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Daskalos, O’Connell Set for Texas Standoff

Twenty cars set for this weekend’s GT America powered by AWS pair of races at COTA…

Photo: Fabian Lagunas/SRO

Jason Daskalos and Johnny O’Connell are set for a Texas standoff in this weekend’s pair of GT America powered by AWS rounds at Circuit of The Americas, with the battle for the SRO3 points lead tightening up.

Daskalos enters into Rounds 7 and 8 of the season with a scant four-point advantage over O’Connell, who closed the gap following the recent pair of 40-minute races at Sebring International Raceway.

While finishing runner-up to George Kurtz in Race 1 at Sebring, Daskalos’ CRP Racing Mercedes-AMG GT3 Evo faded in Race 2, which led to the SKI Autosports driver to come within striking distance of Daskalos.

Kurtz, who swept the weekend at Sebring, has moved into third in the standings, despite missing the two races at Long Beach.

A total of 20 cars are entered for COTA, including the return of James Sofronas in his No. 14 GMG Racing Audi R8 LMS GT3 Evo II, the first start of the season for Lone Star Racing in the top class with a Mercedes-AMG for Marc Austin, as well as the debut of Fast Track Racing’s BMW M4 GT3 with John Roberts.

Alan Grossberg will again be the lone GT2 class entrant in his No. 102 TPC Racing Lamborghini Huracan Super Trofeo EVO2, while the GT4 class will see the addition of Pirelli GT4 America competitor Damir Hot in his Flying Lizard Motorsports Nissan Z NISMO GT4.

Hot and five other class entrants will all be looking to dethrone Rotek Racing’s Isaac Sherman, who remains undefeated in the class this season.

GT America cars hit the track on Friday for a pair of practice sessions followed by qualifying on Saturday morning and Race 1 later that day, followed by Race 2 on Sunday.

Both races will be streamed live on SRO’s GT World YouTube page and on Twitch.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for and SPEED Channel and has contributed to numerous other motorsports publications worldwide. Contact John

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