Car: 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup #59
Owner: Jim Hoddinott
Driver: Jim Hoddinott
Jim Hoddinott joined the PCA, Rennsport Region, in 2007 with his racing wife Aleksandra. The two spent '07 and '08 learning from RSR Instructors and then Pro Driver JF Dumoulin, whom continues to coach them. Jim gained additional experience with Skip Barber Regional Race Series. He entered his first PCA Race at VIR in a GTC3 Cup Car. His second race at Road America, where he won the GTA1 Class. Mosport followed with Pole Position in GTB2 and a pair of Second Place finishes. Regional Races were also competed in, at Circuit Mont Tremblant and Calabogie Motorsports Park, with class victories.
In 2009 Jim formed the Motorsports company, Speed Merchants. It has quickly grown into one of the largest retailers/distributors of high performance parts, tires and race wear in North America.
With the guidance of Giovanni Pannico from Fiorano Racing, Speed Merchants build track focused Porsche's and provide track support at DE's and Club Races.
For 2011, Speed Merchants and Fiorano Racing have entered the very competitive American Lemans Series. With Top amateur driver and car owner, Perry Bortolotti, they will be competing at the 12 Hours of Sebring in the IMSA Patron Challenge, the highest level of amateur Sports Car Racing in North America.
Jim will be competing in the 48 Hours of Sebring this Feb., in a 2009 Cup Car GTA2 class
Car: SpeedMerchants 2009 C2S PDK #259
Owner: Jim Hoddinott
Driver: JF Dumolin
JF Dumolin Bio:.
Won Rolex 24 At Daytona in GT competition, his only victory in 12 starts with Fiorano Racing/Alegra Motorsports en route to ninth in driver point standings. Won KONI Challenge Series Grand Sport race at Watkins Glen, one of three starts on the season.
Competed in two Rolex Series GT class races, finishing a season-best seventh in the Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen.
Made three Rolex Series GT class starts, posting a season-best fourth-place finish at Mont-Tremblant.
Made nine Rolex Series starts in the SGS class, earning a class victory in the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Finished 12th in the championship. Also made eight Grand-Am KONI Challenge Series starts with a best finish of sixth.
Made one Rolex Series start in the GTS class, finishing third in class. Won the KONI Challenge Series GSI class with six victories.
Made one Rolex Series start, earning a best finish of fourth in the GT class. Won the KONI Challenge Series ST I championship despite not winning a race.
Started two Rolex Series races in the SRPII class, earning the class victory at Trois-Rivières. Competed in the KONI Challenge Series taking a GS class victory at Watkins Glen.
Made one Rolex Series start, finishing fifth in the GTU class.
Car: SpeedMerchants/Bortolotti 2010 GT3 Cup #84
Owner: Perry Bortolotti
Driver: Perry Bortolotti
Another member of the SpeedMerchants Team, Perry Bortolotti is an electronics engineering technologist and the President of CJ Micro an electronics company. Perry’s passion for racing started young with snowmobiles. In the late 80’s and early 90’s he took interest in building and racing stock cars which he raced on oval tracks. In the 90’s Perry was participating in drivers education events and regional racing in Corvettes. In 2004 he joined the Porsche Club of America (PCA). Perry was participating in events or races with his 2005 Porsche 996 GT3 and his 2005 Porsche 996 GT3 Cup. In 2010 he purchased 2 new Porsches, a 2010 GT3 RS and a 2010 GT3 Cup. Perry holds several class records at his home tracks such as Mosport, Le Circuit Mont Tremblant (LCMT) and Calabogie Motorsports Park (CMP), he is also a driving instructor at CMP. Since joining the PCA Perry has consistently had podium finishes in the PCA races he has entered. In 2011 he is racing the CJ Micro / SpeedMerchants / Fiorano #84 2010 Porsche Cup in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) IMSA GT3 Challenge by Yokohama. Perry and his wife Lani live in Ottawa, Canada
and have 2 adult sons.
Car:SpeedMerchants/Seitz 996 GT3 Cup #58
Owner: Robert Seitz
Driver: Robert Seitz
Dr. Bob’s Bio
Bob Seitz, a.k.a. Doctor Bob, grew up in an automotive family and around racing. His father, an automobile dealer in Canada, raced Corvettes during the late 50s and early 60s in the early days of SCCA. Dr. Bob began his racing hobby in the early 80s while living in south Florida, racing a Porsche 944 in SCCA. Following a 15-year family sabbatical, Doc built a BMW E36 M3 and ran in Ontario regional and BMW Club events sporadically over the years. In 2008 he was converted to the Porsche cult and began pursuing a PCA Club Racing effort. In 2009 he ran a Cayman S and acquired his 996 GT3 Cup later that year for the 2010 season, forming the Morning Wood Racing Team. He is looking forward to the 2011 season running in the very competitive GTC3 class.
Driver: Scott Giannou
Born\Resides: St John’s Newfoundland
St John’s business man and owner of the international tarmac rally Targa Newfoundland. Scott has been racing for ten years and holds various competition licenses and enjoys driving everything from a Honda CRX to a Porsche 997 in various disciplines from circuit racing to performance tarmac rallies. His racing accomplishments include various top three championship podiums in the Atlantic Canada regional series as well many first place and top three podium finishes all over the US and Canada with PCA racing and NASA. In the past nine years Scott has been a multi time class winner at Targa Newfoundland and in 2010 was the classic division and overall event winner with the lowest penalty score after six days.
Scott raced in a 2007 Porsche 997 GTB2 car with Speed Merchants in Feb 2011 at Sebring and returns to the team in July at Mosport to drive the 2009 997 GTB2 car.
Car: 2009 Porsche GT3 Cup #345
Owner: Shaun McKaigue
Driver: Shaun McKaigue
Shaun McKaigue grew up on Canada's east coast. His lifelong love of sports cars led to the Porsche Club where in 2008 he eventually became involved in Club Racing. Driving a Porsche 997 Carrera S he holds track records at Mosport , Road Atlanta, Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Watkins Glen, Sebring, and New Jersey Motorsports Park. For 2011 he has moved up to a Porsche GT3 Cup Car which he will campaign in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge Canada.
Car: SpeedMerchants 2009 Porsche C2S PDK
Driver: Rob Maranda