Ryan Dalziel, who has all podium finishes in his four starts in the #31 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, hopes to close out the season at Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City with two more successes.
Dateline. Tooele, Utah
Circuit. Miller Motorsports Park
Track Length/Turns. 3.048-mile, 15-turn Road Course - "Outer Course"
Round. Pirelli World Challenge, 15 and 16 of 16
Next Round. Season Finale
Round. Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Racing Series, 6 of 8
Next Round. Sonoma Raceway, October 24-26
Pirelli World Challenge
Date. Race 1: Friday, September 12, 4:50 p.m. MT/ 6:50 p.m. ET
Race 2: Saturday, September 13, 2:15 p.m. MT/ 4:15 p.m. ET
Race Duration. 50-minutes
Classes. GT (Porsche 911 GT3 R), GT-A (Porsche 911 GT3 R) GTS (Porsche Cayman S)
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Racing Series
Date. Race 1: Friday, September 12, 2:30 p.m. MT/ 4:30 p.m. ET
Race 2: Saturday, September 13, 3:35 p.m. MT/ 5:35 p.m. ET, Race 3: Sunday, September 14, 11:10 a.m. MT/1:10 p.m. ET
Race Duration. 35-minutes
Classes. Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, Model Year 2010-'13), Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY '05-'09), Silver (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, MY 2000-'05)
Porsche Profile. Event Story Lines
On Point. Michael Mills Enters Finale with GT-Amateur Class Point Lead
Angleton, Texas' Michael Mills enters the final event weekend of the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge leading the GT-Amateur (GT-A) class. The driver of the No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R was the first driver to earn a class podium for the current iteration of GT3 R in North America when he took third at the St. Petersburg's season opener. EFFORT followed with the car's first victory on the streets of Long Beach. Overall, Mills has five class wins, 10 podiums, and 11 top-ten finishes in the 14 GT-A races held to-date.
Mills first took the point lead with his Long Beach win but fell back during the mid-season stretch. He recaptured and has held the point lead since Toronto in late July. As the teams arrive at Tooele, Utah's Miller Motorsports Park for this weekend's finale, Mills and the No. 41 EFFORT crew hold a 48-point margin over second-place Henrik Hedman. 140 points are available for a victory in each of the two races to be held this weekend.
Baldwin In Point Chase Entering Finale
Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia) has had the prototypical up and down season in his GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S. The GTS class racer has two victories, six pole positions, six podiums and has turned the fastest race lap twice against the larger engine displacement of the Camaros, Mustangs and Aston Martins. The No. 73 also has four finishes below 15th place. Going into the most recent event at Sonoma Raceway late last month, Baldwin looked like he would have to give up his championship hopes for 2014. However, at the California track, he won one of the 50-minute sprint races and finished second in the other. The podium success positioned the veteran in a strong third place in the title chase, trailing Lawson Aschenbach by 114 and point leader Mark Wilkins by 194 points entering the last two events this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park. 280 points are up for grabs in the dual sprint races - 140 awarded for first place in each race.
Porsche GT-Cup. Porsche Tagged for Exclusive New Class in 2015.
Pirelli World Challenge used the down time between GT class weekends to announce a new, one-make class for the 2015 race season. The world's most prolific production-based racecar, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup, will compete in an exclusive class within the GT ranks at World Challenge events. The Porsche GT-Cup class will run within the GT class races but have its own podium celebration, just as the GT and GT-A classes currently enjoy.
Entrants in Porsche GT-Cup will run 2014 or 2015 model year Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars exclusively. Regulations will be identical to those being used in Porsche's own worldwide one-make series, the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, which runs in support of select Formula 1 races. The only exception will be the use of Pirelli race tires versus Supercup's Michelin tires.
Supporting Cast. Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Racing Series
Porsche has raced since its founding to prove and improve its road cars. In that time, the brand has become synonymous with sports car endurance racing but in recent years the German marque has also built a reputation as an ideal one-make series for sprint racing. Beginning first with the Porsche Mobil1 Supercup Series in 1993, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car has been used as the backbone for series supporting major race events around the globe. This weekend, the Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Racing Series is lending its strong roster of late model Porsche 911 GT3 Cup cars to the Pirelli World Challenge Finale at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA slots above most amateur level competition but just below the one-make Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama and Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Michelin in the sports car driver development ladder. The series features Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racecars (Model Years 2000-2013). Loren Beggs, a 52-year old Porsche racer and preparer from Montclair, Calif., currently leads the series overall. More information on the series is available at http://www.competentmotorsport.com.
Point Structure. Pirelli World Challenge*
1st, 140 pts.; 2nd, 110; 3rd, 95; 4th, 85; 5th, 80; 6th, 76; 7th, 72; 8th, 68; 9th, 64; 10th, 60; 11th, 57; 12th, 54; 13th, 51; 14th, 48; 15th, 45; 16th, 43; 17th, 41; 18th, 39; 19th, 37; 20th, 35; 21st, 33; 22nd, 31; 23rd, 29; 24th, 27; 25th, 25; 26th, 23; 27th, 21; 28th, 19; 29th, 17; 30th, 15; 31st, 13; 32nd, 11; 33rd, 9; 34th, 7; 35th, 6; 36th, 5; 37th, 4; 38th, 3; 39th, 2; 40th, 1.
