The No. 912 Porsche North America 911 RSR returns to Sebring this week to defend its GTLM class title it won in 2014 with Patrick Long, Joerg Bergmeister and Michael Christensen aboard. This year, it will be Bergmeister, along with Frédéric Makowiecki and Earl Bamber driving.
Event. 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh from Florida
Dateline. Sebring, Florida
Circuit. Sebring International Raceway
Track Length/Turns. 3.74-miles/17-turns
Round. Two of Ten, TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Next Round. Grand Prix of Long Beach, Long Beach Grand Prix Circuit, April 18
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Date. Saturday, March 21, 2015
Race Duration. 12-Hours
Classes. GT Le Mans (Porsche 911 RSR), GT Daytona (Porsche 911 GT America)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama
Date. Race 1: Thursday, March 19, 2015, Race 2: Friday, March 20, 2015
Race Duration. 45-minutes
Classes. Platinum (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup; MY 2014-2015), Gold (Porsche 911 GT3 Cup; MY 2010-2013)
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Going the Distance. Half the Distance but Twice the Abuse of Daytona
The Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring might be half the distance of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, but the race is universally considered the toughest trial of man and machine on the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship calendar. In fact, the 3.74-mile track is considered the perfect way to test for the granddaddy of them all, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. By virtue of its approach to design, construction, testing and the belief that to "finish first you must first finish", Porsche has more victories at Sebring than any other brand. The German marque has to its credit 18 overall wins, 69 class victories and 207 lifetime top-ten finishes proving the commitment to which Porsche undergoes its racing program. In 2014, Porsche North America won the GT Le Mans (GTLM) class with the Porsche 911 RSR and the GT Daytona (GTD) battle went to the Porsche 911 GT America. 11 racecars based on the seventh-generation of the road-going Porsche 911 will contend for the prestigious Sebring honors in 2015. Three Porsche 911 RSR - the Nos. 911 and 912 Porsche North America "works" cars and the No. 17 Team Falken Tire customer entry - will challenge for GTLM victory while eight TUDOR Championship-bespoke Porsche 911 GT America customer cars will seek a return to the Sebring GTD podium.
Long Impact. Patrick Long To Hold 4th Annual Charity Pro-Am Kart Race
As the only Porsche factory driver from the United States, Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California) has had a significant impact on the German brand's success on the track since 2004. For the last four years, the driver, who will share the No. 17 Team Falken Tire Porsche 911 RSR with Wolf Henzler (Germany) and Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia) in this weekend's 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Fueled by Fresh From Florida, has also made a significant impact on children's lives here in Florida. On Sunday, March 22, Long will host the Patrick Long Pro-Am Kart Race at Andersen Racepark in Palmetto, Florida with proceeds going to All Children's Hospital. Following the traditional "pro-am" format, the race pairs a professional driver - over a dozen are expected to participate - with four amateur racers per karting team. Many of the professionals will have just completed 12 hours of racing at Sebring the day before. The race is a modified enduro of approximately 75 laps. Gates open to the public at 9:00 a.m. ET with racing beginning at Noon. A silent auction as well as a Porsche "air cooled" show will also add to the festivities. In 2014, the event raised $50,000 for All Children's Hospital - the largest third party fund-raiser for All Children's. Learn more at www.Kart4Kids.com.
