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Cayman Interseries Racing Closes Out SVRA Vintage Grand Prix at Mid-Ohio
by Frank A. Filipponio | Jun 28, 2011
A Sunday sweep of both races by Mark Sandridge – including a second-consecutive enduro race win with teammate Joe Varde – closed out the final day of Cayman Interseries action at this weekend’s SVRA Mid-Ohio Vintage Grand Prix.

In one of the closest enduro races in the history of the Cayman Intereseries. Sandridge pulled the feat in his StopTech-equipped No. 49 white and red-and-yellow striped No. 49 Cayman S, themed after his 1994 IMSA Champion Team Salad Porsche 911 RSR.

“At the start of the enduro it was pretty neat,” Sandridge said. “Lee Davis got ahead of me, I followed him for a lap or two, then we went up through the Keyhole Turn together and he got sideways just a little bit. So coming out of the Keyhole, we were toe-to-toe, tail-to-tail, and I just got him there on the straight. From there on I just put my nose down and boogied.”

After the handoff, his co-driver, Varde, led only the race’s final lap after being repeatedly held off by Ryan Eversley in the StopTech-equipped black and red No. 33 Cayman S, which pays tribute to the Advan Porsche 956s and 962s.

“Ryan got in some traffic from some of the fast cars that go down the straight pretty quick but then kind of brake check you in the brake zone,” Varde said. “I kind of took advantage of that and that’s how I go by him on the last lap at the end of the straightaway.”

Davis, the reigning Cayman Interseries Champion, finished second in both Sunday races but scored a victory of his own in Saturday’s opening sprint race of the weekend. That race also came down to a duel with Sandridge.

Another success story sprouted up when Racing newcomer Bob Schneider drove the first three races of his career at Mid-Ohio, including co-driving with Jack Baldwin in the enduro, and finished on the podium in all three races in the No. 26 Cayman S running on StopTech brakes and carrying the livery of the 1998 Le Mans-winning Porsche GT-1.

Round 6 of the 2011 Cayman Interseries racing takes place September 29-October 2 as part of The New Jersey Vintage/Historic Races at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville.

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