* Awarded to the drivers based on their finishing position in each class, each race.
Porsche History. Miller Motorsports Park
Key Professional Victories.
2006 - Sascha Maassen/Lucas Luhr - Porsche RS Spyder - Utah Grand Prix/American Le Mans Series - first professional race at Miller Motorsports Park - LMP2 winner - eventual season champions.
2007 - Sascha Maassen/Ryan Briscoe - Porsche RS Spyder - Utah Grand Prix/American Le Mans Series - Overall and LMP2 winner
2008 - Timo Bernhard/Romain Dumas - Porsche RS Spyder - Utah Grand Prix/American Le Mans Series - Overall and LMP2 winner - eventual season champions
Wolf Henzler/Joerg Bergmeister - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - Utah Grand Prix/American Le Mans Series - GT2 winner - eventual season champions
2009 - Patrick Long/Joerg Bergmeister - Porsche 911 GT3 RSR - Utah Grand Prix/American Le Mans Series - GT2 winner - eventual season champions
2012 - Patrick Long - Porsche 911 GT3 Cup - Pirelli World Challenge - Overall and GT winner - eventual season champion
Porsche Point of View.
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
"Pirelli World Challenge provides our Porsche Motorsport customers the opportunity to compete in a one-driver, multi-manufacturer, sprint race format that is unavailable anywhere else in North America. This is an important market for Porsche to be represented in. The competition is very intense with full factory operations and customer programs competing for class and overall wins. EFFORT Racing has won multiple times and enters this weekend with Michael Mills leading the GT-A championship. GTSport has also made Jack Baldwin a contender with victories for the GTS championship. Both have done well carrying the Porsche banner all year while Taggart Autosport showed well in a limited season. 2014 has been a learning process for all of us and I believe we come away pleased but not content with where we are. We are looking forward to taking these lessons into the 2015 season."
Michael Mills, No. 41 EFFORT Racing Porsche 911 GT3 R, GT-A class
"I'm very excited that we have a chance to win the GT-A championship this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park. The team is really focusing on being prepared for this week and extra attention was put into the No. 41 Porsche. For me, as a driver, I will approach this weekend as any other weekend and will practice and qualifying the same way. We will race as hard as we need to give us the best possible result in the championship. Typically, the GT-A class winner finishes 10th overall in GT, so that's 60 points, and we have two races. For sure, that is more important than taking any excessive risk in the two events.
Fortunately, I've won season championships in motorcycles and cars so at least I have an expectation of the external pressures. I haven't won one as important as the GT-A Championship in Pirelli World Challenge, but I have great support from the entire EFFORT Racing team and PMNA there to keep me in check."
Jack Baldwin, No. 73 GTSport Racing Porsche Cayman S, GTS class
"We always bring our 'A' game and hopefully Miller is a track that will reward our Cayman against the V8s and turbos. With the season we have had I am focused on winning and ending on the highest note and position possible. I think it's very important to remember the tough odds and challenges we had to overcome just to get to where we are entering these last two races. We have fought very hard and raced with honor all season long so no matter how the championship turns out everyone on our team has proven they are champions beyond a doubt. I can promise as their driver I will give them everything I have behind the wheel."
Where to Watch.
Pirelli World Challenge
Television Race Broadcast:
Sunday, September 28, 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time on NBC Sports Network
Thursday, October 2, 10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Network
Live Race Streaming:
Live Timing and Scoring:
Race Weekend Schedule. (All times Local - Mountain Time Zone)
Friday, September 12, 2014
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Practice 1 - All Classes - 8:00 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Practice Session 1 - GT/GT-A/GTS - 8:35 a.m. - 9:05 a.m.
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Qualifying 1 - All Classes - 12:40 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Qualifying - GT/GT-A/GTS - 1:05 p.m. - 1:50 p.m.
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Race 1 - All Classes - 2:30 p.m. - 3:05 p.m. (35-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge Race 1 - GT/GT-A/GTS - 4:50 p.m. - 5:50 p.m. (50-minutes)
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Practice 2 - All Classes - 10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Warm-Up - GT/GT-A/GTS - 11:05 a.m. - 11:35 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Autograph Session - 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Qualifying 2 - All Classes - 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.
Pirelli World Challenge Race 2 - GT/GT-A/GTS - 2:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (50-minutes)
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Race 2 - All Classes - 3:35 p.m. - 4:10 p.m. (35-minutes)
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Practice 3 - All Classes - 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Qualifying 3 - All Classes - 10:10 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Race 3 - All Classes - 11:10 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. (35-minutes)
Pirelli World Challenge
GT (1) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 31 EFFORT Racing Ryan Dalziel (Scotland)
GT-Amateur (GT-A)(2) Porsche 911 GT3 R
No. 41 EFFORT Racing Michael Mills (Angleton, Texas)
GTS (2) Porsche Cayman S
No. 72 GTSport Racing Buz McCall (Boca Raton, Florida)
No. 73 GTSport Racing Jack Baldwin (Marietta, Georgia)
Pirelli GT3 Cup Trophy USA Racing Series
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