Racing For 12 Hours to Get 10. Alex Job Racing Goes for Sebring Win Number 10
There are a few names that Porsche race fans will rattle off when you mention the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring. There is Hans Herrmann, who was the first Porsche driver to win the race overall in 1960. Then there's Vic Elford, who ran the Porsche 917 to win in 1971 with Gerard Larrousse. And Hurley Haywood, who has won Sebring twice. But Orlando area car owner Alex Job has been driving, owning and preparing sports cars - mostly Porsches - since 1990, and has more Sebring wins than all those mentioned combined. With an expanded shop in Tavaras, Florida, Alex Job Racing can trace its Sebring success back to 1991, when its Porsche 911 finished second in the GTU class. Job's first of many Porsche class wins occurred in 1995 event with Charlie Slater, Joe Cogbill and Bill Auberlen driving. The Sebring win in 1999 - the first year of the American Le Mans Series - propelled Cort Wagner to the first ALMS GT-class drivers' championship. 2002 - 2004 brought official factory support to AJR and three straight Sebring wins and three straight ALMS championships with factory drivers Lucas Luhr and Sascha Maassen, with help from Timo Bernhard, Marc Lieb, Joerg Bergmeister, and Romain Dumas. After a number of years away from Sebring while running the Rolex Grand-Am series, Job's team returned to the track in 2010 for the ALMS' GTC class with a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The return garnered a victory, his seventh at the track. 2012 and 2013 brought AJR's eighth and ninth Sebring class wins with Porsche 911-based entries (2012 with Cooper MacNeil and Leh Keen and 2013 with Cooper MacNeil and Jeroen Bleekemolen). This year, Alex Job Racing has two Porsche 911 GT America entries (No. 22 Cooper MacNeil/Leh Keen/Andrew Davis and No. 23 Mario Farnbacher/Ian James/Alex Riberas), and a good chance to score win number ten.
Proving Its Worth. Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama
A quick reading of the 2015 Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge by Yokohama entry list does not reveal former champions Henrique Cisneros, Madison Snow or Colin Thompson. As the series is designed to do, those and many others have moved on to higher forms of the sport. If you glance at the entry list for this weekend's Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, a total of 14 drivers from IMSA's Porsche GT3 series are racing in the "big show". One thing has remained a constant; the backbone of professional Porsche teams that are preparing these cars reads almost the same as it did at Road Atlanta in 2004 - the first race in the series. For this opening round at Sebring, Wright Motorsports (Cincinnati, Ohio) has five cars, NGT Motorsport (Miami, Florida) three, and Kelly-Moss Motorsports (Madison, Wisconsin) eight cars. A total of 26 cars - 17 in the Platinum class (2014 and 2015 Porsche 911 GT3 Cup racers) and nine Gold class Porches (2010 - 2013) will start the season at Sebring in two 45-minute races.
The Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama enters its 11th season in 2015 as one of the largest of the 20 single-make Cup Challenge series in the world utilizing the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup car. The series produces intense, exciting competition for semi-professional and aspiring professional drivers in the world's most produced and iconic race car, the Porsche 911 GT3 Cup.
Porsche History. Sebring International Raceway
Porsche's Sebring History Overall Wins: 18
13-Year Winning Streak: 1976-1988
1960 - Hans Herrmann/Oliver Gendebien Porsche RS 60
1968 - Hans Hermann/Jo Siffert - Porsche 907
1971 - Vic Elford/Gerard Larrousse - Porsche 917
1973 - Hurley Haywood/Peter Gregg/Dave Helmick - Porsche Carrera
1976 - Al Holbert/Michael Keyser - Porsche Carrera
1977 - George Dyer/Brad Frisselle - Porsche Carrera
1978 - Brian Redman/Charles Mendez/Bob Garretson - Porsche 935
1979 - Bob Akin/Roy Woods/Rob McFarlin - Porsche 935
1980 - Dick Barbour/John Fitzpatrick - Porsche 935 K3
1981 - Hurley Haywood/Al Holbert/Bruce Leven - Porsche 935
1982 - John Paul, Sr./John Paul, Jr. - Porsche 935
1983 - Kees Nierop/Wayne Baker/Jim Mullen - Porsche 934
1984 - Stefan Johansson/Mauricio DeNarvaez/Hans Heyer - Porsche 935
1985 - A.J. Foyt/Bob Wollek - Porsche 962
1986 - Hans Stuck/Bob Akin/Jo Gartner - Porsche 962
1987 - Bobby Rahal/Jochen Mass - Porsche 962
1988 - Klaus Ludwig/Hans Stuck - Porsche 962
2008 - Romain Dumas, Timo Bernhard, Emmanuel Collard - Porsche RS Spyder
Other Porsche Sebring Facts.
