Irish Mike’s Racing is set for a full season of IMSA Porsche Carrera Cup North America competition with a pair of brand-new Porsche 992s.
Veteran Craig Conway returns to compete in Pro-Am at the wheel of [the No. 97 Diamond Suzuki/Sea Pro Porsche] 992. Conor Flynn is set to begin his first full season of professional competition when he enters the Pro Class [in the No. 95 Chillout System/Irish Mike’s Total Care Care Porsche] 992.
Last year, the drivers finished a respective third and fourth in the Pro-Am 991 class. For 2022, the 991 cars were eliminated, with the series focusing on the new 992 configuration in Pro, Pro-Am and Am classes. Conway missed the latter category by only two months.
Both Central Florida drivers will be close to home when the seven-race 2022 campaign begins with a pair of races on Thursday, March 17, as part of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend.
The team took delivery of their new Porsche 992 Cup cars one month ago, with their first testing with the cars on March 7-8 at the official Porsche test at Sebring. The latest evolution of the iconic 911, the 992 was introduced in 2021. The newest Porsche has been a hit with the competitors.
“Porsche is talking about record numbers of cars this year,” Flynn said. “They’re going to be enforcing the 107-percent rule in qualifying, because there will be so many cars on the track.
The team prepared for the season with a training weekend at the Irish Mike’s team shop in Orlando prior to the test.
“We flew everyone up to the team shop – to learn how to do everything and learn to prepare for any type of situation, from a flat tire to practicing for the impound procedures,” Flynn said.
“This is a big season for us, because we’ve expanded and we got a SimCraft APEX motorsports simulator to learn more about the courses, and learn about the street course at Long Beach, a place that’s not very forgiving when you make mistakes. We’re excited, because the whole team’s ready to rock and roll.”
The seven-race season begins at Sebring International Raceway on March 16-17, as part of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring weekend. Following Sebring, the Porsche Cup runs a pair of California races, making its debut on the streets of Long Beach on April 8-9, and then moving north to WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on April 29-May 1.
The season then visits the iconic road courses at Watkins Glen International, June 23-26; Road America, August 5-7; Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, Sept. 2-4; and concludes at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, Sept. 28-Oct. 1.
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