The additional Porsche 911 RSR, No. 910, is numbered in honor of the Porsche 910 race car, shown here at the 1967 Targa Florio event, driven by Paul Hawkins (AUS) and Rolf Stammelen (GER).
Atlanta. The Porsche North America works team will field a third Porsche 911 RSRs for the first time this season at the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship round in Austin, Texas on September 20. Along with the 911 RSR run by the United State's customer squad Team Falken Tire, a total of four 470 hp GT racers based off the seventh generation of the iconic 911 sports car will compete at the Circuit of the Americas (COTA). With just two rounds left on this season's calendar of the new series that is contested in the USA and Canada, Porsche narrowly leads the manufacturer's classification in the hard-fought GTLM class ahead of Chevrolet, SRT, BMW and Ferrari.
In the No. 911 Porsche 911 RSR, the Daytona GT Le Mans (GTLM) class winners Nick Tandy (Great Britain) and Richard Lietz (Austria) join forces with Jörg Bergmeister (Germany) to tackle the two-hour, 45-minute race in the lead up to the season finale Petit Le Mans on October 4 at the storied Road Atlanta circuit. Whether Richard Lietz will contest the Austin round depends on how well he has recovered from injuries sustained in an accident during a practice session in Alton, Virginia at the end of August. Sharing driving duties in the No. 912 Porsche 911 RSR are Michael Christensen (Denmark) and Patrick Long (Playa del Rey, California), the winners of the 12-hour classic at Sebring. Contesting the TUDOR Championship together for the first time are Frenchmen Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet in the cockpit of Porsche North America's third 911 RSR, No. 910. The Falken Tire outfit is banking on its regular pilots Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia), who recently scored their best result of the season with second in Virginia.
"The fight for the championship in the GTLM class remains exciting to the very end. This speaks volumes for the excellence of this new race series. Even in its first season, the series has enthralled fans with some great motor racing and has fulfilled all expectations," says Porsche's Head of Motorsport Hartmut Kristen. "By fielding a third 911 RSR with Porsche North America in Austin we want to maintain our good title chances as leaders of the manufacturer's classification."
A particularly heavy workload awaits Porsche works drivers Nick Tandy, Richard Lietz, Jörg Bergmeister, Frédéric Makowiecki and Patrick Pilet at the race weekend in the Texas capital. On the same day, immediately following the TUDOR Championship round, they will all tackle the six-hour race on the demanding COTA circuit as part of the Sports Car World Endurance Championship (WEC). As at previous WEC races this season, Porsche Team Manthey runs a pair of 911 RSR.
The TUDOR United SportsCar Championship race starts on Saturday, September 20 at 12:30 p.m. Central Time. The race will be broadcast live on FOX Sports 2 with additional coverage following on the FOX Network Sunday, September 21. Check local listings for exact times in your area. The WEC race takes off at 5:00 p.m. local time.
About Porsche Motorsport North America
Porsche Motorsport North America (PMNA), located in Santa Ana, California, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Porsche AG and the sole sales and service provider for the German sports car maker's North American customer sports programs. Porsche is the largest manufacturer of race cars with a wide range of products from the 911 GT3 Cup car to the ultimate 911 RSR. PMNA sells these models to customer teams in North America and provides them with parts, service and expertise in between races and at the track. The PMNA service truck is a fixture at most race tracks in the U.S. and Canada, staffed by factory engineers to service all of Porsche's customer teams.
About Porsche Cars North America
Porsche Cars North America, Inc. (PCNA), based in Atlanta, Ga. is the exclusive U.S. importer of Porsche sports cars, including the Macan and Cayenne SUVs and the Panamera sports sedan. Established in 1984, it is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Porsche AG, which is headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, and employs approximately 270 people who provide parts, service, marketing and training for 189 dealers. They, in turn, work to provide Porsche customers with a best-in-class experience that is in keeping with the brand's 66-year history and leadership in the advancement of vehicle performance, safety, and efficiency.
At the core of this success is Porsche's proud racing heritage that boasts some 30,000 motorsport wins to date.
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