- Porsche won both GT classes in 2014 - Porsche 911 RSR (Long/Christensen/Bergmeister) in GTLM and Porsche 911 GT America (Potter/Lally/Seefried)
- Most top-ten overall finishes - 207
- Class Wins: 69 (a manufacturer record)
- Fastest race lap: 130.707 mph (by Derek Bell in a Porsche 962 - 1986)
- Porsche 911 Wins: 31 Overall and Class Victories
- GT Class Wins: 28 (since 1979)
- At least one Porsche has competed at Sebring every year since 1953 - 59 straight races (there was no race in 1974). No other manufacturer is close to that record.
- Hurley Haywood has 38 starts at the 12 Hours of Sebring (27 of them in Porsches) - eight more than his nearest rival
- Porsche has led 4,198 laps at Sebring (overall) for a total of 19,997.4 miles (Ferrari is second at 2,743 and 13,099.1 respectively)
- Porsche also leads Ferrari - 207 - 74, in number of top ten finishes
Porsche Point of View.
Richard Lietz, Driver, No. 911 Porsche North America Porsche 911 RSR
"It is special to drive at a track like Sebring. As a driver, I love Sebring but, of course, you need some luck too. Twelve hours is a long race and because of the characteristic of the track it's harder than Le Mans for the car. If a car can finish Sebring, it's ready for Le Mans. For the drivers, we have a strong fitness plan from Porsche to help us stay at peak performance throughout the race. We just finished our fitness camp in February and physically I am very ready. The most important aspect of preparation for twelve hours around Sebring is not to be tired before the race starts. I think the longer the race the better it is for us at Porsche North America. The most important thing is to have a strong and reliable car and we have that in the Porsche 911 RSR. The competition has always been strong in the Tudor Championship and this is what people want to see. We have hard fights and good racing everywhere we go. I hope we can fight for a podium here. After Daytona, we deserve it. I am looking forward to my return to the USA. Racing here is always very special."
Jens Walther, President/CEO, Porsche Motorsport North America
"Sebring is the most challenging track we compete on every year. It requires the right platform and the right attention to detail by the team and drivers. If you can perform well at Sebring, you know you have the tools to be successful for the remainder of the season. Last year we came here with two new cars, the Porsche 911 RSR in the GTLM class and the Porsche 911 GT America for the GTD class, and we left with victories in each class. However, we will not rest on those laurels. Our factory and customer teams are focused on the challenge of 12 hours. We will also launch the new season of the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama this weekend. Again, the competition is going to be very strong as we enter the twelfth season of Porsche GT3 Cup USA."
John Wright, partner/team manager, Dempsey/Wright Motorsports with Brumos Racing:
"I am looking forward to this race. The Dempsey/Wright Motorsports with Brumos Racing Porsche 911 GT America team has good momentum coming away from Daytona. Our podium result - after falling to last place in the first hour with a timing transponder issue - at the Rolex 24 proves that this team won't give up, and out of all the races we enter, no place tests the teams and their equipment like Sebring. We have tons of Sebring experience behind the pit wall and in the cockpit. Martin and Melanie Snow drove a Porsche to a Sebring class win in 1999, when son and our driver Madison was just three years old. Jan Heylen and Madison Snow finished ninth in GTD last year after flirting with a podium finish. Patrick Dempsey is no longer a Sebring rookie - his Porsche started on the pole in 2013. Hurley Haywood will be helping us with strategy this weekend. I feel confident we have the car, the team and the drivers; we will just need to find a little luck."
