biggest racing week of his career!
About Racing at in the last two rounds: “Going into Road Atlanta, where I made my Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama debut in 2012, I can’t help but reflect over the last two years with ANSA Motorsports going to arguably the best race tracks in the country,” said Otto Madsen before traveling to Atlanta. “In 2013 competing in the platinum class, the learning curve was steep, the competition fierce. The support I received from ANSA Motorsports was second to none. They always give me a winning car, the results getting better over the year as we adapted to the car, and coming on strong at the end of the year and nearly missing the top ten championship ranking by a few points.”
Otto Madsen talks about racing in the series: “For 2014, we set the goal. Win the Gold Class Championship. It is surreal that we are so close to achieving that Goal after a difficult and challenging year. The Gold Class competitors were relentless. I had so many moments of amazing wheel to wheel racing with my fellow competitors. It is never easy in the Gold Class as you must fight to stay in the race with both Platinum and Gold class drivers alike. Starting mid pack or near the top ten is always a tense moment trying to make it alive through the first lap. Although you’re fighting with Gold Class guys, you often find yourself mixing it up with the faster platinum drivers as well.”
Patrick talks about his 2014 season: “We got knocked out of Race 1 at Sebring, our only DNF of the year, but we were consistent from this point on, winning Sebring race 2. We managed to climb to the top of standings over the summer months. Nevertheless, we had a few breaks and moments of luck avoiding mayhem. My first Gold Cup Win at Sebring Race #2 was amazing, but I had to fight hard in Lime Rock Race #1 to get my second win. My third win of the year, at COTA under the lights, was very special. We feel very blessed following a season of intense action that could have turned into our competitor's advantage. For example, at Road America, going into the kink as usual full tilt bogey, I avoided a major crash and spinning the car that nearly stopped in the middle of the track! That was an intense moment in my season.”
About the Road Atlanta racetrack: “Racing at Road Atlanta is amazing. This is a great venue, equally impressive for both drivers and fans, so it is just the perfect track to finish the racing season. What a track, which only allows a few moments per lap to catch your breath. Driving a Porsche Cup Car here is extra special and so fun. It really takes an accomplished driver to be quick here and the time is always tight. There is always a lot of confusion here at Road Atlanta, especially when we race in wet conditions. Being the last race, every driver wants to leave a stamp on the season. Some dry racing would be great here since after three years, we've had our share of rain! We are looking forward to a great week, with ample track time to get the very best out of the car and driver. Our aim is to always win but we must first finish in Race #1 with the points lead held, effectively determining our strategy for race 2."