Where to Watch.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship
Television Race Broadcast:
Saturday, March 21
10:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. FOX Sports 1 (Live)
12:30 - 7:00 p.m. FOX Sports 2 (Live)
7:00 - 10:00 p.m. IMSA TV on IMSA.com (Live video streaming and commentary)
10:00 - 11:00 p.m. FOX Sports 2 (Live)
Sunday, March 22
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. FOX Sports 1 (Highlight Show)
Re-Air of Race Highlights Package
Live Race Streaming:
FOX Sports Go
Live Qualifying Streaming:
Live Timing and Scoring:
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Race Weekend Schedule. (All times ET)
Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Practice Session 1 - All Classes - 9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Practice Session 2 - All Classes - 2:25 p.m. - 3:05 p.m.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Practice Qualifying Session - All Classes - 8:35 a.m. - 8:55 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 1 - All Classes - 10:15 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 2 - All Classes - 2:25 p.m. - 3:25 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Race 1 - All Classes - 3:50 p.m. - 4:35 p.m. - 45-minute race
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 3 - Night Practice - All Classes - 7:15 p.m. - 8:45 p.m.
Friday, March 20, 2015
TUDOR Championship Practice Session 4 - All Classes - 9:50 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Race 2 - All Classes - 11:10 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. - 45-minute race
TUDOR Championship Autograph Session - Paddock - 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
Porscheplatz Car Corral Parade Laps - 12:00 p.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Porsche GT3 Cup USA Autograph Session - IMSA Fanzone - 12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying Session - GTD Class - 4:20 p.m. - 4:35 p.m.
TUDOR Championship Qualifying Session - GTLM Class - 4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 21, 2015
TUDOR Championship Warm-Up - All Classes - 8:00 a.m. - 8:20 a.m.
TUDOR Championship - Pre-Race Ceremonies/Recon Laps - 9:05 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
TUDOR Championship - Open Grid Fan Walk - 9:15 a.m. - 10:10 a.m.
TUDOR Championship - Formation Laps - 10:30 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.
TUDOR Championship - 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - Race Start - 10:40 a.m.
TUDOR Championship - 63rd Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring - Race Finish - 10:40 p.m.
TUDOR United SportsCar Championship (11 total entries)
GT Le Mans Class (3) Porsche 911 RSR
No. 17 Team Falken Tire Wolf Henzler (Germany), Bryan Sellers (Braselton, Georgia), Patrick Long (Manhattan Beach, California)
No. 911 Porsche North America Nick Tandy (UK)/Patrick Pilet (France)/ Richard Lietz (Austria)
No. 912 Porsche North America Jörg Bergmeister (Germany)/Frédéric Makowiecki (France)/ Earl Bamber (New Zealand)
GT Daytona Class (8) Porsche 911 GT America
No. 18 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA/TBA
No. 19 Muehlner Motorsports America TBA/TBA/TBA
No. 22 Alex Job Racing Cooper MacNeil (Hinsdale, Ill.)/Leh Keen (Atlanta)/Andrew Davis (Athens, Georgia)
No. 23 Team Seattle/Alex Job Racing Ian James (Phoenix)/Mario Farnbacher (Germany)/Alex Riberas (Spain)
No. 44 Magnus Racing John Potter (Salt Lake City, Utah)/Andy Lally (Dacula, Ga.)/Marco Seefried (Germany)
No. 58 Dempsey/ Wright Motorsports Madison Snow (Lehi, Utah)/ Jan Heylen (Tampa), Patrick Dempsey (Malibu, California)
No. 73 Park Place Motorsports Patrick Lindsey (Santa Barbara, California)/Spencer Pumpelly (Atlanta)/Jim Norman (Tampa)
No. 81 GB Autosport Damien Faulkner (Ireland)/ Michael Avenatti (Sacramento, California)/Mike Skeen (Charlotte, North Carolina)
Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge USA by Yokohama Entry List (28 total entries)
Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (MY 2014-2015 18), (MY 2013 and before 10)
Porsche North America Livery Delineation.
No. 911 White windshield banner with red lettering, White rear wing
No. 912 Black windshield banner with red lettering, Black rear wing
Past images from the venue.
2014 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.
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